Sparkle beetle key to catching Grand Isle specks

The fishing in the Grand Isle area was great this past weekend. Following the tide charts from the Louisiana Sportsman Magazine, Andrew and Phillip Callais, and I caught three limits of speckled trout.

The tides were changing at sunrise from high to low with a 1.3-foot tide range. We started the morning at sunrise at the Crack near the old lighthouse. Throwing a simple 1/4 ounce yellow/white chad rig and bouncing it off the bottom, we picked up small specks and white trout.  Moving towards the bridge, we caught sight of seagulls hitting the water at an electrical platform near the newly constructed bridge on  Grand Isle.

Huge shrimp were skipping across the water and big speckled trout were gobbling them up. I was throwing a tandem rig of glow and chartreuse 2-inch sparkle beetle and catching two specks at a time.

The action was fast and I had eight specks in the boat near my feet before I put the fish into the ice chest. Andrew was throwing the 1/4 ounce chad rig and Phillip threw a red/white top water mirrow lure.

All three anglers put 2-to-3-pound trout in the boat.
We were on the bayside of the bridge and boaters passed our location to fish Caminada Pass, Elmer’s Island and the surf of  Grand Isle. The action played out quickly but we managed to boat 30 trout in a short time.

Heading towards the rocks in Caminada Pass, many of the boats were catching small specks and white trout, so we decided to find more birds along the surf in front of  Grand Isle.

Reaching the rocks mid-way of the island, I continued throwing the tandem glow/chartreuse and immediately started catching two at a time. On the edge of a rock pile, I threw Deadly Dudley’s new frog breath terror tail and caught a 2-pound trout.

“Man that bait works good,” Andrew said. “Do you have any extras?”

Fortunately, I bought a couple of bags and shared them with Andrew and Phillip.

The big trout played out so we moved towards the state park rocks. The water was muddy so we went across Barataria Pass in front of the WLF camps on Grand Terre. We anchored near the piling and caught one keeper speck.

The 2-inch chartreuse sparkle beetle continued catching undersized trout and white trout, which we threw back.

Moving again to the rocks closer to the Barataria Pass in front of Fort Livingston, the falling tide pooled water near the rocks. A gentleman in the boat next to us was hammering big specks on small croakers on a Carolina rig.

Andrew began throwing live shrimp while Phillip used the chad rig and I threw the 2-inch chartreuse sparkle beetle.

The sparkle beetle out-performed live shrimp on the bottom – I was catching a fish on every throw.

After we caught our limit, we headed back to the camp for lunch and fish cleaning.  The 2-inch chartreuse sparkle beetle had out-fished all the baits we threw.


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