The influx of saltwater into Lake Borgne has propelled what is normally a good month to fish the area, into a great month to fish! Taylor Valois and Miquel Gorordo have made several trips to Lake Borgne and says, “If you are sitting at home deciding if the fishing is good or not, I’ll give you a hint – It’s on fire!” The team has been targeting speckled trout and redfish and has tips on both. “The redfish have been fairly simple to catch. When we have cooler weather like we’ve been experiencing, the water turns a crystal green color and those reds shine bright and are easy to find. The water levels are fairly high so it’s easy to get just about any boat in these ponds right now,” Valois says. Speckled trout haven’t been as easy to figure out with them still transitioning into a fall pattern but Taylor says there are two things you want to target. “The key is finding tide lines and fishing the edges with either a popping cork or just a 1/8 oz. jighead. Another way we have been targeting them is throwing on the edge of grass lines along the shore,” he says. The team has been using Shu-Shu Marsh Minnows in Chromis and Frostbite as well as top water plugs to pick up speckled trout.
The Teacher and the Student
Ray Miller is an avid Sac-a-lait fisherman and targets the Tchefuncte River. Jake McCutheon is an avid bass fisherman who also calls the Tchefuncte River home. So when the two got together to make a “strictly sac-a-lait” trip, Jacob was out of his element. “He was a bit out of his comfort zone when I put that ultra-light 10 ft. pole in his hands,” Miller says. On the first three stops the teacher and the student couldn’t find a bite but then Miller decided to switch over to live shiners and on their next spot hit pay dirt. Ray says Jake learned quickly. “The student learned about the rapid, light tap and had 6 in the boat before I had my first one!” The team moved to a few more spots jigging 10’ down in 18’-24’ of water and ended the day with 17 beautiful slabs. Jake learned a lot about sac-a-lait fishing on this trip but the most important thing that Ray taught him was that it’s all about finesse. “I had to remind him a couple of times that he wasn’t setting the hook on a bass,” Miller jokes.
The weigh-in for the NBS Championship was held at The Blind Tiger Restaurant. Teams fished as many as 14 different locations and in the end it was the team of Ross and Reese Watkins who took home the trophy by bringing in a total of 5 fish that weighed 18.03 lbs. Kerry and Mike Bock took second place with a 5-fish bag weighing 15.36 lbs. Team Bock also won the big fish division by weighing in a 5.25 lb. largemouth bass. In third were Fred King and Roy Laborde who brought in a 5-fish limit weighing 14.83 lbs.
Bass Assassins held it’s tournament at Crawford’s Landing and it was Eric Ciko who took first place with a 5-fish stringer that weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. Ciko also won the big bass division with a largemouth that weighed 3.0 lbs. In second place was Trenton Pittman with a limit weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. With the win the angler out of Covington solidifies his position in the Southern Marsh Lures NBS Power Rankings. Ronald Pierre won third place with a tournament limit that weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz.
Pearl River Team Trails held its tournament on the East Pearl and it was the team of Brock Fallon and Korey Inscoe who came in on top with 5 fish that weighed 16.4 pounds. The team of Inscoe and Fallon won the big fish award as well with a largemouth bass that weighed 4.14 lbs. 2nd place went to Charles Dauzat and Mark Mohr with 10.13 lbs. Third place went to Ross Watkins and Reese Watkins with 10.9 lbs.
Florida Parishes Bass Anglers held its tournament at the West Pearl and it was the father-son team of Jason and Trenton Pittman who brought in a tournament limit that weighed 7.56 lbs. The team also won the big fish award with a largemouth bass that weighed 2.32 lbs. In second was the team of Darren Welch and Derek Paternostro with a 5-fish bag weighing 4.39 lbs. Darrick Neale and Thomas McCrystal took third with 5 fish weighing 4.14 lbs.
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.)