Good times on Grand Isle

Spent last weekend on Grande Isle with my sister, Sarah, her fiance, Kurt, and their friends at his family’s camp on the island.  It was a great opportunity to take out the Coosas for a paddle in the marsh.  I’ve been so happy with my Coosa that I picked up a 2nd one last month.  Amanda and I arrived on Friday afternoon and decided to check out Elmer’s Island now that it was back open again.  The island (well, it’s really a peninsula) has been closed to the public since the oil spill last year.  We tried for a bit to catch some redfish, but conditions were pretty tough, they weren’t really helping us out.  The tide was up, water clarity sucked, and the winds were a bit too high for my taste.  No fish were caught, but we did have a nice paddle, the marsh behind Elmer’s looks pretty good.  We got to test out the new Aqua Bound Stingray hybrid paddle I picked up to go along with the new Coosa.  I’ve been really happy with my Bending Branches Slice glass angler paddle, so I wanted to stay in the Bending Branches/Aqua Bound family and get something a bit lighter for Amanda.  In anticipation that I may prefer the Sting Ray to the Slice, I got them to put the same tape measure on the shaft of the Sting Ray.  I think that was a good call because I really dig the paddle, it has a great swing weight to it.

Saturday morning I slept in, mainly due to the activities of the previous night.  I moseyed on down to the beach just before noon to check out the water and see if Kurt’s dad had been doing well surf fishing.  All the other guys had woken up early and taken off in the boats.  Well he hadn’t been doing much, but while I was down there another guy arrived, waded out to about waist deep, and began reeling in fish after fish.  It was unbelievable!  So I ran to the FJ, grabbed my tackle and a rod and headed back out to the beach.  It was a slow start for me, I wasn’t having much luck.  I am a surf fishing newbie after all, but I did get a few hits emulating what the other guy was doing and trying to match what he was throwing.  By this time the guys had gotten back from their morning fish, results weren’t too hot.  They came out to the surf upon hearing that the other guy was waxing ’em.  Kurt started throwing a cast net and it wasn’t long before he was into the shrimp, big ones too.  I’m talking hand sized shrimp! He had a nice little bag of shrimp going, we started using the smaller ones for bait.  Before you know it we were on the fish. All you needed to do was throw a live shrimp out and let it sit on the bottom and something would pick it up.  We caught speckled trout, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, croaker, plus the occasional hardhead.  The fishing was so good I stayed out in the surf for about 6 hrs! I have never experienced anything like that, it was a lot of fun.  On top of the fishing we had plenty of nice shrimp to fry that night and the crab traps yielded enough crabs to boil the next afternoon! I may have to do this surf fishing thing more often.

Comments on “Good times on Grand Isle”

  1. elementfiftyfour
    June 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Awesome trip, sounds like you had loads of fun. Congrats on the second Coosa. The pair make a nice looking fleet.

  2. kreekn
    July 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    SON!!! Those are some nice shrimp. Fish look good too. I’m suddenly very hungry.

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