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I read an article in the March issue of Louisiana Sportsman that talked about some satelite wells. The title was Heads, Reds and Drum. Can anyone tell me roughly where these are at, and which launch is the best/closest to them?

March 27, 2016 at 9:09am

Looking for some advice on closest places to shore to catch snapper/amberjack.

I have looked at the rigs off SW Pass, but was wondering if there are similar/suitable rigs out of Tiger Pass (or anywhere else) that might be less of a run. Ideally I would like to stay within 5-10 miles of shore while I am learning more about the Gulf. Is this a decent range to be catching fish?

March 24, 2016 at 12:22pm

I am setting up a trip with Capt. Brian at kayakvenicela.com and most likely will have at least 2 spots open.

Your cost would be your share of the $150 charter fee. So if 4 people go $37.50, if only 2 people $75. If you do not have a kayak, he has them available to rent at an additional cost (your responsibility).

The trip will either be on April 6th or 8th (leaning towards the 6th, but willing to fish the 8th if it works out better for everyone else).

You can e-mail me through this site, or text me at 252-267-8878 if you are interested (North Carolina cell phone number, am military lol).

I have never fished with Capt. Brian before but everyone that has says that he will definitely put us on some fish.

Nick

March 19, 2015 at 10:53am

I am working on setting up a trip with Capt. Brian at kayakvenicela.com and most likely will have at least 2 spots open.

Your cost would be your share of the $150 charter fee. So if 4 people go $37.50, if only 2 people $75. If you do not have a kayak, he has them available to rent at an additional cost (your responsibility).

The trip will either be on April 6th or 8th (leaning towards the 6th, but willing to fish the 8th if it works out better for everyone else).

You can e-mail me through this site, or text me at 252-267-8878 if you are interested (North Carolina cell phone number, am military lol).

Nick

March 19, 2015 at 8:51am

Anyone willing to point me towards a good area in Venice (where to launch, what area to fish etc).

I normally fish out of Port Sulphur but would like to give Venice a shot one of these weekends.

March 18, 2015 at 1:29pm

Anyone know who to talk to about getting access to the private launch in Port Sulphur? I did a search on here and Shane Mayfield's name came up but I don't think he is active here anymore. I also heard that Ken Mayfield was running it but I don't know how to contact him.

If anyone knows a phone number or e-mail address to get access, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

March 16, 2015 at 7:34am

Fish 1 - Fishermen 0

First time fishing out of Rigolets, so I thought I would post a report.

Lady at the marina was really nice. $6 to launch, but let me park right beside the ramp in a 'No Parking' area because as she put it 'you guys have a lot to unload'. So true lol.

Not a big fan of the ramp though. I only had to slide the yak about 2 feet to get it in the water, but such a rough surface that it gouged the crap out of the bow and stern on it's way in/out.

As I mentioned, the fishing was tough. I tried gold spoon, LSU cocahoe, live cocahoe both tightlined and under a cork and got precisely 0 bites. Tried fishing the bank, the middle of the canal, the 30' water in Double Bayou Lagoon, as well as just about everything in between.

To be honest, I think I left too soon though. When I got there, the water was not moving at all, and when I left, the tide was starting to move a bit.

Met up with a couple of other yak fishermen and drifted around with them for a while. Really nice guys, was cool meeting new people, and I always learn something when I fish with someone else.

Apparently you can catch flounder around there, but not too much else right now. I will probably give it another try in the future.

March 15, 2015 at 2:27pm

Gentle breeze, 70 degrees, and sunshine.. not exactly the rain that was called for in the weather forecasts.

I got a little bit of a late start and didn't put the yak in the water until around 9. I had 5 fat reds on the stringer, and was in catch and release mode within about an hour. The fish didn't even mind that I had the Gopro running lol, so I got em on video.

I also managed to catch a real nice trout (I didn't think they were in the area anymore) around 20' on the same gold spoon that the redfish were eating.

All in all, I caught 8 reds and a trout on the spoon, then started messing around with random lures (none of which produced a fish lol) that I never throw. I could have probably doubled that number of fish if I had kept with the spoon, but after I had my limit, it was more about experimenting.

Marsh ponds, and protected/calm water were the key. If there were ripples, the chance for a bite seemed to be cut in half. Anywhere there was calm/flat water about 2' deep, there was a redfish waiting to hit a gold spoon.

February 23, 2015 at 7:26am

I am in the Coast Guard and headed down to Morgan City to teach a class this coming week. Does anyone know of a decent spot to fish from the bank? Trout, redfish, flounder, bass.. doesn't really matter what, just want to fish. Thanks for any advice!

February 06, 2015 at 8:12am

I launched at Sweetwater this morning around 9. I trolling motor/paddled down to Little Lake and Alligator Pass. There were tons of boats anchored out in the middle of Little Lake.

I joined them and caught 1 trout. Not to many people seemed to be catching. I think I only saw 5-6 trout boated out of the 20+ boats during the 30 minutes I anchored there. The wind and waves were a bit much to deal with, so I got some shelter behind one of the islands in Alligator Pass, but didn't catch anything.

I went into Bayou Gentilly and got a bite on a shrimp on the bottom but missed the fish. By the time I came out of there, the waves and wind were ridiculous so I headed back to the launch around 2:30

All in all, I was on the trolling motor for about 7 miles total, and my battery was sitting at 12.38 when I put it on the charger after I got home.

Was tough fishing with that much wind. I couldn't even drift fish without dragging an anchor, and even then I was still drifting faster than my cork lol.

January 25, 2015 at 7:04pm

Would anyone be willing to share the best areas to catch trout in a kayak right now? I am mainly looking for places to launch, and areas to fish.

I don't expect anyone to give away their secret spot or anything. But, any information shared would be greatly appreciated.

I have had reasonable luck with redfish down in Port Sulphur (launch behind the school) and out of Campos fishing along the rocks with live shrimp headed towards the great wall.

I haven't caught a trout in over a month lol. They were biting really well in Port Sulphur for a while, but that seems to have shut down. If anyone wants more detail on where I have caught redfish, just send me an e-mail. I would be glad to mark a map up for you. Thanks!

January 21, 2015 at 10:57am

Anyone know where a guy can catch a trout in a kayak? I would like to fish no farther than a mile or so from Sweetwater Marina if possible, but would be comfortable going 2 miles from launch if weather was decent. That being said, is there anywhere else in the area where you can catch them pretty close to the launch? Thanks for any advice.

January 18, 2015 at 3:34pm

Just picked up a used Malibu X-Factor equipped with a 30lb trolling motor with a homemade bassyaks style mount and Sea Dog foot controls for direction.

I have a little experience paddling, and have been renting a 13' Wilderness Systems yak every weekend for the last 3 months.

I purchased a group 27 deep cycle battery which I think will give me a good amount of range. On my maiden voyage yesterday, I motored/paddled a total of around 3 miles and didn't hurt the battery (or my arms).

I know that a lot of people view motorized yaks as 'cheating' and I respect that. I have paddled 3-4 miles before, and think that motoring is way better. Plus I can actually fish while traveling.

Anyway, if anyone is looking for someone to fish with in Venice/LaFitte/Delacroix/Lake P or anywhere in between just let me know. I can fish most weekends, and probably can swing weekday trips as well.

January 12, 2015 at 11:03am

Has anyone had any luck trailering a boat across either of these ferries? I live in Belle Chasse and would like to be able fish some of the bays/bayous over that way.

October 01, 2014 at 10:53am

I have only posted here a few times, but thought I would share...

My Dad flew in from WV this past week. He taught me how to bass fish as a kid, and I really wanted to put him on a redfish/trout down here. However, I faced a few obstacles.

1) I don't own a boat

2) I hadn't landed a keeper of either species yet (Am in the Coast Guard, and just moved here a few months ago)

Well.. I wasn't going to let all that stop me. I rented a boat from MWR on NAS JRB Belle Chasse, did some reading (Thank you Oneofthepack for your reports and friendliness on here) and headed up to Delacroix.

We fished last Friday and this Monday out of Sweetwater Marina.

On Friday, we got in behind a guide boat (tried to stay a respectful distance), while they limited out, we caught 6 trout haha... But a great day on the water with Dad. I still left disappointed that I hadn't put him on a hard fighting redfish.

Monday we went out and had a slow morning, then around 9am we started fishing the N bank of Petit Lake. The boat I rented had no trolling motor so we had to pick spots and anchor. Our first spot on that bank produced 7 keeper reds, and 6 nice trout over about a 2 hour period.

They were caught on Live shrimp, DOA shrimp (looked like real shrimp), Gulp shrimp (new penny/chartreuse tail), Bomber 'Long A' jerkbait, and green sparkle beetles.

We left with a cooler full of fish, some good pictures, and some even better memories.

Everyone around here shares so much. If anyone wants to know the exact spots or anything please message me. On Friday the winds were from the SE and we fished the NW corner of Petit Lake. On Monday the winds were from NE and we ended up on the N bank.

September 30, 2014 at 8:20am

Good Afternoon. I am in the Coast Guard and got stationed down here last month. I am excited by everything I read about the fishing in this area. I have read probably 50 articles on catching redfish and speckled trout. I am trying to put my 2 boys (7 and 13) on some fish. I have looked at charters and they are all out of my price range by a pretty good ways. Uncle Sam just doesn't pay enough haha.

We have been fishing from the bank at Myrtle Grove, Grand Bayou Road in Port Sulpher, and Tidewater Road in Venice. We are seeing loads of fish feeding on the surface every evening but just can't seem to catch them. I am not sure if they are redfish, but they are everywhere. So far we have landed 4-5 small reds, dozens of catfish, an eel, and something my neighbor called a toad fish in the last 3 weeks of fishing.

We have been mostly using shrimp/cork with about a 24' leader, and I have tried a few different spinner baits, crank baits, and swim baits.

Could you possibly share any advice that might help me catch some of the fish I am seeing if you think they may be reds/speckled trout, or maybe advice on where/how to fish from the bank in general this time of year? I know that the charter captains don't make a living by giving free fishing advice, I just am running out of articles to read and things to try. Thank you for your time and any advice you might be able to share.

/respectfully

Nick Cochran

August 26, 2014 at 2:34pm

I am neither a pro, nor a guide, but I would start by seeing if anything is going on right there in Wilkinson Canal before I ventured very far out. In the fall/early winter I have caught limits of trout right there in the canal (although October may be a bit early). I have also caught redfish in nearly all of the cuts in/out of Wilkinson using live/dead shrimp about 2 feet under a cork. I normally start by fishing a cork down the right bank as you go down Wilkinson (fish every point, as well as the walls and the pump station). This usually starts me out with a red or two, and often a couple trout. Never limited out on trout doing this, but it usually puts something in the cooler. I have caught limits of reds like this.

I have never caught a trout out of Laurier (I know lots of people who have), but I believe Round Lake would have potential in October. For the most part, if there are trout, you will see lots of boats, and if you see the boats, there are trout.

Reds as you probably know are anywhere and everywhere. I don't always catch limits, but I rarely come home without at least one. If you find a deep hole, try a carolina rigged shrimp, otherwise a cork will usually do. There are times that I do really well with spoons as well.

You will not see anything like a FL tide around here. Where Jacksonville might have a 5 foot tide range, over here it is more like 1 foot (often less). I generally look for cleaner water that has at least some movement to it.

As for the freshwater, it is hard to tell. As a general rule, the lower the river level, the better chance of finding salty water, it of course also gets saltier as you get closer to barataria (normally). However, the wind seems to play a role as well.

As for navigational advice, stay in the canal til you get to Laurier. Most of the bayous you will see through the cuts on Wilkinson are marked private property (as ridiculous as that is) and some of them get VERY shallow.

I have only fished down here for a couple of years now, and I don't ALWAYS catch fish or anything like that, but I generally do a decent job of keeping the freezer stocked up on trout/reds (and we eat fish usually twice a week). I wish you the best of luck. Feel free to message me as your trip gets closer, I will gladly share any info I have with you.

August 08, 2016 at 9:29am
A comment titled: Re: Surf / bank fishing near Venice in response to a report titled: Surf / bank fishing near Venice

Jerry,

You won't find any surf to fish in Venice. As you are driving down the road in Venice, keep your eyes on the right side, you will see a gap that opens up into a bunch of trees in the water. From my experience, launch your kayak there, fish the trees (cork) for reds and the occasional flounder. If you don't do any good there, paddle out to the islands and fish all around each and every island that you see out there. Black drum and reds mostly this time of year. If you are using dead bait, expect the hardheads to attack it everywhere you go in the marsh, but if a red or black drum find it first, they will eat it. Gold spoons are also good for the reds out there. Above all else, take lots of water with you. Good Luck!

July 29, 2016 at 7:27am
A comment titled: Re: Ostrica Canal Locks? in response to a report titled: Ostrica Canal Locks?

The locks appeared to be open a couple of weeks ago when I was down there. I went through the canal just south of the locks though. Be aware that when you exit the canal on the other end there is some pretty shallow water around and the channel didn't seem to be marked very well. There are also some rocks on the northern part of the mouth of the channel (river side) and there was partially submerged pipe sticking up on the southern side of the mouth so I would recommend keeping to the middle of the canal.

Just my $.02 though, I have only been through there twice. I am sure there are guys with a lot more experience/knowledge of that area than me.

May 05, 2016 at 9:58am
A comment titled: Re: gnat spray in response to a report titled: gnat spray

Swamp Swatter is amazing. Pretty clear pattern.. I don't use it, I get welts all over any exposed skin and I itch for 3 days. If I use it, no bites.

It is like $6-7 for a very small bottle but it is worth its weight in gold. I buy it at Jeanfreau's in Belle Chasse, but I am sure they sell it other places.

I have also heard (from people that I trust) that Amber Romance will indeed do the job. Outside of that, I had some luck with some industrial strength bug spray (like 90% DEET) but I had to reapply often and I could almost feel the cancer forming every time I put more on so I stopped using it lol.

March 30, 2016 at 5:37pm
A comment titled: Re: Delacroix is hot in response to a report titled: Delacroix is hot

Is that Rucker Rig much different than a Carolina Rig? Only difference I can see is that I use an egg sinker and put a bead between the sinker and swivel so the sinker doesn't wear on the line.

I know sometimes it is the smallest of things that decides whether you catch fish or not though (ie.. leader length, lure weight etc..)

November 12, 2015 at 12:48pm
A comment titled: Re: Trespassing Question in response to a report titled: Trespassing Question

When I first got down here, I tried really hard to figure out where I could/couldn't fish.. but I messed up one and fished an unmarked private area and the owner acted like a complete ass. I tried to leave peacefully when he first informed me, but he was intent on giving me a lengthy ass chewing (filled with profanity). I informed him that he could me me at the launch if he wanted to discuss the issue further (and explained to him why he probably didn't want to), then I left. The prickish landowners (should call themselves water owners..) make me lose all respect for their property rights. Land owners say the bad apples ruin it for the others.. but the prickish land owners also ruin things for the decent ones. Respect is a two way street. Ask me nicely to leave, I will apologize and you will never see me again. Treat me like crap for making an honest mistake then you can go F yourself.

I don't litter because I respect the fish and wildlife, but in general.. if it isn't posted or isn't clearly someone's private property then I pretty well fish where I want.

Some of the entrances to these 'private' areas are larger than the 'public' canals attached to them. I am not nearly smart enough to look at a map before I go to bed, then remember which turn I can/can't take in the marsh the next day.

If I end up getting a ticket because I accidentally fished an unmarked area... F it... I am not rich but I can afford to fish, and it seems that in LA you can just about figure the risk of a trespassing fine as a cost of fishing. Hell... all of Delacroix is private property lol... they just don't enforce it (as far as I know).

November 09, 2015 at 12:35pm
A comment titled: Re: Lake Ponchatrain / Lake Marepaus in response to a report titled: Lake Ponchatrain / Lake Marepaus

Lake P about the only area I have fished is the trestles. Launch on the north side of the lake right on 11 there is a free launch.

Everything from trolling rattle traps to corks and jigs around the pilings. Sheepshead, Trout and some Redfish from what I understand. The trout are more of a fall/late spring thing from what I understand.

Never been to Maurepas

April 11, 2015 at 5:44pm

Best fishing report ever! Makes me want to take my kids there lol! Thank you for sharing.

April 10, 2015 at 10:58am
A comment titled: Re: Fishing info in response to a report titled: Fishing info

I normally kind of keep to myself.. but your self righteous attitude is a little bit over the top.

Congrats on being a better fisherman than so many people that come here asking questions. Last I checked, this place was about fish reports and sharing of information.

If you don't want to share a report or information, then that is all good. I can't blame you. But try to keep in mind that not everyone that comes here seeking information is looking for 'free fish'... When I first joined this site last summer (yes I am new to LA) it was because the military had transferred me here and I wanted to better help my kids catch fish.

I asked some very newbie questions, and got ignored by some, and helped by others.. That is life. Now I share more info than I ask for generally, and yes I know that most people here know more about the fishing than I do. Especially the guides.

Any true fisherman would want to see this sport grow (it isn't). For that to happen, people need to be more willing to share knowledge (not spots.. just knowledge)...

For example.. is it outlandish to seek information about whether the fish were caught shallow or deep, early or late, what color lure seemed to produce the best etc... in a place for Inshore Fishing Reports? Are you giving away fish by answering simple questions like that? Am I going to show up in your secret spot stealing your fish like that?

If you don't want to answer questions.. then don't.. you are free to go back to reading the daily guide advertisements lol... After all.. 'Now is the time to book your trip'.

Flame away..

April 10, 2015 at 10:51am
A comment titled: Re: Happy Jack Marina in response to a report titled: Happy Jack Marina

There is a free launch behind the school in Port Sulphur but it isn't an actual ramp. You just back the boat off the bank lol. Have seen some big/nice boats put in there though.

March 28, 2015 at 7:48pm
A comment titled: Re: Looking for someone to fish with in response to a report titled: Looking for someone to fish with

Venice and Port sulphur are just a little bit outside of that range. I fish one or the other most every weekend. If you ever want to go just let me know.

I am staying in a hotel in Venice the 4th and 5th of April, and doing nothing but fish both days. If you want to fish either of those days just let me know. I have a kayak charter trip put together for the 6th, but the 4th and 5th I am just exploring and fishing.

March 27, 2015 at 9:50am
A comment titled: Re: Ran off in response to a report titled: Ran off

By this same logic, anyone with property along the coast of the united states can claim that they own the water along the beach/coast.

So if I cast into the shallows in front of someone's beach house.. my spoon is likely trespassing lol.. And if I should catch a fish, then I am a poacher lol...

This is the attitude of greedy, entitled people.

I personally will continue to fish wherever my kayak takes me. If some d-bag wants to come out and harass me.. so be it. The odds of someone getting law enforcement on scene in the middle of the marsh before I am gone? not likely.. even if it does happen, you are likely going to get a warning as long as you treat the officer respectfully and haven't damaged anything. Just say that you weren't aware until the land owner notified you.

The odds of law enforcement really caring enough to open a serious investigation based off a cell phone picture of a guy in an unregistered kayak? pretty low..

March 23, 2015 at 12:59pm
A comment titled: Re: Kayak trip on 06 April in response to a report titled: Kayak trip on 06 April

I have the date set as the 6th and have one more spot open. Your cost would be $37.50 (assuming you used your own kayak).

I talked to Capt Brian and this should be a pretty sweet trip. $37 is crazy cheap for 5 hours of guided fishing. They provide dead bait for tipping hooks, and will even clean the fish when we are done (just bring a ziploc bag).

Bring your yak, rod, a gold spoon, and some yellow/green plastics of your choosing. I am mainly going for the knowledge, I catch fish most of the time I go out, but not near as many, or near as often as people that know what they are doing.

March 23, 2015 at 11:39am
A comment titled: Re: Kayak fishing in venice in response to a report titled: Kayak fishing in venice

Depending on what is going on, I might try to link up with you guys that Saturday.

I always launch behind the school in Port Sulphur. I have launch a couple of times off Grand Bayou Road, and at times that canal holds trout, but I don't think they are there right now.

I have also caught a lot of reds around there, but most have been throwbacks. If you launch there, launch off the left side of the road (opposite of the canal) and fish the marsh.

I tried attaching a map for you, but my work PC is not cooperating. Shoot me your e-mail address and I will send it to you.

March 20, 2015 at 8:45am
A comment titled: Re: Looking for someone to fish with in response to a report titled: Looking for someone to fish with

I have not had good luck there, but I hear that you can catch sheepshead there right now. Ihave heard that there are times of the year when the trout stack up there.

There is a free launch on the North side of the 11 bridge.

March 20, 2015 at 8:27am
A comment titled: Re: Ran off in response to a report titled: Ran off

People are such D-bags sometimes. Maybe it is because I am not from here.. but how in the F do people feel like they own water?

The shore.. yes. But the water? GTFO.

I got ran off the other day by some guy threatening to 'call the law'... We exchanged words and I kinda laughed at him (but I did leave) and he got even more angry.

If I can paddle into a canal without bypassing a locked fence or gate.. then how am I supposed to know that there is a magic line in the water that means these are private fish.. and not public? Growing up I fished WV, OH, MO, VA, NC, SC, and GA and never had I heard this theory about LAND owners staking their claim to tidal controlled openly accessable waters.. It isn't like I am hopping a fence, walking on their land and taking fish out of a pond on their property.

March 20, 2015 at 8:23am
A comment titled: Re: Kayak Trip in Venice in response to a report titled: Kayak Trip in Venice

Update!

There is currently 1 spot open, so the cost would be $37.50 for 5 hours of guided fishing.

I will be calling Capt Brian in the morning to confirm, but the date is almost 100% set for Monday April 6th.

March 19, 2015 at 7:11pm
A comment titled: Re: Looking for someone to fish with in response to a report titled: Looking for someone to fish with

Do you have a boat or kayak? Also what areas are you looking to fish (where do you live)?

I kayak fish out of Port Sulphur/Venice/Delacroix nearly every weekend. I am usually by myself but enjoy fishing with others. If you have a kayak, let me know and I will text you as soon as I know where I am going this weekend (probably port sulphur, but I haven't looked at the weather/tides yet).

I do not have a boat, but if you do I know of some places we could catch fish.

March 19, 2015 at 7:43am
A comment titled: Re: Kayak fishing in venice in response to a report titled: Kayak fishing in venice

As far as I know it does. Sometimes it acts up and puts stuff in the spam folder though. E-mail me if you want and I will check it in the morning.

March 18, 2015 at 8:15pm
A comment titled: Re: red fishing in response to a report titled: red fishing

I have had more luck with spoons lately than anything else. Just cast and wind and work as much bank as you can. If you catch one, remember what that section of bank looked like (water depth/color/rocks/mud etc..) and look for more of it.

I do agree that market shrimp is a great bait, but I have caught way more fish on spoons in the last month than I have shrimp or cocahoe.

March 18, 2015 at 1:26pm
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