Took an easy trip this morning to the MRGO dam out of Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale. Picked up 40 live shrimp (really nice size by the way) and scooted over to the rock dam.
I intended to park the flat and fish the opposite (outside) side, but I was weary leaving my boat. If anyone has done this before and has any pointers, I'd appreciate the tips.
Got to the dam about 7AM. Live shrimp on a jighead caught us a couple big reds, and under a cork near the rocks caught a couple specks and a slot red. Added one keeper drum to the box, and the bite died down around 9:30.
Also saw something really cool, the 30 or so inch red I was reeling in was being followed by another red about the same time. Really awesome to see.
Hope this report helps, only having a 14' flat I love to hear of productive spots near the launch.
Sorry if this is in the wrong place, but this past Thursday or Friday morning my 9.9 HP Mercury outboard was stolen from my 14' flatboat. The motor was locked to the transom, so the model citizen must have cut the locks.
I've posted an ad on craig's - you can see pics here - http://neworleans.craigslist.org/boa/4348392007.html
Please beware of anyone selling/trying to repair (it had trouble running - bad carb) a 9.9hp mercury from 1994 or 1995.
Well I hemmed and hawed about whether to fish Thursday and Friday. Wednesday I said I'd wait til Friday. Woke up about 7AM Thursday, looked at a Friday forecast for rain, and I hooked up the flat and ran down to Myrtle Grove on Thursday. Didn't get the boat launched til 10AM. Trolled over to the first cut in the canal, anchored, and had my limit of reds in about 2 hours. Every boat I saw was limiting out, and I think the guys on the bank were doing just about as good. Didn't see any trout pulled in, but who cares?
Dead shrimp carolina rigged in the middle of the canal was the ticket. Caught fish about every cast. Redfish were 17-24'
I may try again tomorrow (saturday) morning, I'm hoping the water hasn't warmed up too much to scatter the fish. Thoughts?
Hey guys, gonna try again here. With this cold, cold weather and North winds, do you think the reds will be stacked up Thurs or Friday in the Myrtle Grove canal once it warms up again? Friday is a better day for me to go, I can take my flatboat but the motor is messed up so I'd be using trolling motor up and down the canal, close to dock. Or I'd be fishing off the bank. Thanks in advance
Guys, Monday looks decent so I'm gonna try Myrtle Grove. If I get my little flatboat running I'll launch that, if not I'll just fish off of the bank. I did good on Reds a few weeks ago, and pretty good on some trout a couple weeks ago right off of the bank.
Have any of you guys had luck right there in the canal recently, and is it worth trying Monday?
Thanks in advance.
Looking for an affordable/honest/reliable outboard mechanic to do simple work like a carburetor cleaning. A plus is if he will come to me. Thanks in advance,
Myrtle Grove is like tailor-made for your boat, and we're coming up on the perfect time of year for it too. Trout should probably already start showing up in the canal right by the marina, and will be even thicker after this weekend's cool front. It's also a great place to fish after big cold fronts in the winter, when we have a couple days of strong N winds that blow the water out of the marsh. The redfish then huddle up in the deeper canal right there - just throw some market bait on the bottom or crawl a dark soft plastic on a 3/8 jighead.
Not sure what kind of power your 14' flat has, and delacroix has some accessible spots in the fall/winter, but you have to run across little lake which can get choppy.
You could also look into the Chalmette wall area, you'd have no problem getting there from Bayou bienvenue but you'd have to check the lock and make sure you don't get locked out.
A couple weeks ago I heard there was river water near the wall area - but yesterday on Todd Masson's podcast, he said he got a report that some trout were being caught there recently, I'm guessing this week,
You gotta go to know! Let us know how you do.
Right on. They are great eating. That ribcage is where I get frustrated on the sheeps.
Nice box, but, who had to clean em!!
You should check out http://www.bckfc.org/
Tons of info for beginners and anyone into kayak fishing around South LA.
I'm not OP, but I fished the area Tuesday and launched at Southshore Marina at Chef Pass - it's not too far of a run and don't have to worry about the locks.
Caught 12 trout - half of them 2-3 lbs near MRGO rocks by the wall.
The wall has been productive - check out some Dockside TV videos on you tube - just search great wall of Chalmette. Some are catching trout along the MRGO rocks too lately.
I caught some nice trout in Bayou Thomas a few weeks ago - but I reckon most of those trout are at the wall now with lower water temps.
Where are you launching and where are you trying to end up?
We hooked one big red and it broke the line at the boat.
I have actually caught some reds around the 30' mark by the rock dam - right on the inside by BSM.
I went out yesterday to the long rocks. Caught a couple nice trout on topwater. Bite slowed down fast, went through the cut and fished that first big rig out there. Caught 12-16' trout on carolina rigged live shrimp until we ran out of shrimp.
Ended up with 16 specks. Hope this helps
I'm having the same issue as Huckleberry. I also get the same blank result when I type something into the search bar and try to search reports. It's been the way for several days now.
Right on. I'm excited to try the Lagoon/Lake Ameda this fall. I've heard great things about the fall trout run there.
Went to MG sat morning with a buddy - ended up with 7 reds 16-27', one drum 16' and two specks 12-14'. So a decent box.
Reds were biting dead shrimp on the bottom and 15' under a sliding cork.
Caught the specks and a keeper red on chartreuse matrix shad 3/8 oz. jighead crawling the bottom REALLY slowly.
We must've caught 30 rat reds, they were everywhere.
Hahaha that's great. Reminds me of my late grandfather who taught me how to fish - he once said 'fish don't bite in the rain because if you pull 'em out they get wet!'
So these 6-7 spotless reds that you caught, and are supposed to be farm raised... were you fishing in a redfish farm?? Just curious!
I caught a red once back in the day when I was a kid, under the Hwy 11 bridge. It didn't have a spot and it was about 12' long. I thought it was a croaker!!
Actually not absurd at all, I used to fish sliding corks about 18ft deep in myrtle grove back in the day - Used to fish off the bank before all the camps were there before Katrina. Now I just troll around in my 14' flat.
I'm gonna go pick some sliding corks up! Thanks for the report
Awesome, I'll be there Saturday morning in my flatboat. Wanted to go tomorrow, but hopefully with all the N wind tomorrow, they'll still be in there saturday. we shall see.
How far under the cork were you fishing?
What I meant by the first cut is the very first slip on the west side of the canal, right when you come out of the marina. Seriously like 50yds from the bulkhead.
That said, I don't know that the fish will be stacked up like they were yesterday for maybe a week - judging by wind and temp forecasts. It needs to get cold for a couple days and blow hard out of the N for trips like yesterday to be possible. Usually.
I'm not saying you won't catch fish, but based on my experience fishing there, conditions have to be right to catch a lot right there in the canal.
It wouldn't be a bad paddle to head to the area you're talking about, and you're right, it definitely may hold some reds.
I just want to warn you that once it warms up, those fish that stack up in the canal tend to scatter to nearby shallower water.
You may have luck with trout in the canal though.
Good luck and tight lines
Went to myrtle grove this morning - fished the first cut and limited out on reds by 9AM. The bite shut down shortly after.
Most were really nice - didn't have to measure them. A few undersized. No trout to speak of, but who cares.
I don't think most of the other boats did as well - most were fishing popping corks for trout - we were using Tiger Bait Matrix Shad - bounced off the bottom. Really really fun day.
Next day we have after a couple days of hard N winds, I'll be back out there.