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Today was the last day of La. red snapper season in state waters. Bridge painter one from THT just got a new to him 33 Hydra Sport with trip 250's named the Deal Maker. Some changes have been made with a big above deck insulated fish box and a very large live well giving it a more fishable pleasure craft. The trip was a shake down cruise and targeting red snapper for a final state water snapper day.

Thank You La. wildlife management and all the agents that did our dock surveys every weekend!!!!!!!



The day started out picture perfect. We got an early start and I was figuring an easy day. Our first place had the current rushing so fast my 20 and 24 weights went out straight. I was forced to run away to another area looking for less current. As the morning went on our dreams of a good day started to turn into nightmares. I was running out of options. The only good part of the morning was 2 large white trout and 4 bull croaker. These croaker were the biggest I have seen in the 10 years I have fished down here. I went to a rig that I was thinking of all day but due to the draft of the boat the only way I could get there was to run around the shore line from south pass. Being that far up I was thinking going back into Bapuste Collette. Once there we had 7 or 8 sharks under the boat before I could tie up. Our day was going like this.




I headed back to where we had the trout and croaker. Noon time and no red snapper. We had been fishing since before 7:30. The customers were questioning my wisdom and I was wondering what I was doing wrong or even being out there.

This time things changed and the old man hooks up to a RED SNAPPER.



It is only the first one and I commented on the bite starting. A comment was made back we only had 2 and had a long way to limit out. In short notice everybody was taking well deserved breaks as the fish fighting was on. I was busy rigging lines as these fish were getting these guys into the rigs very quickly and breaking off.



By 1:30 we had a 6 man limit of very good size red snapper. Was I ever thankful I decided to double back. We had a good box of fish finally. We attempted to drop right there for amberjack before heading to the barn and I wound up venting and releasing 2 red snapper so we called it quits.



The "Deal Maker" made La. state waters red snapper season a "Done Deal". I mentioned to Nick that I had a cancelation for the 12th and he told me I was fishing that day. Nice way to keep the books full.



Here is another shot of our fish to show you The size of the 4 croaker and 2 white trout.




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Was a six man limit. as stated it was the last day of La. season. Tomorrow opens the fed season for 14 days.
 
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