It had been about two months since I’d spent a day in the kayak. A series of unfortunate events seemed to continuously be getting in the way of me going fishing. From being called into work on my day off, to oversleeping, to loading up and getting to the launch to find that my kayak was locked onto my roof rack and I’d forgotten the key at home. It’s been a rough two months as far as outdoor time goes.
All of that finally changed last Sunday. I had a week off from playing guitar at church so I recruited Karl, and after two failed attempts at setting up fishing trips the previous week, we were finally headed to redfish waters!
I’ve been hearing mixed reports from the Pointe Aux Chenes area for weeks now, so I decided to head somewhere that I hadn’t been hearing anything. I figured if I hadn’t heard any reports, the fish ought to be less pressured. The spot is a favorite pond that I’ve written about visiting before.
On this day, the water wasn’t too high and clarity was slightly better than normal. Once we got to the main area, Karl casted at a wake he saw and ended up picking up a trout. It wasn’t a very big one, but may have met the 12” mark.
The hunt began for redfish. Knowing this spot, I had pre-rigged most of my rods with shrimp and crab style lures. It took a little while to start seeing reds, but once I got into a narrow pipeline canal, I managed to get the lure in front of two. The first fish was a routine catch and release. The second fish took the lure and when I set it, the hook flew out, except mostly just the weight was what was left.
I then made my way into the main pond, which is the center point of this location for me. There were a few nice fish that showed up right next to the kayak, which usually results in them spooking. While I did make a few casts at fish that didn’t go for it, I did finish the day with two more fish that were both sight-caught.
The starting lure for the day was a Vudu Shrimp in Cajun Pepper/Chartreuse. After that hook broke, I switched to a DOA style shrimp in clear w/ red flake. Karl’s trout was caught on a Buggs Curl-tail Jig being swam through the water.
Only other interesting thing: As we were leaving, I caught and lost (at boatside) my would-be personal best flounder. I’ll be back for him.