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    Kenner Lake Pontchartrain Crabs On the Move

    The Lake Pontchartrain has cleaned up from all of the fresh river water from the recent spillway opening and crabbing is back in action. I caught by myself over a hamper of crabs with 18 crab nets, running them 6 or 7 times. There were several other boats out Sunday morning crabbing as well. It was perfect weather and very calm winds.

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    Port Sulphur Perfect Weather

    I left out of Port Sulphur solo under perfect incoming tide and very low wind conditions. The water in the Freeport Sulpur canal was real clean. I had live shrimp and started fishing Lake Washington where the trout were undersized. I progressively moved around and picked up some keeper sized fish and, located off the Freeport Sulpur canal, diving seagulls where large trout were feeding. I picked up few trout here before they moved on. The Sulpur mine didn’t have much going on but there were a good many boats out today, but I didn’t see them catching much. I also fished the camps out in the bay where I caught some more keeper trout. I used Berkley Gulp shrimp in white glow/ chartreuse tail as well as glow and chartreuse beetles in tandem, both setups under cork. Total trout keepers 17 and must have threw back a dozen or more under sized trout.

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    Default Port Sulphur: Low Morning Tide; Dirty Water

    It was a solo trip. So Lo like the tide. Water in the area was low in morning and murky and trying to locate clean water was a bit of a challenge. I had live shrimp this time and did catch some trout most of which were under-sized. My favorite spots weren’t exactly ideal for water conditions but the tide was incoming. Even though the water was incoming and rising fast, the wind became a factor as well. Long story short, I got a dozen fish and threw back probably another dozen. The pic wasn't that good because the sun was so bright I couldn't focus or see the picture frame in the camera.

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    Default Port Sulpur –Wind-Blown Trip

    Port Sulpur –Wind-Blown Trip

    This is my first trip fishing in several months and thought I would check out the area since the hard freeze we had a few months ago. I wanted to see how the speckled trout bite was the day before Wednesday’s cold front came through. I stopped by the bait shop at Myrtle Grove marina to see if they had any live shrimp. The attendant said they had no bait dead or live. Well I left there saying this is going to be a real challenge seeing I would only resort to plastic. When I got to the launch, it was a bit breezy and the tide was high. I headed to the east side of the Freeport Sulphur canal discovering the water was dirty. Make a long story short, after several hours of not catching a thing, I found some cleaner water and started to catch a very few speckled trout moving all over the place, using every sort of plastic lures I had. Final results: a total of 7 speckled trout. When I got back to the launch, the whole landing was flooded with water due to the high tide still incoming. I had a hard time getting the boat back on the trailer without launching the truck.
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    Default Short N Sweet Blocks From Launch

    Two of us left out of Port Sulphur under perfect conditions: light to calm winds, falling tide, overcast and obliging trout block from the launch. We used sparkle beetles tight line and under corks in tandem. Best producer glow white beetles and chartreuse with ¼ oz jig heads. Follow the birds whether they are in flight or sitting on the water, even after they left, fish still there biting. We finished the limit before 8 am and left them biting, but played around and was back at launch 10 am.

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    Default Port Sulphur -Quick Limit Few Blocks From Launch

    Port Sulphur -Quick Limit Few Blocks From Launch

    I left out of Port Sulphur public launch under overcast skies, falling tide, right before the front: equals non-stop fishing action. I limited out on speckled trout right outside the launch area over the oyster reefs under dive bombing seagulls chasing shrimp from the pursuing jaws of speckled trout. Using tight line beetles in tandem and under corks the action was outrageous. After that I went after redfish on live shrimp and caught 3 keepers throwing back a few under sized. Never neglect fishing right before a front on a falling tide.

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    Default My Flat Boat New Name

    New name for my flat boat:

    This is what I'll be doing from here on out:

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    Ports Sulphur Mix Monster Specks

    Left out solo Friday under calm weather and clear skies with high tide destined to fall all morning. I was armed with live shrimps and various lures. I think the cool front slowed the bite down as I had to run around finding trout to bite. Light line seemed to work best with lures like chartreuse beetles and stingray grubs under cork. Live shrimp caught trout but hardhead catfish were obliging too, including giant gaff tops I released. I had to work to catch a limit of 25 and released many small white trout that are abundant this time of year. The old motto from years ago from By Heck: “Fishing is a pleasure; catching fish is a bonus.”
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    Default Port Sulpur Started Slow Trip

    Port Sulpur Started Slow Trip

    I left out of the public launch solo under very calm weather and high tide and headed to the oyster reefs in the nearby lake. I had live shrimp and various plastic lures and the first spot was virtually dead but the tide was expected to fall and this is what I was counting on for the action to get started. I moved here and there, picking up a few speckled trout as I moved deeper in to Lake Washington. As I fished, I always keep an eye open for diving seagulls which is a dead give away for feeding trout. But for the most part, I didn’t see any until later into the morning and in only one spot as far as my eye could see. After anchoring, trout were coming aboard in fast measure, having to throw back under sized one more than I cared to do. They obliged mostly on live or dead shrimp, but I did catch some on minnow lures, sparkle beetles and Berkley Gulps under a cork and tight-lined slow retrieved. I limited out (25 trout) and was back at the launch and on the road for noon.

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    Default Blue Crabs Are Swarming In Lake Pontchartrain

    Two of us left out of the Williams Blvd Kenner, La. launch this past Saturday to crab at the Duncan Canal off Lake Pontchartrain. I had 6 traps and 12 nets and we caught over a hamper of blue crabs. Weather was nice, low wind and overcast skies. We boiled them all up and gave many of the cooked crabs to friends. If you going to crab with nets or hand-lines you don't need a fishing license. If you are recreational crab trap fishing you must have a basic fishing license and a recreational crabbing license for up to 10 traps. The traps must be tagged with your license number on the top center of each trap on a 2 inch stainless steel metal strip. The LDWF is out and checking boats for proper equipment and licenses where applicable. Here's a tip for baiting your crab nets with turkey or chicken necks securely: plastic tie strap them to the bottom center of the net, after cutting the center section of the necks all the way around the circumference to the bone, then tighten the tie strap in the cut section of the neck. You won't lose your bait.

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