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Fishing with Kids

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I need some help with locations around Slidell, Shell Beach, or Hopedale to take my kids fishing. They are 8 and 11, boy and girl respectively. I don’t need to catch trout. I just want to catch something, and preferably not all hardheads. Some hardheads are okay though. The kids are happy with pretty much anything right now. We went today in the Rigolets. It was quite windy and I had no idea what to do to catch fish with two kids who are just figuring out how to cast. We caught two stingrays. Each kid caught one and enjoyed it, but they were pretty bored. I’d like to be able to take them somewhere where they have more action and catch a little something for the table. I’m not real picky, but I won’t eat hardheads or gafftop sails. Drum, sheepshead, white trout, or even ground mullet are okay by me. I just need something to tug on their lines and get fried up. Thanks
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Growing up as a kid we had a campnon Chef and a friend has a camp on Lake Catherine. We would fish all weekend off the dock and catch all the fish we wanted, mostly croakers. It’s sad that the croaker has been allowed to become endangered species maybe even extinct in Louisiana in a fish big enough to eat. Commercial fishing of the species wiped the breeder stock out. This was the greatest fish for kids, ladies, bank fisherman and anyone who needed fish for dinner. You may try pier In Mandeville, my brother took his boys in boat right near pier in evening with long shank perch hook, 3/8 ounce weight with small piece of peeled shrimp and caught as many fresh water cats as they wanted. These are the good eating cats. I use to catch the croakers in Lake Ponchatrain at Lake Villa whenever I didn’t have enough trout. All you wanted same at Lake Catherine and Star Bayou and the croaker hole at the Chef, the boats would line up and everyone caught a box of croakers for dinner. Miss those days. Good luck
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Yeah, I cut my teeth catching croakers in Lake P too. Occasionally my Dad would go with 'the men' as my Mom called them, somewhere 'offshore' and catch monster croakers. They called them Bull croakers back then. Anyway, I have often wondered what ever happened to the croaker stock? It was a very reliable fish stock that even a Yankee could confidently go out and catch with basic gear and didn't even need a boat.

Abigail, when the weather settles and the water clears, you should be able to catch fish anchored at Unknown pass in Lake Cat. Just anchor up either side of the train bridge, depending on which way tide is going. Fish the bottom with either live or dead shrimp on the bottom. Or if your boat is worthy; I'd suggest you run out to Half Moon Island and work the shoreline all around the island with corks (I like Voodoo shrimp, tipped with dead shrimp). Good luck and keep them interested!
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For what it is worth, if it were me I would go to Shell Beach and launch at Campo’s marina. I would explain the situation to the folks and Campo’s and they will give you options close to the launch. There is a great variety of fish in MRGO and the adjacent bayous. The kids should be able to get a lot of action and catch some fish that you will keep. Good luck.
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Thanks Gentlemen,
I appreciate the insight. What I did when I took the kids was anchor up current of the train bridge a little west of the main Rigolets pass where the pearl mixes in. I was trying to get a bait under the bridge near the pilings. I’ll track down the pass you mentioned and keep half moon key in mind for calm days.

I like shell beach as well. Two friends and I took kayaks out of Campo’s a few years ago. We caught a few legal reds, some small trout, some bass, and the. We stumped into a school of bull reds right where Bayou Yscloskey hits MRGO. We lost most of them to obstructions on the bottom, but one of my buddies did boat one close to 30 lbs after a fun ride and interesting looks from power boaters. My only concern with Campo’s is avoiding the crowd. I have to launch by myself with no help and I hate slowing down everybody else. Good info, Thanks
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