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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.
    Good fishin’,
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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.

    Good fishin’,
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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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    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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    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.

    Good fishin',
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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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    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 wasnít 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 fishiní,
    Jerry LaBella

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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 didnít 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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    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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    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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    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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    Dularge Guide Trip

    Yesterday I hired a guide to get to learn the Dularge area, which I really havenít 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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    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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    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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    Hopedale Fishing Report

    Peter and I left out of Hopedale and headed down engineers canal out to fish the MRGO rocks. Tons of boat were out Friday since the winds were calm and the predicted forecast for Saturday was 80 percent chance of rain. Along the route, we stopped to fish some of the bordering ponds and lakes which we noticed were infested with alligators, more than I have ever seen anywhere else. Fishing live shrimp and sparkle beetles, the latter mostly glow white with 1/4 oz jig heads, we managed to boat a few trout. The fishing was slow in these areas even though we could see at times shrimp jumping from the water as they were pursued by speckled trout. At the beginning of the rock jetty is where fishing picked up a bit; there were boat all along the rock jetty fishing as far as I could see. We caught flounder, trout and redfish in the area. We decided as things slowed down to head for a backwater lagoon where we caught some redfish in route back to the launch. The water was very clean in almost all areas and high. We didnít catch as many fish as we thought we would, but we went to the rock jetty too late where the bite was better too late. Notwithstanding, it was a fun trip anyways.
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    West Delta SW Pass Trout and Redfish Catch

    West Delta SW Pass Trout and Redfish Catch


    2 of us left out of Venice marina with the intentions of fishing the spillway in SW pass but the river was unusually dirty forcing us to head to the west side of SW Pass to find cleaner water. We hooked up to the rig in 25 ft of water and the seas were moderate as we set up the LED lights and generator. It wasnít long before sunset the bite was nonstop trout and occasional redfish, one bull red I released. Seas started to build as the wind picked up beyond what the forecast announced. Winds got to 25 mph but it didnít stop the bite, but did hamper my friend who got a bit seasick. We caught a boat load of trout and 2 redfish before we had enough fishing action. First thing in the morning as the winds did subsided we headed straight in to pick up the boat in time to watch the Saints game.

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    Monster Speckled Trout Port Sulphur

    Tuesday morning I stopped by Myrtle Grove marina to get live cocahoes but they had none so, I wound up getting live shrimp. While I was waiting for them to serve me, since they werenít quite opened yet, I decide to try casting my cast net at the launch ramp to see if I could catch some minnows. Every cast produced finger mullets and some shrimp. I left the marina to head to Port Sulphur loaded down with plenty live bait. The weather was calm and the tide was on the rise. I went straight to one of the camps out in Bay Ronquille where the water was very clean. I rigged Carolina style with live finger mullet. Huge trout were obliging as the water on the surface teamed with porgies flipping out the water and trout in hot pursuit. I managed to get some nice trout in the boat, trout size in length of a 48 qt Igloo. The bite lasted about 2 hours but the tide came to a halt and so did the bite. Catfish started to bite instead, a sure sign of dead tide. Thereafter I tried plenty of different spots and nothing was biting but catfish. I threw all sorts of lures, tight line and with corks. No trout. I was satisfied with the minimal catch of very unusually large trout.

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    Port Sulphur- Quality not Quantity Trout Trip

    The morning started out discouraging as I pulled up solo to the Myrtle Grove marine to purchase live shrimp only to be told they didnít have any. This is the spot where I only buy the live shrimp on my way to Port Sulphur to launch. This time of year live bait is mandatory if you want to catch trout in any numbers. So the marina lady said we have live minnows, as I discouragingly walked to my truck starting to leave. So that was better than no live bait, so I bought 30 minnows. It was really looking bad at my first spot out in Bay Ronquille. Under a cork about 2 feet down the live minnows didnít even draw a bump. I was fishing 5 ft of water. I was very nervous because the only other bait I had was dead shrimp and lures. The glow beetle under a cork tipped with shrimp yielded one trout and thereafter catfish. I moved out deeper into the bay where the camps are, and to make a long story short, the trout would not hit the minnows unless they were fished Carolina rigged on the bottom. The trout were large when they did take the bait, telling me the heat of summer drives the trout to the bottom of the water, a cooler area. I caught a nice mess of large trout before I had enough of the heat. On the way in a stopped over an oyster reef and caught more large trout, bigger than the school trout that are mostly caught this time of year. In this spot, the minnow had to be close to the bottom under a cork, moving across the oyster reef. I rigged the cork above the Carolina rig so I could adjust the depth of the bait right off the bottom of the reef. If it wasnít, no bite took place. Iíll be buying live minnows next trip out since they catch bigger trout and stay alive longer then the live shrimp.

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    Port Sulphur Mixed Bag

    Two of us left out of Port Sulphur and headed out to Bay Ronquille to fish a spot we call the rock pile. Fishing with live shrimp and corks and various lures we were catching a mix bag of white trout, specks, and large Gafftopsail. Fishing was slow at times and the few boats around us werenít catching anything. This is the time of year when the sun heats up the water, the fish shut down around 10 am. We had a box of fish and threw back a good number of under sized trout. We had a good trip since the weather was calm with a light breeze and overcast skies.
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    Crab Heaven Again

    3 of us left out of the Kenner boat launch and headed to the locale parish line canal, where I had the day before dropped 6 crab traps in anticipation of picking them up the next morning before we set the crab nets out. Plenty crabs in the area, but many small ones, mostly males. The traps were baited with fish carcasses and the 20 nets with turkey necks. We filled the red plastic bushel basket to the top and back at the launch before 10 am.

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