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Trout fishing in a Grand Isle has been pretty good this summer. If it weren?t for the D&#@ porpoises, it would have been incredible a couple of times. Still had a couple of excellent days though!

June 30, 2019 at 4:34pm

So this is a bit of a rant, please bear with me.

I took my wife and two of my aunts fishing in Dularge on Saturday, 7/21. We left at sunrise and arrived at our fishing spot about 6:40. Upon arrival, I positioned the boat upwind, at the mouth of a canal to start on the western point and drift through the mouth, with the wind, as my trolling motor decided it wasn't going to work that day(an entirely different, but equally frustrating rant) . The canal is exactly 45 yards wide(according to google maps) and I positioned the boat about 15yrds into the canal so that they could make the short cast to the western point and I could make the longer cast to the eastern point. I start off by getting my crew's lines in the water and about that time a well known guide, whose name I will not reveal, decided to pull up about 50 yards away from me with his group. I hoped that his intention was to move past us into the canal and fish the weir or perhaps some of the points upstream. However, he deployed his trolling motor and positioned his boat about 25 yards(about half of a cast distance, perhaps less than that with the wind) away from us. I then asked him if he intended to fish so close to us and he told me that he did. I then had some tense words with him, explaining how rude and improper his actions were. We saw literally NO OTHER BOATS on our way to the north side of Lake Merchant and dozens of places he could have chosen to fish with no one there. He let me know that they would be fishing there and that I could fish wherever I wanted. After about 10 minutes of no bites on the eastern point, we then moved upcurrent, into the canal, about the same distance away(about 20 yards) to fish the point they were on(as I planned from the beginning). As my Aunt is asking me who he is and why he is acting this way, not loudly, but regular conversation level, I explained to her that he was a guide and before I could get another word out he responded yelling 'YEAH I'M F***ING GUIDE'. I then let him know about himself again, not cursing, staying calm, but very direct, letting him know how rude he was and that his actions were uncalled for. He then must have realized how uncomfortable he was making everyone, he got really nice, very quickly(most likely because he lost his temper and cussed in front of the family, children included, that were his clients that day) and tried to help me with my trolling motor trouble. I wasn't interested in his help and I politely let him know it. He continued to try and help with my trolling motor trouble and then began giving me and my other passengers directions on where to cast. This qualified as too little too late, not to mention I have fished this canal about a dozen times before and caught 12 keepers exactly where he was sitting(and where the wind would have carried us, as I had planned) about a month before with my sons. We didn't need his help, just for him not to come sit on the spot I arrived at first and was actively fishing. They kept a few from that spot and about 30 minutes later, they moved on.

That being said, I have been blessed to have been on many, many guided trips over the last 10 years(I've only had my boat about 18 months), with probably 35 different guides. I have become good friends with many of them and I truly understand the pressure that they are under to make wild animals(duck, geese, fish, deer, hogs etc.) available to their customers to catch or shoot. It is a difficult job, I do not envy their position. However, in my opinion, as they are on the water more than anyone, they should be the stewards of polite boating and fishing. I'm sure that his crew showed up late and that resulted in me being in 'his spot' before he arrived. This however should have prompted him to go to spot number two as opposed to squeezing in next to me at a narrow canal mouth. I slow down for their docks, even though their boats are elevated, I would NEVER pull up inside of casting distance of anyone, much less someone trying to make their living out there, I slow for everyone fishing or anchored if I can't pass more than 50 yards away. This is YOUR WORKPLACE, treat it as such. Remain polite and professional, at all costs, so that others may follow suit and if they don't, you have the moral high ground. Do not ruin what is supposed to be a fun, blessed day on the water by being rude and hard headed. You made your crew uncomfortable and you embarrassed yourself. I grew up fishing with my grandfather, he would have cranked the Yamaha and made a couple of circles around you after the first conversation. This is the type of incident that made him quit fishing Grand Isle Fri-Sun, as I know many who live there and those who are retired refuse to fish the weekends because of googans who don't know any better, and people like you, who know better, but choose to act selfishly. The other thing that you need to realize is that you are recognizable and that if I so wished I could burn you down on social media, Google, Louisiana Sportsman, etc., but I choose not to because I am a small business owner and I know how badly online reviews can hurt you.

I apologize for being long winded, for my many grammatical errors and the frequent use of parenthesis. I appreciate any feedback, whether you agree with me or not. I will not reveal the guides name, or boat because I do not wish to hurt his business. AND I must say again that his boat was so close you could hear every word of conversation on each boat from the other. Thank you for listening, happy boating and tight lines.

July 23, 2018 at 7:51pm
A comment titled: Re: Trout and Redfish in Grand Isle! in response to a report titled: Trout and Redfish in Grand Isle!

Let us know how it is!

July 04, 2019 at 1:39pm
A comment titled: Re: Trout and Redfish in Grand Isle! in response to a report titled: Trout and Redfish in Grand Isle!

5/18, 6/1, 6/15. Throats are definitely the best! I also heard the bite was off in GI. However, I had a buddy crush them out of Fourchon Friday and Saturday this past weekend. The trout definitely move up and down the coast all summer, as I noted earlier. Camp Abel was hot, then the Fourchon Barges, then the beaches, then the backside of the islands. This was not meant as an advertisement for what’s happening now, book a charter w me post. This is an early summer recap!

July 02, 2019 at 2:06pm
A comment titled: Re: Trout and Redfish in Grand Isle! in response to a report titled: Trout and Redfish in Grand Isle!

The rocks all along the back side of GI hold fish all summer, as well as the beaches. I find Grande Terre and Elmers beaches better than GI, but the fish are constantly moving between Fourchon and Grand Terre.

July 01, 2019 at 10:11pm
A comment titled: Re: Trout and Redfish in Grand Isle! in response to a report titled: Trout and Redfish in Grand Isle!

No

June 30, 2019 at 11:39pm
A comment titled: Re: Leap forward? in response to a report titled: Leap forward?

Come on guys, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Pay to subscribe to the magazine and the website is free. It?s a vast exaggeration to say it?s mostly ads, it?s mostly articles and yes, they have to pay the bills too. It?s less than $100 a year to subscribe to the magazine, join CCA and fish the STAR. That’s not a lot of money to participate in a community of outdoorsmen, keep up to date with what?s happening in our state, check out the articles and support our habitat. Plus you have the chance of getting lucky and winning. I feel certain that you?ve all spent thousands on gear/boat/bait/gas, another $100 to participate in all of those things is nominal and you know it. Also, I just looked and it?s $25 annually for a print/online combo, or $60 for 3 years, give me a break guys. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this seems like you?re looking for a reason to complain. You?ve gotten it for free for how long? Now they want $25 a year and you?re quitting the site? I thought it was my generation(millennials) that were the butt hurt snow flakes, but I guess it becoming infectious ???? Just so everyone is clear, I posted a screen shot of the membership page, I don’t want you to think it’s the evil LAS overlords trying to seduce you.

May 15, 2019 at 8:07am

Surf fishing is always a good option in Grand Isle during the warmer months. The fish have been on and off the beaches in the general area all of 2019. With that being said, I fished GI yesterday, the beaches were dirty, but not too rough. There were quite a few wade fishermen and boaters out there. I didn’t see anyone catching and the boats were all moving from rock to rock fairly quickly, which is not a positive indicator. However, who knows what will be happening in 4 or 5 days(certainly not the weatherman!) I would fish the first couple of westernmost rocks as they are closest to the shoreline. Try shrimp under a cork or croakers Carolina rigged(or both). When you find them, it’s fast and furious, when you don’t it’s still fun. Just look for bait popping or if you get lucky, birds diving(except Terns). If you’re staying somewhere with a lighted dock on the backside(or know someone who has one) that can be fun and fruitful as well at night. Good luck!

May 06, 2019 at 8:57am
A comment titled: Re: Fishing Etiquette in response to a report titled: Fishing Etiquette

You’re right of course, it’s not just guides, it’s everyone. I think guides would want to be the most courteous, to encourage it among other boaters. However, it is a problem we all have to take responsibility for. Not long back someone wrote on here that he was fishing and his boat was swamped by someone failing to slow when passing him. Absolutely ridiculous. We all need to be mindful of others on the water. This is a cautionary tale for everyone.

July 24, 2018 at 8:05pm
A comment titled: Re: live shrimp hook in response to a report titled: live shrimp hook

I use a #4 red treble for a cork or a #2 Khale for Carolina Rig. Before having a boat of my own I took about 40 guided trips and found these to be the most commonly used among the guides. The treble can be a little trouble if you have to net the fish, but I find that usually at least 2 of the 3 hooks are buried in the fishes mouth, you get an extremely high ratio of strikes to hookups and rarely have the fish throw the hook when giving you a head shake. Plus, the smaller size makes it easy for the fish to eat and harder for it to be noticed. I recommend the gamagatzu shiner #2 for the khale hook and the mustad red #4 for the treble. Those two are all I used this weekend and I only missed one strike all day and lost ZERO fish once they were hooked.

PS Some guides don’t like treble hooks because of the net issue and because it triples the number of flying hooks with clients, who they rarely have any knowledge of their fishing experience level, which is understandable. Capt is right about not setting the hook hard with the khale or on Trout in general.

May 01, 2018 at 9:15am

Thanks for the advice!

March 02, 2018 at 6:38am
A comment titled: Re: Calm Reds in response to a report titled: Calm Reds

Good looking catch! Sounds like the gnats are bad bad in low winds. Any suggestions on someplace in Dularge to try to catch a few reds, drum or sheephead?

March 01, 2018 at 12:11pm

Good looking haul Captain! Any suggestions on where I might find a few reds to catch in Dularge? I’d even be happy with black drum or sheephead. Thanks in advance

March 01, 2018 at 12:08pm
A comment titled: Re: Lots of redfish in bad shape in response to a report titled: Lots of redfish in bad shape

I caught this one in Dularge this weekend. Obviously missing the scales on its face, some sort of fungus had begun growing on it. We caught about 20 reds, this was the only one that was messed up.

February 27, 2018 at 10:57am
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