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Old 07-12-2012, 07:19 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input guys, keep it coming! One thing I should have asked in my original post, but I assume that you all think the fishing is good enough down there to justify making a trip like the one I have planned? Just don't want to drive all the way to LA to realize that we should have just spent our time fishing at home! Also, you guys mostly use live bait when fishing down there or artificials?
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:13 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the input guys, keep it coming! One thing I should have asked in my original post, but I assume that you all think the fishing is good enough down there to justify making a trip like the one I have planned? Just don't want to drive all the way to LA to realize that we should have just spent our time fishing at home! Also, you guys mostly use live bait when fishing down there or artificials?

I suggest Shell Beach or Delacroix which are ten minutes apart. Here is a marina with lodging in Delacroix..Hog Specks..Great Reds and Bass all in the same area. http://delacroix.bayoubound.com/ Grand Isle is nice but their trout just dont match up...in my opinion.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:57 PM   #13
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I second Delacroix. Capt. Jack at Sweetwater Marina is always glad to tell you where the fishing are biting and you have several options of places to fish without having to run very far or cross a open body of water.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:52 AM   #14
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I'm making the trip 2-3 times a year to Delacroix and wish I could do it every weekend. Never had a bad trip.

One word of caution - almost everywhere you will be running your boat, you will be in 2-3 ft of water. 5 ft. every now and then. Don't ever forget to pay attention to what you're doing. Best to go with a guide or local the first time until you figure things out a bit. That water can be VERY confusing. I wouldn't attempt it on my own until I got a GPS.

The guy I took with me last trip never got really comfortable with my boat running 55 plus in 2 ft water. That trip, we ran 189 miles in 2.3 days of fishing.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:01 PM   #15
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I fish Myrtle Grove and Happy Jacks about twice a month. Both places are hot right now. You can limit out in under a half hour with fresh dead shrimp on a popping cork. Plus, launching out of MGM, you can be in grande isle in about 40 minutes of a beer drinking boat ride. Good luck. Check rodnreel.com for tides, reports, etc. if you want a guide, I can recommend some for rod n reel or bowfishing at night.
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:21 PM   #16
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Noticed Delacroix Island mentioned which is close to Shell Beach, and found a post on their website about the ships channel being closed. I was not aware of this information. See: http://delacroixfishing.com/boat-launch/

I never fished out of Delacroix Island but am well aware of what the area has to offer. I just always went to Blackie's at Shell Beach.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:50 PM   #17
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Good advice here for the 16-27" reds. Fish the passes for bull reds. I think the three best passes for bull reds are caminada pass, bell pass, and calcasieu pass. Put cracked crab on the bottom and hold on...

I prefer a falling tide. If the tide is too strong to hold the bottom, or if the water is clearer on the outside, I prefer to be just on the outside of the jetties on the downwind side. Using a 6-12" croaker or sand trout is excellent bait also. A lot of people like cut mullet for bait, but I've never caught a bull red on mullet, so I prefer cracked crab or a live croaker or sand trout 6-12" long.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:02 PM   #18
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OP - What kind of fishing to do you want to target? Bottom fishing for bulls? Sightfishing shallow water?

Louisiana is definitely worth it and has it all. I second Delacroix, I've taken the flats boat over there a few times, poled through shallow ponds, and seen HUNDREDS of tailers. You can't go wrong, just pay attention to where you're going.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:09 PM   #19
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We're looking to target slot size fish as well as some speckled trout. Wouldn't mind gettting into bigger fish of course but we're not much on the bottom fishing thing for redfish. More flats type stuff. We'll be in a 20' bay boat. No poling platform but do have a 36" tall casting platform on the front deck.
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I've caught more bull reds than slot fish everywhere I've been down there. There is never a problem finding big reds. I fish the general area between shell beach and Delacroix.
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