Hello, everyone! Today we are in a spot that I like to call “The Bend” in Brays Bayou, which is a spot that I recently tried out with my friend Stefano. He had a ton of success with a wide variety of fish so I'm hoping that hot streak continues for me today. Let's go fishing!
I'm working with a heavy setup today, including Wonder bread on the ned rig, mashed up as always. In this spot, the fish tend to hold in a very distinct area between a patch of grass and what I would refer to as an “out jut” with a bit of current behind it. I'm not sure what's going on near that grass but there are usually a ton of fish there, including grass carp, catfish, and tilapia, so that's my target to start things out.
After I noticed my first bite, I had an inclination that it might be a grass carp or catfish and it ended up being the latter. By the way, this is step one of my Bayou Slam! I felt a snag on the next fish and it seemed like he was just hanging there in the current, and it ended up being a great looking tilapia!
After a fairly long delay between the second and third portion of my Bayou Slam, I'm starting to worry when I look at the clock before sundown. I have maybe 15 minutes before this challenge gets significantly harder in the dark, but I started off with a strong cast. It took a bit of work to bring him in but I wound up with a giant beast of a grass carp! This fantastic fighter was definitely one of the bigger carps I have ever reeled in at the bayou!
Hey there people, today we are going to be fishing my magic spot at Brays Bayou now that the conditions are perfect! When it rains, all of the fish pack into this little spot that makes them way easier to catch, thankfully. The outflow from the neighborhood is what really makes this place great, and all of the rainwater comes into an area that dives down and mingles with the main part of the bayou. The water flowing down the bayou comes down very quickly, and the edge of the current has a lot of debris and trash that get sucked in as well.
A lot of fish come into this area to escape the main portion of the bayou, and they are pretty visible swimming along with the current. I'm geared up a bit heavier this time around, in which I caught three fish in only 40 minutes! I had a light tackle setup, but the water not remotely this high so it should be a good day to use my Bait Runner 4000. I have a Shimano with the bait clicker on it, but I probably won't use it.
I'm also using the Karate Reaper 86 which is a part of my California Surf Perch set up and is going to be a heavier tackle day. The water is fairly calm, but if they make it out to the current then I am absolutely toast. I'm using bread as bait with my ned rig, which I roll onto the top then fold over. A duck flew over to check out my fishing setup, meanwhile, I'm searching for some tilapia or grass carp.
After testing my patience, a big fish catches the line and definitely started to fight me for a while. Using my net, I had a hard time fitting him in because he was such a huge guy who was also bleeding all over. He's not hurt but struggled with me in my net for a while, so lo and behold the biggest common carp I've ever caught!
Today we're going to review my Panko Carp Bait recipe that I use to catch carp and catfish with, then put it to the test by fishing with it! First off, let's go over the ingredients I used to make this bait.
Old Fashioned Oatmeal
The first step is to simply drain the corn from the can. Next, fill a large bowl with the contents of your oatmeal, and then repeat the same step with 4 cups of panko. From there, remove the entirety of the strawberry Jell-o and place that in the same bowl as the oats and panko. Now place your recently drained corn into the same bowl and mix thoroughly. Make sure to keep that drained corn juice in a separate bowl, and add about half of that remainder into the same bowl as the rest of the ingredients.
After mixing for an extended period of time, you can now add the rest of the corn juice to the same bowl. Again, start mixing until it starts to pack together and add water if the mixture is still too dry. Continue to mix it together until you notice that the pack is just right!
I mash the finished pack bait into some white bread and put the whole jig head in as well, then smush the entire thing together which results in a huge piece of bait. I rip that piece in half to make more reasonably sized bait. The first fish I reeled in with this bait is a common carp! Other fishers in the area started to take notice of my results and how well of a spot this is to take advantage of year-round.
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