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I have fished freshwater for years from my kayak but have never taken it to saltwater. I fished south Louisiana a lot when I had a boat but that was 20 years ago. Most of the places I fished would be too far to paddle and involve crossing more open water than I would like. And from what I have been told post hurricanes I probably would recognize anything. I am looking at heading down there on Nov 30th or Dec 1st pending weather. My target is redfish if I find trout great but I prefer reds. Coming from Baton Rouge area so the closer the better but willing to drive to Venice if it means catching fish. Looking for a close paddle with canals and grass where I can get out of the wind if needed. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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   voros79
No need to go all the way to Venice. There are many places to go within about an hour of NOLA. You could try launching out of Brenton sound marina in Hopedale and going left down the canal then left again at that main inlet. There will be a bunch of ponds and marsh in that area. Vudu shrimp under a cork and gold spoons have worked for me. One area has a lot grass so a weedless plastic or top water frog can work. Other kayakers have always been very friendly and helpful. See the attached image.
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I like launching at the park in Golden Meadow. If not there, than bout 4 miles north of there at Basson's. Both places have easy launch, no big open water, plenty of good marsh to fish, easy lodging, and lots of places to eat or get stuff.
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   Samarai
i agree, coming from br in kayak, bason would be a better option.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Next Monday and Tuesday is showing a good tide with a north wind. Any difference from Brenton Sound or Bason's with the north wind?
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   Dr. Spot
Golden Meadow is the best option for a kayak. And that's from someone who fishes Hopedale almost exclusively. The salinity is higher at Golden Meadow, and you have smaller bayous to fish (wind protection) and less current to fight.
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   sdoucet
If you come to basons or golden meadow just keep in mind that its hunting season and most of the land in the area is privately owned. I have a private lease and I get a lot of people coming fishing on my lease and I know a lot of people don't know, and im not the type to start trouble and ruin peoples day, and still try to help them out when they come into my pond, and usually show them spots on my lease to fish while I hunt so we both win. but just be careful because some people in the area can get pretty butthurt.
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I know you can fish Hopdale Lagoon and Lake Amada. Easy paddle from Pip's launch (unmarked and unmanned launch). Some times I throw a rope out the back of my boat and tow kayakers out there.

Highly recommend putting a flag on your kayak if you don't already have one.
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Dr. Spot

Where would you launch in Golden Meadow and where would you fish? Lures? Dead shrimp, gulp alive, DOA, top water, spoons? Or I am a fly fisher if that would be a good route. Again thanks to all for the responses.
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   Dr. Spot
Back in the old days I would launch off of Dursett Street by the pump station. In December, it has trout, redfish, drum, and sheephead. I had a small boat and a trolling motor, which I carried in the back of my truck. This is before kayaks, which is a better option today. Lures for the trout, shrimp for everything else. I also used to launch along HWY 1 closer at Leeville or near Grand Isle. As a warning, things have changed with private property issues in much of this area, and has serious fines if the landowner is grumpy. I would ask a local marina which areas to avoid.

Hopedale and Delacroix kayakers generally don't have the private property issues, but from my experience, Golden Meadow has the better and more accessible fishing. For example, someone mentioned Hopedale Lagoon which is a great place to fish, but is not close and if the currents are strong and in the wrong direction, you could easily get in trouble.
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   fireboy
Where did you end up going and how did you do?
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   Dr. Spot
I would like report and feedback as well. Quid pro quo.
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Well due to the rain I ended up staying close to home. I didn't want to make the drive down and get caught in bad weather. I did however have a good day of fishing. I put in the Amite river at the Grangeville bridge and headed down and fished a few run offs and river accessible ponds that I know of. Caught about a dozen bass and a few bream. Had the weather been better I was going to go the Bason's. Thanks for all the comments and I will plan a trip soon.
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Looking at giving Basons another shot this Friday. The tides look good and the weather will be nice and sunny however they are calling for a 14mph SSW wind. Is that going to be an issue down there? Or any suggestions on a good place to go with that wind. Thanks
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stay up near the levee and head in a northerly direction. Should be the cleanest water. There's an old pump station hole I like to fish.
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