Lake Palourde 08/31

Lake Palourde (near Morgan City) is not too far away, so I went down there for an afternoon fishing trip.  Not a whole lot to report, the wind was absolutely insane, causing whitecaps, etc.  I put in at Lake End Park marina, then paddled through the waves into the canal that runs parallel to the marina driveway.  I fished up and down the canal but didn’t have any great action.  I did manage to catch a gaspergou on a small spinner bait.

Gaspergou

I had never caught one of these before so I texted a picture to my cousin and he helped me identify it.

Fishing selfie

He was kind of small so I threw him back.  I fished some more but didn’t catch anything.  I packed up and headed back home.

Cypremort Point State Park, 08/22

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Went to Cypremort Point State Park, and I LOVED IT.  Fishing was a TOTAL bust, but still had a great time paddling nonetheless.  I think there was very little tide movement, and it was SUPER hot (the water felt like bathwater), which I think caused the fish to lose interest, but I had a great time.

On the way down I didn’t come across any easily accessible places to get bait, but I came across Dockside at the Point at the park entrance.  I didn’t find the place on Google Maps, but I stopped by and got everything I needed.  Definitely keep them in mind if you’re headed that way.  They gave me advice at where to catch some that day and later in the fall.

I don’t have a lot to report due to the lack of fish biting, but it was definitely a blast, and I’ll be back.

Old River, 06/28/2014

Again, this was quite some time ago, so I don’t remember all the details.  This time I went to Old River (a.k.a. Raccourci Old River).

Raccourci Old River

This was a pretty short trip.  The skies were overcast, there was a significant amount of wind, the water was WAY up, there were speedboats pulling people on skis and tubes…altogether it wasn’t super favorable conditions.  I have a 10 foot line on my anchor, and my anchor couldn’t hit bottom (I’m too cheap to buy an anchor reel or drift sock).  I don’t mind fishing deeper water, but I do like being able to manage my position, and being unable to anchor definitely hindered that.  I ended up hooking my anchor to a tree and fishing from there for a while.

As far as fish, I managed to catch two small catfish, and I’m not entirely certain I didn’t catch the same one twice.

Obligatory Fishing Selfie

I would try it again, but on a better day.  If anything, it’s a beautiful place to paddle.

Raccourci Old River

Raccourci Old River

Raccourci Old River

Raccourci Old River

Big Alabama Bayou, 06/07/2014

This was over two months ago, so I don’t remember a lot of details, but I thought it would be fun to share anyway.
Big Alabama Bayou is located in Sherburne WMA in the Atchafalaya Basin.  There are a lot of other bayous, ponds, etc. to fish, but I just tried out Big Alabama Bayou.

Big Alabama Bayou MapFor anyone interested in more information about the bayou:

Big Alabama BayouThe water wasn’t dirty, it was just dark – as if it had a lot of trees/leaves that had fallen in and colored the water.  You can see what I mean at the little launch/dock:

Big Alabama BayouThere is actually a launch on both sides of the dock, which is nice.  The dock is underwater because the water level was super high – logs of trees, bushes, etc. were underwater.

It was a fantastic day to be out on the water – the bayou is kind of narrow and is thus protected from wind, so the water doesn’t really get stirred up very much. Paddling through the bayou was like sliding around on butter.

Big Alabama BayouIt was not a productive fishing day, unfortunately. Just caught one little bluegill (not a keeper).  While I was there I saw four or five boats fitted out for bow-fishing combing through the bayou.  They were all going after gar, and if I remember correctly I saw a few myself.

Obligatory Fishing Selfie
Even though I only caught one fish, it was still a great day to be on the water.

 

Big Alabama Bayou 

Big Alabama Bayou

 

These are the gravel roads I talked about:

Heading out

 

That’s it!

Oops

Haven’t posted in forever, but there have been kayak fishing trips.  My wife told me she has been telling people about my blog so I guess I better get some get those trips up.

Hello world

Over the past 16 years (as long as I’ve had an internet connection) I think I’ve had at least 3 blogs.  Possibly 4.  Inevitably, I lose interest in updating because life gets busy, nothing interesting going on, blah blah blah.  What’s different now?  A few things.

I’ve got good stuff I want to write about – I’m in Louisiana and there’s always something going on! 🙂

In the past I’ve written out of a “popularity contest” sense (admit it, we’ve all been there).  I wanted other people to think what I wrote was interesting and engaging, but let’s face it – I’m a software developer.  Engaging content is not my forte.

On the other hand, I want to use this as a platform where I can write more engaging content (contradictory, no?).  A facebook or twitter post sometimes just doesn’t convey what I want to say.  I’ve got things I want to talk about that I haven’t because posting them on facebook/twitter would be lame.

I’d like to use this as sort of a resume – I have a place I can discuss my work and not bore everyone to death (because they’re not reading it!).  Maybe someone will come along that would like to give me lots and lots of dollars for my insane development skills.

Lastly, I want to write simply for the fun of writing.  I want to write for me and not really give a rip about what other people think (this over-analytical post is a prime example of that).