Between the Banks
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Matthews, Louisiana 70375
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,rnrnThe transition period continued last week as fishing out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel had it’s moments, good and bad. Once the wind eased enough on Wednesday I headed out to 4-piles and Casse-tete and stopped at Deep Bayou on the way back. Thursday I did the same route but in reverse order and caught Trout and Bull Redfish again. Most of the Specks were 15-20”. Hit the same route Saturday with intentions of filming. Missed 7 nice Trout before the wind started to scream from the Southeast. Took cover in the Bayou Rosa cut thru canal and could only add 4 catfish to the cause. Blown back in at 3pm.rnrnThe hot bait of the tour was a weighted DOA Shrimp about 2-3 feet under a rattling clip-on Comel cork. I remove the factory hook and use a weighted flutter hook as the replacement. When you cast the rig, the weighted shrimp leads the cork to the water with no twirling and less tangles. I did not fish inside for Redfish because of the Kayak Rodeo traffic, however Kajun Kent continue to hit them in the shallow ponds on both the east and west side.rnrnWednesday and Thursday I fished alone and scouted for the upcoming filming trip on Saturday which ended up a bad luck, terrible, flat tide, dirty water, wind blowing, non-keeper fish catching day. If you want to see just how bad it got, check out Between the Banks Television Show starting this weekend on all of our venues. Will return Wednesday for another round with mother nature. Hopefully she will play nice. In the meantime good luck fishing…Capt. Bob

Pair of Reds for Kajun Kent

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFishing and catching conditions out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville are improving as the surface water temp rises. Activity at the fish cleaning station is also on the increase. I headed back down after the Sportsman’s Show and did not return until Sunday afternoon. Stayed busy with checking on the progress of the Leeville Boat Launch, ordering a new 2300HPS Pathfinder with 300HP Four Stroke from Renovations, helping the boys at Boudreaux’s get ready for the Leeville Arts and Crafts festival, catching more finger Mullet, and of course wetting a line.rnrnFishing was still tough if you worked inside waters. I concentrated on the two spots that have worked for me, the South Texaco Field on harsh windy days, and lately the Bay Marchand Rigs just out of Belle Pass along the coast on rare, calmer days. The water temp along the coast is still higher than inside. Low 70’s outside and low 60’s inside. See previous posts and Between the Banks for more details. This hitch the Pathfinder remained trailered and covered most of the time as I continued to go with other anglers in their boats, teaching them how to get in the South Texaco Field safely. I also introduced those with bigger boats how to use a Block Map to locate the Bay Marchand rigs.rnrnMost of the windy days started off calm and by mid-morning the wind began to increase. There were several days where the wind was brutal from the start. Those days I could be found in the West Access Canal which always holds clean, protected water. When the wind eased enough and blew from the east, I worked the cuts from Bayou Rosa to Deep Bayou, concentrating on the Bay Raccourci side. If it humped from the West, I worked the Little Lake side. Could not check Timabiler and the islands due to the wind and dirty water.rnrnAll of the fish we caught came on Live Finger Mullet both free swimming and on 1/8 oz. weighted Carolina rig, and under a weighted, rattling, clip-on Comel cork. When conditions were tough, we anchored up current quietly, cast down current, and let the bait do the work as we placed the rods in the holders and watched the tips for warnings that the bait was nervous and about to be attacked. Best catch of the hitch was a limit of Reds, a ton of Sheepshead, and 17 nice Specks, all caught on a calm day at BM1HH.rnrnThe predicted approaching/stalling front should turn the fish on again as the flat tide of days past are slowly replaced by an increasing tide range and warming water temps. It all depends on us getting a break from the wind. If you need help fishing and catching in Leeville, check out Between the Banks TV fishing show on all off our cable venues statewide, betweenthebanks.com, and the Between the Banks fishing line at 504-458-9451 for last minute reports and charter information. All the information is fresh and experienced by my guests and I. Don’t rely on hearsay info from anglers that are not even in Leeville fishing, yet make posts. Coming soon Between the Banks on ESPN Radio on Saturday mornings from 5-7am. In the meantime good luck fishing….Capt. Bob

Still waiting on ground breaking.
Typical inside catch of Redfish and smaller Trout.

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFishing and catching conditions out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville are improving as the surface water temp rises. Activity at the fish cleaning station is also on the increase. I headed back down after the Sportsman’s Show and did not return until Sunday afternoon. Stayed busy with checking on the progress of the Leeville Boat Launch, ordering a new 2300HPS Pathfinder with 300HP Four Stroke from Renovations, helping the boys at Boudreaux’s get ready for the Leeville Arts and Crafts festival, catching more finger Mullet, and of course wetting a line.rnrnFishing was still tough if you worked inside waters. I concentrated on the two spots that have worked for me, the South Texaco Field on harsh windy days, and lately the Bay Marchand Rigs just out of Belle Pass along the coast on rare, calmer days. The water temp along the coast is still higher than inside. Low 70’s outside and low 60’s inside. See previous posts and Between the Banks for more details. This hitch the Pathfinder remained trailered and covered most of the time as I continued to go with other anglers in their boats, teaching them how to get in the South Texaco Field safely. I also introduced those with bigger boats how to use a Block Map to locate the Bay Marchand rigs.rnrnMost of the windy days started off calm and by mid-morning the wind began to increase. There were several days where the wind was brutal from the start. Those days I could be found in the West Access Canal which always holds clean, protected water. When the wind eased enough and blew from the east, I worked the cuts from Bayou Rosa to Deep Bayou, concentrating on the Bay Raccourci side. If it humped from the West, I worked the Little Lake side. Could not check Timabiler and the islands due to the wind and dirty water.rnrnAll of the fish we caught came on Live Finger Mullet both free swimming and on 1/8 oz. weighted Carolina rig, and under a weighted, rattling, clip-on Comel cork. When conditions were tough, we anchored up current quietly, cast down current, and let the bait do the work as we placed the rods in the holders and watched the tips for warnings that the bait was nervous and about to be attacked. Best catch of the hitch was a limit of Reds, a ton of Sheepshead, and 17 nice Specks, all caught on a calm day at BM1HH.rnrnThe predicted approaching/stalling front should turn the fish on again as the flat tide of days past are slowly replaced by an increasing tide range and warming water temps. It all depends on us getting a break from the wind. If you need help fishing and catching in Leeville, check out Between the Banks TV fishing show on all off our cable venues statewide, betweenthebanks.com, and the Between the Banks fishing line at 504-458-9451 for last minute reports and charter information. All the information is fresh and experienced by my guests and I. Don’t rely on hearsay info from anglers that are not even in Leeville fishing, yet make posts. Coming soon Between the Banks on ESPN Radio on Saturday mornings from 5-7am. 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,rnrnLouisiana Sportsman’s Show was outstanding this past late week and weekend. Had to be a record crowd and they were all treated to good food, fun, fair and products wither you fish or hunt. Well done Tony Taylor and crew. I worked the Renovations high tech display in the boat building. They had smart TVs at the front of all 4 of the Pathfinder models including the new 2300HPS & 2600 HPS. The HPS stands for High Performance Step. You could look at walk thru and running footage of each model including the 2200 & 2400 and witness the performance of each model. Capt. Steve Shook and I did seminars each day. Renovations display even had a huge elevated TV with fishing footage and music. Thanks to everyone that came by to pick up free stuff and register for a trip on Between the Banks. Thanks for all the Cajun hospitality and good times to the staff of Renovations. Looking forward to the new BTB 2300HPS’s arrival.rnrnHeading back to Boudreaux’s today and look forward to warming water temps. If the wind is blowing, of course you’ll find me in the South Texaco Field, and if it lays I will be at the Bay Marchand Rigs off of Fourchon Beach. Check my last post, Between the Banks Fishing Show on TV and at betweenthebanks.com, BTB fishing line at 504-458-9451, for more details on fishing these areas. 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,rnrnCatching this past hitch was easy if you played the weather right. If the wind was not blowing and the gnats feasting, we again escaped to the Bay Marchand rigs just south of the barges off of Fourchon in the 1 block. When the wind was blowing enough to keep the gnats off, we fished the South Texaco Field just south of the Leeville Bridge. Live finger Mullet continued to be our live bait of choice.rnrnOn the inside trips, we caught all of the Redfish under a cork and weight less on the free swimming finger mullet. At BM1HH we again anchored up current of the rig enough to cast back to the rig legs. A few Specks and a whole lot of Redfish and Sheepsters bit on our ˝ oz. Carolina rig baited with market shrimp and live finger mullet. We filmed over the weekend.rnrnI will be working the Renovations Pathfinder boat display for the entire La. Sportsman’s Show at the Lamar Dixon Center in Gonzales this Thursday thru Sunday. Come register for a filmed fishing trip on Between the Banks TV show, check out the seminars, and talk to the techs and reps. All of this will be happening in the Renovation’s display. The new 2200, 2300HPS, 2400 and 2600HPS will all be there with running and walk thru footage showing on each respective model. Be sure to see the new stepped hulls and other new Pathfinder boat features. Come by and pick up your Between the Banks decal and say hello.rnrnMore of the South Texaco Field Series continues airing on Between the Banks on LCN Television Network, and betweenthebanks.com. The series starts on Episode 1425 and runs thru 1428. 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,rnrnFished Friday out of Boudreaux’s in Leeville with an old Bass fishing buddy. He purchased a new 2600HPS Pathfinder and wanted to do some running and fishing. He lives in Fla. and was in La. for Mardi Gras and had his new boat in tow. We had a light wind from the Southeast so we escaped the Gnats by running to Belle Pass. When we hit the Gulf surface water temp was 69 degrees and rising so we hooked a left and ran east. I headed to BM1HH platform and anchored up current on the north side of the rig, fishing the falling tide. You needed a 1/2oz. to 3/4oz. jig head or weight on a Carolina rig to fish the current and get the live finger mullet or market shrimp to the bottom 25 feet down. The fish were in a feeding frenzy and we ended up with14 nice Specks, 10 Reds between 20-25”, 27 big Sheepshead and 9 nice Mangrove. By 10 am the outgoing tide eased, allowing us to troll up to the rig legs, chum the legs with our left over shrimp, and stick more fish. By noon the wind started to pick up allowing us to return to a gnatless Leeville.rnrnIt was nice to return a favor. I was competing in an important Bass Tournament in Lake Kissimmee Florida and could not buy a bite. He was killing the Bass at the spot and took the time to troll over to me and show me what I was doing wrong. I was all ears. After re-rigging I went on to catch my limit. For the rest of the 4-day Bass Tournament, we worked the same spot, appreciating his invitation and his knowledge. He won the tournament with me finishing second. I told him that if he ever needed help fishing Louisiana to give me a call. I was glad he did. rnrnAction at Boudreaux’s fish cleaning station had slightly picked up but anglers were still complaining. Saturday morning I received a call from Venture Man. He was fishing out of Fourchon and was asking for any suggestions. I sent him and his group to BM1HH, paying the favor forward. They duplicated our efforts before getting blown out of the Gulf as the Southeast wind was beginning to hump. As for me, it was an easy hitch, never splashing my Pathfinder and still catching fish. rnrnHeading back to Leeville today in preparation for filming Saturday and Sunday. If the wind is down, expect to find me at the Bay Marchand rigs just of off the coast. If you are fishing Lafourche Parish and need help getting on fish, the action in the South Texaco Field is still running on Between the Banks TV and at betweenthebanks.com. For last minute reports call the BTB fishing line at 504.458.9451. In the meantime good luck fishing….Capt. BobrnrnPS Don’t forget the La Sportsman Show next weekend and be sure to register for a trip on Between the Banks at the Pathfinder high tech display in Renovations display. I will be there all four days.

Kajun Kent getting ready for his Mardi Gras parade @ Boudreaux\'s. Note his onboard guest \'Nutria Q

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnWe are still catching Redfish in the South Texaco Field out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville. The last two weeks was a mix bag of weather, especially with the most recent warm up, so I wondered if I should give up on the Redfish and go looking for Specks. The surface water temp at the beginning of this past hitch was mid to upper 40’s and on the coast Gulf water fell into the high 60’s. After the warm weather thru yesterday, the surface water temp started the slow climb up to high 50’s and low 60’s. Since my preference is low 70’s and rising water surface temp, I chose to keep Red fishing all though a few smaller Specks have recently shown up.rnrnIt was back to South Texaco Field oyster beds again as we continued to film the Redfish series airing on Between the Banks. The water temp determined what we threw. On colder days after a front with rising pressure, we caught only on weightless Carolina rigs, allowing the live bait to swim and cruise the oyster beds without getting snagged. After the cast, the rod went in the rod holder until it bowed up. Right before the strike, the nervous finger mullet or large minnow would rattle the rod tip and several times you would see the Redfish track the live bait and then blow up on it. This was the only way my guest and I would get our limit.rnrnThe second half of the hitch, we enjoyed the warm weather and as the water temp rose the Redfish became more active. Boone Straight Jackets in line spinners worked great and live bait under a cork also put Redfish in the fish box. Our cork lines featured clip-on comel weighted and with rattles. All the weight was at the cork, still allowing the bait to swim free and tip off the strike. My biggest Red first crashed the cork before crushing the finger mullet. Our only worries were the fog and the gnats but by mid-morning they were chased away by the east and southeast wind.rnrnAt the beginning of the second week, after servicing the Pathfinder and Yamaha at Renovations just north of Leeville, I made a run outside for the sake of running the motor and getting ready for the spring Trout bite. All we could catch was Bull Redfish. We started at Northwest Island field and worked to Fornation. Then we headed south to Casse-tete and the sand bar in Little Pass, then back north to 4-piles and the Deep Bayou area. We caught Redfish, mostly Bulls, at every stop along with 4 lost, small Specks. Water was green clean and calm. The rest of the week thru Saturday we spent hunting Redfish in the South Texaco Field.rnrnThe cameras caught all the action as we wrapped up the 4-part series entitled “Red fishing the South Texaco Field”. Part 3 will start airing this weekend and Part 4 will start airing next weekend on Between the Banks. Check us out on LCN Television Network at 6am daily, or E-Tel and Vision Communications, or betweenthebanks.com and soon you will be able to catch Between the Banks Radio Show from 5-7am on Saturday’s on ESPN radio at 100.3 KLRZrnrnI will also be appearing at the Louisiana Sportsman Show in mid-March at the Lamar-Dixon Center in Gonzales. I will be working the Renovation’s display each day and will be doing seminars also. Come check out the high tech HD video of the 4 new Pathfinder models, both running and walk-thru footage, along with HD fishing action shot from Renovation’s new 2600HPS and Between the Banks 2400 Tournament Pathfinder. You can register for a free fishing trip on Between the Banks Television show and talk to techs about trolling motor/rear anchoring systems, and service at Renovations display.rn rnWinter/early Spring fishing is still tough out of Leeville. Reports of everyone catching all over the place are not true. The fish cleaning station has been more of a ghost town than busy. We have been successful because we have concentrated on Redfish and worked the big school of Reds in the South Texaco Field from an anchored, quiet position. Like everyone, I look forward to the easy big Trout catches of an early warm Spring, but it just has not happened out of Leeville yet. Be assured that when it does, I will let you know. In the meantime good luck fishing….Capt. Bob

The Patton\'s with a nice catch of Redfish and 4 small Specks,and a Flounder
Capt. Bob with a nice Redfish

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnI was at my station at Boudreaux’s Friday cleaning up when I spotted Leeville regulars Mike and Kathy docking up. His 28 foot Gravois had two other couples in it and as he was tying up, I asked how they had done and they told me they had scratched. Mike and Kathy are from Prairieville and have always shared info with me. “Man you have to put me on some Reds,” he asked. Mike knows that I like the south Texaco Field oyster flats for Redfish especially this time of year, but he is afraid to get stuck with his big boat. I told him the water temp was really down and a trip to the fish cleaning station was not a given. He introduced me to his friends from North Louisiana as we sat at the picnic tables and reminisced. I offered more reasons why fishing was tough to help the beer ease the pain but Pee Pop, the oldest member of the crew was having no part of it. “I’m the biggest jinx in the world,” he proclaimed! “I can catch all the fish in the world up in Tallulah but bring me anywhere else and I’ll ruin everyone’s luck.” The serious glare of his disappointed eyes confirmed he was not joking. By dark Mike and his guest were hungry and heading across the street to eat.rnrnAfter covering the Pathfinder, I caught up with Mike and company and offered a possible solution to their fishless ways and cursed crew. “You all have to follow my instructions to the letter,” I demanded, “and I can promise that you will catch Redfish and finally break this “Out of Town” curse once and for all”. First requirement was that they get up at 6am to watch Between the Banks which was filmed in the South Texaco Field. Surely this would be a confidence booster. Second, the men would meet me at 7am for a quick rigging session. Third, they would all meet at Mike’s boat at 8am for loading and departure and I would be onboard to witness the slaying of this beast curse. Happy with full stomachs and a quenched thirst, they turned in for the night.rnrnSaturday morning the three couples arrived at the dock ready to go armed with live bait and rigged weed less. I showed Mike how to maneuver the shallow flat at Redfish Point two and dropped into D’s canal in the middle of the Oyster Field. The crew was confident after watching the show as we anchored up across from D’s Pond where we had filmed 7 days earlier. The water temp started in the 40’s and by noon was in the low 50’s. When the falling tide had drained out and stopped, so did the bite. Pee Pop had a nice 28” Redfish, his wife Betty and her daughter had caught two nice Reds, along with Kathy nailing a 27” Red. Their smallest Red was 22 inches. They did not limit out and did miss a few, but at high noon proclaimed victory over the dreaded curse and returned to land to celebrate their victory and claim their ticket to the fish cleaning station at Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel.rnrnIf you would like more details on Red’s in the South Texaco Field, stay tuned to Between the Banks as Part 1 is on right now on all our venues. Part Two will start airing this weekend. Look for episodes 1425 and 1426. In the meantime good luck fishing……Capt. Bob

Pee Pop\'s nice Redfish
Betty\'s biggest Red
Daughter Crimson and her biggest

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFished Tuesday out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville and the Redfish were on again. Surface water temp started at 49.2 degrees and climbed to 58.5 degrees. Tide also cooperated as the low tide did not bottom out till 1130am, forcing the fish out of the ponds and into the deeper water in the canals. Water movement and nervous water was all over the South Texaco Field, caused by the over 1 foot tide range. Even the full moon could not stop the bite.rnrnWe did not leave the dock till the sun came up, allowing the oyster beds in the South Texaco Field to warm along with the water temp as the sun climbed. When I pulled up to the spot, the reds were right where they were supposed to be, on the deeper oyster clad drop-offs. As the sun rose and warmed up the oysters even more, the Redfish bit harder. Reds that we caught earlier in the morning did not fight as much as the ones that hit once the sun was up.rnrnAll of the Reds were caught on Finger Mullet and monster cocahoe minnows that I caught or received from the Marsh Man in the orange house, just south of the locks. He is open year round and sells my favorite live bait, finger mullet. If you fish on Monday thru Wednesday during the wintertime and don’t like throwing a castnet, you always can get bait up by the locks. I am still catching bait at the intersection of the West Canal and Bayou Lafourche.rnrnWe fished “weightless”, rigging a 12-18” shock leader with a 1/0 black or bronze kahle hook at leaders end and a small #10 black crane swivel on the top to keep the bait from rolling the line. We cast out and held the rod tip up, feeling every move of the mullet or big minnow. We could tell when we about to get the hit as the bait would go ape. Some of the Reds would chase the bait to the surface and crash it, making a huge swirl and splash as they hit. I caught my five and then released until we finished filming. Before the tide stopped rolling out, Theresa caught her five and released five more until the Redfish bite ended as the tide turned to come in.rnrnIt was great Redfish action and we got it on film. Part one of “Red fishing the South Texaco Field Oyster Beds”, will start airing next on Between the Banks Television show. The 2013 highlights are on now on all of our venues and will be followed by the two Redfish editions we filmed Tuesday. For more details check out Between the Banks every morning at 6am on LCN Television Network or at your convenience on betweenthebanks.com. If your fishing Leeville and need immediate help catching, as always there is the BTB fishing line @ 504-458-9451 or just come by my office at Boudreaux’s in the back by the launch. Bring your map as I am always there most of the time and always eager to help. If you are planning a trip, call ahead and I will refer you to episodes on the episode guide on betweenthebanks.com that will help prepare you before you arrive. In the meantime good luck fishing…Capt. Bob rnrnP.S. Did not catch any big Specks when the tide switched. Just the small ones at the intersection of the East Canal and the Power lines. Fished from China Bayou to the Helipad off of Deep Bayou and found no Reds or Trout as the water was still dirty from the strong wind.

Capt. Bob with a nice Redfish
2400 Pathfinder fish box was full of Redfish
Theresa with her biggest Redfish. Now ya\'ll know why I don\'t film the TV show.

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnWe fished out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel last Friday. When we got up Friday morning the tide was bottoming out and the second board on the dock bulkhead was showing. The northeast wind was still blowing hard enough to keep low water conditions despite the good tide range and a projected incoming afternoon tide. It was a sure fire Redfish day.rnrnAfter seeing that exposed dock board, I took my guests, Gene and his Father-in-law Doug, straight to the south Texaco field and the Redfish were waiting on us. The extreme low water forced me to anchor almost in the middle of D’s canal and work the edges of the exposed oyster flats. Armed with my standard live bait Redfish rig, a Comel Clip on, weighted, rattling cork, 18-24 inches above a 1/0 bronze hook, my guest and I proceeded to hammer the Reds. We used live bait, large minnows and finger Mullet I had caught at the intersection of Bayou Lafourche and the West canal.rnrnThe bite continued till 10am when the high tide finally allowed the water to come in. With 14 Redfish in the fish box, I made the move to get to the Specks in the East Access and Five Points. Rigged with a 1/8oz., Carolina style, 1/0 Kahle hook through the lips of live bait, we fished the deep water slowly, hardly moving the rod or cranking the reel. If you dare felt a hit, you had to wait for the Speck to eat the bait or you would reel in skinned bait. I was going to stop in Bayou Lafourche, especially since sonar was lit up, but the hard north wind was blowing right down the bayou making the incoming tide brutal to fish. Five Points and the East Access canal are protected on a North to Northeast wind. By the way, we did not catch a Speck the whole day.rnrnBrutal winter conditions are upon us now as the surface water temp inside has dropped dramatically. With the winter getting colder, the water surface temp is getting dangerously low, now already hanging in the low 40’s to 50’s. Even when we were catching the Redfish, they did not fight as hard because of the tougher conditions. If you are fishing Specks, “fish slow and deep and stay warm my friends.” Hope 2014 is full of catching. In the meantime good luck fishing…..Capt. Bob

Doug with a nice Redfish
Gene and Doug with our catch of Redfish
Gene with a nice Red.

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnSpent Thursday thru Sunday at Boudreaux’s Motel in Leeville pulling maintenance on the Pathfinder. Not many folks were fishing but the ones that did brave the rougher weather still caught fish. The nicer catches came on Thursday thru Saturday, the same days where it started to warm as the High Pressure moved away and the next front began to approach. Sunday was a washout and I headed home for Christmas. While working on the BTB rig, I would see when folks pulled up at the fish cleaning station and check out the catches. Several anglers worked the east side and several fished the west side. rnrnIt was not “where” that was important, but how. Tide fell in the morning and switched to incoming around 10-11am depending on how hard the wind blew. Thursday morning was calm and the gnats were feeding, but by mid-morning the breeze picked up and ran them off. For guest at the motel, Reds were caught mostly on the falling tide along with plenty of small Specks. Once the high tide pushed in, the bigger Trout turned on. By Saturday the falling morning tide could barely move out as the east to south wind really picked up and pushed the water in.rnrnTwin Rig Chartreuse split tail along with silver flake beetle under a cork and corkless worked best. If you fished it without a cork, you had to fish slow and work the drop off ledges in the canals and bayous. The deeper the water, the bigger the Specks according to the anglers I spoke to at the fish cleaning station. Live bait is scarce this time of year as most of the bait shops are closed for winter or have abreveated hours of operation. When I am fishing live bait, I catch my own bait and have been killing the big ones on live finger mullet and large minnows. On sunny days when the tide is ripping, you can find mullet working the edges and flats near deep water. The Cut Threw Canal, Bayou Rosa Cuts and the intersection of the West Canal and Bayou Lafourche are all places I catch live bait. If you are not a cast net thrower, you would be surprised how easy minnows are to catch using a recreational minnow trap. Upcoming editions of Between the Banks will feature ways to catch bait for personnel use during winter time when bait shops are closed.rnrnThe year 2014 should be a good year for boat launches in Lafourche Parish as the parish budget reflects spending on several projects. I attended a recent council meeting and was happy to find funding for several parish public launches. The Golden Meadow Park Public Launch will get $50,000 for construction of launching piers. The Raceland public launch on La.308 will get $150,000 to add a concrete launch stall and improve parking. Funding for the Leeville Public Boat Launch has been secured and the construction bid awarded and submitted for approval. Construction will start soon. We are still working on a solution for the Cloverly Launch.rnrnThe year 2013 was great for big Specks as confirmed on the year end highlights edition of Between the Banks that is up next on all the Between the Banks venues. I leave you with a happy bunch of anglers at the fish cleaning station at Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel. Merry Christmas and Happy New year and in the meantime good luck fishing……Capt. Bob

Nice mess of Specks
Nice mess of Redfish too!

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnThe catching out of Leeville has slowed now that the water temp is steadily falling. Winter time fishing is here as are the winter time fishing patterns. On days when the north winds combine with a falling tide, we are still catching nice Trout and Redfish in the South Texaco field as the marsh drains. We have been working the nervous water around the cuts and oyster flats with a weighted clip on cork over live bait. If you need more info, check episodes 1419 and 1420 on betweenthebanks.com.rnrnOn days when it is warming up and winds are moving from east to southeast, we have been hitting the rocks in Deep Bayou north to Bayou Rosa and the mouth of China Bayou. Bull Redfish are mixed in with the bigger Trout. Everything there was caught on Carolina rigged live bait. When the wind picks up as the next front approaches, we have been fishing Bayou Lafourche. Our success has come fishing the current Carolina style, with just enough weight (1/8-1/2) to keep the live bait swimming above the snag filled bottom. We are fishing slow and putting the rods in a holder. For more info check out episodes 1422 and 1423 on betweenthebanks.com. Episode 1423 is presently airing on all of our venues and contains the Bayou Lafourche action near the end of the show. More details on Bayou Lafourche fishing can be found on the Lunkerland editions of Between the Banks that were filmed last winter. They can be found on the episode guide on betweenthebanks.com.rnrnHappy holidays and in the meantime good luck fishing….Capt BobrnPS Thanks for all the info and the reports Frank. You will be missed.

Gordon with a nice Redfish

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnThis past week’s fishing was influenced big time by the wind. We started the week off with strong southeast wind pouring in water especially on high tide. The building range in tide was enough to force water out of the full bowl in the morning hours of falling tide and when it did, the fishing was on. In the afternoon when the incoming tide took over, the fish turned on again. Wednesday the southeast wind eased enough allowing the bowl to drain even more in advance of the next front. My guests and I dawned our rain gear and tolerated the showers cashing in on 34 Trout and one Redfish. Carolina rigged live bait in the middle of the canal and corked over the oyster banks caught all of the fish as we continued to work the protected water in the south Texaco Field. This field of high, wooded bank canals always holds good fish on a hard southeast wind as a front approaches. That lull of wind or calm before the front, announced when the gnats make an appearance, we ran to Deep Bayou and blew them off.rnrnThursday the front blew thru with extreme North winds and continued thru Friday morning. I battled the north wind in the East Access canal. We anchored as close to the high, protected north bank of the canal, casting to the middle, ridding the falling tide with our Carolina live bait rigs. The howling North wind made it easy to cast and feel the hit. My anglers would not reel and let the bait swim. If you cranked, you did not catch. By Friday morning as the weekend crowd arrived, conditions improved and as the wind eased and began the switch to east and southeast. Again the south Texaco field paid off as David and Sandra, Ricky and Terry, and Tim and his dad Wilson all came in with nice catches.rnrnSunday it was back to the building east and southeast wind syndrome as the whole cycle was beginning again in advance of the next, strong cold front. Today the wind is down and you would think it is Spring. This past week surface water went from 74 degrees to 54 degrees on Thursday and Friday, and settled at 62 degrees thru the day Saturday and climbing again today to 71 degrees. Hopefully this next blast will not drop the temp too much, causing the bite to slow down. So far the warmer water days are when the catching is best. Tide flattens this week and gains range again by Thursday and continues to build thru Full Moon week. rnrnCheck out Episodes of Between the Banks for more info on fishing both the South Texaco Field when the wind is blowing, and Deep Bayou when the wind eases and you need to avoid the gnats. The Leeville Speckled Trout and Redfish Rodeo is up next on Between the Banks, then the episodes filmed at Deep Bayou and Bayou Lafourche will follow on all of our venues including betweenthebanks.com. As always if you need help fishing Lower Lafourche especially the Leeville area, or need charter info, call the BTB Fishing line at 504-458-9451. In the meantime good luck fishing…Capt. Bob

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
vHello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnPushed my guest back a day as the southeast wind ripped in advance of the Thursday afternoon and overnight rain. It looked like there would be a break between the rain band and the actual front passage late Friday. Never passing on an approaching front and falling pressure, my guest and I hit the sofa in the East Access Canal. The tide was falling, being pushed by a 15mph Northeast wind. Riding the out falling tide with live bait rigged Carolina style produced 15 nice Specks and 13 nice Whites by midday tide switch.rnrnSecond spot was our last spot as the fish were on in the South Texaco Field. When we arrived the small male Specks were on but once the spot settled the big female Specks turned on and began to feed over the oyster beds. Rigged under a clip-on, weighted, rattling Comel cork, the incoming tide carried the bait above the oyster beds. The bite went on till 4 pm as the wind eased. My guests ended the day with 45 nice Specks and 15 nice Whites. Over ˝ of their Specks were between 3-4 pounds with lunker weighing nearly five.rnrnBy Saturday, the wind was humping from the Northwest as the front was through. Pressure was building but Terry and Mike from Bastrop hung in and caught less but still caught despite the increasing wind. Hopefully things will settle down by tomorrow weather wise. I’d like to make another outside trip but either way, in or out, there are some nice Specks to be had fishing out of Boudreaux’s. Despite the wind Kajun Kent and the Redfish Ninjas continue to hammer the Redfish, working the north end of the West Access Canal. Cleaned and covered as I take a couple of days off for editing. Here are some pics. In the meantime good luck fishing….Capt. Bob

Terry with a nice Speck.
Nice Mess
Robert with a nice Speck

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFished Friday out of Boudreaux’s in Leeville. Was one of those great days as the decent tide range combined with a falling tide and gnatless. Started out in the east Access taking shelter from the still blowing Northeast wind. We then jumped to D’s in the South Texaco Field and then to the West Access. We were working Reds when the wind started to ease, it was time to make the run. I took my guest to the eastern bank of Lake Raccourci via Bayou Rosa, starting at the mouth of China Bayou. We worked our way south to Deep Bayou, catching big Trout and Bull Redfish. Caught all of the fish using live bait rigged Carolina style with a 1/8 oz. pegged weight. At lines end a 1/0 bronze kahle hook. Strait Jacket in-line spinners worked best for the reds.rnrnSaturday and Sunday were copies of each other as the Northeast wind and daytime falling tide produced a busy fish cleaning station. Weekend Anglers worked Bayou Pieere Et Le all the way to Bayou Blue. Redfish and smaller Specks were the norm. The gang from Tenn had been working that area their whole stay and catching limits of Reds with a few nice trout. Squid Row and a bunch of regulars like Ricky and Terry fished the weekend. Squid hit his inside spots and Ricky and Terry worked outside near Casse-tete. Outside fish are still averaging 2 lbs. and up. rnrnMonday and Tuesday were film days and we again started out at the Deep Bayou Rocks and never had to leave. Monday afternoon the wind started to pick up from the east. By then we had almost two shows worth of footage. We finished up the second show Tuesday morning after hitting the big Specks in Bayou Lafourche’s “Lunker Land”. Kajun Kent and the Redfish Ninjas from Boudreaux’s have been working the north end of the South Texaco Field near Camp Five.rnrnToday I pulled the Pathfinder for maintenance and cleaning as the wind continues to pick up from 15 to 20 mph. Fishing again tomorrow in advance of the front. It probably will be blowing but is also should be good. Leeville fishing Rodeo is up next on Between the Banks venues. In the meantime good luck fishing…..Capt. Bob

Bulls are in the same spot as the Big Specks
Kajun Kent with a nice Red.
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Pair of Reds for Kajun Kent
Typical inside catch of Redfish and smaller Trout.
Still waiting on ground breaking.
Kajun Kent getting ready for his Mardi Gras parade @ Boudreaux\'s. Note his onboard guest \'Nutria Q
Capt. Bob with a nice Redfish
The Patton\'s with a nice catch of Redfish and 4 small Specks,and a Flounder
Lunker of the trip.
Daughter Crimson and her biggest
Betty\'s biggest Red
Pee Pop\'s nice Redfish
Theresa with her biggest Redfish. Now ya\'ll know why I don\'t film the TV show.
2400 Pathfinder fish box was full of Redfish
Capt. Bob with a nice Redfish
Gene with a nice Red.
Gene and Doug with our catch of Redfish
Doug with a nice Redfish
Nice mess of Redfish too!
Nice mess of Specks
Gordon with a nice Redfish
Robert with a nice Speck

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