This will just be a short post that is heavy on the photos, because, well, I didn’t figure out where the fish were. Leeville is definitely a bit of a low-confidence spot for me, and I went into this one with no pre-fishing, so I didn’t have much in mind other than exploring a new area, hoping I could find some fish, and enjoying a day out there. The morning actually started off really nicely, with a great sunrise, but pretty quickly became a gray, blustery Louisiana winter day.
Looking at the lures as they were handed out, it looked like a great set for fishing the marsh - two different paddletails, a creature bait and a shrimp imitation, along with 3 different weight jigheads from Deathgrip jigheads. Not pictured in the shot above, but included was a topwater bait. I took a few photos of people getting set up, got my Coosa FD all rigged up, and got myself in the water right about at the 6am launch time.
The day started off really beautifully, and I had some hope that the forecasted clouds wouldn’t roll in, but shortly after sunrise it started to get pretty socked in and stayed that way. Explored some really pretty areas of marsh, but just couldn’t seem to find areas where the fish were stacking up or feeding. Most folks I spoke with in the area we ended up had a similar experience, so it appears I rolled the dice wrong on the area I picked out. Leeville can be tough in that regard - so many options in terms of which direction you want to head. With 135 registered anglers, I wanted to get a little ways off the beaten path, so I made a decent little paddle to start the day before fishing. Highlights of the day included giving my buddy Allen a hard time for his impressive birdnest with his fancy (now unusable) flourocarbon, running into a couple of guys right as one of them caught a nice black drum, and watching Allen fight a sizable black drum. I was in stiches for a few minutes there, don’t think I’ve ever heard someone cuss a fish out that bad lol! Eventually, as the water level came up I was able to sneak into some shallow marsh and sight cast a slot redfish. I had hopes of finding a few more, since I had seen a couple in the same pond, but they took off, and my efforts to find a couple more came up short.
Weigh in went quick - I wasn’t the only person that struggled. About 2/3 of the 135 anglers did not weigh in fish. I went ahead and weighed in my lone redfish, grabbed some pasta and enjoyed the show as the usual suspects brought in some nice bags, including, to my surprise, quite a few trout. There was also a check presentation to the nonprofit Dose of the Coast. Seemed like everyone had a great time, weigh-in went really quickly and smoothly, and the lures were a hit. Maybe next year I’ll catch some more fish, but it was a good time regardless.