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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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    Default 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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    Default 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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    Default 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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    Windy Port Sulphur Trout Trip

    I left tout of Port Sulphur launch solo. The weather was good but a bit windier than predicted. I couldnít get out the open bay due to the windy conditions so I had to fish Lake Washington where the trout are smaller. I caught a mix bag of small white trout and speckled trout and got tired of throwing back undersized specs. I use live shrimp but when I ran out they hit the Berkley white glow swim mullet under a cork. I came in early, about 10 am, and headed back home.
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