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Inshore Fishing in Southeast Louisiana
Dream Trip

john rucker

Dream Trip

Let's lighten things up here! Everyone post a story of their best fishing trip EVER!

I hate seeing all of the bickering in here and it really has gotten out of hand. Lets lighten things up a bit and talk about some positive things!
Everyone share their BEST fishing trip of their lives.

I'll start
My buddies David, Josh, and I were on an insane big trout bite in Bayou Bienvenue for about month in 2011. On February 14, 2011 we all had the best fishing trip of our lives. It was a COLD morning but warmed up to around 60-65 degrees. Light winds and weak tide was the day's forecast. Both were spot on and from about 7-10 a.m. we really weren't catching much. When it warmed up around 10a.m. all hell broke loose. We absolutely SMOKED the fish and within 3 hours we caught 75 SLOBS. If I remember correctly, we had 7 or 8 fish over 27 inches and about 40 of our fish were over 4 pounds. The fish were caught on zoom fluke's carolina rigged in about 30 feet of water. Till this day I am chasing another trip like this.....
November 28, 2012 at 10:45pm
Lordbud7Profile Photo
Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:04pm
2 trips

First thats some NICE FISH!!

My alltime biggest trout came from fishing lake P with my dad around. We hit goose point and had caught about a dozen trout. Nothing too great. We ran over to the Lacombe rig and I happened to grab my other pole which was rigged up from fishing a friends pond. It had a little bitty Rat-L-Trap (i'm guessing 1/4 oz). First cast I hooked into a fish. It didn't fight all that much so we didn't even have the net out. At first when it came up I didn't know what it was. Finally when I saw it I froze up. Luckilly my dad saw it and grabbed the net quick. The fish didn't fight that much for its size. Instead of fishing some more we immediately pulled anchor and ran to slidell in the boat. We got to Busy B and had it weighed on an offical scale. The trout was 10.02lbs and right under 30 inches. I swore it was a 15lb trout.

Best trip in numbers was out of Hopedale. We hit Lake Ameda one morning for 6 am. By 7am we were back on the trailer headed out with 75 trout. As soon as we started to cast the trout started coming over the side of the boat. We didn't have one trout in the box. They were all over the floor of the boat. When I stopped fishing to count and throw them in the box we were @ 72 fish. 3 more came over by the time i shut the ice chest. It took us longer to clean them than it did to catch them.

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Tyhibbs8Profile Photo
Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:19pm

Sounds like a hell of a trip John. I haven't had a trip that good in a while but I did have one when I was very young that I'll never forget.

The year after Katrina I was about 11 years old. It was during my Christmas break from school on a very very cold day in December. I remember getting to beshels marina in point la hache bright and early and my uncle and older cuzin got the boat backed in, picked us up on the side and me and my two younger brothers bunkered down for the boat ride out to wreck bay. We got to wreck bay and I remember the wind blowing hard and it being so cold that I did not want to take my gloves off and fish. Little did I know what was about to happen. From our first cast it was on. All five of us started slinging in nice trout left and right. About an hour later we had 125 fat trout with very few of them being under 20 inches. It was an awesome trip!
I don't know what it was that day but it was unreal. I haven't experienced anything like it since.


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CaptJSProfile Photo
Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:31pm
Trout caught before gill nets.


Trout caught before gill nets.

No one will believe this story

While going to College my buddy and I took off for a evening fishing trip to lake P. I keep a skift at Benny Larmann;s in Irish Bayou a marina that was there for over 70years. Trolling the lake we caught 17 trout with an average weight of 9 pounds. Benny a very good friend said it was the best bunch of trout he ever saw. My biggest was 12.2 and was on display at Professional's on Julia St for sever weeks on ice. This was 1963 right before gill nets. PS Campo shrimp were a dollar a hundred and Al Hirt use to rent a shift at Campo's every week. Every marina rented shifts for 5 dollars and had a hulk that would take your motor and put in on the shift. Boy how things have changed guess the size of trout will never be this big again. Also there were no back down all boats were put over by lift. Pip;s did have a make shift landing for duck hunter boats. Cop Cop Smith my fishing mentor for 35years and his brother Mike had a camp right next to Larmann;s marina.

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Tyhibbs8Profile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 12:04am

Wow CaptJS I would freak out if I caught one fish around 7 pounds much less 17 averaging 9 pounds and one at 12. That's crazy!

One of my uncles always talked about the trout before the gil nets. Never heard anyone else but him talk about if before.
I believe it!

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Holy MackerelProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 1:26am
Best Fishing Trip

Every time I go fishing it's the best fishing trip I ever had, life is short so I enjoy every moment on the water.

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jlsProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 3:48am
Zoomie Fluke

Cool........Nice box which Zoomie Jonh? Smelt Shad or Rainbow Shad thats only 2 i use

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Capt. Josh Ellender with Light Tackle ChartersProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 7:21am
The trip I remember most

I was around 8 years old and it was me, my dad, and my dad's good friend, Mike. We headed across Lake Decade to the duck camp to drop off our supplies and with a little daylight left we went fishing. We headed to the center damn at Jug lake and the birds were everywhere. From the first cast to the last, every fish we caught, ranged from 2-4 lbs and their mouths were filled with little minnows. It took us about 30-45 minutes to put 75 on the bottom of the boat. I believe this is the trip that hooked me for life! They don't make the bait I was using anymore, but I do have one left. I will post a picture when I find it.

emmett gallowayProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 9:01am
Grand Gosier Flares

A few years ago, before gill nets, a friend and I were night fishing the flares. When we arrived the tide was moving the hardest I had ever seen at the flares and the water was blue. I made the first cast with a double jig and plastics and hooked a fish that was running all over the place like a blue fish. I thought our fishing was messed up until the tide slowed down. When I finally got the fish near the boat 2 jaws dropped to the deck as it was a huge spec that was barely hooked probably because I had been abusing what I thought was a blue. The fish was netted and dropped on the deck. It looked like a log. One of my jigs was broken off by a second fish. We continued to catch these monster specs cast after cast and every cast with a double lure came back as a single so we stuck with singles. We would cast up current and keep the slack out of the line hold on tight as the bites were ferocious. We had to loosen our drags to keep the fish from tearing themselves loose from the hooks. We caught no small fish, only giants. We were fishing with 30# mono leaders and those specs were tearing up the leader so bad that we had to re tie after 2 or 3 fish. We did not count fish, we counted the number of ice chests. We did not weigh fish as we did not own a scale. We took no pictures. My largest weighed fish was over 9# from another trip. The fish we caught that night were of comparable size and some I think were better. I fished the flares many times over years as well as most of south Louisiana and never again found such a school of large specs but after that trip to the flares I know that they exist though seldom found. I have found schools of 4# and 5# specs.

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Admiral RabbitProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 9:29am
'Old Spoon Shaped Like a Minnow'

Capt Josh...if it's what I'am think'n...was it a saltwater alum. 'Tin Lizzy' about 2in. w/a red head and long shank single hook w/a metal tail on a swivel...they even fooled the minnows...if anyone interested I think the patent ran out...cheers

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new2saltProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 9:47am
best trip

I have fun every time i go fishing but one stands out to me. Im a football coach and in mid december on a friday night we lost the championship game. I was pretty bummed out. I went to hopedale lagoon area saturday morning with a friend. It was cold and overcast with average clarity but we killed the specks. It was all catch and release but I lost count after 75 between the two of us. The catch was these were nice fish for winter time averaging 15 going up to 20 inches. All were caught on artificial which is my favorite way to fish.

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bonephishProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 11:27am
We caught several doubles.

We caught several doubles.

Costa Rica

Best trip: My wife and I released 81 pacific sailfish in 6 days while fishing out of Quepos, Costa Rica.

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Dr. SpotProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 2:40pm
acres of trout!

I can't compete with the size stories, but ever seen acres of trout chasing shrimp, and jumping out of the water? This happened to us once at Timbalier Islands. Naturally, the bite was insane. Went the next day, they were all gone. Such is fishing.

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TBOYProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 3:43pm

As an adult it was this trip with my son. He caught this 'monster' by himself.

As a child, my dad checked me out from 2nd grade about 33 years ago. We went down and fished the Pat's Bay and Bull-tail area of Grand River for the afternoon. Came home with 25 bass. Good times and awesome memories.

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mike the tigreProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 3:52pm
get along

JOHN I TOTALY AGREE WHY ARGUE OVER HAVING FUN best time this july 13 my birthday went fishin /really went trawling for shrimp and live croakers shrimp not so good that day but lots live croakers so capt henery poiere and i went to rig in lake borgne and hooked up bigest trout i ever caught ofcourse he had done this many times before but this was a first for me

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bigjimProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 4:39pm
Best trips ever

I took my daughter and a guy that works for me bass fishing in Lake Catouatchie on August 28 2007. This was fishing the schooling bass in middle of lake at 2.45 in afternoon. We caught 125 bass nice bass and they were ready to quit, worn out and I let them both do it on their own and neither were very proficient with rod. I took another friend there and we launched at Pier 90 at 2:15 and picked up at 3:45 and had caught 125 bass and 17 reds in one hour of fishing time. I took a friend and his young nephew to same area and we caught 145 bass and 3 reds in 2 hours and they had enough. Did that about 10 trips but these were the three best with me catching 17 nice bass 17 consecutive cast in a row with friend and nephew. I've gone and checked that area every summer since and not even a fish but they spray the lake rendering it dead of most all life. That year the lake was 60% grassed over.

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EzcuemsProfile Photo
Posted November 29, 2012 at 7:20pm
Best Trip

My best was the first week of May not sure the date but I took two days of vacation from work and the girlfriend and I went to Golden Meadow. We had been watching the Deep Water Horizon rig puke all over the gulf and I had a terrible feeling that it would be a long, long time ( if ever) before we got a chance to fish again. I also worried about all the folks losing their lively hood due to the mess. I called the guide I fish with down ther to check on him the first of that week. Chad told me he had been completely booked through August and people were cancelling daily. Brenda and I discussed it at lunch that Monday and Tuesday I had a Thurs/Fri charter booked with Chad Dufrene. We got to GM and went to eat at Leeville seafood.....a ghost town inside the place except for a ABC news crew trying to wring out all the pain and suffering they could from the owner they were interviewing while we were there. We met Chad the next morning at Rose's ate a huge breakfast and headed to the launch. There were less than ten rigs in the parking lot as we headed out everything looked great but just felt heavy. We ran out to the hella pad tied and and got on the best trout bite I have ever been on. 5 fish in Chad tied up 2 double rigs with H&H glow beetles( fist time I had used one) and instructed us to hold the rod tip down after we felt a fish and slowly bring it to the boat. The look on Brenda's face when the first double came over the side of the boat, I will never forget. We had 75 nice trout in a little over an hour and stopped at a couple cuts headed in looking for 15 reds. The second cut we found them. They were biting so well the cork just never stopped as it hit the water. The thing sounded like a big toilet flush as it hit the water and just disappeared. All the reds were 6 to 9 pounds, punkin gold and beautiful. That was the last time I fished GM till 2 weeks ago and I feel very fortunate to be able to once again enjoy that part of the world and the inshore/marsh fishing that I find myself day dreaming about more often than not. It was a great two days! Actually, every time I turn onto 308 and pass the first tug tied up, it is a great day. I hope to be able to retire to that part of the world one day.....one day.

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abeastandasavageProfile Photo
Posted November 30, 2012 at 5:43pm
best trip!!

every trip with my grandson, catch or not!!!!! memories is what i caught, they last forever!!!

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hp-IIIProfile Photo
Posted November 30, 2012 at 7:01pm
Best trip

John the bet trip I ever had was about 7 years ago with my wife and kids near fourchon! We caught about 19 specs 90 white trout! The best part was watching my wife catch 2 five foot black tip sharks and getting pictures!

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abeastandasavageProfile Photo
Posted November 30, 2012 at 7:24pm

absolutly great picture and great fish too!! dont get no better than that!!!

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Squid RowProfile Photo
Posted November 30, 2012 at 7:33pm

Thanks John for starting this post.
At 55 years old I have had many memorable trips but the main one that comes to mind was when I was around 13 years old. I went to Toledo Bend with my Grandfather. This was my first trip there and we were after Sac-A-Lait and the plan was to fish at night under the Pendelton Bridge. I remember it was kinda cool either during the fall or spring months. As we tied up under the bridge my Grandfather lit a coleman lantern and set it by the bow of the boat. We fished live shiners about 25 foot deep. I remeber thinking there is no way we were going to catch anything that deep and at night. He told me to drop the Shiner down and then slowly start reeling up and get ready. That brillant man was right on as I cranked up about 10 foot and the biggest Sac-A_lait I ever seen hit and was brought up. We ended up catching a boat load that weekend. Even today when I go Sac-A-lait fishing I always think about that trip.
My last trip with him before he passed away at the age of 93 was too Leeville which was our most common place to fish. I think thats why today I am so connected to Leeville and always fish there.

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emptyicechestProfile Photo
Posted December 01, 2012 at 4:46am
my best day

as a 46 yrold father the best times ar with the children when my oldest was6 he caught a little ratred told him to let it go you can catch him when hes bigger he dosent go fishin much but at 21yrsold i took him out buy the rock dam at shellbeach well 45min after the cork when down and the fish pulled my ssrod out of the mud block down the canal he put a 60 inch bullred in the boat had to laugh when he said he caught the one he threw back years ago
i know he will always remember as i

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bluemoonsProfile Photo
Posted December 01, 2012 at 1:46pm
best trip

My best trip is every trip I get to hang out with my buddies John and Phillip and slang jigheads and yell at womens from my boat.

But seriously, when I was much, much younger (like 10 or so), my dad brought my best friend and me to these lakes up north of Bogalusa on his buddy's farm. It was the kinda place you'd go and not catch much, but all the bass you caught were quality fish. Dad caught a 10.4lb about a week before this happened. So we're sitting around fishing, and my best friend hooks into a stud. Gets him in, and he's right at 7lbs. Then, it starts pouring down rain. So I, like any normal 10 year old, am pouting because my best friend just caught a wall hanger bass and I haven't caught anything, and now it's raining. So my dad decides to sit in the car and wait the rain out. We waited for about an hour, then it finally slacked up enough to fish. On my very first cast after that storm, I caught a fish that literally looked like the twin of my buddy's fish. Both right at 7lbs, both with blood red tails from spawning. The picture of both of us holding our first wallhanger (And only for me) bass is still sitting in a frame on top of my desk.

On the way home from that trip, we stopped at Popeyes to get some food. Now I've got nothing against the hard working people at Popeyes, but like I said, it was raining and they had put a sign on the drive-thru window that said 'TURN OFF YOUR W-H-I-P-P-E-R-S.' Turn off your whippers. We had a good laugh at that. My dad used to say 'turn off your whippers, or I'll give you a wipin.'

Good times. That trip definitely goes down in the Sam Collett hall of fame.

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a.c.manProfile Photo
Posted December 01, 2012 at 5:58pm

The best trip I made was with my Dad in 1967 before he had surgery, we never fished again together after that, he lost thw ability to go.

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GoggleEyeKingProfile Photo
Posted December 01, 2012 at 8:01pm
Freshwater Fishing.

My 'best' fishing trip EVER was when I was about 8 years old. I grew up in Natchez and went fishing with my Dad and Papaw to Old River at Deer Park. We stopped at the old Chevron station in Natchez and bought shiners to fish for 'white perch' (sacalait). We have an aluminum boat in the bed of the truck with a 9.8 Mercury outboard. When we arrived at the landing, it was chaos. Boats, trucks everywhere...needless to say the fish were biting. Once we were launched, we crossed to the other side and there were boats literally tied up to one another for as far as you can see. My Dad went to the front of the boat and paddled along the exterior willows. We were fishing with cane poles and slip corks. We caught some here and there and I was amazed at the numbers and size of the fish that others were catching just inside the willows...but there was no opening to get through all the boats. So we fished along until we finally found a 'hole'. We started catching fish...but the bite was slowing significantly. I was using the dead shiners that floated to the top of the bucket...but soon we were running short of shiners. My Dad suggested that I let my Papaw use the shiners and put my pole up (one less pole to hang up in the branches). Silly me, I just swiveled around and stuck my pole out into the open water...WITH NO SHINER...my cork immediately went out of sight. I caught several when my Dad caught on to what I was doing...I was catching fish on a gold hook...nothing more. We tied up, swung our poles over the unseen 'hole' and loaded the boat...with no bait left...just the glint from those gold hooks. Best fishing trip EVER...not just because of the fish or the oddity of catching fish on a bare hook...but because I was fishing with my Dad and Papaw. Both have passed...but that memory will stay with me as my most cherished and BEST fishing trip of all time.

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abeastandasavageProfile Photo
Posted December 01, 2012 at 8:14pm
what a great post!!!

sure brought back a lot of memories for a lot of people and me too!! made a lot of people some happy!! sometimes we forget the past but when we finally remember the ole days what a great feeling!!! no amount of money is better than our memories!!! dont get no better, thanks!!!

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John RuckerProfile Photo
Posted December 01, 2012 at 11:38pm

This thread has turned into gold! Love all of these stories guys. Have a huge smile on my face reading all of these. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!

SAM! Always fun slangin jigheads with you and phillip. 5 more days and your home right?!

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bluemoonsProfile Photo
Posted December 01, 2012 at 11:43pm


p.s. great posts everybody. Stories like these are why I love fishing so much.

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a.c.manProfile Photo
Posted December 02, 2012 at 1:42pm

John you do us old guys proud with your reports,It is great to see how much you enjoy the sport and thank you for them.

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hunt rProfile Photo
Posted December 02, 2012 at 10:37pm
fishing last century

My cousin and i were riding our horses hunting deer along an old river lake. Up ahead we saw some men in a boat so we went check them out. They had set a large trawl net in a circle and were pulling it in. As it got closer in large bass started jumping over the net. Soon they had a teeming mass of fish. Since they were commercial fishing they couldnt keep the bass and crappie. We talked them into throwing them back in shallow water where we pulled off our boots and waded in and caught 30 bass from 4-6lbs and strung them on a lariat rope and pulled them to the camp with a horse. They hung up once on a log and pulled the saddle almost off old charlie. Also strung one white perch on the lariat just to show the size. There were dozens more bass and sac-a-lait, as well as a boatload of cats and buffalo. Fed the whole camp for 2 days.

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