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Gentlemen's Request: Eloi/MRGO

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Good morning fellow fisherman! This is out of character for me as I sometimes find some similar questions quite puzzling. Some requests include silly questions about exact location, bait type, bait presentation, bait color, bait weight, bait cost, bait brand, etc. or are just so odd you're left wondering, why! In this case my question requires a simple yes or no answer. I would like to fish Eloi and the MRGO rocks tomorrow. First, let me say I am fully aware the wind will be blowing and I will likely be able to walk from boat to boat, as I am sure the flotilla will be out in full effect. Yet, can anyone confirm if the trout are there (as in within the past two days)? If so the wind and boat parade won't matter.

For the record I'm not there to 'slam the fish'. I don't fish fishermen and I'm not that guy who is going to come in hot throwing a 3' wake or my anchor overboard like it was the plague. Quite the contrary, I'll be the loner out on side shutting my motor down 200yds away and drifting in to do something different than everyone else in hopes of putting together a descent but respectable box of quality fish.

Thanks in advance and special thanks to those who have sacrificed their lives for this great country, including our men and women in blue! Happy Memorial Day!
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Sir, I would like to respond to your message. As a Veteran I have come to understand that I can no longer enjoy the things that I once did. Respect has left, morals have left, and the me first attitude has entered the picture. No one is left to teach young men and women to be sportsman. I quit hunting several years ago after nearly being shot by a careless hunter. I would not like to think of what may have happened if this would have continued. As far as fishing, I do not have the money to purchase an expensive boat that would even create a wake that large. I am currently trying to find an 8hp motor and a little 10 or 12 foot boat to enjoy the final days of my life. Since I was exposed to Agent Orange and cannot obtain any help from the VA, I do the best I can with young doctors experimenting with different medications. I do not want to hear the thank you's from young adults who have no idea about American value but have listened to sound bites from the news and think this is cool.

Please read the following and understand what a Veteran truly feels about American.
A Message from this Veteran:

Sergeant—United States Marine Corps
Nam Phong Provence
1973 Task Force Delta

Please do not be offended in any way by the comments to follow , but it is you that I need to thank. I am so sorry that the news media has misaligned the American public with their comments. You and every hard working tax payer are the ones we need to thank. If you did not work, did not pay your taxes, and support our country we would have no military and no police department. As a young man I often had thoughts on those many lonely nights what single mother, what father was tired but putting in the time so I could do what you paid and trained me to do. We are Americans and what we do together makes all of the difference in the world. You may not realize it, but the one person working that extra hour may have just purchased the extra ammunition that was needed to complete a mission. You may have purchased the meal that I ate that night even though it came out of a box, I never went hungry. Yes, you bought my boots, my uniform, my weapon, and you also paid for my training. I only hope that I was worthy of your time. I was twice meritoriously promoted, twice awarded Marine of the month and did my best to make all of you proud.

After this I came home and was met with a very harsh reception. I tried for seven long years to become a Louisiana State Trooper because I felt I needed to continue to take care of our citizens. Finally I was selected to the academy. I was elected class president and graduated with several awards. Who do I have to thank for this, YOU and everyone that pays their taxes. You spent $33,000 for my education so I could pursue my lifelong dream. I did my best and like most enjoyed my job for a salary of $348.00 clear every two weeks. I did not complain for I knew that Louisiana deserved the best and I can only apologize for what you are reading today about the State Police today. That is definitely not who we are. So with all of this said, thank you for a job well done and allowing me do what I did best-serve.
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Was out today hit the mrgo rocks at 8-8:30 only caught 1 trout on live shrimp 17incher so hit the marsh reds were on cork live or dead shrimp was a struggle but finished around 3 with 3 man limit of reds not a single keeper speck in marsh. Hit rocks on way end without a bite only 3-5 boats no one catching. So I would say not worth the trouble for trout but if u work hard on reds u can limit out. Also surprised to only see max 15 boats all day.
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Also tried to make it to Elio but was to ruff had 3 foot waves. Good luck
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Went out yesterday started at the rocks and seen a lot of boats some catching some not, we only managed one keeper trout and a few small croaker we made a move to the Trash pile rig in Eloi and the girlfriend was fishing live bait while I threw a split Avocado beetle under a cork. We both caught a nice batch of trout I had to leave fish biting. So to answer your question there are trout there just hit and miss as far as I could see but you know what they say' If ya don't go, ya don't know.
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Today's catch
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Capt Joe and Jneupertcss thank you for the input. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me some
insight. Yard passes are hard to come by these days particularly with little ones. With potential for even higher winds tomorrow I'll save that run for another day. Glad y'all were able to find a few fish though! Hope y'all enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sergeant, you are right! It is an entirely different world today, not even close to what I remember as a young boy. Makes me nervous as a father of young children actually. Nothing we read, watch or listen to isn't already tainted with an agenda. Slanted to push an idea right or wrong, left or right there's no escaping it. Except in Eloi, or anywhere else that 12' bateau will go. Even more the reason I don't take my yard leaves for granted. You obviously lived a full life providing and serving not only your family but also this country and the residents of the great state of Louisiana. And for that sir, I am grateful. Grateful to have had men and women like yourself who put others before themselves. I can assure you though, respect, sportsmanship, patriotism and moral compasses are taught in my home. Best of luck with finding that motor. Hope you have plenty of safe and successful trips in your future.
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I've had some hit and miss trips to the rocks, with the hits being beautiful trout. Since its sometimes just a very early bite, I've concluded with time, too many 'misses,' and age, that its just not worth the 2:30AM out of bed than hour run from the marina. I now focus more on reds, fish the MRGO east of the dam for trout if I'm inclined, and am not a 3AM zombie.

If you go, though, the trick is to fish the MRGO rocks early, and if its not on (or, as often happens, they quit early right after sunrise), don't waste your time, and fish the MRGO channel or nearby rigs. Half the time, the wind will force you elsewhere anyway.
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Thank you lizard, I know that your patriotism, service, sense of duty have rubbed off on our youth much more than you can imagine. I thank you.
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Sergeant,
It's you and our military and police that need to be thanked. You folks let us sleep comfortably at night. You folks give the rest of us the security we feel in our homes, our offices and on our travels. Yes, our taxpayers' dollars support you, but we get way more than we pay for. Today, employers can't get that kind of dedication regardless of the salaries they pay. It is not America but our money-grabbing politicians who are unwilling to do more for you good folks in the armed services or the police forces.

It's the same type of money-grabbers who own the media and attempt to influence public opinion with their lies. We have a non-politico in the White House now, and, with God's help, he will eventually drain the swamp. But you can already see the uphill battle he's facing. And yet many Americans believe in the media and ignore their common sense - and what is so obvious!

Thank you again for your service! You've honored all of us more than you know!
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Read this!

www.lafishblog.com/what-killed-the-bite-at-the-long-rocks/
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Thanks for that link. I agree with the lack of bait theory and low salinity. I also agree that the armada is not the root of the lack of fish. It's just more lines in the water chasing WAY fewer fish than past seasons.

My honest opinion is that the eco system has been rapidly changing from traditional brackish marshes that nourished saltwater species to a totally freshwater eco system. I mean we were in Bay Gardene and Oak river Bay last week and still picking grass off our lines every cast. The amount of freshwater has completely changed the game. We all need to get used to it.

I remember countless summers fishing Black Bay almost every weekend, slamming the trout everywhere from Snake Island to Belle Island. You never hear about these areas anymore. Because they are too fresh to support speckled trout.

Just my 2 cents.
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For what it is worth,my feeling is that the formerly high-salinity waters out there have possibly been irreversibly replaced with much more brackish water and I cut my teeth fishing Hopedale outta Pip's Place and we used to never catch bass and I have quite a few buddies telling me they routinely catch not only bass but freshwater catfish as well!!The Causeway lately has become somewhat of a mecca for fine blue catfish of the perfect size,18-20 inches,and I am sure there are plenty of slot reds patrolling the Causeway pilings and possibly the South Shore PowerLine Pilings as well,quite an easy trip outta Williams Blvd Boat Launch.I am fishing the Jesuit Alumni Rodeo in a few weeks and will be headed to Hopedale next Friday for somewhat of a scout/exploratory trip a week before the rodeo begins and we hope to nab some fat 27 inch reds and my back-up plan involves chasing bass to possibly place in red and bass,not gonna share my bass spots for obvious reasons and reds should be plentiful pretty much everywhere!!I have not been fishing as much as I typically do,my bad,but intend to correct dat situation pronto.From what my deceased father-in-law used to tell me,Lake P was an awesome brackish fishery with some beautiful stripers and largemouth bass extremely common and they rarely caught specks and reds way back in de day on de NShore!!Take what we get and make de most outta it!!

Mandevillian
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Ermmm....at what point, before man intervened, was all the areas we look at as inshore saltwater fisheries NOT a lot more freshwater. I'm not trying to start an argument...just saying...prior to all our meddling (levees, MRGO etc...) fresh water routinely flowed where we now fish for trout...and they still used to catch trout.

The fact that Leeville was once a citrus producing area and the dead tree forest down by Myrtle Grove kind of tells us what was once very much more freshwater/brackish areas.
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I want to thank you for the kind words. In our society things have changed. People do not trust the enforcement people and the enforcement people do not trust the public. When you are stopped today these enforcement people are so nervous you could not drive a needle in the behind with a jack hammer. Where and when did this all begin? I can tell you, the news media that paints a picture with a broad brush that makes people in America look at each other differently. I enjoyed my job mainly because I did get to visit with some pretty nice people. I got to work on their cars and trucks, change flats, bring them water or drinks when they were stranded, and most of all do what the people who paid my salary expected-serve. Often when a citation had to be issued I could tell it was uncomfortable for them. I always explained to them that you are not a bad person and do not feel that way. It is your habits that have become a little rusty and if WE do not fix this, I may be going to your residence to give a death notification. Our job is first and foremost to save the lives of the people in this state. By the time we finished, we shook hands and I asked if there was anything that I could do for them. We never left angry and always respected one another. Look at it this way--how much would you pay to learn something at a college--$300 or $400 per course. A citation is an educational lesson in behavior modification that can save your life. This to me is priceless. So, if one of your family members receives a citation, do not explode into anger. Understand, they were just educated for about $50 to $100 and will be around to enjoy life with you.
Thank you all and most of all, I do hope that your day is better each time you go fishing or hunting. Enjoy the natural resources of this state and never take it for granted.
Swamplizard
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