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I used to post my reports in the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club forum. Now that BCKFC has basically abandoned its website and forum to cater only to social media (FakeBook), I will try to post here in Louisiana Sportsman in hopes of stirring up the interest of fellow kayak fishermen! For those who are interested, I fish primarily with live and/or dead shrimp, often using a drop shot rig on the bottom. I occasionally try Gulp, plastics, and hard baits, especially to compare lure effectiveness when fish are hitting the shrimp hard. I fish from a 2016 Native Slayer Propel 13 kayak - best kayak by far of the 10 or so I've owned over the last 11 years! Now for this week's report: I finally had a chance on Thursday, 10/7/21 to try out Shell Beach following hurricane Ida. I launched at Campo's wharf around 6:30 a.m. loaded with live shrimp! Wind was higher than expected, but remained between 8 and 15 mph all morning from the NNE. Shell Beach kayak options generally include: (a) paddle/pedal a mile to Lake Borgne and fish the structure there, (b) fish the MRGO rock jetties, Bayou Yscloskey, and adjacent marsh (least paddle distance), or head SE or NW in the MRGO for 1 to 2 miles to reach more distant channels! I headed over a mile NW and found moving water as expected! Using live and dead shrimp on a drop shot rig, I managed to put 5 redfish between 19 and 21 inches in the cooler along with 3 large sheepshead, 4 bass, and 2 specks! Additionally, I released 3 redfish ranging from 22' to 26'! It was perhaps my best day of the year. An interesting note: Although most of my fish were caught about 2 miles from Campo's, my largest red of the day (26+ inches) was caught along the rocks in Bayou Yscloskey next to the MRGO! The good post-Ida news is that largemouth bass have survived well hurricane Ida's saltwater surge and the storm seems to have restocked the saltwater species!!!

October 10 at 12:06pm
A comment titled: Re: What Kayak??? in response to a report titled: What Kayak???

Personally, as a 60 something year old who fishes both marshes and deeper waters (Shell Beach, Hopedale, Delacroix, Grand Isle, Cocodrie, etc.), I wouldn't consider not having the pedal-power! Cost is a factor and pedal-power can double, triple, or quadruple your investment depending on your 'needs and wants'! I've fished with younger guys who can pedal many miles, but even those in-shape guys want to push the envelope and cover more miles with a pedal kayak! The Hobie Mirage drive has advantages sometimes when pedaling through lightly grassy waters, but I don't find the Hobies are paddle friendly once you lift the drive in heavy grass. My Native Propel Slayer 13 is a joy to paddle for a pedal kayak, but it does have a tendency to suck up grass and force you to paddle before the Hobies do! Then, there are all the other propeller-based pedal drives from Jackson and others. Some of them look good, but the jury is still out on them until they've been tested a little longer. My best advice is use Craigslist, LA Sportsman, and to look for used deals. I bought 6 used kayaks, including 3 Hobies, before going with a new Slayer Propel. The deals on used yaks can be incredibly cheap!

June 07, 2018 at 9:20pm
A comment titled: Re: Pointe Aux Chenes Redfish in response to a report titled: Pointe Aux Chenes Redfish

Great video, Eli... and nice fishing trip. We met at the Coco Marina in early December and I got my first look at your yak, the Cruise FD!


December 12, 2017 at 12:36am
A comment titled: Re: Northshore Reds? in response to a report titled: Northshore Reds?

Hey, Mandevillian,

I've been reading your reports with special interest in fishing the south shore powerline pilings for reds. I'm assuming you mean those that originate near the Williams Blvd launch. I live only a couple of miles away and have been ignoring that spot for no good reason. I'll be kayaking there possibly this week assuming a wind with a strong southerly component. I flipped over near the first power structure horsing around (with no gear on board) in very nasty east winds and accompanying 2 to3 foot waves about 7 years ago with my first kayak. That was a narrow touring kayak - now I'm into stable, wide fishing yaks and turtling is not an option (too much gear on board these days). I've likely handled equal waves (not my preference) with yaks ranging from 31 to 36' recently in lower St. Bernard. I hope to be as successful as you have been when I get out there!

June 18, 2017 at 11:27am

Delacroix does seem to have the most alligators I've ever seen. I've never felt threatened by one - they almost always move away from the kayak except when they are guarding their nests in the spring. Hopedale has ponds that many kayakers fish that are less than a mile from the Breton Sound Marina. However, Delacroix provides the most options within paddling distance.

June 23, 2016 at 12:15am
A comment titled: Kayak thoughts in response to a report titled: Consistant catch in Delacroix

I have a nice kayak, but not the fishing success you have had. I have had decent trips in Hopedale Lagoon, but am not familiar with Delacroix. My Hobie Outback is stable and the seat is fair, but nothing beats the kayaks with lawn chair style elevated seats. I sold a Ride 135 which was stable and dry, with an average seat. Ocean Kayaks sells the Big Game II with a nice seat and the Jackson kayaks have decent seats. However, I am trying to outfit my Outback with a modified raised seat or might just spring for a 2015 with that mod. I seriously would use Craigslist if possible as I have gotten great deals on every kayak I have bought that way.

December 20, 2014 at 11:36am
A comment titled: Nice Cocodrie video in response to a report titled: Cocodrie Redfish

Great job fishing and well done video. I am trying to get kayaking in the Cocodrie direction but it is a long drive from Kenner. I need to get out there by January although I have no knowledge of the area. Thanks for sharing.

December 18, 2014 at 8:10am
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