Between the Banks
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Contact: Capt. Bob Gourgues
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Capt. Bob is the Executive Producer of Between the Banks, Louisiana's longest running, highest rated fishing program. He has been airing his educational formated show for over 30 years now, with a new episode every week.
A recently credentialed 100 Ton Master Captian, he has a Louisiana Charter License and is now taking folks out that just want to fish without being televised.

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Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnIt was Viola’s birthday present from her husband Henry and brother Jim. Jim is from Baton Rouge and Henry and Viola from Oklahoma. When they arrived at Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville, the front had already passed and wind was blowing from the Northwest, but it was Viola’s birthday.rnrnWe were idling out to the Sofa in the East Access canal at first light the next morning. The wind was still up but diminishing so we anchored on the protected north bank and cast to the oyster-lined bottom in the middle of the canal. Tide was slack and the catfish were in control but when the tide began to fall the Trout made their presence known along with a wayward shark. After my guest mastered Carolina rigged minnow fishing it seemed that the wind was beginning to ease so I headed to the unprotected oyster fields in D’s Canal in the South Texaco Field. rnrnWith the pond draining from low tide and the northwest wind, surely floating a corked cocahoe over the oyster beds would produce some Redfish. Wrong. Wind was too strong in the open so I retreated back to the Sofa.rnrnThis time I anchored close to the cut and after catching more trout in the middle we eased up to the middle of the cut and cast over the underwater, eroded bank, into the deeper water in the pond. A Flounder, Redfish, and a big Speck were among the victims that fell prey to our corked cocahoes. As the sun began its decent, we headed back to the dock with a nice catch of Whites, Specks, Redfish, Flounder and lonely Channel Mullet, despite the tough conditions.rnrnViola enjoyed her 72nd birthday present. She fished hard for 11 hours, despite the weather and got her a Cajun Slam. The following day as they departed, I declared Viola a Between the Banks Fishing Team Member, awarding her with an official decal, and recipies. I explained that if she put the decal on her truck, she would get 15 more miles to the gallon and if she put it on the boat, she would never “skunk.” They pulled out early the next morning, leaving a calm, cool, windless, perfect fishing conditions. I could not help but notice my arriving guests. GNATS! Hopefully a light breeze will keep them in check. Don’t forget the repellent. In the meantime good luck fishing….Capt. Bob

Birthday girl and brother with Cajun slam.

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFished Thursday and Friday out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville with Bill, Wayne, and Chris from New Mexico. The weather was perfect with winds 5-10 from the southeast and a sweet range in tide, falling till noon and topping out around midnight. Despite a full moon, the fall fishing bite continues at a fever pace and there is plenty of action at the fish cleaning station.rnrnThursday I took the gang to the sofa in the East Access canal and picked up 7 Whites and a handful of Specks along with the usual complement of Catfish. I couldn’t resist the perfect conditions and took off for outside water. When I hit Little Lake birds we diving but under them were small croaking Specks as we only caught one keeper. I continued my southwest course and when I fell into Deep Bayou by the Red Camp there were the Pelicans sitting and feeding on the rocks. Marking fish big time on sonar, I eased in and anchored. Tide was coming in and the water was emerald gulf green, nervous, and bait filled. Live cocahoe under a cork caught most of the Specks but the lunkers preferred the Carolina rig. Bite started around noon and stopped at 2pm. 31 big Specks made the fish box.rnrnRemember those seven Whites? I moved to the Cut Thru canal and showed my guest how big Bull Redfish can get. I tied up to the pilings and rigged the stand-up gear, fishing 1 ounce Carolina rig with a #6 kahle hook thru the roof of the White Trout’s mouth. The guys each strapped up, taking their turns with the Bulls. The largest was 42 pounds and the smallest 30 pounds. It was two hours from sunset and we had a fish box full.rnrnFriday we went straight to the rocks. We landed there right at daybreak and anchored in the same spot, fishing the pipeline trench. We were greeted with hoards of Hardheads and only one big Speck. I got tired of flipping Cats and went fish the remaining of falling tide on the south bank of Grand Bayou Blue. Got into the Rat Reds but the Rats won. We did however pick up three 12” Specks. Incoming tide came at 1pm as the beautiful water arrived. Our confidence was endless as we returned to the rocks but the Cats remained and this time they only caught 10 big Specks and was constantly flipping Catfish. Remembering those three Specks, we darted back into the Cut Thru for round two with the Bulls. Bill and Wayne, the older of the two, relaxed on the front deck, while their grandson did the battling. After catching three more, as the sun began to set, we headed back in, my anglers worn.rnrnThe only difference in the two days was that the Full moon was covered with a cloud deck, forcing the feed during the day on Thursday. All of our female Trout had spawned out and had empty stomachs, Water temp both days climbed to near 80 and certainly aided in the bite as the big Trout move in. October fest continues. Early this morning, as Boudreaux’s parking lot filled with the weekend crowd, I cleaned the fish and pulled the boat for cleaning. Back at it Monday. In the meantime good luck fishing…Capt. Bob

Chris with a big Bull
Wayne\'s Big Bull
Chris\'s big Speck

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFishing out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel this past two weeks has been nothing short of wonderful. The fall bite is on and action at the fishing cleaning station is heavy. The White Trout are in all the deep main canals like the East and West Canals along with Bayou Lafourche. Even when the front blew through this past weekend for the Leeville Speckled Trout and Redfish Rodeo, if you hunkered down in protected clean water and fished deep, slow, exercised patience, you could catch fish.rnrnThe big Specks are also moving in as the fall in surface water temp continues to drop. Coastal Bays like Racourcci and Timbalier are in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Only the gulf coast is still holding in the high 70’s to low 80’s but outside waters remain inconstant as the big Specks continue their move. I did check the islands and Deep Bayou areas but only found White Trout and Bull Reds in the Cut Thru Canal.rnrnLast week all of my siblings and their spouses, two other brothers and three sisters, came in for a weekend of fishing. Despite the weather conditions, I lined up the three boats along the northern bank of the East Access right by the sofa. All they had to do was anchor close to the bank and cast a Carolina rigged 1/8th oz. shock leader with a cocahoe minnow on a #1 black or bronze kahle hook into the middle of the deep canal and ride the current over the oyster covered bottom. By the time the line got tight a White Trout, Redfish, Bull Redfish or Speck was on. Even though my youngest brother Bill was the only angler in the group, they ended up with 47 Whites, 5 Reds, 2 Bulls, and 9 nice Specks without me fishing as I kept busy with tangles, baiting up, and netting fish.rnrnThis past week I fished with a couple, Dave and Sandra. They are regulars at Boudreaux’s and have their own boat. For the last three years they have fished with me at least three times a year, learning how to fish both inside and out. This year, they wanted to compete in the Leeville Speckled Trout and Redfish Rodeo, and see if they could make the board. They scouted with me and fished hard, hitting Bayou Lafourche, the East Canal along with the East Access. By the time scouting was over, they had gotten to know the fish on a first name basis and had them patterned out. Sandra caught 4th place Speck on Saturday and second place Speck on Sunday. Dave hooked a monster Bull Redfish on a swimming White Trout at the intersection of the East Canal and Bayou Lafourche. Thank goodness he hit the stand-up rod or he would have spooled him on lighter gear.rnrnThe beast pulled me off of anchor as he headed for 40 feet of water after a short surface clash. I chased him with the boat as Dave stayed tight as the line on the 6500 class bait-runner continued to disappear. With little line on the reel, I followed him with the boat, dodging the weekend traffic at the busy intersection. Sport fishing boats along with Shrimp boats and Commercial Boats all slowed and watched as they idled by, watching Dave fight the fish. After 30 minutes the monster Bull took it to the bottom in 42 feet and wrapped the line until he spit the hook and left us bait less.rnrnSunday it could not have been better as the wind eased making the festivities at Griffin’s Marina and Ice comfortable as the scales closed. We all feasted on Jambalaya, Rodeo Fish, and White Beans and rice prepared by August Bruce and his Brother Robert. Three generations of Bruces operated out of the Boudreaux house from early Friday thru Sunday, fishing, cooking and feeding everyone until the black iron pots were empty. Friday night we all enjoyed Cajun Seafood Gumbo and Potato Salad. Saturday night we were treated to a Shrimp Jambalaya. It did not matter who you were as August and Robert invited everyone. Life was good in the Leeville neighborhood.rnrnIce chests for the three places in the three categories each day, the Best Overall Paintings, and over 150 fishing related door prizes were awarded at Griffins while the Bruce brothers fed contestants and the public. Gayle’s Bait Shop and the Demere’s fixed desert. Gayle’s husband Terrence took top prize in the Speck Division while Dillon Melancon took the Bull Red honors. The Rat Red division also won a painting.rnrnOff course all of the above mentioned action and Rodeo results will be up next on Between the Banks Television Show. Both the scouting and fishing action along with the weigh-in and awards were filmed so tune in for more details on how to change fishing into catching on all our venues including LCN Network and betweenthebanks.com. If you need up to date info you can also contact me on the BTB Fishing line at 504.458.9451 or just come by my station at Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel. In the meantime good luck fishing….Capt. Bob

All 6 kids and thier spouses
Sandra with her 2nd place trout ice chest
Rain gives way to beauty

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnReturned back to Leeville this past Wednesday after two weeks vacation. I quickly found two menaces that were still hanging around Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville. A nuisance wind and coastal showers were still making fishing conditions tough. We could not run outside so I worked the usual inside deep holes.rnrnWhen conditions get rough, deeper water offers solutions to fish, often offering cleaner water, even current near slack tides aside from holding bait. Deep water also has more favorable temperatures as it is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. So I made the round of my favorite spots and found the same results that Squid Row had recently reported on this site. White Trout mixed with a handful of Specks and Reds, along with the usual dose of Catfish and an occasional Bull Drum or Redfish, were all involved in the catching. Large Cocahoe Minnows from Blessed Trinity(T-Ran), Carolina rigged caught most of the fish, fishing the drop offs and middle water of the holes from an anchored position. rnrnMy guests would cast out and ride the current and when the line got tight they set the hook and reeled, one of the above mentioned species at lines end. I used clip on split shot weights from 1/16 to 3/8th and added them to my guest’s leader, keeping the bait at the depth where I had marked the fish. Since the weather was rough and water at the surface was dirty, 0-5 feet had no fish on sonar while 6-17 feet was holding all of the fish.The wind and the tide determined what spot I fished. If the wind had an easterly component to it, I fished the West side. The best spot for us on the west was the mouth of Bayou Blue and Little Lake. On the east side if the wind had a westerly component, we could be found at the power lines.rnrnIf you would like more information and details, check out this week’s edition of Between the Banks as it was filmed at the power lines on the east side. Coming up on Between the Banks, a review of this year’s summer big Trout bite and a preview of my favorite fishing rodeo. The Leeville Speckled Trout and Redfish Rodeo coming up on October 4th and 5th at Griffin’s Marina in Leeville. You can check out Between the Banks Fishing program daily at 6am on LCN Television or 24/7 on betweenthebanks.com. In the meantime good luck fishing…..Capt. BobrnrnPS. The weather looks like it may cooperate for a change. North wind = Coast

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnIt was a rough Saturday morning out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville. Aside for a couple of hours early this morning, heavy wind and thunderstorms occupied most of the morning fishing time. The afternoon fishing is also going to be rough as thunderstorms are continuing and the sky is dark. Heavy gusts accompany the thunderstorms so if you’re fishing Leeville, exercise caution.rnrnWhen I saw the holiday weather was predicted to fall apart, I quickly cleaned and covered the Pathfinder. Hopefully the weather will become favorable. Fish cleaning station so far has been a ghost town and Boudreaux’s parking lot not jammed with plenty of Trucks and trailers. Most anglers are at the dock taking cover from the storms. rnrnGet fresh information and help succesfully fishing Leeville by watching Between the Banks TV show, betweenthebanks.com, the BTB Fishing Line at 504.458.9451 and Capt. Bob's Leeville Reports exclusively on louisianasportsman'com. In the meantime good luck fishing…Capt. Bob

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnRain and wind prevented us from filming Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday we caught a break in the morning so I ran to the Power Lines on the East Canal. Squid Row fishes that neck of the woods and the last time he was down he showed me a short cut. I returned the favor by helping him clean their 80+ White Trout. He told me that if ever the weather is rough, he can always go there and catch a mess of Whites. He also said him and his wife have cauhgt Specks and Reds in the same deep hole. He told me that if ever I needed an inside spot in really rough weather, give it a shot. Wednesday I needed such a spot.rnrnWhites and Specks were on and most were caught on carolina rigged cocahoes. Tide was flat but the strong East wind kept the water moving. We finished shooting just in time as mid-morning rain moved in. Good thing the fish were on early.rnThis edition of Between the Banks will be on next on all of our venues.rnrnThis morning the crowd started to show as conditions improved. Wind picked up from the South later in the day. Not a drop of rain. Medium action at Boudreaux's fish cleaning station. Will see how the weather is in the morning. Thanks Squid for showing me the short cut. In the meantime good luck fishing...Capt Bob

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnAction at the fish cleaning station at Boudreaux's in Leeville slowed today as the North wind was 10-18mph early this morning and has not let up. The increased wind along with weekend trawlers have Bay Racourcci and the northern side of Timbalier pretty dirty. Inside fishing continues to increase as the White Trout have moved in.rnrnBack on the water tomorrow for filming. In the meantime good luck fishing.....Capt. Bob

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnFished yesterday afternoon from 5pm to dark out of Boudreux's in Leeville. It was nonstop catfish action at the Deep Bayou rocks. Water was clean aglernd moving out, pushed by a faling tide and Northeast wind.rnrnWeekend anglers started to get in yesterday and were greated with a rising tide and an east wind. I pulled the boat last night for cleaning in advance of filming Monday and Tuesday. Action at Boudreaux's fish cleaning station is moderate with small Trout, Redfish, and scores of White Trout. Glad I am off today and tomorrow as it is really hot.rnrnThis week on Between the Banks, we are taking shelter in the South Texaco Field from the excessive Southwest wind of early week. Hopefully we will have continued calmer water so I can show you how we are catching at Cassette and Calumet. If it really slicks out I will be working the trench at East Timbalier and get the action on tape.rnrnJam tonight if your in the area. Come buy and sweat along with us. If you need help fishing you can always call the BTB fishing line at 504.458.9451. I'll leave you with a pic of yesterday's sunset.In the meantime good luck fishing...Capt Bob

Life is good.
Life is sights like this

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnIt was nice to come back from fishing and find the WI-FI back up at Boudreaux's, hence this report fresh off the water. Morning trip to Castette/Calumet awesome. Pulled up to the west point of Cassetete and found catfish. Saw the Pelicans diving on the western point of Calumet and found shools of Pogys, huge slicks and the area lit up with Specks and Bull Redfish. The only shower in the gulf forced us back to the north where we settled at the helipad and rocks in Deep Bayou. Got hot around 10 am and headed back in with my guests catch. The sweet north wind was turning calm and smothering slick conditions combined with a slowing tide to make it brutal. Glad we started early. rnrnNot a shower on radar so its real hot with a soft Northeast to East wind. Heading back out at 5pm and will fish the falling tide till dark. If wi-fi stays solid, I'll let ya'll know what happened. I would like to thank Mother Nature for getting rid of the strong southwest winds. Monday was ok but Tuesday and Wednesday were tough. Wednesday we only had five nice Specks. Bi-catch from shrimping was everwhere and the southwest wind would not stop.rnrnThere is the latest. Here is a pic of Justin with a nice Speck caught this morning. In the meantime good luck fishing....Capt. Bob

Justin with a nice Speck

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnJust completed a five week hitch fishing out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville. Wi-Fi turned into Why- Fly this past hitch, explaining my lack of posts since the last time I was home after the 4th of July. During this hitch, we said goodbye to the predominate westerly wind and hello to a couple of weak frontal passages, abnormal cool temps, light breeze and flat open water. It was that calm water that allowed access to great fishing spots for big Trout. Monster Cocahoes, Depth finder/GPS and a lot of patience were the ingredients for success for my guests.rnrnIt was great to frequently find the three things that I need to catch big Specks, nervous water, clean water (preferably Gulf Green), and bait filled water. It was also important to know what it looked like under the water as Sonar marked irregular features and bigger fish in areas where the water temp was cooler due to clouds or deeper adjacent water. We also lucked out as the July Full Moon was mostly covered and even on the flat tide days, we experienced enough wind-blown water. rnrnWhen the wind had a northerly component to it, you could find us on the coast working East Timbalier. We fished the trench that was created years ago when the south shore of this island was lined with rocks. Especially on windy south wind days, the waves would crash on and over the rocks and erode the southern beach of the island creating a deep trench. If you knew how to maneuver thru the few openings of the rocks, you would immediately drop anchor and fish the trench. Limits of large Specks were easily caught especially when the gulf was smooth.rnrn As time passed, hurricanes, coastal erosion, Mother and human nature continued to eat the island away. Now as we would approach the island, I would check the bottom and find those rocks, now 6-8 feet from the surface, and then see the now 18 foot trench we fished years ago. Like then we dropped anchor once we crossed the rocks. The east-west coastal current made it easy to tight line a 1/8oz. Carolina rigged shock leader with one of those above mentioned finger-mullet sized, monster cocahoes on a 2/0 kahle hook. The big bait was strong enough to carry the light weight and the 2/0 hook, most times never making the bottom of the trench, before being attacked by Trout. There was no doubt you had a fish when they hit. To get to this spot, I took my normal route, Bayou Lafourche to Belle Pass. If the Gulf was too rough, I could run thru the Havoline Canal, following the markers west to Casse-tete and Calumet. rnrnIf the wind had a southerly component to it, we skipped the coast and took the straight, inside route to these islands. Again knowing what the bottom looked like and having an older chip in the GPS were keys to my guests success. We fished the northern cove points of Calumet and the submerged western end of Casse-tette. I have the old cuts that once sliced the western end and the hook of the island marked and although it is underwater, the old cuts are now deep trenches and act as a runway for bigger Trout. Again Carolina rigged monster Cocahoes and a few finger Mullet were our bait of choice. When the bite slowed or I was working the shallow coves of Calumet, we rigged under a cork rig.rnrnAll of the big Trout were caught on an incoming tide and when we Red fished the falling late afternoon tide. Our late afternoon trips were spent in Grand Bayou Blue, the Cut Threw Canal, the red camp and the Deep Bayou Rocks. When we fished for Bull Redfish, we used live bait. If my anglers caught a small keeper White Trout, I threw them in the bait well and used them for bait. They did not touch our crab lines. Biggest Trout of this hitch was 6 pounds and lunker Redfish was 47 pounds. My guest, myself included had several big sows on but they escaped the open, wide mouth of the net.rnrnA typical trip started before the sun came up, arriving at the spot by daybreak and dropping anchor. By the time the sun showed, more traffic would arrive and if they did not immediately catch, down went the trolling motor and next came departure. This is when the above mentioned patience was needed. Several of the trips, especially the cloudy ones, the bite was later in the morning as the top of high tide was later in the day or held up by a southerly wind. Traffic was not heavy at the spots. We fished during the week and took the weekends off with the exception of a Saturday Bull Redfish trip.rnrnSaturday night was Jam night as patrons of Boudreaux’s that are musically inclined brought their pleasure and stood in with the Leeville Lagniappe band. Good food, fun and music could be had by all. With decent catches came a busy fish cleaning station especially this past weekend. The brightest moon of the year did not slow the bite down as the fish bit early in the morning and late in the afternoon. If you are fishing Leeville on Mondays, call ahead for live bait. If none of the bait shops are open, try Trinity across from the Seafood Shed just south of the locks on your way down. If you are fishing mid-week or the weekend all of the bait shops have minnows and BA DA BING has had Croakers and Live Shrimp.rnrnAugust has opened with more of the same. Looking forward to filming tomorrow and Tuesday before the tide flattens out. It should be picking back up by the weekend. How to fish a west wind is on Between the Banks this week on all our venues. Best way to get me while I am in Leeville is by calling the Between the Banks Fishing line @ 504.458.9451. Get your fresh reports and information from someone who is happy to help and available in Leeville during the fishing season from March thru November. During the week I am on the water and on weekends I am usually off of the water @ Boudreaux’s. Drop in and say hello. I have plenty pics. In the meantime good luck fishing……Capt. Bob

Nice catch of Trout
47.9 pound Bull Redfish
Lunker Speck of the hitch

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnLast week of June, fishing out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront was tougher than normal as action at the fish cleaning station diminished. A combination of high water and strong afternoon wind slowed fishing down despite the great range in tide during New Moon week. On days when we could get outside, I concentrated on the west side of Philo Brice and the underwater, western end of Cassetete. On days when storms and wind were an issue, we fished the Deep Bayou Rocks and heli-pad and when conditions got bad, we worked the Grand Bayou Blue area. All of the above mentioned areas are now or have recently been on Between the Banks fishing show. Check episodes 1433-1437 for more details.rnrnTop water chrome She Dogs worked great when it clouded and large cocahoes both Carolina rigged and under clip on Comel, rattling, weighted corks caught most of the fish. It was important to be at the spot early (before sunrise) to catch the early bite. By 10-11am we were back at the dock for lunch and a nap, returning to the fish at 5pm and catching best on the late afternoon bite. When the weekend arrived it was time to trailer the boat and make room for the weekend anglers. It was nice hanging with the regulars and testing the food at night. Once again Harvey’s fried Sac-a-lait with Wow-Wee dipping sauce took best meal honors.rnrnMonday, the last day of June, proved to be the best day for fishing this past hitch as my guest Kenny caught both the biggest Redfish and the biggest Trout of his life. Ironically the Redfish came from outside as the wind had laid that morning. His lunker Speck came in the afternoon, fishing D’s canal area of the South Texaco field. The weather had settled down in the morning but a southwest wind blew in the afternoon session.rnrnFor more information and details on fishing Leeville check out betweenthebanks.com for the latest episode and this seasons past editions. The BTB fishing line is great for last minute help at 504-458-9451 and catch Between the Banks Fishing Show daily on television. Have a safe 4th and in the meantime good luck fishing……Capt Bob

Kenny\'s Redfish pushed 18 pounds
Kenny\'s lunker Speck pushed 6 pounds.

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFished Friday and Saturday out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville. Both days were extremes. Friday we were greeted with a generally north wind and flat tide so I headed to the northwest point of Philo Brice. Wind was moving the water as the incoming tide was overruled by the wind switching to outgoing tide early. I backed off of the island and anchored on a portion of the Island which was once 100% rock and shell but is now under water. Sonar was full of large fish and they were all feeding and enjoying the cooler water temps. There was a 5 degree difference between the surface water temp at the shore line and the deeper water. The cooler water was also holding bigger Trout. I ended up with 12 Specks before we completed filming and I was glad the cameras were rolling as 10 of the 12 Specks were between 4 & 5 pounds all caught on large cocahoe minnows, Carolina rigged. We also beat the heat and were back at Boudreaux’s for 10am with an episode of Between the Banks shot. It was another great morning at the office.rnrnSaturday was a different day as we faced a brisk west wind. Most of the older fishermen say that a west wind is only good for “drying laundry,” and I must agree. Water from Fornation to Philo Brice had dirtied so I headed to my safe haven in Grand Bayou Blue and shot a show on how to combat a west wind. Water on the north south leg of the canal was clean and bait filled. We fished the draining, windblown water at the south end of the Helipad pipeline. A clip on cork with a DOA clear shrimp along with large cocahoes Carolina rigged, worked best and caught most of or fish. Our largest Speck came on a free swimming minnow with the rod in a holder. In order to catch, you had to fish slow, provoking the hit. We also caught more small Shark and usual complement of bottom dwellers like Catfish and Sting Rays.rnrnOur 2 part series on catching lunker Specks at Philo Brice starts next week on Between the Banks on all of our venues including betweenthebanks .com. For the latest, frequent, information about fishing Leeville, keep up with the action exclusively on louisianasportsman.com., inshore fishing, Capt. Bob’s Leeville Report. If you need last minute information you can always call the BTB Fishing line at 504.458.9451. No recordings and you speak to me live. If I am filming or chartered just leave a voicemail and I will return the call upon return to the dock. Best bet is to call before you arrive and I can give you episode numbers of pertinent editions of Between the Banks, complete with all the information you need to catch. From March thru November I am usually at my station @ Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel. I report on the fish my guest or I catch. In the meantime good luck fishing…Capt. Bob

Lunker from Philo Brice
Grand Bayou Blue Lunker

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnI was curious to see if the Full Moon would slow the gorging activities of this year’s Speck spawn. With everything running about 30 days late this year, I wondered if the feed would continue. Generally fishing Full Moon can be tough if you are not fishing at night. I tracked from June 9th thru June 16th since I fished with guests every day. The results were interesting and a definite pattern developed.rnrnOn days when the clouds covered the Full Moon at night, fishing was excellent the next day. There was an early morning bite and a late afternoon bite, typical of the normal summer Speck season. On days when the moon was uncovered, fishing was tough in the morning as evidenced by all the boats running around and the lack of action at the fish cleaning station. By mid-day a small bite took place with most of my guests catching their fish from 5pm-830pm, as the gorging activities started.rnrnRedfish continued to bite, unaffected by the Full Moon, but Specks chose to aggressively feed at night when the moon was uncovered. The results were definite as the Full Moon combined with the wind and heavy rain to make fishing Full Moon week tough. On windless days I brought my guests to 4-piles, Pelican Island and Philo Brice. On windy days, we fished the protected water of Grand Bayou Blue where it meets Lack Raccourci. A majority of their fish were caught on Carolina rigged cocahoes. Cocahoes are running big so I did not catch or use finger Mullet. Top water worked well in the mornings and late afternoons. On days when it was cloudy or raining, we also caught on top water.rnrnNow that the Full moon is over and we go into the third Moon phase and approach New Moon, our moon woes are over. Catching on trips is back to normal with a strong, early morning bite and a late afternoon bite for daytime anglers. Action at the fish cleaning station is also back to normal. We have been leaving the dock early and getting to the fishing grounds before sunrise. All of our Specks have been caught on topwater before sunrise and big cocahoes Carolina rigged when the sun rises. By 10am the catfish take over and the heat gets unbearable especially if the wind does not blow and there no clouds. Before 11am we are back at the dock for lunch and a nap. By 5pm we are back on the water fishing till dark. rnrnBest moment of this past hitch came in the afternoon on the 17th. John had just missed a monster Trout and rebaited with another extra large, swollen with eggs cocahoe. As soon as it hit the water he set the hook on something really big. Armed with 12 lb. test Triple Fish X-line with 30lb. test 1/8 oz. Carolina shock leader, on a Speck rigged 40 class Okuma Trio reel, the drag began to scream. I raised the powerpole and climbed on the trolling motor, chasing the fish all over Grand Bayou Blue, dodging the skimming Shrimp boats. John did a great job pumping and grinding the monster as we speculated on what was at line’s end. Finally he stopped the fish and we started to get line back. As darkness approached, 45 minutes later, the beast headed to the open, choppy water of Lake Raccourci. I thought we would never get the fish. We could barely see the line, and then a spent, muscle burning, John made one last stand and heaved the giant Redfish along the side of the Pathfinder where I could secure the capture. The Bull Redfish weighed in at 45.8 pounds. rnrnIf you need more details on the Grand Bayou Blue area, watch this week’s episode of Between the Banks Television show on LCN, E-tel, and Vision Communications. You can watch at your convinence on betweenthebanks.com. and you can also call the Between the Banks fishing line @ 504.458.9451. You can also check my frequent reports exclusively on this site and you can always come by with your map at my slip at Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel. Fishing all week again and will post results. Filming Friday and Saturday if need be. Back to work on Monday as the Speck season bite continues to get better. In the meantime good luck fishing…

Barret with a  nice Speck
Taylor with a nice Speck
John with the bull that did not get away

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFished Monday June 9th out of Boudreaux’s Motel in Leeville and it was nothing short of brutal. After great weather on Thursday and Friday while filming, as the weekend arrived, the wind started to increase from the west and southwest. By Monday water was rough and dirty outside. Even my safe havens like the peninsula from Bayou Rosa to Deep Bayou and Grand Bayou Blue, were all muddy and loaded with hardheads and gaft tops, basking in their glory along with sting ray and the full complement of bottom dwellers. With no keepers in the fish box, drastic measures were called for.rnrnAs the morning incoming tide slowed, I moved to the dams on Bayou Blue and Bayou Pierre Et Lee. Water was clean and green and although the bottom dwellers were still present and feasting, my guests Dave and wife Sandra, labored through it. They ended the day with 4 Specks with Sandra catching lunker(4 1/2 lbs., and Dave catching lunker Redfish with a 28” & 20”. They both fished live bait, Carolina rigged, and offered Corkers, and large Cocahoes while I worked artificial.rnrnTuesday the wind built to 20 mph with gusts to 35. After Mondays result, I stayed on the trailer and secured my stuff in advance of the line of thunder storms which came thru last night and this morning. Winds are back to 5-10 from the Northwest as things settle down and the water cleans. Planning to fish outside tomorrow and Friday. Will post results.rnrnBig Specks and Bull Redfish from Casse-tette are up on Between the Banks Television show and betweenthebanks .com. The episode filmed at Grand Bayou Blue Cut and dam, one of my southeast wind havens, filmed last Thursday, is up next. If you need help or information, call the BTB fishing line at 504.458.9451 or come by my station at Boudreaux’s and I will gladly help. In the meantime good luck fishing…Capt. Bob

Sandra is so happy to catch a keeper, she kisses the lunker Speck
Dave with his lunker Redfish. Sorry Mr. Redfish, no kiss for you.

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFished and filmed Thursday and today out of Boudreaux’s in Leeville. Thursday the wind was easing but still blowing from mid-morning on. I escaped the southeast wind by fishing the protected water of Grand Bayou Blue where it meets Raccoourci. The day was mostly cloudy and topwater and Carolina rigged live minnows and finger mullet produced a nice mess of big Specks.rnrnToday the wind laid so I headed for Philo Brice. I got there at daybreak and found lunker Specks eating topwater. By sun up other anglers arrived and the bite slowed but I held my anchored position. Others jockeyed for position. Within the hour, the restless anglers began to run, leaving us the only boat fishing the island. The bite continued to improve, finally ending at 930am. H&H tuxcedo queen cochahoe, clear w/chartruse tail DOA shrimp, Carolina rigged live bait all worked well.rnrnThe highlight of the two days came when a 5 lb. Speck tangled in the powerpole. I managed to get the fish in the net while fighting the tangle. Both days we filmed the action. Watch for more details on upcoming editions of Between the Banks Television show on LCN or on the recently updated betweenthebanks.com. You can even watch on facebook. Weekend anglers arriving as it should be good fishing with an increasing tide range in advance of Full Moon. Frankly, the flat tide of yesterday and today, could not stop the morning and afternoon Speck bites and I don’t think the Full Moon will either. Hopefully the wind stays down and gives us a few weeks of catching gorging Specks. It is May in June. In the meantime good luck fishing….Capt. Bob

Caught in the Powerpole
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Birthday girl and brother with Cajun slam.
This is Chris\'s big Bull. The first pic is of Bill\'s Bull
three happy anglers
Chris\'s big Speck
Wayne\'s Big Bull
Chris with a big Bull
Rain gives way to beauty
Sandra with her 2nd place trout ice chest
All 6 kids and thier spouses
Life is sights like this
Life is good.
Justin with a nice Speck
No Auto Bilge + heavy down pour = going down at the dock
Nice size Specks
more Redfish
Happy Redfish Anglers
Dave with a nice Speck
Sandra\'s big Speck
Lunker Speck of the hitch
47.9 pound Bull Redfish

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