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.
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.
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 NOLA.com 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...
âThen you canât 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 donât want to get another one, especially because you canât keep them.â
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?
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.
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 seed...so 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.
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.
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.