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Inshore Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
My Father-in-Law Jerry and I did another Hopedale trip Wednesday, leaving BSM at noon to catch the warmup and incoming tide. We first stopped at our sheephead hole in St. Malo, and they were thick. We filled up 2/3rds of the icechest in an hour with twelve 3-4 lb sheephead and three 4-5 lb drum. We decided to then check on the trout. Trout sometimes start getting funky and inconsistent by....  Read More
December 18 at 10:49am
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Inshore Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Kelly and Linda with a nice mixed box.
My sister Kelly and family friend Linda, Day 2. Let the hunters have their morning, as well as poor Saints fans go home to their TVs or the dome. We left Breton Sound Marina at kickoff. By the time we passed St. Malo, it was already 10-0, and 17-0 by the time we got to our first fishing spot at Hank's Pass. Spirits picked up quickly as we started getting a nice mix of drum, reds, trout, and....  Read More
December 12 at 5:49pm
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Inshore Fishing in Lake Borgne / Chef Menteur
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  • My sister Kelly and family friend Linda with a mix of reds and trout.
  • Hundreds of white pelicans at Proctor's Point! Beautiful!
My sister Kelly and family friend Linda flew in from Dallas for a weekend of fishing. Day 1. Last Saturday there was no wind, so headed to the relative gnat-free area of Proctor's Point from Chef Pass. It was an interesting slow run in the fog but that's life and why God invented GPS. Only found one trout but got in a pocket of nice reds. The White pelicans were also out roosting in....  Read More
December 12 at 5:36pm
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Inshore Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Dave and Megan enjoyed their first Louisiana trip
An old friend asked me to take a father and his daughter on a Louisiana fishing trip during Thanksgiving weekend - Dave and Megan. Hey, we aim to please! They fish often but never in Louisiana.

We left mid-morning Saturday Nov. 29 to avoid the sunrise crowds and to catch the afternoon incoming tide. First tried close to Breton Sound Marina...only a few trout, time to make a long run east....  Read More
December 12 at 5:26pm
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Inshore Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Anna with her first redfish.
  • Anna with her first drum.
  • Tuesday's trip. Ice chest was stuffed. Cat is ready for a snack.
Happy Thanksgiving! We decided to beat the crowds and fished Tuesday out of Hopdale. Haibo and his daughter Anna joined me. It was her first fishing trip. Wow, did she pick a good day. It was chilly, windy, and overcast. Wanted to avoid a long cold boat ride to keep her from turning blue, so stayed close to BSM. Tide was falling all day from 2.0-ft range and north wind. First stop, just a....  Read More
November 27 at 1:10pm
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Inshore Fishing in Lake Borgne / Chef Menteur
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  • Most of these came after a major move. 52F cold water = lots of dead water.
  • Caught in a bayou near 'The Wall.' But be prepared for lots of company.
Two reports. Last Sunday my Father-in- Law joined me to Hopedale. Water temp was in low 50s, and it didn't take long to notice the fish were 'not everywhere.' We got on one trout bite in Malo before they got small and slow, left with 6 keepers. Tried a sheephead hole in Malo - 2 but not thick yet. Worked my way through Guyago....absolutely nothing! Hmmmmmm, this should not be happening in....  Read More
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November 20 at 11:25pm
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Inshore Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
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  • November is the best fishing month.
Decided it was time to join the Hopedale fun. Fished solo ahead of the weather Wednesday and did the Bayou Antoine-St. Malo-Bayou Guyago circle. Got on two trout bites at first two stops in current lines into major bayous. Stopped at 20 trout and let another boat have the spot - started focusing on meatfish, figuring I'll bump into 5 more trout along the way. First meat stop in St. Malo - 2....  Read More
November 13 at 12:26pm
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Inshore Fishing in Lake Borgne / Chef Menteur
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  • Mixed box at Chef Pass. FYI, that's a blue cat, which show up in Lake P in Nov
Fished Chef Pass briefly late Friday afternoon with my wife Lisa and to stock up on live shrimp. Water low, then tide switched to incoming later. Saw birds, but only throwback trout and too windy to mess with. Then fished Alligator Point area. Just one nice red (wife) on a purple vudu. Saw a boat broken down, towed them in while Lisa and I ate a satsuma and listened to music for a pretty sunset....  Read More
November 10 at 6:59am
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Inshore Fishing in Lake Borgne / Chef Menteur
Took My Dad and Father-in-Law fishing on Halloween. Slow start, but we eventually found a few. Tide not falling until 9AM, so started fishing at 8AM. Tried the Alligator Point area -- unlike last weekend, slim pickings. Only found 3 keeper trout, and nothing else box-worthy. Found some birds, got our hopes up.....just throwbacks and gafftops! Gafftops on Halloween, spooky.

Then, the front....  Read More
November 01 at 10:14pm
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Inshore Fishing in Lake Borgne / Chef Menteur
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  • Two day total from Lake Borgne
  • Lake Borgne has some doormats right now
Did a two-fer at Chef Pass. Fished the afternoon incoming tide Friday, and Saturday morning falling tide. My Father-In-Law Jerry joined me Friday. We had to stick-and-move and stay out of the north wind, but steadily put trout, reds, doormat flounder, and sheephead in the boat. We fished the Lake Borgne shoreline, cuts, and inside marsh. Live shrimp deep under a cork worked best, but also used a....  Read More
October 26 at 10:50am
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Inshore Fishing in Lake Borgne / Chef Menteur
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  • Ice chest filling up.
Another Friday trip......today Haibo and Jerry joined me at Chef Pass. Tide movement (falling) was in the afternoon, so we launched at 10AM. Caught the end of the incoming tide at Chef Pass, just 1 trout. There was no wind, so I did something I love to do but usually can't....run to Proctor's Point.

We first fished the east side at an area which usually has current. We arrived and in....  Read More
October 18 at 9:52am
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Fishing in Lake Borgne / Chef Menteur
Sometimes things go wrong in bunches. One of my trailer boards broke last trip, so I launched the boat at the house in Eden Isles and we fixed the trailer in the driveway. Since the boat was already in the water, Friday made a brief evening trip to the Rigolets, only one nice trout but well-stocked with live shrimp for the next morning.

Saturday morning made the run across Lake P to the....  Read More
October 12 at 3:06pm
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Fishing in Lake Borgne / Chef Menteur
Did a 'banker's hour' trip today (as The King calls it) out of Chef Pass. Fished 11AM-1PM for part 1. Found one keeper trout and some bass back in the marsh in one area, then tried east Lake P with nothing but catfish, and it was time for lunch. Water was beat up but fishable and getting better, so there was hope for later.

Tied the boat up at the local eatery's dock, and watched the....  Read More
October 05 at 10:45pm
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Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Another fun (but hot) morning
Launched out of Hopedale Thursday. Even though it was October, it was already in the 80s, sunny, and a dewpoint of 79...quite oppressive. With water temps back up, fished the protected shoreline of the cooler Lake Borgne and its ponds. Water was up but falling tide began about 9AM.

Not much in the early morning, just a few throwback reds, one nice red, and lots of trash fish stealing the....  Read More
October 03 at 9:34am
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Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Lisa with a nice red, off an island point.
  • Civil twilight, Bayou Loutre
  • Ten reds, ten trout. Plenty enough, went home.
A couple of reports. Hit the ponds in Chef Pass last Sunday. The real motivation was to watch the Saints game at the local eatery, but spent some time earlier messing around with the bass and reds in the local ponds with shrimp. Not much tide, and it when the tide quit, it was Saints time. Two keeper reds, and it will be getting better now until late November.

Yesterday my wife joined me....  Read More
September 27 at 9:51am
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Inshore Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
A couple of reports. Yesterday my Father-in-Law Jerry joined me for a trip out of Hopedale. Some rain was moving through the Biloxi Marsh and the east wind was kicking, so we headed south to Bayou Bernard marsh and Lake Robin east side. The keeper trout are starting to show up on the inside, as we finished with 9 keepers. We focused more on meatfish on points, ponds, and Lake Robin shoreline....  Read More
September 20 at 11:02am
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Inshore Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Where and what is history of this camp?
Is this the old WLF camp near Lake Borgne? Found this image uploaded in Google Earth today. Location looks wrong in Google maps, heard it was near Janke's Ditch. Or is this a hoax someone pulled on Google?
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August 30 at 11:08am
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Fishing in Southeast Louisiana
Thursday LDWF will present data that could cause a decrease in 25-trout/person limits. Don't shoot the messenger.

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/20 14/06/louisiana_to_explore_altering.html

The LDWF will report that the spawning potential ratio, a number that indicates how abundant a fish stock is compared to what the population would be if they were unfished, are lower....  Read More
June 03 at 11:40pm
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Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
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Been getting some reds and drum the last few weeks, and sometimes trout. Best conditions for reds are incoming tide or when water is up.

Saturday worked in the shed and watched the radar, waiting for a break in the rain. Saw an opening for late afternoon, and jumped in the truck for BSM. With low pressure and east winds, water was up. Started off in Bakers Canal and got a couple of reds,....  Read More
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June 03 at 12:33pm
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Inshore Fishing in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
How about some nostalgia? A video, fishing Chandeleurs, 1975, out of Pip's Place: http://vimeo.com/45687927 .
March 18 at 2:49pm

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