Well PJ stole my thunder with a much better trip report than I could ever muster but I'll throw in my 2 cents (and then some more cuz I have diarrhea of the fingers) anyway.
leo doc and I had already shared 2 incredible Louisiana trips together, something about 2 guys that love fishing just being out on the water away from our every day lives is something that really can't be expressed in words. However, on our last trip, we wondered if there might not just be more of us crazies out there that would like to get a nice tan, relax and experience some great fishing, not to mention food that is, in my opinion, unrivaled. We racked our brains on the previous trip (about 5 minutes) wondering who would be the perfect fit for our next time. Luckily leo doc is much better at these things than I am and sticks to something once he's put his mind to it instead of forgetting about it like a seamonkey like I do, so when the time came to plan the next trip I was informed that PJ would be coming along as well. I knew this would be a great one since I get along great with both leo doc and PJ so the 3 of us would be a perfect fit for this sorta trip.
As for the trip itself, PJ covered most of it, from him verifying the plane's sturdiness as we boarded at LAX to us being glad that that flying tea kettle stayed in the air long enough to get us back from Lousiana to Los Angeles safely. Both leo doc and I have talked about our own experiences on our last couple trips, but this time leo doc got to share it with PJ and I got to share it with PJ and leo doc's boy, both of which were interesting to say the least. I can tell you that I wish I had the balls that leo doc jr has now when I was 17, and if we ever doubted that he was 10 feet tall and bulletproof, he proved it to us on the first day
It was a pleasure to watch jr fish simply for the fact that I feel like its a forgotten art these days and it disappoints me to think of all the people that haven't gotten to experience fishing to some degree, we'd all be a lot better off if we did what PJ did and took some time out to lay back, relax, and enjoy some time on the water. leo doc's boy is a damn good fisherman but what made it even cooler for me was just how much he loved it. Fishing is one of the few things I'm really passionate about, so seeing someone else enjoy it so much is awesome to me.
PJ was a fish out of water at first (or a fish on water I suppose) but he took to it relatively quickly. When he started he was getting all kinds of tangled in everything and by the time it was over he was tossing that bait right up near the wall. I would guess leo doc feels the same way to some degree when I say that it was like watching my own child (who is 6 inches taller than me and almost 10 years older) walk for the first time. We got to laugh with him when he fell but be proud daddies when he finally started taking those steps on his own =P
As for the food, just phenomenal as always. I can't think of a single other place I've spent more than a day in without being somewhat disappointed by a meal, and we're talking $100+ fancy sit down places here. In Louisiana not only am I never disappointed by the quality and flavor but I've also never left the table without being more than satisfied for a price that is practically like stealing. Here and there I'll have a meal somewhere else that is even more delicious, but as far as consistency with flavor and satisfaction, this is THE place for me. Jan's was delicious (what I can remember of it at least...I was a bit tipsy, big surprise for me), Voleo's was even better than I remember it being last time, and the NOLA Seafood place on our last day was great, but really I just can't describe to you all what the feast we had on our 3rd night there was like.
I've had what leo doc called a real cajun meal with Captain John and some of his buddies before but this one was just incredible, it rates among the best meals I've ever had, with pretty much everything served being something I'd be overjoyed to put in my mouth again (except mushrooms, they're gross yo). PJ and I were sitting inside the house with leo doc's boy when leo doc comes and tells us the appetizers are gonna be ready soon but save room. Nothing prepared us for the barrage of food that was to come. It started out with an incredible spicy but flavorful deer sausage. Some time passed in between while the lot of us shared stories outside (and leo doc tried to get Mister John, Captain John's daddy, to share his recipe for making the redfish and shrimp as he went) and one thing we just happened to talk about was how great spicy food was, as long as it didn't go overboard and be spicy just for the sake of being spicy. Well right before the meal Mister John tells us we're gonna love it. But only if we liked spicy food. He didn't hear our conversation but he was well on his way into our hearts via our stomachs. Finally, the 2nd round of appetizers came out. By the time we had eaten about 10% of it we all felt like we were going to explode. I'll keep the details on the 2nd round of appetizers short cuz what really counted here was the main course (well, the first main course I should say). Mister John and Captain John bring out two pans, one filled with redfish fillets and the other shrimp, and both emanating with an incredible smell. I think we all knew it was game on before we could even dig in but if there was any doubt it was instantly quashed the moment we took our first bites. The best way I can describe it is for you people out there that have had boiling crab/crab hut and the like. Well you love those places cuz everything is so yummy right? Of course you do, I do too. Well they all taste like putrid dog **** compared to this. It hadn't even occurred to me that you could make the redfish be like this, but after having it like this I'm scared to have it any other way. The redfish was soft and flakey, while the shrimp had a bit more texture and firmness to it, both going incredibly well with the sauce in their own way. When it came to main course #2 we were all but beaten down by the food that had been brought our way, but it would've been rude to turn down something they had worked so hard to prepare for us so we respectfully ate some of our steaks (I'd bet we all ate a lot more of them than we had anticipated too) before finally declaring the meal a success and getting on the couch for some more R&R.
All in all this trip was a blast. Certainly a bit different than our previous 2 together, but I personally enjoyed this one the most. Fishing was a little bit slower, we had some trouble with the weather on our 2nd day and a real big problem with the boat on the 3rd day fishing, but even though we call it a fishing trip, that's really not what it's all about, and with the addition of PJ and leo doc's boy we just had the perfect group for this sort of adventure. Our ages are staggered a bit so we all have a different perspective on things, it was cool to hang out with everyone and shoot the **** and feel each other out as the trip went on.
Like leo doc mentioned, there might just be another one of these trips before we know it and from the sounds of it we may be building on the interesting experiences from this last trip for an even more incredible (and likely degenerate) adventure.
I really can't express how grateful I am that leo doc reached out and PMed me nearly 2 years ago to go on the helicopter ride in Vegas, he really is a hell of a guy, and I couldn't be happier to have shared a 3rd Louisiana redfish/debauchery trip with him.
oh and one of my email accts associated w a 2p2 acct is banned and i couldnt figure out the pw for the email address for the other one so i had to make a new acct =P
leo doc guess who remembered to ctrl+c their whole post just now? heheheh. It tried to steal this post from me but I figured there would be something stupid new setting with this account so I planned ahead
leo doc the current fish counts for Mead are saying about 25-30 stripers per rod on cut bait at the Vegas wash. Don't know what it'll be like a month from now but just sayin.....