I had hopes to fish Paddlepalooza X since I heard about it. It was an 11th hour move that made it a reality being that I was offshore for the weeks prior to the tournament weekend. Ruthie's boss graciously gave us they keys to her camp on Grand Isle and we were off. The camp was pretty far from all the action in Leeville but it was a palace as far as a fishing camp goes so no complaints from me. I did some prefishing on friday in the wind on the bay side of the island around some jetties and had a red spit the hook at me after an hour or so of paddling around the crystal clear waters. I was more than happy to cruise the banks and smell the salty air for a bit as the sun was going down. Didn't have much action besides the crabs and baitfish splashing around.
Redfish was the next target and they didn't make it too difficult. The water was crystal clear, winds still calm(ish) and they were sitting in every pocket I found. Within an hour or two I had a few nice reds (17"-22") and switched modes to find a bigger trout. I found a point near a deeper channel where a school was stacked up and they were eating plastics on every 3rd cast. No trophies but fun nonetheless. I took a few home and threw a few little rascals back to get bigger for next year.
Not much happened the rest of the afternoon worth raving about. A few more slot reds were caught and released and a flounder was nowhere in sight. Right near the end of the day, there was something on the surface and it was big. I gave him a cast for the hell of it I thought I got hung up on something, until it started moving. The fish was slowly moving down current trailing me and my kayak with it. He wasn't moving fast but he was going. After about 2 minutes of the sleigh ride he out of nowhere took a run and spit the hook out. Probably a black drum.
I made my way back to Bobby Lynn's and weighed in but didn't stick around long for the festivities. My girlfriend and a few buddies were back at the camp and waiting for dinner. We cut up some catch for fish tacos and spent the rest of the night playing booray and drinking beer.