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Old 01-18-2012, 08:30 AM
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I've only taken my boat there once to scout a lease and have been back once more in a mud boat to duck hunt. I'm looking to try to fish there Sunday and the low tide should be around noon. I've abused my motor numerous times but I'd like to try to avoid it being a mud motor this weekend. Everywhere I've been has been shallow, shallow, shallow.

If I'm looking at Bing or Google maps, can someone give me a rough idea of which way to go in navigable waters so that I can try to find some fish? I'm dying here after a way-too-long fish drought. I'd obviously be launching at Sweetwater or Serigne's. The last time I took my boat I think I spent more time trying to dislodge it than fishing.
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Alec I would run down bayou terry into four horse and fish there and little four horse. Just drifting over the oyster beds. It was easy to get to with good water and the bayou that leads into four horse has the tanks on it so it is easy to spot. There will be a bayou that runs out the southeast corner that leads to little four horse, caught fish in there pretty regular. I only messed with four horse when I saw birds.

I have caught alot of trout in lake batola as well, it is fairly easy to get to down bayou gentilly if I remember little lake is skinny if you get out of the channel. I don't think you will have trouble unless the tide is abnormally low. Also this info is pretty old as I haven't fished there in probably 4 or 5 years. I would be drifting and fishing a popping cork with the weather being as warm as it is supposed to be. Lake Robin, Point Fiene, Lake Campo are other places I used to fish too. The fishing is pretty easy when it is warm, when it is cold you have to be on top of them in my experience.

Navigating was pretty straightforward in the big bayous just stay in the middle and always take the outside in a bend. Only time I had to push was a mud flat in black bay on dead low tide.

Fishing there is very dependent on conditions esp water clarity tide and fresh water and like is said I haven't been following this area for a while so all this could be wrong. Mr. Lionel and Ms. Joan would give a few tips if they were in a good mood.

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I knew you'd be the man with the plan. Thanks for the advice Mike
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Launch at Sweetwater and talk with Capt Jack.. There is no finer place to launch..
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Launch at Sweetwater and talk with Capt Jack.. There is no finer place to launch..
If the map below loads here are the paths to Four Horse, Amadee, and Pt. Fienne/Bay Jack. The Pencil canal entrance is a lttle hard to spot crossing little lake but someone put a sign up a few hundred yards before the entrance and you can also look for the one tree near by as a pointer as well. Amadee may be the better area with cleaner water due to the river diversion.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...87224,0.154324
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Black Water, I just limited out on Trout in Delacroix Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the fish are on the west side of Delacroix. The water is still a little low and not great on clarity but that will not stop you from catching fish nor will you have any problems running those areas if you stay in the main canals.

The google map link a poster posted shows the way to Pt. Fienne which means running south from Sweetwater Marina down Bayou Gentilly, crossing Lake Petit (Little Lake) and heading nearly due south to the Pencil Canal, the water is good through all of those areas. The Pencil Canal is marked by a big 4 X 8 sign with Pencil Canal painted on it in big letters. The water was warm when I left it yesterday (60 degrees) which means the Trout are scattered acrosss the bays. Drifting Pt. Fienne fishing charteuse colored baits three feet under a cork works well. Bay Jack Nevette is connected to Pt. Fienne, Bay Nevette has been hit and miss but when they're there it can be a one stop shop. In addition to Pt. Fienne and Bay Jack Nevette, if you continue south down the Pencil Canal, right before hitting Oak River the no name bay to your right is called "Skippy Bay." Skippy Bay is holding Trout, you will have no problems with water there either. Head into Skippy from the Pencil Canal running westerly until your midway to the back northwest corner. Again the ticket here is drifting and casting your baits 2.5 to 3 feet under cork.

Lil Crevasse and Bakers Bay are also holding Trout, when you leave Skippy Bay headed south you will immediately hit Oak River, make a left in Oak River and around 1 mile you will see an island to your starboard which is Lil Crevasse. Veer right inside of the island and you will be in Lil Crevasse, Lil Crevasse is 5 to 6 feet down the center. Move down the island around 50 to 100 yards, position your boat near the island on the north side then cast towards the middle of the cut and work it all the way back to your boat. Bakers Bay is due east of Lil Crevasse, if you take off for Bakers Bay there is a flat spot between Lil Crevasse and Bakers Bay, stay on step through there, you may kick up some soft mud for 75 yards or so but nothing to hit or stop you in your tracks. Bakers Bay is big but once you enter it head to starboard a couple of hundred yards and fish 50 to 100 feet off of that bank, You should see boats there catching fish, if so go above or below them along the same shoreline.

If you hit the places I mentioned you will catch Trout along the way without a doubt and what I gave you is more than enough to keep you busy on a one day fishing trip. Remember the Trout are scattered now with these temps., you may hit a few Trout with a few casts then miss a few casts but if you stick with it you will start building a nice box of fish. If you see any current lines created by the tides running through the bays, focus on them to fish.

Launch at Sweetwater Marina and ask for Capt. Jack or any of the staff to show you those areas on a map or where they've been catching them. In addition to showing you where to fish, the staff there will back down your boat and park your vehicle for you if desired, great service and they are very helpful. If I were fishing Sunday I would focus on Pt. Fienne and Skippy Bay first as that's where I've caught a bunch of Trout the last few days. Tell the guys at Sweetwater Holy Mackerel sent you.
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Great report Holy-Mackerel, thanks.
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Could u run to pt fienne in a 26 bluewater and drop kayaks and fish. Hadn't been there in 3 years since sold bay boat. Was wanting to mother ship the marsh. Just concerned it would be to shallow in spots to run. If I stay in canals should be ok?

What u guys think. Great report.
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Could u run to pt fienne in a 26 bluewater and drop kayaks and fish. Hadn't been there in 3 years since sold bay boat. Was wanting to mother ship the marsh. Just concerned it would be to shallow in spots to run. If I stay in canals should be ok?

What u guys think. Great report.
You probably need to launch at Point la Hache, go north, then take first right on pipeline through Third Bay, then on to Oak River. Not certain though.
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Could u run to pt fienne in a 26 bluewater and drop kayaks and fish. Hadn't been there in 3 years since sold bay boat. Was wanting to mother ship the marsh. Just concerned it would be to shallow in spots to run. If I stay in canals should be ok?

What u guys think. Great report.
Yes you could run a 26 Bluewater to and into Pt. Fienne without worry. I know Delacroix very well, there are plenty of shallow areas to worry about when running shortcuts and certain areas through the marsh, however when sticking to the main channels there is little to worry about if you stay on track. If you launch at Sweetwater Marina you can immeditately get on step headed down Bayou Gentilly.

Bayou Gentilly is not a clear cut path due to the how broken up the marsh is now but so many boats run that route, waiting to follow someone will take just minutes of waiting. Crossing Lake Petit (Little Lake) is deep enough not to worry, then once in the Pencil Canal running is pretty safe, again if you do not deviate from the channel too much. Entering Pt. Fienne is safe with water depth too and running in Pt. Fienne has a consistent depth where you will not get into trouble. All of this within reason now, if a hard front blows through with stiff northwest winds for a couple of days, Delacroix loses it's water in a hurry. If the water is two feet below normal that can make things a little more difficult. If in a big boat I can assure you can fish all the places smaller bay boats fish, you just will not be able to take some of the shortcuts through the marsh where running across mud flats could cause a problem. In time even with a big boat one could run many of these shortcuts when you know when, how, and where.
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Yes you could run a 26 Bluewater to and into Pt. Fienne without worry. I know Delacroix very well, there are plenty of shallow areas to worry about when running shortcuts and certain areas through the marsh, however when sticking to the main channels there is little to worry about if you stay on track. If you launch at Sweetwater Marina you can immeditately get on step headed down Bayou Gentilly.

Bayou Gentilly is not a clear cut path due to the how broken up the marsh is now but so many boats run that route, waiting to follow someone will take just minutes of waiting. Crossing Lake Petit (Little Lake) is deep enough not to worry, then once in the Pencil Canal running is pretty safe, again if you do not deviate from the channel too much. Entering Pt. Fienne is safe with water depth too and running in Pt. Fienne has a consistent depth where you will not get into trouble. All of this within reason now, if a hard front blows through with stiff northwest winds for a couple of days, Delacroix loses it's water in a hurry. If the water is two feet below normal that can make things a little more difficult. If in a big boat I can assure you can fish all the places smaller bay boats fish, you just will not be able to take some of the shortcuts through the marsh where running across mud flats could cause a problem. In time even with a big boat one could run many of these shortcuts when you know when, how, and where.
Holy-mackerel - Awesome info. Can't wait to get back down in late feb- march to do some drift fishing in the kayaks. Thanks again jay.
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