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Fourchon Report and Crew Boat Wake

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Brought a few friends yesterday, launched at the Fourchon public launch and hit the beaches. The fish are definately stacked on the beaches. The bite is fast and furious at first light till around 8:30-9:00 then it shuts off like a switch until the tide turned around. Bite started back up around 1:30.

We finished with 81 all caught on artificial. Sorry no pics. Was still catching fish and working on a limit when we had a minor/major incident and decided to call it a day. We were anchored within a hundred yards of the beach when an enormous crew boat wake came in and took us all off of our feet. Put a foot and a half of water in the boat. Fortunately no one was hurt. Also fortunately there were a couple of smaller aluminum boats that were fishing there as well which had left around lunch. I'm certain that they would have been sunk.

I don't know what to make of the Crew boat wake. I fish the area regulary by Belle Pass and ship traffic is just something you have to account for and get use to. Never had one hit me like this though.
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Wake
The same thing happened Thursday morning. A big aluminum hull got washed up on the beach dangerously close to the rocks. One guy actually got knocked overboard and the trolling motor shaft (which was down at the time) got snapped in 2. My brother and I were close to them so we pulled anchor and went tow them out to deeper water. When I fish that area, I always leave my motor down in the water for a quick crank up to get turned head into those big swells.
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wave
any chance it could have been a rouge wave.sometimes strange things happen out on the water.i wonder why some waves dissipate and others hold their energy.just glad everyones ok and you caught fish,too.
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Belle Pass
Things happen real fast in Belle Pass. Last July we were fishing the West side of the pass in a 20' aluminum boat, on a slick calm afternoon with no boat in sight. My ole lady soon as we got there hooks a bull red off the back of the boat. So me and my cousin go to the back to net the fish which pops off not a few minutes we where there. I turn around to go back to the bow, and here comes I MEAN A HUGE WAVE, which is just 30 yds from us. I tell them to hold on to the CC as I try get anchor up in time. First wave can't pull it up in time and the second on is already capping. I run to the back crank the motor and ride the wave, but got 2' water already in boat. Needles to say third one flipped us over from bow to stern. I come up first then my cousin, no ole lady dive down to see and get rolled around by another wave. When I come up for air she was there. She was tangled in something under the boat she cried. Lost all of our stuff, but the Lord did not let us lose our lives. The name of the crew boat was the Megan Jolie which passed through the pass as we were in the water. I am very thankful that my now 3 month old son was fine and so were we all. Be very cautious around the Belle Pass area! Tight lines
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Kajun Dude
We were out there that morning as well. I didn't notice the big aluminum boat had been beached with someone in the water until I saw your boat go over to give assistance. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you the wave that hit us later was significantly larger than the one that beached the aluminum boat. I was the next boat anchored West of the aluminum boat when it got hit and that swell didn't give us the least bit of trouble.

Poisson, man that's a crazy scairy story. Glad you and your family came out ok.
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Waves
I have fished that area often in my years of fishing down there and have also experienced large waves coming in when its a calm day. Can't say if its from crew boats or just mother nature. Belle Pass from Fourchon all the way out to the last bouey marker is suppose to be an idle zone for the large boats. I have seen Harbor Police & Coast Guard in there before enforcing the idle zones. Have seen some of the large crew boats hit the throttle and get up on plane before even getting pass the rocks and sucking the water out from under you.
The times I have seen those waves come in seems to be when your distracted while fighting a fish. Just be aware of your surroundings while out there and be prepared for the unexpected especially near those rocks.
Good luck and safe fishing.
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the pass
I've also had the water 'sucked' out from under me in the pass by a big crewboat like Squidrow mentioned. I don't stop there anymore. If we're gonna fish the beach, I anchor so the bow is facing out to the gulf. Even on relatively calm days there's an occasional wave with a lot of energy in it. Good luck!
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big waves
seen plenty of big waves like that out there. we fish the beaches every summer and the waves from crew boats out there are unreal. but every now and then some crazy single wave will come out of no where. its the fourchon triangle, LOL. We were coming out the pass one morning with about a 2 to 4 foot sea, i was in my 21 foot proline, and just as we reached the end of the rocks here comes the biggest wave i ever took, it was crazy and it was the only one. It had to be atleast 8 to 10 foot, threw my whole boat out the water and we droped like on a roller coaster on the other side, good thing there were no boats around the end of the rocks. that was 5 years ago and my buddy and i still talk about that wave LOL, crazy.
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Louisiana Law
Each boat is responsible for their own wake. If another boat throws a wake and damages your boat get the name of the boat and possibly witnesses. You will have to take them to court but you CAN Win!!
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wakes
I laughed last week when someone tried to call me out and say that if you fish Caminada Pass you don't have to worry about commercial traffic because their isn't any commercial traffic in Caminada Pass. That is true, however if you are on the outside of the pass, or anywhere on the outside, you must be prepared to experience a large unannounced set of wake waves at any time. The wakes of some of these large boats are 6 to 8 feet at times. They can come from a very long way off too. Just because the gulf is flat calm, don't think that you are safe in your big flat boat. When work boats are in the area, and they can see you, they will slow down, however most of the big wakes travel a long way. Growing up in that area when you could still drive on Fourchon at any time and there were only 2 Port Commission Police, we would drink beer by the rock jetties at Fourchon and just wait to see what unsuspecting boater would get swamped first. Be safe. Fish inside with small boats. I fish a 23 ft catamaran and those big wakes scare me too.
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Big Waves
Yeah Gaspard I remember that morning. Scared the crap out of me when I saw you up on top that wave and I was going to be next. I was in my 18 ft Blazer Bay that took that wave really well. That is a very dangerous area, must be on the look out for rogue wave
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Big Waves
Yep ya'll right about the big waves the wife refuses to go out to the beach with me anymore!
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That was a scary wave
We were just on the west side of the rocks by the beach fishing when that wave came through. Just pulled in a nice size speck, and turned around to see that monster coming. We had enough time to turn the boat around to face it...not fun and to add the fish stopped biting.
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Waves
That was my aluminum boat that was washed up last week. Kajun_Dude I cant tell you how greatfull we were for the help I was starting to think the camo must have been working too well, as there were 20 boats within a hundred yards. Those were not the biggest waves I had encountered out there but the right or in this case wrong circumstances put us in a bad situation that could have been much worse. The first one caught me off guard needed about 5 feet more to have the bow into the wave. I didnt make it and that one turned us sideways. Everything went downhill from there with the next 6-10 waves breaking about 3 feet over the side of the boat completely filling it with water. Electicity went down I can only assume because everything was under water and my outboard wouldnt start. Finally got the motor trimmed and went to the front to run the TM out of the rocksto find the shaft in two pieces. At this time the remaning waves were pounding my hull against the rocks. thats when Kajun_Dude and company showed to pull us off the rocks. I ran the bielge and finally the motor started, pulled the plug and we ran to Fouchon to drain the boat and asses the damage. Have a 2 inch crack in the bow and a pretty good dent but other the buises that seems to be about it. We were lucky, all in all BUT THEY NEED TO SLOW DOWN!!!!! I am just so glad I didnt have any children on board as it was ALL I could do to stay on board. Oh while Im at it I just wanted to say how well we were treated while have the tm repaired. Took it in to Holly at Renovations in Cut Off and she had us back on the water in 2 hours!!!! The absolute best service you could have asked for.
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Rooter
Glad everyone was ok. It could have been worse. I seen you had the troller fixed and back at it the next morning. The name of that crew boat was either the John Mcall or Josh Mcall. I would have been taking pics and making phone calls if it were us in your shoes.
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Waves
I'm glad you guys came out ok. I was catching fish facing the other way and didn't realize you guys were in trouble until my brother in law said something. When I turned around and looked up the other boat had already thrown you a rope and was trying to pull you out with you and your friends walking the boat out. At that point I didn't see where I would be doing anything but getting in the way. FWIW, I'm not the kind of guy to ride by someone when they are broke down or in need of assistance.
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crew boat???
are u sure it was a crew boat??? years ago i got washed up on the beach by, i guess u can call it maybe, a rogue wave?? that thing came up so fast and so high and put us on the beach so fast, we didn't know what happened!!! i guess we were lucky, it washed us up on the beach and didn't sink us!!! had about a foot and a half of water in the boat!!! still can't figure out what happened??? the fourchon is defintely tough and rough, not saying it wasn't a crew boat!!!
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who me?
It wasnt really anything we thought about until we got back to Fouchon and somebody asked what took so long to get some help. Im sure even though it seemed like it took a while for us, in reality it was only a few seconds. I mean we were so busy catching fish that we didnt see the wave, so Im sure thats what erybody else was doing also. Just kind of messing will yall on that comment.
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I took this pic last year. Guy in a crawfish boat, at the end of the rocks. About 5 minutes after he left, a huge wave smashed the heck out of the 23 ft cat we were in. Please don't take small boats out in the gulf, just because it looks flat. Also, don't run way out in your bay boat because it's flat. When the storms come up, you will be caught.
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Waves
I came across this video on youtube. Made me think about this post.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDhwlomKUyM&feature=related
Hate to be the guy on the front of the boat. He must of drew the short straw...lol
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wave jumper
That's a good one Squid!! Hope the 'deckhand' wasn't hurt when he did that belly flop!
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surf's up
Those were some lucky moo food
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