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.
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. Www.facebook.com/trophytroutcharters
Few PIGS from last week taken from Lake P
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 www.facebook.com/trophytroutchartera
Limits in under an hour from bank. Read entire report at www.facebook.com/trophytroutcharters
(This was not a charter. Just a few friends tearing up some reds)
This is the last of em
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
My son fighting a Bull Red