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Anybody have any recommendations on where I can catch some redfish from my yak on the Northshore? Looking for places closer to home (Madisonville) instead of traveling all the way to Delacroix or Hopedale or Shell Beach. I've never read any good reports for Lake P, and the Rigolets/tressel is a no go for a yak. I've fished the canals by the Hwy 11 bridge a few times and picked up some bass, a few specks here and there, and a couple small reds, but nothing consistent. I'm guessing such a place doesn't really exist! lol. Anyways, just checking to see if any locals have any suggestions. Never looking for honey holes, just general locations where I might have some luck. I'm willing to put the time and miles paddling in. Just looking for starting points.

Thanks and tight lines!
Dan
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im takin my kayak around the lakefront airport thursday morning if you can/wanna join
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would love to, but will be stuck at work. hoping to get out this weekend though......somewhere......we'll see! good luck though!
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geohegan canal and lagoon.

I've caught reds there evertime I've gone.
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that's by rigolets marina right? I've caught trout there......last time I went I caught one red (a boat fishing at the end of the lagoon landed a 40+in bull while I was anchored at the edge of the drop off), but that's about it.
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Irish Bayou area produces a variety of fish, depending on the time year and where you fish around there. There are easy put ins across from the truck stop and near the bridges. Especially in the fall the areas near the lake have a lot of trout. The inner water areas always have bass, and there are reds throughout the area. I've caught flounder there around the lake as well. There are enough protected areas around there for windier days and you go out onto the big water when it is calm, so it is a good place for a kayak or canoe. Like most places, you will do best if you work the tides and find moving water.
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You can launch at Fort Pike (across the Rigolets from Rigolets Marina). It's a short paddle to Lake Catherine.
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you live in Madisonville? Do you fish in the Tchefuncte River area?
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I've only fished the T-funk a couple times. Once by the I-12 bridge and once at the mouth. started out fishing the shore of the main lake for a bit then worked my way back up the river away from the main lake towards t-rivers bar. both times only manage a couple small bass. probably wrong time of year that I tried it.
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When the timing is right,plenty of tackle-busting reds should be on de prowl anywhere from the mouth of Cane Bayou to and around Goose Point.I intended on sticking a few reds from my Chapman yesterday but the only fish cooperating happened to be blue catfish!!Nothing fancy typically needed except Berkely Gulps,Swimming Mullets,Chartreuse!!

Mandevillian
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thanks for the pointers! have yet to fish Cane so I might have to find a place to toss the yak in and scout it out here soon! if you see a 13ft banana with rods sticking out of it........that's me! (ocean kayak trident 13, yellow)
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Headed down Cane today looking mostly for chunky bass but will toss a few Gulps at possibly some shoreline reds should Lady P have calm enough conditions🎣

Mandevillian
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let me know how you do! where do you lauch at for Cane? you fishing out of a yak? good luck today!
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Danno,I launch at the dirt launch at Cane Bayou(adjacent to the Fountainbleau Fire Station)and I did latch onto a beast of a red,fishing from my Chapman pirogue,fun stuff getting pulled around by a big red not wanting to be reeled in and eaten!!!

Mandevillian
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Headed back down beloved Cane Bayou tomorrow,hoping to catch a few nice bass and hope to avoid the choupiques I seem to have found and with the predicted NE winds of about 4 mph,shorelines from Cane to Goose Point should be better than awesome.I made two modifications for tomorrow's pirogue trip-first modification is that I added a marker at the 27 inch mark so I can accurately measure any tackle-busting reds that I anticipate running into and I also have a nice 94 qt marine icechest so I can transport a nice solo limit of reds home.Last trip on Th yielded a beast that I had no room in my smallish ice chest for and I also did not have decent way to measure past the 16 in mark,my bad totally!!!Will report my results,good,bad,indifferent!!!

Mandevillian

PS,Wifey and I set to hit my favorite barrier island,Grand Isle,the week after this coming week!!!
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thanks for the info! how was the trip? did you get to fill the new larger cooler with a limit of reds?
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Danno,Wish I had better than dismal results to report from our mini-vacation to our favorite barrier island,but that would not be accurate!!We did not catch any fish,other than a stinking hardhead that I caught near a usually-productive small platform near Barataria Pass.Might get back out after some NShore reds this coming Friday-I hate fishing week ends and typically avoid them,if possible!!

Mandevillian
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Gonna hit beloved Cane tomorrow tossing soft plastics at bass and hoping to get out to mouth of Cane tossing different variety of soft plastic at reds,winds and weather allowing!!Was kinda thinking about fishing Bayou Lacombe headed North and guess decision depends upon what the water at Cane looks like.Bayou Lacombe typically clears up fairly quickly and love chasing bass!!!

Mandevillian
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Hitting MS casino today for nice Memorial Day break from fishing and hope to hit some shoreline spots Tues or Wed and might try Z-man chatterbait or even Spro frog tossed close to grass beds out in the Lake so prevalent from Cane Bayou to Goose Point and beyond!!Hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day and once conditions get right,should be reds a-plenty ripe for the picking!!!

Mandevillian
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I took the future son in law out for his maiden voyage on his new Jackson kayak for his first kayak fishing trip ever. Hit cane for my first time. Made our way to the main lake to find decent conditions so searched for reds slobs the shore heading towards lacomb. Nothing. I trolled a gold spoon on our way back to the bayou and picked up a nice 20in red right at the mouth. Fished our way back to the launch and I caught a few small bass and a bunch of bream! Using a 4in zoom lizard (bait was bigger than the bream I was catching lol). Future son in law only caught one small bass, but at least it wasn't a skunk for his first trip! Saw lots of gators so he enjoyed that too. All in all a great day on the water! Hope everyone had a safe and happy memorial day!
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Danno,Awesome results!!Funny thing about those feisty bream,they attack soft plastics easily twice their size and I might start tossing either gold spoons or Z-Man Chatterbaits out in the Lake for reds.There are some beasts out there as you have seen from pics I uploaded.I have taken at least 2 Cajun Sleigh Rides in Cane,compliments of one time,possibly a big gator and today compliments of about a 5 ft alligator gar.The entire Eastern shoreline from the mouth of Cane towards Goose Point should have plenty of reds and they do spook quite easily,so make as long a cast as ya can and get ready for nice Cajun Sleigh Ride.I really thought today's big gator gar was gonna snap my pole as he took off as I had the pole basically right next to the Chapman pirogue and I had to be careful to give him enough room to make his mad dashes!!!There is a slough a long paddle from the mouth of Cane loaded up with bass right now and typically it harbors plenty of reds and specks,but there is a ton of fresh water in the Lake right now!I love Cane as it is close to home for me and offers decent bass action all along the entire length and the mouth and the shorelines hold plenty of reds,as you have found!!!Good luck and enjoy dat beautiful Cane Bayou!

Mandevillian
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Hit Cane Bayou this am,getting a decent start and launched Chapman pirogue around 6:35 am and started off with usual Spro frogs,looking for possible lunker bass but switched rather quickly to Yum Dinger worms in Black Sapphire color and missed a few,finally landed decent bass(water was no where near as clear as few days ago,predictably due to run-off from lotta rain).Made my way to Lake and decided to make marathon paddle to where I suspected there might be some decent reds and tossed a Bone and Red Top Dog in quite a few likely spots with zero takers and made my way to redfish honey-hole(think the bigger reds have vacated this spot-ran into older couple who did tangle with a beast and then caught ton of 15.5 inch reds and one speck!).I did have a crab attack Yum Dinger worm and almost totally forgot about how much damage his claws did to worm!On both the trip to the redfish honey-hole and the return trip to mouth of Cane,I spooked quite a few very large fish,never got good looks at them but educated guess is black drum and reds,both extremely large and the older couple reported nailing some nice sheephead with Mo Jo shrimp,weightless and on light line,might have to take their hint!!!The redfish honey-hole absolutely loaded up with bass,but they wanted no part of Yum Dinger worm and I did have a few fish nab Berkeley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse,but did not hook any and weather and winds started looking ominous and both the older couple and I made our individual bee-lines back to our home ports,them to their camp on Bayou Lacombe,me to Cane.Taking short break and might get back to fishing Cane and Lake P sometime next week,hate week-end trips!!Did see usual gators and took nice pic of Tree Ducks and saw a pair that looked like the took over a wood duck nesting box on Cane!

Mandevillian
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The northshore is now too fresh for consistent redfish. However, in the summer reds are on the Twin Spans. Use shrimp on the bottom. Sometimes scattered, sometimes they school up. The southern end is best and is accessible by kayak on calmer days.
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Dr Spot,Onr thing I have learned about reds,the bigger ones in particular,is that they do not need a salty environment and if you have the appropriate combination of plentiful bait(mainly mullets and crabs)plus lush grass beds,you might be pleasantly surprised at the quantity and quality of reds all along the shorelines from the mouth of Cane Bayou to and around Goose Point🐠👍😎🎣I do agree that you might not consistently catch a limit of them but for me,one 27 inch red is perfect for grilling and I can about guarantee that I spooked at least 10 big reds on my last Chapman pirogue fishing trip last Friday. The swirls I saw were no doubt made by big reds,some possibly well in excess of 27 inches and this had been a consistent pattern for at least the past 5-7 years. Will wait til possibly Wed before heading back out and might even hit SShore PowerLine Pilings.

Mandevillian
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We also fish and crab the bayous. Its relaxing, beautiful scenery, and we catch plenty of bass and crabs. The reality is there are fewer reds and they are harder to catch (fall is an exception). This is also Danno's experience and says he wants to catch reds with more consistency. To keep the fire burning, one needs to catch fish. I regularly catch a mixed box of reds, drum, sheephead, and flounder in the summer on the south end of the Twin Spans, plus you get to fish in the shade. Its not fast fishing, but requires a few hours effort and timing the tide change. But its better fishing. It also requires shrimp, so put the lures away for this. So, Danno, give both a shot and give us a report.
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Appreciate the tips and reports gents! just getting on the water is a win for me most of the time! lol. But any chance I get to tangle with the redfish is icing on the cake. My current goal is to put my son in law on his first one. Struck out twice now (once in Bayou Cane and this past weekend in the canal at the end of Hwy 11/Trestles). Thinking about making the drive to Shell Beach and hitting the rock wall and the Fort with some live shrimp to finally getting him hooked into one. Maybe even give the South end of the twin spans a shot.
Again, thanks for the tips and reports! Tight lines everyone!
Dan
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Danno23,I might suggest Lake Catherine,depending upon the wind speed and direction and at least Mother Nature giving us much needed break from the soaking we have been getting.Chad Almquist with Canoe and Trail joked with me about where I was today(he must have had paddling group invading Cane Bayou)and I was taking a break from fishing,at least today,and might head back down Cane tomorrow.For bass,hard to beat Zoom Speed Worms or Yum Dinger worms,both in black sapphire,rigged Texas-style and tossed parallel to the lush grass along the entire length of Cane,pay particular attention to the few drains,especially if ya have falling tide as bass tend to gang up just outside the drains waiting to ambush bait tossed ahead of them and dragged slowly towards the mouths of these drains.There are some folks that swear by dead shrimp under a popping cork for reds and that would be a good idea(I am a soft-plastic fanatic and rarely use any bait,live or dead)but to up the odds and stack the deck in ya favor,hard to beat either live shrimp or dead shrimp under a popping cork.Lake Catherine has a ton of lush grass and reds tend to ambush bait that hangs out near grass beds,bass likewise,and Lake Catherine should have plenty of both and not as far of a ride as Shell Beach.Salt Bayou should be loaded up with marsh bass and Irish Bayou likewise might be excellent yakking choice.I have duck hunted near Salt Bayou and always seem to see tons of bass in the canal that parallels Ole Spanish Trail and quite a few yakkers brag about Irish Bayou.If ya wanna be adventuresome and the winds are acceptable,the PowerLine Pilings outside the Williams Blvd boat launch would be a decent choice,especially if we have relatively light winds out of the South.My second-to-last trip to PowerLines yielded 4 reds,missed a 5th for a solo limit and last trip,me and a buddy ended up with 2 nice reds,4 specks and a blue catfish,fishing a few Pilings and a small wellhead(that would not be doable in yak,though Pilings would)!Hope to hear about some decent fishing and hoping the waters not too bad tomorrow and possibly Fr and Sat.

Mandevillian
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great advice as always mandevillian! will keep you posted on the next trip! let us know how you do as well!
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Shell Beach is good for paddlers. The best place is to go up Bayou Yscloskey across MRGO, go inside the rock boundaries on the east side, and fish all that lagoon. No boat traffic. There can be scattered reds everywhere. You have to fish the lagoon at high tide, don't bother if its really low.

Its a bit of a paddle, but if you can go round the lagoon island and keep going east to the next shoreline, eventually you will see a low section of the rocks. Tide flows over those rocks and scours the bottom. Reds school there, along with sometimes other fish. It's one of my favorite spots. I have a flatboat which means I can get in there, but regular boats cannot. We also crab there. Get Campo's famous live shrimp and don't waste time with lures.

Bass are also thick in Bayou Yscloskey, if you are inclined.

The MRGO rocks sometimes have fish as well. The big problem is that baby mangrove snapper start showing up in the rocks, and they steal the bait, sometimes without you even knowing. This problem is worst in August and September, but they could be there now.

Warning...since MRGO closed, the low salinity has really caused grass to grow and some places are unfishable. You may have to pick your pockets in the lagoon.
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Thanks Dr Spot. I'm familiar with the lagoon on the East side of Yscloskey, but everytime I've been there it's been nothing but grass/weeds, pretty much unfishable. That said, i'm unsure what the tide was at that time either so I may have to just time it right with high tide.

not familiar with your second suggestion though. where is lagoon island? is this section of rocks in the MRGO?

I figured out last trip not to waste time with lures (I'm always strictly artificial, but after 5 hours of only a couple fish, we tapped out and scooted in to grab Campo's shrimp and then it was fish on). So that will be the plan. Now I need to figure out how to do live bait on a kayak! lol
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Decided I needed more dat Cane Bayou fishing therapy mixed in with some Lake P redfishing and neither spot disappointed me today.Started fairly early,around 6:15 am and tossed Spro frogs for a while,zero takers,switched over to Yum Swim n Dinger,Black Sapphire(think they call theirs Blk/BlLam)and had no takers and finally switched over to style and color of worm new to me,Zoom Trick Worm,Okeechobee Craw and was tossing that worm to a nice drain on East side of Cane and right after worm hit drain,I saw what looked like a gar swirling and turned out to be fat 2 lb marsh bass,tail-walking back to Chapman!I admired nice fish,dropped it in box and slowly made my way to mouth of Cane and scoped out wind reports last night and knew I had decent window of opportunity to hit Goose Point area and not too far into marathon paddle,had nice 18 inch red attack Berkeley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,right next to pirogue!!It is kinda tough to swim those baits through and around the thick grass beds and might tag along Z-Man Chatterbait and possibly Johnson Sprite weedless spoon for next trip out there(gonna be real soon,based upon today's observations)!!!Not too long after boating nice 18 in red,much bigger red inhaled Gulp but was able to spit hook and I then made the marathon paddle to near Goose Point,where I spotted airboat cruising the shorelines(he waved as he zoomed by).Tried a redfish honey-hole with zero results and made the trek back,again spotting the airboat jockey and again we exchanged waves!On both the paddle to and from Goose Point,I spooked no less than 15 big reds(saw two small alligator gars and noted the miniscule wakes they make)and 100% convinced that what I spooked were beastly reds.Did spot at least 2 stingrays,awesome sight as they are in exact same spots as nice reds(makes perfect sense as they both inhale small crabs and shrimp).One thing I will do doubt do next trip out is to make sure to be a lot less noisy and make extremely long casts so as not to spook big reds.I will most likely be in my Southfork flat,equipped with nice MotorGuide SaltWater Series trolling motor,easy to sneak up on reds with that electric motor vs paddling and standing on front deck vs seated basically at water level should allow me to sneak lures through and around the thick grass beds,where the reds ambush prey and they do not require more than a smidgen of salinity to thrive,hence the quality and quantity of reds out there for the taking(no live bait ever needed)!!!I should use head mount on Go Pro but always seem to leave Go Pro at home.Woulda been cool to video both fish today,though the red hit right at side of pirogue but bass did at least two tail-walks,kinda cool but easier for them to slip hooks while they do all dat head-shaking and tail-walking!!!Think just matter of time before I start getting multiple reds and best trip so far I hooked 3 and boated one,my bad totally!!!

Mandevillian
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It's the island in the middle of this link.

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.857282,-89.6727166,915m/data=!3m1!1e3

Go to the next shoreline to the east near the rocks, it gets deeper with the trench where the rocks sink and may be fishable.

You can also try from the MRGO side and throw over the rocks. Good luck getting those reds over the rocks, though (ha!)......but I've done it :)
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One thing I picked up many years ago when I was able to entertain clients on guide trips,besides getting valuable lessons on soft-plastic fishing,was to look for sting rays and I spooked one huge one today,judging by his mud wake and saw two fairly large specimens in some pristine waters.I should tag along my Go Pro to get some unbelievable underwater shots,not of fish fighting(fish solo lotta times)but to show folks how clear that water is East of the mouth of Cane and real easy to spook big reds feasting on crabs in grass beds.I would suspect that Johnson Sprite weedless spoons would be deadly as well as Z Man Chatterbaits as they might navigate the grass beds much better than what I have been using,Gulps threaded onto custom-made jig heads,3/8 oz mainly to get them down when de big boyz play!!Next trip,gonna try possibly both Johnson spoons and Chatterbaits.Top Dogs get the reds excited just tough to keep the treble hooks from matting with grass,especially eel grass,so prevalent out there!!!

Mandevillian
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nice red! nice chunky bass too! can't argue with those results. too bad the honey hole didn't produce. i'm sure the airboat had something to do with that!
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thanks Dr Spot. that's where I thought you were talking about. I've fished the lagoon on the other side of the bayou, but had to stay right up on the rocks where the channel is about 4ft deep........the rest of the area was nothing but unfishable grass beds. I must have caught 50 bass that day in that little channel though. nothing huge, but still fun. they were inhaling the voodoo shrimp. that was the same day I hit my new best redfish at 29in. I was fishing the mouth of the bayou/MRGO from the rocks though so didn't count as a yak catch unfortunately!
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Danno23,Wifey and I just last night registered for the Jesuit Alumni Rodeo and taking a buddy fishing outta de trusty Southfork early Sat am,looking for slot reds and with my rotten luck,we will be tearing into tackle-busters,kinda like the one I let go a few weeks ago.All the obvious signs are there,stingrays,clear water,mullets galore,huge swirls from spooked bull reds,etc!!!Every year pretty much the same pattern develops,big reds patrolling the pristine shorelines.Hitting Bass Pro to stock up on weedless lures,most likely Johnson Sprite spoons and a few varieties of ZMan Chatterbaits,probably deadly on reds,especially if I attach Berkely Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse to lead head of Chatterbait!I would not venture as far as Shell Beach with so many options much closer to home and my pics pretty much sum it up-one of these trips I hope to have a two-man limit of nice reds and this week end looks to be the time!!!Wifey and I gonna grill that red and bass this week end!!Hope to have plenty more real soon!!

Mandevillian
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good luck mandevillian! keep us posted!
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Danno23,Wish I could lie and say we tore up the reds today,fishing outta my Southfork flat,but dat would not be accurate.Ended up with 3 fish,nice red,chunky croaker,chunky bass and all I added to box was chunky croaker.Hope to report better results next trip out and those reds may have slightly altered their pattern to be active in evenings,finning along the shorelines!!!Might head back out early one afternoon to see what the prevailing pattern is!!

Mandevillian
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After getting some valuable,and hopefully accurate fishing intel,decided to make afternoon pirogue trip down beloved Cane and possibly towards redfish haunts along the shorelines from Cane towards Goose Point.Ran into Chad and Byron Almquist and Matt,all with Canoe and Trail and they were loading up bunch of fine canoes from their mid-morning canoe jaunt.Chad gave me the weather intel and he and I chatted about the redfish he bumped into way up Cane earlier today.Wanting to give ZMan Chatterbaits a good work-out,I did not do usual bass fishing,at least did not spend as much time tossing Zoom Trick Worms as I typically do and when I emerged at the mouth of Cane,Lady P looked way too inviting and I started tossing ZMan Chatterbait,working it through thick grass beds like it was a weed eater(great bait for reds,according to numerous fisherman) and finally set hook on nice 21 inch red that gave me quite a fight!!He was the solo fish today and saw threatening storms and also got text from Th's fishing buddy who lives in Mandeville(said it was raining pretty good by him-never got a single drop on me today).Like the way dat Chatterbait not only casts but works through and around thick grass so prevalent out there.Not sure where we gonna fish Th and Wifey and I fishing Fri and Sat,hoping for some rodeo-winning slot reds for Jesuit Alumni Rodeo,starting Fri am and ending Sat around 4 pm.Might make venture to SShore,jigging PowerLine Pilings,where we hope to find some slot reds.Last trip on SShore yielded some decent specks and few reds,certainly no slot reds but ya gotta go to know!!!Water on East side of Cane not too bad and might attach Berkeley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse to ZMan Chatterbait frame to see if dat entices redfish riot!!!

Mandevillian
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Gonna cheat a tad today by jumping aboard buddy's fine Key West bay boat and we have a few strategies up our sleeves,mainly trying for reds in grassy shorelines and both of have will have at least 3 different rod n reel combo's.I just got nice redfish spoon with soft plastic trailer that should easily get through thickest of grass and we might entice a few marsh bass in de process!!!Will post results,hope we nab a few pumpkins!!!

Mandevillian
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not bad results last couple trips! at least you found a red on each trip! good luck today and keep us posted!
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Wish I had better results to report(did find a wallet at the Mandeville Harbor parking lot and just got it to the rightful owner,thanks to Facebook-not me but the person that I inadvertently called after Googling owner of wallet-cool story and coincidence that owner of wallet and one of my neighbor's work at Banner Ford!!).Water East looked fishable and me and my fishing buddy launched his ultra-fine Key West bayboat around 6:10 am and motored over relatively choppy Lady P to area near Bayou Lacombe-struck out-motored East to Carr Drive Canals-zero bass-back to Goose Point area,same general area where I have been at least landing one red per trip but nada today.We tossed variety of lures,Johnson Spoon,Chatterbait,etc and not a nibble on anything.Did see ultra-cool sight,family of curious otters aggravating decent-sized gator in Carr Drive area.Hope to stick a few decent reds in box on next few trips and might venture to SShore(Williams Blvd Launch)and try PowerLine Pilings!!

Mandevillian
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Looks like I might be mining for copper at the SShore PowerLine Pilings,such a gem of a spot that surprisingly does not seem too get pressured too much.Wifey and I managed decent box of bass and reds just yesterday!!!Once NShore gets a tad more clear and salty water,it should be reds on every trip!!!

Mandevillian
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Hey, Mandevillian,

I've been reading your reports with special interest in fishing the south shore powerline pilings for reds. I'm assuming you mean those that originate near the Williams Blvd launch. I live only a couple of miles away and have been ignoring that spot for no good reason. I'll be kayaking there possibly this week assuming a wind with a strong southerly component. I flipped over near the first power structure horsing around (with no gear on board) in very nasty east winds and accompanying 2 to3 foot waves about 7 years ago with my first kayak. That was a narrow touring kayak - now I'm into stable, wide fishing yaks and turtling is not an option (too much gear on board these days). I've likely handled equal waves (not my preference) with yaks ranging from 31 to 36' recently in lower St. Bernard. I hope to be as successful as you have been when I get out there!
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Yes,I am referring to the PowerLine Pilings out of the Williams Blvd Launch.I have fished them out of a kayak,though not recently via yak.Yesterday's trip was out of my Southfork flatboat and I most definitely would suggest a trip out there as the water is excellent,mostly closer to Kenner vs far West towards the Frenier area(doubt you would make that far of a paddle,though you could access them via launching at Frenier beach).I would bet specks are also out there and I intend to find out this coming Wed afternoon.

Mandevillian
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Had a little luck on a trip to shell beach this past Saturday. Finally put the son in law on his first red. He landed a nice 19in from his yak. I managed 5 stupid hard heads, a speck and 2 reds, a 17in and this 28in beauty. Oddly enough, the big reds didn't want the live shrimp we were using. They were chewing on matrix shad bouncing off the bottom....i caught the 28 off lemon head, but another yaker putt there had already landed 2 around 27in and he was using the dark purple with chartreuse trail. Think the chartreuse wad the ticket. Didn't do very well at all considering we used live shrimp almost all day. Couldn't find the fish.
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The reds are still there, the bite just slows down when the water temperature gets above 80F. You have to work for them. I got a limit of reds on shrimp Friday at Hopedale on shrimp, but fished hard, and had to get in really skinny water in the back of ponds. Reds are scattered everywhere, but they concentrate and feed better in those areas. Fishing the skinny water ponds also gets you away from most catfish (but not the stingrays). Its best to fish near high tide but while the water is still moving (rising or falling). An east wind which pushes water up is best, west wind and low tide is the worst in the summer (the reds just get lockjaw).

This tropical system will really get the reds going fo a week or so as new, cooler saltwater is pushed in. Get out there right after the weather ends.

Shrimp also give you a shot at drum and sheephead in the summer.
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Danno,Dat's a mighty fine red and there are plenty just like him and his buddies,all within easy paddling out of the Williams Blvd launch and my wife and I chatted with one group of fishermen that I initially thought were targeting bass in the Parish Line Canal this past Saturday.They were armed with plenty of bass-looking Rattle Traps and the boat owner advised that they had been hammering away at limits of reds,trolling Traps along the rocky shorelines outside both sides of the launch,hint,hint.Another fellow reported catching quality,not quantity,specks at the S end of the Causeway,again,hint,hint.Those PowerLine Pilings hold an incredible amount of fine reds,some up to about 26 inches,though most perfect 19-22 inch fatties,never needing any hint of live bait,my absolute favorite way of fishing,finesse fishing!!!This Tropical System,hopefully will dump rain only and not leave too much destruction in its wake and we always seem to catch fine fish,specks and reds,mostly about a few days post Systems.Post-Katrina,my older son and I hammered 18-22 inch specks in a trenasse not far from where we used to duck hunt and that duck season was one of our finest duck seasons ever!!!The best story I could tell ya was a few years ago when I fished a tiny sit-inside yak(had excellent wind and water conditions)and had a limit of fine reds tucked away in dry storage bag with plenty of ice on them and a few boaters asked about fishing the 'reefs' and my reply was,'Ya got plenty of reefs at each Piling'and when I opened the dry storage bag,jaws dropped to the ground!!The other was the time I ran into Bob Dubuc,Don's younger brother,fishing out of my tiny yak and he was in bay boat and I caught a red right in front of him(I politely asked if he minded me tossing to the piling nearest me)and I nabbed fine redabout 22 inches,and the red spit the hook right in front of us.He was tossing live shrimp and I was tossing Berkeley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse!!!Last one was when I already had a 5-fish limit of reds,again fishing the tiny yak,and I set the hook on what I suspected to be a catch-and-release red,only to lazily fight the fish to the surface,turned out to be about 3 lb speck that spit the hook(my bad for not keeping pressure on him)!!!Fun stuff and guess I oughta bring yak back to Kenner!!!

Mandevillian
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My first post on this forum and I'm looking for a solid place to land some reds/trout out of the kayak this weekend that's not too far a drive. I'm in Natchez . I went to Delacroix last year and caught a handful of reds. This Northshore thread caught my attention. Is Williams Blvd launch at Mandeville or were your referring to Shell Beach? Any advice would be great but I'm not familiar with either of these areas that you guys are describing. The North Shore has to be closer to me than Delacroix though. Thanks, glad I found this forum.

Update: Uh, probably won't be this weekend as their appears to be an unwelcome guest crashing the shores off Louisiana.
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BigAllen,The Williams Blvd Launch is on the SShore,right next to the Treasure Chest Casino and I am in Kenner right now and will head to the launch soon to scope out what our uninvited guest,Cindy,left in her wake.I would suspect that because Kenner did not get a ton of rain and the water levels are up somewhat,the salinity on the SShore should be fairly good,and reds do not require much salinity to thrive anyway!!If ya got a yak,it is not that far of a paddle from the launch to the PowerLine Pilings and each piling is an independent reef,never know where them feisty reds gonna lurk!!I am hopeful that I will get a chance to fish those PowerLine Pilings this Sat/Sun and always report-good,bad,indifferent!!Good luck and right now the NShore is hit n miss at best but I was finding willing reds on just about every pirogue trip,launching outta Cane Bayou and accessing the mouth of Cane and the nice shorelines between the mouth of Cane and the tip of Goose Point.There could also be plenty of reds on the West side of the mouth of Cane,I just have not fished it in quite a while.Bass abound in Cane,so ya got some viable options should ya want some marsh bass,some close to 2 lbs!!

Mandevillian
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Can't thank you enough for your reply and advice. I see on google earth the launch you are referring to near the casino and can also see the power lines you refer to. That doesn't appear to be too far a paddle at all. Thanks again and I look forward to your report. Be careful if you go out this weekend, the weather looks terrible.
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Just took a ride out there and predictably,the water is up about a good 2 ft,not sure how long it is gonna take before conditions improve but if the water recedes about a good 2 ft and the winds allow it,hard to beat the redfish action out there,all on soft plastics.I typically thread Berkeley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse onto custom-made 3/8 painted jig heads(recently started PowderCoating some-incredible finish)and I like Vanish 17 lb fluorocarbon for number of reasons-mostly invisible,very little stretch,and great sensitivity.Only had one beast break off and that was my fault,totally as I shoulda checked the fraying in the line from numerous reds that dragged me across the Pilings!!!Go get u some!!!

Mandevillian
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There's supposed to be a Redfish Tournament at Delacroix sponsored by Tico's Vodka this weekend. Thought about going just to watch but can't imagine the weather is any good for that. but nobody on their facebook page will respond to whether or not it's been canceled. I've seen video from Grand Isle (flooded) and can't help but wonder if all the in shore fishing water levels are up drastically
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Funny ya mention dat Redfish Tourney as I was playing around with the computer and did a search for Redfish near PowerLine Pilings and a tourney fisher was mentioning those PowerLine Pilings and how he might need to scope them out.They typically harbor reds up to about 25-26 inches(max)but ya never know there might be a rodeo-winner out there.The biggest we have caught right at 25 inches and my younger son and I were entered in Jesuit Rodeo one year and both of us had fish on the board til a red shade under 27 was brought in and I still can't believe I placed 3rd in bass this past Saturday at the 25th annual rodeo but my mom got the Advocate and it listed me as 3rd and I checked Jesuit's website and they likewise had me listed as 3rd in bass but I coulda sworn that I was bumped off the board(never did get my 3rd place trophy)!!

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I know I'm driving you crazy but wanted your opinion. The weather forecast has changed yet again for the Delacroix area. The chances of rain Saturday are down considerable. BUT, the Tico's Red Fishing Tournament has had to move their launch area from Delacroix to Hopedale because 'Sweetwater Marina' is under water. I'm not sure they mean literally or just a ton rain water in parking lot, etc. I don't know why Sweetwater would be under water but the launch at Hopedale isn't. Anyway, we are considering going down there now to kayak fish and watch weigh ins. But do you think the water will look like chocolate milk therefor you'd had to go way out to catch any. I'm trying to be optimistic that maybe the 2nd day after a front blows through would be good and maybe the water would be receding at a rapid rate thus creating areas of current for fish....but that may be too optimistic. Any thoughts before I make the stupid move to try and kayak fish at Delacroix after a freakin Tropical Storm???
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Big Allen,Never apologize,I do not mind giving my 0.02 anytime!!I have not fished either Hopedale or Delacroix in quite some time but the marsh has a wonderful way of filtering dirty water with all the lush aquatic vegetation so vital to the vibrancy of any marsh ecosysytem.That said,I would wager that if you make some decent forays into the Delacroix or Hopedale marsh,ya might find some decent water.I might head to Kenner,not tomorrow but Sunday as the PowerLine Pilings are calling me and also the Parish Line Canal,for fat marsh bass.I typically fish the NShore but the last few trips have been skunkeroos and the SShore(pre-Cindy)had some gorgeous water and I am quite sure the salinity on the SShore infinitely better,especially with the NShore rivers and bayous dumping loads of fresh water into Lady P.Let us know how ya do and gold spoons in stained water a decent choice,maybe Chatterbaits as well!!

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Screw it. Not often I can get away on a weekend with some friends so we booked it. Headed to Delacroix Cabins tonight but we might put in at Shell Beach tomorrow morning. Weather looks much better but I heard the water was definitely muddy and high. Oh well, maybe we'll get lucky. I'll report on Sunday.
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Can't blame ya for the determination and that is most definitely one of my traits!!Got text from buddy who informed me that the Williams Blvd boat launch closed off and I was hoping to fish SShore tomorrow.Will opt for Tuesday SShore fishing trip and wife and I took very nice bike ride on Tammany Trace and eventually made our way to Mandeville Lakefront and found nasty water in Lake.Probably gonna be at least a week or two before NShore clears up,unless we get strong Easterly winds at same time that Lake levels might slowly recede(think it may take longer,depending upon the load of water dumped by T-Funk,Tangipahoa,Abita,etc).Pearl River no doubt contributing mightily to nasty-looking Lady P and I will post my SShore results probably either Tues pm or Wed am.Where I am headed no where near as disturbed as NShore and I was impressed with the quality of water my last trip,last Saturday!!

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We went and succeeded at Delacroix. The water was up but it wasn't dirty and it obviously pushed some reds back into the coves that basically are only accessible via kayaks. We caught several reds on both live shrimp and matrix shad fishing against the weedline. The weekend weather turned out fantastic. Got a slight rain Saturday afternoon but that was it. Ran into some fellow Mississippians who were down there on air boats bow fishing at night. They came back the next morning with an ice chest of Reds, sheephead and alligator gar (about 6 feet long). Yes, they cleaned the alligator gar pulling out back straps exactly the way you would with a deer. Solid meat, no bones. They said it was delicious and compared it to eating actual alligator. I'd never even heard of that. But hey, next time I boat an alligator gar I might just try it.
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I have heard the exact same thing regarding bigger alligator gar,clean white meat along both sides of the back,just gotta be a pain cleaning those beasts!!Was hoping to tangle with a red or speck or two today,fishing outta my Southfork flat but the water was nasty pretty much everywhere I tried,except for the Parish Line Canal,typically bass haven!!

Mandevillian
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Think we might have few reds in store for those of us wanting to try them.Met young guy,Ken,on today's Cane Bayou trip and he took a maiden voyage aboard his brand-new Vibe kayak and he said he nabbed a nice red,possibly a keeper,but it spit the hook before he could boat it.I will most likely stay off de water til about middle of next week and hate to fish week-ends with lots of pressure on dem fishes!!Once the NShore rivers and bayous recede and if we get favorable E winds to raise salinities,no telling how productive the shorelines gonna be.My Southfork across the Lake and I plan on doing custom camo stencil paint job on her and next trip most likely SShore,PowerLine Pilings and small platforms in extreme SW Lady P!!!

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for the record, I also have a Vibe Kayak. Great for fishing.
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Big Allen,Those Vibes are indeed fishing machines with extremely durable construction,as far as I can tellThe guy I met this past Friday said they come with life-time hull warranty and I can see why-extremely thick construction!!My fishing buddy from the NShore and I scheming to chase some SShore wellhead specks and hopefully,some fat PowerLine Pilings reds,all eagerly nabbing soft plastics!!Will post how we do and think we are starting our excursion fairly early due to ridiculous heat!!!My swimming pool(big above-ground)was registering 74 degrees and now is up to 78 degrees,never typically getting much above 78-80At 74 degrees,jumping in takes your breath away and at 78 not a big deal,just indicative of the intense heat wave!!

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Think if it were me,would drive across de Big Pond and launch dem yaks at Williams Blvd Boat Launch and head West to the PowerLines and small well heads,assuming favorable wind conditionsThe water on SShore gorgeous and reds a-plenty,big ones,too!!!

Mandevillian
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We may do just that on Saturday. That's not too far a drive for us for a day trip. We wouldn't crowd ya would we. That seems like an easy accessible place to fish as I'm looking at google earth.
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BigAllen,Plenty of structures to fish out there and not sure what happened to those reds from just about a week ago-nada at the well head and PowerLines,though ya never know where they gonna show up! I have caught them as close as the first set of PowerLine Piings just outside the Treasure Chest Casino.Wouda tried the last few sets on my way back yesterday but the weather was threatening and seas were getting a tad rough(was in my Southfork flat)!!Good luck if ya head out!!

Mandevillian
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well I hate to hear that. Not sure I want to make the 5 hour round trip with that sort of news.
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Not sure if ya like bass fishing but that is always an option on either N Shore or S Shore and my younger son was impressed with my catch from today,especially since 4 of the 5 bass came from one small spot(bass magnet,aways)!!!Wifey and I headed to Bass Pro in Denham tomorrow evening and think my next pirogue trip gonna be a return to T-Funky where I fished today.Love the fight of T-Funky bass,any bass for that matter and I have quite a few buddies wanting to tag along,never a problem,though my favorite tactic is fishing from a pirogue and not the easiest way for some folks to fish.Think my next serious purchase gonna be one dem Vibe yaks,though hard to part with $900 when I have so many other paddle-craft!!!They are fine,indeed and well worth the price!!

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So we get down to the launch in Kenner at the casino and as we are just beginning to unload a shrimper pulls his boat up to dock to pull out. We chat with him briefly and he said he wouldn't bother fishing out there because in a 10 mile loop he had caught one single shrimp. He said it was barren out there, nothing and that the river had leaked too much fresh water in. So we put our stuff back in vehicle and headed to shell beach. We got there late and didn't have much luck. I was amazed at the amount of kayakers out there...pretty cool. One guy showed us his haul and had several nice reds and bass. We caught 2 undersized specs and one bass...very disappointed but we didn't even start fishing until 11:30 am. I guess we were too late. We'll be back though, the guys at the launch were super helpful and cool, and they don't charge a fee for launching a kayak. The guys over at Delacroix charge the same as a regular boat, we won't be going back there again.
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BigAllen,I tried fishing the Parish Line Canal and PowerLine Pilings and a few well heads and pilings(plenty of fish-attracting structures all over SW Lake P)and all I had to show was a big hardhead catfish,tiny croaker,and very small bass(Parish Line Canal)not sure where those reds from just a few weeks and certainly not more than a month ago went!!Talked to two commercial crabbers and one went out to about ten miles from shore(said water was muddy)and the other has been crabbing not too far from the Wiliams Blvd Boat Launch and both said the water is to blame!!!Think my next serious fishing trip,besides the fun pirogue trips in the T-Funky,will be to the rocks in Hopedale,where a buddy from Abita KC Council has been hammering big specks and reds with a few bass in the mix,all w/o live bait!!

Mandevillian
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Hey Mandivillian.......where in Hopedale? the Dam? along the rock wall in the MRGO? Marshes? haven't been there in a few months. Been going to Shell Beach.....but haven't been anywhere in a month as I had to fly back home to NY on emergency leave for family emergency (father had massive stroke). pretty scary for a couple weeks but he's doing much better now. now I'm back in town and ready to tangle with some reds! did manage to get on the water once while back home (live a few miles from Lake Champlain) and managed a nice little northern pike and a couple chunky LMBs........one went about 20in. top water frogs in the weeds just before dark.......can't beat it!!!!
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Danno23,Not exactly sure where he has been mauling Hopedale specks but my educated guess is along the rocks,probably close to the dam.I need to convince this fellow dat I will take him to T-Funky bass magnet in exchange for a trip to Hopedale for nice specks.He fishes exclusively soft plastics,my absolute favorite finesse technique!!Headed back to T-Funky bass honey hole tomorrow am(put 3 nice coats of spar varnish on cypress gunwales of my Chapman pirogue and want to put one more on for good measure).She looks better than any production Chapman because I added a thin strip alongside both gunwales and I constantly get compliments;also,I took extra care to sand the soft cypress and wipe down sanding debris each coat,probably the purist in me!!Think I am gonna break down and take Wifey to Hopedale soon,before we get swamped in our busy season,Oct-Dec!!

Mandevillian
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you need to post some pics of that beautiful boat you are always talking about! :) where do you launch when you fish the funky? I'm in Madisonville and haven't found any launch relatively close (admitting I haven't searched very hard either though). I've only fished the funky a couple times......either very productive. First trip was by the I-12 bridge by those gorgeous looking lily pads. only one small bass (although if I remember correctly it wasn't the best time of year). second trip was at the mouth, fishing inland towards T-River bar. again, couple small bass. need to get out there and manage a couple descent fish!!! good luck out there!
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T-Rivers down on the lower end of 1077... hwy 22 right next to the bridge on the northeast side... I think you can put in at fairview state park just north of the 22 launch... 3 rivers road off of 190... 4th ave in covington... I'm sure there are a few more launches, but I'm new to the area and still learning.
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Danno23,Ask and ye shall receive-will attach pic of fine Chapman(too bad factory does not add cypress strips like I did and the Achilles heel of Chapman pirogues is the relatively thin gunwales-adding a strip like I did helps immensely).Hit T-Funky outta 3 Rivers Launch around 5:55 am and by 6:00 am,had nice chunk aboard along with much smaller one and headed quite a ways S and hooked a beautiful bass,2.06 on digital scale,and luck was definitely with me as this fish was hooked through its eye only and Owner hook did the trick!Ran into Steve,a T-Funky regular,and showed him the pics of last Friday's very productive haul and he was impressed.Fished quite a ways S and ony managed to catch and release two smallish Kentucky bass and lost nice chunk,probably in between the big bass(2.06 )and smaller one(1.8)!!Had great time,as always,and will give T-Funky slight rest til possibly next week!!All fish readily inhaled Yum Swim n Dinger worms,black and sapphire,my favorite soft plastic for T-Funky chunks.Love me dat T-Funky,especially outta my Chapman pirogue!!

Mandevillian
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I almost always launch my Chapman pirogue at the end of 3 Rivers Road and typically start chunking Yum Swim n Dinger black and sapphire worms on the East side of T-Funky.There are numerous boat docks all along the T-Funky and any of them might yield a nice chunk.I have found a few that are more productive than others and even try Spro frogs tossing them in the middle of the thick lilly pads all along the T-Funky.Some folks switch up their lures readily,I tend to toss worms year-round and always seem to catch fish with worms,so why switch!!Good luck and hang on when ya toss to some dem docks out there,got some beasts lurking under them!!

Mandevillian
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where is the launch off 3 rivers? I've tossed the yak in under the I-12 once before, which is off 3 rivers rd, but that's not a launch....works fine for a combat launch for a yak though.
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Danno,The 3 Rivers Launch I use is at the very end of 3 Rivers Rd just a little ways from where ya dropped in de yak. Has small pier and provides great access to where I have found some hefty T-Funky chunks. Thinking about heading out tomorrow very early to avoid heat.

Mandevillian
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I see it now. thanks. which way you usually fish? towards the I-12 or towards lake P?
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Mandevillian, where do you park when you launch there? I'm not a bass fisherman, but we love to kayak and that looks like a nice place to launch.
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Everyone I have ever seen using that launch parks on the left side as close to the big ditch as possible.I did talk to St.Tammany Parish worker(the day I had personal best chunk in box)and he advised that he was not going too issue me a ticket(sign says no parking but it is on right side of road)and I made the case that how dumb would it be to have a decent pubic launch w/no parking and he agreed!!Main thing he was doing was monitoring idiots dumping trash on the road,definitely a dumb thing to do.Just park as close to the ditch on left side(see plenty of big rigs parked there)and you should be ok!

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Thanks Mandevillian! Sounds like the fishing is slowing down for the summer in Lake P. Any suggestion as to when it starts picking back up again? Late August, early September?
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Otis 78,Wish I could tell you with any degree of certainty when Lady P will start showing us what makes her so special,the chance to box specks,reds,flounders,and possibly bass in the same trip!!I will say that typical patterns,at least for the NShore,is when September Teal Season starts,we typically catch decent specks in the grassbeds,same spots where not that long ago I was nabbing some fine reds,some up to and over 27 inches,all from a pirogue.About a month ago,the PowerLines and certain wellheads in SW Lady P were giving up some nice reds and on my last trip I was amazed at the clarity of the water and my suspicion is that those reds have migrated slightly East towards the Bonnabel Boat Launch and Pumping Station area,just a suspicion and a commercial crabber that I befriended at the Williams Blvd Boat Launch gave me those hints.When she does turn on,I think we are in for a special treat and I love shooting teal and then targeting specks,when did ole body can manage it!!

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Thanks again Mandevillian! I'm limited to shore and kayak fishing. Looking forward to hooking into some reds from the kayak.
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Otis 78,Fishing from a yak aint dat limited,especially if ya aint afraid of long excursions!I absolutely love my Chapman pirogue for T-Funky bass fishing and use her quite a bit for Lady P shoreline redfish trips,just have not been on consistent redfish action and hope by Sept Teal Season,specks show up in grass beds,along with reds and maybe some flounders in the deeper bayous and trenasses!!!

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