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  • #61
    Port Sulphur Wellhead Fishing Report,

    Port Sulphur Wellhead Fishing Report,

    Today Mike and I headed out of Port Sulphur to fish and explore the area. The weather was very nice with overcast skies, not too hot and the tide was falling. We started out at the end of Freeport Canal fishing dive-bombing seagulls feasting on fleeing shrimp. We caught a mess of speckled trout with half going back as undersized. After that slowed down, I decided to check out how to enter the Gulf from that area as years ago we had a route through Bay La Mer where we fished the surf. I made it to an area that appeared to be blocked off with newly dredged canals but no entrance from where I was to the Gulf. I wasted a little more time than I should have, so I headed back to the wellhead area near the abandoned Sulphur mine/piling area. We picked up nice speckled trout at all of the wellheads using both Cajun rattle torpedo corks and freelined fishing tactics with Berkley 3 inch Gulps. The Reaction chub minnow (avocado/chart. tail) and sparkle beetle (clear) with ¼ oz. jig heads also worked well in tandem freelined. We came in before noon with 36 speckled trout and could have limited out had we not explored too early in the morning when the bite was on.

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    Mike was very pleased with this mess of trout and had a good exploratory boat ride to boot...
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    • #62
      Port Sulpher Report

      Port Sulphur Report,
      This morning David and I left out of Port Sulphur and headed to our usual spot and had a repeat of last week’s action with trout herding up shrimp while dive-bombing birds feasted upon them with trout on the chase. Tide was high and the weather was overcast. We threw back our usual undersized fish but did catch some very nice trout in between. David landed a 35 lb. bull redfish near one of the abandoned Sulphur installations and it gave him a good fight for about 15 minutes or so. We kept 35 speckled trout and were back at the launch before noon. I finally ventured to the Gulf area and found a good entrance point but by the time we got there the fishing action had slowed. Water was very pretty today with hardly any breeze. Best baits were the 3-inch Berkley Gulps and artificial clear shrimp lures fished under various corks. Tandem clear sparkle beetles and Bayou Chub minnows also seen good action fished tight line.

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      David shows off 2 nice specks
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      • #63
        Port Sulphur Coastal & Inside Report

        Port Sulphur Coastal & Inside Report,

        Calm weather and pretty good tide prompted Dale and I to head out to Bay Long at the Gulf to see what was happening. We got there early and we could see Spanish mackerel leaping out of the water. As we started to fish the beach area large black drum were obliging with a few Spanish mackerel and specks thrown in. I should mention that the lady fish were very hungry also. Anyway, we left that area and headed back inside to fish and got into a good bite on the specks but 90% were throw-backs. I was catching them two at the time on tandem ¼ oz. sparkle beetles fished freeline while Dale was catching them under a cork. Small white trout were also mixed in with the small specks. The weather got terribly calm and hot and we headed in before noon with about a dozen specks (one was 4 pounds), 2 drum, half dozen white trout, and 3 Spanish mackerel.

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        Dale with a real mixed catch
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        • #64
          Port Sulphur Report

          Port Sulphur Report,

          Today David and I headed back to Port Sulphur again and fished the wellheads and areas off of the Freeport Canal. Using DOA shrimp and clicking corks we had a good time putting specks in the boat. The usual throw-backs are still plentiful but we did manage to keep 45 trout and one redfish. Tandem Bayou Chub minnows in avocado/chart. tail put a big hurting on them at one of the tank batteries near the Sulphur mine area. On the way in, traveling down the Freeport Canal, dive-bombing birds were having a feast on jumping shrimp while trout chased them to the surface. 90% of the trout under the feeding seagulls were cigar size. Tide was falling all morning and the weather was overcast with surrounding scattered showers.

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          • #65
            Port Sulphur Night Flare Fishing Report

            Port Sulphur Night Flare Fishing Report,

            Last night I got the wild idea to check out what might be biting under the flares out of Port Sulphur, so around 9:00 pm I left out of the launch and headed out to one of them that was producing very bright light. The wind was a bit brisk but I choose a rig that had a good bit of landmass protecting it. The tide was incoming and soon as I got there many small trout were obliging. Most of them were cigar- size with white trout mixed in. At one point a bull redfish nailed my tandem cocahoes and spooled my reel. I stayed until daybreak and fished a little more and headed in around 8:00 am. I had a mixed bag of whites and specks totaling 20 fish but I must have caught 70 trout or more. I slept intermittently throughout the trip, awakening and trying to see if bigger fish would show up but they never did.

            Good fishin’,
            Jerry LaBella
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            • #66
              Hopedale Inside Marsh Report

              Hopedale Inside Marsh Report

              Went to Hopedale this Sat. to check out the inside fishing. Plenty shrimp inside but very few fish were biting. The few specks I caught were all under sized but the redfish are somewhat active, though the bite was slow this time of the day before noon. The front that had come through didn't help matters and the water was murky. I hooked one redfish that got off and another 10-pounder that was landed. These reds were caught out in Lake Ameda on Berkley Gulps under a clicking cork. I went deep into the inside marsh and shrimp were jumping out of the water everywhere my boat went. These were large shrimp, but I didn't see any redfish's fins on the subsurface of the water in any of the ponds. The tide was a bit high and starting to fall. The weather was very windy with gusts to 20 mph out of the north. A few more weeks should see a better bite.

              Good fishin',
              Jerry
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              • #67
                Hopedale inside Report

                Hopedale Inside Marsh Report

                Today I left out of Pip’s Place late, getting up around 7:30 am; not sure of the weather with the tropical depression out in the Gulf. But when I woke up and saw how calm the weather was, I decided to head out. I stopped at several spots along the way but had no luck until venturing into one of my favorite spots deep in the marsh. Using 3 inch and 4 inch Berkley Gulps under a clicking cork, I managed to stay in one spot most of the time (twin pipeline cut), landing a mixed bag of throw-backs and nice keeper trout. The tide was high and incoming this morning and there weren't many boats out. I had one slight rain drizzle but I had my top up and still fished. I caught a total of at least 38-40trout with 21 keepers and one doormat-sized flounder and 2 nice redfish. Some of the trout were caught deep in the marsh ponds behind Hopedale and had a gold-looking color about them. When I left, the tide was about to start falling but I came in. Probably could have limited out if I stayed longer. There’s still plenty shrimp in the marsh and the trout are moving inside at a good pace.

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                • #68
                  Venice Inside Report

                  Venice Inside Report,

                  Saturday afternoon Nolan, Rene, and I left out of Venice Marina and headed down Southwest Pass with plans to night fish with my generator and Halogen lights. We first started fishing one of the river spillways that evening before sunset but the one we chose was producing too many small redfish. We moved down river to another spot right on the river’s edge and we were into the redfish using dead shrimp on the bottom with Carolina rigs with ¼ oz. jig hooks. All of the reds were between 18 – 29 inches. We limited out right there and headed to our night-fishing spots. As soon as the lights hit the water, I had 3 specks in the boat while Rene and Nolan looked on, feeding their faces and watching. We used ¼ oz DOA’s and various Reaction cocahoe lures and beetles tipped with shrimp all on ¼ oz. jig heads. Specks, white trout, drum, croaker, and wild-jumping ladyfish in the huge size were obliging. It was very windy last night but we were comfortable fishing in calm water under a moonlit sky. We slept on the spot and came straight home at daybreak. We were back in the city before 9:30 am with my 160 quart ice chest filled with fish.

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                  • #69
                    Hopedale Marsh Fishing Reports

                    Hopedale Marsh Fishing Reports,

                    Plenty high tide, plenty wind, and plenty under-size trout was the menu today for Mike and I in the Hopedale marsh. Our first stop was small trout with mixed keepers fishing with Berkley Gulps in the 3 inch size white and brown colors fished under clicking corks 3 ft down with ¼ oz. screw jig heads. We found a cut off of Hopedale Lagoon’s back marsh and the fish were obliging there for about and hour early this morning. We moved around a bit as the fishing slowed when the tide stopped around 11:00 am but when it started to fall, the fishing turned back on in a winding bayou near Lake Ameda. Glow sparkle beetle/1/8 oz. jig head under clicking cork and tandem cocahoe Reaction Bayou Chub minnows in purple/chart tail and avocado/chart tail fished freelined on ¼ oz. jig heads had the trout going for awhile before a boat came running through the spot. We must have caught 70 trout with nearly 40 keepers and one under size redfish. The wind was gusting to over 20 mph around midmorning and into the afternoon and the tide was rising instead of falling due to the high easterly winds. Water was up and into some of the launches on Paris Rd.


                    Mike was very happy with the catch today despite very high winds and many boats
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                    • #70
                      Venice Night Fishing Explosion

                      Venice Night Fishing Explosion,

                      Saturday Vic, Arthur and I left out of Venice Marina under very beautiful and breezy weather conditions to night fish one of our favorite passes. The tide was incoming until around 10:00 pm and was predicted to fall right after with a differential of almost 2 feet. Many boats were returning when we arrived at the launch around 3:00 pm and we headed to our redfish hole right on the river’s edge. It was very slow fishing that evening and we only caught 2 reds before sunset. Not wasting anymore time and while there was still a bit of daylight, we then headed to our favorite cut and setup the generator and Halogen lamps out the back of the boat and rigged our rods with Carolina rigs and 3 inch Berkley Gulps and DOA shrimp. We also used dead shrimp and right away we were into the reds we couldn’t find earlier. These were nice sized reds around 25 inches with an occasional bull thrown in to breakup the monotony and tackle. After about and hour of sporadic redfish catching, the specks showed up along with occasional white trout, croaker and tackle busting lady fish. The action was sporadic to hot at times and the nighttime weather was very pleasant and cool. We limited out on specks and caught eight redfish and 3 flounders with a mess of white trout and croakers thrown in for good measure.


                      The nightshift crew from left to right: Vic and Arthur

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                      • #71
                        Hopedale Inside Report

                        Hopedale Inside Report,

                        Today Joshua and I fished the back marsh ponds of Hopedale under very nice conditions with clear skies and high tide. Our first spot was not far from Pip’s Place and the fish were active and hitting DOA ¼ oz. under clicking corks and Bayou Chub minnows under Cajun Rattle corks. At times the trout came to the surface crashing porgies. When this happened we threw tandem cocahoes in avocado char/tail. When the bite slowed at this spot, we moved into a nearby opened lagoon where we got into them again with freelined tandem cocahoes but the flurry was short lived. We tried for redfish and caught one under-sized and one 15 pounds, throwing Red Fish Magic spinner blade with purple/chart tail. We must have caught nearly 45 specks keeping 37. Around 10:30 am the fish stopped biting.

                        Good fishin’,
                        Jerry LaBella
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                        • #72
                          Hopedale High Winds Stained Water Report

                          Hopedale High Winds Stained Water Report,

                          Saturday morning I decided to head out by myself to check out One Pint of Fuel Lake out of Pip’s Place to see if the trout started biting there yet. It was a pretty day but the winds were relentless and finding clean water was a challenge. The tide was on a fall most of the day and where clean water was found it was stained. I first started in a back lagoon behind Hopedale Lagoon and caught a doormat-sized flounder and one speck before moving to another nearby lagoon and found trout obliging but there were more throw-backs than keepers. I used New Penny Berkley Gulps in the 3 inch size fished with ¼ oz screw jig head with a clicking cork but found that the bigger trout wanted the Bayou Chub minnow (avocado/red flick/chart tail) with 1/8 oz screw jig head fished bellow the Cajun Rattle cork. I concluded the trip around 12:30 pm as the fishing slowed to a halt and caught 25-28 specks keeping 15 nice ones and a flounder. In the back lagoons that morning I found large redfish feeding along the grass ditches but could not get them to take the Red Fish Magic spinner bait/purple cocahoe/chart tail I used. I had a hard time using the trolling motor to position a stealthy entrance each time because the wind was blowing too hard on the windward side of which they seemed to be feeding the best.

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                          • #73
                            Hopedale Grand Slam Lagoon Report,

                            Hopedale Grand Slam Lagoon Report,

                            This morning I left out of Pip’s Place by myself to fish some of the back lagoons on a good falling tide and moderate weather. Fishing started out very slowly and the marsh was ablaze with shotgun blast for opening duck season. It wasn’t until midmorning when I ventured into Grand Slam Lagoon using 3 inch glow Berkley Gulp shrimp on 1/8 oz. white screw jig head under a clicking cork 4 ft down that I started into the trout. I must have caught 35 or more, keeping my 25 limit before 11:00 am. The parking lot was full with boat trailers and the marsh had much boat traffic running around against the background sounds of continuous shotgun blasts. I saw ducks flying all over the place in the back pounds and could hear hunters talking and laughing I was so close to their areas.

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                            • #74
                              Hopedale Everybody Catching Fish Report

                              Hopedale Everybody Catching Fish Report,

                              This morning was a perfect day to head out fishing, considering the tide was falling and the weather was perfect. No one should be bragging about catching limits of fish because today everywhere I looked, fish were being caught, mostly nice sized ones at that. Around 9:00 am I limited out (25 trout) in Grand Slam Lagoon and saw about three other boats, one of which had two anglers aboard that left before me-catching their limit as I overheard. I used Berkley Gulps in the 3 inch glow shrimp under a clicking cork with a 1/8 oz. white screw jig head, but I saw one angler using tandem sparkle beetles under a cork, and he was catching his share as well. Plenty of hunters were also out today, blowing up the sky with shotgun blasts. I saw many ducks flying around in the back ponds and canals. I could have thrown rocks at many of them as they took flight ahead of my boat. Not as many boats out today out of Pip’s Place compared to opening duck season last week, but I did see the kayak crew out in Hopedale Lagoon casting for early-morning trout.

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                              • #75
                                Hopedale Thanksgiving Day Fishing Report

                                Hopedale Thanksgiving Day Fishing Report

                                While most people were passing the cranberry sauce and giblet gravy around the table, Nolan and I were out passing the landing net and Berkley Gulps to one another aboard my flatboat. Today wasn’t the most promising day for fishing due to high winds and a cold front moving in this morning, but Nolan and I did mange to get some fish in the ice chest before things got too bad. Fishing Grand Slam Lagoon, the trout were obliging on 3 inch glow shrimp Berkley Gulps rigged on 1/8 oz. white screw jig heads and clicking corks before the high winds and cold weather ambushed us. Also productive was clear sparkle beetles in tandem fished under un-weighted egg corks. Water was pouring out of the marsh bringing with it all sorts of fish, including bass. We managed to catch at least 40 trout and kept 28 fish which included one bass, one sheepshead, one black drum and one redfish. I only saw a few other boats as most were home feasting on turkey dinners and dressings. Finding clean water was the trick after the fish got lockjaw from the cold front that moved in by midmorning, bring with it very cold winds and dirty water.

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                                Nolan displays some of the fish caught today while others feasted on Thanksgiving fixin's
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                                • #76
                                  Hopedale Inside Marsh Fishing Report

                                  Hopedale Inside Marsh Fishing Report,

                                  If you like fishing and kite flying, today was the day to do both. Don and I left out of Pip’s Place under overcast skies and cold weather and decided to only fish and leave the kite flying for others to do. It was a calm morning with clear water and an all-day falling tide—ingredients that make for good inside fishing. We started out in Grand Slam Lagoon where trout were obliging on 3-inch Berkley Gulp shrimp under Cajun torpedo and clicking corks fished 3 ½ ft down. Trout fishing was fast early morning but slowed around mid morning as the winds picked up. We moved to several other spots and other boats were also on the search and there were plenty of them today. We finally landed into them and the fishing was steady but not fantastic. Between the both of us, we caught our limit (50 specks) before noon- and we must have thrown back another 25 undersized ones. Hunters were also out today blasting the sky away.

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                                  Don shows off some of the nice specks caught today despite high winds in the marsh
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                                  • #77
                                    Hopedale Foggy Trout Report,

                                    Hopedale Foggy Trout Report,

                                    While most anglers were fishing near the launch and running around through the fog trying to figure out where they were, Mike and I were landing speckled trout in a nearby canal behind Hopedale lagoon. The tide this morning was on a fall, making for good fishing action. Fishing with Berkley Gulp 3 inch shrimp on 1/8 white screw jig heads 3-1/2 ft under clicking and popping corks, we manage to catch a mess of trout and one nice-sized redfish. With the warming spell, however, the fish were on the small size and we threw back 20 or more fish, keeping 38. The water was very clean and around 63 degrees. Many boats out despite the foggy conditions and around midmorning the fog lifted and boats were moving all around looking for fish as the tide slowed and the fishing slacked. Best spots as the tide slowed were areas right outside of more constricted locations where tide movement was more pronounced, rather than opened lagoons and lakes. The day turned out clear and breezy as we headed in to the launch before noon.

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                                    Mike holds up a nice-sized redfish and speckled trout.
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                                    • #78
                                      Christmas Day Hopedale Rainy Trout Report

                                      Christmas Day Hopedale Rainy Trout Report,

                                      Today while most people were passing Christmas gifts to one another, Mickey and I were passing the landing net to each other, landing offshore-sized speckled trout. While we had to fish rainy, overcast weather this morning, the tide was very favorable, falling all the way to this afternoon. Big speckled trout were going wild near the windward side of Grand Slam Lagoon and we were right there casting 3 inch white Berkley Gulp shrimp at them fished 4 ft down under clicking corks and screw 1/8 jig heads. Action started as fast as it stopped and half of the fish were also caught freelined on cocahoe minnow lures and curly-tailed grubs. Around 10:30 am the action slowed and stopped altogether. We moved to a few different places and the trout had lockjaw from the cold front that moved in. However, we ventured to a section of the twin pipeline canal and near its end, redfish were obliging on the Berkley Gulps. Most of the reds were 16- 18 inches but we threw back at least a half dozen keeping 9. We caught a total of 37 specks (one at least 5 pounds), 9 reds, and one bass. We only threw back maybe 3 undersized trout.

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                                      • #79
                                        Hopedale Rainy/Overcast Inside Report

                                        Hopedale Rainy/Overcast Inside Report,

                                        Today I decided to head out by myself and fish Grand Slam Lagoon despite the rainy weather forecast. When I arrived at Pip’s Place launch, the rain was starting to drizzle and the tide was on a fall all the way until that evening. Trout were obliging on the 3 inch Berkley Gulps in white shrimp tails fished 4 ft under a clicking cork and 1/8 oz. screw jig heads, but what out produced this bait was the opening night curly-tailed saltwater Assassins fished in tandem under a weightless egg cork 4 ft. down. When things slowed there, I moved to “1/8 pint of fuel lagoon” and enjoyed non-stop action on tandem sparkle beetles fished 5 ft down on a weightless egg cork and limited out on trout (25). The action was so good that I caught and released another ½ dozen of trout before heading in. All of the trout were nice size with few throw-backs. The day was overcast with scattered showers but it didn’t stop the fish from biting.

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                                        • #80
                                          Slow Trip In Hopedale

                                          Today Don and I left out of Pip's Place and fishing was very slow. We started in Hopedale Lagoon and from there went to Grand Slam. To make the reports short we used the samething last week to fish with but productivity was off. We caught about 15 fish total but the trout were very large and 2 of the fish were redfish. We came in before noon. Water was falling all morning but many spots were murky.

                                          Good fishin',
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