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Planning a trip to grand isle the weekend of the 6th and have a good spot to fish at night but for the day I was thinking about elemers island. First have the fish even arrived at the island yet or are they still out at rigs and structure? And second what are the rules about Elmers island; can you drive a car or fourwheeler on the sand or do you have to walk? And I would assume to use live shrimp as bait. Any information helps. Thanks guys.
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I have not been to Elmers yet this year, so I don't know if the trout are there yet. I would think if they are not there, they will be any day. If trout are not there, you can tie into some bull reds.

Yes, you can drive your vehicle on the beach. First thing in the morning, I normally drive along the water looking for bait…and that is where I start. Many times the birds will show you where to go.
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   Pmurri1
Thank you for the Info. But one question. Is the sand soft and take a nice set of tires to get through or will my Yukon XL make it through just fine?
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   niteboy82
For what it's worth, I have driven my 2000 Nissan Frontier with 2WD on it. I was able to visually tell when I shouldn't drive any further.
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Just left GI yesterday. I fished Elmer's island, grand island beach, the bridge fishing pier, and in the bay with a boat. Fishing is bad right now. Caught only 8 keepers in 4 days. Water on Elmer's not clean because of hard south wind and rough serf. Sorry for such bad report.
I own a Yukon XL and drove it all the way to the pass without too much trouble, just be careful to avoid the loose sand up high on the beach. Another tip turn off the stabilitrak feature or else the truck will not perform very well but once it is turned off goes very well.
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There is usually a well-used path to get to the hard sand at water's edge. Once you get there, you can drive along the beach without any problem. I took a ride over last Sunday, but didnt fish because the water was really muddy looking. Water in front of GI was clear as could be, but I did't catch much there either. Good luck to you!
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If you do get struck in the sand, bring a 5 gallon bucket and fill it with gulf water and pour it around the tire or tires that are stuck. You may have to do it several times but it compacts the sand and works almost every time.
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