Inshore Fishing in Lake Borgne / Chef Menteur
Really late post.
Friday 7-13-12, early start from Dockside and quick run to my favorite 5 mile long reef. Started chunkin purple beetle and later switched to matrix midnight mullet. 1 Nice flounder and I throwback flounder, moved to the Hospital wall for 1 throwback speck and a hardhead, tried purple beetle and chartreuse beetle. Gave in to the Black cloud and wind at 9 or so ,quick trip to the house. Steady incoming tide, water temp 84, clean, loaded with shiners (pogies) all along the bridge.
Sunday 7-15-12, Turned off the alarm at 3am when I spotted lightening out the window, should have looked at the radar. Woke up at 7 and started getting the urge to fish immediately,all rain off to the east around Miss. Put it off till 8 and loaded the boat and headed for Rigolets Marina. 50 shrimp, (getting desperate), a launch and a bag of ice later punched in false Mouth Byu on the GPS and off I went. Smooth ride across Lake Borgne, with a 1 trout stop at a rig in the lake, hit the marsh and started lookin for reds. Hit some ponds that looked like respectable redfish habitat but no takers. Farther out tried another “gotta have reds” spot and the race was on. Reds feedin on shiners made it easy to spot them, getting in front of them with a nice live shrimp was another story. Got so excited one time I tried to throw backwards at one and threw the whole pole over board, fortunately no spectators around to enjoy the sight of me tryin to get my rodnreel back and keep an eye on the reds still bustin the shinners.Wind picked up and made sight fishin impossible, moved around just castin to the shore without much luck so Home I headed, Choppy ride back across the lake and at the house for 4:30pm. Incomin, then fallin tide all day with clean water about 84 deg, wind light early the ESE at 10 later. All fish) caught on live shrimp on Carolina rig and under a popping cork. Fished pockets and points to finish the catchin with:
4 keeper reds 18-24 inches
2 specks 12-22 inches
Lots of hardheads and ladyfish
Keep food cold. Packed a small igloo playmate with 4 bottles of water, boiled eggs, and a ham samich. Put the gel pack in first then the water and eggs and samich. Samich got hot and made Sunday night and Monday really miserable till the IMODIUM started workin. Lots of ice is a must.