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Biloxi Marsh

First off, let me thank everyone for the fantastic posts on here. This is by far one of my favorite forums.
I am planning a trip for next Friday - Saturday, as a ssuprise for my daughter before she goes off to college. She has never been salt water fishing before and I would just love to put her on some redfish. My plan is to launch from the Rigolets Marina and make a run out to the Biloxi Marsh. I would really appreciate it if someone would be nice enough to share a secret spot or two. If the seas are a little too rough to make the run in my Skeeter ZX20, where would you suggest trying.
Thanks in advance
August 08, 2009 at 4:04am
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BIRD DOG Profile Photo
Posted August 08, 2009 at 8:48am
Biloxi Marsh

I would suggest launching in Hopedale.Its a long ride across Lake Borgne,I think its 15 miles.

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Dr. Spot Profile Photo
Posted August 08, 2009 at 10:46am
do not make run across Borgne

It is possible to make a run across Lake Borgne. But, unless its flat calm both times (rare) you will experience a very long, uncomfortable, teeth-chattering ride. Instead, launch out of Shell Beach or Hopedale. Or, you could launch out of Pearl River, then its 5 miles of teeth jarring instead of 10 each way.

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skeeter812 Profile Photo
Posted August 09, 2009 at 4:56am
Biloxi Marsh

I have launched out oh Hopedale a few times but it seems like it is a longer run from there than from the Rigolets.

We have made the trip several times and Lake Borgne can be tough at times. I'm really open as to where we can go to fish. My main concern is to be able to put her on some decent reds.

If the red action is better elsewhere than the Biloxi Marsh, where would you suggest trying.

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eastofmrgo Profile Photo
Posted August 09, 2009 at 12:23pm
Go across, Husband and wife friendly area

My Wife and I have been crossin lake borgne from the Rigolets to fish the La./biloxi marsh from grand pass to stump lagoon for 30 years in 20 ft boats(now a 20 ft bay boat with a 150).During the fall and winter at I go at least once a week and have only wished I would have drove to hopedale 1/2 dozen times.(drove to hopedale for three years when I had a flat boat, glad that ended quickly.) Get a good map and go in at byu biloxi(11 miles rigolets to mouth of byu biloxi ,157deg on gps)8 minuts fort pike to L&N train bridge and 18 minuts to Byu Biloxi at 35 mph,95% of the time a nice ride.Follow the main BYU to the straight canal and go to the lagoons on both sides of the pipeline (petes lagoon, cutoff lagoon, muscle bay, area between muscle bay and stump.)Stump is kinda tricky since it has its fair share of things to hit with your trollin motor so don't go thru Macks pass if you don't have to..Most of these lagoons have 2-3feet of water but take care till you eventualy find all the shallow water and oyster bottoms ,which you will. I am getting my prop reconditioned for the fall season now.Just use your favorite plastic (mine is chartruse H&H cocaho tail) 2 ft. under a poppin cork of your choice, tipped with market bait. Wife likes adjustable cork so she can adjust to the depth and keep the bait off the bottom. Some people swear by gold spoons but reds will break off on a regular basis so why lose a 5 dollar lure compared to a 3 dollar pack of plastic. Move along the shore just far off enough to reach , throwing at pockets and points.Sometimes I look at the map and look for ponds with tide movement and three feet of water and fish the whole thing, have found limits of reds lots of times in the most unlikely spots.Just need to put in the time.The eastern end of the La. marsh is about 17 miles rigolets to 3 mile and is closer if the lake gets choppy from east pearl . Same kind of fishin,try ponds off False mouth bay. Keep me in mind about october and we can cross together, not much at tryin to fish two boats together but I can show you the area where I have luck. Good fishin . Buddy

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Posted August 09, 2009 at 12:26pm
lake borgne

Oh yeah, most of the time I cross in the dark, so It's not as bad as most make it out to be.Buddy.

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Posted August 09, 2009 at 12:33pm
forgot

forgot to mention, these areas are pretty good for reds all year long, the trout move in during the fall and make it that much better.

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Posted August 09, 2009 at 1:57pm
Biloxi Marsh

eastofmrgo

I greatly appreciate your post. I will definately highlight the areas on my map. I have only been out to the marsh a handful of times and would really like to learn the area better. We may not have loaded the boat each time we went but the trips were always great. Hooking up sometimes sounds like a great idea to me.

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Dr. Spot Profile Photo
Posted August 10, 2009 at 1:29am
be careful

eastofmrgo is correct in that the cross-Borgne trip is the way to go if the weather allows. But, I think he is being overly optimistic....or has a lot of freedom to pick a good weather day. Lake Borgne is often choppy to occassionally rough, and you have to also consider how well your wife would hold up on those 15-mile rides each way.

I've made about 8 trips from Chef Pass to Proctor Point in the last year, and only twice was it a comfortable ride. I've often has to resort to the longer MRGO route going back. Now, consider that's only half the distance to the Biloxi Marsh, and there is no protected canal as an option from the Rigolets to the Biloxi Marsh!

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skeeter812 Profile Photo
Posted August 10, 2009 at 4:18am
Dr Spot

Your point is well taken. My only concern about launching from Hopedale is trying to pick my way thru the maze of canals that have to be navigated since the MGRO has been dammed.

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eastofmrgo Profile Photo
Posted August 10, 2009 at 5:59am
Very optimistic at 61

I pick days to fish and deal with whatever weather happens. I fish Thursdays(depending on vacation time) and or Fridays (off every one). I try to avoid weekends to minimize the crowd. I wouldn't suggest to anyone to do whats dangerous, Turned down a request from a friend of my wife to follow us in a 16' wellcraft. In a 20 ft boat the bad day rides are slow not dangerous.my boat does not ride very smooth(light , rolled gunnal) and with a E/SE wind I break out the rain gear, but the 1 1/2 hour plus tow to BSM and the ride thru the marsh on low winter tide seems worse than a bad boat ride once or twice a year. To each his own. Buddy

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Posted August 10, 2009 at 6:09am
Biloxi Marsh



Buddy

I tow down from Hattiesburg and the Rigolets are a lot closer than Hopedale. I love fishing that area but it sure is a long drive. I looked over my maps and several of the areas you mentioned weren't listed.. I guess it's a matter of just learning the area.

Are there any certain patterns to watch for or lures / baits that work the best?

Which areas are the most productive in the late summer / fall / and winter?

Sorry for all the questions...just trying to learn the area.

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Dr. Spot Profile Photo
Posted August 10, 2009 at 11:46am
MRGO closure not a problem

The closure of MRGO really isn't a big deal. It won't affect fishing the Biloxi marsh, because you just take Bayou Loutre north anyway. That was true even before it was closed.

Also, don't let the closure of MRGO spook you if you want to fish east. There has been a lot of press about MRGO cauing boating issues, and its not a big deal. There are numerous other ways to go east, including the very easy spoil canal.....just follow the left bank, stay in the middle, and go slow around Lake Machias which is surrounded by shallow water and eroded shoreline until you learn it.

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Posted August 10, 2009 at 11:53am
fishing tips

As far as fishing, here are some tips. I'm going to focus on fall since the fish will be transitioning soon. Basically, fish live shrimp under a cork where there is a current along bayous, points, and shorelines. The weaker the tide, the closer you fish main current lines. If the tide range is above 2 feet, that is too strong and you need to fish away from main bayous. Look for structure as well for reds and drum.

In the fall, often you do not need to fish the Biloxi marsh. There will be fish around the Rigolets area. Before makign the long run, look around the launch, you may be pleasantly surprised. Drum in particular have been plentiful in the fall and trout/reds may be anywhere.

Fall is by far my favorite fishing season... the fish are close, the weather is nice, and football is on the radio.

Caution: some people will push lures but bait is by far better when you are learning.

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eastofmrgo Profile Photo
Posted August 10, 2009 at 5:58pm
learnin

never to many questions. Get 2 maps. Standard mapping #4 and #50. Satilite view, shows all the lagoons with names.Right now the eastern area of the marsh is your best bet,9 mile, 3mile lake borne shore line, racoon island etc, fish the islands and points where tide is moving, under a popping cork with plastic tipped with shrimp, or live bait if you like . As late sept and oct arrive move closer to byu biloxi and try the big ponds and lagoons with the same rig.as winter settles in you may have to try the bottom in the deep byus with an assortment of plastic,chartruse cocaho, purple beetle , regular sparkle beetle single or tandum all on 1/4 oz and 3/8 oz white jig head. Personally I did great last fall and winter stayin in the lagoons mentioned in previous comment and fishin the drains in Byu Biloxi.The more you go the more you want to venture out and find new spots to avoid the crowds.Dam, I gettin excited just typing about it.Getting my boat repowered in the next 2 weeks or so, maybe we can make a scouting trip to put some breakin time on the new 150 and you can mark some way points,. Do you have a hand held gps? Check your email I'll send my phone number.

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skeeter812 Profile Photo
Posted August 10, 2009 at 6:48pm
learning

Thanks for the info. My new boat was supposed to arrive at the dealer but it appears Skeeter made a little mix up in the shipments. Hopefully it will arrive by the weekend. That will give me a week to get a few hours on it before I hit the marsh in it. I looked at out local Gander Mtn for map 50 but thet were all out. I may hold off andf try to pick up some of the fold up maps instead of the roll up type. The boat will come equipped with the 788ci Hummingbird. I should be able to key in some way points on it. Thanks again

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Posted August 10, 2009 at 9:23pm
Private land issues

Are there any private land issues in this area. I too have been thinking of making a trip to the area for the first time.

I checked the maps and there seems to be some issues in the area.

On the map there is even issues in the management area.

Has anyone heard of anyone having problems?

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eastofmrgo Profile Photo
Posted August 11, 2009 at 5:43am
no issues

There are areas of private property in the biloxi marsh, But i have never been asked to leave or spotted signs stating stay out. I think there is a rule in the management area about staying overnight, but it don't seem to be enforced.Maybe the big boats from alabama are parked on the splotches of private property. I try to respect the areas where hunters are present during the season, and stay away. Plenty of places to fish without messin up someones hunt.

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Samarai Profile Photo
Posted August 11, 2009 at 8:18am
marshes

If you want redfish, market bait under a 2 foot cork is all you need. Plastics are more fun but market bait is almost a guarantee if they are there. If you read the reports from hopedale, this is what the guides use when they are targeting redfish. As far as trout, any plastics you want under a cork. I love fall. Its the time of the year where you are usually catching and not just fishing in that area.

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