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Help fishing Lake Pontchartrain

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Hello guys,

Fairly new fisherman here. Looking at the weather it shows a calm wind Sunday (10-20-2019) and I plan on taking my 16 foot alumacraft out in Pontchartrain to hopefully catch trout or reds. I will be launching in the Tchenfuncte and fish the shore, causeway, and the man made reef N1. I don't want to venture out too far as I'm not so sure how big of waves/swells my boat can handle. Any words of advice for me? Any certain tackle I HAVE to have with me to set some hooks? Thank you!

Restored 16' 1986 Alumacraft, 70HP Nissan, Garmin 4 depth/fish finder.
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Re: Help fishing Lake Pontchartrain
Yes---'USE COMMON SENSE' and a PFD (life-preserver)!!!
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I don’t fish Lake P but here are a few lures you might want to take regardless of where you fish for trout. Soft plastics are effective baits. I use Matrix Shad. They have a variety of colors. Shrimp Creole and Lemonhead are two of the most popular. Different colors are more effective depending on conditions. I carry almost every color they make. You should try different presentations with them. Try them under a popping cork (2’-3’) and as jig (tight line). You can present the tight line as either a shrimp by bouncing it up and down on the retrieve or as a swim bait by simply reeling it in. The slower you retrieve the deeper the bait runs.
I would not use live bait this time of year. Also get yourself a catfish flipper or dehooker. If you are not familiar with removing a catfish from your line just be sure not to touch it. Barbs are sharp, painful and can get infected if punctured.
Good luck.
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Willie. Thank you!
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Wanna nab some fine specks,try some inexpensive wakebaits,available at any Academy for all of about $3.99 and gotta give credit where credit is due-TheWizard7 turned me on to them and an anonymous Lake P expert turned me onto MirroDine lures,both are nabbing plenty specks this time of year in about 2-4 ft of water.Any paddle-tail soft plastic should work and there was a tournament soft plastic fisherman who introduced me to Lunker City's Fin-S fish,probably the single most effective soft plastic I have ever used for jigging the Causeway and can't tell ya how many fat 2.5-4 lb specks I routinely used to hoist from de Causeway,though gotta admit been many,many years since I was routinely boating 7-10 2.5-4 lbs specks using nothing more exotic than Fin-S fish(comes the closest to imitating glass minnows that the flounders and specks gorge themselves on this time of year).There is one other tip to dem Fin-S fish lures,try dipping the forked tails(wicked trick)in Chartreuse Spike-It and get ready to hang on tightly as that single tip makes a HUGE difference,trust me!!!

Mandevillian
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dtan1992,Chatted with John C today and he may be chasing some Lake P fish tomorrow and I suggested he try some of the protected shorelines from Cane Bayou towards Goose Point.He and I fished together last year and Bomber Spinner baits enticed some mighty fine reds to bite!!Good luck tomorrow,my older son may be yak fishing tomorrow!!

Mandevillian
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Well I got skunked today.... My father in law caught 1 trout that was too small to keep. Started out trolling along the coast near the St. Tammany wildlife refuge and worked our way towards bayou lacombe. After the one trout we headed towards the causeway. Nothing there. I threw multiple lures. Jig with clear/white matrix shad. Bomber badonka donk top lure. Spinner with gold spoon. popping cork with yellow matrix shad, and some dead shrimp. Sucked.. saw guys around us catching a few. I plan on hitting up the Rigolets next weekend.
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dtan1992,Don't feel too bad,my older son is quite an accomplished Lake P fisher and he did not catch anything other than a stinking ladyfish but he did say he had specks chasing a Johnson Splinter,similar to sidewinder.Bomber spinner baits work very well fished in about 2-3 ft of water,tossed either across grassbeds or worked parallel to them.I love sight-fishing for reds and if ya made it to the shallow water near Goose Pt,no doubt ya saw how clear and fine dat water is out there.Last Th when I fished dat general area,we spotted nice school of black drum,probably 5 in school but my experience with them is they spook much easier than their cousins,reds!!Hoping to make it out there next Th and my son advised that there were a ton of boats,running all over Lake.For the Causeway,try Berkley Gulp,Swimming Mullet in chartreuse for reds and specks tend to prefer Fin-S fish in greenish color but color may be somewhat over-rated.Check out Lunker City's website as they offer some incredibly effective soft plastics and real fine jig heads that grab dem soft plastics like NO OTHER jig head out there-they have a patent on their anchoring system!!They are quite proud of them jigheads,trust me and they hold dem soft plastics like Super Glue!!!Good luck,never hesitate to help a fellow Lady P fisherman,just do not give exact GPS coordinates.Lastly,concentrate on crossovers on Causeway as fish relate to structure and the 4 mile(from NShore)gives up plenty of huge specks and plenty reds,though I have NOT caught many specks in past 3-5 years and replaced dem fatties with chunky reds and this is flounder time,big-time!!!Flounders absolutely devour Berkley Gulps,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse!!!

Mandevillian
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Mandevillian, thanks, ill check out those baits. Ill definitely be fishing the same general areas again as there were tons of boats in the area. And yes the water was super clear near the shore. saw a few sheepsheads swimming right under the boat. I tossed the Bomber parallel to some grass beds with no luck.. hopefully this colder weather coming will get the fish moving.. hoping to hit up the Rigolets this coming weekend.
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I checked not only my work schedule and that of my older son but also checked out the predicted tide and winds and Th looks too good to be true with slight NE,shifting to ENE winds and according to predicted tide,have great in-coming tide and I already know how clean and clear the water is out there-can't wait to try our best-gonna have 2.5 year old grandson and his pop with me!!!I used to think it was total hogwash regarding dipping the tails of those sassy Fin-S fish lures and was fishing the PowerLine Pilings on SShore and had big red shred a Fin-S that was dipped in Chartreuse Spike-It and grabbed one that was not dipped and had nada,dipped bait in Spike-It and reds started shredding lure once again!!!Man,it kills me to NOT be fishing right now but dat gonna change,pronto!!!

Mandevillian
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