Set out Thursday morning to continue our quest to master the St. Bernard parish marsh, and to get Josh some pre-fishing time in preparation for the BCKFC Where Y'at tournament on Saturday. Launched from BSM, and over the course of the day made about a 7.5 mile loop that brought us back to the launch via the canal that grants access to Bernard Lagoon. Decent numbers of trout were present in a variety of places, but not the bigger ones we were hoping to find. Probably could have put together a limit of 12" trout, but I only kept 5 of the bigger ones. After picking up what seemed like a thousand small trout, I felt a bit of a different bite, and set the hook hard. Damn. Hooked the bottom. Oh wait. Ahhhhhhhh, I had hooked into a 41" red that put up a damn good fight, making for a hell of a rush after all those 11" and 12" trout. It felt good to set a personal best, fight the fish carefully but not wear it out to the point where it was in danger, and get it revived and back in the water. I think it should place 2nd in the Massey's Fish Pic tournament, although I probably won't place in the overall standings. Over the course of our route, we found a couple of spots that were pretty stacked with redfish, including one pond produced 6 reds off one bank over the course of about 30 mins. There was some amazingly clear water in the area, although most of the bait and fish was concentrated in slightly dirtier water. At one point I had to stop and really take a good look at the water, it was so clear that I couldn't quite judge how deep it was; I was able to make out every feature on the bottom. There are a good amount of commercial shrimp, crab and oyster boats that use the canals we traveled on, so it makes sense to pay close attention, not station yourself in blind corners, and most importantly (in my opinion), wave at the people on the boat so they know you appreciate them slowing down. They are out there making a living, so the more you can do to make it easy on them and the more you can go out of your way to be friendly, the better it is for everyone. Caught lots of fish, totally losing track of the trout, 2 bass, and 10-11 redfish, but the search for bigger trout continues, and the mysterious flounder still eludes me.