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Sorry for the late report. Sunday evening I got the text from Capt. Scott 'wanna go'. Well I gladly accepted the offer. We met up at the launch for 7:30 and headed to our first set of lights. As soon as we pulled up shrimp were popping out the water. Caught fish the whole time at these lights just a lot of throwbacks. Did manage a few keepers and decided to move on. We made a few moves to different lights pulling a few keepers off each set. On the way back to our original set of lights we saw some shrimp popping in some light near by. As soon as we stopped until we pulled out at around midnight thirty it was non-stop. Again lots of throwbacks but the action was consistent enough to keep our interest. Ended the night or morning should I say with 13 keepers. Think the front that had pushed through had the trout scratching their heads!! It was my first time fishing the lights in years and was a blast. Nothing like beating the heat and pulling in some trout!!
Matrix shad (shrimp creole) and the new Vortex shad (kamikaze) did the damage.
Its only a matter of time before the big girls make their annual fall appearance in the lake. If you want to get in on that action be sure to give Capt. Scott Walker a call!!
www.getusomefishingcharters.com

September 24, 2013 at 8:19am

The new Tiger Bait and Shrimp Creole Matrix Shad got it done on Saturday (11-3-12)in Lake P.!! Put 23 solid trout on ice.

November 05, 2012 at 1:33pm

Been a while since I posted any reports, haven't been fishing as much as I would like to thanks to the weather. Here's a report from Saturday (3-10-12).
Woke up Saturday morning and the wind wasn't as bad as it had been the last few days. Drove past the lakefront and the lake looked good. Went back and picked up the boat and headed out to the Causeway. When I hit the bridge I started trolling with rattletraps. Had 2 lines out: 1 with just a 3/4oz trap the other with a 3/4oz trap and a Lemonhead Matrix Shad trailer. I had to guess at my speed since I was in my flat with no gps. Trolled for a while with no hits. I tried with and without throwing out my bucket to vary my speed and nothing. Picked up the lines and tried jigging for a little while. First cast with a Midnight Mullet Matrix Shad on a 3/8oz jig head I snagged a nice trout. I thought I was on to something but it didn't last long. So it was back to trolling. I headed more north on the bridge and started trolling south. It didn't take long and the trout started smacking the traps. Caught 4 solid trout in what seemed like minutes. Some hit the trap and some hit the trailer. Had a few misses in the mix as well. Then my window of somewhat calm wind shut down within minutes and I was headed in. Didn't kill em but can't complain considering the conditions, lack of tide and short amount of time out there.
Final count:
6 solid trout
5 that I put in the box and 1 a fellow fisherman gave me at the launch since he didn't want to clean only 1. I offered up 1 of my trout so he and his son could have had some lunch but he insisted on me taking the trout off his hands. Thanks again if your reading this!! Looking forward to the next trip...if the wind will cooperate!!

March 12, 2012 at 8:51am

Made a morning trip with my neighbor this past Sunday to 'the big bridge' in Lake P. Launched at Mandeville Harbor and as soon as we were out of the harbor the fog slapped us. Made the slow damp ride to the bridge and dropped the trolling motor and started working the poles. Caught a couple nice ones right away but had to work at the rest to try and build a nice box. My neighbor caught on quickly to the 'pontchartrain pop'! Headed back to the harbor in the fog around 11 with:

15 solid trout (no pigs that day)
1 black drum (released)
lots of missed bites (typical)
All fish caught on Dudleys (slamin' sammys & opening night) and Matrix Shads (midnight mullet, & shrimp creole)

Was definately an uncomfortable feeling trolling along the bridge and could hear a boat getting closer but saw NOTHING until it was right by us!! BE CAREFUL out in the fog, take your time the fish will still be there!!
Decided to take a picture of the box after some trout had already met the filet knife. The other picture was driving home yesterday at mid-lake.

November 22, 2011 at 9:06am

Made a morning trip Saturday to run the big boat and do a little fishing. Not a whole lot to show for that morning. On the way back to the launch I saw some birds diving and a whole lot of splashing going on. I pointed the bow toward the birds and saw a whole lot of red. It was the largest school of reds feeding that I have ever seen in the lake. I wish I had my video camera with me, taking pictures with my phone did not do what I witnessed any justice. Managed to catch a couple before the school moved on.

October 17, 2011 at 4:16pm

Haven't posted in a while, been busy working on the boat and trailer. Getting it ready for the fall run! In between repairs the family and I would jump in the boat for a little ride/line wetting. Haven't been catching much to brag about, my wife and daughters can't seem to get it together for those early morning trips. My daughter Lola caught her first fish (on her own) and was super excited. Although it was a hardhead her reaction was as if she landed a state record trout!! The smile on her face was priceless!! Of course we forgot to charge the video camera... oh well next time. We got a couple pictures though. Good times spent with the family and lots of memories made on those little trips. Here are a couple of pictures from our recent outings.

August 20, 2011 at 3:40pm

I know someone has asked this question before. What is the best way to clean a fiberglass boat hull? I can get the outside clean, its the inside on the floors that have been giving me trouble. Should I use bleach? Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Jarett

August 15, 2011 at 4:28pm

Our 5th meeting of the year is to be held this Tuesday July 19th.
We will meet from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Grillot's Restaurant and Oyster Bar.
They are located @ 2100 Florida St. in Mandeville.
So come on by and check us out and grab a bite to eat!! We will have a guest speaker as well.
Any questions feel free to contact me at jarett@gcfcla.com

****As always we would like to thank Louisiana Sportsman for supporting our cause****

July 18, 2011 at 9:36am

Made a morning trip with my wife Sunday (6-12-11) to Lake Pontchartrain. Got an early start and headed to Dockside Bait and Tackle to pick up some live shrimp. Said hello to the Dockside crew and headed over to the tracks. Got a spot just in time as they were filling up quick. Started throwing the sliding corks and it didn't take long to find the first trout. However we had to pick through a lot of throwbacks with a few hardheads and crokers to chip away at our box. We stuck out the slack tide and lack of wind until the fish started to feed again. It took a little while and once the wind started to pick up the trout started eating. My wife stuck with the shrimp and I started throwing some Hybrids. After we took two waves over the bow in my small boat we called it a day. We stayed in 1 spot and ended the day with:
21 trout with 1 over 3lbs
1 nice flounder

There were a ton of 11 3/4' trout that day. Most of the fish I caught came off of the Hybrids (avo-glo).

June 13, 2011 at 9:03pm

Made a trip yesterday with a fellow Geaux Coastal Fishing Club member (John H). Had to work for them in the wind but we managed to put a decent box together. Fished until early afternoon and ended the day with 34 trout. Thanks again John, was starting to shake due to lack of fishing!

November 29, 2010 at 9:19am

Been out of commission for a while installing wood floors in the house so haven't made too many trips lately.
Made a quick trip yesterday morning to my favorite haunt in the lake. Got the boat in the water just as the sun was cracking the horizon. Saw lots of bait moving along the shoreline and decide to give the top water a couple attempts. That was it just attempts, no takers. Made my way to go sling some plastic at some concrete. The wind was blowing pretty good out of the west and made it a little challenging to keep the flat boat in position. Then the falling tide came a screaming, which added some fuel to the fire!! Pecked at em for a few hours and ended the day with 10 nice specks on ice, left 4 with lip damage!!
Last weekend got to see reds and jacks in a feeding frenzy in the lake while fishing with a buddy. Was a pretty cool thing to see, was a first for me. We were able to pull a few reds out of the mix.

October 11, 2010 at 11:32am

This past Saturday was Geaux Coastal Fishing Club's monthly tournament. My wife and my dad joined me in search of some big trout. We got to Dockside at around 4:40am and was the third boat in line to launch. Got the boat launched, picked up the live shrimp, and talked with Terry for a few before making our way to the 5 mile trout hole. The early morning was off to a slow start. My wife caught a few small croakers and missed a few bites in the process. Dad and I were struggling to get the hardheads to bite!! About and hour went by and my wife tells me 'got one' and I look over and notice her rod bent over and I grab the net and she lands a nice trout over 2lbs. I go put this trout on ice and my wife baits up for another attempt and I notice that she drills the shrimp right into the piling. You could see its guts on the piling. I tell her you might as well re-bait cause that shrimp is dead for sure. No sooner I bait my hook she shouts out 'Jarett, got a good one here'. I tell her probably just a sheepshead since you killed the shrimp. After watching her rod I noticed that it was reacting like a nice trout was on the end of the line. I grab the net and wait to see some color. Then the fish surfaced, and all I saw was silver and lots of it. I tell my wife you got a nice trout there, what ever you do don't try and horse it in let her take drag if she wants it. She was using my 6ft rod with some old 10lb test line on it, luckily it had a brand new 30lb leader. So needless to say the whole few minutes my wife was battling this trout I was praying that the line and knots would hold out to get this trout in the boat. Well it did, I netted the fish put her on the deck and said 'wow that is a nice trout there'. We weighed her on my scale and she weighed 5lbs 10oz. I thought for sure it was at least a 6 pounder. So we put her on ice and I had a good feeling this would be a 1st place trout. We continued to fish and it slowed down until around 10:30am when the tide changed and the trout got hungry again. Then my dad and I started putting some trout in the box (finally). We finished the day with:

11 nice trout (2lbs - 6lbs)
a lot of empty water bottles (it was beyond hot)
3 satisfied fishermen/fisherwoman

BTW: We put that big trout that my wife caught on the club's certified scale and she was a hefty 6lbs 4oz!! Amanda easily took 1st place with that fish. I Was a very proud husband that day even though her trout was bigger than mine and was caught on a dead shrimp!!!!

Here are the results from the tournament:
Speck
1st - Amanda Miranda 6lbs 4oz
2nd - Jarett Miranda 4lbs 5oz
3rd - John Howard Sr 4lbs 3oz

Redfish
1st - Jerry Johnson 2lbs 4oz

Drum
1st - Brian Williams 5lbs 5oz

Flounder
1st - Tony Cyprus Jr. 1lb 5oz
2nd - Jerry Johnson 1lb 3oz
3rd - John Howard Sr. 1lb 1oz

June 30, 2010 at 8:11am

My wife told me on Friday that my Father's Day gift from her and my 2 daughters was to spend my Sunday morning fishing. Alarm went off at 3:00 am and I jumped out of bed and began preparing for the morning. Made my way over to Dockside to pick up some live shrimps before heading south to the 5 miles of structure. Got to my spot in plenty enough time to watch the sunrise and had the place all to myself. The morning started off slow and by 8:00 I only had 1 trout (2.5lbs) on ice and caught a few croakers, hardheads and the occasional stingray. That is the most frustrating part about fishing live shrimp, you always manage to catch some 'bait stealers'. I Told myself 'this is not looking too good'. So I bounced around a couple of spots with the trolling motor trying to locate the 'silver beauties' but could find no takers. By this time the thermostat was climbing and I was starting to debate on going in or not. Then just when I thought I was only going home with 1 trout... BAM I got a good strike. I set the hook and immediately felt the famous head shake. I knew I had a good solid trout on the end of my line. I fought the trout to the boat and put her in the net, a solid 3 pounder. After this tout every trout after kept getting bigger. Ran out of bait and finished my solo trip at around 11:30 with 7 of the most beautiful trout I have ever caught ranging from 2.5lbs to 5.5lbs. Could not get em to hit the plastic. It was definately a trip for the memory books!!!

June 22, 2010 at 8:06pm

Had to cancel the club tournament due to the weather predictions so us 'die hards' Ole Speck and I made a bittersweet trip yesterday to Lake P. The whole way to Dockside we were talking about how we felt guilty about making a trip with everything happening out in the gulf with this oil spill.
Got to Dockside and there was only 1 boat launching before us. Made the damp trip across the lake and started working for the speckled beauties. Winds were steady SE @ 20mph early in the morning. About an hour after we got there and a couple specks on ice we ran into eastofmrgo and LSU1AGAIN. Told them it was slow and they told us their first spot didn't produce and off they went to battle the winds and work the piles. We fought the winds and battled the waves until 11:30am and decided to call it a day. Not to mention the winds were now gusting to 30+mph. Made our way back to Dockside and just barely made it under the track because the draw was closed and the water was so high that the windsheild only had about 2 inches of clearance.
Ended the day with:
8 nice trout (2-4 lbs)
1 redfish
1 drum (released)
I had quite a few trout spit hooks at me (frustrating)
Ole Speck had the hot hand and landed the 4lber as well. Thanks John for the trip and memories until the next one!!
Keeping my fingers crossed and praying for a miracle that our marshes and lakes will make it through this nightmare of an oil spill.

May 02, 2010 at 12:07pm

Talked earlier in the week with a fellow Geaux Coastal Fishing Club member eastofmrgo about a possible Saturday morning trip depending on what the winds were going to do. Well got the confirmation call and was pumped up for a day of fishing. Alarm went off at 4:30am and got everything ready and met up with Buddy "hot hand" (eastofmrgo) at Dockside Bait & Tackle. Just as I pulled up John "double up" (LSU1AGAIN) showed up followed by Gary Fishaholic and crew. It was nice to meet those guys and put names with faces. After a brief discussion on where we were heading it was off to the races. Man they had some boats show up yesterday, Chas was running around helping launch boats, grab ice, scoop bait and take care of his customers. He has a good operation to get the boats in and out of the water so you don't have to wait in line for too long.
We finally had a morning where the ride to the spot was a dry and smooth one. Once we hit the fishing grounds it didn't take long for the "flying teeth" to show up. After a fogging of OFF it was time to start slinging plastic for the trout. The trout didn't come too easy as we had to work pretty hard to start chipping away at a box of fish. The fish were hitting the lures funny all day until I set the hook in the big girl. As soon as she realized she was hooked I told Buddy "think I got a good one here" and he was ready with net in hand. Got her in the boat and thought she was 5lbs easy but was 4.25lbs and chubby!! We picked up the first 25 trout and 2 flounders and said lets call it a day. On the way in we ran into LSU1AGAIN and asked how he was doing. It didn't take long and he was hooked up. It didn't take much arm pulling to decide to try and reach the limit before heading in. After about an hour we put 15 more in the box. A little shy on the limit but very pleased with the solid trout we had in the box. Finished the day with 40 solid trout and 2 flounders. Had a few throw backs and more missed opportunities than I care to mention. Buddy had the hot hand of the day. All fish were caught on plastic. Must have changed lures 25 times!!!
Thanks for a great day Buddy, got the blood pumping for the next trip!!!!

April 18, 2010 at 11:53am

Got 2 reports from this week:
Before work I have been hitting my early morning spot. Fished for a little over an hour each day only to have a skunk in the box all week except for Wednesday. Ended up with 3 decent trout all caught on plastic 2' under a cork.
Today's report:
Got the okay from the wife for an early morning trip to scout out the "Big Bridge" before taking the kiddos to the zoo. Launched the "Green Minnow" at about 6:15am and headead to the mighty bridge. When I hit the bridge I along with everyone else was greeted with a NNE wind around 5-10mph. More on the 10mph side and picking up all morning. There were quite a few boats out there today. To my supprise the water was fairly clean. Started jigging along with the wind and it was pretty slow. The trout must have taken the day off cause I couldn't find any takers. Missed a few bites and finished the morning at around 10:00am with 3 flounders in the box. The flounders were all caught on different lures, Saltwater Assassin (chicken on a chain), Deadly Dudley baychovie (blue moon)& Hybird Flurry (pink lemonade) on a 3/8 oz jighead. Hope the water continues to clear up and the winds lay down. Hope all who were out there had some luck in those conditions.

April 10, 2010 at 8:07pm

Geaux Coastal Fishing Club

Members/Guest.....

This is a reminder that our next club meeting is this Thursday night April 8th at Louisiana Grill located at 2223 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70471 and will start at 6:45 PM. Our Guest speaker for this meeting will be Capt. Christian from Sea Tow. I'm sure he will have a lot of useful information that we all can benefit from. Come on by and lets talk some fishing!!! Hope to see you all there!!!
****We will also be pairing up for the upcoming Dockside Tournament being held Saturday April 24th @ Dockside Bait & Tackle in Slidell****. If you are unable to make the April 8th meeting and would like to fish the April 24th tournament please email Jarett Miranda jarettmiranda@bellsouth.net Make sure you let him know if you need a partner for this tournament.

Any info needed...call John Howard @985-778-9486

April 06, 2010 at 2:27pm

I as well as most have been anxiously awaiting the spring weather to get on some trout. Well the past couple of mornings I have been waking up early to wet a line before I start my workday. The first morning caught 5 with 3 keepers, next morning caught 6 with 4 keepers. Not too bad for only being out an hour and a half. All were caught on plastic. Hope this is a good sign for things to come! Now just have to wait for this front to finish pushing through and the lake to settle down to get on em again!!

March 18, 2010 at 11:38am

My father-in-laws boat has 2 batteries. I am only getting 12 volts to the trolling motor plug and the motor seems sluggish. The trolling motor is a 24 volt 55lb thurst. Here is how the batteries are currently hooked up: Battery #1 has the big motor and all electronics(depth finder, lights, etc.) hooked up to it. Battery #2 has just the trolling motor hooked up to it. That is why I am only getting 12 volts to the trolling motor plug. My question is if I hook these batteries in series will everything get 24 volts or just the trolling motor since the trolling motor is the only thing that will be hooked up to both batteries? Or do I need a 3rd battery for just the big motor and electronics? Trying to get all the kinks worked out so I can use this trolling motor instead of having to drop anchor all the time. Only have one battery in my boat so never had to deal with this before.
Thanks in advance,
Jarett

January 08, 2010 at 7:41pm

To everyone that was involved in putting on this event:
I just got finished watching online the episode of Louisiana Sportsman TV about The Wounded War Heroes Tournmanet held @ Delta Marina. I have to say what an outstanding job on televising such a great event. What an AWESOME way to show our appreciation to the men and women who have fought and are fighting for our freedom. I hope this event will continue on for many many years. Thanks again!!!!

November 06, 2009 at 1:38pm
A comment titled: Gotta Agree in response to a report titled: Outboard Mechanic

Gotta agree with joeadams. Earl at Bayou Outboards does great work on older outboards. He did a complete head gasket job on my 1977 35hp Evinrude.

October 02, 2013 at 9:55am
A comment titled: Honor box in response to a report titled: Lake P Trout Slam

I have got to agree with meauxjeaux on this one. If I'm not mistaken there used to be an honor box right underneath Dockside's sign for the 'early birds'. Like Rucker stated if no one is there or no box you can always hit up on the way in.

May 09, 2013 at 12:25pm
A comment titled: Mount in response to a report titled: Fish Taxidermy?

Here is a double skin mount I had done by Charlie Alonso out of Venitian Isle. His # is 504-914-9049

April 14, 2013 at 10:31am
A comment titled: Golden rule!! in response to a report titled: lake P trestle

duck head:
The golden rule for fishing the trestles or any of the other bridges in the lake is:
Make sure you are in contact with the bottom.
If you can't feel the bottom with a 3/8 oz jighead switch to a 1/2 oz. 99% of the time the trout will hit the lure on the fall so be ready!! Sometimes the fish hold tight to the bridges and other times they are off the bridge a little.
Hope this helps!!

April 02, 2013 at 4:08pm
A comment titled: Gilligan's Island!! in response to a report titled: What's in your wallet

Man J I'm glad you guys didn't have to spend the night out in da marsh!!
After hitting that pole in the ICW I think a Sea Tow membership is definately in the future!!

March 06, 2013 at 12:15pm
A comment titled: Lure upkeep in response to a report titled: lure up keep

Think I saw a small write up in last months issue with Capt. Tophile about that very thing. He uses WD-40 to prevent rust and to eliminate the rust on the hooks.

February 28, 2013 at 2:09pm
A comment titled: Ethanol in response to a report titled: need info

You might want to give the fuel pump a look as well. My 1995 Merc 150 was surging when trying to jump on plane but would run fine at idle or low speeds. All 3 of my carbs had been reworked previously. Changed all my fuel lines and then took apart the fuel pump and found this inside of it!!Hope this helps!!

February 28, 2013 at 2:03pm
A comment titled: Got em some!! in response to a report titled: causeway logs

Nice box you guys put together out there. I should have ran out there. Looks like the boys had a blast reeling in those logs!! The smiles on their faces is PRICELESS!!

December 10, 2012 at 7:44am
A comment titled: Solid!! in response to a report titled: Fear The Hornet

Nice box there J!! The fog Saturday was nothing nice. Seemed like it took forever for me to hit the causeway in that pea soup!!

jls: That green Matrix that you are talking about was a green bait with black flake totally different than this new color the green hornet.

December 10, 2012 at 7:34am
A comment titled: Trolling in response to a report titled: Trolling the Causeway

I thought I saw you dragging baits along the bridge on my way home from work. Glad you found a few!!

November 30, 2012 at 7:05pm
A comment titled: Bingos in response to a report titled: Bingo

Nice collection and in great shape!! I wish the ones my grandfather gave me were that nice. I salvaged the ones I have and cleaned em up and put them in a shadow box as a memory of my grandfather when he passed. After all he was the one who taught me to fish out at seabrook. Thanks for sharing.

November 30, 2012 at 7:03pm
A comment titled: Nice box!! in response to a report titled: Box full of Shakeyheads

Ameyer, don't worry about the negative, that's a nice box of fish regardless!! Especially when fishing in those conditions!! Keep up the good work!!

November 27, 2012 at 7:41am
A comment titled: Tide in response to a report titled: caught and stopped

I understand that you may have caught fish in south pass with 1/4oz jig heads with a good tidal movement. That means nothing at the bridges, those fish at south pass were probably suspended. Not the case at the bridges, these fish are on the bottom. 1/4oz will not get it done out there.

November 25, 2012 at 7:32am
A comment titled: Bridge fishing in response to a report titled: caught and stopped

mule is right jls you will never feel the bottom at the trestles fishing a 1/4oz. You need at least 3/8, 5/16, or even 1/2oz jig heads. 1/4oz is only used along the shorelines in lake p. You are wasting your time with a light jighead like that at the bridges. The main thing to keep in mind when fishing any of the bridges is to feel the bottom. That's where the fish will be.

November 24, 2012 at 5:48pm
A comment titled: Wipe your feet!! in response to a report titled: Bama Fish

Nice rugs there J!!! That tiger bait is a hot color right now!!

November 05, 2012 at 11:49am
A comment titled: Little early in response to a report titled: Trolling the Big Bridge

Secret: to answer your original question, it's still a little early to troll the big bridge. The water temps need to fall into the lower 70's before the trout will start hanging on the bridge. I have been testing the causeway (jigging) the last few times I have been out with no luck. It won't be much longer!!

October 08, 2012 at 7:25pm
A comment titled: Tank in response to a report titled: Snapping Turtle Aquarium Help, where to find small catfish?

Orion13:
Cool snapper you have there! As far as keeping your tank clean. I bought from Petsmart a filter designed for turtle tanks. If I recall its made by Tetra (Internal Power Filter) and was green in color at the time I bought it. Anyway it has suction cups on it to hold the sides of the aquarium and you replace the filter cartridge. That way you can adjust it to the amount of water in the aquarium. I had 2 red eared sliders for a couple years with that set up and it kept the water clean. I think they make them to handle up to 40 gallons. You can probably find this filter set up online somewhere for a little cheaper than Petsmart. Hope this helps!!

September 17, 2012 at 3:17pm
A comment titled: Curious in response to a report titled: Mandeville Pier

I am wondering the same thing. I live so close and been wanting to give it a try. I did okay a couple years ago in the early mornings before work. Would be nice to bring my girls out there to get a couple.

May 21, 2012 at 11:55am
A comment titled: Log in response to a report titled: 7.5 Lbs Trout

Nice trout there!!!
I had Charlie Alonso do a double mount for me and came out great!!

May 10, 2012 at 7:42pm
A comment titled: HOG!! in response to a report titled: Lake P. Fat Girl

Nice hawg there Christian!! Saw Josh post the pic up on FB the other day.

Jarett

May 07, 2012 at 10:27am
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