I had the pleasure of hunting with Glardon Hoffpauir at Spoonbill Adventures in Welsh, LA on Wednesday. It was great to go over there and try something different after the very disappointing season we are having in Southeast Louisiana. We hunted a beautiful flooded rice field hoping for ducks and speckled belly geese. Glardon does a great job with the decoy layout of ducks in front and geese in the back of the pit blind which disappeared into the levee. The set-up was perfect. The wind was easterly and we had broken up clouds. We saw geese and pintails early, but they were high and not interested. But Glardon would not give up and we were able to take a few ducks and watch his dog Nellie expertly track down and retrieve them. I had a great time talking with Glardon about duck hunting and this year's season. He told me that the season started great, shooting over 3,000 teal during teal season. They also had success during regular duck season but it was off from the usual amount of ducks and geese. According to Glardon, 'We really had to work hard and move around and try different things to put our guests on birds this year. Everybody left happy and that is how I judge success.' In a year when most Louisiana duck hunters are disappointed, Glardon has provided his hunters with some hope for the future and he said, 'I haven't lost hope, even though this was a tough season.' I highly recommend Spoonbill Adventures (337-368-5969). They are already booking teal and duck hunts for next season.
I wanted to let everyone know that the we are on a good bite for bull reds and nice trout in Breton Sound. This is a bull that was caught yesterday. We are fishing rigs in 12 ft. of water in Breton Sound with live shrimp and croakers Carolina rigged with 1/4 - 1/2 ounce weights depending on the current and catching a nice mix of solid trout, bull reds, and sheepshead. Bay Eloi and the rocks are also producing smaller trout but they are very plentiful catching two at time on double rigged beetles but having to wade through the smaller ones with some white trout mixed in as a bonus. The fishing is excellent right now. We have been leaving early and stopping around noon. If you want to get in on late summer action give me a call. My 25ft Mr. B skiff can accommodate up to six anglers. I have availability right now on weekends and weekdays. Give me a call at 504-458-8737 to book your trip or go to my web site at www.marshland-adventures.com.
I have not posted in a while. I have been busy with charters, traveling far and wide in Black Bay and Breton Sound in search of the elusive speckled trout. Here is what I have found. The west side of Black Bay has been tough fishing. Areas such as Stone Island, Iron Banks, Fan Rig, Wreck, and Sister Rig have a few nice trout but not enough to make a good trip. If you like drum and sheepshead they are there for the taking. I have been fishing live shrimp using a Â¼ oz. Carolina rig or deep corks. The eastern side of Black Bay around Mozambique point over toward Lake Fortuna has decent quantities of trout but they are small with two or three throwbacks to one keeper. Fishing the birds has only produced small trout and gaftops. The best action is further east. I have been fishing all along the rocks from the short rocks, the cut in rocks and the long rocks. There are lots of boats fishing, but there are so many spots to fish that it does not matter. The best spots are where water is moving around cuts on both sides of the rocks. Corks are working but I have been fishing the bottom with Â¼ oz. Carolina rigs and picking up bigger fish. The fish in this area are mostly school trout but most are keepers. If you really want to get on some great action you will want to travel further out to Breton Sound and fish the rigs and wellheads. The Compressor Rig, 5 Wells, Central and all of the wellheads and structures are holding beautiful trout. Live shrimp or croakers under deep corks, free lined or Carolina rigs will work. The weather lately has been great with light winds but it is hot and a few of my customers were feeling it and we had to head in early. Try and leave the dock as soon as you can see between 5:00 and 5:30 a.m. Well that is my report and I hope it helps. If you would like to book a trip with me out of Delacroix, give me a call at (504) 458-8737 or check out my website at www.marshland-adventures.com.
After a slow spring, the trout have turned on in Lake Pontchartrain. I hit the lake three days in a row to find willing specs hitting live shrimp and small soft plastics. I have using light split shots and letting the live shrimp drift with the current. Most hits came close to the boat about 40 yds from the tressel. I have also been using gulp shrimp Carolina rigged with a 1/4oz. sinker and letting it drift as well. Mixed in with the trout are flounder, drum and bull croaker. Many of the trout are under 12' but there are some nice ones in between the dinks. Give yourself some time and box will fill up. I have openings for lake charters for Friday and Saturday of this week before I move my boat to Delacroix for the summer. Four hour trips in the lake for up to three persons are $400. Six hour trips for up to three is $500. Live bait and fish cleaning are included. Check out more informaiton at my website www.marshland-adventures.com or call me at (504) 458-8737.
I have been busy with charters and dancing around the weather lately but I wanted to catch everyone up with what is happening in the area I fish in Breton Sound. The big fish are definitely in Breton Sound around the outside rigs and all along the rock jetties of the MRGO. I have been concentrating my efforts more on the eastern part of the sound instead of the western ares because the water is cleaner and I am catching beautiful trout in that area. I was able to take a good friend of mine Heavy Helveston, who I used to hunt deer with. He just got a new boat and really wanted to take it out so he chartered me to come aboard his boat. He lives in the Lafayette area and wanted to sample our waters. We got out a little late and were able to catch the end of the incoming tide that was a steady bite of 1-3 pound trout. He was throwing the VuDu shrimp under a cork and I was tossing live shrimp. Both produced about the same and we ended up with around 30 big specks and 1 red in the four or five hours we fished. The weather finally looks like it is getting right and fish are waiting to be caught. I have a opening this Sunday if someone wants to hit Breton Sound for some big trout. Check out my website at http://www.marshland-adventures.com or call me at (504) 458-8737. The new boat is great and can accommodate up to six anglers. Live bait and fish cleaning are always included in my charters - no extra charges.
I just got a cancellation for a charter on Saturday June 1st. This is prime date and will not last long. Give me call to book this date for a Delacroix charter. For additional information, see me my website at http://www.marshland-adventures.com or call me at 504-458-8737.
Captain Steve Himel
The spring trout have arrived in the lake! On Monday evening I decided to give my back pier in the Lake (Rats Nest Road) a try so I went to Dockside and picked up some live shrimp. I went out about 6:00 p.m. and started fishing the live shrimp on a Carolina rig. The trout immediately started to bite on almost every cast! The third fish I caught was a 3 pounder! Most were 13'-15' with a few throw backs. I fished until about 8 p.m. and had 13 keeper trout. After the live shrimp were gone I switched over to dead bait and still caught trout. I also caught 2 drum. The trout are now in the lake and they are hungry. The full moon coming should be the ticket for some wall hangers if the weather holds out. My boat is almost ready for the water and I am booking trips in Lake Pontchartrain in May and in Delacroix starting in June. Give me a call at (504) 458-8737 or check out my website at www.marshland-adventures.com. My trips start at $350.
The lake is beginning to spring to life the last few days with rising water temperatures. I have noticed much more activity around my pier on Lake Pontchartrain, so I decided to crank up the lights last night for the first time this year. I was glad I did! Using dead bait Carolina rigged I was able to catch three drum, one nice keeper trout and three throwback trout in about an hour last night. It was not a meat haul but it was very encouraging to see trout under the lights. I think the fishing will pick up steadily and the full moon later this month should be great - weather permitting. My new boat that is being built is progressing along and should be ready later this month. I am booking spring trophy trout trips in Lake Pontchartrain and summer trout trips to Breton Sound out of Delacroix. Check out my website at www.marshland-adventures.com for rates and information or call me at (504) 458-8737.
Captain Steve Himel
I made a quick scouting trip this morning to the Rigolets. I got a late start and picked up 25 live shrimp at the boat launch. I fished in one area the whole morning. The pattern was finding moving water at the mouths of bayous emptying into lagoons on the rising tide. The trout were on the bottom in 6' to 10' of water. I was using a Carolina rig with a quarter ounce sliding sinker. I was tossing the bait up current and letting is drift back with the current. The trout are still scattered but they are starting to bite. In a few hours I picked up a few trout and a flounder. The trout were from 15' to 20'. Things looks like they are back on track and the spring bite should only get better. I have a new boat 25' boat being built by Mr. B's and it should be ready by mid April. I am booking spring trophy trout tips in Lake Pontchartrain and summer trips to Breton Sound out of Delacroix. I offer 4, 6 and 8 hour trips. Check out my website for details at www.marshland-adventures.com or give me a call at (504) 458-8737.
On Saturday I took a scouting trip with a friend trying to locate some early season specks. The wind was 15 mph out of the east, so we opted to fish some canals, bayous and protected marsh areas near the Rigolets. We started in 10 - 15 feet of water thinking that the fish would be deep with the water temps in the high 50's. After about a half hour without a bite, we moved a little shallower up on the flats in 4-6 feet of water, and that was it! We started catching trout. We were using Deadly Dudley Jrs terror tail in blue moon with a chartreuse tail on a quarter oz. unpainted jig head. Most of the strikes came on the initial fall - watch your line when it is falling. Other strikes would come after hopping it off the bottom during the fall. We worked one area over and over again once we found the bite and pattern. We had 28 keeper trout up to 2 lbs. one red and one bass. We caught at least 6 other reds under 16'. The secret right now is to try different depths until you locate them and stay with it. If you would like to get in on this action. Give me a call. I am also booking spring trophy trips on the bridges. I use hand caught live croakers for the monsters. I am also booking summer trout trips to Black Bay and Breton Sound out of Delacroix, Give me call at (504) 458-8737 or check out my website at www.marshland-adventures.com.
Does anyone have any experience with the 24ft. Sea Fox Viper bay boat being sold at Boat Stuff. I am considering purchasing the boat but cannot find much information on line about the boat. If anyone has any information it would be appreciated. I can be reached at (504) 458-8737 or email me. Thanks.
With the warm winter we are having, I am expecting an early spring run on trout. Once the water temps reach 60 the trout bite should start in lake on the bridges. One of the best early season techniques is trolling. Trolling success usually begins at the Causeway on some of the warmer sunny days in February and soon after the bridges on the eastern end start producing. I am ready for trolling season and have trolling rod rigged with lead core line, rattle traps and B-2 squid trailers. I will let you know when the bite starts. The trophy trout season usually begins in April with the full moon cycle and continues into May and early June. I will be fishing hand caught live croakers (4â to 6â) free lined for sow trout under the pilings of the bridges during that time. I usually catch some really big fish up to 6 or 7 pounds using this technique. If you really want a wall hanger this is the way to catch them. The summer season is not known for trophies but the action is usually almost non-stop in Black Bay and Breton sound where I fish with live bait. If you are interested in Lake Pontchartrain trolling trips and trophy trout trips or summer live bait fishing in Breton Sound, give me a call and I can give you more details. I normally fish the Lake until the end of May and then move to Delacroix for the summer season. I have been guiding in this area for 17 years and specialize in live bait speckled trout fishing. My goal is to give you and your party the type of trip you are looking for. I can also arrange lodging and can cater to large groups using other Captains. Give me a call (504) 458-8737 or check out my web site at www.marshland-adventures.com.
After nearly a month of low tides, the water has returned and the ducks are making their way back to the shallow broken marsh areas that we were hunting during the first split. Today was not a home run, but the action was better than it has been. A late morning flight of teal mixed with some mottled ducks and spoonbills made for a late season exciting hunt. After the hunt, we did some scouting and found good numbers of ducks in the broken marsh areas and plan to return to one of those areas tomorrow. We killed six ducks today and missed quite a few opportunities. The water should stay high with east and southeast winds through the weekend. Get out and hunt - you may be surprised what you find.
The ducks are on their way! We are starting to see more and more ducks each day on our leases in the Caernarvon and Reggio area. The marsh is in great shape and it should be a great season. If you are looking for a place to hunt I have a membership open in my duck hunting club. Please check out the classified ads for more details or email me at email@example.com
Windy Day in Delacroix
Today I took out Mark Hartman and some of his clients from the Baton Rouge area. They stayed overnight at Delacro Joes the night before and were eager to go in the morning. The only problem was a stiff southeast wind. We began around Four Horse Lake and were catching a few, but they were on the small side. So we headed a little closer to the outside and found some schooled up trout ready to bite in a frenzy. We were using live shrimp under a cork and then switched over to plastics. We had to wade through some throwbacks but finished with a box of 50 specks, a few white trout, one red and one drum. The guys on board today were excellent fisherman and made my job easy. The key to success today was finding bait in areas that were protected from the wind. The trout are staged near Black Bay, feeding on the schools of shrimp. Sometimes the birds will show you where they are other times you just have to hit points where you spot some bait activity. On windy days, you have to move a lot to find fish. Hopefully, the wind will lay down and will allow everyone to get out in the sound where the big ones are! I have a few openings next week and the rest of June. So if you would like to get in on the action, give me a call. CAPTAIN STEVE HIMEL â MARSHLAND ADVENTURES (504) 458-8737.
Finally got him! After chasing turkeys for six hunts and missing one last week, I was finally able to take a nice bird on Good Friday. The bird weighted 16 lbs. had a 9 1/2 inch beard and 1" spurs. This was a mature bird for the piney woods around Folsom. After hearing him gobble all morning, a made a move closer to him at about 7:45 and put out a decoy in front of me in a clearcut with a pasture to my back and then made a few sweet love calls. At around 8:00 I looked back in the pasture and there he is with a hen - IN THE ACT (if you know what I mean). I had to wait for them to take a break so that I could get a clear shot on the tom. What a way to go!
LATE LIMITS! Sometimes it takes a while to get-em! We started out early Saturday morning at an island that I had been doing well all season on big trout. Everything looked good but the fish were not there. With only two trout after a half-hour, we headed to an area in western Blank Bay and found an âevery castâ bite of small fish and fooled around with them for a while putting about 20 keepers in the boat. We then headed out in the sound to fish some rigs in hopes of maybe some big reds or drum. Again, we struck out. I then to decided to head to rig that I had not caught a single fish at this year (because of river water). When I arrived, I found beautiful green water and the smell of watermelon (fish oil smell). We tossed a live shrimp 4 feet under a cork and it immediately disappeared under the surface - a two pound trout hit the top of the water thrashing and IT WAS ON! We had 2-4 pound trout coming over the gunnels as fast as you could get a bait on and cast. After we ran out of shrimp we began using croakers free lined with a split shot. The croaker would drift with the tide and you would feel the initial thump followed by the line moving sideways â count to three and SET THE HOOK. There is nothing more exciting than catching big trout on free lined croakers! We ran out of croakers three fish shy of the limit and then found a few remaining live shrimp in the bottom of the bait well to finish out the limit at noon. It was a late great trip! If you would like to fish Black Bay and Breton Sound for big trout â give me a call. We target big specs with live bait and the time is right NOW. We have the best deal on the bayou - $500 for up to three and $600 for four NO EXTRA CHARGES. We include LIVE BAIT, FISH CLEANING and everything except your lunch, drinks and fishing license. I have some opening later this month and more in August. Marshland Adventures (504) 458-8737.
IT DOESNâT GET MUCH BETTER! The fishing right now is awesome in Black Bay and Breton Sound. We have been catching huge trout, reds, drum! On Friday I had the owner of Donâs Seafood out with his lovely wife. They wanted to get in a few hours of fishing before getting back to work and wanted some big trout that we have been catching. I headed to the spot that I have been catching them on a point of an unknown island in about 2â of water. The big trout were there but the bite was slow but they didnât mind. They enjoyed catching quality vs. quantity. We finished the day around 10:00 a.m. with some quality fish. On Saturday, I had the wild group from Mississippi that fish with me on a regular basis. We headed back to the same spot and the trout were even nicer than the day before 2-5 lbs. the bite was a little faster and we managed to put 46 mules in the box that nearly filled it. We were fishing in 2â of water with live shrimp under a cork. After the early morning bite quit, we headed for one of my favorite rigs and immediately were all hooked up on big drum and redfish. We played with them for a while until everyone was worn out and managed to keep a few smaller ones for the grill. On the way in on a shoreline in Blank Bay we set up and started catching a bunch of redfish in the 17â â 19â range â perfect for the grill. We caught until our box was filled to the top and then headed in for the fish cleaning table. The fishing could not get any better right now. Give me a call to book your trip! I have a few June openings and more in July. We have the best deal on the Bayou! $500 for up to three and $600 for four. It includes LIVE BAIT, FISH CLEANING, FUEL, ICE AND ALL EQUIPMENT. You only bring what you would like to eat and drink. MARSHLAND ADVENTURES (504) 458-8737.
The fishing has been nothing short of outstanding the past few days. Today was typical. We filled the bait well up with live croakers and headed outside. Our fist stop was a small wellhead in the sound and as soon as the lines hit the water â IT WAS ON â EVERY CAST ACTION! on 14â-16â inch trout. We started off with croakers Carolina rigged and quickly switched over to plastic. Speculizers and Deadly Dudleys (blue moon) did the trick. When we were about 30 fish short of the limit, we left them biting in search of some larger trout and we found them at a nearby rig. The big trout were slamming our free lined croakers. The technique was to lob the bait up current and let it drift back to the rig. Half way into the drift - BAM! These were nice 16â-20â trout and topped off the box nicely. We headed in before 10:00 a.m. with full limits of specks. We even had a few white trout to cook for dinner. This is the time of the year trout fisherman wait for and from now until late summer, the fish will be there! If you are able to get outside you should be able to catch some beautiful fish. If you like to fish with live bait for big trout in Black Bay and Breton Sound, you will love our guide service. We have the best deal on the bayou $500 for up to three and $600 for four and it includes LIVE BAIT, FISH CLEANING, FUEL and all other equipment and tackle. You only bring lunch and drinks. Give me a call to book your trip. I still have few days in May left and more in June. MARSHLAND ADVENTURES (504) 458-8737
SCOUTING REPORT â DELACRIOX/HOPEDALE â ITâS ALMOST TIME!
I have not been fishing much during the past weeks due to the wind. My customers like to fish for big trout outside and that has not been happening with the wind, so I have rescheduled most of them. With some time on my hands, I spent the last two days preparing and scouting for my upcoming charters. On Thursday, I hit the east side of the MRGO around Eloi and found lots of bait and some nice âfull moonâ trout. The conditions were not great, but I managed to get a sneak preview of what is in store. I had some croakers and worked them under a cork on the back side of some protected water pecking away at some trout up to three pounds. Also hit a few flocks of birds with plastics with about a 50% ratio of keepers. I found lots of bait activity both small shrimp and mullet and the water was pretty clean. Things are ready to break wide open with few calm days. On Friday, I had to stay inside the Delacroix marsh due to the wind. I attempted to get close to outside in some of the larger bays but the south wind was just too much, so I retreated to the inside and did not find much. The fish I caught were in Four Horse Lake drifting on the lea shoreline. As soon as things settle down, the big trout will be outside and live bait will be the key. My charter service targets big trout in
Black Bay and Breton Sound with live bait. If this is the type of fishing you like, give me a call and book your charter. I have a few days open in May and more in June. My rates are the best on the bayou - $500 for up to three anglers and $600 for four and include LIVE BAIT, FISH CLEANING, FUEL and everything else you need. You only bring your lunch and drinks. MARSHLAND ADVENTURES (504) 458-8737.