Made the 2 hour trip Sunday morning, got in my fav spot right at daylight. Son in law came for the slaying.
We found very clear water, a roaring 'knock you down' surf, a stiff SE wind and jack fish in close feeding ---- trout were almost non existent.
Was surprised to see such clear water with a strong surf, but it was there.
We fished from daylight to 9:30 catching one trout. We saw/talked to 20 others that had a grand total of 4 trout.
Not all reports are good, so if you missed yesterday morning getting up at 2:45 a.m. trekking down to the beach, making a mile walk in the sand carrying your gear, catching no fish -THEN getting a speeding ticket on your way home------, you missed nothing.
If you made the call to NOT go yesterday- Good Call.
So I'm sitting home in Gonzales watching the weather/tides/winds for the last week thinking this past weekend had to be great for Elmers/Grand Isle beaches with North winds and good / moderate tides. Literally Sunday at 5:00 pm made up my mind to try it this morning.
Got to my spot before daylight and by the time I had left , had met 6 other fine Louisiana gentlemen that were all much younger than me . We all limited out and were culling down before my departure at 9:45.
North winds @ 2-5 mph (great for this area) .
Water clarity was stained then turned clear (incoming tide) Did I mention the water was COLD? There were some shrimp jumping, a great sign !
Just about all the fish came on sinking twitch baits then shut off for a bit, then started on plastics any color as long as they were chartreuse .
Really enjoyed meeting these young men, promising to know Louisiana is still cranking out Sportsmen like these guys.
Only in Louisiana.
Have fun, be courteous to your fishing neighbor .
Any details? He didnt appear sick in any way, spoke w/him in the spring at Lamar Dixon. Always liked his reporting style. Curious as to what took him from us. He was only 59 years old.
Team Jeansonne this morning consisted of my son Stephen and myself launching from Sweetwater. We stumbled into Black Bay being greeted with 2-3 ft seas (NOT what was forecasted), party cloudy skies & ~5-7 SE winds. The 100 live croakers in the baitwell made the trip just fine.We saw only one boat in Black Bay/Breton Sound this trip. Heading southeast for another 25 minutes past Stone Island, we set down at a favorite spot where we dropped the anchor at 6:41 a.m.
At 7:41 a.m. we picked up with 50 nice trout & one red. Trout were 16-21 inches . And we left with 100 live croakers. ALL fish were on plastic paddle baits in white/chartreuse tail or avocado/red glitter paddle baits . Hate it when they do that. What do you do w/100 live croakers? We gave them to 3 guys back on high ground just launching.
Great day to be on the water as by 8:00 winds were dead and water was slick.
Making Memories with my son that we will both remember for years. He says he caught more & bigger than me, and we all know how that goes. Great day.
Black Bay water is the color of Gulf water. Beautiful. Past Stone island south 3 miles is where I turned around. Not much shrimp/bait fish. Caught 22 trout all on plastic ...17-22 inches. Kept 1 red and broke off 8-10 more . When the bait shows up (any day now) this area will be on fire. Happy Fishing.
Side Note: My beloved Lonesome Island isnt even a blip on the dept finder any more. My other pre-Katrina rigs- all gone. Its like fishing a new area for me and best buddy.
Not really much to report from this morning's trip. While there were several people on the beach fishing,it looked like just about everyone had caught a few but no limits did I see. 3,7,10 fish stringers mostly. Live bait and plastic.
The boats braving to come close enough to anchor just outside the 2nd sand bar did catch fish,however it looked spotty,nothing fast & furious. And small-ish fish.
Absolutely zero wind from 5:30 till I left at 12:00 noon, surf was rough & water was stained.
If you didnt go you didnt miss much. In My Opinion.
Which means you know they're gonna set the surf on fire after 12 noon. Right?
TS Cindy didnt hurt the beach and actually cleared it from lots of debris.
Thats why they call it fishing.
After a 10+ year absence from surf fishing I returned today. Been studying the tides/wind forecast & saw today was to be 3-5 mph NORTH till ~ noon,yesterday was about the same. With a full moon & great tides I entered the water at 6:10 am today.
Later the day went the better the bite once the tide switched to outgoing. We switched over from paddle baits to top water at ~10:00 am (you HATE top water for trout,right?)
I went as a solo trip but quickly made a new friend where we shared baits/equip. Louisiana has a way of doing that. His wife out-fished him while she was in the water, babysitting on shore most of the day.
My limit of 25 kept w/up to 3.5 pounds, average fish was 17-18 inches. Culled from ~ 75 to keep those mentioned. In all my years of fishing Elmers/Grand Isle I have seen the water this clear only twice & today was one of those times. Amazing to see your fish before they hit the Top Dogs in any color as long as it was red or pink.
Good luck, be courteous when you go and make new friends. Life is short. Louisiana is truly blessed.
And, Oh ! God Bless Our President Donald J Trump.
First time back to Black Bay since pre-Katrina to fish, so its been a long time. Hardly recognized the area, none of my fav islands were there. Some of my fav rigs gone, etc.
2 of us ended with keeping 36 trout 14-19 inches long, all on artificial. 2 reds. Wind picked up at 10:15 so we called it a day.
Water was chocolate milk everywhere. Lots of driftwood ,be careful when you go.
Did not see one other boat while on water, had the bay to ourselves.
Sweetwater Marina -very nice people and very accommodating.
Looking for Dry Dock Storage on Hwy 23 between Buras and Venice. Closer to Venice the better. Looking for a 6 month lease, enclosed area for 22 X 9 ft bay boat w/ trailer. Electricity furnished would be nice but not a necessity.
If you have info please post or email me directly at: Sowtrout@cox.net
Thank you, much appreciated.
Lost my GPS waypoints for the Black Tanks- would someone be kind enough to email them to me?
Question about Reggio area if anyone knows. Havent been to this area since before Katrina. 2 questions:
If you launch at Reggio Marina (is this still possible?) can you still run to Terre'A Bouffs thru Bayou Juanita?
Will be in a 24 ft Champion Bayboat. Thanks for any input.
Have decided to plant several acres on corn and soybeans in SW Miss. for deer consumption only & lookin for info on how/when etc.
Any advise is appreciated.
Does anyone have a picture to upload of the old famous "SHAD RIG" we all used as kids onlong the beach?
If so, please upload it or send it to me in an email attachment. Thanks,
Anyone out there that has an H&R Handi Rifle- how much did you pay for the gun only-and where did you get it?
Bought the Buffalo Classic last Sept., hunted with it this season and have decided I want the Handi Rifle instead. Looking for a fair price to put on my Buffalo Classic, and would like to know what a Handi Rifle costs new.
Thanks for any comments.posts reply and emails welcome
thanks in advance
Looking for a replacement winch to fit the Bad Boy buggy. Currently have a Ramsey ATV 2500 on it ,but it has bit the dirt. Took it down to find gook in the end cap with the brushes, the armature is rusted and the gear section is locked up. Looks like this winch was a piece of garbage for only being on the buggy for 2 years.
ANYWAY- Looking for a new winch and not an expensive $500 job.
emails or postings appreciated to help with my quest.
Folks, we are in need of a trailer for my sons 1999 model Champion 203 Elite bass boat.His factory original painted trailer has rusted thru. We are looking for a galvanized tandem axle, prefered locally but will travel up to 300 miles for the right price.
Can anyone give me a name of a local or out of state dealer that has my needs?
Thanks in advance.
Please post here or email me -whicever you prefer.
Looking to talk with anyone who has / or is using the Tecomate or Biologic planting system. We are in the SW Mississippi area with approx 700 acres with many acres to use for planting.
If you have used one of these 2 planting systems, I am wanting to speak with you thru email on this link. Thanks,
If anyone has this scope I would appreciate any feedback you can give. Thanks in advance.
Yesterday I bought the H&R Buffalo Classic 45/70 , today I bought the Cabela's BDC (Bullet Drop Compensator)scope designed for this rifle.It is a low end priced scope in 3X9 and 40 mm objective. The salesman at Cabela's stated the scope is designed for this gun with the Hornady Lever Revolution 325 gr bullet, HOWEVER- when you read the brochure that comes with the scope, it says the BDC dots are preset within the scope for 500 gr. bullets.
Has anyone any experience with the Hornady 325 ammo AND has this scope? If so, what have you found with the BDC and your actual experience with bullet drop as compared to the BDC. Knowing this may be a tall order, but hopeful there is someone out there that can shed some info. Thanks.
Just picked up a new 45/70 to use in Mississipi during the Primitive Weapons season (and more,maybe). When I left that state and stopped deer hunting several years ago you COULD NOT use a scope on a muzzle loader. What are the regulations now concerning the use of a scope on a primitive weapon in Miss.? Before I jump off into buying another scope I need to know the above.
Also, for those familiar with this caliber, at what distance can you stay accurate with reasonable certainty? Is 100 yards the upper limits, or 150? What bullet weight would you recommend?
I would suspect 100 yards to be the upper end of my hunting range given the place I will be hunting, but would like to know the performance out to 150 yards-just in case!?!?
The new gun is an H&R 45/70 Govt.in the Buffalo Classic 32 inch barrel
Thanks for any and all replies.
The end of an Era ?? Hardly not, but due to health opportunities I am forced to sell my 7 and 8 pound trout hauling Bay Boat to a fortunate soul that has the distinct advantage of using a boat "broke-in" to catching monster trout. Once on anchor at the correct spot, you'll automatically have the attention of the sows.
For all those that wanted to know when I put my boat up for sale, it's in the classified on this site.
It WILL NOT be placed on """"that other site """""