The tide was still and the fishing was slow, but not for everyone, at the Krewe of Hercules Festival on the Bayou and Redfish Rodeo on Saturday.
The big news of the day was the 136.78-pound stingray landed by BeBe McElroy of Cocodrie, which holds first place in the miscellaneous category. If approved, it would move to seventh place in the Louisiana record books.
Stingray fishing is a specialty of the McElroy family. Bebe landed a 186-pound monster in 2013.
“We’ve been targeting stingrays for almost 30 years,” she said. “We hold several of the ten spots. I hold three, my husband holds one and my son holds one.”
McElroy says the family’s fascination with stingrays is very simple.
“They’re just fun to catch,” she said.
Scott Crochet of Baton Rouge, who was fishing south of Dulac, said the redfish were biting hard.
“Between (Friday) afternoon and (Saturday) morning, we caught about 30 bull reds,” Crochet said.
Crochet said the weather was good until Saturday afternoon.
“It was good till about three hours ago,” he said. “Then the rains came and we got wet.”
Crochet was second in bull reds on Saturday afternoon. His fishing partner, Brandie Portier, who brought in a fourth place bull red, had a comment on people who weren’t catching.
“Maybe they just don’t know what they are doing,” she said.
Most of the fishermen who brought in fish to be weighed, though, told another story: the tides aren’t moving and the fish weren’t biting.
“It was slow with the rain,” Robert Higgin of Baton Rouge said. “The tides aren’t moving. Hopefully it’ll pick up soon. The tides have been dead for three weeks.”
Ricky Martinez echoed Higgins.
“The weather wasn’t cooperating, with the tides and stuff,” Martinez said. “But it just is what it is sometimes.”
Despite the weather, anglers have reeled in some big catches.
“We’re seeing an unbelievable amount…