Fish invade Lafitte

6 keeper redfish, 20 blue channel catfish caught

Bruce McDonald
May 13, 2010 at 10:29 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

A nice redfish caught on the north side of the Harvey Cut.
A nice redfish caught on the north side of the Harvey Cut.
The month of May always shapes up to be a great time for fishing.

From Lake Cataouatche to Lake Salvador to Little Lake, fishermen can find plenty of bass, sac-a-laits, bream, catfish, redfish, black drum, speckle trout and flounders during the month.

Despite the oil spill offshore and the threat of the oil in our lakes, the Corps of Engineers has opened the Davis Pond Diversion to 80  percent to push Mississippi River water through the northern estuary of Barataria Bay.

Last week Daniel Walker and I made a trip to Little Lake. We launched his boat at Joe Mariana on the Barataria side in Lafitte. 

Daniel likes to drop his boat using the hoist. He does this because the trailer never goes in the water and the heated bearings do not touch the water. 

“I think a trailer will last a very long time if you use a hoist,"  Daniel said.

We bought live bait, four pounds of market shrimp, and ice for the morning trip.  Heading down the seaway, Daniel turned right at the first marker and headed into Bayou Rigolet.  Reaching the bulkhead on the left in Bayou Rigolet, we did not catch any fish using market shrimp and jig heads on the bottom.

Like last week, the water was a chocolate-stained color and we decided to move towards the Harvey Cut.

We started fishing on the left side along the cemented bulkheads. The water was clear with a light-green tint.

There are numerous openings along the bulkhead.

One of the openings was catching water rounding a point and plenty of bait was jumping along the side of the cement wall. 

"I have never caught any fish in this area," Daniel said. 
At that instance, I hooked a flounder and landed it. My next cast produced a big fish, which sent Daniel scrambling for the landing net. 

This redfish was stripping a 20-pound braided line out of my LP 100 Pinnacle Plus bait-casting reel on a 7-foot medium/heavy Ambassadeur graphite rod. 

I was using market shrimp on a ¼ ounce jig head on the bottom. Daniel landed the 22-inch redfish with a great big smile. 

Minnows continued to jump around the point and we picked-up a few more reds.  Some were not legal but some were.  After a while the fish stopped biting and we moved into Turtle Bay. 

There we located a canal that had a skunked shrimp barge. There was a deep hole with 8 to 10 feet of water, according to the depth finder.

Throwing shrimp on the jig head, I began to catch 2 pound blue channel catfish.  We stayed long enough to catch 20.  We moved to Bay Lours along the rocks, and even though the water was very clean, we did not catch a fish. 

We moved north towards the Twin Tower Cut. 

We fished on the lakeside of the opening and Daniel caught one 15-inch redfish and threw him back. We decided to move back to the Harvey Cut to where we started. 

When we reached the spot, the minnows were ganged-up again. This time I rigged a black/white tuxedo cocahoe on a gold spinner and threw it ahead of the minnows.

Making a couple of cranks, the line started stripping out of the Pflueger Trion GX-7 spinning reel on a 6-½ foot graphite rod.  Again, Daniel scrambled to net the 25-inch redfish.

On the next cast, a bigger redfish ran off with my tuxedo cocahoe and broke my line. I looked over my shoulder and Daniel had a big redfish. 

I quickly grabbed the landing net and helped Daniel net his fish. 

Staying in one spot, we caught six keeper redfish, two flounders, one black drum, and 20 blue catfish.  Not to mention the stingrays and hard heads with under sized redfish we released during the morning. 

We called it a day and headed back to Joe's Landing.  At the launch, Little Joe said that fishing has really stepped up in the past two weeks and that if the oil spill doesn’t reach that spot, it will only get better.

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