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Cocodrie/DuLarge

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Just looking for a little insight on fishing cocodrie or DuLarge... it all looks the same on the map just have never physically been, guess I'm just worried about wasting my time. Any areas would help or if there's anything I should know about or be sure to stay clear of down there. Thanks In advanced.
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Fishing Dularge
Charter one of the captain's, it is worth the money. You will spend the price of a trip on gas just trying to find spot's someone tells you about. The fall month's are a good time to learn the water on the inside. Winter time it is very shallow and you can get stuck easy.
Every spring we have a clean up on bayou Dularge and that is a good time to meet people that fish down there and pick their brain for info..
We have a web site, Dularge.com that you can get info. Not much being put on right now but B.S. which we are very good at.
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Guide
One call and it will be the only one you'll need to make.
www.captlake.com
985-637-3712
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Guide
I agree with Ole Reprobait, if you have not fished the area you would be much better off hiring a guide. Dularge is a huge area and can be tough to try and find fish on your own. Most people get discouraged and don't catch many fish. I have fished with several of the guides in the area. If you are looking to learn the area, catch plenty fish, and have fun doing so then you should go with the best.....Capt Marty with Absolute Fishing Charters, 985-856-4477. He won't steer you wrong and you will get your monies worth. Some of the others out their will only bring you catch a limit and head straight back to the dock. Good luck.
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Charter
Yeah I thought about getting a guide and I figured that's what would be best... I think I'm going to wait until fall is in full swing and these hot summer months end. Thanks for the feedback it's greatly appreciated.
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Find some locals
If u are not familiar with an area, fishing 1 time with a guide is not going to be much help. There's no way u are gonna remember his routes or spots unless u are already familiar with the area. Hes gonna be making so many moves to get u on some fish, eVery little cut or bayou will look the same at the end of the day. If u really want to learn an area try to find some locals who fish the are, email them and see if u can join them on some trips. Most are more than willing to have extra company and someone to share expenses with.
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Learn the layout first
Great point Samarai! The first time I fished Dularge was with a guide and the second time, I was LOST! Make a trip or two first, then hire a guide. Learning an area like Dularge takes time, try and hook up with locals first. Good Luck!
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Guides
Guides are a great thing to invest in when starting to fish Dularge. I have been fishing Dularge on a very regular basis for the past 5 or 6 years and I've learned a lot but I've still got a lot to learn. Last fall I went with Capt Chris Venable and he taught me more than I learned in the first 4 years of fishing the area. After the tips he taught me I have been able to go out and find all the fish I need on my own. Dularge is a place that once you get the feel for it and pick up the patterns it is a very rewarding place. I have also fished with Capt Marty Lacoste and he is very helpful. I fish down there usually a couple times a week so if you wanna come hop onboard with me one day I would be more than happy to help get you started. Im pretty young but when it comes to fishing down in Dularge i like to think im pretty experienced. Let me know buddy and good luck
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Cocodrie
You will never be wasting time down there. You just have to put in the time to learn the area. I've been fishing there for 7 or 8 years and I still learn something new every time I go.

I would suggest going with someone who knows the area so that you can get your bearings. You don't necessarily need a guide. Then, just go out there with a good GPS and explore. You will burn gas and you will have slow days. Hell, I still do this regularly after all the time I have put in.
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Motorboat
I agree with what Motorboat said. It takes a lot of time to figure out the area. It also depends on what kind of boat you have. That's a big factor in deciding where to go and what to fish for at what time of the year
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Cocodrie
I never hire a guide. I figured I would learn more just doing it and going my own way. However the local idea I like. I normally would go to Golden Meadow and fish Port Fourchon. Years ago when I lived in Abbeville, I'd go intercoastal and out the bay to the game wardens camp for flounder if tide was slow. This time I'm bringing my own boat since my buddy doesn't go to his camp except weekends and his boys done guided me enough to where I know a few holes, but I'm wanting to try and find my own holes. This time though I'm staying in Houma and want to fish Cocodrie and other spots around Dulac etc.

Now offshore, that's a different story but I learned last year I can't take the waves after 13 heart surgeries. It's just too much on my chest with a pacemaker too. Legs are shot, but I can still use them even if I can't feel them, just ain't steady but got a good boat and got it handicap outfitted so I'm good.

For those posting pics and videos, I really appreciate it. I've really missed living in Louisiana since moving away in 87 but I've still got my coonass passport somewhere LOL.

and whoever that was that gave me detailed info on how to get into Catfish Lake - thank you SO much as I definitely want to explore the area. So watch out for a disabled TN AF vet coming your way for 4 trips in the next 2 months :)
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