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  • #81
    Hopedale Slow to Start Report

    Hopedale Slow to Start Report,

    Today I headed out by myself to check out the fishing in Grand Slam Lagoon out of Pip’s Place. It started out fast with 5 specks and stopped. The tide was falling all morning to noon but the fishing was very slow in the early morning but picking up as the day went on. One Pint of Fuel Lake was doing better than most places but it too had scattered action. Around noon it appeared things picked up and trout were being boated at a decent pace. I had 20 trout and needed 5 more when that lake shut down to a halt. I moved to ¼ Pint of Fuel Lagoon and picked up my last 5 fish very quickly and threw back 3 others over the limit. Best bait was 3 inch Berkley Gulp white shrimp with 1/8 oz. screw jig head fished 4 ft down under a clicking cork.

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    • #82
      I/4 Pint Of Fuel Lagoon Report

      I/4 Pint Of Fuel Lagoon Report,

      After a 2 week sabbatical because of bad weather, I got a chance to get back out on the water to fish Hopedale under very good weather conditions and an all-morning falling tide. Fishing started slow but I got there at dark and started catching few fish but then they stopped dead. I fished Berkley Gulp white 3 inch shrimp under a clicking cork on 1/8 oz. screw jig head 4 ft. down. I tried various other lures under various other corks but they didn’t want any of it until I went tight line with tandem clear sparkle beetles and 1/8 oz. white jig heads reeling in slow and steady with a now-and-then rod tip twitch. The action was very steady and all of the trout were between 12 - 15 inches on the average with very few throw-backs. I left the spot limited out (25) and threw another ½ dozen over the limit back. I was in my truck leaving Pip’s Place before 9:00 AM. Several other boats were running around looking for fish and I only saw one other boat in that area and he was catching few fish but left.

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      • #83
        Hopedale Wind-Blown Trout Report

        Hopedale Wind-Blown Trout Report,

        Today Mickey and I left out of Pip’s Place and before sunup the winds were already heavier than the weatherman’s forecast. We made it in to ¼ Pint Of Fuel Lagoon while it was still dark. First 10 cast, 10 under-sized specks. We worked hard catching trout here and there while most people were out yelling “throw me something mister.” Many boats were out moving around looking for fish and I only saw one other boat land a fish. We fished with corks and various Berkley Gulp lures but just as many fish were caught tight lined using sparkle beetles in tandem with 1/8 oz. jig heads. There was much fog most of the morning and the winds picked up to 25 mph as the day went on. Tide was falling all morning and the fog lifted around 11:00 am. We ended the day with 37 trout and threw back another 15 under sized ones.

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        • #84
          Sunday Slow Fishing Report,

          Sunday Slow Fishing Report,

          Today Mike and I left out of Pip's Place and headed to Hopedale Lagoon. Fishing stated slow and ended even slower with today's tide nearly flat. We fished corks and various lures and caught 20 trout and kept 10 and was in by 10. No other boat I observed today caught a fish.

          Bad fishin',
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          • #85
            Hopedale Windy, Low Tide, Dirty Water Trout Limit

            Hopedale Windy, Low Tide, Dirty Water Trout Limit,

            Today I decided to head out of Pip’s Place alone and toward Delacroix for a change. I entered into Four Horse Lake and went straight to one of my favorite spots and I started catching trout on drift. There was plenty of seaweed scattered throughout the area and the freshwater diversion must have been in operation as the top layer of water was freshwater. The trout weren’t big but I did manage to catch a limit of specks (25) and threw back some. Best baits were the Berkley Gulps (white & new penny) under a clicking cork 4 ft. down on 1/8 oz. screw jig head and tandem glow sparkle beetles rigged on 20 lb. Vanish line under a weightless egg cork. Winds picked up pretty heavy as the day approached noon. Tide was low when I arrived but was incoming after 9:00 am but the water in most place in that area was murky but with decent clarity. Water temp was 63 degrees.

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            • #86
              Port Sulphur Report

              Port Sulphur Report,

              Sat. I left out of the public launch near the Freeport Sulphur Canal and headed down to its end. Upon arriving I immediately noticed dive bombing seagulls and headed toward them. Using tandem glow sparkle beetles freeline I immediately had a hookup and the trout were coming aboard. Most were keeper size but I did throw back some. After putting 15 keepers in the boat the bite subsided and I headed to various other locations, moving toward the Gulf and into Bay Long. No fish were caught in any of those areas except some giant-sized sail cats which I threw back. I started heading in and stopped at a location right off the Freeport Canal which had a small cut entering the marsh. I threw a New Penny 3 inch Berkeley Gulp under a clicking cork right into the opening and cracked it a few times and my cork disappeared. At first I thought I had a stingray because I couldn’t lift the rod tip to high and it was coming to me slowly staying on the bottom. After it reached the boat it took off with reckless abandonment. It turned out to be a bull redfish around 30 pounds but it straighten the hook and got loose. I got a few more trout in the area and realized the fish are still in the marsh where I should have started after fishing the diving birds. I came in with 18 specks.

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              • #87
                Outer Banks Muddy Water Slam

                Outer Banks Muddy Water Slam,

                Saturday evening Nolan, Rene and I left out of Venice Marina to head out to the Outer Banks, It was the first real break in the windy weather for 3 month and we planned to fish until Sunday morning. Water in the area was murky due to high river stages but there was good visibility in some places. Saturday was slow fishing but Sunday morning was better with a good incoming tide. We fished with various lures like DOA under clicking corks, sparkle beetles in glow and clear, purple/cart Bayou Chub minnows. Freeline fishing worked at times while corks fishing seemed better in the murky water. Sort of like a calling sound. Weather was perfect with calm seas, and we tried our hand at night fishing with our light but the tide was dead and so was the fishing. We ended the trip with 76 fish 4 of which were redfish the rest were very nice sized speckled trout.

                Nolan & Rene had a blast fishing the Venice Outer Banks

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                • #88
                  Myrtle Grove Wind-Blown Fishing Report

                  Myrtle Grove Wind-Blown Fishing Report,

                  Sunday morning Philip and I headed down to Myrtle Grove to check out the spec fishing conditions. The wind that morning was blowing over 20 mph but the tide was coming in until 9:00 am with 1-1/2 ft range under very clear skies. Water conditions were very bad in the area and after catching a few specs inside, we headed out into Barataria Bay and attempted twice before making it out there after the winds finally subsided that evening. Water was still murky but we managed to catch 20 specks and 1 redfish. All fish were caught on beetles in tandem under a weightless cork and Gulps.

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                  • #89
                    Port Sulphur Dirty Water Night Flare Fishing Strike Out

                    Port Sulphur Dirty Water Night Flare Fishing Strike Out

                    If you want to fish filthy water, fish the west side of the river--anywhere. Arthur and I left out of Port Sulphur Friday night to fish a flare under very decent weather but filthy dirty water conditions on a low tide. Not one bite under the flare did we experience the whole night—not even a throw-back fish, nor bait jumping out the water. The seaguls just sat on the water the whole night. In the morning we headed to various locations including Bay Long and caught a few specks. Most of the action took place at the Mine, however, but we did throw back at least 15 fish to keep another 15. Water was the best at the mine area for some reason on the incoming tide. We fished with Gulps and corks and sparkle beetles. Fishing dive-bombing birds was the best action but many small fish was the biggest pitfall.

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                    Jerry LaBella
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                    • #90
                      Port Sulphur Trout Explosion

                      Port Sulphur Trout Explosion,

                      Today I left out of Port Sulphur’s public launch and headed down the Freeport Canal under very calm weather and clean water conditions for a change. I immediately got into some trout feeding under dive bombing birds. The catch was mixed with good size trout and throw-backs. The tide was high and falling after 9:30 am. I moved around and caught trout every place using 3 inch Gulps under a clicking egg cork with ¼ oz. screw jig head with eyes on it. I also used various other lures like glow beetles in tandem ¼ oz jig heads fished both tight line and under a weightless egg cork. The southeast winds have cleaned up the water from previous trips and the conditions have improved considerably. I limited out and must have caught 50-60 trout with a 25 keeper limit of nice sized ones and was back at the launch for 10:00 am.

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                      • #91
                        Intracoastal Bulk Plant Fishing Report

                        Intracoastal Bulk Plant Fishing Report,

                        Today I left out of Bait Incorporated’s Boat Launch armed with live shrimp to fish various locations around the ship channel and Lake Borgne. After fishing Lake Borgne with nothing but sailcats and lady fish, I headed to the Bulk Plant to see what was happening in that area. After a half hour of fishing live shrimp with a sliding cork to no avail, I noticed dive bombing seagulls about 50 yards away and trolled to them. Soon as I got near I could see shrimp jumping from the surface and I was into catching some nice specks with a mix of throw-back. I must of caught 40 or so specks and kept 16 with a few mixed white trout. The water was very clean and the fish went crazy for the Storm ¼ shades fished tight lined, though some fish were caught on clicking cork and sparkle beetles as well.

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                        • #92
                          Hopedale Deep Inside Marsh Report

                          Hopedale Deep Inside Marsh Report,

                          Today I left out of Pip’s Place by myself and headed to Grand Slam Lagoon and immediately starting catch specks in my favorite spot using Berkley Gulps in New Penny 3 inch under a clicking cork on 1/8 oz. screw jig heads. Action got so hot a one point that I went tightline and was still catching fish. I had a good number of throw backs but some nice trout mixed in. When things slowed there, I headed to No Parking Lagoon where action picked up again. I tried Storm’s 3 inch Wild-eyed Shad in Moss Bunker on a weightless eggs cork and caught some more nice sized specks fished 2 ft down. I ended the day with one nice red, and caught my limit of trout and releases 15 additional keeper size specks. I was back at the launch before 11:00 am. The tide was high and the water was clean under very nice weather conditions. Any using the launch a Pip’s need to be careful not to get your vehicle stuck in the mud-slopped parking lot.

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                          • #93
                            Venice Night Fishing Smash

                            Venice Night Fishing Smash

                            Saturday afternoon Joshua, Don, and I left out of Venice Marina under very nice weather conditions but the winds were out of the east a bit higher than we expected. During this time of year the river stage is usually low but this was not the case upon our arrival. The river is high and very dirty putting a damper on our SW Pass spillway night fishing. We adjusted our plans and headed for SW Pass of the river and upon our arrival in the West Delta area of the rocks, we got into a grand slam of redfish and Spanish mackerel feeding frenzy. We all three had hookups at the same time on more than a few occasions and redfish and Spanish mackerel were coming aboard so fast that we left them on the deck until later when we limited out on the reds to place them in the ice chest. All of the reds were between 19 – 26 inches- with an occasional throw back bull red- all caught on the bottom with dead shrimp. When we limited out on the reds we headed to one of the rigs that was in 25 ft. of water just off the mouth of the river. Here is where we planned to light up the water with twin Halogen lamps to night fish. Soon before sunset we were already into a fish bite which included 5-7 pound red snappers, small groupers, mangrove snappers, and redfish. We were sick when we found out that the snapper seasoned was closed and had to throw the red snappers back. But when nighttime started and the lights were doing their thing, we were into white trout and more Spanish mackerel with more snappers and redfish. We loaded the big ice chest will a mixed variety of fish and headed in first thing the next morning before sunup. All had a blast but the winds were a bit brisk in West Bay but they were tolerable. It was the first time I’ve been to the mouth of the river post Katrina and didn’t realize that the SW Pass Coast Guard station is gone and has been replaced with a blinking tower.
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                            L: Don Shows off his redfish catch in ankle-deep fish
                            R: Joshua holds one of the reds among a desk of Spanish mackerel and reds
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                            • #94
                              Hopedale Inside Marsh Report

                              Hopedale Inside Marsh Report,

                              Today Mickey, Mike, and I left out of Pip’s Place under calm weather and high incoming tide. We headed to Grand Slam Lagoon and started catching trout with Berkley 3 inch New Penny Gulps under clicking corks with ¼ oz. screw jig heads. After things slowed down there, we headed to No Parking Lagoon where we continued to catch trout, throw-back reds, black drum, and green trout. The water appeared to be root beer colored in the marsh but had good clarity. We caught our usual amount of throw-back trout but ended the day with a mess of trout, 2 green trout, 2 black drum. Lake Ameda had specks as well as we finished off the trip drifting under high wind across it picking up trout here and there.

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                              • #95
                                Hopedale Box-O-Fish Marsh Trip

                                Hopedale Box-O-Fish Marsh Trip,

                                This morning Nolan, Rene, and I left out of Pip’s place instead of another nearby launch to save 15 cents in fuel seeing that all of have been losing our you know what’s off in the stock market. The weather was very breezy and clear and the tide was high but falling all morning. Water conditions were murky and fishing started out slowly but picked up as the day went on. Using avocado cocahoe minnow lures in chartreuse/red flick under clicking corks the trout were obliging but slowly with an occasional black drum and some redfish. We fished No Parking Lagoon and saw one other boat familiar with the area but did not see him catch any fish. We on the other hand weren’t doing much better but did catch a few throw-back trout. Lake Ameda has been producing some trout drifting across it but they are scattered. Fishing really didn’t turn on with any consistency until around noon where we caught some decent sized trout in a back lagoon off of Hopedale Lagoon out of the high winds which were persistent all day. We end the day with a mess of trout and a few drum and one channel mullet— a box of fish at best.

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                                • #96
                                  Hopedale Inside TROUT Slam

                                  Hopedale Inside TROUT Slam

                                  Today I left out of Pip’s Place and headed to Delacroix to fish The Four Horsemen’s Lake. The tide was just about flat but the weather was very nice with decent water clarity in that area. It didn’t take long before I was on a good trout bite under dive-bombing seagulls and fish were coming aboard with mixed throw-backs. I almost limited out right there, but after throwing back a bunch of fish, I was short of the limit; so I headed back toward Hopedale and toward Lake Robin’s Nest. But in route down a certain canal, I came across more dive-bombing birds but this time the fish were very nice sized. Fishing 3 inch Berkley Gulps in New Penny and 1/8 oz screw jig heads under a clicking cork, the trout were obliging once again. The trick here, which I feel a bit guilty to divulge, is using the rotation method with the Gulps. Here’s how it works- but don’t tell anyone but report back to me to let me know if I was jerking you around- use two rod and reels rigged same way as aforementioned. Cast one Gulp out and let the other Gulp soak in the Alive juice until you catch a fish. Repeat the method by always having one Gulp freshly soaked in the Alive juice ready to go as you alternate rod and reels with each fish caught. Make no mistake about it, these baits work best when freshly soaked in the Alive juice. The more they stay in the water being fished, the weaker the Alive scent becomes.

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                                  • #97
                                    Hopedale/Delacroix Muddy Water Trout

                                    Hopedale/Delacroix Muddy Water Trout,

                                    Today Glen and I left out of Hopedale to fish Delacroix’s 4 Horsemen’s Lake. The weather was calm in the morning but the winds picked up a bit as the morning aged. The water in Delacroix was murky but some trout were still caught. Tide was high but falling all morning. Lots of throw-backs under dive-bombing birds but the action was still slow considering due to bad water clarity. We fished with clicking egg corks and ¼ oz. jig heads with New Penny Gulps. Plenty boats out today competing for every conceivable spot. When things slowed in Delacroix, we headed to Amede in Hopedale and drift fished and caught some better-sized trout, but as noon day approached, things got very quite and we headed in with a small mess of trout.

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                                    • #98
                                      Hopedale Grand Slam Report,

                                      Today Don and I left out of our favorite launch site in Hopedale and headed straight to Grand Slam Lagoon. Weather was great and the tide was falling all morning—water clarity good. We were ready for a trout smack-down using 3 inch Berkley New Penney & Natural Gulps on 1/8 oz white screw jig heads under egg clicking corks fished 2-3 ft down with a 1/16th oz. split shot sinker halfway down from the cork. Trout action was immediate and basically non-stop. Key point of interest is to not anchor but stay trolling and drifting outside the in-flowing canals by 50-100 yards as they enter the lagoon. The trout were very nice with only a few throw-backs. We limited out with 50 trout and left them biting by 8:30 AM.

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                                      • #99
                                        Hopedale Windy Trout Slam Report

                                        Hopedale Windy Trout Slam Report,

                                        Today Henry, Kriss, and I left out of Pip’s Place under windy and cold conditions. Fishing started slow, catching a few reds and one went 25 pounds in a dead end canal. As the sun warmed the water we headed to One Pint of Fuel Lake and started drift fishing. We were landing nice trout consistently with every drift using 1/8 oz. screw jig heads, 1/16 oz split shot half way up from the lure, and 3 inch New Penny Gulps fished 3 ft down under egg clicking corks. We were back at the launch before noon and left the fish biting. We had little tide movement but we still packed a large ice chest full of fish: 62 trout and 3 reds.

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                                        • Hopedale Thanksgiving Trout Bonanza,

                                          Hopedale Thanksgiving Trout Bonanza,

                                          While most people gathered round the table passing turkey and cranberry sauce, Dale and I were gathered round our favorite fishing spot passing the landing net, pulling fat speckled trout aboard. Today the winds were calm and the trout were very restless. No one should be bragging about catching limits of trout this time of year in Hopedale. Our first spot started out slowly, but it picked up after I figuring out I was in the wrong place. Anyway, trout were coming aboard one after the other on 3 inch New Penny Gulps and 1/8 oz. screw jigs heads fished under balsawood clicking corks. NOTE: I make these because the Styrofoam ones silence the clicking sound after several trips of use due to the insert at the bottom becoming pounded down. I know those who use these type corks don’t know what in the world I’m talking about. RIGHT!!! (see http://www.jerrylabella.com/fishing_corks.htm ) Anyway, I hope for Christmas fewer boats will be out. We were back at the launch at 10:30 am limited out, but I could have been back sooner if we really tried. Tide was falling all morning with an almost 2 ft. differential. Water was very clean. One Pint of Fuel Lake was very hot but so was Grand Slam lagoon. We saw more than the usual boats today but it appeared everyone was doing well on their catch.

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