Re: Surf Fishing and Kayak Fishing Grand Isle
May 19, 2019 at 7:58pm
When people catch trout in the surf at daylight and right at dark they\'re talking about the first and last 15-20 minutes of daylight. You\'re ankle deep and it can be lots of fun, but it usually doesn\'t last long. \r\nAfter good daylight and before sunup trout move out to the first trough , that area between the first and second sandbar. Experience will teach you, going often enough and watching others is the best teacher. \r\n\r\nI\'ve fished Elmers, Fouchon and Grand Isle beaches off and on for 45 + years. Always bring a life jacket and test the tide/current conditions before going more than waist deep. Sometimes I go back to shore and put the life jacket on (most times) ...I can tell you first hand it can be dangerous, lots of people have been towed out to sea with some being rescued while others never found. \r\nStay away from ANY jetties while surf fishing, they\'re dangerous enough in a boat. \r\nBe careful first few time you go. Pay attention to what others are doing in the surf and imitate them. \r\nI would NEVER use a kayak in the surf unless you plan on swimming. A lot. \r\n\r\nAs a rule I generally make 8-10 surf trips a year from early may to July 15. My record is catching on 35-45% of those trips and its a bust on the majority of those trips. \r\nYou can plan wind/moon/tide/juju beads/whatever- its the conditions when you get there that counts. If the water is muddy you just made a dead end trip.
I NEVER use live bait,(personal preference) always plastic in your fav swimming minnow grubs will work, sinking twitch baits , and top water very early and very late in the day. But Ive caught nice fish (2-3 pounds) at noon on top water with very clean water and a low surf.
Always made it my business to ask fellow fishers next to me what they're using. I generally have what they're throwing. Surf fishermen and women are the nicest bunch and will readily help you if you just ask.
You asked for opinions, there's mine. Be safe and have fun. I'm 66 and still going !