May 4, 5 p.m. EST—Some charter boat captains in the Gulf of Mexico went back to work today, fishing the waters west of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
“The Gulf is alive and well,” Devlin Roussel told me this afternoon while on his way in from an offshore charter. “We had one yellow and lots of blacks. Yellows were busting all over, but eating tiny bait and didn’t want what we had. A great day, though.”
“The West Delta is loaded with herring and pogies. We’ve seen school after school and have a full live well. No oil or scent of oil. The yellowfin jumped all over all day, but they’re eating 1-inch baits that are too small to catch or use. They put on a hell of a show. We went 1 for 4 on yellows.”
Again, if you’re booked to fish southern Louisiana, don’t change your plans. Call ahead, but captains are still fishing unaffected areas of the Gulf–and catching fish.