Inshore Fishing

Ride the Bull kayak tournament draws record crowd to Caminada Pass

Grand Isle joined the kayak fishing tournament history books on Saturday when the Third Annual Ride the Bull tournament hosted a record number of kayak anglers. In all, 261 ’yakers filled Caminada Pass and helped propel the event to the largest kayak fishing tournament in Louisiana and the third largest in the country.

If you were at Bridgeside Marina early Saturday morning, you might have thought it was opening day of deer season: Hundreds of people milled about in bright-orange safety vests waiting on the 7 a.m. shotgun start of “RTB3.” […]

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Stow it, float it, leash it or lose it!

Everyone knows kayak fishing is a minimalist sport. Yeah, right! With the boom in kayak fishing popularity comes an ever-increasing amount of gear that ’yakers are bringing along on their trips.

There are several simple, inexpensive tips and products that will help save your valuable gear from being ruined or lost. […]

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Got ’yak?

Question from the Kayak Fishing Forum:

I am new to the whole kayak fishing. Just looking for a nice, cheaper alternative to buying a boat and still getting out on the water for a nice trip. See some nice rewards when going for reds. Any info would be appreciated. Mainly what’s a nice boat to get started with, buying, gear, etc? Thanks again!

Scottjn85 […]

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Sit on top — fish on top

Primetime for topwater action in Southeast Louisiana is here. With the coming of the next few full moons, big female trout will be at their spawning peak and will get extremely aggressive with topwater baits. […]

Inshore Fishing

Fishing hot for Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo

The annual Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo is set for May 25-27, and there’s no better place such an event right now. Setting out from Bridgeside Marina in any direction will land you on fat and hungry trout.

“You can fish inside, outside and even on the pier and you won’t have any problem finding trout,” local charter Capt. Danny Wray said. […]

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Enter a ’yak tourney

It’s no wonder kayak fishing continues to grow at amazing rates each year: It is an exciting, economical and eco-friendly sport for fishermen of all ages. The growth of the sport has also spawned kayak-fishing tournaments that offer unique, competitive challenges and the chance to win great prizes. […]

Bass Fishing

Boat-launch bass

Modern bass boats are high-powered machines specifically designed to provide fishermen with all the advantages necessary to conquer the world of the largemouth bass. High-powered motors allow bass fishermen to quickly cover many miles in search of prime bass habitat. Rarely will you see a bass fisherman launch his boat and immediately begin fishing — unless that bass fisherman is in a kayak.

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Pimp my ‘yak

An unseasonably warm winter saw many kayak fishermen in Louisiana enjoying an extended season without the need to bundle up and venture out on cold, blustery days. However, winter is not over and we’re sure to see more of those days where you might catch fish, but it really isn’t comfortable to be out in a kayak. […]

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Drift ‘Yaking

Anchoring and trolling are undoubtedly productive methods of fishing in Southeast Louisiana. However, wintertime ‘yak fishermen who learn to drift will find that this method can put fish in the box when nothing else will.

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The Gold Mine

If you fish the famed Sulfur Mine in Galliano, you likely won’t find any gold, but you will find lots of silver and bronze. This old industrial mine site is a perfect place to take your kayak for limits of wintertime specks and reds. Once the exclusive domain of boat fishermen, the Sulfur Mine is within reasonable paddling distance and provides many fishable areas in all weather conditions for kayakers. […]

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Winter yak fishing

Wintertime fishing in South Louisiana can be fantastic. The cold weather brings less fishing pressure and concentrates the fish in many areas that are easily accessible to kayak anglers. However, a change in fishing techniques and safety gear is necessary to ensure not only a productive but safe fishing trip. […]

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Where y’ak?

Fall is the time of year when trout begin their transition from the outer bays and journey into the interior marshes. This is great news for kayakers, as limits of trout will be within easy reach of these people-powered craft. After enduring several summer months of hearing about all the big trout caught in outer areas unreachable by kayak, this is welcome news. […]

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PAC attack: Don’t pass up this autumn hotspot

Say “PAC,” and many kayak anglers instantly have flashes of catching limits of reds and trout. Generically called PAC, this area in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes includes the 33,000-acre Point-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area about 15 miles south of Houma. […]