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?
Spent 4 hours of my Thanksgiving repairing 3 rusted thru brake lines on a vehicle for a stranded family with 4 little kids. Missed out on a hot meal but was very worth it in my book.Knowing that family was able to make it to their destination(Orlando,FL) from Denham Springs was good enough in my book. Hope this don't look like i'm looking for praise because that's not the intent.The intent is that hopefully someday when i need it someone who reads this may be there to help one of my loved ones like that.
Good on that man and his friends for helping you.That's what life is all about right there my friend.
Henry,you keep saying you don't post here anymore yet continue to do so including trying to slip in your advertising with your pics.
How about trying to post a report without advertising? So what if others do it,be the better man.More people here will respect you for it.
Ohh,so it was Lake Eloi and not Bay Eloi. Gotcha. North of the MRGO rocks would have been Bay Eloi as I see you posted. I can see how Lake Eloi would be kinda sheltered from the wind.
And the wind was anything but calm. It was damn near 20 mph straight out of the north. Once you got past the rocks to head north to Eloi there were 3-4's waiting for you. You sure this report is from this past Saturday?
We fished hopedale as well Saturday. Fished the rocks at the MRGO, Rigs at Eloi, Marshes,ran all the way to the castle in lake Borgne. Not a single keeper fish. Carolina rig,sliding cork,regular cork live shrimp. Didn't matter,fishing plain sucked. We saw dolphins but weren't catching anything so they didn't bother us.
I'm going to have to agree with Motorboat unfortunately. As I said,we were fishing by Chris Mac on Sunday for a little while. I'm sure his story would refute what his Dads story is trying to portray. If not then that's sad because i witnessed personally him and 20 something other boats throwing meat in the coolers over at East Timb. for quite some time.
Tony,we were down in Fourchon from Thursday-Sunday for the CHS rodeo. Caught trout late Thursday evening,very few saturday all day. No tide whatsoever. Sunday caught some nice trout on sliding corks by the Fourchon Barges. Couldn't get em on carolina rig or popping cork. Had to have bait suspended. We had bait about 5-6' in 7-9' of water. This worked really well.
Also went over to East Timbalier and there were around 20 boats all catching in one spot till the Spanish invaded and started ripping up tackle. We caught on live shrimp or Vudu. They didn't care. All males caught around Timbalier.
Ask Chris Mac. He was fishing right beside us. There are plenty trout there,just gotta find em.
Now I'm no Grand Isle pro by any means. I like my big lakes Lake P. and Calcasieu so take this info for what it's worth.
It's difficult to know if there were more than two people fishing or how many days they fished. I'd rather not make the assumption that they did any wrong. Is it possible? Sure. Some outlaws out there for sure but I'm not ready to make that leap.
Is it Illegal Joshua?
His post was edited and an email sent Motorboat. That will not be tolerated here.
Hey man, I realize that you have stakes in this game as a volunteer and would expect nothing less than your defence of an organization that you volunteer for. We are still friends in my book. Hopefully this debate dont change your views of me as a person. Your comments change nothing of what I think of you as a person. Please take no offense of what my feelings are in this debate.
'I agree with you, but let's get practical. If an organization has to respond to each crazy anonymous internet idiot that hates on them, how will they actually get their work done?'
I have seen not one response from the CCA because they believe they are above responding to recreational fishermen who post on the internet. I can however kind of understand why. An open forum in a disclosed location would also probably turn ugly pretty damn quick if i had to guess.
Not real sure what the solution to all this is.
One thing i can see clearly is that the CCA is not on the recreational fishermans side in anything. Maybe all these years i foolishly believed they were from all the seminars and banquets put on where prominent guides are paraded in front of the audiences to make us believe they actually care.
Hey,if CCA has an agenda and they think they're following that agenda then fine. Good for them. Guess it's my own foolish thought thinking all this time that i ,a recreational fisherman, was part of that agenda.
MB, my issue was with the CCA going on the word of their scientist and not an outside source. It's a little thing called checks and balances. Evidently something the CCA is not interested in. Also,as you read my post i was not trying to down the CCA but hit the issue from two different perspectives to spur discussion.
And if LASM did have an anonymous scientist that everyone follows like a God what has this guy done to regulate recreational fishermen in the state of Louisiana like CCA's internal scientist has done?
This is the one issue we're discussing.
This article was brought to my attention yesterday and I'd like to hear some discussion on it.
MathGeek stated that the LDWF website purposely left out the minutes from the September meeting. I can see this clearly but how is this CCA's issue? This post is about CCA right?
also if you read,and I'll quote some interesting things from the article
'At the commission's request, department biologist Jason Adriance presented available biological data about the fish at the regulatory board's July meeting on Tuesday.'
The biologist is one of LDFW's biologists? How is this even admissible to have one of your own employees be the judge and the jury in these decisions to regulate recreational fishing?
'Tripletail have become popular targets among Louisiana inshore anglers' No they absolutely have not. The may be targeted from time to time but by a very little minority of fishermen and when they do the catches are most often very little.'
'Adriance said the department has little data about the fish because of their relative scarcity.' we know little about them so lets make a huge leap and prevent overharvest by recreational fishermen but let's leave the commercial regulations untouched. Sounds like a great plan there fellas.
'David Cresson, executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana, told the commission his organization supports the implementation of regulations on tripletail.
'There is limited information in general on tripletail, but it's extensive in other parts of the country,' he said. 'We've been visiting with scientists, and the information is undeniable: Eighteen inches is where they become sexually mature.' I would like to know what scientists David has visited to make this huge leap to regulate recreational harvest. I have seen nothing public regarding this decision to back the increased regulations of Tripple Tail.
''It just seems like it's smart, common sense and forward-looking to have some management of these fish,' he said.' So,this is a feel good regulation then. 'It just seems' So anytime anyone has the feels to regulate then it must be done just in case. I get it.
I've been convinced. I will not be backing the CCA anymore. I'm done with em.
And most of you know i was a staunch supporter.
Very nice fish man. I'm assuming somewhere along that 24 mile reef.
I've caught the fattest,and I mean football shaped Redfish everytime I fish Big Lake.
Looks like a damn fine trip. Thanks for reporting.
I think i'll continue to send them my $50 per year for membership and the chance to win a Boat.
I like fishing Big Lake and don't mind the limits imposed on the lake. To tell you the truth,wouldn't mind seeing it in Lake Pontchartrain as well.
Data driven science has never nor will ever be relied upon to support a legit cause. All science can and most assuredly be manipulated to back ones agenda. Most agendas are politically focused.
Each group has a certain backing/support group,shareholders,stockholders,politicians ETC.
You know this already. I see you are vocal about our fisheries and i can appreciate that but you bashing of the CCA kinda has me scratching my head.
They are not Louisianas advocacy group for sports fishing unless i haven't been informed of such a change.
They're just a funded/backed group who wants to be relevant in the game.