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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: ďFishing is a pleasure; catching fish is a bonus.Ē
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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 didnít 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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    Port Sulphur Hot Day Dive Bombing Seagulls

    3 of us left out of Port Sulphur under partly cloudy skies and a breezy wind. Water was a bit dirty but the tide was incoming. Slow in the morning finding decent water and a fish bite. We moved from inside water to out in the bay where it was a bit choppy heading out. We encountered diving seagulls in different areas and caught speckled trout and giant gafftop sail fish. We used live shrimp and sparkle beetles and most of the fish were caught under the birds. The oyster reefs were slow fishing but as the morning went on the water got a lot cleaner.
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    Port Sulphur Relentless Trout Bite

    I left out of Port Sulphur solo and headed the open water near the camps in Bay Ronquille. Plenty seagulls dive bombing shrimp chased up by the pursuing jaws of speckled trout. The day was hot with a slight overcast and high tide. Action was hot under the birds that kept moving away from the boat. I was catching 2 at the time on sparkle beetles tight lined. The only problem was giant gafftopsails kept tying me up. Iíd catch a trout on one lure of the tandem and the other one a 5 pound gafftopsail. I released all the gafftopsails. I prefer not getting my ice chest punctured by their sharp fins. Best spot was when I came back into Lake Washington over a certain oyster reef I call arrowhead because the little grass island inside of it is in the shape of an arrowhead. Bigger specks were in this area compared to the open water of the Bay aforementioned. I left the fish biting and had more than I needed of fish by 10:30 am.

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    Port Sulphur Hot Weather Hot Fishing

    Two of us left out of Port Sulphur this morning and headed to our favorite fishing lake. Water was high and incoming and fairly clean. There was hardly a breeze blowing under the overcast skies. It was hot action for schooling trout under diving seagulls. We used live shrimp and lures under corks and at time using tandem tight- lined beetles, catching two at the time on occasion. Plenty throw -back specks, but we managed to keep 40 trout.
    Thankfully I brought my large umbrella to use aboard to shade us from the scorching sun and heat.

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    Default Port Sulphur Trout Explosion

    Port Sulphur Trout Explosion

    Two of us left out of Port Sulphur this morning under overcast, clam skies and incoming tide. Water in the Freeport Canal was river water but clean water was located off the canal in Lake Washington where non-stop trout action abounded. Seagulls gave way to locating the best action as they fed on shrimp escaping trout hungry jaws. Action on beetle lures in tandem yield 2 at the time hook ups at times. Action wore us out and we loaded the box up and headed in a little after 10:30 am.

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    Default Catch Bigger Fish In Heavy Structure-No Hang Up

    This is the most effective fishing method Iíve found for fishing in the thick of submerged wrecks, pilings, rock piles, and jetties, etc. without hang up. I use 6/20 braided line on the reel and to the end of the braid I tie a 6 ft. 20 lb fluorocarbon leader. At the end of the 20 lb. leader I tie a very small snap swivel, the type that has no protruding clips (see photo), To this swivel, I attach a 10 lb. fluorocarbon line by way of an overhand loop knot; leader length of about 2 -2 1/2 ft with the Owner Twistlock 1/16 oz. 3/0 weedless hook and gulp on the tag end as seen in the video. The cork is clipped to the 20 lb leader according to your preferred depth. In the rare event that a hang up occurs, you can break the 10 lb line and save everything above the swivel. Iíve caught the largest of fish inside these type structures while others cannot fish them conventional style.



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