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Capt Steve Himel Marshland AdvenuturesProfile Photo
Inshore Fishing in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
Early Season Specks!

Captain Steve Himel

Early Season Specks!

28 Trout in the Wind!

On Saturday I took a scouting trip with a friend trying to locate some early season specks. The wind was 15 mph out of the east, so we opted to fish some canals, bayous and protected marsh areas near the Rigolets. We started in 10 - 15 feet of water thinking that the fish would be deep with the water temps in the high 50's. After about a half hour without a bite, we moved a little shallower up on the flats in 4-6 feet of water, and that was it! We started catching trout. We were using Deadly Dudley Jrs terror tail in blue moon with a chartreuse tail on a quarter oz. unpainted jig head. Most of the strikes came on the initial fall - watch your line when it is falling. Other strikes would come after hopping it off the bottom during the fall. We worked one area over and over again once we found the bite and pattern. We had 28 keeper trout up to 2 lbs. one red and one bass. We caught at least 6 other reds under 16'. The secret right now is to try different depths until you locate them and stay with it. If you would like to get in on this action. Give me a call. I am also booking spring trophy trips on the bridges. I use hand caught live croakers for the monsters. I am also booking summer trout trips to Black Bay and Breton Sound out of Delacroix, Give me call at (504) 458-8737 or check out my website at www.marshland-adventures.com.
February 11, 2013 at 9:29am
GMC MANProfile Photo
Posted February 11, 2013 at 2:10pm
Good trip!

Great to hear of the trout biting in the Rigolets area this early.Did you stick around Geog, or furthur out?

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Posted February 11, 2013 at 2:34pm
28 Trout in the Wind!

We were in that general area and the bayous and marshes nearby.

MonteeProfile Photo
Posted February 12, 2013 at 6:07am

I have fished that area a few time last spring and never did much good. I would put in at the Rigolets Sportsmans Marina. I would fish the train bridge on the bottom and all I cough were catfish. Then one time I fished interstate 10 bridge and cough one spec. I tried fishing some of the canals right by the marina and never cough anything. Most of the seamed to shallow. If you could please let me know where I can fish down that that would be great or any tips at all with baits and times of day or just anything.

Thanks, Monty

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GMC MANProfile Photo
Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:06am

Im sure not a pro or guide but we didnt do bad last year down there. we always fished both train bridges on a falling tide,live shrimp on the bottom of a carolina rig. we also did real well behind a rattling cork with live shrimp working the canals all around the area.

never want to go when its muddy,ive never caught anything then.

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Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:55am

Here are my suggestions,if you want to learn how to fish the Rigolets or any area for that matter. It is best to first go with someone who knows the area and has had success. It does not have to be a guide, just someone who knows what he is doing. You may be able to hook up with someone on this site or others. Another good source of information is the launch owner. Ask him where to fish, how to fish them, baits, etc. You can also use the search feature on this site to find reports on the area or articles written on the area. Once all of this is done, there is no substitute for experience. You have to dedicate yourself to learning the area. Fish it in all conditions and take note of winds, tides, time of year, etc. You will soon start to put the puzzle together and start catching fish. Not many people will have much luck jumping from one 'hot' area to the next every week and never learning an area in detail. There are many areas in southeast Louisiana that have a lot of fish to catch but you have put in the time to learn one area to be successful. I am now booking spring trips in Lake Pontchartrain and surrounding areas for big trout and summer trout trips using live bait out of Delacriox to Black Bay and Breton Sound. Give me a call (504) 458-8737 or visit my website at www.marshland-adventures.com

Dr. SpotProfile Photo
Posted February 12, 2013 at 6:25pm
learn from dedicated fishermen and guides

Steve is correct. Learning from dedicated fishermen or guides, then fish an entire year in the same area.

However, in an odd twist, it turns out some of the marina operators don't fish much. They certainly talk to their customers and get some tidbits, but its not the same as someone actually fishing almost every day for many years. Some operators are helpful, some will know tidbits that may or may not be timely, and some know very little. Bottomline....don't just go to any marina and expect fishing insight.

A good example is Sweetwater, who is always on top of the current fishing situation. Always ask them for info.

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