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Chas Champagne sat. and sun. Lake Report.

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SATURDAY.
Went and picked up Mr. Phil by boat who lives down the street. He said he wanted to see this trout and red action in the canals, so we putted on over through the eden isle bridge and threw the trollin motor down and started working a shore line. First three cast bam bam and bam. 2 big trout and 1 red. Mr. Phil couldn't believe it as I said "I told you its amazing what the hurricane did". We fished the canals for about 2 hours rewarded with 10 nice trout and a red. He then said he wanted to fish the Lake so on the way out we picked up my neighbor Mr. Bill who lived across the canal who has been asking me to take him so he can catch one to put on the wall. After eating some lunch at his house we went out in the lake around noon. Saw that the tide was pouring in so we went straight to the twinspan where we caught plenty trout but the only problem was that they were mostly throw backs, I have never seen them this small as I have only thrown back maybe 20 in my whole life from the twin span. We did manage a MONSTER RED and 2 nice flounder to go in the box. After the good action they were ready to catch some monster trout. So off to my secret spot where the bites are few and the fish are HUGE. We started working the area throwing BIG DUDLEYS when Dudley himself called on my cell. We were talking fishing when WHAM! and all I saw was 2 and a half foot of silver come jumping out the water like a bass. "Dudley hold on" I said while signaling to Mr. Phil to get the net as I knew it was a monster trout. After a nice fight and a great net job we got the big girl. Dudley was laughing at the situation as I told him what happen when I calmed my nerves some. She was 2 inces longer than the 7.2 we caught on wensday but had just laid her eggs as you can tell the big difference in girth in the pics. She weighed in at 6.5 lbs. After that we caught 2 monster Croaker on Dudleys then called it a day. Finished with 32 Trout with many 3's and 4's, 2 reds one 25 pounder, 3 flounder and the 2 big Croaker. SUNDAY----much different story. Went out at day break and headed to a spot on Hwy 11 where I have been catching some nice ones had way too many boats on it. So I told Paul who was with me lets go scout some new areas. We headed out to the Lacombe Rigs in the fog and it was a miracle because we ran straight to him without the GPS. They had a bunch of boats out there those guys must have been as lucky as us to find them in the fog. We started catching plenty trout with the other boats doing the same but way too many through backs. Never seen it like this either as I have never had a throw back from the rigs prior to this. So we came back to 11 and suprisingly not a bite then 177 on tracks 2 bites but missed. I told Paul the hell with this lets go catch bass reds flounder and specks in the same spot. Eden Isles Canals. In Pauls report(sheauxtime) he kept the canals a secret but I am not. There is enough water back there for the whole city to fish it. We managed 2 bass 1 Red 3 Flounder and maybe 10 Trout. Tuff Tuff day but a pretty one.
The fish are in weird locations where they used to never be. You have to try some spots that are new to you. The bridges are a little off and I don't know why but the fishing is great you just have to search some other areas not just the bridge. It is amazing how many boats are out there and the captains are only putting 15-30 together. I had a million phone calls from friends who fished the trestle this weekend and did nothing. I told them if you only have 1 day a weekend to fish go to delicrox or something. The lake is way too tuff to expect to catch em' consistently when you only fish it twice a month. If it is convenience your looking for you can't beat it though.
Good fishin' I'll see yall out there.
HERE ARE 3 PICS FROM THE WEEKEND.
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bridge?
Hey man i know where eden isles is but i do not reconise the bridge in the background?Is it towards the lake or in the back of the neighborhood?
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The Bridge
It is the one that connects Eden Isles and Pontchartrain Dr.
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ty
thanks
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why few trout
Its no mystery why there were no trout that day. You said there were a ton of boats. The fishing pressure has also been heavy. The fishing was bad because most of the trout have been caught! People think fishing pressure doesn't matter but it does. I think at the bridges it comes in spurts because you have to wait for the next migration of trout and be there at the right time before they are all caught. Think about it.....a five-mile bridge, lined up with boats, with every single trout having to pass throguh there as they migrate west.

I'm glad to see trout caught elsewhere besides the bridges nowadays in the lake. It will spread out the crowds and ease the pressure. It doesn't make sense the trout should only be at the bridges in east Pontchartrain.
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Nice Catch
Where is the nearest public landing to eden isles?
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the rigoles
go to the rigoless.Tites on hwy 11 is gone and their launch has a huge crater in the water that will get you stuck.Tried today with a 16 foor bateau and had trouble.Pulled it out and went to rigoles and found a very nice launch waiting for me.Distance from tites to eden isles about 1 3/4 miles.Distance from rigoles to eden isles about 2 1/2 miles but worth it
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Rumor
Chas,

Rumor has it, you are running an "illegal Charter Service", You must have a USCG license and licensed by LDWF. If you are caught, heavy fines will be imposed and you will never gain a charter's captain license. Many charter captains have spent the money and time to get these licenses. Make sure you are legal. If this rumor has no merit, please disregard this notice.

Concerned Legal Charter Captain
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Not a Chartar Captain
I never have done one illegal charter in my life. I turn down charters almost everyday for this reason and I personally sent Capt. Greg two people last week and I know for a fact he booked one of them this weekend. Don't get me wrong, every once in a while a group of people fishing with me will force me to stop at the "DOCK" and insist to fill the boat up and if that is illegal than there would be a whole lot of people in jail. Next time alligations of a federal offense wants to be made about me call me(985-707-9049) don't post it for the whole world to see it and think this is true. You don't see me posting that I heard a rumor that you have been allegedly cheating on your wife. That sure would be a tuff safe to crack when it gets back to her just like it is going to be for me when I run into the wildlife again. I personally know 2 agents who are on this site all the time. I am sure my phone will be ringing here shortly and I'll have some explaining to do.

And by the way, I am about to grad. College, I have been fishing everyday for 13 years and I constanly have people offer to pay me to take them. Trust me I know excatly what needs to be done to get a liscence and run a business in this feild you don't have to tell me like I was unaware that the issue is illegal without a lisence.
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B.S.
I put my money on the man that has the cahones to put his real name and phone # out there for everyone to see. Keep pulling them in Chad!
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don't take much
To piss off some people in the profesional fishing business does it.Someone feeling the pressure of having to compete with a very good recreational fisherman.Keep it up chas as I really enjoy your posts and if I ever run into you on the lake I'll put A few dollars of gas in your boat for you.Just thank god you don't have to operate like a NCAA player and can't take donations.
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Ive got gas
chas, i dont know you,but whomever capn spec is he/she has a problem w/ you catching fish. i hope that he is not stupid enough to give his real name because he is real REAL close to commiting the civil crime of slander.
other than that info keep on catching and if i take some one out for the day and they don't offer to split the gas cost i'd be pissed.
tight lines , Bob
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KEEP ON CATCHING
CHAS, YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT, YOU HAVE ENOUGH PEPOLE BEHIND YOU TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. THIS GUY IS JUST ONE OF THOSE CAPT. WHO GOT HIS LICENSE AND CAN'T PUT HIS CLIENTS ON FISH, SO BASICLY HE IS ONE OF THOSE WHO CAN'T FISH THE LAKE.IT IS HAD TO RUN A CHARTER WHEN YOU ALMOST GOT THE SAME PEPOLE WITH YOU FISHING ALL THE TIME.KEEP CATCHING AND I'LL TALK TO YOU THIS WEEK.

TIGHT LINE AND HOOK THEM UP.......................
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thanks to all
Me and Chas have been fishing for about a year now. when he is up in hattiesburg i fish.. when i gotta work he fishes.. ever since i have teamed up with him yes we have been able to put some impressive catches in the boat,, yes we have been on TV in baton rouge as of late for Paradise Louisiana,,, yes we were in the news banner this past sunday with a 7 + lb trout,, but all as local guys putting there minds together to see just how good we could be in all sorts of conditions.. I have helped out and been helped out by many people posting on this site for several years most of the regulars to the lake area recognize us when we are on the bridges or what not.. we have also learned from some of the best including terry googins and the maker of v&g lures capt dudley vandenbore. i appreciate all the support from the readers of this site and hope that u all know that me and chas are two 23 year old guys with real jobs that just simply have one problem..a 30K a year job with a 50k a year fishing habbit to support. once again thanks to all who have been behind us during this ackward situation.... PS.. in the sunday copy of the news banner the caption to our picture says "charter Capt Chas Champagne with a 7 lb trout" that is bad information on the writers part should say college student ... thanks again for all your comments
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little guys
Gotta love it when the little guy's make the headlines.Guy's keep it up you are an inspiration to all of us.By the way do you ever get a chance to get down around the golden meadow - sulphur mines area?If so would appreciate some info on spots tackle and techniques.Thanks Todd .F.
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