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Im looking advice on catfishing in the manchac/rudock area. Im looking to fish at night in the pass. Dont know much about it and was hoping someone could give me advice. I mostly fish salt water but love to catch nice fresh water cats. Ive tried in the past with no luck but refuse to give up. Im gonna be in a boat with no depth finder and was wondering what end of the pass is better. Lake p or lake maurepas end. Any kind of advice will be helpfull and appreciated.
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   tom1959
i went crabbing in maurepas sunday and didnt do any good. there was a lot of dead pogies floating around, i think the water may be bad. you may have better luck with catfish in des allamands.
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Ive catfished there my whole life and I would give big bucks to fish there now. I moved away and it's to far to go to fish. I you put in manchac head up the pass and fish near the SLU camp with soft shell crabs you will catch some monsters!! That was always my first love... Catfishing..
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Yea catfishing was how I got started. Brings back great memories. Just never caught any big ones or too many. But still love to sit back n watch my lines. How far off the bank do you fish and is the slu camp easy to identify at night? What about the tide and does time matter? Thanks for the input, love to fish but still have alot to learn.
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I tried des allmonds once with no luck but maybe it was bad time or I was doing it wrong. Fished by the train tracks, didnt travel to far bc I dont know the area at all and that was the only place I heard about.
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I went to manchac pass friday night , sun down till sun up, search for some nice cats. Tide was moving in hard. Was hard to keep the bait on the bottom. Went to the slu camp ,a few bends, and under the brigde. Only managed to catch some nice sailor cats on softshell crab and cut mullet. Not what I was hoping for. Was looking for fresh water cats. Any advice on what I did wrong or where to go? Im looking for some nice fresh water cats. Thanks.
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   Lordbud7
Falling tide will push freshwater thru the pass. Rising tide will push saltwater in. Who would waste a good softshell crab on a catfish?? Thats like spending $100 to make $10!
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I thought about that but I read some where that tide direction didnt matter. lol I guess they were wrong. I went out to relax and have a good time. I heard the crabs are what they like. Ill spend an extra $10 on bait if its gonna make or break my trip. Thank for the advice ill give it another try.
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That makes sense. Deff gonna try again. Thinking bout either fishing there or blind river tomorrow. Ill have to check the tide. Great advice. When I get em ill post it. Thanks again
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The catfish should be spawning right now . I know a commercial fisherman that's fishing the trees in the lake right now because the fish get in the roots and stumps on the lake beach to spawn out . I have seen people fish the train tracks this time of year with cut skip jack . They use heavy weights and drop the skip jack right down in between the pylons with a treble hook . Cut the skip jack into thin slices and put it on each one of the hooks . I'd bring some heavy equipment the fish you'll catch are big !
Good luck
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I went to manchac monday. Tide was moving good and looked to be a nice day. Tried the spots and tips yall gave me and caught one small cat and a hell of a tan. But I did see guys around me catching nice ones every now and then so I know they were there just wasnt my day. But had a good time anyway and cant wait to go again. But during the week I decided to go to the mississippi river by my house one afternoon and with in 30 min caught a nice 20 pound cat on hot dogs. Found out one thing though, the big cats dont taste as good as the smaller ones. Thanks to everyone for the help.
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   Nemo00
a guy I work with goes spear fishing in manchic. along the shoreline stump beds . he fills a ice chest in no time
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Me and my wife went once and tied up between the bridges in south pass . There was at least 40 boats anchored but we were the only boat catchin . The first fish was 12 lb blue my wife caught and in no time our ice chest was full . I knew a guy out there that day and he told me when we left the other boats were fighting over our spot ... So , I guess you gotta find the right spot . It's always been like that , you either wear em out or nothing !
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