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Grand Isle - Surf Fishing??

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Hi guys,

First post, first time in LA!

I will be in N.Orleans for a month or more starting May 17th.

I was online and learnt that one of the closest place to New Orleans for Surf fishing would be in/around Grand Isle.

I am very well set up for surf fishing. I have a good reel with 300 yards of 60lbs test, a good 10 foot surf rod and some 2-3oz tins (Krocodile, Kastmaster etc) that I can toss a mile.

I was just wondering what should I expect to catch from shore around Grand Isle? What would the preferred method be? Lures? what kind? Bait? What kind?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

All the best
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Fishing
I fish out of that area pretty often and there is a lot of good bank fishing and surf fishing. The majority of what you will catch is going to be Reds and Black Drum. It is possible to catch Speckled trout, flounder, and even Gar in a few spots. I mostly fish out of kayaks in that area and I have an extra one. If you ever want to come along one day, I can show you some of the ares I hit. All along the Road of Hyw 1 between Moran's Motel and Grand Isle is good. Elmers Island is also a good spot to do some surf fishing. Shoot me a msg if you are interested.
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Your rod
Leave that monster home and bring a 6-7 foot bass rod with some 12-17 pound test line on it.

When you get here, get a Popping Cork or Rattle Cork and wade-fish the beach for speckled trout. That's the hot item on May 17th...although you might be about 2-3 weeks too early.

Get a 15 foot fish stringer so that when the sharks eat the fish on it...at least they are far from your legs.

Don't expect too big of a fish...12-20 inches or so.

With your monster rod of yours, about the only thing you can do with it is to night-fish the old bridge at Caminada Pass for some bull reds or some sharks or drum. You'll have to fish the west side, because the east side burned last year.

When you get here, the locals will show you what to do.
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agreed
i agree with the tackle selection....them big monster "east coast style" surf rods are over kill for the louisiana surf...a bass rod with good 17 pound line and a good drag will land just about anything there is to be caught nearshore in the gulf... as far as the bridge..there is still a fishing bridge on the bridgeside marina side of the bay..the whole thing didnt burn down..it just doesnt go as far a out as it used to!!
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Thanks for the info guys.

So getting my lures further away from the surf is kind of useless then. I would probably just bring it but only because its a 4 piece and travels very easily. If I dont use it, it will not matter.

I also have a lot of 2-3oz tins. Those are heavy, and they are cumbersome. should I bring a few or are those too big for the fish in the area?

REELTHRILL, I will probably take you up on the offer. I will contact you a few weeks before arriving.

Please feel free to chime in with any other info.
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bring both of them
Hey bring your big rod too. Put 1/2 a mullet or a whole crab on the big rod and carolina rig it. Toss it out just to the last sand bar, and stake it out as you normally would. Then hang out in ankle deep water not too far from where you have your rod staked out and use a smaller casting rod with small jigs or topwater for speckled trout and white trout. The larger slower action rod will yield big reds and the smaller combo will hold your interest. Look at Grand Isle on google Earth and look at the west side of the island. There is a pass that seperates Grand Isle from Elmer's Isle. You will have to park a good way from it(near the bridge), so pack accordingly. Good Luck. Don't forget to buy an "out of state" license. Remember, when you see those guys wading way out to catch fish, they really have no clue, so don't put yourself in danger and do the same.
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surf
Soda,
Check your e mail
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No email?
Hi eman(R) - Just checked my email but there was nothing there. I switched the email address in the options to an email I use more often.

Sharks were mentioned a few times as well.

So, there is a real danger of sharks roaming close to shore?
Are they good sport fishing? Or too risky from shore?

thanks again.

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surf
to catch big reds and black drum and sharks bring the big poles use big chunk of mullet also bring lighter gear and fish shrimp and crokers naer shore at sun rise ps listen to anything eman tells you it will probably work he and some of these guys have really helped me
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GRAND ISLE!
May 17 great time to hit the beaches of G.I.! Like they said best to bring you a Med. rod with 15-17 lbs. test. Popping cork at that time get you some live shrimp. Or D.O.A's! And get some TOP DOGS "top water palstic" early in the morning. Watch the sharks with the stringer of fish and watch going out to far in the surf. There was a couple of people from Grand Isle to Port Fourchon that died from the undertow.
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Gi
Tried again
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no email again...
Not sure what is happening but still did not get it.

This is my email: joehorng79@gmail.com

Again, thanks for the info and this 3rd email attempt!

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GI
tried again, You may want to check the addy thats on your profile here ,Thats where i've been sending mail.
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WHAT TO EXPECT - Gulf Surf Fishing
Hi friend,

After 15 years of trying, I have landed several beastly Redfish and Blackdrum, tasty puppy drum, speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead and a jack crevalle and pompano in the surf of Grand Isle beach.

The way to catch fish in the surf include the following:

1.) Check the tides, weather and wind every day the week before you go and up until you leave. I live in New Orleans, so it takes me 2 hours in my truck to Grand Isle State Park.
2.) Either decide to bring a tent (on a less windy trip, which, by the way, is NOT good for surf fishing the Gulf; when the water flattens and no waves break, the sharks, dolphins and birds take precedence over your clear 'fishing grounds') OR you can decide to rent a seashore cabin for cheap. I've slept in my car before, but I don't recommend it. Mosquitos are a huge problem at night and the DEET stinks up the bait you handle, so try not to use it.
3.) Your bait varies with the conditions and what your target is. If you fish a live shrimp, buy them before you reach cutoff or you will be paying a premium around the beach. a medium sized live white shrimp is the BEST most VERSATILE bait you can use. In the surf, you can put it on the bottom with a shot weight on a winder day, or put a cork on a calmer day. Regardless, the key here is to keep the shrimp alive and be careful not to loose your bait well tied to you in the surf! Hook the shrimp through the head ABOVE the black spot, or, do the same for live minnows. I also have had success with crab and cut bait at night on the bottom. If you go for speckled trout, use a traditional spec rig, experiment with the jig head and plastic, and bait the hook with a piece of dead shrimp. When they are biting, switch to dead shrimp, but otherwise, dead bait usually attracts trash like hard heads, rays, and croaker or white trout, all of which make great bait, but not when you are alone in the surf with a nothing but a fish grappler.
4.) Be well rigged. You don't need a big rod or reel if you plan on going waist deep. I recommend 15+ lb test (MONO - braided will get you in trouble here...trust me.)Bring everything you need to fish for as long as you plan on being in the water. The key is to work up and down the ENTIRE beach at a waist-deep level. Sometimes, I go deeper to cast a line and walk it back, this is where a bigger rig will come in handy but active fishing is what you need to focus on. I fish one end of Grand Isle State Park because they have new bathroom and camping facilities built after Katrina ($2 dollars a day gets you on the pier too - another spot where I caught a 60 in redfish at 2:00 am.)I try to work the exposed jetties (even climbing on them) and the wooden buoy pilings where the natural reefs are home to a plethora of bait fish and keepers alike.
5.) Have fun. Be safe. Let me know if I can offer any more advice. Basically, fish live shrimp waist deep wherever you feel lucky. It's a numbers game between you and the monsters. Trust me, they are there...everything that's large rolls in and out over night so your big rig will really come in handy. Be careful because I have had a 5 ft bullshark bump into my bait bucket and swim away after I punched it's nose with my "safety brass knuckle paperweight." Bring scentless everything, and I usually don't shore before until I'm home.
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WHAT TO EXPECT - Gulf Surf Fishing
Hi friend,

After 15 years of trying, I have landed several beastly Redfish and Blackdrum, tasty puppy drum, speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead and a jack crevalle and pompano in the surf of Grand Isle beach.

The way to catch fish in the surf include the following:

1.) Check the tides, weather and wind every day the week before you go and up until you leave. I live in New Orleans, so it takes me 2 hours in my truck to Grand Isle State Park.
2.) Either decide to bring a tent (on a less windy trip, which, by the way, is NOT good for surf fishing the Gulf; when the water flattens and no waves break, the sharks, dolphins and birds take precedence over your clear 'fishing grounds') OR you can decide to rent a seashore cabin for cheap. I've slept in my car before, but I don't recommend it. Mosquitos are a huge problem at night and the DEET stinks up the bait you handle, so try not to use it.
3.) Your bait varies with the conditions and what your target is. If you fish a live shrimp, buy them before you reach cutoff or you will be paying a premium around the beach. a medium sized live white shrimp is the BEST most VERSATILE bait you can use. In the surf, you can put it on the bottom with a shot weight on a winder day, or put a cork on a calmer day. Regardless, the key here is to keep the shrimp alive and be careful not to loose your bait well tied to you in the surf! Hook the shrimp through the head ABOVE the black spot, or, do the same for live minnows. I also have had success with crab and cut bait at night on the bottom. If you go for speckled trout, use a traditional spec rig, experiment with the jig head and plastic, and bait the hook with a piece of dead shrimp. When they are biting, switch to dead shrimp, but otherwise, dead bait usually attracts trash like hard heads, rays, and croaker or white trout, all of which make great bait, but not when you are alone in the surf with a nothing but a fish grappler.
4.) Be well rigged. You don't need a big rod or reel if you plan on going waist deep. I recommend 15+ lb test (MONO - braided will get you in trouble here...trust me.)Bring everything you need to fish for as long as you plan on being in the water. The key is to work up and down the ENTIRE beach at a waist-deep level. Sometimes, I go deeper to cast a line and walk it back, this is where a bigger rig will come in handy but active fishing is what you need to focus on. I fish one end of Grand Isle State Park because they have new bathroom and camping facilities built after Katrina ($2 dollars a day gets you on the pier too - another spot where I caught a 60 in redfish at 2:00 am.)I try to work the exposed jetties (even climbing on them) and the wooden buoy pilings where the natural reefs are home to a plethora of bait fish and keepers alike.
5.) Have fun. Be safe. Let me know if I can offer any more advice. Basically, fish live shrimp waist deep wherever you feel lucky. It's a numbers game between you and the monsters. Trust me, they are there...everything that's large rolls in and out over night so your big rig will really come in handy. Be careful because I have had a 5 ft bullshark bump into my bait bucket and swim away after I punched it's nose with my "safety brass knuckle paperweight." Bring scentless everything, and I usually don't shore before until I'm home.

In my 40 years of fishing grand isle surf and back bay. you have got the bait right but i'll have to disagree w/ you on a few points .
1. Most of my best trips have come w/ flat calm or very slight ripple surf. Top water early and late no matter the tide.
2. there are no cheap cabins on grand isle post katrina.
3 . unless you can't get a bite w/ a cork in the surf do not bottom fish . Incresases your catch of hard heads , gaff tops and sting rays . I fish a cork even in 2 ' surf.
4. been fishing power pro braid in the surf for at least 5 years and never had a problem.
5.It is against park rules to climb on the jetty, You can be kicked out the park on a second warning from the ranger.
Now if you are talking about the breakwaters (rocks in front of the island in the surf) yes you can climbv on them .But, if you fall and get hurt the park is not responsible and is not going to help get you back to shore ,Other than calling the coasties.
Sounds more like you are night fishing for the big boys but that is a totally differnt thing than surf fishing during the day for trout.
Night fishing is better on the west end behind bridgeside in the pass.
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drews right
Thasnks drew forgot about that one.
get out thwere b4 it gets light and as soon as it starts getting non black start fishing while standing on the sand.
especially if you have a high tide or rising tide.
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