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  • Worse Trip Yet

    Yesterday Glen and I left out of Delacroix to fish Point Fenne . The water in the whole area was fresh river water from the high Mississippi river stage. We left that area and decided to go toward Hopedale. The water was extreme low with boats along the canal sitting high and dry. We headed to Four Horse Lake where the water was not as dirty but still fresh. Next we went to Lake John on the pipeline. No fish caught at all and the winds started blowing. In fear of not being able to get back to the launch due to low water, we headed in fishless. This area is not going to be productive until the water level rises and the freshwater moves out.

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    • Port Sulfur April Spring Speck Bonanza

      Port Sulfur April Spring Speck Bonanza



      Thursday Peter and I left out of Port Sulpur to fish the Camps and rock piles in and around the Four Bayou Pass area. The water looked very discouraging as we made our way down the Freeport Sulphur canal. Weather was very moderate, with winds that made it a bit choppy in the open areas. The first areas we fished, the water appeared to be Mississippi River water. We only had 5 fish in the boat after fishing 3 hours. We had live shrimp and various lures. It was looking bleak. We made our way to one of our most productive camps and the wind became very calm and the water was improving at this particular spot. We got into a good trout bite, using live shrimp. The trout were springtime large. When the live shrimp ran, out the fish would not bite on anything else we threw at them, including dead shrimp and a pile of different lures. I figured we better get closer to the inside marsh area of Lake Washington, as the water in the Freeport canal was still very dirty. When we got to the lake, it was considerably cleaner and had that familiar look of what we call “trout water.” To make a long story short, we drifted into and oyster reef area and located a feeding frenzy of fat speckled trout, catching them almost every cast with Beetles under corks. I was catching them 2 at the time at one point. We limited on trout, one sheepshead, 2 flounder, 1 gaft top, 4 throw back redfish. I can't say enough about how the new power pole helps locating and catching fish much quicker

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      • Port Sulphur Lake Washington Speck Slam

        Today I fished solo for speckled trout in the area of Lake Washington in Port Sulphur. Weather was perfect and the water in that area was very clean. First stop I got a few trout very quickly but they stopped hitting as fast as they started. I was using live shrimp and beetle lures. Moving around over different oyster reefs I got into a good bite, limiting out on fat springtime trout (25). Great day; great trip.


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        • Hopedale trout trip wind blown

          Today I left out of Breton Sound marina to fish the MRGO rocks where reports have it trout are being caught there. I saw boats heading out there, but the wind was blowing at least 20 – 25 mph. When I entered that area in my small 16 ft flat, waves were 4 ft and splashing into my boat, soaking me wet in a chilly wind. I turned around because there was no way even if I were in a bigger boat to fish that kind of rough water. Heading in, I pulled over to an oyster reef to fish and the trout were obliging, sometimes catching 2 at the time, but many under sized throwbacks. I managed to keep 17 fish but caught over double that amount. legal limit is 25.

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          • Port Sulphur Great Conditions for Trout

            Nolan Franz (former Green Bay Packers and Tulane player) and I left out of Port Sulphur under perfect conditions. We headed straight for Lake Washington oyster reefs to fish speckled trout. First stop action was furious on live shrimp and also lures under corks. Many throw back undersized fish, but there were very nice keepers amongst them too. We totaled out on the keepers of 37, but had to throw back at least another 20 under-sized fish. Though Nolan is a former pro NFL player, the damage from doing so became evident, when he clumsily feel into the live bait box, breaking the hinges off one side of the box. He almost went overboard. Anyway, he managed to snag the biggest speckled trout of the trip and the only sheepshead (striped buck-toothed bandit) of the trip, which was one of the largest I have seen lately.

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            • Port Sulphur Rough Trout Trip

              Rough trip today in Port Sulphur.. Water was dirty, winds were higher than predicted and Peter and I ran all over the place looking for trout . The fish didn't start biting to afternoon. We saw a good many boats and none of them were catching a thing. We managed to catch 17 trout and threw back undersize fish at least equal to what we kept.

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              • Port Sulphur Trout Trip

                Port Sulphur Trout Trip


                Today Nolan and I left out of Port Sulphur to fish speckled trout. Weather was perfect in every way including the clarity of the water. Action started at the first stop and every other place thereafter. We used live shrimp and various lures, all produced fish. Many throw back, but we still managed to limit out on 50 trout.

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                • Port Sulphur Trout Explosion

                  Thursday I left out of Port Sulphur solo under perfect conditions. Light winds, incoming tide, and overcast sky. Ever stop yielded speckled trout using live shrimp and lures under corks. Many throw backs but limited out on 25 trout by 9:30 am. I continued to fish, catching and releasing. One redfish and one sand sea trout were among the catch.

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                  • Port Sulphur Trout Trip with Captain Jack and Dad


                    This morning Captain Jack, his father and I left out of Port Sulphur under calm winds and clear skies. Only problem was the water was not that clean and the tide was high. First stop yielded a few small throw back trout. Thereafter the trip slowed catching very few keepers. It wasn’t until the last spot we tried coming in that a small mess of trout were boated. We fished live shrimp and various lures under corks. This trip Captain Jack was making his début, at least aboard my boat and as far as I could tell he was in his glory as seen by the picture of him holding 2 of the fish.

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                    • Port Suphur Calm Weather Fishing Explosion

                      This morning Glen and I left out of Port Sulphur under very clam weather with slight overcast skies. Conditions were perfect for fishing, though the tides have been running on the high side for the past several trips. First stop, trout action was on. We used live shrimp and lures under corks, though they were obliging on the lures just as much. We fished the oyster reefs in Lake Washington and from there we moved out to open waters toward Barataria. Fishing slowed to a halt after 2 hours of fishing. Action began again as we headed toward a pass entering the Freeport Sulphur Canal where bait was swarming the area on a falling tide. All and all we had a nice box of speckled trout and one bull redfish Glen caught.

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                      • Parish line Canal @ Lake Pontchartrain Crab Bonanza

                        Been catching crabs consistently with 4 crab traps and nets at times. They aren’t full of meat but there’s meat in them if you boil them right and store them properly. I made a special Italian cracked crab salad with the latest batch caught this morning with only 4 traps baited with turkey necks or fish parts set over night

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                        • Friday Trout Limit in Port Sulphur

                          I left out of Port Sulphur alone Friday morning under overcast skies and calm winds. Headed to my favorites spots but the trout weren’t turned on initially. Moved around to other areas and picked up trout as I moved closer north of Lake Washington. Live shrimp and various lures under corks worked but fastest action on live shrimp. Water was high and clean. Had some mule trout in the catch


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                          • Parish Line Canal Kenner, La Crabs Abound

                            The past 3 months and getting progressively better are the crabs in this area. I been catching them in nets and my crab traps. There are can get busy with crabbers on the weekend but there’s plenty to go around. Some people are catching them on a string with scoop net baited with chicken necks.

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                            • Port Sulphur Speck Attack

                              Today, Peter and I left out of Port Sulphur to make our usual fishing spot run. The weather was very moderate and the tide was super high. We were armed with live shrimp and our usual arsenal of lures. Fishing however was slow to begin with until we landed upon a new spot with the assistance of an angler catching trout one after another. He motioned us to come close and fish where the trout were biting. We did so and started catching trout one after another. The angler was catching, tagging and releasing his fish. Long story sort, we limited out and headed back to the launch in the heat of the day with a swollen box of speckled trout.

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                              • Port Sulpur Trout Trip Blast

                                Port Sulpur Trout Trip Blast


                                Wednesday 2 of us left out of Port Sulpur’s public launch under calm weather and high tide to head to various spots in Lake Washington and the patchy islands in Bay Ronquille. Areas in about Lake Washington was slow fishing and water was a bit dirty. Plenty shrimpers in the area possibly the cause. We moved out to the open areas past the sulphur mines to head to the marshy island spots in Bay Ronquille, checking out areas for clear water and seagulls diving. We got into a good bite of nice sized specks and small white trout and one big 8 pound sheepshead. We limited out on the specks. Wind picked up over 15 mph out the east making it a rough ride back to the Freeport Sulphur canal. One block from the launch, we ran into clean water and seagulls diving; we caught a few more specks and picked up the boat to head home.



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                                • Port Sulphur Oyster Reef Specks

                                  Today Glen, Rocky and I left out of Port Sulphur launch under calm weather and overcast skies. The tide was super high covering the parking lot of the launch. It wasn’t long before we found the diving seagulls and trout under them. Nice size trout, not school trout using live shrimp and various lures under corks. We loaded the boat pretty quickly with non-stop action.

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                                  • Don’t go to delacroix

                                    As usual, river water all over the area and dirty. 2 of us left out of Sweetwater Marina and just like the name indicates—sweet water throughout the area and it’s a dead zone of dirty water. I should have gone to Port Sulphur where we been limiting out of big trout in clean, salty water. We caught 6 fish. Anyone we spoke to out there was doing horribly. Won’t be back anytime soon and won’t believe any fishing reports from the area unless they are speaking the truth.
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                                    • Wednesday Port Sulphur Blast

                                      I left out of the public launch in Port Sulphur solo to fish Lake Washington area. The weather was very moderate with light winds and decent tide. Water clarity wasn’t ideal but it did clear up as the incoming tide started around noon. The trip started off very discouraging for lack of fish obliging, but again I was fishing the lower end of the low tide. Wasn’t until afternoon fish turned on and I was catching trout 2 at time and at times using corks and various lures like minnow lures and beetles in tandem. They also obliged on tight line tandem rigs. I had live shrimp as well and used them all up in between slow bites. I limited out on redfish and caught a pile of white and speckled trout mixed numbering in the 40-50 count.

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                                      • Port Sulphur Super Clean Water Plenty Fish

                                        Friday I left out of the public launch solo to hit Lake Washington area, Water was cleaner as I have ever seen it and the tide was incoming. First spot right of the Freeport Sulphur canal was a speckled trout explosion sending me into frenzy trying to capitalize on them but for some reason my lines kept tangling and bird nesting. Seemed every thing was going wrong as I tried to hustle getting the fish in the boat before they stopped. I managed put some fish in the boat but by the time I regrouped the bite stopped. I moved around locating fish here and there and decided to catch some redfish which I limited out on. On the way back to the launch, after loading the box with trout and redfish, I stumbled upon diving seagulls slamming shrimp on the subsurface where large trout were obliging. I drifted to them and caught 2 at the time fat speckled trout and decided I had enough and proceeded in.

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                                        • Port Sulphur: So Much Fish, It’s Hardly a Challenge

                                          I left out of the public launch this morning under clear skies a calm weather with a high tide and clean water. First stop was all it took. Catching trout on tandem beetles and minnow lures 2 at the time and at times with or without corks. Tide was falling fast and the fish were hungry. The day was beautiful only made better after I limited out on trout and located a redfish hole which I limited out on as well.

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