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Hi all, I was looking for some input on fishing for reds this Monday? I finally can fish from a kayak rather than the shore and wanted to try out the marshes after launching from Shell Beach around 6am. The tide will be rising and winds will be from the south at around 16mph by 9am. Will the winds dirty things up to the point where I won't catch anything? Went out to Fort Pike last Tuesday and the water was so dirty I couldn't get a crab to nibble. I'm confident in dealing with choppy water, but don't want to spend the whole day only testing out a new stakeout pole... I've studied locations, it's just advice that I'm seeking rather than a honey hole. Trying to learn the tides and winds so that I can be a better angler. Thanks in advance!

April 25, 2014 at 8:38pm

So Saturday is my birthday and with college back in session, I hardly get a chance to go out like I did during the summer. I would like to go for trout/redfish/flounder and whatever else comes out of the water along with them. I got to spend an hour bank fishing in the Rigolets a few days ago and consistently caught 6-10' trout. Fun, but I'd like at least a few keepers. I have no issue with driving to Grand Isle, Venice or Shell Beach, but it feels kind of limited at Shell Beach for bank fishing when I've been there in the past. The weather looks decent for Grand Isle, but I'd hate to drive out there and spend the night if the fish aren't going to be biting.

Any advice would help. I don't need anyone's secret spots, more of just a hint on which direction I should be heading. If I go to Grand Isle, I will end up staying the night at one of the motels, so I'm also totally fine with night fishing if they are hitting at the pier.

Thanks in advance! -J

October 24, 2013 at 7:24pm
A comment titled: Re: Trespassing Question in response to a report titled: Trespassing Question

As much of a paradise as it may be, people need to simply stop fishing down there. I hate to see some of the good people in the area suffer financially, but between these consistent reports and the Golden Meadow speed traps, why make the drive? It would be one thing if I was approached and told, 'you're on private property and I don't want you here. Please leave.' I would be OK with that and I would most definitely leave. When some of these property owners began yelling, cursing and threatening fishermen while insisting upon pressing charges rather than even giving a first warning, it's simply not worth the effort anymore.

The real shame is how many tax dollars go into coastal restoration that inevitably protects the 'land' these 'owners' claim. Taxpayers paying for this land's protection and being treated like crap for moving on non-posted waterways.

November 10, 2015 at 11:57am
A comment titled: One man's trash... in response to a report titled: Elmers island

Most parts of the world, including a decent portion of the U.S., will consume bluefish. As long as you bleed it, or at the least remove the dark meat/blood line, the fish is fine to eat.

We're just spoiled with other fish. :)

July 27, 2015 at 6:19am
A comment titled: Re: Shell Beach Report in response to a report titled: Shell Beach Report

Going out there today and will take some photos of the signs. I noticed them out there last time, which is a shame, it was always my last spot to check on a skunky day. Without opening that *huge* can of worms that I know can arise from this, wasn't it technically that if the waterway was still affected by the tides, it could not be marked off? I totally get not going way back into the marsh or setting up blinds back there, but to just cut it off...

For reference, it's the eastern side once you cross MRGO, behind the rocks.

May 12, 2015 at 7:39am
A comment titled: not yet, I believe in response to a report titled: That time of year again

Haven't tried it yet, but from what I remember, the water itself needs time to get colder as well. Next Tuesday has a low of 32 in the city with Monday's low being in the mid 30's. Hopefully around then?

I've been thinking about that spot a lot recently...

November 14, 2014 at 8:41am
A comment titled: hmm in response to a report titled: Is it ok to kill our state bird?

'We cant have our cake and eat it too,Unless you want these companies to leave here and we just deal with the loss of jobs,and higher prices we would have to pay to do the things we enjoy.'

You're right. These 'conveniences' that you speak of will mean so much later on when it's all under water. At least you'll be able to say you had a job and a cheap yak.

To the OP, hopefully someone will contact you for more info. I did refer the thread to a few people that may be able to have it looked into further.

October 10, 2014 at 4:36pm
A comment titled: a shame in response to a report titled: Is it ok to kill our state bird?

I don't know what disgusts me more, the images at the top or the defenses attempted by some fellow sportsmen. I love driving my truck, I know where my fuel comes from, but I sure as hell don't want excess waste going into my waterways as a result of the luxury of owning a vehicle. As far as them going somewhere else, you think they will really move all their operations, pipelines, investments because we tell them they have to be more careful with their release of materials into the air, water, soil? Please, mercman, you either work for an oil company or had your conscience bought out by one.

October 10, 2014 at 9:06am
A comment titled: ouch in response to a report titled: Cant Register MS Trailer

I thought that you could take it to the State Trooper's office and have an inspection done there where you can be issued new paperwork? Again, that's only what I recall reading on a forum at one point.

A pricey lesson to be sure, and one that others should be aware of. When purchasing a boat/trailer, the person selling it to you will likely say how registration won't be a problem when paperwork is missing. Sadly, they are also trying to get it off of their hands which is why they let it go for so cheap. See it a lot on Craigslist boats/trailers.

Will you post if you find a solution?

September 10, 2014 at 8:39am
A comment titled: seriously? in response to a report titled: Cca

'They shouldn't have no limit on no fish you will never fish them out'

I don't believe that I will ever take a single thing you post seriously ever again. That is an extremely foolish mindset to go with.


I am unsure on how I feel on the whole CCA issue, but I am with MG on the idea that the CCA should be focusing a lot more on restoring wetlands (ie. coastal conserving) and a little less time on changing up limits. We can beat the horses on what charter captains should/should not do, but at the end of the day the land is being lost and tripletail limits will have nothing to do with restoring that land.

July 11, 2014 at 4:26pm
A comment titled: those co-ords... in response to a report titled: Fishing

I wonder if anyone has tried it, seems like it would be fun until you were carted off to OPP. lol

To the OP, if you're really just wanting to hook into anything, like the other poster said, go deep and fish the bottom. You should at least get something rather than coming back with nothing.

June 28, 2014 at 7:12am
A comment titled: ... in response to a report titled: Elmers island

For what it's worth, I have driven my 2000 Nissan Frontier with 2WD on it. I was able to visually tell when I shouldn't drive any further.

May 31, 2014 at 6:46am
A comment titled: second the Perception Sport in response to a report titled: Looking to buy my first yak

I bought 2 of the 12 foot Perception Sport models from Academy and am very pleased with my purchase. The only thing I have not attempted yet is standing in them, but otherwise I find that they track well and seem to be very solid.

May 12, 2014 at 11:41am
A comment titled: lol in response to a report titled: Yahoos

That's exactly why I didn't even go out there. I'm sure there are a lot more people fishing that pier now. I've personally never limited out from land, so I can understand the excitement.

April 29, 2014 at 8:21am
A comment titled: bank fishing in response to a report titled: Begginer desperately needing help - bank fishing

Zen, check your messages, I sent you some info you may be able to use.

Along the road to Delacroix is usually a good bet, just look out for the alligators that love corks. I've never personally had any success at the bridge you mentioned, just crabs grabbing at my line. Good luck!

April 23, 2014 at 7:58am
A comment titled: more to raid in response to a report titled: Boycott the S.T.A.R.: CCA Efforts Not Founded in Science

As noted by both of the above, what about the money already raided by our governor? I really, really hate to bring politics into my fishing, but I do not feel that any increases on fishing licenses should happen until we can figure out where to put that money and how to prevent it from being touched by any politician.

As for the CCA, I'll keep paying my $50 for a chance at a boat like meauxjeaux2. I can't say how much I support them or don't, but I do question the motives of any special interest group once they become big players, especially in our state.

April 22, 2014 at 7:49am
A comment titled: no such luck today in response to a report titled: Reds at the Yscloskey bridge?

Saw plenty of people at the bridge and Shell Beach, but had no luck personally. Went along the road in Reggio and came back with one red. Better than nothing, but I believe it's safe to say that it is now too warm to fish the bridge.

February 09, 2014 at 2:14pm
A comment titled: bank fishing in response to a report titled: New Orleans

Look at the inshore fishing forum list, and if you scroll down there is a post made a couple of days ago by another guy asking about bank fishing. Angler Management responded with an excellent listing of places to check out.

What I'll add, if you don't care about exactly what you catch and you are up for a little drive, is to try hitting the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Norco. A lot of little ponds spread out, you can easily find catfish/perch. Just stick to the dirt roads that look like they are used and don't venture off of them, especially if you don't have 4 wheel drive.

People say City Park or the Lakefront, and I have tried both. Either I am not finding the right spots or I am using the wrong bait (doubtful.) I avoid both and would rather drive out to Delacroix, Shell Beach, or Hwy 1.

Good luck and be sure to have a fishing license and know your limits! Wildlife and Fisheries has a much easier time checking people on the side of the road vs running out to people's boats.

February 04, 2014 at 8:56am
A comment titled: any luck? in response to a report titled: Bank fishing chalmette?

Victor, did you end up going? Heading out tomorrow to try some different spots, will let you know if I find anything worthwhile.

December 16, 2013 at 8:32pm
A comment titled: Feel your pain. in response to a report titled: Bank fishing chalmette?

As CaptainJS says, Hwy 1 is it. I, too, keep trying the lakefront, mostly because it's close. Haven't found any good bank fishing spots in Chalmette, either. No luck either at any of the spots in the Rigolets or Shell Beach.

We're just paying our dues, fishing on the bank. We'll have a greater appreciation for the day we can hop in a boat and go where we want. That's what I keep telling myself anyway... Good luck!

Has anyone tried Venice for bank fishing?

December 12, 2013 at 6:12pm
A comment titled: RIP Frank in response to a report titled: FRANK DAVIS

Man, that wasn't the news I was hoping to read with my morning coffee. One of the nicest guys, and one of the people that taught me what I know about fishing. He gave me a copy of his fishing book as a kid, and I believe I read it over 10 times.

Awful disease that he had and for that, I am happy he is finally able to be at rest. He will be missed.

December 10, 2013 at 8:05am
A comment titled: Delacroix in response to a report titled: 11/18 Delacroix Specs

Nice catch! Was down there bank fishing yesterday after the front, and obviously before was better than after. One keeper spec, and one 13' bass. Then it switched to perch constantly attacking my shrimp. An odd fishing trip, wasn't quite expecting the freshwater experience, but if they bite... and being on shore, I wasn't near Grand Lake.

November 19, 2013 at 6:32am
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