This week's trip was one of those rare, 'perfect' days.
For starters the late season front that passed through Wednesday left us with a bright, blue, cloudless sky with temperatures just cool enough to need a jacket for the boat ride from Captain Deadly Dudley's dock in Eden Isles to the Rigolets bait shop for live shrimp and then back to the north side of the railroad trestle bridge that spans from New Orleans to Slidell.
A falling tide that had fish ready to feed was already in progress.
Word travels fast these days via cell phones and instant messaging and there were plenty of boats already anchored 20-50 yards on the west side of the bridge.
Most were in no hurry to leave because the speckled trout bite is on big time there.
I started the action off with a small flounder and then it was one big healthy trout after another, up to five pounds. There were a few redfish, sheepshead and flounder mixed in and in a matter of a couple hours we had a pretty full box and plenty of video.
The pattern for the next few days should remain the same: bigger trout on the north side, more but smaller trout at mid-lake and redfish, sheepshead, flounder and black drum mixed.
Plastics on jigheads will catch fish but live shrimp on the bottom Carolina-rigged will beat anything else you throw.
Not only were the weather and the action excellent, the other factor that makes a trip perfect is good company. And fishing partners just don't come any better than Channel Four News Anchor Karen Swensen. How someone can manage to look as attractive in windswept, damp and sunburn prone conditions as she does in a TV studio is amazing. And as she showed us, she can fish!
Karen is serving as this year's Save Our Lake and Coast Fishing Rodeo and was along to help showcase what anglers can expect for the June 1-2 event.
Karen not only nailed some huge specks but landed a couple of monster black drum after Captain Dudley suggested we could find some at the Rigolets Railroad Bridge.
We finished the day with a few more, smaller, grill-sized drum and headed back with a full fish box.
This year's rodeo will have 8 regular fish categories, plus some special adult and kids awards. Kids will receive a free rod and reel free with their $15 registration fee, adult tickets are $40 and include tickets to the Back to the Beach Festival at the Williams Blvd Boat Launch in Kenner where Karen will present the awards immediately following the closing of the weigh scales. For complete rodeo rules and to sign up visit www.saveourlake.org.