Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald

Seabrook Harbor yields haul of yellow mouths and puppy drum

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PUPPY DRUM. Jerome Laque with a keeper black drum at Seabrook Bridge.
Photo by Bruce McDonald
PUPPY DRUM. Jerome Laque with a keeper black drum at Seabrook Bridge.
Just 35 miles east of Luling, recent catches at the Seabrook Bridge have been more than impressive, so I decided to fish the area last Monday with Jerome Laque, Andrew Callais and my son Hunter. We weren't disappointed.

After launching under the bridge, we were only a block away from where we caught our fish. But we first made the short run up the Industrial Canal to Seabrook Harbor to buy live shrimp.

It was going to be a quick morning trip. We arrived at the Seabrook Bridge at 8 a.m. and the tide was rising, moving into Lake Pontchartrain.

We dropped anchor down current at the first big metal bulkhead from the launch. The water depth was around 20 feet.

Using Carolina rigs for the live shrimp, we immediately began catching big trout and 20 inch eating-sized puppy drum. Hunter caught a monster black drum that measured 45 inches.

We caught 15 big speckled trout that measured 20 to 24 inches. After a while they seemed to move on. The black drum kept biting and we caught our limit of 20. Catch and release was fun. Around 1 p.m. we motored back to the launch and headed home.

The Seabrook Bridge is located at 5801 France Road in New Orleans. Seabrook Harbor is a dry stack storage facility with a live bait shop 504-283-9801. Only members can launch their boats. If your trying to fish the Seabrook Bridge, launch your boat under the bridge along the lake front.

Locally, the area lakes continue to be great. George Garcia from Pier 90 reported Lake Cataouatche is still producing bream, bass, sac-au-lait and catfish.

Bream are biting on worms, crickets and popping bugs. Bass are hitting white spinner baits, the watermelon Baby Brush Hog, the Ribbit Frog, melon and red and pearl, and plastic worms.

Sac-au-lait are in the middle of the canals around the grass beds. Black and chartreuse, blue and white, red, and white and chartreuse have produced good catches.

Catfish can be found in the currents at all the cuts with earthworms on the bottom. The grass is quickly taking over the lake like last year.

Fat crabs are running in Mud Lake, Bayou Des Allemands, and the Parish Canal.

Good catches of red fish are being reported in Little Lake on the 1/4-ounce gold spoon, black and chartreuse, and the blue moon terror tail and market shrimp on a jig head.

These baits can be rigged with a gold spinner or fish under a popping cork.

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