The recent heat we’ve been experiencing is having its annual effect on the fishing for anglers here on the North Shore. Reports are popping up further and further east of the Trestles in Slidell and anglers are making the necessary adjustments in order to fill their boxes with fish. John Mayeaux lives in Oak Harbor and was forced to make an early start in order to beat the heat. He brought along his wife Vicki, but says she had her reservations about getting up early. “It took some convincing to get her up at 4:00 am, but I did it and we left my dock at 4:45 and made it to Rigolets Marina before 5:30 to pick up some live shrimp and gas up the boat,” John says. They made their way out of the Chef and enjoyed a beautiful sunrise over Lake Borgne before stopping at their first rig. John says he thought he’d be the first one there but he was wrong. We stopped at the first rig we saw and realized we were already late to the party with several boats there – so we found a spot and started chunking,” Mayeaux says. The team used their live shrimp on a drop-shot rig and John says the bites they felt were light. “We were getting lots of bites but they were very finicky. You’d feel the tap, then set the hook and there was nothing there. We had to work the bite and maybe after 5 taps they would take it enough that we could set the hook,” he says. The frustrated angler wondered what was responsible for the missed hook-sets. “At first I thought it was small croakers playing with bait. Then I caught a 27” red that hit multiple times before I boated it,” he adds. The husband and wife jumped from rig to rig picking up fish slowly and ended the day with 1 redfish, 4 speckled trout that ranged from 15”-17,” 5 sheepshead, and a few throwback croakers.
In addition to the recent freshwater dumped into Lake Pontchartrain from all the rains, p atches of green algae blooms that stretch from Manchac to Lake Bornge are being spotted in the estuary. The MODIS Satellite operated by NASA shows an obvious line of the green water that spans the middle of the lake running on a northeast course. The upcoming tropical depression should is expected to provide a much needed “flush” of the lake and provide the much needed higher salinities in the upcoming weeks.
Liar’s and Lunker’s held it’s last tournament of the season at Crawford’s Landing and it was the mother/son team of Toni and Caleb Beaudette who took first place with a 5-fish stringer that weighed 10.62 lbs. With the win, Toni moves 6th place spot in the Northshore Bass Series Power Rankings, while Caleb moves into the #2 spot. In second was Bobby Dampiere with a 5-fish bag weighing 10.35 lbs. Bobby narrowly edged the team of Tim Polk and Tim Bennett who finished in third place with a total of 10.34 lbs.
Pearl River Team Trails held its tournament at the East Pearl and it was the team of Blaine Williams and Steve Abney who took first place with a winning stringer weighing 9.8 lbs. The team also brought in a big fish of the day weighing 2.12 lbs. Second place went to to Charles Dauzat and Mark Mohr who brought in 5 fish weighing 9.6 lbs. Skip Rayborn and Lance Davis took third with a 8.13 lb. bag
Florida Parishes Bass Anglers held it’s tournament on Crawford’s Landing on the West Pearl and it was the team of Chad Babin and Tyler Babin who took first place with a 5-fish bag that weighed 10.34 lbs. Jason and Trenton Pittman took second place with a tournament limit weighing 8.12 lbs. Chris Davis and Brett Johnson placed third with their 7.12 lb. stringer.
Liar’s and Lunker’s is holding its classic tournament at Lock #1 in Pearl River on July 23. Teams can launch on either side and will fish until noon. There is no entry fee and food and drinks will be provided at weigh-in.
To fish the Classic, you must have fished at least 3 of the 5 Liar’s and Lunker’s point’s tournaments this season.
For more information or to confirm Classic eligibility, please contact Chad Hartzog at (985) 502-3217.
(Keith Lusher Jr. writes a weekly column. For more info, visit NorthshoreFishingReport.com.Contact Keith at email@example.com.)