When four guys in the same boat fish for speckled trout anywhere in the State
of Louisiana, their legal limit is 100 fish.
Jones / WWL-TV
admires one of the many specks he and his crew hauled in very early
Well, the action is so good right now at Shell Beach, my Fishin' Team and I
had a full legal limit in our boat (to say nothing of having the whole TV show
in the can!) by 7:30 this morning. And if you follow the advice we share with
you on the web page this week, you can do the same thing this weekend--a full
fish limit long before the day heats up!
Here's what you do:
- Launch at Blackie Campo's at Shell Beach. I recommend you be in the water
by 5:30 am.
- Go south down the Ship Channel 17 miles. That gets you to the end of the
- Go an additional 3 miles southeast into Bay Eloi and begin fishing around
the little satellite rigs and cribbins.
- Use two methods of fishing--under a cork and Carolina on the bottom. Do
both. Have two rods and reels pre-rigged!
For both methods, use any kind of bait you want as long as it's live shrimp.
They don't want Cocahoes. They don't want baby croakers. And they certainly
don't want plastic. They want live shrimp! If you want to catch 'em, you gotta
do "like the Special Man suggests." Let 'em have it!
I can tell you first hand that you should plan to bring along at least 75
live shrimp per person (and that's a conservative amount). One hundred per
person is better!
Refrain from setting the hook too soon. Give them a few extra seconds to take
the bait; ten let them run away with it before you set the hook. Ignore this
recommendation and all you'll do is feed them.
Since you will be fishing in such close proximity to the rigs, a rig hook
will keep you where you have to be a whole lot better than an anchor. Fan cast
all around the boat--in other words, fish front, sides, back, wherever you can
reach with a cast. To catch them you'll have to find them first--they could even
be in one tiny little spot.
If you don't get into the action within 15 minutes of hooking up, move!
They'll either be there or they won't. Remember, they're not going to come
looking for you; you gotta go looking for them.
Cull, cull, and cull again! About 50 percent of what you'll catch will be
juvies and throwbacks (fall and next spring's crop). And measure every fish that
seems iffy. The Wildlife and Fisheries guys will check you out, and they frown
upon having undersize trout in your Igloo!
Finally, two important points:
1--Watch the weather if you venture into Bay Eloi. There is a lot of open
water out there and it offers very little protection. If you see the
thunderboomers building up, don't chance anything. Haul it! You can always come
back AFTER the storm. And. . .
2--Bring along lots and lots of water. It gets extremely hot out there and
you don't realize how much you're sweating. Summer time fishing, while it may be
slightly uncomfortable, is safe to do in spite of the heat. But you absolutely
MUSTstay hydrated. And with water, y'all. . .not beer!
If you need more information about fishing conditions this weekend at Shell
Beach, feel free to call Kenny Campo at Blackie Campo's Marina. The number is
504-676-3679. You can also call that same number to get in touch with Captain
Johnny Nunez to book a fishing charter.
And by the way, there are two rodeos on tap this weekend at Shell Beach. So
if you're in competitive mood, there will be lots of adversaries to take on and
lots of bragging rights to claim. The Campo's have all the details you'll need.
Until next week, be courteous and cautious out there. . .