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Hey guys i need some advice. I just rigged up a 10 ft. test trawl for catching live bait (HOPEFULLY). I am not to sure where to start trying to catch some croakers and/or shrimp. I live near Lacombe and fish anywhere from the wrigolet's to the causeway.Any advice would be appreciated.
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the rigolets dont get good till later in the season,
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   DeadFish
Double check the areas because you cant trawl around goose point or in the rigolets itself.
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   GITRDONE
How about the mouth of bayou lacombe?
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They better be thick for a 10' net to catch. I've got a brand new 16' drug 3xs. I'll give you a deal on it. Email me if you are interested captkerry@bellsouth.net.
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Some of the Lake P area from the trestls to the causeway is off limits but not all.The Rigolets (fort pike area)is also a good place to trawl for bait and freezer.lake Catherine and the passes leading to it is also good. The only drawback to this area ids dibris from Katrina, plenty still around.

LDWF rules: TRAWLING

No person shall trawl over any privately leased bedding grounds or oyster propagating place which is staked off, marked or posted as required by law or regulation.

Trawling is prohibited in Lake Maurepas and that portion of Lake Pontchartrain from the shoreline to 1 1/4 miles out from the Jefferson/Orleans Parish line east to the eastern shore of South Point, from South Point to North Shore along the railroad bridge west from North Shore to Goose Point.

Trawling is prohibited between the railroad bridge and Interstate 10 in Lake Pontchartrain.

Trawling at night is prohibited in Calcasieu Lake, the Black Bayou system, and Little Burtons Ditch (all inthe Calcasieu Lake area) and in Grand Lake and White Lake.

Trawls are prohibited in the waters of Bayou Judge Perez (Bayou Hermitage) from its entrance into Lake Judge Perez (Bayou Hermitage) to Devils Bayou, a distance of approximately one mile, located in Plaquemines Parish.

Trawling north of the LA Highway 631 Bridge at Des Allemands, Louisiana, and in Lake Des Allemands, its streams and tributaries, is prohibited.

Trawling is prohibited in the cove immediately adjacent to Cypremort Point State Park landward of a linefrom Blue Point to Cypremort Point to the shoreline.

Grand Isle Beach closed out to 500'May to September by Commission action.

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   bigjim
I trawl all the time in lake Ponchatrain for bait and extremely successful as long as you understand shrimp just like understanding fish. To really catch well you need to drag as the suns coming up and going down. This is your best 45 minutes each period to catch shrimp. Brownies are coming out the mud in evening and going into the mud in mornings to hide. If it's a little rough and dirty they can be caught all day but still not as good as morning and evening. You want to stay 1 1/4 miles off shore for many reasons. Any closeer and bottom has not been drug in years and your not gonna like what you catch, tons of derelict crab traps, tires, trees, airplane prop etc. Also some places have oyster shells and the shrimp can't bury in them so they stay off unless traveling with tide and the oysters wil destroy your net. Go straight out from bayou Lacombe 1 1/2 miles and drag west 6 to 8 minutes right before dark or right at daylight and if there are shrimp there and your net works you should do well. I usually make two 6 minute drags in the evening with my 16 ftr and I average from 60 to 150 shrimp per drag and usually from 100 to 300 croakers per drag. My net fishes extremely well as I've tuned her to the tee. Hope this helps. Need any further help feel free to ask.

P.S. Lake Catherine has plenty bait but all them camps are in there too. If your heading out to Lake Borgne it's much cleaner. In lake Borgne do not drag close to shore as oysters and tobacco grass will get you. Once your net gets tobacco grass you will not catch anything, too much water pressure. Stay at least a mile off shore unless you are very knowledgeable and know one of the shelfs you can get away making a five minute drag on.
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   GITRDONE
Hey Guys thanks for all the advice. I have some disappointing news , I discovered some holes in the net I was planning on using after purchasing new boards from gus'.
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ok then patch the holes...
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   altalt
I've used an 8 foot trawl in Lake P and been reasonably successful. I've been told you can't trawl too fast or the pressure will kill the shrimp. Is there a recommended speed you guys trawl?
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   bigjim
Three and a half miles per hour is definitely the speed limit and some of the shrimp will still die. I would try three miles per hour or even a little less and not drag more than 8 minutes at a time. I usually drag at 2.8 mph and 6 minutes and still lose 10 to 15% of shrimp. Shrimp caught in trawl also die alot more as they've just been stressed out. Live bait at the shop has built up strength recovering over night in cooler water. Bait shops have losses that they scoop before you get there, thats where the market bait comes from. Once a shrimp survives over night in bait shop he is strong.
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