So many different ways to clean trout. My dad had a restaurant, my best friend and I had a commercial fishing business, I was a guide and have cleaned trout for several fishing camps so maybe I have seen a few cleaned. First if I see slim on the cleaning table feel you may have something to learn. Start off your trout should always be left in cold cold e=water for a hour before cleaning. When you take trout out like that no slim on fish, table or meat. Next always use an elec. knife but you never want it sharp as it will cut through the skin. I like the belly cut no other way for me and the main reason is the fact that there is no stinking mess this way. If you ever catch trout that are feeding heavy and cut the stomach you will know what I am talking about. You may lose a little meat but you make up for it on time. If you know how to do the belly cut you can cut the Brest bones out with the first cut. Guess we all have our ways but this is the best I have found from over 100 years of experience in doing it.
With 40 mph winds watching some bass shows on the tube and all have the same format can't catch them so they go to catching off the beds watching that is a waste to me. Any bait you put in front they will take. Then they try to sell you a bait. Leave the bed fish do their thing then catch them.
As kids we called bass green trout and a 3 ponder was a wall hanger. You still can see some of them in restaurants in the Lafitte area. Do to the small size there is no size limit in the area. I can remember as a kid reading how Paul Kaulman would catch a ton of them in lake Penchant. About 20 plus years ago they started to stock Florida bass in the Lafitte area. This was when I started to fish the Lafitte area. Bass fishing has always been my passion and my mentor Jimmy Regira of Donaldsonville has taught me well. We started off catching a few 3 to 5 pound bass on a trip. Just went the bass size was taking off Katrina hit and it knocked them back a few years. Now for the past 3 year size is as big as any area in Louisiana and you can include TB to that list. Catching a 20 pound 5 fish string is no problem. Believe this one or not Iol. I like to keep the small bass and it is now getting hard to find them again lol.
Good news for bass fishing around Lafitte. My years first trip today and found bass all over great day. I was hoping that the freeze did not cause any problems but in fact the freeze seems to have helped. You are now able to go into areas it was impossible to fish due to grass and the bass now are holding on stumps. We have had some barrels put up to block our fishing area but this is also good in a way as the bass now have more area where they can spwan, I have never seen more healthy bass than the ones I caught today returned them full of eggs.
Last week could not get out of area due to snow and ice in BR. So turned on u tube and found a ton of fisherman putting shows on the internet. Some are very good in fact more action than the regular ones. Only problem I find few tell you where they are fishing expect Between the Banks Bob is the best when it comes to location where he is fishing. One thing they all have in the winter shows is that they look for deep water. The reefs get all the time and fan fair but I did not see one of the guides fishing the reefs. For my money deep water and deep run outs are the best for fishing. I can remember when the canals in Golden Meadows were loaded with trout every winter. This is when the canals were 8 to 10ft deep now less than 4 and the fishing sucks. Maybe we would take that reef money and dig the canals deep again and put all the dirt along the canals for coastal rebuilding. Even Bob is now fishing new canals which were made when the new bridge at Leeville was built. Thanks for the shows uygs sure made the days fun.
I watch some fisherman having a great time with family and friends catching 5 red fish in Hopedale Canal This is only one of 1000 canals that hold red fish when it get cold. To think that a rod and reel fisherman can hurt salt water fish is crazy. I can remember for years purse seine boats caught red fish by the ton yea ton. Remember when a truck use to come to Venice for 26000 pounds of trout. Let the guys have there fun please and who wants to clean 5 red fish lol. Come get you some.
One of the most used canals in Lafitte is now posted with blue barrels across the canal. This canal is used by fisherman and others when you want to enter a area called 2 Pilling canal. It is also a back way to lake Salvador when you have a strong south wind. I see no lights on these barrels if someone hits them could be a bad accident. This canal has been opened for many years and sure has a strong tide flow.
Every where you go you see billion being spent on land recovery in our Louisiana marsh. From Joe's landing South you have a area that was filled in for a subdivision several years ago. This runs for about half mile and has the best Roseau canes you ever saw and willow trees as tall as oaks. Would be a great idea to find out how this guy did the job that we are spending billions to do.
I was fishing Christmas eve with my two sons and one caught a red fish. Using the formula like the article did about the big red ours was 68 pounds. With grand kids and Christmas we had to let him and the record go. Nice fish the fisherman caught in Venice
Seems like now when I go fishing more noise than in downtown New Orleans on a Holiday. Air boats by the ton and pro drives by the millions. These boats make a lot of noise and I am a old fort with a hearing problem. Then you have the Air force training right over the area. We are only a few miles from the gulf why do they have to test over Lafitte is a question I would like to know. Guess we will all need some type of ear protection soon.
Please note you have seen very few post about a bass being caught but when they start to bed you will see post after post how easy it is to catch bass. Grew up as a kid that loved to fish City Park and they closed the park during the bedding season. I have seen people snag them off the ness many times. So glad that for many years we as kids and then young men with kids had city park for some great bass fishing and the closing was the main reason.
Last Friday with 9 grandkids and 3 sons we went fishing in Lafitte. While fishing for trout my son hooked this red and about a half hour or more he landed it. The boys did the math and came up with 68 pounds of red fish. With 9 hungry kids and Santa on the way no time to get official with scale etc. So we put him back would like to have seen his ture weight. Been fishing for over 70 years and biggest red I ever saw.
Red fish are hitting shad like bass in the Lake Salavadore area. Plenty of boats and reds use a heavy spoon so you can get distance to school.
Years ago they pumped lake mud into the area between interstate and lake. Driving home this week this area now looks great with grass and trees and no water. Seems like this project worked well if land is what they wanted.
Good news and bad news of bass fishing. Good news the shad spawn is on and bad news never the same spot. Two at time when you find them.
If you take a boat ride around Lafitte you will see all kinds of coastal restoration projects from rocks, to walls and now a drag line is working across from C Way Marina. This a good idea but it is also the middle of the storm season why was this work not done in the fall then you have had all summer for the grass and trees to grow so if you get a storm damage would not be so bad. I see all the hype about the reefs but seldom if ever see any reports of people fishing and catching from them. To make my case one was built in Sulphur Mind years ago and don't think anyone even knows where it is now. This use to be the best winter fishing spot in the coast but started to fill in. Now do you think it better to take a drag line and keep that deep hole and use to the dirt to build a ridge or built a reef that holds no fish and no one knows where it is der.
I was trying to cool off today after fishing an took a boat ride to the intercoastal area between Perot and the marsh is growing like the jungles of S. American then you go south and looks like the start of desert with dirt showing up all over the shore line. DER WHERE DO YOU THINK THE SALT WATER IS.
If Congressman Garret Graves' bill one day becomes law ï¿½ and the Gulf states will manage their red snapper fishery ï¿½ the price tag for Year 1 in Louisiana will be $10,039,000, according to the LDWF. I am sure with that kind of cost you could outsource it for one dollar less lol
As i fish around Lafitte I see a ton of coastal restoration projects but little are no news from anyone on what is going on. Last week I saw a drag line across from SeaWay working. They seem to be working on building some type of ridge as the mud is being pilled high. What is the over all plan does anyone know even heard a rumor last week they plan to put a golf course in the area lol