I must start by saying its been awhile since my last post, but not because I haven't been doing any fishing, but because I've been doing too much fishing.
I just recently returned from Louisiana, after participating in the IFA Lafitte tournament, which could have been better for us, but won't complain. We wound up picking up some crucial points for team of the year, and that much closer to participating in the championship at the end of the year.
However, as I was driving home, my teamate was participating in the southeasts largest fishing tournament, the CCA Redfish Shootout, exceeding more than a 100 boats, and wound up finishing second, collecting a check and getting some always wanted exposure. Congrats Brandon!
Now to the heart of my post, taking kids fishing. This is the first time I've ever assisted with a kids event, and I will say I will do it again in a heartbeat. We had 52 children, from ages 3 to 13 participating, and everyone, including the parents came out winners. I met a father son team who mentioned that this is their first time ever fishing together, and I couldn't tell you who was more excited. I also met some stellar female anglers who kept coming up to me every 10 minutes, asking me to weigh these beautiful bluegill they caught. I also met two young men, 3 and 7, who shared this day with both their mom and dad, who just recently returned from deployment, and caught some beatiful catfish, and wound up taking 1st place in the youth division. All in all it was a great day, and I have to give credit to my sponsors, especially Vicious Fishing and Castaway Rods, who donated to the event. Every kid, whether they caught a fish or not walked away a winner....grab bags full of gear, door prizes for almost everyone, and some great stuff, icluding hats, line, stickers, you name it for the winners.
I always remembered the first perch I caught fishing with my dad, and how much it fueled my passion for the sport. However the more important thing was how it brought us closer together, and how this day may be remember by those kids for the rest of their lives.
So next time you can assist, or one of your children wants to go fishing don't hesitate to go, you may surprised at who had a better time.
Tight Lines and God Bless!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! I've been out of pocket for about two weeks, my wife and I finally made it back from our visit with family in Louisiana, and man it was great!
After a good visit with her family in Alexandria we finally made it to my hometown, Luling, which is located on the westbank of the River, just outside of New Orleans, and it wasn't long before my dad and I were trailoring the boat to Pier 90, which is literally ten minutes from the house, and doing some trout and redfishing almost in our backyards.
The first stop, we got on absolutely ridiculous trout bite and wound up catching a limit, which was nice because my freezer was getting a little low and we also had a few friends in mind who wanted some filets, but after we hit the trout a lick..we made a quick adjustment and found the reds schooled up on a shoreline with some awesome structure. We were fishing about 2 feet deep around some old cypress trees, and some matted grass. Throwing Gulp! Shrimp on a 1/8 oz high tide jig head. It was also great because we got to try Vicious Fishing's newest braid...needless to say it worked like a charm and was very smooth and powerful.
We ended up catching 14 reds ranging from 18-27 inches. It was great to be back on my homewater's. I actually got to fish the next three consecutive days with similiar results, but left the trout alone, and focused on sharpening our skills for the upcoming Redfish Tournament season which starts in March...Check out our website for updates. www.blackspotfishing.com
I'd also like to say that just before leaving I got to speak with Jason Fowler from Homewater's clothing, and I must say these guys are a class act, who care a lot about the future of our fishery here in South Carolina. Check out their website for more details www.homewatersclothing.com and see how they are 'Taking the Lead'
Until next time...Tight Lines!
Hey guys, sorry for the late report just got the pictures to post. My team had a great time at the tourney and caught two beautiful reds for the scales 7.96 and 7.70 for a total of 15.66. They did not catch their first red until 9:30 and then things turned on. On the day they caught 25 reds all on Berkley Gulps under a cork. There first toad hit the deck and they estimated 7 3/4 pounds they also had 6 pounder to compliment but knew they had to upgrade. Their next fish was fat and all they needed was her to measure, it was definitely in the slot but had an unnatural tail and had to throw her back. They sat on about 14 pounds until 12:20 when another toad found her partner in the live well. They finished 8th out of 54 boats and took home a check. I want to congratulate L.A. Landry and Ray Reiser on a great win with 17.22lbs, and also posted a picture of a 13lb hog that was a 1/4' to long!!!! We finished the year on a great note, 18th overall place in the Cabela's Top 20 Team of the Year Louisiana division in our rookie season. I also want to thank our sponsors Crescent Schools of Gaming and Bartending, Claiborne Hill Supermarkets, and AAA Silkscreening and Sporting Goods. Visit our website www.blackspotfishing.com for new updates.
God Bless and Tight Lines.
What can you say, it was just one of those days... Today I had my lovely bride with me in hopes that we could find some fast trout action, but the tide was waaaay to high, so in search of Mr. Red. First stop, yielded not a strike, but the second stop was all we would need. Saw a few tailers in little pond and decided to pitch them a few baits, Salt Water Assasins Blurp in Cayenne Pepper on a flutter hook, and wasn't disappointed. I set the steel on three of them but not one was landed, two came unbuttoned, and one broke my line. I have dreams of days like today, you could see fish tailing all the way across the pond, because of the calm conditions. I wont be on the water next week, but hopefully they'll be there when I return. Please check our website for updates, we have an event October 11th in Venice, LA...should be lights out! Until then...God Bless and Tight Lines!!!
I had the most rewarding day this past saturday. For about a week I couldn't help but think about sightfishing redfish down in Charleston, but I kept watching the forecast and couldn't help but look at the winds and there relentlessness for saturday and sunday.
But it wasn't until about wednesday of last week until I figured my plan B! I was working a deployment line on base, and all the sudden I hear 'LT', low and behold it was one of my troops who just got back from Iraq, he had been deployed for about 130 days, and left shortly after we went on a pre-fishing trip to charleston for the upcoming IFA event. So needless to say once we got back from our trip our commander gave him the order to get his bags packed and on the plane.
Shifting gear back to the current, we talked for about 5 minutes and after a long overdue welcome back we got to the heart of the matter...fishing. He was amped to be back and ready to hit the water, but I told him the forecast didn't look good. He said well, 'I know a spot in the local area and you don't even have to trailer a boat and if conditions hold, we'll kill 'em!' I instantly said yes, and decided to go earlier rather than later in the day so we could return for our Big Game SEC match-ups. FLA vs TENN and LSU vs Auburn!
The next morning he's right on time and off we go. I didn't know what to expect, but I knew it couldn't be to big. After all I had my Abu Garcia Cardinal spooled with 6lb suffix. However, once we arrived I knew why such light line. First eight cast yielded eight beautiful brim! I thought this was going to be a great day, and sure enough it was! We ended the day catching about 60 brim and about 40 bass ranging from 3/4 of a pound to 2 1/2 pounds. I even got my itch for sightfishing when we started pitching Zoom Fluke Jrs to schooling bass, we had tons of double ups...it was ridiculous. However the best part of the day was high fiving after one of our double ups, and my troop telling me that this is what he couldn't wait to get back to. Humbling, to say the least! I told him I'm glad I could enjoy this experience with him, and thanked him for his unselfishness. His response...'No problem Sir, lets go get another one...'
Take care and tight lines!
I wanted to post a quick report from yesterday. I told my wife that on friday I wanted to go and do a little trout fishing in the harbor. Needless to say, the weather was perfect, the tide was perfect, but the fishing was just a little off. We still ended the day catching 22 trout and 1 flounder, and a failed hookset shy of the highly coveted inshore grand slam. All fish were caught on a DOA Terror Eyez in chartruese fished around the mouths of feeder creeks. There was plenty of bait and an abundance shrimp busting, just couldn't get on that great trout bite...its still early. As we all know that as the weather cools, the trout fishing will heat up along the coast, but for right now you can still put a few in the skillet for a delicious dinner. I did take some pictres, but my computer is acting up. I will post as they become available, as for now I've posted some pics of some big trout taken last year. Take Care, God bless and Tight Lines.
Recently my teammates and I joined this program called Practice with a Pro, created by an Air Force Retired Captain, Dave Erwin. The program is a token of gratitude to our nations heroes, and a way to say thank you for the sacrifices they make day in and day out! That being said we recently had our first participant, SSgt Darren Heine, who coordianted with one of my teammates in Louisiana, and we wanted to share the experience with all of you.
We gnerally fish the Atlantic Coast and Louisiana divisions on the IFA, so in this particular instance it is located in southeast Louisiana, pre-fishing for the Aug 16h Grand Isle Event.
If you know somebody who would be interested or want to find out more information, please contact us or visit www.blackspotfishing.com
God Bless and Tight Lines!
Practice with a Pro unites with Black Spot Fishing Team
By Brandon Treadaway
First ever Louisiana Redfish Practice with a Pro participant was Sergeant Darren P. Heine. Black Spot Fishing Team Professional Brandon Treadaway was looking for a good candidate for a long time. He got notice from a friend that Sgt. Heine was on vacation from his second tour in Iraq. Sgt. Heine is currently deployed to Yusufiyah, Iraq.
On July 10, 2008, Treadaway and Sgt. Heine scouted for the IFA Redfish Tournament being held on August 16, 2008. The location of scouting was Buras and Port Sulphur, Louisiana. The trip was an afternoon delight, from 2:30 until 8:00 p.m. The duo fished a low rising tide.
On the way to lower Plaquemine Parish, Sgt. Heine gave some history of his family and his service. He is assigned to 187 INF Regt. of 101st Airborne Division. He has been on active duty for five years. His first deployment to Iraq was from August 2005 to August 2006, where he went to Samarra, Iraq. His current deployment started in September 2007 and is scheduled to end in January 2009. He is married to Stephanie Hilton Heine and they have one daughter, Brooke, age 2. Sgt. Heine has another daughter, Chasity, age 4.
Treadaway and the Sgt. made their first stop at the first set of interior marsh islands ten minutes from the launch. Shortly thereafter, Sgt. Heine hooked a beautiful redfish, measuring 23 inches and weighing 4lbs. 11oz., on a gold H&H spoon. After having trolling motor difficulties and a quick repair, they were off scouting shallow water ponds, which turned out to be unproductive on low tide. The next area of scouting was done particularly in dead end canals, which produced a number of strikes. Treadaway caught a perfect slot fish, 27 inches, 7 lbs. 14 oz. on chartreuse redfish magic spinner bait. The final tally was four redfish with the two biggest reaching 12lbs. 9 oz. Sergeant Heine was then looking for a little more action. The two then fished jigs for speckled trout, which yielded fifteen speckled trout, resulting in lots of smiles from Sgt. Heine.
Treadaway brought Sgt. Heine out to Port Sulphur and Buras as a release from what the Sgt. sees on a regular basis during his tour in Iraq. The trip is also a token of gratitude extended from the Black Spot Fishing Team to the Sgt., showing the teams appreciation for the Sgts service to this country.
Practice with a Pro was originally formed by the Veteran Angler, Dave Erwin. For more information, please visit http://www.veteranangler.com/angler/practice.html. Black Spot Fishing Team joined Practice with a Pro in October of 2007, for more information of this new and exciting team visit www.blackspotfishing.com.