Wanted to fish the Bienvenue area and also have easy range to fish many other places so decided to give Southshore Marina a try. Instead of driving all the way to Chalmette we just took I-10 to Slidell,cross the lake then onto HWY. 11 to Chef Mentur HWY. From the foot of the 1-10 Bridge to the marina took us 22 minutes pulling a 22' boat.
Very impressive coming from Baton Rouge area.
Anyway,we got there and got the boat launched,even picked up some live shrimp just because we wanted to have a few. From the launch to the sea wall is only about 7 miles. Straight shot down the ICW. Also didn't have to worry about all the cluster that goes on at the Chalmette launches( not that i don't like them,it's just the people who generally launch at them are clueless jackasses for the most part).
The old guy taking the money seemed like a real cool old cat.I have seen him somewhere before but cannot remember where.
Anyway,i figured i'd plug their marina for all of those coming in from the north side of the lake. Very easy drive,2 launches(kinda skinnier than i'm used to though) and live bait when almost everyone else doesn't sell it. Dude had 20# bags of ice as well.
here's a link to google maps for those who don't know where it i.
Friday me and Butch caught some monnsters about 8 miles out. Everything came on Matrix Shad shrimp creole on 3/8oz jigheads
Being a boat owner myself and often the Capt. on my boat with passengers what do you as the Capt. do to make sure that you can get back safely to harbor?
Bug spray,Sun block,Tarps?
I mean,sure it's nice to have someone see you and tow you in as I've done many times and had done for me once but do you as a Capt. actually count on it?
Coast Guard and local police will come get you but sometimes you may have to wait a while.
So,what do you do? I'm probably going to start doing more to make sure me and my passengers are safe. I think the tarp idea is a good one to help keep bugs off and also if it's during the day to not get sunburnt/dehydrated.
For those of us that knew him and loved him I found this little video of him doing what he loved best,Helping kids learn how to fish.
It brings back some great memories of times spent with him down at the Lodge.
Still miss the ole fella.
Figured some of you might want to see him and hear his voice again.
If any better,post em up but right now this pic is in the lead for cover shot IMHO.
Whew,that's so much better now isn't it.All of us mods were wondering where all the great LASM posters have been lately and knew we could get you guys to wake up and start posting again,lol.
Post away fellas,let's hear some fishing reports,hunting reports,4 wheeler,boat,truck Mechanical problems.
There's a bunch of newcomers who aren't accustomed to the friendly ribbing we give each other here. They take posts the wrong way and threaten to never post again because they think people are serious about the criticisms.
It's just not like that on the internet. Nothing seems as it is. People use the forums of many websites to role play and let off a little steam. Nobody hates anyone here.
As for the proper form of giving a report,why make a report at all if you're not going to give any information? Serious,just don't post at all if youre afraid of someone in your spot the next week. Go back and check my reports. I love to see my fellow fishermen do well and love to meet new people on the water. I have no problem with that since I don't depend on fishing to make a living like guides do.
Anyway,that's the end of my rant. I have some more emails to go answer about how I catch those mules out on the Causeway.
It's real easy to fish those birds out on the bridge right now and they're pretty dang big for bird fish but man ohh man,Those bridge piling fish are just another species all together.
Where else you going to catch a 19 1/2' spec that weighs over 4# on the Boga?
ButchR and I limited out on specs and about 8 nice white trout on Saturday.
I wanted to take a minute to direct your attention to a fellow LA Sportsman who needs to find good home for his two yellow Labs due to unfortunate circumstances.
I spoke with the guy earlier and he is legit.He even wants to help with purchasing any items necessary to guarantee them a good home.
I'll probably be there with the family on Saturday.
Any good guides going to be there that we could have the opportunity to meet?
How about some new product reps like Swamp Swatter,Matrix Shad, etc?
Not really sure abut the legitimacy of this guys ad but figure if anyone actually knew about fishing gear they would know a little bit about the model numbers and manufacturers of the gear they are trying to sell.
Just a heads up in case anyone has had their gear stolen recently.
It's that time of year.Big Sacalait starting to move from open bodies of water into canals and dead ends.
Sacalait are pretty much the only freshwater fish I will chase after.
Love to load the baitwell with shiners and move to light tackle.
Been hearing some good reports coming out of Bayou Corne and the canals off Verret.
Anyone else been getting some good catches?
Launched out of Mandeville harbor early on Saturday with Skeeterkiller & ButchR to 15 Knot winds straight out of the East.
We knew it was going to be a rough trip but ButchR started slinging them in as soon as the trolling motor was put in the water.
His first fish was about a 4 lb trout that put up a good fight.
He put it in the net and as it came in the boat he realized something was wrong with the fish.
All of it's scales were gone and it had a weird grey color to it.It stunk to high hell too.
We have never seen this before.The fish put up a good fight,had no battle wounds on it,so we didn't know what to think.
Sad to see,maybe it got into some sort of chemical?
He released it.
Wind started to lay down as the day went by and we picked up a few more trout and some redfish along the way.
I ended up landing a nice 4 lb trout but didn't catch alot.
Skeeterkiller & ButchR had the causeway bite down alot better than I did.
It had been about 1 1/2 years since I fished the bridge so I missed a bunch or bites.
Anyway,it was a fun day on the water with good friends.
I am trying to get together some of the Late Capt. John L. Taylors old buddies and past clients together down in Buras on Dec. 10th at Joshua's Marina.
This will not be a tournament.
This will be in memory of John and kind of a soothing time for his friends he left behind.
I will be in touch with the people at Joshuas to see about maybe having some food and drinks for those who want to attend.
The Capt. passed on Dec. 18th of last year and this will be a fitting memorial for him.
Tide charts look to be good for that weekend,just hope the weather stays good.
Hope to see everyone who he loved show up for at least a good time.
Reports coming out that they both failed a drug test.
An LDWF enforcement agent has been found shot to death. See all the details currently available at:
Probably the most awesome one I've seen yet.
Jake caught this #3 spec in Lake Borgne Saturday after waiting out major t-storms with ButchR,Me and Skeeterkiller for 1 1/2 hours.
Day turned beautiful after those storms washed the sky clean and the specs were waiting for our live shrimp.
He ended up with big fish of the day.
Anybody else catch the offshore rig with the 3 different outboards fishing the tourney out of Fourchon several weeks ago?