Frank Davis / Eyewitness News
What with the recent effects and aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, charter captain Kenny Kreeger had only one opportunity in the past 10 days to get out on the water, and that opportunity came yesterday.
So working on instinct alone, Kreeger loaded up his charter fishermen at Dockside Marina near Slidell and headed straight for the L&N Train Bridge in the Rigolets. Almost before the baits had gotten wet, Kreeger's party was putting keepers in the Igloo.
'In no time at all,' Frank, 'we had boated 57 speckled trout, 2 bull reds that averaged 15 to 20 pounds apiece, 5 rodeo-size sheepshead, 6 PawPaw drum, and 2 'true bull' croakers,' the veteran master angler told me. 'The trout were up high in the water column and readily struck practically every plastic bait we threw at them.
Catching these fish was no problem so long as you used a pop-and- twitch retrieve.
'On the other hand, we hauled in the reds, drum, sheepshead, and croakers on both live and dead shrimp worked slowly along the bottom on a Carolina rig.'
Capt. Kenny was also quick to credit a good tidal flow for the fishing action.
He told me he believes that 'weekenders' who fish the bridge site this Saturday and Sunday and use the techniques he described here, will definitely go home with ice chests full of a mixed catch.
Editor's Note: To see a video of Kreeger's latest catch, take a quick peek at www.lakesidela.com.