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Surf Fishing and Kayak Fishing Grand Isle

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Going out to Grand Isle on Tuesday to surf fish off the beach and will probably bring my kayak and fish from a kayak in the marsh. Have never done either in Grand Isle and would just like some tips on what I should or shouldn’t do while there, especially when it comes to surf fishing. I have actually never surf fished before so this will be my first time doing so. I am planning on using live shrimp under a popping cork, soft plastics, and topwater baits. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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I don\'t think it is safe to fish in the surf in a kayak, but maybe you are just planning to wade fish?. Even if you are wade fishing you need to be very careful, there have been a couple of drownings recently.

One of my co workers perished in the gulf in a kayak a few years ago. There are rogue waves that can come in even when it is slick calm due to all of the crew boats that run offshore. If you have to do it, whether wade fishing or kayak, please keep your life jacket on!

All of that being said, the best bet is to fish around structure or where you see bait and clean water. Be careful and good luck!

TT
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It’s been really rough in Grand Isle lately and Tuesday looks like more of the same. Strong SSE winds in the forecast. If you go on a calmer day, then yes shrimp under a popping cork is what I would use. Shrimp are plentiful on the beach right now. One of my sons friends and her dad threw the cast net and caught an ice chest and a half of big shrimp this past week . Have fun but be vigilant as far as safety. Local boy just drowned in Grand Isle.
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If I fish in a kayak it’s going to be in the marsh. Looks like it’s going to be pretty windy on Tuesday so I may not even touch the kayak. Safety is my number 1 concern above all. What would be the furthest out you’d go into the water to wade fish? I’ve heard people say that before sunrise and up until probably an hour after sunrise that you don’t even have to go into the water to catch fish because the fish will be closer to the shore. Thanks for the tips.
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Thanks for the tip and yes safety is my number 1 priority.
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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 !
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Awesome! Appreciate the tips! Will let y’all know how I do. Honestly I’m pretty worried about the water being muddy because of the wind and the round of storms we just had but I’m still going to go out there and get my feet wet and just learn how it is out there.
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Yeah...the wind forecast for Tuesday is definitely not kayak friendly. Now...catch a light north wind out there and you can most certainly fish a kayak. I'm not sure where all the doom and gloom regarding kayak fishing off the beach comes from. Common sense, experience and preparedness are needed...but isn't that the case in everything?
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