Shark week at the Beach. Last week may have been Shark Week on The Discovery Chanel, but I did not need a TV to see the action. Thursday I had the Jim Walther group and we headed deep into the Sound looking for big Trout. We found more sharks and trash fish than Trout, but the Trout we could get past the sharks were very nice. You just had to horse them in so fast the guys lost a lot of them to pulled hooks or teeth. One of the guys had a big Red coming to the boat when a 7’ or better crashed it at boat side leaving only a head. While we all sat there in amazement he came back for the rest of the Red. We guys had to be back early, but put 30 pretty Trout on ice with constant hook up the whole time.
Friday the crew from Salathe Oil were on board. We headed over to Black Bay to try and get away from the sharks in the Central area. Our first stop produced a few keeper Trout and the fish of the day, a nice Triple Tail caught by Stan, first on my boat. I also hooked into a few others that were hanging around another rig we fished, but broke them all off on the rig legs. We made a few stops and got on a few good bites with only a few Shark shows before the weather blew up and ran us in. We made a stop in the mash picked up a few Reds and Drum to fill the box. We ended the day with 60 Trout, 12 Heads, 3 Reds, 4 Drum, and 1 Triple Tail.
Saturday I had the Lance DeGeneres and his crew of 6. The forecast did not look good, but the weather man blew it. It was clear, calm, and hot to start off, but the rain was approaching. We started out near the Rocks and the guys put a few Trout in the box, but the Spanish Macs were thick and we went through a lot of hooks and bait. We made a move out deep into the Sound and the water was as clear as I have seen it. To our surprise the Sharks were not there, but the big Reds sure were. The guys had a blast catching their limits of big Reds along with a few pretty Trout. We then moved back toward the Rocks and got on some Trout before we ran out of bait and ran in from the weather. The guys ended the day with 55 Trout, 7 Reds, a few Heads, a bunch of Spanish, and 3 Flounder.
The fishing in Shell Beach as good as it gets right now and the Trout are eating up the live shrimp. Fall fishing is on its way with some of the best fishing of the year to come, and dates are filling fast, don’t miss out. Campo’s is open with fuel, live bait, ice, and two back down ramps. Nice and easy launching with helpful advice from the Campo’s is waiting for you. For your next fishing adventure call United Charters. Very nice overnight accommodations are available. 504-439-1680.
Capt. Rory Rorison
Shell Beach, LA