We caught smallmouth buffalo, which is what he is really after, and goujons (flathead cats) and blue cats – one nice big one. He told me that he doesn’t like to catch goujons because once one is in a net, nothing else will go into that net. They are such feared predators that other fish avoid even the vicinity of the goujons. I knew they had that reputation among fishermen, but I didn’t know other fish knew it too.
The blue cat weighs about 30 pounds. It would make a nice prize on a trotline!
The sheriff’s boat for St. Martin Parish came by on routine patrol. They said hello and moved on to other business – a Mr. Guidry and a Ms. Sickey (sorry for the misspelling).
Rusty gave me some more surprising information about stuff that is showing up in the river these days. Now he says he is catching sting rays right here by our dock, and he caught another sheepshead here today also, and a flounder! He also caught a redfish, about eight pounds, here a while ago. So now, what’s left? Maybe we can throw out some speck rigs and see what goes after them?
Like I say, a good morning.
The river is at 3.0 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge, rising to 4.5 by Wednesday. A veritable tidal wave of water! The Mississippi and Ohio are both falling up high.
Rise and Shine, Jim