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Just read Todd Massons report about bank fishing at Seabrook. Never been to this place but would love to drag my kayak with me to work one day and do an evening recon mission to scratch off a Jack from my bucket list! Anyone have any information on where to go? Where to launch? I googled it and it appears to be East of the Causeway on the lakefront? Is that right? Is it near the 'New Orleans Lakefront Airport'? Not looking for anybody's secret honey hole, just some general information that might help increase my chances of landing some Jacks and/or Reds. My personal email is Daniel.lafountain@yahoo.com if you don't want to post in the public forum. Thanks and tight lines!

September 05 at 2:02pm

FINALLY got out on my yak Saturday after having shoulder surgery almost 3 months ago. Stayed local and went to the Hwy 11 canal by the train trestles in Slidell. Weather called for calm winds and few clouds early, but they lied! Main lake was WAY to rough to venture out in the Ascend 12T! So I paddled down the canal working docks and structure. TONS of bait fish everywhere, yet nothing busting them?? Found it odd. Anyways, managed 3 stupid ladyfish and 7 BABY rat reds (like 10-12in). Found them chasing the bait on my way back, but got pushed off the water by the big storms rolling in....go figure....just as I get on the bite. Anyways, good to get back on the water and even better not getting skunked! Tight lines!

Danno

August 21 at 12:14pm

Took my buddy from work down to shell beach yesterday to try to get hooked into his first redfish ever, who is still new top yak fishing as well. It was game on from 730 to 930. We limited out by 830 and played catch and release for another hour plus. Live shrimp on the bottom, almost every cast for two hours. Had a blast. Lost count but definitely away least 20-24 each. Would have been many more but retying often took a lot of time. You can see what they did to my jig head! 16 - 28 was the size. Average size was 18 -22.

Tight lines!

May 20 at 6:51am

Looking for any advice from all you experts out there. just got my buddy into kayak fishing, who is a good'ol country boy from NC. he's never caught a redfish so I want to take him out this weekend and put him on his first one (he's never caught a trout either). Looking for any advice on where to go to land a few, preferably without having to paddle 5-10 miles. we live on the North Shore (Mandeville/Madisonville), but are willing to travel a bit. I used to make the trip to Shell Beach/Hopedale/Delacroix quite often, but haven't been in a while. Any advice greatly appreciated! If you don't want to respond in an open forum (not looking for 10 digit grid coordinates, just general ideas), my personal email is daniel.lafountain@yahoo.com.

thanks and tight lines!

May 15 at 12:52pm

Doesn't anyone kayak fish anymore? Check every day for reports but none to be had! I'm going to try to get out this weekend. If i do I'll be sure to give ya'll something to read! And hopefully some pics!

May 15 at 7:56am

Anyone know if there its anyplace to launch a kayak in or near lakeshore estates? Thinking about braving the wind and have never been there so wanted to try it out. Any advice greatly appreciated! Tight lines!

April 20 at 7:07am

Finally got back on the water on Tuesday. Didn't do great, but didn't get skunked so I'll take it! Went to Rigolets Marina and started paddling through the marsh off Goeghegan Canal with only a few small bass for takers. Made my way to double bayou lagoon and managed a small redfish, a small speck and this 20in fatty coming in at 2.6lbs. Not great but my biggest since getting to LA last year. Also missed a nice bass right at the yak...16-17in. Again, not great but would have been my best here in LA. Beats a good day at work every time! Pretty sure I caught all fish on the savage 3D shrimp. Tried cork, topwater, and matrix on a jig head, but the savage shrimp caught most if not all fish.

February 15 at 2:41pm

Looking for advice on where to go tomorrow morning in the yak. Currently trying to choose between staying close (Northshore, Goeghegan Canal by Rigolets marina), or driving South to either Shell Beach, Hopedale, or Delecroix. Looking for reds or trout. Was thinking the deep water in Goeghegan with this cold weather we've had, and I caught a few trout there last weekend, but saw the video from marsh man and the tons of people stacked up on the side of the road near Hopedale catching reds on every cast from shore. Just thinking that with my luck, by the time I get there tomorrow, the bite will be gone. Read another post where someone recommended the damn in the MRGO, that the fish should be stacked up in that deep water.

Accepting any/all advice!!! I catch and release so not looking for any honey holes, just love to catch fish. If you feel more comfortable, you can email me at daniel.lafountain@yahoo.com Thanks for any pointers and tight lines!

January 05 at 1:45pm

Looking for advice on where to go tomorrow morning in the yak. Currently trying to choose between staying close (Northshore, Goeghegan Canal by Rigolets marina), or driving South to either Shell Beach, Hopedale, or Delecroix. Looking for reds or trout. Was thinking the deep water in Goeghegan, since I caught a few trout there last weekend, but saw the video from marsh man and the tons of people stacked up on the side of the road near Hopedale cathing reds on every cast from shore. Just thinking that with my luck, by the time I get there tomorrow, the bite will be gone. Read another post where someone recommended the damn in the MRGO, that the fish should be stacked up in that deep water.

Accepting any/all advice!!! I catch and release so not looking for any honey holes, just love to catch fish. If you feel more comfortable, you can email me at daniel.lafountain@yahoo.com Thanks for any pointers and tight lines!

January 05 at 1:30pm

Finally made it to geoghegan yesterday. Managed a few small bass and 5 specks, 4 keepers, biggest was 17in. Fished SLOWLY on tube bottom of the deep hole where it opens up at the back of the canal. Anchored about 50ft from shore in About 8ft of water and threw to 30ft of water. 3/8oz jig with matrix shad. Lemonhead and shrimp Creole was what i used and caught with both. Got there a bit late but the trout are in there. Happy New Year And tight lines!

December 31, 2017 at 1:09pm

156 to be exact! Well Give or take a few Anyways. Lost track a coupe times lol. Almost every cast using white vudoo shrimp with chartreuse tail. Finished the day with all those green trout, 1 rat red and this huge sheep head, just under 24in. My biggest yet, but haven't caught that many of them. Ticket to the bass was dock poles, right on the edge of the shade line. Almost every cast almost every pole.

November 25, 2017 at 5:26pm

Going to take the kayak out this weekend and looking for any recommendations on where to go to catch some reds and specks. I catch and release so not keeping any just love to catch. I usually go to canals off hwy 11 in Slidell or shell beach or hopedale or Delacroix as I'm coming from Mandeville. Trying to find a spot where i don't have to paddle 5 miles to find fish! Lol. That's a bunch for any advice! Tight lines everyone!
Dan

November 08, 2017 at 7:56pm

Not a report, but looking to see if anyone knows of a rod and reel repair shop on the northshore. My BPS Pro Qualifier spin reel is in rough shape. I took it apart and cleaned it best I could, but still jacked up (acts like it's warped and rubbing on one side, so if I'm doing a slow retrieve it catches and stops the retrieve......absolutely annoying).

any help appreciated! tight lines!

Dan

May 11, 2017 at 9:06am

Can anyone teach me how to tie a double rig? Or do you buy them pre-rigged? I've tried googling and youtubing it but haven't found a good 'how to' yet. Any help appreciated!

April 06, 2017 at 11:35am

Anybody have any recommendations on where I can catch some redfish from my yak on the Northshore? Looking for places closer to home (Madisonville) instead of traveling all the way to Delacroix or Hopedale or Shell Beach. I've never read any good reports for Lake P, and the Rigolets/tressel is a no go for a yak. I've fished the canals by the Hwy 11 bridge a few times and picked up some bass, a few specks here and there, and a couple small reds, but nothing consistent. I'm guessing such a place doesn't really exist! lol. Anyways, just checking to see if any locals have any suggestions. Never looking for honey holes, just general locations where I might have some luck. I'm willing to put the time and miles paddling in. Just looking for starting points.

Thanks and tight lines!
Dan

March 03, 2017 at 9:12am

Ended up going to Shell Beach (instead of Delacroix) and fished the rock wall along the MRGO for the first time. Ended up with about 10 trout (6 keepers), like 20 bass and a new best redfish for me at 29in. Mixture of cork with matrix under it, and tight lined Lemonhead matrix and chartreuse vudu shrimp (bass couldn;t get enough of the vudu, just about every cast). Caught the red on a zman scented shrimp in penny (and a coupe trout). Missed another red as big (or bigger) than this one that hit the vudu.

Oh and another big thanks to Bubba (sniper doc) for the advice!

Tight lines!

Dan

February 26, 2017 at 5:25pm

Anybody have any tips on where to go in Delacroix to catch some reds from my kayak this weekend? I've only been once and went with my buddy in his boat, and we covered about 20 miles of water! Not trying to paddle THAT much lol. Not looking for any honey holes, just general locations on where I might find some reds without having to paddle 5 miles (and where to launch from). The one time I did go there, I saw lots of people throwing their yaks in from the side of the road....wanted to know if i could do the same. Anyone want to join me feel free as well!

Thanks for any help and tight lines!
Dan

February 23, 2017 at 11:58am

So I know most are going to say all guides are great and put you on fish. Just wanted to see if anyone had personal experience and recommended anyone in particular. Here's the situation:

Have two good buddies that I'm planning a trip for that are as obsessed with fishing as I am. Both retired military, one coming from Maine and the other from VA . My buddy from VA has yet to catch a red drum that's been on his bucket list. When my buddy that's now in Maine and I were both stationed in NC a couple years ago, we planned two separate trips for him to come down and put him on a redfish. Keep in mind, we both regularly catch redfish so we assumed both trips were easy no brainers. As luck would have it, both trips were a wash and our retired VA buddy gave up hope on us. I've since been keeping them updated on the sportsman's paradise that the Marine corps has graciously allowed me to spend my final two years at. That said, I told him this time I would do it right and pay for a guide to ensure (I know even guides can't guarantee fish, but here is as close as you can get) I get a red on the end of his line!

So with all that said, my the questions are:
1. Best time of year for reds (possibly for bulls as I've yet to haul one of those in!)
2. Best location (I live in Madisonville so the closer the better, preferably within a couple hours)
3. Any recommended guides. (Feel free to respond to my personal email if you don't want to respond in the forum) daniel.lafountain@yahoo.com

Guides feel free to respond too!

Thanks for any input!
Dan

February 04, 2017 at 10:00am

I feel compelled to post this. This was the first thread (and a sticky so it stayed on top) in the 'fishing reports' forum that I frequented while stationed in NC (NCANGLER.COM). I'm new to the area and found Louisianasportsman.com while looking for assistance from fellow fishing fanatics. While I've gained a SMALL amount of info from the posts on here, I've had better luck (one time) PM'ing someone who offered help. This forum, in my opinion, is far from a reports forum (with the exception of a very few). It is more of a 'look what I caught' forum....which is fine, but if that is the case, create a new forum titled just that. I thought this post bellow pretty much nailed it. Standing by for the backlash!

*QUOTE*
NOTE: I write this not as an official moderator of the site but simply as a user of the site (so it's not official, just my opinion).

We have a lot of new people on board and we are getting some great fishing reports or as I like to call them, catching reports. In fact I think that is one of the most popular reasons people come to forums like this one. I read a lot of reports, listen to a lot of them on the phone and talk to professional guides every week. All this is in an effort to give the most accurate and useful report I can in the newspaper column I write weekly.

So over time I have developed an eye & ear for certain things, you may have noticed what I'm talking about in reports here and elsewhere. Some reports are just for bragging rights (it's okay to brag, more on that further down), others are vague on facts but make interesting reading (like a novel or short story), some are full of useful facts and info. The best combine some of all of those elements.

Here's what I look for and appreciate in a report (not in any particular order):

1. What's biting
2. When was the best time
3. What bait or lures were most effective
4. What technique was used (trolling, casting, jigging, etc)
5. Where (general, we don't expect exact locations)

In giving the facts go ahead and incorporate some of your experiences from the trip to make it interesting if you want.

By including as much of the above as practicable you get to brag about your catch or your kid's catch but at the same time you help fellow anglers out, most of whom have limited time for fishing and want to make the most out of the times they do fish.

A word about photos: I think folks like photos as much as they do reports. Nothing like seeing some nice fish and big smiles. It also lends credibility to your post and makes the place look nice . Not that you have to post pictures every time you report. Many people don't post pictures of average size fish they catch on a regular basis every time but occasionally even average sized fish are nice to see.

Just my opinion, what's yours?'
*END QUOTE*

January 20, 2017 at 7:51am

Looking to take the yak out tomorrow (for the 4th time since moving here in July). I'd like to find some drum! Only caught 2 since I've been here and both were only about 17in. Or I'd like to catch some specks. I've been going in the slidell area near hwy 11 and once with my buddy in his boat just up the canal from rigolets marina. Looking for any advice! Not asking for 10 digit grids to your best honey hole, but some general areas where I'll have a chance. I live in Madisonville si the closer the better (not looking to drive all the way to delecroix, though I'd love to). Would like to stick with slidell being the farthest.

Thanks! Merry Christmas!

Feel free to email me if you're not comfortably responding in an open forum. daniel.lafountain@yahoo.com

December 23, 2016 at 2:49pm
A comment titled: Re: Seabrook? in response to a report titled: Seabrook?

thanks Matt and Mande!

September 06 at 7:33am
A comment titled: Re: Lady P Trip 8 29 18 in response to a report titled: Lady P Trip 8 29 18

nice post as always mandevillian. where do you catch the reds at? shoreline of P? or in cane bayou? assuming lake p....I might have to try this bomber spinner bait! I've never used a spinner bait for reds.

August 30 at 10:22am
A comment titled: Re: Jack millers bass fishing in response to a report titled: Jack millers bass fishing

where u fishing out of?

August 24 at 7:10am
A comment titled: Re: Saturday in Slidell in response to a report titled: Saturday in Slidell

Definitely need to hook up and slime up the yaks! I only have a little over a month left though so time is running out! lol. Retiring from the Marine Corps first week of October and moving to Colorado Springs (did what I said i'd never do and took a contractor job working for the government....after 20+ years of doing it....lol) Going to miss the fishing here for sure!!! Couldn't agree more with the trash at that launch either. A couple people ruin it for everyone else. I'm always picking up trash there as well. I'll admit, it does look better than a couple years ago when I first found it and started using it though! Still not good enough. Lazy people. Just take your trash home with you! Ok, enough of my soap box. Let me know when you want to try and get on the water.......if this weather will ever permit! I just researched the jacks this year actually! Wanted to do the same thing as I've never caught one. I thought it was July time frame though when they were in the lake?

August 24 at 7:06am

time? location? fees? details?

August 23 at 7:09am
A comment titled: Re: Saturday in Slidell in response to a report titled: Saturday in Slidell

I hope so! I use it all the time. I see people use it all the time as well and the side of the road usually has a bunch of vehicles there that launched as well. Google maps lists it as a public launch. It's not the best and it's not maintained, but it will work for kayaks or smaller boats. There was a 16ft bass tracker launching after I did on Saturday.

August 23 at 7:02am
A comment titled: Re: PAC... AGAIN in response to a report titled: PAC... AGAIN

Hey Matt, where is PAC?

July 04 at 10:42am
A comment titled: Re: advice in response to a report titled: advice

great! look forward to hearing your report!

May 17 at 8:34am
A comment titled: Re: Reports? in response to a report titled: Reports?

I would love to make a trip to grande isle. Just such a long drive (3 hours). I need to plan to make a weekend out of it too make that trip. Hate to drive all that way and only catch a couple fish!

May 16 at 7:17am
A comment titled: Re: advice in response to a report titled: advice

Thanks Mande!

May 16 at 7:07am
A comment titled: Re: advice in response to a report titled: advice

thanks! I've yet to make it to Grand Isle. been wanting to go. maybe this weekend is the weekend to go!

May 15 at 3:17pm

Thanks Mand! I work on the west bank. Sounds like i need to stuff a rod in the car and hit this place up After work one day!

May 08 at 7:44am

where is city park?

May 04 at 11:31am
A comment titled: Re: Tchefuncte Bass in response to a report titled: Tchefuncte Bass

thanks! good luck!

April 26 at 1:34pm
A comment titled: Re: Tchefuncte Bass in response to a report titled: Tchefuncte Bass

So i was just looking up where you recommended mande, looks like there is a public launch at 4th st, but map says it's bouge falaya, not t-funky. Obviously same water, just splits snd renamed. Don't think I've tried that far up. You recommend that far away from lake p? I was thinking about launching in downtown madisonville and fishing all the docks. Are there lots of standing trees up river where you recommend?

April 26 at 7:12am
A comment titled: Re: Tchefuncte Bass in response to a report titled: Tchefuncte Bass

nice work Mandevillian. always enjoy reading your reports. think I'm going to stay local this weekend (live in madisonville) and throw the yak in the T-funky and chase some bass instead of traveling to Slidell or even further chasing reds and specks. thinking of trying some docks near downtown Madisonville, since it's only a few miles from my house! I'll let you know how I do!

April 25 at 10:32am
A comment titled: Re: Tchefuncte Bass in response to a report titled: Tchefuncte Bass

what part of the river did you find that hog? guess I should have went there Saturday instead of the canals in lakeshore estates! lot closer and wouldn't have gotten skunked! nice pig!!! what did he eat??

April 23 at 2:45pm
A comment titled: Re: Tough Day in response to a report titled: Tough Day

thanks for the report. similar day for me this past Saturday on the north shore. nothing. second time since moving here 2 years ago I got skunked. don't like that! been wanting to make the 1.5hr trip to hopedale/shell beach/delecroix, but sounds like I didn't miss anything! good luck and tight lines!

April 23 at 2:24pm
A comment titled: Re: Lakeshore estates kayak launch? in response to a report titled: Lakeshore estates kayak launch?

Well i ended up doing a combat launch at the end of a road in the back. SKUNKED! only second time since moving here 2 years ago i came back without catching anything. That was the First time I've been on the water in like 2 months too. I'll try again this weekend.... just not those canals!

April 23 at 7:12am
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