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Hey guys!

I just ended up biting the bullet and purchasing my first fishing kayak. I live in the New Orleans area, and although i have some experience fishing my own pond, i dont have very much experience kayak fishing. None at all actually. I was basically wondering where to start? Where is a good area for me and my brother, who just bought his first one also, to take our first couple trips? We were thinking the bayou st john area or lake ponchartrain for our first couple goes. Where are some good places within an hour or so drive for beginners to start? Also, any tips for a kayak n00b? Anything i wouldnt expect on the first trip or anything like that? I bought a used pelican thats extremely similar to the Pelican Strike 100x, just an older slightly used model. i dont have a photo right now, but here is a link for the similar model: http://www.pelicansport.com/en/products/kayaks-2017/sit-top-kayak/strike-100x

Thanks!
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Re: New Kayaker, New Fisherman
Suggest you give Gulf Outlet Mariner (Chalmette) a try, fish THE PEN has plenty of deep water and a great shoreline to fish, all enclosed area, North wind would be tough if it is blowing.

Bring some dead bait, reds are plenty & Silverwodners are few and in-between, but you should be able to put a few in the box.

As for lures Purple H&H 3” beetle or the Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, match that up with an H&H 1/4oz. white head w/gold hook.

You can buy live & dead shrimp at Fishermen’s Fiend right at the launch.

Email us stanleyfink@charter.net and we will email you a map of the area in question.

Let us know how you make out.

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack
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Welcome aboard,plenty of folks on this site more than willing to give ya some pointers and I fish outta plenty of paddle-craft,mostly a fine Chapman pirogue and have landed some mighty big reds(Cajun Sleigh Ride)outta dat Chapman with nothing more fancy than fine Lew's baitcaster mated to Vanish fluorocarbon 17 lb test and Berkeley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse on custom-made 3/8 oz minnow style jig heads(Gamakatsu hooks,mostly).As far as location,Cane Bayou on the NShore or Bayou Lacombe,also on the NShore affords plenty of tackle-busting reds,some folks target Jack Crevalle-I prefer not too tangle with dem inedible tackle-busters.Good luck and just be aware that duck season,Second Split,underway and some folks paddle in to ponds off Lake Road and Cane Bayou gets some duck hunting traffic as does Bayou Lacombe.Tear em up!!!

Mandevillian
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I like hearing all the great advice. Thanks guys, I have written some of this down. I just got my Pelican kayak ready to go fishing on the water so I am looking to take it out this week or next. I live in the Kenner/New Orleans area. I was looking for something a little less than an hours drive away for my very first trip. This way if i get out somewhere without stuff i need or vehicle trouble or anything like that, im in a familiar area. I was thinking about trying the Bonnet Carre Spillway, going in the manchac area off I55, Bayou Sauvage, or lake Maurepas area. I know The Pen, and Little Lake areas are really good right? thats only an hour so i might try those for my first attempt. Any tips on where are good places to launch in those areas, things to look for, or things of that nature? This will be my first ever 'Fishing Expedition' where im calling the shots and I have no idea what im doing as far as where and when to go. Any pointers would be much appreciated. Im going to go out with some Berkley Gulp! shrimp, scented soft berkley minnows, and a decent assortment of jigs, DOA Shrimp, and many other soft lure combos. Im also going to bring some dead shrimp out with me as well for bait.
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Gridiron504,Living in the Kenner/New Orleans area,I would definitely suggest what may surprise ya-try launching yak at Williams Blvd boat launch(ignore de funny looks ya bound to get)and head to the numerous PowerLine Pilings,just make sure ya got fresh and strong,17 lb test,preferably,line and try some 3/8 oz jigheads mated to Berkely Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse and jig the heck outta those fish magnets,the barnacle-encrusted pilings that basically start at base of Power Blvd and dot the Lake West all the way to past Frenier Beach not that far from Manchac.Each Piling an independent reef,my favorite is quite a paddle from where ya might launch,Piling #52,and this might be tad early but plenty of beefy reds out there,now de whole Internet World gonna know but no worries,plenty of folks go out strike out and give up or even if they do catch fish,plenty of other Pilings,never know where dem reds gonna congregate and I have caught some very fine specks at plenty of those 'reefs'!Good Luck and let us know how ya do!!

Mandevillian
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I would fish the wall over around Lakefront airpoirt. I 'heard rumors' they have been catching a couple over there. Matrix Shad shrimp creole real slow on 3/8 jig head.
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Golden Meadow and Galliano is less than an hour away. Those are great kayak fishing spots. Also Hopedale and Delacroix.
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Chatted with a fellow fishing outta Bayou Lacombe today and those PowerLine Pilings outta Williams Blvd probably gonna start heating up maybe in late March,early April and bonus specks might show up,never will forget the look on my face when I had 5 nice reds already on ice in dry storage bag in front of me in my yak and I hap-hazardly set the hook on what I just knew was gonna be red #6 and it was about a 3 lb speck that spit the Berkely Gulp right in my face!!!My mom lives in Kenner and I often leave my Southfork at her house in the Summer to take full advantage of some easy fishing at those pilings!!!

Mandevillian
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