The 2011 tournament season is over and I have to admit, I’m kind of glad. It’s been one of those years where a lot of stuff went right but a lot also went wrong. But now that it’s over, I can concentrate on getting ready for next season. I can also take some time to make a couple of fishing trips that I didn’t have time for during the busy fishing season. First on the list was a trip to Delacroix, LA last weekend for some redfish.
I’d done this a couple of years ago and we’d had a great trip for a couple of reasons. First off, we caught a ton of fish and had constant action all day long. Secondly, I made the trip with a friend that I used to take a week long fishing trip with every year before I started tournament fishing. We’d had trips with good fishing and bad fishing, pretty weather and some storms we were lucky to survive, and all sorts of misadventures along the way. But I’d have to say that we’ve never had a trip I regretted taking. We hadn’t done this in a while; so it was fun to get back into the old routines and the constant abuse of whoever wasn’t catching them at the moment.
I’d thought that the fishing on that 2009 trip had been pretty good but this trip was something special. Over the day and a half we fished, we probably caught 75-100 fish and a bunch of really nice keeper redfish. Catching a limit wasn’t really a problem and we finished that by 8 or 8:30 each morning. Several times during each day we got into the fish pretty good, but the second stop on the last day was the best I’ve ever seen. Check out this video I shot and you’ll see what I mean. I only showed the first 15 minutes but this went on at this pace for a couple of hours.
I absolutely live for bass fishing. I freely admit that addiction and embrace that lifestyle. I live, eat, drink and sleep bass fishing. A couple of great redfish trips are certainly not going to change that, but I have to admit it was a nice change of pace from the stress and pressure of the tournament trail. Having a guide made it nice even nicer; since there were no decisions to make, just get in the boat and go catch them.
I could get used to that!
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