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For those of you that knew him, Mike aka Tigre passed away Thursday. I met him thru LAS several years ago. He needed help setting up his trawl chains. We became friends ever since and have made countless trips fishing together putting him on some of the biggest specks of his life.
Mike you're in a better place now and hopefully wetting a line, drinking a beer. Save me a place up there. RIP Mike Fogarty.

July 31, 2017 at 12:35pm

Had a special charter. Got to take a set of 6 yr old boy/girl twins fishing. Told dad the kids were the only ones who were going to put fish in the boat. Instead of lake P I decided to take em to hope dale. Little easier fishing. We left a deep canal that was holding nice trout to hit a shallow lake so they could use corks and catch better. Trout were a little smaller and had more throwbacks but they didn't care. They ended up with 35 keepers (dad reeled in 2 and I reeled in 1 but they caught all the rest). We could've limited with ease but that wasn't the point of this trip.
We would cast for them and drift to keep their lines tight. Sometimes their corks would drop 5-6 times before they hooked up but they did it. Matrix Shad and DOAs under cork did the trick.
Most of my charters are either for a meat haul or for someone to learn a new area. This was definitely one I won't forget for a while. Here are a few pics of them with fish. Have some videos on my fb charter page but won't let me link em here.

November 16, 2014 at 10:29pm

Few PIGS from last week taken from Lake P

November 16, 2014 at 10:17pm

After several attempts me and a buddy FINALLY found a place with frogs. Unfortunately we need to refine our techniques but we did manage 25 of the 100 or so frogs we saw. Yea I know pretty bad average but I havent done this since I was a kid and we're still relearning.
Question tho. What's the easiest way to tell a pig from a bull? I've looked online but can't find much or a pic of both side by side to compare them. Any advice would be great. Thanks in advance.

July 25, 2014 at 7:23pm

While running a charter yesterday Matt hooked into a monster Bull Red. After 20 mins I tightened the drag a little bit. The fish ran under the boat then shot out yanking Matt right off the bow of the boat. Luckily he did not let go of rod. We got him back in, he immediately grabbed the rod and 15 mins later the monster was in the boat. This was his biggest fish ever!! Congrats Mathew on getting this monster in!!!(Not to mention the box of trout too)

July 23, 2014 at 4:59pm

Same group of guys I hooked Marty up with I took out YESTERDAY for some filming for a national TV show trolling for some BIG GIRLS with Trophy Trout Charters and that's what we found. I'll keep everyone posted on when the show will air. They got some awesome footage of what trolling with leadcore line and trailers do. Here are just a few pics. The guys had a great time and can't wait to do it again.

April 03, 2014 at 2:10pm

Little too rough for my 24ft at the lump so we came back in some. Limited out on Snapper and got a nice amberjack too
PS. Tried twice but dang iPhone always puts pic sideways.

March 09, 2014 at 10:11pm

When the water hits 40 degrees the redfish stack up in bayou Loutre down in Hoedale. Took us a while to get down there with all the bridges closed but we made it. We ran down to BSM to get some fresh dead shrimp and ran back up past the bridge and hit the bank. Dead shrimp on a 3/8 goldeneye jighead did the trick. We had our 20 reds in an hour. Some 2 at a time. My son Andrew (whose 12) must've picked up a few tips from me cause while they were netting his Friends fish he was slinging 22-25 in reds 8ft up on the bank by himself.
The best part was him and his friend would take the bucket, their rods, the net and a few jigheads and go walk down the bank. Soon after they would be walking back with tails hanging out the bucket. It's great to see kids do it all on their own.
All of our reds kept were 22-25 in long.
Be prepared to be checked by LDWF as some jerks in
front of us found out the hard way.

Soon as YouTube cooperates I'll post some videos.
The water was warming up quick. Not sure if they will still be stacked up today or not.

January 31, 2014 at 3:43am

Had 4 trucks full head down to Hopedale with us for some bank fishing. 54 reds. One truck miscounted and was 1 shy.
See full report at

January 09, 2014 at 7:38pm

Limits in under an hour from bank. Read entire report at
(This was not a charter. Just a few friends tearing up some reds)

January 08, 2014 at 6:22pm

This is the last of em

November 12, 2013 at 6:18pm

Hers a few more pics from today. All fish were caught using Matrix Shad. Everyone was using a different color today. I found ultra violet did well for me today.

November 12, 2013 at 6:14pm

It seems like on this site someone's always got to 'call out' people on the size of there fish. Well hers today's report with more pics of 6+lb trout.
Had my friend Robert Rainwater and Capt John Falterman with me today. We left out bright and early from Mandeville and made a stop at the reef on the way out to my super secret shell pad. We picked up a few trout but it was SLOW. After an hour with only 5-6 trout we picked up and ran out 9-10 miles to my shell pad. From the first cast til we were taking waves over the bow and the water wasn't draining fast enough we were slamming the trout. My friend Roberts best was 4.5lbs. He beat that today by 2 lbs. we had fish coming in the boat on all sides. Unknown to me Capt John doesn't believe in a net. I happen to turn just to catch a 4lb trout 6-8 ft in the air as he slung him into the boat. From then on out every time Capt Johns rod was bent we were all running for cover.
We stopped at the Causeway hoping to get a break from the waves, have some lunch and try to put a a few fish in the box. No such luck. It was calm enough to snap a few pics tho.
We all put SOLID fish in the boat today. It was a rough ride in with the 4+ seas. Thankfully we weren't going cross seas.
Check out some of the pics and you make up your own mind on weights

Captain Henry Poirier
Trophy Trout Charters

November 12, 2013 at 6:08pm

Ended up running 2 trips today. Got a late start this morning but the fish didn't seem to mind. We ran out to my favorite shell pad out in the middle of the lake and started putting a hurting on the trout. We ended up with 50 trout. Smallest was 12.5in then a 15in then ALL THE REST were over 20 inches!!! Most were around 3lbs with some 4s and 5s in there also. One of the prettiest boxes of fish We've had in the new boat so far. Highlight of the trip this morning I hooked into a 25 1/2inch trout. I couldn't get both hands around it she was so fat. By the conversion scale it puts the trout around 6.5lbs. Some even said it was 7lbs.
All the fish were caught using Matrix Shad in a variety of colors. The bite was rather subtle. You'd feel a little tap then weight on the line. Soon as you felt weight, SET THE HOOK!,
Second trip we didn't have much sunlight so we didn't run as far out. We bounced around the Northshore picking up 20 solid trout before the sun went down. Again all fish were caught on Matrix Shad in various colors.
The jigging has been so good that I haven't had a chance to go pull my RatLtraps yet on the bridge. The trout are IN and it's only going to get better from here on out.
Saturday I had a 5lb trout, Sunday I had a 6lb trout and today I had one almost 7lbs. I can't wait to see what's on the end of the line tomorrow.
Captain Henry Poirier
Trophy Trout Charters

November 11, 2013 at 7:23pm

Had a charter this am but clients plane got delayed last night. Already had the boat hooked up so I decided to make a solo run this am. Got on the water around 8 and ran to a shell pad I founds few months ago with my structure scan. It was a one stop shop. Caught my limit of some MOSTER trout. Had to use the net on 90% of the trout. By 10 I was headed in. All fish were caught on Matrix Shad.
I love finding spots like this that nobody knows about. Saw a few boats in passing but had it all to myself. Guys if you ever run over a spot she's the water depth comes up a few feet then drops back off chances are it's an old shell pad from a rig long gone years ago. Give them a try. The shell pads usually hold trout. See pics.

November 09, 2013 at 6:37pm

Ran out Saturday from Lake Catherine Marina bright and early. Guys if you're tired of waiting in lines at Rigolets Marina then give Lake Catherine Marina a try. It's only a mile further and there's usually NO wait. I saw trucks backed up on the highway and when I got to LCM there was nobody there. (They also have live shrimp too)
We ran to the ICW and loaded the box with trout. We decided to run out to Borgne to check a few other spots when we saw birds everywhere. Soon as we idled up you could see the 'red torpedoes' all over. They were boiling the water so bad that they were literally running into the new 24 XT SeaFox.
Didn't take us long to catch our limits then we stuck around for a while playing catch and release. These were some bruisers. 3 at a time and not one tangle. We were all doing the 'Bull Red Shuffle' in the boat.
The fishing has been outstanding in the ICW for a few weeks now.

November 05, 2013 at 8:06pm

Ended up scouting in the lake yesterday. Picked up a few here and there then ran out to one of my spots and it was ON. Only problem was the 3ft chop. Ended up drifting picking up 1-2 fish before having to run around and do it again. Caught 25-30 beautiful trout. Only kept 4 trout for dinner.
Ran back today and it was still rough but the water was much dirtier today. Few trout but it was nothing like yesterday.
All trout were caught around mid lake area. Soon as the wind lays down and the water cleans up again the fishing will be spectacular.

November 05, 2013 at 7:27pm

Anyone here ever heard of a Leatherjacket fish? While throwing my cast net I caught why I thought was a Pogie. It was a little shorter than a Pogie and was really slimy feeling. As I went to pull it out it stuck me. I think it was one of its bottom fins. TOU TALK ABOUT BURN?!?! I figured it would be like a catfish and go away in a few mins. Here it is over 2 hours later and my thumb is still swollen up and it still burns like I was just stuck a few mins ago. This is by far worse than a stingray or catfish!! Ended up going to my wife's work an hour after it happened and they dug a small piece out along with Benadryl, Advil and I had a pain pill for my back.
It did seem like warm water took some of the burn out of it. Unfortunately someone kicked the fish back in before I could snap a pic of it. Anyone else have a run in with one of these fish before? Any remedies?
Btw the shrimp have slowed down some. Only caught 1/2 a 64qt with the cast net. Left due to pain with thumb.

Edited. Found the proper name for fish

October 30, 2013 at 11:08am

Where were you on this day years ago when the tragedy took place? I was loading the car to take my wife and my 6 month old son to Houston with me for training. I saw it on the news and thought it was a movie. This couldn't be real. Attacks on our own soil? Not knowing what would happen along with my pistol I loaded both ARs and enough ammo to fight my way back to LA if needed be. All I kept thinking about was the beginning of the movie Red Dawn.
Never forget all the innocent lives lost that day. Americans going to work, getting coffee or jogging who we're involved.
Never forget the heros that arose and those who lost their life trying to save others. Civilians, police and fireman who gave their lives selflessly while trying to save others.
Never forget the heros aboard the other plane. The boarded as complete strangers but banded together and even tho unarmed they overthrew their attackers and made sure the plane didn't hit another building causing more casualties.
That is the heartbeat of America. That's why we as a people are so great. When faced with opposition we as Americans can look past our ethnic backgrounds, our religions and anything else to bond together and fight adversity. The passengers of the other plane showed just how great we as Americans can be.
Never forget people..... Never forget
(I hope this video plays. YouTube banned it for copyright but its something each and every one of us should listen to)

September 11, 2013 at 11:38am

My son fighting a Bull Red

July 14, 2013 at 8:30pm
A comment titled: Re: Leatherjacket fish BEWARE in response to a report titled: Leatherjacket fish BEWARE

Leather jackets anal fun is what got me. Had me sick as a dog. Literally was in extreme pain for 2 days!!

August 21, 2017 at 5:46pm
A comment titled: Re: limits in response to a report titled: limits

Actually to get technical it's 25 per person per day. Years ago a game warden stopped a man and his 6 year old son. They had 50 trout. The little boy was so proud he was bragging to the agent 'I caught 5 trout!'
The warden wrote the father a ticket for keeping 45 trout. He had been watching them with binoculars and noticed the father caught 45 and the child only caught 5. I know it's a 'jerk' move but that's how the law is written.
On land you are allowed a 2 day limit in your possession ie you're coming from a 2 day fishing trip. You can't go out in the morning and catch 25 and then to catch another 25 that evening and keep them.

May 18, 2015 at 12:11pm
A comment titled: One article in response to a report titled: Trolling for trout
Here's one that was written last year. Explains it fairly well

December 04, 2014 at 2:09pm
A comment titled: Article in response to a report titled: Trolling for trout

I've written a few articles a while back on trolling. I'm sure they're still around here.

December 04, 2014 at 2:05pm
A comment titled: Great! in response to a report titled: Trolling for trout

Was good to see you out there today. We ended up with 30+ trout. All beautiful size. Not bad considering we didn't get out there til almost noon and I was home by 3:30.

December 02, 2014 at 5:18pm
A comment titled: Page in response to a report titled: Rotated Pictures

On that page the pics are dated along with reports. Here I've gotten accused of using old pics, lying about size and plenty more.
On that page the pics and videos are uploaded the same day. Again no big deal. I'll just continue to post there. Less hassle. Seems like all the old fishing sites have gone downhill as of lately.

November 18, 2014 at 10:23am
A comment titled: Tony in response to a report titled: Rotated Pictures


November 18, 2014 at 12:21am
A comment titled: Pic in response to a report titled: Rotated Pictures

Here's a dock shot

November 17, 2014 at 4:43pm
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Rotated Pictures

Thanks for fixing the pics for me. We caught 70 on this trip. Trophy Trout Charters

November 17, 2014 at 4:40pm
A comment titled: Sideways in response to a report titled: Lake P hogs

Damn pics came out sideways again

November 16, 2014 at 10:20pm
A comment titled: 30+ years in response to a report titled: That time of year again

I've been fishing hopedale for over 30 years. If we get a hard freeze on north shore (20s for at least 2 days) then the jubilee will be on. If not then water won't be cold enough.
You also need a strong north wind to blow water out marsh too. Even tho we had north wind for a few days and it was strong surprisingly they had decent water down there.
I'm just trying to save you some gas $$$. Feel free to email me and I can let you know what's going on down there or check my charter page on fb.

November 16, 2014 at 10:16pm
A comment titled: Not cold enough in response to a report titled: That time of year again

Saw 40 people on bank coming in. Talked to a few. Nobody caught. The temp has to be freezing for 2 days straight down there. Yesterday water was 54 deg.
In Covington at 4:30 it was 31 but other side of green bridge it was 40 deg. It will have to be in 20s for at least 2 days by me for them to get stacked up in there.

November 16, 2014 at 4:00pm
A comment titled: Charter in response to a report titled: Fishing Help Please

I run charters out of hopedale in the wintertime. Yesterday I had twin boy/girl 6 year olds. We could've limited but instead let them catch every fish. They caught 35 keeper trout and had just as many throwbacks. We were in hopedale lagoon for a good bit of the day. All on plastics. No sense in wasting money on live shrimp. Feel free to email me if you are interested.

November 16, 2014 at 3:55pm
A comment titled: Charter in response to a report titled: Breton Sound Marina

I run charters down in hopedale in the wintertime. I never use live bait. DOAs or Matrix Shad tight lined in deep canals or under cork in shallow lakes. If you would be interested in a charter feel free to email me. I'll be more than happy not only to put you on fish but to teach you how to run certain areas, how to read the conditions and what to look for to catch fish.
Yesterday we could've limited easily but had a set of boy/girl 6 year old twins for their first fishing trip. We cast for them and they did the rest. They caught 35 trout and just as many throwbacks. We could've caught 'better quality' fish but they were better off with corks. It was a trip they will never forget. Feel free to look at pics and videos.

November 16, 2014 at 3:51pm
A comment titled: Guide in response to a report titled: Fishing Help Please

In winter I run guided trips out of hopedale not far from where you were at. We went scouting thurs and had 40 nice trout. Was still too warm tho. This cold front should've dropped water temps and the fish should be stacked up. Feel free to email me if you're interested in learning the area. I've fished down there for over 30 years.

November 05, 2014 at 3:31pm
A comment titled: Yup in response to a report titled: Cork problem

Pops needs it for all the poles he usually wants to bring. Instead of changing lures he just changes poles. One for cork, one for sliding cork, one for live, one for bottom, one for top water, etc. I limit him to 2 poles when he goes fishing with me. He's been tearing the trout up from the bank as usual.

October 14, 2014 at 2:43pm
A comment titled: Dixie in response to a report titled: trolling motor repair

Dixie Trolling Motor in mandevillr. Todd knows his stuff. Not only is he reasonably priced but he has a really quick turnaround. He doesn't like having motors just laying around. Tell him Capt Henry sent you.

October 09, 2014 at 10:40am
A comment titled: I agree in response to a report titled: Boat launch

I launched there for years but the ramp has gotten too bad for me to drop my 24ft in. Kayaks and small flats would probably be ok. If you have a decent size boat make sure you have a 4wd truck and a 2x4 in case you go off back of ramp. I've had to pry up axle before to get trailer back up. No fun when waters cold.

October 06, 2014 at 11:54am
A comment titled: Ipilot in response to a report titled: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide

Iove my ipilot. Not only can you spot lock and it will hold you in position but with remote you can fish back of boat and control it. Worth every penny.

October 06, 2014 at 11:51am
A comment titled: Roofing nails in response to a report titled: Teaching your son to steal

Find the tracks where he's entering your property and litter it with roofing nails.
If it happens again I think a slug thru the engine of 4 wheeler would do.
Finally rock salt and a 12ga at close range will do. It's sad you have to spend your time hunting your neighbor. What area is this? I like hunting idiots like this.

October 05, 2014 at 2:12pm
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