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Fishing near the New Orleans Metro area

Old 09-12-2018, 03:37 PM
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Default Fishing near the New Orleans Metro area

Hello all, with the purchase of a boat I have recently started trying to fish more. The past month we did well going to Half Moon island in Lake Borgne a few times, fished the rock in Hopedale a few times and tried (unsuccessfully) to fish Lake Pontchartrain. Last weekend however we tried the island in Lake Borgne and the railroad trestle in the Rigolets with no real luck. I'll be the first to admit that I don't know much about fishing, but I can run a boat though so I'm not opposed to running distance to get to fish. I have a 1985 23' Pro-line walk around with a 225 Yamaha. So I'm kinda looking for advice about where I can go, and once there what to do.



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Old 09-12-2018, 06:39 PM
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I would continue to focus on the outside bays out of hopedale for the next 3-4 weeks. The trout are still on the outside edge. We can fish in Bay Elio Friday.
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Old 09-13-2018, 04:30 AM
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We were actually planning a Hopedale trip Sunday, any particular area of the bays? How deep is the water in them? Thank you
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Old 09-13-2018, 04:51 AM
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Get you some charts for sure. Subscribe to Marsh Man Masson on YouTube along with FishxScales also. They are a proverbial fish report in your inbox. Give Pointe La Hatch area some looks too.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:54 AM
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I have a chart plotter, do i need real charts or will that suffice for fishing?
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:57 AM
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A chartplotter is fine. Just something. Also Jon Miller has an excellent local YouTube channel. Unfortunately he doesn't post much anymore. Lastly. Find clean water, that is moving, that contains bait and you will catch fish. Or at least that's what I'm told. I suck at fishing too.
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I will say the boat you have isnt the best for inshore fishing. that being said you can always go anchor in the mouth of a bayou, along some rocks( jetties, rock walls, etc), an island, bridge, oil platform, you get the idea. Lake ponchatrain bridge trout can be pretty tough to catch with out the right equipment/technique on plastic. if you are going to use live bait try a drop shot or carolina rig if fishing shallow water get a popping cork too. Dont fish the bridges in the lake with a cork. dead shrimp usually catches something anywhere you go. Watch the tides when they arent moving the fish will not bite as well. Also when they are moving too much the fish wont bite either. try the pilings of the hwy 11 bridge for black drum
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Yes, I draw a little too much for marsh fishing, I just really wish the lake was more productive as its like ten minutes from my house. I do seem to recall catching more fish in the lake when I was younger, but that may just be time polishing my memories.
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Yes, I draw a little too much for marsh fishing, I just really wish the lake was more productive as its like ten minutes from my house. I do seem to recall catching more fish in the lake when I was younger, but that may just be time polishing my memories.
Its better in the spring and the fall than it is during the summer
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Well luckily fall will be here soon!
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:36 PM
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Well Mauice, perhaps you and NOLABAMA should go in half on a charter and decrease the learning curve for yourselves. A few hundred bucks is certainly worth the fishing lesson.
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Lake Ponchtrain can be tough
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About a month away from good fishing in Lake Pontchartrain- trestles especially.
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I'm ready for that because those can be weekday trips since its close!
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We went out of shell beach Sunday, fished the rocks and a rig in Eiol Bay. First stop out I caught a two-ish foot Black tip that was fairly exciting. Didn’t catch anything else all morning till about 11 when we moved back by the cut through in the rocks, the it was black drum, one after another with one sheepshead mixed in. Several baby reds too, not a trout to be seen. Weather was calm but oppressively hot, water temp was 85* for the most part.
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Fished the Rigolets today, hwy 11 bridge, twin span, bupkis... oh well.
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