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Grand Isle bridge night fishing??

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any reports? I went like a month ago and one of the lights was burned out. Has it been fixed? Which side should I fish?
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Got to give info to get info
How many times have you posted decent reports this past year and how many times have you asked for a report?

Why not give a full report of your experience last month if you want a more recent report?

And be sure to post a report when you return from this trip.
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I did
I did give a report, the light was burnt out. Thanks for the help.
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You went home?
The light was out is not a fishing report, it is barely a conditions report.

Did you fish? For what? What bait, depth, technique? What did you catch?
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Math Geek - Really?
The guy was just asking for information about the lights (working or not) and probably was interested in the trout (were people catching, or not?). Who are YOU anyway? Insinuating to him that he should first give a full report before asking a simple question seems a bit rude and demanding of you to me. Because again, who are YOU all of a sudden on this forum?

And...go for it. I have been a member for a long time, but have not posted anything lately. So focus on that if you want to. This forum is becoming more of a billboard, and less of a gathering place for the hook fiends who have made it possible to even exist.

'leastbay,' to answer your question - yes, I know that at least some of the lights have been fixed. I saw almost everybody catching white trout already. Also, I saw some KEEPER specks swimming under the first few lights (B.S. Marina side) on my last trip a week ago. Of course, speck catches may require a more skilled angler. Sure you know that that already. Hope that helps you out.

My GF and I did really well in G.I. last week from the bank when almost nobody else around us was catching, with pics to prove it. Not nearly a Rucker-Smasher, but 95 nice specks in 3 days of bank fishing. And, we met some really nice people along the way. Was gonna post a report with pics. Not sure if I want to anymore. Probably related to some of the same reasons why Mr. Rucker doesn't post much, either.

Truly, my girlfriend and I could NOT have done it without carefully studying John Rucker's reports. That's it.

-CHRIS
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This is a good post
This is a good post, math geek is being a doosher! Didn't know this site was some kind of military club that I have to report to every time I go fishing! It's people like you math geek why I don't post reports. Anyyy whoo I am actually curious about the bridges as well? Anyone have any good info?
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Thanks
I do have a lot of experience fishing the bridges but a month is a long time with the way it's been cold. Last month I caught a 20lb drum on a crab claw. If there are trout I can usually get them on matrix shad or panfish lures. I have always fished the bridge opposite of bridge side. Not sure if there is a difference. I'll try to remember to report back. I don't think to report much because it seems like most of the posts here are advertisements for charters. Kinda a weird site.
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No Prob
In my last post I kind of let off some steam. Not just my steam. I think it's a collective cloud of steam, really. I've read things about particular things - and folks. Enough said, and I won't elaborate unless I'm called on it.

Honestly, from what I have seen recently - B. S. Marina side is getting really active. I wouldn't walk all the the way to the end of the pier to catch trout, based on what I've witnessed last week. No kidding when I say that 15+' specks are swimming under those lights, already right now. Certainly, the conditions do matter. So don't expect that all of the time.

-CHRIS
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I give decent fishing reports
And I don't ask for more than I am willing to give info wise.
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CTG1981
I am going to Grand Isle with my family June 6-13 and we will be doing some surf fishing. If you dont mind, may I ask what you and your GF caught the 95 specs on and where at on the beaches in location to other land marks in grand Isle like B.S., the Sureway or the water tower etc? Did y'all have live bait and if not what colors were y'all catching them on? 95 specs in three days is better then I have seen it off the beaches in a long while.We go every summer for a week usually in early June and have not done so hot the past several years but with your report I am getting excited!

Thanks CTG1981 for the report!
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Reineduro
Reineduro

I have not been yet this year, but I usually do very well surf fishing on the island with only a very small selection of baits. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have a couple of packs of VuDu Shrimp in either the natural or brown colors, and get a couple of packs of Matrix Shads in Shrimp Creole and Green Hornet. You can fish both under a rattling cork or use a slow retrieve with the Matrix Shads. These baits are virtually all I fish with now, unless I cast net some live shrimp or pogies.

I primarily fish Elmer's Island but have also caught good fish by the rocks across from Sureway's and where Caminada Pass hits the Gulf.

If you want to do some night fishing at the bridge, Lemonhead & Pink Champagne Matrix Shads using a medium steady retrieve should do the trick if the fish are there.
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Reineduro
I originally wanted to try the beach, but we didn't make it that far. The fishing was good enough to hold our attention the entire time just fishing all of the culverts and passes leading up to Grand Isle. But the beach should be getting really productive any time now.

I looked at the tides for you trip, and it would probably make good sense to give the beach your effort first, and then as the tides pick up (the second half of your trip) I'd start focusing more on where you see water moving under the road. You need good moving water to fish these spots. And do check all three concrete bridges leading to the Island. Don't forget the culvert by Fourchon, and there's also one on old LA 1 about a mile or so past Morans (I think it's called?).

We caught everything on live shrimp, carolina rigged. Barely working it in the current. I went through literally everything in my tackle box and concluded they did not want plastics at all. I may post pics later once I upload from the camera.

Goodluck to you and your family!
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Thanks for the tips!
Thanks for the tips copperhead and CTG!

We are going to fish elmer's as well and I plan to get some voodoo shrimp and matrix shads. All me and my dad have ever used is the old double leader jig with sparkle beetles but I think it may be a good time to change and use the voodoo etc under a cork and try out the bridges and culverts on the way to GI. I haven't looked at the tides yet but I appreciate the info and I know my dad will be glad to hear the info as well. I am 25 and we have been doing this trip since I was born and my dad did it with his before then.

Thanks again for the tips I will keep checking the info from you guys and I will post a report when we get back!
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You are welcome
You are more than welcome. The biggest piece of advice I can give is: if you haven't caught anything in 15 minutes... MOVE!!! That's the biggest mistake I see people making most of the time. The fish are somewhere down there right now, so keep moving until you find them. Good luck!
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if you fish for specks under the lights using soft plastics, try biting off an inch or so of the bait and using a light short shank jighead. i catch limits doing that under the lights at our camp. there are mostly smaller fish there, so smaller baits work best. Once you catch one under a light, go to a different one for 10-15 minutes, and when you go back, there will be a few more schooling up. it might be hard to do that on a crowded pier though.
and yea, this forum is nothing but a billboard. i laugh when i see the ads dont get any replies, and there are a few replies under all the private threads. notice the green 'site sponsor' tags next to every captains name. like thats supposed to make it any better?!? Guess they're going to keep it up until nobody comes on here any more....
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Posting
I refrain from posting fishing reports on here because of all the bashing. You make a post and this one calls you out for not enough details, that one says the fish can't weigh what you claimed or it wasn't on the day you said because the conditions you reported didn't match the forecast. Or now the poster asked to many questions and his post wasn't a report but more about conditions. Please, there are way too many experts here for me. I'll chime in to help folks and answer question that I have knowledge of, but post a fishing report, I'll think twice about it.
ARRIVE ALIVE!!!
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SAD
Secret Firmula (SF) is right about why most 'average joes' do not post. SF has helped me and probably most on this site with info. When this site loses guys like SF it is a damn shame.
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secret
ill have to agree with you. ill help out when i can, but the exploitation of a report forum for advertisements rubs me the wrong way, especially when its as blatant as , 'my name is captain (insert name), i have openings, book today'....no thank you, if i was looking for a captain, i wouldnt be checking the report section.
the guy that started this thread just wants some tips so he can go catch some fish off the pier...i'll help however i can...
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Comments / advice
Thanks for the kind words fellas, as for as advice to the original poster. I fished that area last Sunday with croakers and caught no trout. There were some nice trout caught by others in the area during a different period of the tide than I fished, but overall the trout fishing is still far from where it shot;d be for the area and calendar. Monster red fish are still on the prowl, but monster redfish are near impossible to land when fishing from the pier or bridge. The water along Elmers Island looked like the river, the further east you went the better the water looked. I expect this weekend to be much better, but no telling if the late spring run will show up.
Good luck and ARRIVE ALIVE!!!
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Hmmmmm
Buddies fished bridgeside marina docks two night ago. They apparenttly Did very well with trout. Everything was caught on tsunami swim baits, glow in the dark double rigs, and matrix hornet. No doubles were caught on the double rigs but they said they got the best and hardest strikes using it.

Goodluck
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report
I ended up taking home an 8-10lb black drum, no worms inside. Also caught about 70 small white trout on panfish lures. Not 1 speckled trout to be seen or any reds. Also to the guy saying you cant land the big reds, I have a 3 foot pier net for this.
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reports
math geek chill out man!!! if u want to keep all your big secrets, just don't post nothing, simple !! most people don't mind helping out fellow fisherman!!
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math geek
Some has to be jerks. Mathgeek but a hat on and he is a fishing god. We can caught none anad I bow to you Mr mathgeek not. Be nice it will get you futher. I can tell his trip wash a wash didn't need to write article about it if you don't want to help with his question don't post. I fish the island side try to get pass the point of the opening to the gulf seems to do better and most time when the tide is running that way its better. Good luck.
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Fished the Bridge this Weekend
I fished the bridge Sunday night. Caught tons of 7-9' white trout. We caught a few Specs around 9'. Nothing worth keeping for me. I do suspect with the sheer numbers of the whites there and the little specs that here in a couple weeks the spec bite should turn on pretty well.
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going back
Im going back Friday night, hopefully the weather will be nice. The kids love it.
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white trout very plentiful
I've been hitting the bridge at night pretty regular.. the white trout are there by the gazillions.. Sunday night I caught a few keeper specks but they aren't in there thick yet.. give it another week or 2... Tuesday night, I saw a couple specks-- we caught 1 keeper and several very small specks and 50 or so white trout.. and actually caught some pretty nice sized/bigger than normal white trout..

again, give the specks another week or 2, they'll move in...
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Reds?
Mike, did you see any reds taken? I haven't seenany the last 2 trips. Hoping to get another 10 lb drum, it made excellent fish sticks.
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no
no not really.. I didn't see any reds caught on the bridge lat few trips I've been... just trout..
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White trout by the masses
If you want white trout thats all that seems to be out there. I pulled them in 2 at a time on every cast on panfish lures. Didnt see anything else caught besides a few catfish. Probably gonna wait a month or so to go back.
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white trout
Are there any size to the white trout? I actually like white trout almost as much as a good spec.
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size
the white trout are mostly small as usual but I did seem to notice that I've been catching a few that are bigger than normal... I've been using a 3 inch minnow imitator with much success... I tie my own tandem rigs.. shrimp have been scarce so they're gorging on some little glass minnows or silversides, not really sure what kinda minnows but they are eating them up, and spitting up a mouthful when you catch one... so I just figured I'd match the hatch...
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10 in white trout
Had a few that were 10 in. I actually might go back this friday if the weather is nice. Seems like the best option with no boat and the kids are addicted.
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