For most anglers the Baseball World Series and fishing the Trestles go hand in hand. The cooler temperatures plus the increased salinity readings caused by Hurricane Nate are the perfect recipe for large fall trout that the train bridge has been known to produce. Taylor Valois fishes the bridge every fall and says it’s all about the water temperature. “Pay attention to the weather – when those water temperatures get in the mid to upper 60’s, the trout will be on the bridge,” he says. Valois has most success with lures that mimic the white shrimp that are in the area around this time. “When jigging the Trestles, start with a 3/8 oz. jig with any plastic that matches the color of the bait in the water. I use the Shu-Shu Gunmetal Slug. I find this bait mimics the white shrimp which are in the lake. Remember, count to ten when letting your bait fall, then continue jigging,” he reminds anglers.
By nature Buddy Hereford will tell you he’s a saltwater fisherman. The grizzled veteran loves to catch speckled trout and redfish and has done so for the majority of his life. But even Buddy will tell you that the increase in largemouth bass in the ICW, Rigolets, and Lake Borgne area looks to be more of a sign of the times rather that a one year wonder. On his latest trip to ICW Buddy and his friend, Don, fished the marsh to escape the wind. On their first stop he put a bass in the boat. “First stop, BAM! A nice green trout and a throwback red,” Buddy says. The two continue to put bass in the boat after that. “We had our limit of bass by 8:30 and boxed some specks and a redfish after that,” Hereford says. Buddy says the technique was simple. “I used a black grub with a chartreuse tail on a gold spinner – just chunk and retrieve! The water clarity was unbelievably clean. We would watch the spinner coming back to the boat and when it disappeared it was because a fish had it in his mouth,” he says.
Double Lagoon Bayou
Matt Figg of River Ridge made a trip to the Rigolet’s in search of speckled trout. He launched his kayak at Rigolet’s Marina and made his way to Double Bayou Lagoon. “I found 3 keeper specks in the middle of the lagoon and had 2 throwbacks using Vudu Shrimp rigged 12” under a cork,” Matt says. Saltwater anglers throughout the area have been picking up bass more than in past years. Figg was able to put a few bass in the kayak on the way back to the launch. “I spent the rest of the time picking up a couple bass in skinny water – it seemed like the fish were spread out today,” he says.
Mike O’Brien of Lacombe fishes Bayou Lacombe every week for bass and says “The bass are there.” On his last trip he ventured out near the mouth of the bayou to investigate the expected speckled trout bite in the bayou. “Several yaks and boats were working the same area and I didn’t see any specks being caught,” O’Brien says. He worked his way back up the bayou along the eastern shoreline and struggled at first throwing numerous baits. “I tried throwing a Rat-L-Trap, a white curly tail Gulp under a cork jigged along the grass line, and a Whopper Plopper in the open water, but didn’t get a nibble,” he says. After about an hour or so Mike switched over to a Trout Trick plastic and fished it on top of the water and ended up with 9 bass. “The water was down a little and most of the bass came from casting in the gap between the shore and grass line. A couple came from the deep side of the grass line. They weren’t big but they were fun to catch,” O’Brien says.
The final Bass Assassins tournament of 2017 will take place on November 5th at the Tchefuncte River. For more information please contact Chris Basey at 985-707-7857 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pearl River Team Trails is holding its next tournament at the East Pearl on November 11. For more information please contact Charles Dauzat at (985) 960-6936.
(Keith Lusher Jr. writes a weekly column. For more info, visit NorthshoreFishingReport.com.Contact Keith at email@example.com.)