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Wanna Hold A Fish Fry? Catch What You Need At Lafitte!
Frank Davis / Fishing Expert
Little trout and big trout--they're both all over the Lower Barataria area
between Lafitte and Grand Isle.
And I’m telling you that they're biting on both live shrimp on a Carolina
rig and artificials worked under a chugging cork. Oh, and the best artificial
color right now and this weekend is a chartreuse sparkle beetle or a
glow-in-the-dark bull minnow.
“Now, if you’re one of those anglers who absolutely just has to know
exactly where to find the fish. . .I mean, like pinpoint the spot for me,”
Capt. Phil Robichaux explained, “then I’m gonna spill the beans and say
under diving gulls and directly into fish slicks are the two prime areas to
fish, at least until we get through the full moon stage.
“Our trout have been virtually everywhere! From C-Way Marina out to Four
Bayou Pass, weekenders—and mid-week fishermen as well—can pick up near
limits of specks ranging from 12-1/2 inches to 18 inches long almost every time
out. And mixed into the mishmash are scatterings of white trout, a true
lagniappe species with no limit at all.”
My charter guide on today’s trip to tape this week’s TV show was Capt.
Mike Helmer, and before we even hit the water he was giving my crew and me the
lowdown on the background.
“If you find 16-20 count white shrimp jumping out of the water, and the
birds are actively diving on them with a vengeance, you can bet your bottom
dollar that there are some decent-size trout clustered there, too.
“If you scout around and find the prettiest green water in sight and if the
tide is moving well at that spot, either incoming or outgoing, then chances are
you’ll find a bunch of feeding trout there too.
“And if you get into the fish, but suddenly they stop biting, then just sit
back, get a cool drink, and wait a few minutes. The bigger trout, which seem to
be congregated on the bottom, will roam the area but eventually come right back
and start biting all over again. It’s just what happens every year at this
time of year.”
Of course, this doesn’t mean you just pick out a spot on a whim and hang
out there, doing nothing to provoke strikes, until the fish find you. You will
need to have located them actively feeding to make the paragraph above actually
Oh—one more thing: Right now you’ll no doubt catch both legal size fish
as well as seriously undersize fish. Measure, measure, and measure again! Don’t
eyeball a legal length. The local game agent, regardless of how long your
brother-in-law knows him, won’t accept the “eyeball procedure.” Use a
ruler. An if you come up short, back in the water they go!
Now next Thursday I’m going to fish the Golden Meadow area with Capt. John
“Hawkeye” Aucoin. And I’m thinking that John wants to show me his trout
lairs too. So I’ll let you know what I come up with next week as soon as we
get back on terra firma. Until then, tight lines and good times!
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