The fishing in Bayou Bienvenue is in full swing. I fished with Phillip and Brett yesterday and fount fish at every stop. We fish the marsh and ledges in the ICW and caught a mixture of Specks, Reds, Bass, and a Flounder as well.
The fish we caught were full of small shrimp and minnows. We caught our Specks on Fin-S lures, TKO Shrimp, and Zoom Flukes Carolina rigged and The Reds, Bass, and Flounder on TKO Shrimp under a Popping cork.
I'm posting this report in remembrance of my dear friend John Gremillion who always asked me to write up the reports whenever we fished together.
This box of trout is for you my brother! I'll never forget you.
I'll keep it short and sweet. It's been a couple months since I've fished but the fish are biting off the road in Grand Isle in 6-10 feet of water hanging around the ledges. A mixture of plastics and live bait carolina rigged will do the trick. Look for moving water and signs of bait. This box was caught on Wednesday and not included in the picture were 2 redfish and 2 flounder caught.
After trips to Delacroix the last couple of months, I decided to head south to my second home. It felt good to be down there and the fish cooperated too!
David, Javier, and I caught all of our fish today at my go to roadside spot right before the island. We cast netted shrimp, pogies, mullet, croakers, and pinfish and they all worked equally good. We fished only on the bottom in about 6-8 feet of water carolina rigged.
Tide rose all day and the weatherman was correct in his wind forecast of 10-15 out of the southeast.
My suggestion would be to look for moving water with at least 5 feet of depth. If you find a spot that looks promising make a couple casts and if
you don't catch a fish or feel hard bottom move to another promising spot.
Fished with John Gremillion aka Holy Mackerel and his girlfriend Missy Tuesday and we caught our limit of trout fishing fienne and skippy both under a cork and on the bottom.
It was the first time I had fished in weeks and it felt great! He always does a great job of putting us on trout and Tuesday was no exception.
Pretty soon I will be fishing Grand Isle regularly again starting in mid march so stay tuned for some reports.
Fished with John 'Holy Mackerel' and my girlfriend Rebecca out of Myrtle Grove ahead of the front Friday evening.
Of course my buddy put us on a good bite reaching a quick limit of 75 Trout. We had my girlfriend Rebecca with us, although exclusively a hunter she figured it out pretty quickly and did her share of filling the box. Our next trip is going to be out of John's home, Delacroix.
John ALWAYS puts us on fish and today was no exception. I'll make a more detailed report next time.
Had a great time fishing yesterday with my good friend Captain Scott Walker. My girlfriend and I met up with Capt. Scott at 06:00 a.m. at the Rigolets Marina and were on the water by 6:45.
With the horrible conditions, he decided to fish a dead end canal near the marina with swim baits and matrix shads on 3/8 ounce jigheads.
We stayed on the trolling motor moving up and down the canal and we consistently caught trout! I was thoroughly impressed with his ability to put us on fish despite the conditions. I rarely fish the Rigolets so it was a treat having someone who knows what they are doing take the reigns and deliver.
We ended up with over 50 trout, a couple bass and a I caught a real nice blue catfish!
Not only is Scott a good friend but he is a good Captain as well. I HIGHLY recommend him as a Captain. I am not just saying that because he is a close friend. I feel like anyone who can deliver fish in those kind of conditions gets a ton of respect from me.
Check out his website
Gotta make this one short. Sorry guys!
The Bayou Bienvenue locks are still CLOSED as of 11/20/2013.
Got off work at 6:00 a.m. and met up with Dr. Bob Weiss at chef marina to fish the normal Bayou Bienvenue spots. Been awhile since we have been out here so we didn't know what to expect.
First spot we fished was a pond off the ICW which has always been good to me but there were no fish there. Next stop was the inside of the small locks and only managed 2 trout. After that we hit up the rocks outside of the HWC and inside the HWC itself. NOTHING! After a disappointing couple hours we fished Boh Brothers and once again NOTHING.
Not looking good. Tails between our legs we decided that the high pressure must have messed up the bite so we headed back to the chef. Well on the way back, Doc noticed hundreds of birds diving on top of shrimp in Bayou Thomas.
We set up and got on a great bite of 12-16 inch fish with VERY FEW throwbacks and NO white trout which was shocking. We also fount 3 redfish in the mix as well.
Left them biting after we caught our limit and called over another boat to take over our spot.
Funny how things work out!
I think we fount the shellpad in Lake Ponchartrain everyone keeps talking about! It's 24 miles long.
Met up with Doc and Ricky Trahant at Bonnabel boat launch for 6:00 a.m. and hopped on board Ricky's gorgeous 24 foot Bay Champ and headed out to the state's largest reef.
It was real real foggy this morning which made for an awesome fishing environment. We fished midlake from 10-12 mile if your heading north. I was fishing 'Rucker' rigged 'Pink Champagne' TKO shrimp while Doc and Ricky threw Matrix Shads on 3/8 ounce jigheads. It didn't take long for them to switch to my rig and we steadily put Trout in the box. They would switch back and forth between rigs while I threw my rig the entire day.
It was a great time today and all three of us had a blast catching some larger sized trout. By noon we were headed in with a nice box of big Trout mixed with some Drum and a flounder.
We are all so blessed to call Louisiana home. I still believe we have the greatest fishery in the world.
Gotta make this a quick report sorry in advance.
My buddy David is getting married soon and recently took a charter trip out of Grand Isle and unfortunetly did not catch a single fish that day a couple of weeks ago. He asked me to take him and his buddy Javier down to the isle to do a little roadside fishing. I said sure, no problem.
We met up at my house around 3:00 a.m. and were in Grand Isle at my go-to spot by 5:00 a.m. with some live cocahoes. Since we had time to burn before daybreak, we tried cast netting some bait with no luck.
We waited for the sun to come up and started fishing. My go-to spot was dead and after 3 hours and 7 trout we decided to try my next spot...and then my next spot, and then my next spot, and after 6 more 'next spots' we still only had 7 trout and one redfish.
I felt the pressure coming on and now it was 11:00 a.m. and we worked our way all the way to Leeville. Time to freestyle.
I decided to try a spot in leeville by the toll bridge were I had caught fish before the bridge was finished being built and you still had to take LA1. The spot is 15-20 feet deep and has strong current even on these weak tide days.
We hit paydirt! We fished plastics and finally got into a school of real nice trout. I was estatic. It was 2:30 and we had a 150 quart icechest almost halfway full. After we had our couple hours of fun, we decided to leave them biting and head for the house.
I had only fished this spot a couple times before and it was years ago. Funny how things work out.
Tight lines my fellow fisherman!
Today I got the opportunity to fish with Ashton Meyers who is one of my followers from LAS and Facebook. Ashton has asked me to take him out on his boat and show him the ropes a few times but for one reason or another I never had the chance to. Well he asked me last night and I had no other plans so I said sure why not.
The fishing in Bayou Bienvenue had went from hot to inconsistent the last couple weeks. If you caught 30 trout that was a great day the last couple weeks. I certainly felt the pressure on putting him on some fish being that he lives in Baton Rouge.
We got a real late start and met up at Bait Inc. to launch, grab some ice and live shrimp and also say hi to Mr.Jimmy. At the launch I ran into a guy who says he follows my reports on here and said he wanted to see a report from me tonight. Here is your report my friend :-)
First stop was the wall and after fishing it for awhile with nothing to show for it, we moved over to the small locks which only yielded 1 real nice flounder and a bunch of small mangroves.
Where were these damn fish at?! The majority of them have to still be staged close to Lake Borgne until we get a couple more cool fronts.
They were hahahah. We fished a opening that goes into Lake Borgne near some deep water and after moving a bit we set up in 27 feet of water. The action was decent on live shrimp but not fast by any means. There was one more boat a ways ahead of us and they were definitely catching fish. At first I thought it was ladyfish but who puts ladyfish in a cooler?
They called for us to come up and fish next to them and that right there ladies and gentleman, is how true sportsmen are suppose to act. We took their advice and as we got closer I knew the guy from fishing Seabrook before they started building the floodgates there.
It was Mike and he had a buddy of his on board and they were nailing the trout which he always does. Definitely one of the better fishermen I know and without a doubt a true sportsman. Most guys get mad if you are 50 yards away from them but he called us over and we were so close to each other we could shake hands.
With both our experience fishing Seabrook we knew what sequence we each had to cast out to be able to throw in the same exact spot without getting tangled up. If the current is bring lines to the right that means our boat throws first with 5 second intervals for everyone.
Mikes boat caught their limit of specks and then left for the day leaving Ashton and I the spot to ourselves. It was every cast on plastics when Mike left and the fish wouldn\'t touch a live shrimp. All they wanted was plastic. We caught our 50 and called it a day.
Fount a new fishing buddy today in Ashton, got to see an old friend, and limited out of specks. I\'d say that is one hell of a day!
What a picture perfect day of fishing today!
I fished with my good friend Doctor Bob Weiss today in Bayou Bienvenue. We met up around 6:30 a.m. and launched his 24 ft. Bluewave with the intention of showing no mercy to the population of trout swimming around looking for their next meal.
As daybreak approached, we idled up to our super secret spot (the wall) and I dropped anchor in 14 feet of water. No live bait was onboard and I told Doc it was time to learn how to 'Rucker' rig. My first cast out was a good one. A fat 2.5 pound trout couldn't resist my vortex shad Carolina rigged on a 1/8 ounce jighead. After boxing the fish, It was Doc's turn and after giving some quick advice he started catching them with ease!
The fish were hungry hungry hungry and it was quality fish too! The majority of them were either
A. Spitting up shrimp or
B. Had whiskers in their mouths
Vortex Shads, TKO shrimp, and Zoom fluke's did all the damage today. Around 9:00 a.m. the boat 20 yards to our right couldn't take it anymore and decided to come troll right and front of us and proceed to drop anchor EXACTLY where we were throwing. No big deal...We caught fish all around them including a real nice flounder who fell for a champagne TKO shrimp. We decided to leave the bite and go explore. e tried the Bayou Bienvenue locks and didn't catch anything and also tried a small stretch of Boh Bro's which didn't yield a bite either.
Back at home for 11:00 a.m. with 41 trout and a flounder.
Happy Happy Happy
Yes I know, it's been awhile since I have posted a fishing report.
I got tired of getting flamed by certain individuals for posting too many reports.
Well I keep getting emails and messages from people saying they miss my reports so I will start posting more.
Here are my three most recent fishing trips and a little info and advice for each.
I fished with Scott Walker and Phillip Dewenter in the Rigolets/Lake Borgne area in deep water carolina rigged at first and rigs and marsh lines midday. Live shrimp, Matrix Shads, and TKO shrimp caught all of these fish and my advice would be to grab some live shrimp and fish the L&N train bridge on change of tides or weaker tide days.
Trout - 64
Redfish - 11
Drum - 4
I fished with my buddy Mathius for his birthday off the bank in Grand Isle and it turned out to be an amazing day. We cast netted some larger sized pogies and put a hurting on the trout in short order. We fished carolina rigged with #6 treble hooks. My advice is to find some nice moving water with bait and a flat which drops to deeper water.
Trout - 50
Redfish - 5
Flounder - 2
BIG croaker - 1
October 3 - (Today)
Phillip Dewenter, Brett Boone and I launched out of chef highway due to the locks in Bayou Bienvenue being closed and made our way down the intercoastal waterway(ICW) and at our first stop only managed a handful of trout. At our second stop we hit paydirt and caught trout after trout after trout until they shut down around 11:00 a.m.
We tried one more spot and caught a 19 inch redfish and called it a day. My advice would be to fish drop offs like I always say to do in this area. Sometimes the fish are suspended and other on the bottom. Today we fished Matrix Shads on Jigheads and TKO shrimp carolina rigged.
Trout - 61
Redfish - 1
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Awesome day on the water in Hopedale today! Had the pleasure of fishing with family friend Stephen McStravick while he was in town from Tennessee. In a couple weeks, Stephen is leaving to go to Washington D.C. for an internship with the Senator of Tennessee and I wanted him to leave Louisiana with fond memories so why not take him on an adventure with Phillip and I?
We arrived at our spot and in short time had over 70 trout in the icechest before a huge storm chased us off and got us soaking wet. We then went off in search of some copper whoppers(redfish) and caught 6 along with a drum before we called it a day!
He was so excited and said he had never experienced this type of fishing. He has hired a couple guides down here with little to no luck and said this was by far the best fishing trip of his life. I am definitely looking forward to fishing with him again, the guy is a natural!
Hey all, hope all is well.
I have been getting dozens of emails about how to set up the 'Rucker Rig' so I decided to post a link here with an article I did awhile back on how to set it up and use it effectively.
There is a video at the bottom of the page so you can watch how I pop the bait off the bottom..
06/10/2013 Lake Ponchartrain Report
Today I had the pleasure of fishing with my good friend Doctor Bob Weiss who is also known as 'Doc'. Phillip and I met him at the launch at 6:00 a.m. and were greeted with a stiff SW wind which kinda had us worried because the lake was rough but we decided to give it a shot in Doc's 24 foot bluewave.
We arrived to our destination and surprisingly got the anchor to hold easily. Doc was fishing live shrimp on a drop shot rig and Phillip and I were using Matrix Shads and TKO's rucker rigged.
Didn't catch much for the first 25 minutes but after repositioning the boat about 15 yards we got on a great bite of both redfish and trout. Eventually the wind laid down and so did the bite believe it or not.
We called it a day around 10:00 a.m. with 63 trout and 15 redfish!
Awesome day with awesome company!
Hello all of my fellow Louisiana Sportsman , hope all is well!
I have been on vacation from from since May 31st and have been fishing everyday. Last weekend a group of us stayed in fouchon and fished snapper everyday catching easy limits with cobia and triggerfish mixed in. I also fished the pier on Saturday night freelining live shrimp on the Grand Isle side of the pier. My buddy and I limited out that night and if you want some easy action I highly suggest going to the pier on a rising tide.
We have been fishing hopedale this week limiting out regularly but I don't feel the need to post a report everyday. Fish the rocks in the MRGO under a cork with a live croaker and you;d be surprised at the size of the trout you'll catch! Yesterday evening we had a dozen trout 4-5 1/2 pounds.
We fished the 1st day of the Rummel rodeo today out of shell beach and were greeted with stiff west winds. The area we fished yesterday was unprotected from the west winds so we had to go with plan B and it paid off. We were double and triple hooking up all morning untill we had 75 trout monster sheepshead and a 28 inch redfish. Couldn't get croakers so I was kinda bummed out about that but it's all good! Bought 150 live shrimp but maybe only used a dozen. Rucker rigged tko shrimp in about 10 feet of water put a hurting on em.
On a side note I wanna mention that Campo's Marina is first class and has my business from now on! Awesome people over there.
Anyways, as of now, we are first place for sheepshead and 2nd place for trout. Hoping tomorrow we can catch some of those sized ones we caught Thursday!
05/28/2013 Lake Ponchartrain Report
Yes I know we were crazy for fishing the lake yesterday. Out there it was exactly like you are imagining it would be. The winds were strong strong strong and the lake was ROUGH to say the least. With all of that said, the water was beautiful!
On my way to Slidell, I stopped to see my buddy Mr. Tony at BAIT INC. and picked up 75 live shrimp. After which I met Phillip at dockside around 9:00 a.m. We launched and took the slow wet ride to the Trestles and stopped between 173 and 174. I started out with live shrimp under a sliding cork and Phillip threw a TKO carolina rigged. Almost instantly I hooked up with a solid 17 inch trout while taking waves over the bow hahah. Few more casts and a 2 more trout. Then Phillip started catching em on the TKO's while the croakers moved in on the live shrimp. I switched over to plastics and started putting em in the box as well.
Well after putting about 25-30 trout in the chest,a guy about a hundred or so yards away decides to pull anchor and come setup right on top of where our fish were which ultimately killed the bite. Kinda sucks because there was no one else out there but a handful of brave boats and this one guy had to come kill the bite but after fishing so much you tend to not worry about things like this. All you can do is go look for more fish.
We picked up anchor and slowly made our way to the south side of the trestles and fount gorgeous green green green water however after about a half hour of not catching anything we picked headed back north. We stopped at 175 and picked up one trout and decided to go back to were we left em.
To our surprise, there were no boats what so ever so we anchored up exactly where we started the day and it was on! Double hookups until we had our 50 trout. Left them biting and called it a day.
It was fun but the lake was way to rough for my liking.
05/22/2013 Hopedale Report
As most of you know, the MRGO rocks in Hopedale have been on fire. Had to go see for myself. I hadn't been to Hopedale since last fall so I was certainly looking forward to fishing out there. Phillip, Chase, and I arrived at BSM around 6:00 A.M. and were running down the spoil canal by 6:30.
We arrived in the MRGO and immediately fount gulls diving. After about a half an hour messing around with small trout and gafftops, we pulled up the trolling motor and proceeded to where we originally intended to fish. At our first stop along the rocks, we proceeded to smoke the trout one after another. I had on a chartreuse Super Spook and Phillip and Chase threw double rigged Matrix Shads on 5/16 ounce golden eye jigheads. In an hour and a half we had our 75 specks along with a couple reds.
In the distance we noticed schools of bull reds blowing up the water so we motored over and caught bull reds until our arms felt like jello.
Great day on the water and I look forward to going back out there as soon as possible!
Also, I know many of you have emailed me info asking me about Grand Isle and I apologize it has taken so long for me to respond. I have been very busy and I do plan on replying to each of you in the near future
05/08/2013 Grand Isle Bank Fishing Report
Incredible Incredible Incredible!
The stars must have lined up perfectly because The fishing in Grand Isle today was awesome. Arrived at coastal bait around 6:30, picked up some beautiful live shrimp and headed to the honey hole. Light winds had the gnats eating me up but it didn't matter to me. I was by myself and at peace. A new moon coming up, a rising tide, and plenty of bait had the fish going nuts this morning! Carolina rigged live shrimp and various colored matrix shads on 3/8 oz golden eye jigheads did the damage!
By 9 a.m., a limit of nice trout and a limit of perfect sized redfish filled the box. After I was finished, I called over an elderly couple and rigged them up a carolina rig and gave them the rest of my shrimp and chit chatted with them as they started wackin the trout as well.
Today was DEFINITELY one of those picture perfect days to be fishing. I could do no wrong.
Cannot wait to see what unfolds the rest of may and into summer.
04/29/2013 Grand Isle Bank Fishing Report
I got a lot to do so I am gonna make this report short. Fished hard today and fount fish at two spots between fouchon and grand isle. There was bait everywhere and the weather was gorgeous. The fish bit in spurts of 2-3 fish but I grinded it out and put together a solid box of fish using carolina rigged TKO's and cast netted some live shrimp which also worked.
Look for pogies flickering the top of the water and you should find some fish on a rising tide.