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  • Low Water, Cold n Windy, Port Sulphur Speckled Trout

    I left out of Port Sulphur solo, under overcast skies and windy, cold weather. Tide was 2 feet below normal and area even my flatboat had difficulties getting through. The water was decent clarity despite the conditions. All and all I managed to catch a good mess of speckled trout with live shrimp, lures under corks and tight lined. I didn’t see another sport fishing boat all day. Normally I forgo fishing when the north wind blows hard and prevents incoming tide movement. It was hard fishing, but was glad I caught some nice trout despite bad conditions.

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    • Port Sulphur Overdose of Fog Trout

      I left out of Port Sulphur this morning solo under dense fog and calm winds. Water was a bit low but clean. I headed to the cut entering Lake Washington where I been catching consistence speckled trout. A bit slow fishing with lures but the live shrimp worked best, Threw back a mess of undersized trout but sill managed to limit out on specks. Threw back 2 bull reds over 30 pounds as well. The Freeport sulphur canal cleared of fog near 11 am but the area I was fishing was socked solid the whole time.

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      • Port Sulphur Trout B 4 The Incoming Bad Weather

        I left out of Port Sulphur public launch under the early morning darkness and headed to the pass between Lake Washington and the Freeport Sulphur canal. Tide was on the low side but not to the extreme. Water clarity was decent and the wind was calm. Fishing was extremely slow. I had to move around in the area picking up trout here and there. The fish wanted lively live shrimp and hardly accepted a lure. As the day neared noon the fish began to bite a little better on the live shrimp. I manage to limit out on speckled trout and enjoyed the beautiful weather before the front scheduled to enter later tonight into next morning bringing cold air, rain with snow predicted.

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        • After the Freeze- Lockjaw Fish

          Two of us left out of Port Sulphur under very good conditions. Weather was moderate and overcast. We had live shrimp and various lures and the fish had serious lockjaw. Never got one bite trying various areas where I been limiting out on trout. Tide was incoming but low at first. Around noon after no bites both I and my friend happen to catch a large sheepshead each. On the way in I spoke to 2 other anglers fishing and they said they didn’t catch anything as of yet. At the launch I spoke to one professional redfish angler and he said he didn’t get one redfish or a bite and another angler there only had 2 fish as well. Lesson here is, after a hard freeze, wait at least one full week for the fish to come back to life.

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          • Friday The 13th Good Trout Trip

            Friday The 13th Good Trout Trip
            Three of us left out of Port Sulphur under darkness and light fog to head to our fishing spot near Lake Washington. Water was a bit dirty and we had no bites for 2 ˝ hours trying our familiar places. After moving around and returning to a previous spot, we managed to get into a good trout bite on live shrimp and after running out used artificial lures like sparkle beetles. We caught 67 trout and called it a day around noon.

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            • Fog Hogs in Port Sulphur

              Today all three of us limited out on trout, fishing oyster reefs off of Freeport Sulphur canal. We used live shrimp, minnow lures and beetles under corks. It was very foggy at one point and overcast throughout the morning. Tide was low but incoming. The winds were low to calm. On the way back diving seagulls were nailing shrimp chased up by tout in hot pursuit. Couldn’t fish any more as the box was full and limited out.

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              • Horrible Day out In Port Sulfur

                Two of us left out of Port Sulphur. The water was low and dirty and the predicted winds were off by 15 miles per hour. Went to our usual area and the water was chocolate milk. Make a long story short, 3 fish caught: 2 sheepshead and one huge black drum which was released. Saw a few other boats and didn’t see a fish caught. Several other boats were launching around noon when we returned, but the winds were getting higher. The water was at least 2 feet lower from normal, making even my flatboat difficult to venture into usual haunts.

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                • Port Sulphur Redemption Trip

                  After the last week’s horrible trip due to bad weather, this one was in complete contrast. I left out of Port Sulphur under overcast skies and dead calm winds. A low pressure was heading in, bringing rain around 12 noon, but I figured I could beat the weather. The water was a bit low but very clean with an incoming tide around 11 am. I was armed with live shrimp and headed straight to my favorite oyster reef spot. I was there before the sun rise and the fish didn’t start biting until it came completely above the horizon. From then it was non-stop trout coming aboard, nailing live shrimp under a clicking cork. I caught them till I ran out of shrimp and then switched to lures. The trout weren’t too interested in the lures, but I still had a limit of fish. I headed back to the launch at 10:30 and the rain was threatening, with a slight drizzle, but by then I was on the road headed back home.

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                  • Port Sulphur Beautiful Day

                    I left the launch under bright, calm weather Thursday morning to head to my favorite area armed with live shrimp. The fishing started out slow but picked up as the rose above the horizon. The trout only wanted live shrimp and would hardly hit a lure. The water was decent with a low tide but incoming as the day progressed. Besides catching a limit of speckled trout, which I had to work hard for this trip, I also landed a 25 lb black drum. Last week I caught one but released it. They are feeding on top the oyster reefs.




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                    • Port Sulphur Low Water, Slow Fishing Trip

                      Two of us left out of Port Sulphur armed with live shrimp to fish the oyster reefs in the area Wednesday. The water was 2 feet low and was murky. Fishing was extremely slow with a total of 20 trout caught. The tide was incoming in the afternoon and the water condition got a little better but by that time we had run out of live shrimp and resorted to lures. The trout obliged better on the live shrimp so the fishing was extra slow using beetles under corks. But like By Heck use to say: “Fishing is a pleasure; catching fish is a bonus.”


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                      • Port Sulphur Finally Prefect Conditions

                        Wednesdaymorning I left out of Port Sulpur launch and headed to the oyster reefs in Lake Washington. Weather was calm and overcast with water on thehigher and clean side than the previous 2 months for morning trips. I broughtalong live shrimp and fished them under a clicking cork and the trout wereobliging at the first spot. I eventually ran out of live shrimp but they stillhit dead ones that died in the live well. When all bait was exhausted I went tobeetle lures under a cork. The trout did not oblige on the lures alone, but Iwhen I tipped the hooks with Berkley trout nuggets the bite became much better. I manageto limit out on speckled trout and keep one large gafftop cat.

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                        • Port Sulphur Slow Trip on The Usual Spots

                          Two of us left out do Port Sulphur weather was perfect. Tide incoming. The water was not so clean in the usual areas. We fished live shrimp and had plenty micro tout stealing bait. Long story short, we ran low on live bait when we figured out where the clean water was and the trout were biting: The sulphur mine. Too little; too late. We came back with about 20 trout.
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                          • Port Sulphur Perfect Trip

                            I left out of Port Sulphur under perfectly calm weather and overcast skies. The water was on the high side and incoming and clean. I made my usual stops over reefs and wrecks and out into Bay Ronquille fishing camps. All spots produced speckled trout caught on sparkle beetles tight lined and live shrimp under corks. At some spots trout were caught two and the time on tandem beetles.

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                            • Perfect Weather --Fishing Explosion Port Sulphur

                              I left out of Port Sulphur this morning under calm weather and incoming tide. It couldn’t have been a better morning given we had 2 weeks of solid rain and high, damaging winds. Without getting into a long story all I can say is fish were obliging every where there were oyster reefs. Seagulls were diving all across the lakes. Fish obliged on lures under corks, tight lined and on live shrimp. Most of my fish were all caught on lures. I got tired of catching fish. I had a box load of redfish and trout and was back at the launch before 11:00 am. Some of the trout were very large.

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                              • Catch Bigger Fish In Heavy Structure-No Hang Up

                                This is the most effective fishing method I’ve found for fishing in the thick of submerged wrecks, pilings, rock piles, and jetties, etc. without hang up. I use 6/20 braided line on the reel and to the end of the braid I tie a 6 ft. 20 lb fluorocarbon leader. At the end of the 20 lb. leader I tie a very small snap swivel, the type that has no protruding clips (see photo), To this swivel, I attach a 10 lb. fluorocarbon line by way of an overhand loop knot; leader length of about 2 -2 1/2 ft with the Owner Twistlock 1/16 oz. 3/0 weedless hook and gulp on the tag end as seen in the video. The cork is clipped to the 20 lb leader according to your preferred depth. In the rare event that a hang up occurs, you can break the 10 lb line and save everything above the swivel. I’ve caught the largest of fish inside these type structures while others cannot fish them conventional style.



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                                • Port Sulphur Trout Explosion

                                  Port Sulphur Trout Explosion

                                  Two of us left out of Port Sulphur this morning under overcast, clam skies and incoming tide. Water in the Freeport Canal was river water but clean water was located off the canal in Lake Washington where non-stop trout action abounded. Seagulls gave way to locating the best action as they fed on shrimp escaping trout hungry jaws. Action on beetle lures in tandem yield 2 at the time hook ups at times. Action wore us out and we loaded the box up and headed in a little after 10:30 am.

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                                  • Port Sulphur Hot Weather Hot Fishing

                                    Two of us left out of Port Sulphur this morning and headed to our favorite fishing lake. Water was high and incoming and fairly clean. There was hardly a breeze blowing under the overcast skies. It was hot action for schooling trout under diving seagulls. We used live shrimp and lures under corks and at time using tandem tight- lined beetles, catching two at the time on occasion. Plenty throw -back specks, but we managed to keep 40 trout.
                                    Thankfully I brought my large umbrella to use aboard to shade us from the scorching sun and heat.

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                                    • Port Sulphur Relentless Trout Bite

                                      I left out of Port Sulphur solo and headed the open water near the camps in Bay Ronquille. Plenty seagulls dive bombing shrimp chased up by the pursuing jaws of speckled trout. The day was hot with a slight overcast and high tide. Action was hot under the birds that kept moving away from the boat. I was catching 2 at the time on sparkle beetles tight lined. The only problem was giant gafftopsails kept tying me up. I’d catch a trout on one lure of the tandem and the other one a 5 pound gafftopsail. I released all the gafftopsails. I prefer not getting my ice chest punctured by their sharp fins. Best spot was when I came back into Lake Washington over a certain oyster reef I call arrowhead because the little grass island inside of it is in the shape of an arrowhead. Bigger specks were in this area compared to the open water of the Bay aforementioned. I left the fish biting and had more than I needed of fish by 10:30 am.

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                                      • Port Sulphur Hot Day Dive Bombing Seagulls

                                        3 of us left out of Port Sulphur under partly cloudy skies and a breezy wind. Water was a bit dirty but the tide was incoming. Slow in the morning finding decent water and a fish bite. We moved from inside water to out in the bay where it was a bit choppy heading out. We encountered diving seagulls in different areas and caught speckled trout and giant gafftop sail fish. We used live shrimp and sparkle beetles and most of the fish were caught under the birds. The oyster reefs were slow fishing but as the morning went on the water got a lot cleaner.
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                                        • Blue Crabs Are Swarming In Lake Pontchartrain

                                          Two of us left out of the Williams Blvd Kenner, La. launch this past Saturday to crab at the Duncan Canal off Lake Pontchartrain. I had 6 traps and 12 nets and we caught over a hamper of blue crabs. Weather was nice, low wind and overcast skies. We boiled them all up and gave many of the cooked crabs to friends. If you going to crab with nets or hand-lines you don't need a fishing license. If you are recreational crab trap fishing you must have a basic fishing license and a recreational crabbing license for up to 10 traps. The traps must be tagged with your license number on the top center of each trap on a 2 inch stainless steel metal strip. The LDWF is out and checking boats for proper equipment and licenses where applicable. Here's a tip for baiting your crab nets with turkey or chicken necks securely: plastic tie strap them to the bottom center of the net, after cutting the center section of the necks all the way around the circumference to the bone, then tighten the tie strap in the cut section of the neck. You won't lose your bait.

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