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Inshore Fishing in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana

Trolling

I want to try trolling along the trestles and never done it before. Do I need a certain type of pole, reel, line, etc? Any suggestions or tips?
February 16, 2013 at 5:59pm
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mike the tigre Profile Photo
Posted February 16, 2013 at 7:01pm
trolling

trolling ain't easy its more than dragging a lure contact capt henery (posted on site with two trout we caught yesterday)

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Posted February 16, 2013 at 8:13pm
From a quick trolling trip 2 weeks ago

From a quick trolling trip 2 weeks ago

Trolling

It's not really that hard but if u haven't done it can get tricky. Get u a drift sock and u wanna keep ur speed between 1.2-2.0 Keep trying different speed to see how far down they are. I use braid only and works great. I like to set my lines bout 50 yards back to start with. Hope this helps

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Secret Formula Profile Photo
Posted February 16, 2013 at 8:42pm
Trolling

There are several set ups that can be used, all of which when employed correctly are effective. Scott likes braid, I like to use lead core line (less line out), Dumas likes mono. If you can pull more than 2 lines you can use a combination with lead core being the close baits and braid or mono being the back lines. I hear that Gus's tackle shop in Slidell can sell you a rig set up and ready to fish. Look in archived reports for advice how to figure out the finer points, or archive reports by Lordbud7, nightfisher, or myself.

You could do the same on the other site, but not too many people use that technique on the other site. Good luck, and ARRIVE ALIVE!!!

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Lordbud7 Profile Photo
Posted February 16, 2013 at 11:00pm
Tricky

Trestle is harder than causeway because there's more snags. At trestle I drag mirrorlures not traps. I use strictly lead at trestle. At causeway I can run a 4 pole spread. 2 outer braids nd 2 inners lead. Be. careful. Once you hit bottom consider your lure gone at trestle.

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Cfish2 Profile Photo
Posted February 16, 2013 at 11:36pm
size lure?

What size lure do y'all use? Tried it with my dad but don't think the lures were heavy enough.

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CaptJS Profile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 7:38am
Your problem is space not equipment

Any tackle shop on the North Shore can set you up on equipment. But with the internet post you can walk from boat to boat when the bite is on. You need plenty of space when you troll. Causeway would be you best bet that bridge have plenty of room for many boats.

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Secret Formula Profile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 9:14am
Lure size

Cfish2,

Commonly used are 3/4oz. Traps with trailers, Mirror Lures, and some folks occasionally use soft baits. Getting the bait in the strike zone (deep enough) is primarily accomplished by a combination of line type, line out, and boat speed;

type of lines: lead core, braid, mono.

line out: 90 to 100', 50yds, 50+yds.

boat speed 1.5 to 2.2mph mostly depending on what the fish want that day, and the type of line you're using. Some real old school folks still use monel wire and short broom stick rods. Like nightfisher stated earlier, there's more to it than just dragging some lures. Hope to be out there soon. ARRIVE ALIVE!!!

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Posted February 17, 2013 at 4:50pm
My State record trout caught in 1964 had on display at Professional on Julia street for several week

captj

My State record trout caught in 1964 had on display at Professional on Julia street for several week

Brings back old times

Many years ago we had a trolling club out of Benny Larmann's in Irish Bayou. We all had our own lake skift for 30dollars a month and a locker for our motor and rods. We all used lead line and used mostly Bingo lures. Lead line givez you so many advantages one use line to let out, Next it is not effect by current so you can keep close to the hot spots the pillings. The best thing about lead line is that you can feel the bait through the line and know in a instant when you have grass on the bait. In my many years of trolling I never had a trout go aginst the tide when it was hooked where a red fish would run to the pillings all the time. A trick we use to catch the reds was to disingage the reel and then use the big motor to pick up the line until it was clean worked every time. Getting a strike while trolling is so great.

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Saltwatervillan Profile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 6:25pm
Thanks

Thanks for all the input it is greatly appreciated.

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meauxjeauxx2 Profile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 6:44pm
Box full of 5+ pounders

MOJO

Box full of 5+ pounders

MOJO

trolling

Last year trolling the causeway about this time. Box we brought to the Louisiana Sportsmans show at Lamar Dixon after trolling Saturday morning. All on powerpro with black and gold and chrome and blue 3/4oz traps with pink.squid trailers.

Get you a drift sock. 1.8mph was the ticket for that day.

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Cfish2 Profile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 8:27pm
thanks

We gonna have to try again but we did not want to spend to much bc I was not sure if I would troll that often. We only were trying bass lures or 3/4 oz jig heads. With pics like that I might have to invest a little I guess.

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Secret Formula Profile Photo
Posted February 17, 2013 at 10:51pm
trolling

If you're going to spend to get set up...go lead core line set up, it's much easier to deal with, much less line out. ARRIVE ALIVE !!!

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skeeterkiller Profile Photo
Posted February 18, 2013 at 8:22am
Trolling Trestles

If you see Meauxjeaux fishing at the Trestles it is okay to troll between him and the trestles, he doesn't mind a bit.....unless he is in my blue and white Nautic Star. I wouldn't advise it then!!! Lol.

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meauxjeauxx2 Profile Photo
Posted February 18, 2013 at 9:33am
The Tressle Troll

LOL WAYNE!

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Secret Formula Profile Photo
Posted February 18, 2013 at 11:39am
Causeway keeper

Causeway keeper

trolling

Just ask if you can tie up on his hip. Wont need a drift sock and get great fuel economy!

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Choupic-Man Profile Photo
Posted February 18, 2013 at 1:57pm
Trolling

There's a lot of information on line about trolling . The different types of poles and set ups and types of line to use , how much line to have out to reach a certain depth , and what speeds to travel with a certain amount of weight to reach different depths . Trolling is very common up north in the big lakes for different types of fish but its all basically the same , just maybe different lures for speckled trout .

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Cfish2 Profile Photo
Posted February 18, 2013 at 2:49pm
trolling

I looked it up n the past. Doesn't seem complicated. My main issue was the lures I guess.

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