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  • Red Fish Slam Delacroix
    Peter and I left out of Sweetwater Marina in Delacroix this morning and headed to Alligator Pass where we immediately got into the redfish using Versa Max corks with live and dead shrimp. Many throw‐back under sized fish encountered. We moved from there and headed to the Pencil Canal picking up a few more reds. Best spot with non‐stop action came at the area of Skippy Lake at Oak River where we limited out on reds and threw back an addition 15 or more. Topping off the ice chest were one black bass, a bunch of white bass, and a few flounders. Plenty freshwater throughout the area but it had good clarity.
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    • Delacroix Mixed Bag Slam

      Peter and I left out of Delacroix this morning under clear skies and calm winds armed with live and fresh shrimp. Alligator Pass was out first stop and there was nothing happening in the area including not seeing many alligators as we normally would. We left that area and headed toward Oak River via the Pencil pipeline where we got into not-stop redfish and plenty white bass. Carolina rig was the ticket baited with live or fresh shrimp. We threw back many under sized redfish, but limited out on them. The box at end of trip boasted 40 white bass, 3 black bass, 4 freshwater cats and 1 large flounder. River water abounded throughout the whole area, evidenced by the freshwater species aforementioned. There were only a few boats out today in comparison to prior trips here.

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      • Dularge Guide Trip

        Yesterday I hired a guide to get to learn the Dularge area, which I really haven’t fished before. The guide service was Bayou Guide service which has a very good reputation for catching trout and redfish. Captain Bill Lakes heads up 5 boats. Captain Brady was the guide assigned to me and it was just us two for this trip. I was forewarned that the fishing had recently been off and I could reschedule, but I declined, because I really wanting to learn the area. Weather was extremely calm and awfully hot and the tide was not productive. Fishing the outer coastal areas, we got into a good trout bite, but it was short-lived and we had to move around a lot, picking off a trout or two here and there. We used only various swim baits both on corks and tight line. The gafftopsail cats were intermittently interrupting our efforts. All in all we had a good trip, catching one limit of trout, which is 25 trout. We threw back a good bit of undersized fish.


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        • Port Sulphur solo trip this morning before the rain.
          Fishing lures and live shrimp under cork with dead calm winds. Plenty juvenile trout under dive-bombing seagulls in Bay Ronquille. Got tired of catching and releasing under sized trout. Came in before the rain with 17 trout. The gafftopsail cats drove me nuts.

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          • Freshwater Delacroix Mix Bag Catch

            Wednesday Peter and I left out of Sweetwater Marina in Delacroix and headed out to Oak River area down the Pencil canal. Weather was dead calm under cloudy skies and very clean water. We were armed with live and fresh shrimp and various artificial soft plastics. Long story short, the water throughout the area is drinking water. Not salt content. We caught a pile freshwater cats, redfish (a number of throw back, under size ones too), one giant flounder, several black bass, some white bass and plenty of disappointment with the speckled trout being devoid.

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            • Speck HIT

              Two of us left out of Hopedale to fish the outer areas along the coast where reports had it fish are on the move to the inside areas. Armed with live shrimp it took awhile before the bite started using popping corks fished 3 ft down. Water was extremely high but had decent clarity.
              We caught a nice box of trout but when the heat started to warm the water the fish stopped biting.

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              • Delacroix Mix Catch Bash

                This morning Peter and I left out of Hopedale, La., under calm conditions right before the projected cold front that was scheduled to come the following day. Many boats were seen heading out, more than I remember in a long time. We stop off at Bait Inc to get live shrimp with our sights on fishing the near coastal areas of Black Bay. Our first stop saw many seagulls and boats fishing under them which means trout chasing shrimp to the surface fleeing for their life. We caught trout under these birds but not as fast as we expected. Many nearby boats fishing, but we didn’t witness many fish being caught. We moved deeper into the interior marsh areas and came upon a bunch of frenzied feeding sheepshead and redfish, but a good number of the latter were under sized. We came in with a nice loaded box of mixed fish, beating the rain that was forecasted for the evening.


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                • Bull Red Blast

                  Pat and I went on an overnight trip out of Venice to fish the close in rigs out of SW Pass at night. With the use of my generator and LED lights we tried to work up the trout but the fishing was slow. Next morning we fished a couple other rigs that yielded illegal size snappers and an occasional bull redfish. There were plenty of hard head catfish which was discouraging throughout the trip. It wasn’t until we headed to the mouth of SW Pass where the bull redfish were on fire. We caught our limit and one black tip shark and threw back more than a few other bull redfish as they were all over 27 inches. Was a blast fishing them however.

                  Good fishin’,
                  Jerry LaBella

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                  • Delacroix Trout Solo Trip

                    12/4/2019

                    I left out of Pip’s Place on the Hopedale side of Delacroix and made my way to the Delacroix area crossing Lake Robin to Bayou Terre Boeuf. Many boats out fishing but the fishing started slow and only in a selected spot. Tide was predicted to fall most of the day under very moderate weather conditions but on the cold side temperature wise. I was armed with live shrimp and good thing I had them because once I found the trout bite they wouldn’t touch anything else, including a partially live shrimp or lures. I fished under a cord about 3 ft deep in 4-5 ft. of water around the area of the twin pipeline that connects to a lake. Fish bite was sporadic but working hard and consistent after wasting time trying other spots, I return back to where they were originally biting. I managed to catch a mess of very nice sized specks and a couple of sheepshead-only having to throw back one undersized trout.

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                    • Mardi Gras Trout Trip

                      While most people were out screaming throw me something mister and catching beads and doubloons, I was out catching a mess of fish, namely a limit of speckled trout and a bunch of sheepsheads. I fished solo today since my buddy cancelled last minute. There were plenty of boats out running around looking for fish on the Delacroix side, but the really clean water and action was on the Hopedale side. Fortunately, I caught fish in both places using live shrimp and various artificials when the live stuff ran out. This time of year the best technique is the “glide and slide” method, better known to the novice as drift fishing. For some reason, putting an anchor down can at times cause the fish to get lockjaw. The water was on the low side when I arrived this morning but the tide started to come in this afternoon. It was a beautiful day with light winds, made even better coming in with a load of fish.

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                      • Hopedale/Delacroix Wild & Crazy Trip

                        This morning Mo and I left out of Pip’s place and headed to a nearby lake not very far from the launch armed with live shrimp and various lures. Weather was calm and a little foggy to start out with, but the water was very clean. Our first spot with obliging speckled trout proved to be under-sized fish that had to be thrown back; we only were able to keep a few legal size ones. When we moved to another small lake, it was non-stop speckled trout action, but we had to release them as well because they were under size. Morning fishing was slow, but later in the morning we latched up with one huge black drum, which we released, as it was too big for food fare. And later we latched onto a beautiful golden bull redfish, which put up a hefty fight, caught on a live shrimp under a cork. We managed to catch a small mess of sheepshead and some large speckled trout to wind up the trip with a box of mixed fish.
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                        • Hopedale Very Slow Fishing
                          I left out this morning to head to Hopedale solo. Very foggy conditions but the water was clean. I had live shrimp and the fishing was extremely slow-fish had lockjaw. I contribute this to the stupid double tide we had today. Any time you see that, unless you are desperate, stay home. The latter was a good choice since I been staying home too long. I manage to catch some speckled trout, one bass, one sheepshead and through back a dozen or so under sized speckled trout. When the fog lifted it turned out to be a hot and pretty day on the water. Plenty boats out today.
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                          • Port Sulphur Trout Trip

                            This morning Mike and I left out of Port Sulphur to fish the areas of Lake Grand Ecaille and Bay Ronquille. The weather was calm with clear skies and a high tide with good water clarity. We were armed with live shrimp and live cocahoe minnows. We fished these 2 1/2 feet below clicker corks . There were plenty juvenile trout in the area but we manage to put 32 keeper trout in the ice chest. Mike hooked a 5 foot long alligator gar on a dead shrimp and I tried to net it just to cut it loose as it was too big to put in the boat. However, the gar ripped through the net like a torpedo shot from a nuclear submarine, leaving a gapping hole in the webbing. Mike managed to still get the fish close enough to the boat where I managed to cut the line right below the cork, as we didn’t want to lose the special-made cork. We also caught trout under feeding seagulls that were diving to eat shrimp that were being chased up to the subsurface by feeding juvenile trout. Sometimes catching two at the time only to have to throw them back because they were under legal size. We had a fun trip with very good moving tides both incoming and falling. We estimated that all in all we must of caught over 70 trout.

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                            • Port Sulphur Solo Trip

                              This morning I headed out to Port Sulphur solo to fish the areas of the outer bays and lakes southwest of the Freeport Sulphur Canal, but due to higher winds out of the west I was not able to make in the open water in my 16 ft flatboat. So I shift gears and headed to Lake Washington. The water was not that clean in certain areas closer to the Sulphur Canal and I wasted a lot of time moving around trying to find cleaner water, picking up a trout or two here and there. I did locate cleaner water and using live shrimp and artificial shrimp under a clicking cork I managed to catch some keeper trout— a total of 16. I had to work hard for these fish. I only saw one other boat out today in the area but many were observed heading out on the highway as I drove back home.
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                              • Crab Slam Trip

                                This morning Pat an I left out to the Williams Blvd. Kenner boat launch and head to the Duncan Canal to go crabbing. I had 20 turkey neck baited crab nets. Crabbing started slow but after figuring out the right depth of water they were in and the correct way to pick up the nets with the current flow, we started landing a good number of crabs. I also shortened the leader lines on the nets too, so that the nets came up quicker before the crabs escaped out. We caught over a hamper of crabs. We came back home and boiled them all.

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                                • Dularge Overnight Rig Trip

                                  Pat, Maurice and I left out of Jug’s Landing in Dularge to night fish trout under lights. The weather was not as forecasted as the wind was not 10 mph with seas 2 foot or less. It’s was more near 15 mph nonstop with 3-4 ft seas all night. We managed to catch speckled trout in the late evening but there were plenty giant sail cats that intermittently tied us up. We decided to keep the larger ones after breaking off their spiny fins so that my ice chest was spared of punctures. It was a rough trip all night rolling around in the cabin with every wave encounter. At least we had air conditioning to cool off from the day’s blazing heat. We came in the next morning after not being able to catch any more trout only gafftops . Total catch was mixed gafftops and speckled trout around 75 pounds of fish.

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                                  • Port Sulphur Trout Trip

                                    Today Peter and I left out of Port Sulphur to fish for speckled trout in the open bays since the wind was very moderate with good tide. We used popping corks and live shrimp including artificial shrimp lures. The fishing was not real great but we moved a lot trying different areas that presented cleaner water. We caught a good number of undersized fish but did manage to keep 24 legal size trout. Fishing was hard under very hot weather conditions. We managed to dodge the rain until we got back home where it poured down raining flooding streets in Metarie and Kenner areas.

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