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Old 07-11-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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My friend an I have been tossing around the idea of towing the boat down to LA for some redfishing. We have never been and don't know the area very well. All we know is that it's supposed to be a redfish mecca. So I'm looking for advice, suggestions, etc. Obviously I'm sure it would shorten the learning curve to hire a guide but wonder if it's worth the money or if we should save the money and just try it ourselves. I'd love to say that I'm not asking for honey holes but if you got some I'm listening

In all seriousness, thanks for any help you can provide two young guys full of "want to" and short on "know how"
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:03 PM   #2
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You may get a hundred suggestions on this one, but I recommend Shell Beach area. See http://www.rodnreel.com/campos/index...ishing_reports This is just one website for the area. It's easy go get to, not far from New Orleans if you are so inclined, and the fishing is top notch. There are places to stay in the area. Google Earth to Shell Bech, La. and take a look at the area. Good maps are available also.

The area was totally wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, but has made a tremendous comeback.

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Old 07-11-2012, 11:08 PM   #3
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Get a Top Spot map for the area.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:15 PM   #4
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Yep, a Top Spot map would be excellent for that area, or you can design one at www.mytopo.com but it won't have all the data a Top Spot will have.

Here is a story about Campo's Marina that I always fished out of .http://www.rodnreel.com/campos/

What I like about the area is all the protected areas where you can fish with a small boat. The ship channel can be excellent but you have to have a 'heads up' if a sea going vessel comes buy. The guys at the Marina can give you a 1 minute short course on how to handle your boat should a monster come sailing down the creek. It doesn't happen often though.

Here is another commercial for the area: http://www.fishwiththeking.com/index...ishing_reports

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I would suggest down HW23 from Myrtle Grove south all the way to Venice or HW1 from Cut Off south to Grand Isle.

Launching out of Shell Beach may do you good but you will have to head out to the marsh to find the reds, most of which are going to be hanging out around the shallower ponds eating bait.

I have also heard that Pointe Aux Chenes (PAX) has been doing really good right now.
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Myrtle Grove, Venice, and Grand Isle........all top notch. Not many places in south Louisiana that aren't. Just depends on how far you want to drive.

When I moved from Chalmette to Belle Chasse I switched to Happy Jack and Myrtle Grove, mostly Happy Jack. All I had was a 14 ft Jon and 20 hp kicker. That's all I needed for the canals and marsh. Even fished some of the oyster shell reefs/islands in bigger open water when the wind was right.

Loved to take my little Jon and jump the canal weir dams on hi-tide and get back in the marsh. Man 0 Man....such red and flounder fishing. There's no place along the gulf coast I know of that will come close to south Louisiana fishing and the limits are far superior to Florida .

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I'll be keeping an eye out on this thread too, I've been looking for a place to go over there to use a kayak.
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X2 on Happy Jack, Theres a couple houses on the canal on the east side of road that rent out, I think its Martin Lane
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This is where I go. 150 for a cabin and 10 for launch. Have never been unhappy. http://www.thedeltamarina.com/. Make sure you take skin so soft. Off cutter or thermacell just don't work there. Don't know why but the no seeums will tear you up without SSS.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:48 PM   #10
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I went to Grand Isle a couple weeks ago. It looked like the first picture for the last 40 miles of LA 1. You could put a kayak or maybe a small boat in anywhere. We had motor problems the first two days. The flounder were caught off land the first morning. Finally got the boat running and fished from it the last morning. Caught quite a few trout mostly small. Your biggest problem will be trying to decide where to fish. Every place looks better than the last.
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