Took my son fishing out of Cocodrie this morning and came home with 43. Fourty-three of the fifty cocahoe minnows we bought. Started off at West Timbalier no birds no bait activity then worked our way west to Pt. Mast, several rigs, Last Island, reefs in Pelto. No specks to be found, only managed to catch a few sailcats on artificial baits under birds. No bites on live minnows. People we talked to said what trout they caught were caught at daylight and the bite didn't last very long.
Going to Grand Isle tomorrow morning and will be launching at Bridgeside Marina. New to fishing Grand Isle any suggestions appreciated beaches, east, west, north of island, ???
Since retiring a year ago living on a fixed income I can't fish near as much. I have a boat and I'm seeking someone interested in splitting expenses and helping launch and pick up the boat. I had a camp in Dulac and fished Dulac Cocodrie area for years. Now that I no longer have the camp I'm starting to fish Grand Isle Fourchon area so I don't have to travel ten or fifteen miles by boat to reach the gulf and depending on wind direction I'll have more options to fish front or back side of Islands without having to cross open water to get there. Contact me if interested.( I would rather fish during the week if possible.)
Can anyone tell me where the Tracy Macy is located? Are they in Cocodrie or Calliou Bocca?
On my current and previous boats I aligned the cavitation plate on the motor even with the bottom of the boat. Today I purchased a Blue Wave boat and the transom doesn't go all the way down to the bottom of the hull. Do I align cavitation plate with bottom of transom, bottom of boat, or somewhere in between? I appreciate any help.
I am not a scientist or hydrogologist I have a GED diploma and am a heavy equipment operator by trade. What I do have is experience working on jobs seeing what water can do and the memories of what the marsh and lakes looked like 30 plus years ago.
Once the levees cut off the sediment that built our solid ground near the river, which transitions to tree filled swamp then praries and marsh, the only land that continued to build is the delta at the mouth of the river.
I also witnessed the never ending erosion caused by digging of numerous oil production canals, the MRGO, and the Houma Navigation canal and the exagerated destruction from hurricanes they caused. These man made openings allowed saltwater to flow in and out of our marshes and to eat away at what we have. The smaller canals slowly ate away at the marsh, but the MRGO and the Houma Nav allowed massive amounts of water to travel further inland and to affect every bayou and drain in the marsh accelerating erosion.
Today we find ourselvs with years of destruction and we need a way to STOP it before we think about getting back what we lost.
There is a huge debate about diversions for and against. Some argue about what we will lose (salinity) affecting oysters fish and shrimp. Others say sediment will rebuild marshes.
I live near the Bonnet Carre Spillway and when it is opened the river overflows its banks it deposits sediment between the river and the Airline Hwy just as it did before the levees were built. This only happens between the upper and lower guide levees of the spillway because if not for these guide levees, the water would flood the surrounding communities. That being said Why not remove a portion of the guide levee north of the hurricane protection levee on the New Orleans side of the spillway allowing the water to filter through the swamps and marsh of the Labranch Wetlands depositing nutrients before entering Lake Pontchatrane just as it did before the levees were built, this would ease the problems of algee blooms in the lake. (I guess it would be too easy and cost effective.)
The example of the Bonnet Carre mimics what mother nature did before the levees, sediment deposited adjacent to the river nutrients filtered through marshes. This being said many small diversions along the river into fresh or brackish marsh would supply nutrients and fresh water to reverse the effects of salt water intrusion. Sufficient sediment fron a diversion will not travel far enough to rebuild marsh in the lower portions of the estuary.
Now for the costal marshes which I will compare to a man whose arm was torn off and eaten by a bear. It is gone and you are not going to get it back the most important thing to do is stop the bleeding! In addition to dredging to rebuild the barrier islands we also need to build up the outer fringes of the marsh to stop erosion from wind and waves. While using dredged material to build up the marsh some of the massive openings caused by years of erosion need to be filled in to slow future erosion from tidal flow.
The dam in the MRGO addressed that problem now the Houma Nav needs work. I know it will not be closed but a set of locks or structure to narrow its opening and reduce amount of water flow near Cocodrie would slow the erosion process to areas to its north.
In Plaquemine Parish massive amounts of sediment dredged from the river to keep the channel open could be piped northerly to build up what remains and to hold on to what we have.
As I said at the beginning I have no scientific degrees only memories, years of observation, and like everyone else an opinion.
Launched out of Four Point Landing in Dulac at 5:30 this morning and bought 20 cocahoe minnows (just in case). Rode out to the end of Bayou Sale and started fishing in Bay Blanc with plastics then tried minnows and caught hardheads. Headed out to reef in Pelto and after no bites with plastics threw out a minnow and caught a speck. Fished a while longer, couldn't get anything to bite. Pulled up anchor and fished a couple rigs and along the back side or Last Island and only caught hardheads and a couple small oyster fish. At 10:45 stopped back at reef I fished earlier fished plastics a while then fished with minnows and caught 2 white trout then I started catching specks and at 11 specks I ran out of minnows. Started fishing plastics again and had no bites. I saw a small crab swimming next to boat so I caught it with landing net, broke it in small pieces and put on hook with plastics and caught a big sailcat so I stopped using crab and started catching few specks on bayou chub purple w/chartruse tail. Soon the bite picked up I was catching them 2 at a time top bait was matrix shad green hornet. The fish I caught on plastic were bigger than the ones I caught on minnows. At 12:50 when # 25 came in the boat I counted again and had to release the last one I caught.