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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,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

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFished Memorial Day out of Boudreaux Waterfront Motel in Leeville. Place was packed for the holiday. Started off at the Deep Bayou rocks and got into the Big Specks until the incoming tide stopped. Mongo and I took a break for lunch while we broke for Philo Brice. The wind was slowly increasing so we worked the protected North shore of the island, waiting for the afternoon bite. Our patience was rewarded, escaping the lake before it got rough. On the way back we stopped at the Bayou Rosa Cut thru and big Trout were on there too. Carolina rigged live Mullet and big –egg filled cocahoes caught all of our fish.rnrnThis morning Mother Nature decided to slow the fun. Wind is blowing 20+ in advance of the next storm tomorrow and Thursday. Weekend is looking good for now. Next trip is Friday as I canceled my Tuesday and Wednesday trip because we can’t get out to the Big Trout. Soon as it lays enough, I’ll be back. Boudreaux’s Why-Fly is still up. Reports continue. Here till November. Need help, call BTB fishing line, BTB Fishing Show, betweenthebanks.com. In the meantime good luck fishing…Capt. Bob

Mongo with his biggest Speck

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnFished yesterday out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel and the day was glorious, but pataience was the key. My guest and I started the incoming tide in the Bay Rosa and Deep Bayou area with a slow morning bite and non-aggressive fish. When the breeze subsided along with the chop, I headed west to the Northwest Structures, Fornation, and Philo Brice in anticipation of the next bite. Early afternoon, as the wind laid and the water temp neared 80, the big Specks turned on. Fishing with large, egg filled minnows rigged Carolina style on a 1/0 kahle/1/8 oz., were the bait of choice for most of Chuck and Lynn’s fish. Water in all of the above areas was gulf green, bait filled, nervous and loaded with large specks.rnrnNew Moon week is on us as the tide range increases. Back in the water tomorrow. Boudreaux’s “why/Fly” is back up and they are packed. Hope this post and pic’s make it into cyber space. Keep up with the action on Between the Banks Television show on LCN, betweenthebanks.com., and reports exclusively on this site. In the meantime good luck fishing…Capt. Bob

Chuck and his wife Lynn with some of their catch

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnrnThe tide slacked this morning, so I figured it was a good time to reload for the next round of fishing. This past hitch out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville featured beautiful weather with a soothing breeze, just enough to keep both the gnats and most of the sand flies at bay. The Full Moon week produced the normal big range in tide, incoming most of the day.rnrn Outside fishing remained inconsistent for my scouting days however the mid-waters of Bay Rosa south to Deep Bayou regularly produced some big Specks for my guests. I fished this area due to the cool weather and the full moon as all of the spots where we caught nice fish were adjacent to deeper, stable clean water. As the day warmed and the afternoon approached, the bite would increase. Water temp on the cool mornings fell to 68 but by mid hitch had risen back over 75 degrees.rnrnAnother reason I fished the mid-waters was the wind. Most days the wind blew 10-15 and it did not take much to dirty the unprotected outside water. The protected water from Bay Rosa to Deep Bayou turned gulf green by mid- morning as the incoming tide increased. If the wind had an easterly component, we fished the protected, clean, calm, eastern bank of Racourcci. If the wind had a westerly component, we fished the Western Bank of Little lake.rnrnThe final reason I fished this area was Bull Redfish. When the morning bite would stop, I would duck into the Cut Thru Canal, allowing my guest to catch monster Redfish. I rigged them on a 6’ stand up Cedros Okuma spinning rod with a CD 65 bait runner spinning reel. A simple gimbal belt and a good pump and grind action produced monsters well over 30 pounds. After the battle was over along with lunch, we headed back to increasing Trout action as the afternoon bite increased the closer we got to sunset.rnrnAgain most of our Trout came on live bait under my standard Comel Cork rig and more and more are coming on the standard 1/8oz carolina rig. Finger Mullet and large egg-fat minnows worked best and a clear chartruse tail DOA shrimp with a flutter hook replacing the factory hook, took artificial honors.rnrnBull Redfish and big Trout action shot at Casse-tete Island is up next on Between the Banks TV show and betweenthebanks.com if you need help fishing Leeville and last minute reports and charter info on the BTB fishing line @ 504-458-945. Back in the water Saturday s the New Moon tide range begins to build thru the end of the month. Come by and say hello. In the meantime good luck fishing…..Capt. Bob

Robert with his big Bull
Sharron with her big Speck
Terry with his Bull Redfish

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnFished the last 10 days out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville. This hitch continued to feature the wind and if you did not know how to deal with it, catching was tough. On the calmer days there was plenty action at the fish cleaning station with both Redfish and Specks being caught. The boats that fished outside on these days may not have limited out on monster Specks, but you could tell where we fished because of the size of our Specks. Our catches ranged from 17-30 nice Specks with two anglers on board. When the wind was humping, the water was rough and dirty, not good conditions for big Specks. On those days we worked the Deep Bayou area north to Bayou Rosa, concentrating on the protected bank and the pretty green water.rnrnThis last hitch also featured a great tide range, predominantly incoming, and strong South winds forcing the water in. Redfish were still caught during this hitch and the smaller the boat, the further you could ride the incoming tide into the marsh. On all of our trips the Specks turned on real early, then a 10-2 dominate bite and 6 till dark. All of the big Trout had a combination of finger mullet, pogys, and shrimp in their bellies as all of the spots we fished and caught had this type of bait popping the surface. At casse-tete you could smell the bait and slicks were visible at all the spots my guest fished. Throw in some nervous water and I had the three things my guest needed to catch big Specks, nervous-clean-bait filled water. Add the ingredient of a dominate incoming tide to this hitch, and life was good.rnrnMost of our fish especially on windy days were caught under Comel rattling, weighed, clip on corks 18” above a live pogy, live finger mullet or large live shrimp on a 1/0 bronze kahle hook. I have been throwing my cast net as usual and that’s what I have caught in the net, the same thing that is in their stomachs. I did pick up some Minnows from Gale’s and Ba-ta-Bing will be open soon with live shrimp and croakers as T-Tim was painting and getting ready. Demier’s will be open soon also. If you are fishing late Sunday thru Tuesday, buying bait can be an issue, so you might want to call ahead and make sure that you bring a cast net. Everyone should be open and operating soon.rnrnWe may have started this hitch with 35mph south winds canceling two trips, but when Mother Nature presented her soft side, life was good in the Leeville Neighborhood. If you need help fishing out of Leeville and catching, you have several options. Between the Banks Fishing Show is on LCN Television Network, E-TEL, Vision, Cox, Charter and other cable companies. You can also keep up on betweenthebanks.com. We have just changed host and all the recent shows are now being added. For those last minute problems catching, call the BTB Fishing line at 504-458-9451. You can also come by my station at Boudreaux’s. This time of year I am always there at least 5 days a week so come on by with map in hand and I will point you in the right direction as always. The information is fresh and from someone that fishes Leeville fulltime. Heading back, in the meantime good luck fishing….Capt. Bob

Tucker\'s nice Redfish
Adam and Gooch with a nice mess of Reds and Trout
Richard and his wife Wanda with a couple of nice Specks

Inshore Fishing

Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana

Capt. Bob's Leeville Report
Hello Again Cyber Anglers,rnFished last Thursday thru Sunday and again Wednesday of this week out of Boudreaux’s Waterfront Motel in Leeville. The recent calm wind days we have spent at Casse-tete, Philo and Bird Islands welcoming the Trout to outside water as the water temp continued to climb into the mid 70’s. The big Specks near the coast are just beginning to move in and feed and there is a Bull Redfish and Shark welcome committee. On the windy days my guest and I have taken refuge in Deep Bayou and the Cut Thru Canal. We have occupied our time catching Bulls and Shark from an anchored position and trolling lures in the deeper water. When anchored we have been breaking out the lighter lines and casting for Trout and Flounder on the shallower flats. The Bulls have been so prevalent that some days we catch more of them than arriving Specks. Yesterday was a fine example.rnrnAfter filming Saturday and Sunday, catching both Specks and Reds at Casse-tete, riding the big swing in incoming tide, enjoying the flat conditions, I returned with my guest. As we arrived we could again see Pelicans diving and massive schools of pogyies popping the surface. We moved away and fished the vanished western end for Specks but ended up getting spooled by a wild Bull and then battling another on light line for 30 minutes right when we arrived. My guest Adam and his dad Brian had never battled the Bulls so I drifted away and retooled. Armed with a ten pound bag of Porgy’s from Griffin’s, two stand up, 6’ medium action Okuma Cedros rods, with CD65 Coronado bait runner Okuma reels, we attacked. I rigged a whole pogie, on a 4/0 kahle hook, on a wire leader with a sampo swivel on top, and cast it out. I introduced my anglers to their fighting belts and as soon as they were fitted, “all hell broke loose.”rnrnAdam and Brian never thought that battling Bull Redfish could be such a fight and went on to catch 10 Bulls with the largest caught by Bryan, a 45 pounder. All of these Reds except for one 28” 15 pound youngster, were over 30 pounds. At times the school of Bulls would surface and attack the schools of porgy’s, turning the water golden orange. The warm, windless morning and constant action were taking a toll on Adam and his Dad until I broke out the ice cold water sprayer and cooled them off. They continued to wage war with the Bulls and the occasional monster Black Tip Shark. By noon we were glad to be out of bait and took to searching for Trout but the bite was slow and only a handful of Specks caught as the incoming tide had flattened out.rnrnThe action from Deep Bayou and Casse-tete will be up next on Between the Banks Television show. Tune in to any of our venues for more details on how to catch Bulls and big Specks. The outside season is on and my guest and I have abandoned the gnat infested marsh for bigger game near and in open water. This time of year I am mostly fishing so if you need help just come by my station at Boudreaux’s. Enjoy the bite and in the meantime good luck fishing….Capt. Bob

Adam and his Dad Brian were catching 2 at a time
Big Specks are showing up. This was one just over 4 pounds.
Brian\'s big Bull Redfish

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

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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
Nice catch of Trout
Kenny\'s lunker Speck pushed 6 pounds.
Kenny\'s Redfish pushed 18 pounds
Grand Bayou Blue Lunker
Lunker from Philo Brice
John with the bull that did not get away
Taylor with a nice Speck
Barret with a  nice Speck
Dave with his lunker Redfish. Sorry Mr. Redfish, no kiss for you.
Sandra is so happy to catch a keeper, she kisses the lunker Speck
Caught in the Powerpole
Mongo with his biggest Speck

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