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Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

I enjoyed fishing and spending the day on the water yesterday with three talented anglers, Bill Neff and his friends Bill and Dick, all from Diamond Head, MS. Barnacle Bill and friend Dick are both retired military and took advantage of the 20% discount I offer to active duty and retired military folks.

Barnacle Bill had scheduled three trips with me this year, only to have the weather force our hand into canceling or rescheduling each one. The weather finally gave us a break yesterday. Bill wanted to fish the Biloxi Marsh area, preferring a boat ride across Lake Borgne to the long drive down via highway.

These three talented anglers and fun fisherman met me at Chef Harbor Marina where we loaded the live-well with live-shrimp and headed at a slow-bell across a foggy but flat Lake Borgne into the Biloxi Marsh via Bayou St. Malo. We started catching at our second stop in St. Malo where a pond drained into the Bayou. We picked up several nice specks, but the catching for this spot was short lived. Our next stop was the Stump Lagoon area, where we spotted two anglers “catching’ em’-up”. We stopped well out of their way in the same general area and immediately started catching nice Specks too; nothing fast and furious, but a consistent bite. When the two anglers in the other boat had caught their limit, they graciously invited us in to share their good fortune. We moved into their vacated spot, and the pace picked up immediately. We stayed until the bite slowed, then made another move to the entrance of Stump from Bayou La Loutre, where we caught several more Specks, finally heading back across Lake Borgne with 11 Specks short of their 3 angler limit on ice.

Our fish were caught with live-shrimp tight-lined on the bottom and plastics tight-lined or fished under a popping cork. Chartreuse seemed to be the color of choice, but several other colors caught fish, also.

Another fun day on the water with a great group of anglers! I look forward to fishing with Barnacle Bill and friends many times in the future.

Be safe and good fishing!

Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters
Charter Capt. Terry Watson, USCG, Ret
Web Site: http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com
E-mail Address: capt.terry@louisianafishingadventures.com
Phone: 985-768-1718

November 29, 2006 at 9:10am

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

I fished again with Joe Cafiero from Slidell on Sunday. Joe brought his brother Art along from Metairie. I’d spoken to Joe Saturday afternoon and given him an opportunity to reschedule our trip, as Joe had told me on a previous trip together that he didn’t enjoy fishing on windy or chilly days. The forecast for Sunday was “windy & chilly”, but Joe said that he really wanted to fish, so we agreed to leave a bit later in the morning to give the sun time to do its thing.

We launched at Salt Bayou and idled to our first stop of the day, taking advantage of a lee shoreline and picking up a few nice Specks tight-lining DD Terror Tails in Blue Moon. We fished the area until it warmed enough to make running tolerable, then motored over to Lake Catherine, where we SPANKED nice sized Speckled Trout under diving birds, making for a short day, even with the late start. We ended the day 2 fish short of their limit.

On Monday, I fished with Craig Jefcoat and his friend William, both from North of Hattiesburg, MS. Craig has fished almost exclusively out of Hopedale for years, but was hoping to learn a few spots on the North Side of Lake Pontchartrain, his main goal being to decrease his commuting time from the Hattiesburg area and still catch fish.

Craig had asked if I thought he should purchase live shrimp for the trip. I told Craig that I’d been catching nice boxes of fish on plastic baits, and recommended that we first try the plastics, as we would be fishing close enough to make an easy run back to the Rigolets Marina if the plastics didn’t do the trick. We caught fish on the plastics, but the bite was definitely off from the previous several days. We ran back and loaded up with live-shrimp, then immediately got on a good Speck bite and an excellent Redfish bite at the HWY 90 Bridge. Craig and Will both caught their limit of big Redfish, adding one to the box in the slot. When the bite slowed, we motored off to a few other spots, picking up a few fish at each, until around 1:00 when Craig called an early day, saying that he was “very happy” with their catch and that they’d had an ejoyable trip with me. We ended the day with 18 NICE Specks and 3 Redfish. Craig pitched in and helped clean their catch. Thanks Craig!!

Craig told me that he wants to fish with me several more times throughout the year to build on what he learned Monday. As I do with folks who are learning the area with me, I encouraged him to bring his hand-held GPS along on our next trip. I look forward to fishing again with this nice Gentleman.

I still have weekday openings during the last week of November. Give me a call and take advantage of my low “family-friendly” rates! I take care of all the chores; all you’ll have to do is catch fish and have a good time on your Louisiana Fishing Adventure.

Be safe and good fishing!

Louisiana Fishing Adventures
Charter Capt. Terry Watson, USCG, Ret
Web Site: http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com
E-mail Address: capt. terry@louisianafishingadventures
Phone: 985-768-1718

November 14, 2006 at 3:12pm

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

Rigolets Marina was BUSY as I slid my boat off the trailer at the back-down on Friday morning! Understandable, as the weather, water and fishing had all been near-pristine for the previous few days. With light winds, the pesky gnats were on the wing, but the fantastic fishing has been well worth lathering exposed skin with gnat repellent and staying-the-course.

Phil Craig, along with his friends Ron and Kerry, all Entergy employees, lathered-up and tolerated the gnats long enough to catch a nice mess of Speckled Trout and Redfish with me on Friday. Phil and Ron have fished with me several times this year, but for Kerry who is originally from Michigan; it was a first Louisiana Fishing Adventure, and Kerry’s first saltwater fishing experience, ever. Bet it won’t be his last……!!!

We fished the same area of the Rigolets where I’d been catching limits for the previous few days. It wasn’t quite as productive on Friday; we had to work for the fish. We didn’t find them stacked-up, but spread out with most concentrations located where ditches and canals empty into the main pass. We just kept popping-the-cork and setting-the-hook to slowly build a nice box of 58 Speckled Trout from 12-22 inches, with at least as many throw-backs. Our Specks were all caught on various plastic baits, with the old chartreuse/red split-tail beetle on a oz jig certainly holding its own.

We moved off to my Redfish honey-hole along the North shoreline of Lake Borgne at around 11:15 to introduce Kerry to the “Cajun Bonefish”. They were still there, and several accepted our offerings of gold spinners tipped with various colored plastics. We all teased Ron about the Redfish that he’d stuck. This Redfish had a LARGE crab-claw protruding from its “nether-region”. I jokingly told Ron that the Redfish had eaten his gold spinner, not as a result of his perfect presentation, but simply as a means to end the agony caused by the stuck crab-claw….Ron had caught a Redfish so desperate for relief that it committed suicide by eating his bait!!

Kerry thought he was snagged when a Red first slammed into his spinner, but I realized that the drag on his reel was moving faster than the boat. Like many who experience the excitement and raw-power of the “Redfish Tango” for the first time, Kerry had a tendency to point his rod-tip at the fish. The Red took full advantage of the direct link to the reel and was peeling line like a Mac-Truck. With the reel’s drag screaming and Phil, Ron and I all encouraging Kerry to keep the rod-tip up, Kerry lifted the tip of the rod towards the sky and easily slowed the running Redfish, turned its nose towards the boat and played it right into the net. With an ear-to-ear smile on his face, Kerry said, “That’s the biggest fish I’ve ever caught!” Take a look at the picture of Kerry holding his Redfish. One of the two in this photo is HOOKED, and it’s NOT the Redfish!

Phil, Ron, and Kerry added 5 nice Reds to the box before we headed back to the dock where, as before, Phil and Ron helped to make quick filets of their catch. Kerry helped too, by bagging the delicious filets. Thanks, guys!!

I still have a few openings during the last week of November. Whether you want to spend a fun filled day on the water, or maybe learn a few new spots to try with your boat; give me a call and enjoy the great fall fishing from right here on the North Shore. I take care of all the chores, including filleting and bagging your catch; all inclusive in my low “family-friendly” rates! All you’ll have to do is catch fish and have a good time on your Louisiana Fishing Adventure.

Be safe and good fishing!

Louisiana Fishing Adventures
Charter Capt. Terry Watson, USCG, Ret
Web Site: http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com
E-mail Address: capt. terry@louisianafishingadventures
Phone: 985-768-1718

November 13, 2006 at 4:45am

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

The weather finally gave those of us who fish North Shore waters in search of Specks, Reds, and Flounder a break yesterday. It was an absolutely gorgeous day……,temperatures in the low 70’s, sunny with very little wind, no biting bugs, clean water falling……, how could it get any better? Well, I’ll tell you how; fishing with a great group of friendly and experienced folks, and 12-20 inch Speckled Trout STACKED-UP and in a FEEDING FRENZY!

Scott Lasseter, Tony Holifield, and Perry Arnold, all from Hattiesburg, took full advantage of perfect conditions and SPANKED an early limit of Specks. Then we moved in on the Redfish, missing several but boating 3 brutes. To top the Slam off, they put 3 Flounder on ice, one of which was doormat size!

These Hattiesburg guys had a really tough time yesterday, getting (do you believe this?) AWAY from the Speckled Trout bite! Trout were everywhere we went in one section of the Rigolets, including the shallow ditches and ponds where we were on-the-hunt for Reds! Even along the Northern shoreline of Lake Borgne…..We just couldn’t get out of the Speck Bite!!!! Nice Specks kept on slamming our H&H gold spinners! It was a Guide’s dream-come-true!!!!! The bite was so good that we added my Speck limit to the ice box too…,just too good to pass up! Scott, Tony and Perry paid me back in spades by all pitching in to help turn a box of 100 Specks, 3 Flounder and 3 Reds into beautiful filets in short order. Thanks again, guys!

Our Specks were caught on plastics fished under a popping cork, with a few falling for plastics tight-lined on a oz. jig. Color didn’t seem to matter. The Reds and even several nice Specks gobbled-up gold spinners sweetened with plastic, but again, color didn’t seem to matter.

Folks, the fishing here on the North Shore is really phenomenal right now. No need to drive long distances to catch limits or near limits of quality fish. The fish are feeding heavily in preparation for leaner winter months, and they’re SLAMMING anything that moves. All the Trout we cleaned were STUFFED with Shrimp, Storm Minnows, Pogies, Finger Mullet and even smaller Trout. Color, shape, or presentation of the bait seems to be of little consequence right now. If it moves and is smaller than they are, they eat it……, period!!

My calendar is filling-up fast, but I have a few openings during the last week of November. Visit my website and check out my low “family friendly” rates. I have a “No-Fish-No-Pay” Guarantee, and I offer a 20% discount to active duty & retired military folks. Bring the entire family along! Kids under 12 fish free! Take your children fishing while they’re young and you’ll enjoy fishing together for life…..

Be safe and good fishing!

Louisiana Fishing Adventures
Charter Capt. Terry Watson, USCG, Ret
Web Site: http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com
E-mail Address: capt. terry@louisianafishingadventures
Phone: 985-768-1718

November 09, 2006 at 4:35am

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

The weather for the past few days has made for less than optimum fishing conditions, with strong Easterly winds and cool temperatures. I canceled two trips last week as the winds just refused to release their strangle hold on the area. I fished Sunday and Monday though, and with clean water abundant, the fish in the Rigolets and Lake Catherine areas haven’t seemed to mind the windy conditions, because they’ve been eating-up on plastics!

I scouted with my good friend Louie ”The Fish” Paretti, and his Dad on Sunday. The wind continued to BLOW and the fish were scattered, but we kept plugging away to build a box of 30 keeper Speckled Trout and a couple nice Reds. The throwback to keeper ratio was easily 3 to 1, with the action being fairly consistent. Our fish were caught mostly in the Rigolets area on the east side of the ICW, fishing canals, ditches, and the entrances and exits of ponds. Most fish were caught on plastics under a popping cork. Louie and his Dad fished a chartreuse colored curly-tail bass assassin on a oz. jig, and I fished a white colored DOA. I always enjoy fishing with Louie, and I can now see where Louie gets his uncanny knack for catching fish and his easy going & quick-to-smile friendly personality. Louie is definitely a “Chip-Off-The-Old-Block! I look forward to fishing with this talented, knowledgeable and fun-loving fish catching Father & Son duo many times in the future.

On Monday, I fished with Retired US Marine Corps Gunny SGT, John Runyan, from Slidell. John is recently retired and wanted to learn a few new spots to fish with his boat around the Lake Pontchartrain/Rigolets area. Since John was fishing solo, I asked if he was interested in fishing with another angler to cut the cost of his charter in half. John was all for it, so I contacted Lloyd Brandt, from Metairie. Lloyd is always ready for a fishing trip and met us at the Rigolets Marina early Monday morning. We fished Lake Catherine and the Rigolets to build a box of Speckled Trout that was 1 Speck short of their limit-plus one Redfish, before a strong squall ran us off the water. John and Lloyd were in a friendly competition before the day was finished, and seemed to enjoy fishing together. They were planning their next trip with me as we arrived at the dock. I enjoyed spending the day on the water with these two fine anglers and look forward to our next trip together.

I have November openings on the 13th, 15th, 25th, 28th & 30th. The fishing is on fire between the foul weather fronts that have been rolling through the area, so get in on this great bite before it goes away! Visit my website and check out my low “family friendly” rates. I have a “No-Fish-No-Pay” Guarantee, and I offer a 20% discount to active duty & retired military folks. Bring the entire family along! Take your children fishing while they’re young and you’ll enjoy fishing together for life…..

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Louisiana Fishing Adventures
Charter Capt. Terry Watson, USCG, Ret
Web Site: http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com
E-mail Address: capt. terry@louisianafishingadventures
Phone: 985-768-1718

November 07, 2006 at 12:38pm

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

Ellery Ferarra is originally from New Orleans but now lives in Tennessee. Ellery fished with me 3 times this year while down visiting relatives in Mandeville. On Wednesday, Ellery brought along his wife Fran, his sister Brenda Johnson, and Brenda’s friend, Luanna Roy.

Wednesday morning’s sunrise over the marsh and water was really a beautiful sight to see! The sky took on an almost eerie red tint as the sun pushed its way above the horizon and lit-up the wispy white clouds that were over us, reminding me of an old saying I heard many times during my career with the Coast Guard, “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning”. Our ride to the first stop of the day in Lake Catherine was chilly, but smooth. By the time we arrived at our 2nd stop, the temperature had dropped several degrees, the clouds had turned a dingy gray and the East wind was putting bows in our lines and making casting towards any direction except the West a tough proposition. Ellery and crew were undeterred by the strong winds and cool temperatures. They spent the day joking, laughing, and swinging Speck after Speck over the gunwales.

We didn’t find the fish stacked-up in any one location on Wednesday. Most of our fish came from drifting passes between Rigolets and Lake Catherine, and in the Pearl River area. We anchored only a few times when we’d drift across an area that produced several good fish, but mostly I tried positioning the boat and using the wind to our advantage as much as possible during drifts, as opposed to struggling against it.

Most of our fish fell for white DOA’s under popping corks, with a few eating live shrimp under a cork or fished on a Carolina-rig. The throw-back to keeper ratio was easily 2-1, but the crew just kept plugging away…… joking, laughing, and hauling Specks. At the end of the day, the ice chest held 56 keeper Speckled Trout ranging from 12-20 inches, with most in the 13-15 inch range. These folks built themselves a nice mess of fish, especially for the challenging weather conditions. Take a look at Ellery and crew’s nice catch!

I have several open dates in November. Visit my website and check out my low, “family friendly” rates. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to take your children fishing with a licensed fishing guide. Children under 12 fish free with me, and I have a “No-Fish-No-Pay” Guarantee! Bring the entire family along! Take your children fishing while they’re young and you’ll enjoy fishing together for life…..

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985.768.1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

October 27, 2006 at 11:33am

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

I truly enjoyed fishing yesterday with retired US Navy Warrant Officer and Southern Gentleman, Aubrey Brumfield, along with a retired US Navy Senior Chief who missed his calling as a stand-up comic, Bud Smith. Aubrey and Bud are both from Tylertown, MS. This was Aubrey’s and Bud’s second trip with me. Yesterday, they brought along another friend, Shane Marler from Denham Springs, LA. As before, Aubrey and Bud kept me in stitches all day long with their friendly jousting and competitive fishing antics. These two gentlemen will always be welcomed aboard my boat!

Aubrey had called Sunday afternoon to ask if the trip was still on. I picked up on the subtle skepticism in Aubrey’s voice as he asked “Hey Capt, just wondering about the status of our trip tomorrow”. I told Aubrey that I’d seen the marine forecast, and thought I could put him on some nice fish, even with the forecasted 15-20 MPH northeasterly winds and chilly temperatures.

The meteorologists got this one right! It was WINDY and it was chilly. So chilly that we took a mid-trip break, headed back to the marina where I jumped into my truck to run down to a coffee shop where I bought the crew and myself a cup of hot black coffee! I do believe that it was the best cup of coffee I’ve ever drank!

This group of gentlemen stayed-the-course and fished hard in very windy and chilly conditions to build a beautiful box of fish for themselves. We fished the Rigolets and Pearl River areas with plastics under a popping cork, along with Aubrey’s favorite, live shrimp. The plastics caught most of the Specks yesterday, but live-shrimp fished on a Carolina rig put three nice Redfish and a Flounder on ice for Aubrey and friends. Check-out the size of the Specks, Redfish and Flounder these guys caught in the attached photo!

The day ended with 39 NICE Specks and a nice Flounder going back to Tylertown and Denham Springs, all in the form of delicious fillets, with 3 Redfish heading North and West on the half-shell. Aubrey, Bud and Shane were already discussing when they could get together to fish with me again as I cleaned & packaged their fish….they couldn’t have extended a better compliment!

My October calendar is full, but I have several weekday openings available in November. Visit my website and check out my low, “family friendly” rates. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to take your children fishing with a licensed fishing guide. Children under 12 fish free with me, and I have a “No-Fish-No-Pay” Guarantee! Bring the entire family along! Take your children fishing while they’re young and you’ll enjoy fishing together for life…..

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985.768.1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

October 24, 2006 at 11:18am

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

Wednesday 18 October: Joe Cafiero owns a waterfront home in Slidell and keeps his boat conveniently located at his dock. Joe has fished the Lake Pontchartrain area since he was a child and knows what to do with a rod & reel. His boat has been in the shop for repairs and Joe wanted to do a little fishing. Since Joe is retired from the US Air Force, he decided to hire me and take advantage of the 20% military discount I offer to active duty and retired military folks. Joe told me that his freezer is full of Trout and Redfish, so he wasn’t interested in keeping fish for the table unless they were Tripletail or Flounder. Unfortunately, strong winds and chilly temperatures greeted us on Wednesday, so looking for Tripletail in Lake Borgne was scrubbed. We fished the Pearl River and Rigolets area, catching a good mess of Specks and Reds, but the Flounder eluded us. We got on a terrific top-water bite in the Pearl River! Even the Redfish were “Blowing-Up” on our Top-Dog JR’s with lime green bellies and blue backs. We enjoyed our day together on the water and since I enjoyed fishing with Joe and didn’t have to clean his catch, I took another 10% off the cost of his charter, giving Joe a 30% discount. Joe told me that he’ll be fishing the Lake Pontchartrain Train Trestle when he gets his boat back, but he plans to fish with me again so I can show him some of my late fall & early winter honey holes. I look forward to fishing with Joe again….

Friday, October 20: Phil Craig and friends Ron & Kirk work in the nuclear power industry. Phil and Ron fished the Biloxi Marsh with me earlier in the year and wanted to get in on some of the great fall fishing. We launched in the Pearl River and battled strong NE winds most of the morning. We tried to target the lee shorelines of the river, picking up a few fish here and there. Finally, at around 10:00 AM, with only a dozen-or-so fish in the box to account for our efforts in chilly conditions, the sun peeked through the clouds and rang the Speckled Trout breakfast bell in the Rigolets area! The bite was ON and it was in hyper-drive. Speckled Trout and Reds were gobbling up our clear colored DOA’s fished under popping corks, and the fish just couldn’t resist the erratic injured-fish action of our Top-Dog Jr’s. The Specks were really nice sized, with most in the 14-16 inch range and several in the 18-21 inch range. There were also a fair amount of throwbacks in the mix, but it all made for non-stop action until Phil and his gang put their 3 angler Speck limit in the cooler. The bite was so good that this great group of guys offered to help me clean their fish just to stay a little longer and work on my limit. We finished the day 9 Speckled Trout short of a 4 angler limit. We finally left them biting to head back to the launch, where the guys all pitched in to help make short work of filleting 91 Specks, 3 Redfish, and 1 Flounder. Phil booked another trip with me before he left the launch for home…..

Saturday, October 21: Staci Warner from Kentwood booked a trip with me to the Biloxi Marsh earlier this year. She recently booked another trip with me as a “fringe benefit” for one of her employees, David. David enjoyed Staci’s generosity today, and shared his good fortune with his son Dave, brother Herbie, and brother-in-law William, all from the Kentwood area. These nice folks fished hard in chilly and windy conditions to build their box of fish. We fished the same areas I fished Friday, but we caught 3 throwbacks for every keeper today, and couldn’t find the fish stacked-up like we found them yesterday. We caught a few here and a few there to finish the day with 35 Trout and 1 Redfish.

My October calendar is full, but I have several weekday openings available in November. Visit my website and check out my low, “family friendly” rates. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to take your family fishing with a licensed fishing guide. Children under 12 fish free with me, and I have a “No-Fish-No-Pay” Guarantee! Bring the entire family along! Take your children fishing while they’re young and you’ll enjoy fishing together for life…..

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Louisiana Fishing Adventures
Charter Capt. Terry Watson, US Coast Guard, Retired
Web Site: http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com
E-mail Address: capt.terry@louisianafishingadventures
Phone: 985-768-1718

October 22, 2006 at 2:35am

Three Day Fishing Report!

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

What an enjoyable past few days I’ve had catching fish with some mighty nice folks from Louisiana and Mississippi…

David Bullock just recently returned from a tour in Iraq with the Army and is currently stationed near Hattiesburg, MS. David and a couple of his retired Army friends decided to cash-in on my 20% military discount and drove down from Hattiesburg on Oct 4th for an afternoon fishing trip with me. The US Army loaded the boat with nice sized White Trout from a deep hole at the junction of Bayou Biloxi and Western Branch. These fish were “STACKED-UP”, ravenous and hitting anything that moved, especially Blue Moon Deadly Dudley Terror Tails. A Trout was swung over the gunwale on almost every cast! We finally left them biting in a feeding frenzy to look for Tripletail in Lake Borgne, where David’s retired friend Bud was able to coax a Tripletail into eating a live-shrimp under a cork. I didn’t count the fish these US Army soldiers and friends put on ice, but I cleaned Trout, Flounder and Tripletail for over an hour under the dock light at Rigolets Marina!

I fished with Donald & Ruth Wolford from Mandeville, LA on Saturday, Oct 7. Ruth gave this trip to Donald for his birthday. These two nice folks built themselves a nice box of Specks, Flounder, Black Drum, and Tripletail. Donald and Ruth caught most of their 29 fish at the Rigolets Bridge using live shrimp fished on a Carolina Rig. Take a look at the photo of the Wolford’s nice catch.

Lloyd Brandt from Metairie, LA is a skilled and accomplished fisherman. He and his Son-in-Law, Brian were two of my first customers who fished Lake Pontchartrain with me back in March. Lloyd and Brian were scheduled to fish with me again on October 9th, but Brian got wrapped around the corporate wheel and couldn’t make it on this trip. Too bad, because Lloyd SPANKED some BIG Speckled Trout! Did someone say that the Top-Water Speckled Trout bite is over in Lake Pontchartrain? WRONG! Lloyd caught BIG Trout on Top-Water, BIG Trout on live shrimp fished on a Carolina Rig & under a cork, and BIG Trout on plastic Deadly Dudleys in Blue Moon! Lloyd finished the day with 18 NICE Specks and 1 beautiful Red. We fished Lake Pontchartrain, Rigolets Bridge, Lake Catherine, Miller’s Ditch and Lloyd caught Specks at every stop. Take a look a Lloyd’s 4 lb, Speckled Trout and nice Redfish.

My October calendar is full, but I have several weekday openings available in November. Visit my website and check out my low, “family friendly” rates. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to take your children fishing with a licensed fishing guide. Children under 12 fish free with me, and I have a “No-Fish-No-Pay” Guarantee! Bring the entire family along! Take your children fishing while they’re young and you’ll enjoy fishing together for life…..

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985.768.1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

October 12, 2006 at 6:06am

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

I caught 3 Specks short of a one angler limit today while scouting by myself on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain. I fished from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM and had non-stop action from start to finish. Had to leave early as I had some errands I had to take care of today, but I sure didn’t want to go! I would’ve played catch & release as long as the bite lasted!

My Specks all fell for a Blue-Green Top Dog Jr. The fish were POUNDING the bait today, with violent strikes that would sometimes knock the bait completely out of the water and occasionally almost jerk the rod right out of my hands! Look for Mullet rafts and cast right in there! Walk-the-Dog and HOLD ON! It just doesn’t get any better!!!!!

The shorelines of Lake Pontchartrain are thick with bait right now….Pogies, Mullet, Shrimp, Croaker! Check ALL the Bayous and cuts on the Northshore that drain into the Lake and look for rafts of MULLET. Everyone I saw in the area I was scouting was CATCHING fish today!

Now’s the time for all you Top-Water enthusiasts to “Git-R-Done"! Take a look at the photo of my top-water Scouting Success….

I have several weekday openings available. Give me a call and take advantage of my low, “family friendly” rates and the great fall fishing that departs from right here on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain….No need to spend hours driving all the way to the South Shore and points beyond! Children under 12 fish free and I have a “No-Fish-No-Pay” Guarantee!

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985.768.1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

October 05, 2006 at 8:49pm

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

I enjoyed fishing yesterday with a super nice family from Slidell; Eric Rodriquez, wife Mary Ellen, 11 year-old son Jacob, and 7 year-old son Julian.

Eric is in the Air Force and took advantage of my 20% discount for military folks. The Rodriquez family braved early morning reveille and met me at the Rigolets Marina at 4:00 AM. I’d told Eric that I’d been catching nice Trout under some lights, but we’d have to be there EARLY. We caught fish on the lights, but they weren’t as productive as past mornings, one reason being that the Generator powering the lights was inadvertently turned-off while we were fishing.

The Rodriquez family was undeterred….They enjoyed our day on Lake Pontchartrain together. They fished hard and put a nice box of fish together. Eleven year-old Jacob was especially thrilled when he hooked into a BIG Jack Crevalle while fishing a live-shrimp under a popping cork at a Top-Water spot. The Jack was STRONG and Jacob got a bit of assistance from Dad, but the big Jack finally found its way into the net, posed for the camera along with Dad, Jacob and Julian, and was released. Mary Ellen managed to boat a Bull Red weighing in at more than 24 lbs while fishing the Rigolets Bridge. It amazed me that she was able to keep this drag screaming Brute out of the pilings around the bridge! The Bull also posed for the camera and was released to fight another day.

At the end of the day, around 20 nice Lake Pontchartrain Trout, one Bull Red, one Jack, and one Flounder had fallen prey to a Top-Dog, live-shrimp (fished under a popping cork & on a Carolina rig), or tight-lined Blue Moon Deadly Dudley Terror Tales on a oz jig-head. Most of the fish were caught in 2 feet of water at a top-water spot, the remainder were caught at one of the bridges and at a pass between Lake St. Catherine and the Intracoastal.

The weather was perfect yesterday, and the fishing kept the Rodriquez family entertained all day. They took two 1 Gallon containers of Speckled Trout and Flounder home, in addition to priceless memories of spending a beautiful Southeastern Louisiana Saturday catching fish, joking and laughing, and having a great time on the water together.

Eric and Mary Ellen were already discussing when they could fish with me again as I cleaned and packaged their fish for them. As far as I’m concerned, that was the ultimate compliment. Take a look at the photos….

I have several weekday openings available. Give me a call and take advantage of my low, “family friendly” rates and the great fall fishing that departs from right here on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain….No need to spend hours driving all the way to the South Shore and points beyond! Children under 12 fish free and I have a “No-Fish-No-Pay” Guarantee!

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985.768.1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

October 01, 2006 at 4:22pm

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

I enjoyed fishing yesterday with Karl Strayer and his nine year-old son, Zachary, from Gonzales. Karl wanted to catch the Big-3, Specks, Reds, and Tripletail.

The Lake Pontchartrain top-water bite was on again after first light and the Trout were voracious. It didn’t take 9 year-old Zachary long to get his walk-the-dog groove on and start hauling nice trout over the gunwale. Zach and his Top Dog even convinced a seasoned 19” Speck to “chow-down”, making Zach entitled to claim the “big-one” of the day. We fished the top-water bite for an hour and caught some nice Trout, all in the 12-19” range, then left for the ride across Lake Borgne into the Biloxi Marsh.

We picked up several more Trout in the marsh, but the Redfish eluded us. We could plainly see the Reds…even swimming right by the boat, but they wouldn’t eat our market shrimp, live shrimp or gold spinners.

Lake Borgne was too rough to fish for Tripletail on our way back across to the Rigolets Marina. The Redfish and Tripletail skunk made for a frustrating day for me, but Karl was a good sport so I offered him another trip into the Marsh at price. I look forward to fishing with Karl and Zachary again.

I have several weekday openings available. Give me a call and take advantage of my low, “family friendly” rates. Children under 12 fish free!

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985.768.1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

September 29, 2006 at 11:18am

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

I had a great time on the water with return guest and friend, Joe Millet, from Slidell. Joe brought along his brother who is visiting from New Jersey, and two of their mutual friends.

Joe had been reading my reports and was excited to try the Lake Pontchartrain top water bite. He wasn’t disappointed…...The big gals were hungry for breakfast when we arrived just after daybreak! It was a beautiful, cool and crisp morning as we arrived at the spot and I switched the outboard off to the sound of Gulls shrieking. We watched a majestic sunrise, a flock of Gulls diving, huge rafts of mullet, and shrimp skipping across the top of the water. It was looking VERY promising.

It was tough to keep our eyes on our baits as we “walked-the-dog”, because Jack Crevalle or Bull Reds were SLAMMING into rafts of mullet less than 50 Yards away from us as we fished. Joe’s friend Jules convinced one of these powerful fish to take his Top-Dog……..I’m sure that the fish still has the Top Dog stuck in his lips, because the fish made a run and never slowed down, even as the last of the line on the spool jerked up tight and parted.

We worked the top-water bite for over an hour and boated around 20 nice Trout, including several in the 2 lb range, and one over 3 lb. These Trout were SLAMMING our baits. Several casts resulted in missed strike after missed strike as the feeding frenzied fish tried to eat our bait before the competition could eat it, until finally a fish found his mark and was rewarded with a mouthful of treble-hooks.

When the bite slowed, we reluctantly pulled off the flat and made our way across Lake Borgne, fighting the gusty winds and choppy seas to the safe haven of the Biloxi Marsh. The water in the Marsh was high and the Redfish weren’t very cooperative, but the 12-14 inch Trout were abundant in the shallow ponds and they were ravenous. We had very few throw-backs…a very good sign for those of us who enjoy fishing the marsh. The Biloxi Marsh flying-teeth made their presence known, but they were few in number and easily dissuaded with deet.

We boated another 25 or so keeper Trout, a Flounder and two Redfish in the Marsh. The Specks were falling for white DOA’s under a popping cork and live-shrimp under a cork. The Redfish were caught on market shrimp and live-shrimp under a cork.

We saw one Tripletail in Lake Borgne on the return-trip, but it spooked and swam-off before I could get the boat stopped. We decided to try the flat in Lake Pontchartrain again to see if the top-water bite had turned back on, but the wind had shifted and Lake Pontchartrain had turned unfriendly. We ended the day with 40-50 Specks, 2 Redfish, and 1 Flounder. Take a look at the photo.

I have several weekday openings available. Give me a call and take advantage of the great fall fishing…..without even having to travel across the bridge! My rates are “family friendly”, and children under 12 fish free!

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985.768.1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

September 27, 2006 at 7:30am

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

9/19 Report: I enjoyed fishing with retired Navy Warrant Officer Aubrey Brumfield from Tylertown MS, along with his two friends, retired Navy Senior Chief Jim, and Jim’s brother Bud, from McComb. These three Southern Gentlemen wanted to do battle with some Redfish and take advantage of my 20% discount offered to active duty and retired military folks. Aubrey recently sold his 22’ Bay Stealth that he’d kept at a Marina near Pearlington, and the three fishing buddies were suffering from “lack-a-fishin-itis”.

We set off for the Biloxi Marsh, where at our first stop we found the water stacked-up, little current, and the Red’s spread out deep in the grass. We made a move further into the marsh and found current and a better bite. Bud missed one nice Red that broke his line several feet above the popping cork. We all watched for the next 10 minutes or so as the hooked Redfish towed Bud’s cork along as the Red worked the shallow grass-line just beyond our reach. This Red was cruising along like he didn’t even realize the hook-line & cork was attached to him! Finally, the Red made his way out where I thought I could reach him. I cast an H&H Spinner and managed to snag the 30 lb. Power Pro braided line trailing behind the cork. I slowly reeled the line to the boat where Bud wrapped his hand with a thick cotton hand-towel, took the line and slowly coaxed the 7 lb. Red into the net. The guys were surprised that we were able to land this fish, but our persistence paid off.

On the way back across Lake Borgne, we hooked and lost 2 nice Tripletail. I tell everyone who fishes for Tripletail with me for the first time that they’ll never look at a crab-pot float again without LOOKING for a Tripletail swimming on its side, around or under the float. The first Tripletail we spotted was a BIG fish….largest I’ve ever seen. This fish had to go well over 12 lbs. The guys really enjoyed the Tripletail fight, even though the Tripletail won the first round!

These fine fishermen fished hard in tough conditions and managed to bring 3 Redfish and 20 or so Specks back to the dock. I look forward to another trip with these skilled fishermen & Southern Gentlemen …

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9/21 Report: Friends and co-workers, Trey Schultz and Mark Johnson from Mandeville called on Wednesday afternoon about a trip on the following day. Trey said that his boat was broken-down at the Rigolets Marina, and that he and Mark had “The Fever”.

We left the Rigolets Marina early Thursday morning and fished a few lights, managing to put a few keepers on ice. Our first stop after sunrise was a top-water honey hole where I’ve been catching some nice Specks, but the Specks weren’t stacked up like they were on previous outings, with only 1 nice Speck eating a “Top-Dog Jr”.

The excitement was in high-gear when Scott pulled a Mule (3.5 lb.) speck into the boat at our 2nd stop in Lake Catherine (check the photos). We fished the 2nd stop for an hour or so, icing down around 20 NICE speckled trout and missing 2 BIG Bull Reds. We moved when the trash fish moved in and threatened our live-bait supply.

We ran over to the Biloxi Marsh on the hunt for Reds, but the SE wind had really stacked water up in the Marsh again. We found no current flow and the Reds were taking advantage of the high water, roaming through the grass where we couldn’t reach them.

On our way back across Lake Borgne, we spotted 4 Tripletail and the guys put two of these weird looking but delicious tasting fish on ice. The second Tripletail was a pro at aerial acrobatics, and caught 2-3 feet of air shortly after finally realizing that he had a hook stuck in his mouth. Trey and Scott REALLY enjoyed spotting the Tripletail, watching them eat their bait, setting the hook and HOLDING ON for the wild ride that these explosive fighters took them on. These two young thrill seeking junkies were “stoked” and ready to fish for Tripletail until dark, but I called off the hunt as a cold front pushed its way through our area and the wind started howling. Lake Borgne is not a comfortable or safe place to fish in 20+ MPH winds pushing 3-4 foot seas!

Trey and Scott caught most of their fish on live shrimp and live croaker from the Rigolets Marina, fished on Carolina rigs in 10-15 feet of water at the mouth of a Bayou in Lake Catherine. They also boated several nice Specks on live shrimp under a cork while fishing in 2-3 feet of water in Lake Catherine.

I have several weekday openings available. Give me a call and take advantage of my low, “family friendly” rates. Children under 12 fish free!

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry

September 24, 2006 at 3:50pm

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

Mike Hill and family from Ruston, LA made the long drive to Slidell last weekend to get in on the great fall fishing with me from here on the North Shore. Mike’s wife Jeanie and their two sons James and Michael put a nice box of Speckled Trout together, despite the cold front that had rolled through the area the previous evening, bringing Southeast winds and ruining any chance of a Tripletail bite in Lake Borgne. Dad caught the biggest Speck, but youngest son Michael was right on his heels with the nice Speck shown in the photo.

Despite the weather challenges, the Hill family left the Rigolets Marina with a one gallon zip lock bag full of beautiful Trout and Flounder filets to take back home with them to Ruston. Their final tally was 21 Specks and 1 nice Flounder. The Hills caught their Trout in Lake Pontchartrain and at the mouth of a Bayou in Lake St. Catherine by fishing plastic in “Opening Night” on a oz lead head jig in 4-6 feet of water, and on nice sized Rigolets Marina live shrimp fished on a Carolina Rig in 12-16 feet of water. The Flounder was caught in the Middle Pearl River on an H&H gold spinner & black/chartreuse cocahoe, while fishing a steep drop where a canal drains into the River. Oldest son James caught two Redfish too, but they missed the 16 inch mark.

The Trout have begun their fall migration inland and the fishing is getting better every day. I have openings available, so give me a call to book your trip and take advantage of a great fall fishery and my low family-friendly rates. Children under 12 fish free!

Until next time…Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985.768.1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

September 23, 2006 at 1:25pm

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

I enjoyed fishing and spending a day on Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne & the Pearl River with 3 nice folks and good fishermen, David Marcus and his 2 sons Gregory and Timothy. David & Sons drove down from Kentwood early in the morning to get in on some of the great fall fishing in Lake Pontchartrain with me.

David booked this charter trip as a birthday gift for Gregory & Timothy. Instead of Gregory & Timothy getting a birthday spanking, they and their Dad put a spanking on 57 Specks, 2 nice Redfish and 2 Flounder. Take a look at the photo of the Marcus’s with their catch.

Most of the Marcus’s fish were caught by tight-lining plastics in the colors “Blue Moon” and “Minnow Magic” fished on a 1/4 oz. lead head jig in 4-6 feet of water in Lake Pontchartrain. We also got on a top-water Speck bite and used Zara Spooks to “walk-the-dog” in 2 feet of water, and was rewarded with explosive strikes while fishing around rafts of mullet. The top-water bite is my favorite, and thanks to my friend “Louie the Fish”, I’ve been fishing a great top-water honey-hole.

We looked for & spotted 3 Tripletail in Lake Borgne but failed to put any of these Herculean & delicious fish in the boat. One Tripletail was hooked and broke-off, one took a live-shrimp and swam away without eating the hook, and the other Tripletail spooked. I really wanted the boys to catch a nice Tripletail for their birthday, but it just wasn’t in the cards for this trip.

Timothy told his Dad and brother that their next charter with me would be on-him after he graduates from SLU this December. I look forward to fishing with the Marcus family again!

The fishing in the Lake Pontchartrain estuary continues to pick up pace. The fishing will be improving in the next few weeks as the weather continues to cool and the days get shorter. I have several openings available, so give me a call to take advantage of my low family-friendly rates and get in on the great fall fishing from close to home here on the North Shore. Kids under 12 fish free when accompanied by an adult. Take your children fishing while they’re young and you’ll enjoy fishing with them for life!

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985.768.1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

September 20, 2006 at 4:26am

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

Cooler temperatures resulted in a productive and enjoyable day on Lake Pontchartrain for my guests Charles Short from the Baton Rouge area, and his friend Jim Payne from Marinette, Wisconsin. Charles is now retired but was previously the head of the LSU Veterinary Sciences Department. Jim is retired also, and guides fishing expeditions in Colorado’s rivers and streams during the summer. I told Jim that the salt water fishing in Louisiana for trout would be a little different experience from river and stream fishing for freshwater trout in Colorado…..

Charles and Jim fished with Deadly Dudley Terror Tails in Blue Moon and Hybrids in Minnow Magic on a 1/4 oz. lead head jig to catch an early two angler limit of nice Speckled Trout. Jim was amazed at the pace of the bite and couldn’t wait to taste the saltwater trout variety! Take a look at the photo of Charles and Jim with their nice catch.

I was proud when Charles e-mailed me that his charter with me was “the best I’ve been on so far!” Thanks, Charles!

The fishing in the Lake Pontchartrain estuary is just beginning to turn-on with nice fish moving into the fall pattern. The fishing will be improving in the next few weeks as big Trout begin migrating back in-shore from their off-shore spawning grounds. These fish will be gorging themselves in preparation for leaner winter bait conditions. If your bait is in front of their face during the gorge…hold on!

I have several openings available. Give me a call and take advantage of my low family-friendly rates and the great fall fishing that departs from right here on the North Shore at the Rigolets Marina. I accommodate family groups and active duty/retired military. Active duty and retired military get 20% off my already low rates. Kids under 12 fish free when accompanied by an adult. Take your kids fishing while they’re young and you’ll enjoy the sport together for life!

Until next time…Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985-768-1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

September 17, 2006 at 12:03pm

Hello Folks. Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

I had another fun day on the water yesterday while fishing the Black Bay and Breton Sound area with two fine folks from Slidell, Mitchell Clements and his Father-In-Law, Alton.

Mitchell has a Bass Boat and wanted me to show him a few places he could safely fish with his boat after hitting some of my off-shore spots. We launched from BSM and loaded the live-well of my 24’ Sea Pro with BSM live shrimp, then got underway.

I knew that Breton Sound would be bumpy with the Westerly winds, so I headed into Black Bay with the hopes that some of my honey holes would be fishable. The motion-of-the-ocean dictated otherwise, so we headed inshore to the Lake Machias & Lake of 2 Trees areas, where our first stop was pay-dirt. Phillip and Alton were fishing live-shrimp under a cork, and the Trout were slamming em’. Eventually, Mitchell tried a gold-glitter DOA under a popping-cork and the Trout were slamming it almost as well as the live shrimp. There were 45 Trout and 1 nice Sheepshead on ice when made the move into the shallow ponds in search of Reds.

Mitchell was really enjoying the hunt for Reds…said it reminded him of bass fishing. Mitchell missed 3 nice Reds that blew-up on his gold spinner & purple/white cocahoe, two fish of-which we could plainly see when they slammed his bait. The visual stimulation of seeing these big fish attack his bait really had Mitchell excited. I think he’s hooked for life, now.

Alton was able to stick the hook of a gold spoon into one Redfish on a point where Mitchell had missed a nice fish a few minutes earlier. Mitchell landed a nice trout on the spinner, almost 5 pounds, but the Reds eluded him on this trip.

We stopped on our way to the dock and bought some beautiful 15/lb shrimp for only $3.00/lb from a shrimp boat trawling the MRGO. We ended the day with talk of making a trip into the Biloxi-Marsh so Mitchell can ply his newly discovered passion of fishing for these powerful fish called Reds. I invited Mitchell to bring along his hand-held GPS so he could easily follow the track into, around, and out of the skinny-waters in the marsh with his boat without getting into trouble. I look forward to fishing with these two fine folks again.

Take a look at the two photos.

I have several openings this week. Give me a call for your Louisiana Fishing Adventure....

Until next time…Be safe and good fishing!

CHARTER CAPT TERRY WATSON, USCG, RET
LOUISIANA FISHING ADVENTURES
WEB SITE: http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com
E-MAIL ADDRESS: capt. terry@louisianafishingadventures
PHONE: 985-768-1718

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June 26, 2006 at 7:22am

Hello Folks, Capt. Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters.

I had a great day on the water yesterday while fishing Black Bay and Breton Sound with David Alfred from Mandeville, and his son, Brian.

We departed BSM at 5:15 after loading the live-well of my 24’ Sea Pro with BSM live shrimp and made the long run out to Black Bay. We finished the day two fish short of a two-angler Trout limit with 48 Trout. We got into a big school of BIG Redfish and managed to boat 3 in the 20-25 lb. range.

We got on a good Trout bite at our first stop at a rig in Black Bay and was on a fast-track to an early limit. These fish were hungry and slamming live-shrimp and plastic under a popping-cork. We were loading the boat with Trout on every cast, only to be asked to leave by the construction crew that needed to reposition their barge as they were busy disassembling and removing yet another oil-rig that fell victim to Katrina. Hated to leave a good bite but I didn’t want to hold them up, so off we went. We visited several of my favorite spots, picking up a few fish at each, including the 3 Redfish that just had to have the shrimp and cracked-crab fished on a oz. jig on the bottom

David and Brian enjoyed their trip and we look forward to fishing together in the future.

Take a look at the photos...

Until next time….Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures Charters
985-768-1718
http://www.louisianafishingadventures.com

June 22, 2006 at 6:57am

Hello Folks, Capt Terry here from Louisiana Fishing Adventures.

I just received a great photo of one of my guests, 7 year-old Lance Prejean. This picture was taken by his uncle Matt during their fishing trip with me in Black Bay on June 16.

The Prejean's put a spanking on the Trout on this trip, catching their limit of 100 beauties on live shrimp and plastics under a popping cork.

The little angler Lance had a great time on this trip, and I certainly enjoyed fishing with him and the rest of the Prejean group.

Take a look at little Lance holding his Trout up for the camera....Talking about PROUD!!

Be safe and good fishing!

Capt. Terry
Louisiana Fishing Adventures
985-768-1718

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