Most of the trips this month were for Speckled Trout. By the last day of November, 1,076 Speckled Trout had hit the cleaning table. Using drop shot rigs with plastic lures or live shrimp was common. Occasionally we threw 3/8 oz jigheads paired with a dark green plastic lure. A lot of our fish were caught in the New Orleans area. A few trips were ran to the Biloxi Marsh to get away from the fall fishing crowds. I usually tell everyone that November is the best month to fish. November 2019 was far from disappointing. I had several great customers this month return to see how good the fishing actually is. No one left disappointed.
Captain Drake Morvant
October saw the fall bite turn on in the local area. Redfish were fired up as the temps started dropping. MANY fantastic trips this month. Live shrimp and plastic swim baits were used for both Trout and Redfish. The FourHorsemen Cork with a light purple lure 3' underneath did most of the catching.
Captain Drake Morvant
September saw great numbers of Redfish continue to hit the table. We started focusing on Speckled Trout later in the month with good success. The absolute bait of choice this month was live shrimp under a 4 Horsemen Cork.
Captain Drake Morvant
For the last several weeks we have been catching limits of Redfish before 8 am. Some mornings before the sun rises. It has been an incredible time for fishing in Lake Catherine. Once we locate a school of Reds, we're throwing spoons, spinners, shrimp, swim baits, etc. It doesn't matter. As soon as your line hits the water, it's fish on! Last Friday we iced down 15 reds by 6:45, then caught and released another 53 before calling it quits. There is no telling how much longer this will last, so I recommend booking ASAP to experience the great Redfish bite of 2019!
Capt. Drake Morvant
Paul and his son Collin fish the Rigolets area often. They booked a fishing trip with Victory Bay Charters to catch Redfish and learn the area a little better. At the first stop, Collin started reeling in red after red. After putting a good number on ice, we ran around the ICW, Lake Catherine, and Chef Pass picking up a fish here and there while I happily showed them where to go and when. They have a brand new Robalo Bay boat which should start getting slimed up soon, now that that have a better idea of the area.
George and Christine travel all over the world to hunt and fish. They came down and booked a New Orleans fishing charter with Victory Bay Charters. We left the dock around noon and made a short run to a pond that has been holding good numbers of redfish all winter. The trick on this trip was not working the shorelines, as the bait in the pond was concentrated in the center, away from the shore. After working over some windward shoreline initially, I kept noticing where the bait was. As well as the barely noticeable disturbances on the surface of the water, made by Redfish on the prowl. We anchored down right in the middle of the pond, and broadcasted each cast all around the boat. In a few minutes drag was running and I was reaching for the net. This method steadily put reds in the box until they reached their limit. The weather actually turned out to be beautiful and with Spring like temps and fish on ice, made for a great day.
Michael was staying at our Greener Pastures Lodge on Lake Catherine and was interested in seeing what was beyond their dock. It was a cold day and we left at noon to let the sun warm things up. We had a great time covering a lot of water looking for fish. By the end of the trip he had a limit of redfish in the cooler and he was all smiles. We caught a beautiful sunset on the way back to the marina and it was perfect ending to a fun time.
As we pulled out the slip at Island Marina, I mentioned to Mr. Aaron that we may find a bite early, and then have a long lull until noon or after. Well, unfortunately the prediction became a reality. There were many factors (temperature, moon, tide, wind) that were just not favorable to keep the fish active throughout the morning. Aaron caught 3 slot reds by 9 then it went dead. We moved from spot to spot, and even tried a location that has produced every time I have fished it since October. Nada. Finally around 1 pm, the tide switched and we landed a slot, and a couple undersized fish. After Aaron called last cast, he connected with a great redfish. Half way to the boat, the hook was spit. Determined to get one more solid fish, one last cast was made and Aaron patiently worked the bait back through the same area. After what seemed like an eternity, the cork ever so slowly sank below the surface and bam! Fish on! Biggest redfish of the day. Perfect way to end a trip. It was a pleasure watching another great angler catch their first redfish.
Darryl, Chuck, and Warren slammed the redfish on Friday. We had to hit a few spots, but by 1pm, they had boxed their limits. Live Cocahoes were all the fish wanted. The water was still muddy in the area, but once we located the right shoreline, the corks started going under. Lake Catherine is full of reds right now. Trout, sheepshead, and bass catches have dropped significantly, but should pick up once the temperature rises and clean water moves in. Just a few more weeks until Spring!