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Got out on the water yesterday around 3:30 from the Rigolets Marina and headed into the lake with the intent of trying the trestle. As soon as we got into the lake, we were greeted by thousands of birds feeding on shrimp and trout underneath them. We were catching a bunch, but not too many keepers. We fished until dark and then started to head back. All the piers were lit up on Treasure Island and we decided to give the lights a shot. We pulled up on one pier around the South end (see pin in image below) and started hammering NICE trout on every cast. Most of the fish were hitting just on the outside of the lights reach on the tail end of the current flow. Most ranged in the 15'-16' size. we polished off our limit around 7:30 and headed for the house. If you've got a bow fishing boat... set up about 100 yards away from one of the piers and just drop anchor and catch all you can handle. There were shrimp popping everywhere. If you've got a small generator and some of those work lights.... I bet that would work too. You just need some sort of light source. I wouldn't even bother fishing during the day... much better fish when the sun goes down.


November 18, 2016 at 2:42pm

Can anyone give me an idea of the safest way to get to the Empire Jetties from the Empire marina boat launch? I've never been down that area before and from looking at my Navionics app, it looks TIGHT to say the least. My boat drafts about 18' + motor foot. Is there a way that everyone goes? I've run the spoil canal out of Hopedale a number of times and had no problem there. But I'm 100% unfamiliar with this area and would love any advice you guys can give.

July 21, 2016 at 3:01pm

I'm thinking of heading down to Grand Isle this weekend to try some off shore fishing and have a question.... is Red Snapper Season open or not? From what I've read on the LDWF web site, it is in state waters... but where are state waters? 10.37 miles or 3 Nautical Miles? I read an article from April on talking about Louisiana opening year round but the coast guard giving tickets if you were beyond 3 miles.

Also, in another article on this site about the guy catching the record mangrove (Supposedly from South Timbalier Bay) where he said he didn't like catching Red Snapper because you can't keep them.... But Timbalier Bay is CLEARLY in state waters???? Here's a quote from that article...

“Then you can’t get a bait down past 10 feet because a giant red snapper comes up and works your guts out for 20 minutes, and you want to move after that. You don’t want to get another one, especially because you can’t keep them.”

So what's the story? Can you keep red snapper? If so... where do you have to be? 3 NM... 10.3 miles???

What do you guys use for bait? Pinfish, mullet, croakers?

June 16, 2014 at 12:20pm

We are making our annual Father's Day fishing trip to Breton Sound. Trying to decide where to fish tomorrow. Should we try the rigs in the sound like 5 wells or should we try the Mr go rocks?

6/16/2014 Just to give an update.... the answer was both. We launched out of Breton Sound Marina and went through the spoil canal (slow and safe as we've only run it a few times.... please excuse us if you were one of the many boats that passed us... we've got close to a 2' draft and that canal makes me nervous). As soon as we got into MRGO, we went down a couple of miles toward the sound and joined the armada fishing on the rocks. Caught about 8 keepers and just as many throw backs using a popping cork. We decided to make a move. We headed out into the sound and posted up on one of the rigs on the edge of Black Bay around 10:30. We got on em pretty good with a slip cork rig and live shrimp. They quit biting around 12:45 and we decided to head on in so we could get back home to Natchez at a decent hour. It was the first time we'd really gotten on some trout on one of our Father's Day trips. So much fun and can't wait to do it again.

June 14, 2014 at 5:35pm

I planted about 4 acres of sunflowers this year for a dove field and I'm having trouble with weeds. Just to give you a background on what we did for the field....
1. Sprayed it with roundup in late March.
2. Burned the dead grass with a torch in mid April.
3. Turned the ground over with a disc and then used a rotary tiller to prepare seed bed
4. Broadcast the seed at a rate of 20 lbs / acre (Clearfield Hybrid Black Oil sunflower friggen expensive). We don't have a planter, so had to do broadcast.
5. Ran the tiller over it again at a depth of 1' to cover the seed.
6. When the seedlings got about 10' tall, I went back over it with Beyond to try and kill the grass that was coming up too (this had little to no effect) at the recommended rate of 5 oz / acre.
7. Went back about a week after we sprayed beyond and put out 250 lbs / acre of Urea (34-0-0). Luckily we timed this RIGHT before a rain.

The sunflowers grew GREAT!... but so did the weeds. They are currently about 6' tall and some of them have heads as big as dinner plates and they're filling up with seeds and are currently all bent over and starting to dry out (as they should be). But the grass and weeds under them is at least a foot tall.

My plan is to wait a couple of weeks to let them dry out some more and then get a crop duster buddy of mine to spray either Paraquat or Sodium Chlorate or both. I was wondering if you guys had any experience and what you would recommend.

July 24, 2013 at 11:01am

My dad and I are going to try fishing the trestles for the first time. May try a little trolling at the Causeway. We are BRAND new to fishing the lake and I normally fish Lake St. John in Ferriday near where we live. Any tips or pointers would be much appreciated. We are planning on using live cocahoe minnows on a carolina rig at the trestles and maybe some dead shrimp. We are going to troll with Lead Core Line and Rat-L-Traps on the Causeway. We will be in a big blue work boat named the Marengo Bend. Look for us and give us a shout if you see us.

Cajun Crawdad

April 06, 2012 at 12:23pm

So my dad and I bought a 16' shrimp trawl to give it a go in Lake Pontchartrain. We went out on Saturday afternoon and went past the Hwy 11 bridge and the I-10 bridge. We drug the trawl three times about a mile SE of the I-10 bridge pass through. Always headed into the falling tide. We caught 1 shrimp.... one lonely shrimp. By-catch consisted of 1 blue crab and about 5 croakers. What are we doing wrong? The trawl opened up perfectly and we trawled at 2mph for 7 minutes at a time. Are we just in the wrong spot? Has anybody done any good in Lake Borgne? Should we only be doing this at night? Any tips or pointers would be greatly appreciated.

December 08, 2010 at 4:16pm

Thank you guys SO MUCH for the tips. I can't wait to get down there and try the run. Although... the boss just informed me that I won't be going anytime soon. Something about Birthday parties every Saturday until the second coming..... Can't wait for these munchkins to get a little older so we can have birthday parties on the boat!

July 26, 2016 at 10:58am

Seriously... nobody has any tips?!? on Navionics there appears to be a run almost Due south following those pink markers... (look at attached pic) but it says the depth is 0-1 ft..... Is that a safe run or how do you guys go? FYI, I'm not going this weekend so don't think if you tell me I'm going to come down there and crowd you out. Wife is out of town and I got the 3 little ones by myself. I'm on diaper duty. But when I get off diaper duty in about 2 weeks.... I'm going fishing... and I want to do it safely.

July 22, 2016 at 2:08pm
A comment titled: Re: THE FANTASTIC FOUR STRIKES AGAIN!!! in response to a report titled: THE FANTASTIC FOUR STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Just out of curiosity, what size drop shot do you normally use on the bridges? I'm debating between 1/2 & 3/4

May 18, 2016 at 5:42pm
A comment titled: Post Whenever & Whatever you want in response to a report titled: Rotated Pictures

I wouldn't know how to fish if it wasn't for Henry. Bottom line is he knows what he's doing and is a well spring of information. Very gracious man. Welcomed me into his home and showed my spots and techniques. I haven't talked to him in a long time, but I'm very grateful for what he taught me. Thanks again Lordbud! We went last Friday down in Chalmette by the wall and SLAYED EM!

November 19, 2014 at 8:59am
A comment titled: 5 wells in response to a report titled: Rigs or Rocks?

We were fishing the older rig at 5 wells. The one that has the concrete and rebar ruins structure next to it. We tried the concrete structure first with no luck. Caught em all between the 2 structures closer to actual operating rig.

June 16, 2014 at 4:15pm

I'm with you on burning it, but it's all green and won't burn. If the seeds have already set, then is it ok to go ahead and spray to get all of the grass to where it's burnable or should I wait a couple of more weeks?

July 24, 2013 at 2:04pm
A comment titled: I ran it for the first time Saturday in response to a report titled: Hopedale- spoil Canal

It's not bad as long as your in daylight. If you're not, it's scary as h3ll. I ran it for the first time Saturday morning around 5:00 AM. I created a route based on a post I found on a blog online. I'll send you a private message and send you the file that you can load up in google earth. The majority of the canal is easy to manage because there's a well defined ridgeline on the east side. It's not until you get into the lower section that you really have to pay attention to the GPS. The only thing with focusing too much on the ridge line in the dark... there is an obstruction at 29°44'47.16'N, 89°31'11.84'W. I was focused on the ridgeline with the spot light when I looked up and saw the poles marking it 20' in front of me. I quickly veered left, but it was too late. Luckily I have a tank for a boat and it just scratched the paint. It scared the daylights out of me though. My boat drafts far more than 10' and it did fine on the depth. You just have to be very careful at the end when you exit into MRGO. You have to head almost due east out of the entrance or you'll run aground. We didn't fish the Eloi area or the rocks. We went down to fish 5 wells and did ok, but not great. We were fishing with live shrimp and did best under a popping cork.

July 16, 2013 at 2:28pm
A comment titled: I agree with BlueMoons in response to a report titled: lake p help

Right now your tides are looking good with incoming tides for the majority of the day. The trestles seem to be slowing down and not much besides school trout. Check out for more detailed reports on the lake. There's a reef out of the Tchefuncta that's been doing pretty good. We hit the hospital wall last Saturday and didn't do much good. There was so much wind that there was no clean water anywhere. If you're new to the game, I would suggest using a slip cork instead of carolina rig as it's more visual than having to learn what a lake p trout bite feels like (very subtle). The twin spans and black drum would be a LOT of fun. and they are really good to eat.

June 19, 2012 at 12:09pm
A comment titled: What? Like this one? in response to a report titled: 1st class

I'm not a guide, but I've got the boat you are talking about.... I can destroy steel with a rubber hammer, so this kind of boat was required and it rides SOME KIND OF SMOOTH!

June 11, 2012 at 10:49pm
A comment titled: oh wow! This is like taking candy from a baby (Literally) in response to a report titled: Rigolets trout!!!

I got $50 on Henry (lordbud) against you tizzy.

May 04, 2012 at 2:09pm
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