Wednesday's headline read something like "Lots of trout in Pontchartrain." Well, it turned out that as the line on SLT went. . ."Never Mind."
When I showed up with my cameraman Larry Shirling Thursday morning at the launch, Capt. Kenny Kreeger told us we weren't going into the lake.
"After the last few fronts that barreled through here, the lake water temperature dropped down into the 50's. So either the fish in the lake when on a total lockjaw diet, or the temperature ran them out of the lake and into warmer water.
"But no problem, Frank. Myself and a few of my follow fishing guides found out where they're stacked up now--at a floodwall everyone is calling simply "The Wall," which is actually the new hurricane protection wall that connects the MRGO and the Intracoastal Waterway. We're gonna fish the water in the area of Bayou Bienvenue. And we don't need live bait, either!"
All morning long, trout in the range of 16 to 19 inches struck a new lure called "Catagory 5" when it was attached to a 5/8 ounce jighead and long-cast away from the boat. Just a slow straight retrieve, with no twitching, no popping, and no jerking, attracted fish only seconds after it hit the water.
"We've been catching them like this all week long, Frank," Kreeger confessed. I had 52 one day, 75 the next day, 30-something another day. . .and it wasn't just me, Everyone fishing this place caught fish. And don't think there's not enough room for more than a few boats at The Wall. The structure runs from the Bienvenue juncture all the the way to Hopedale and Shell Beach."
Kreeger did have a critical tip of pass along--bring lots of extra jigheads and plastic bodies.
"The fish are hanging just off the rock breakwater, and no matter how accurate your casts are, it's a cinch you'll eventually get hung on a rock and have to break off and re-tie. Oh, yeah--and tie the jighead directly to the mono or Powerpro. No snap swivels please--they will reduce your catch."
I'll keep y'all posted throughout the weekend if the fish either move or turn up somewhere else. Check the webpage periodically. . .but keep the boat and motor on the trailer, ready to hit the highway. --Frank Davis