Frank Davis / WWL-TV Fishing Expert
Let’s say you got plans to get in a little fishing this weekend. . .
Well, if that’s the case I’ve been told by a number of reliable sources, as late as this afternoon, even, that the vast network of ponds and lagoons that lie adjacent to Hopedale are right now holding good populations of both speckled trout and redfish.
“The weekend angler should have no problem filling limits in short order,” Capt. Kerry Audibert said quietly to my fishing team Thursday. “Frank, you need to tell folks that if they want to fish exclusively for redfish, dead market bait will do the job for them; if, however, they want to fish both trout and reds, they should go the live shrimp route. And by the way, the marina presently is stocking good numbers of live shrimp.”
After five hours on the water this week my WWL fishing team wound up back at Breton Sound Marina Thursday morning, hunkered around the big public filleting table. A “mess” of specks and rat reds were heaped in the center and Glenn Sanchez, marina owner and operator, was wielding his thin-bladed, white Dexter fish cleaning knife like a summa cum laude graduate surgeon, rapidly separating edible, pure white tenderloins from scaly head-on backbones that he quickly discarded into Bayou La Loutre.
“This entire area is hot right now for fishing,” Sanchez explained. “And there is hardly a spot in this entire area that isn’t producing fish. For example, weekend anglers can hit Lake Amadee, Bayou Batola, Lake Robin, and Lake Coquille and the points and pockets of every single broken grassy island scattered between them.”
“What a fishermen needs to do,” Capt. Audibert picked up the oratory, “is bring along several rods and reels, each fitted differently with popping or chugging cork rigging, leaders, split shot, and Kahle hooks. The leader should be tied so that the bait hangs suspended about 14 to 18 inches beneath the surface of the water and mere inches over the bottom.
“This allows the bait shrimp to move freely in the current, thereby enticing any nearby trout or reds to muster an attack. Of course, at that point within seconds of the disappearance of the cork, a simple hook set will begin the creel limit count.”
Once again I remind you that there’s a daily limit of 25 trout, 12-inches or longer, per fisherman per day, and 5 redfish, 16-inches or longer but only one over 27 inches, per fisherman per day.
Now here’s your coup de grace: I can tell y’all that Sanchez has volunteered to set aside time to personally assist any novice angler who wants to learn to fish Hopedale.
“Get yourself a map, preferably a photo map, come down here to the marina, get with me, and I’ll show you how to get from one location to another. Then all you gotta do is go home and, when you’re not out on the water fishing, actually study it for real! If you can make yourself familiar with the area and the terrain, you’ll become a Hopedale fishin’ veteran in no time.”
In the meantime, though, until you’re able to get all that studying and memorizing done, you can always call Capt. Kerry and book a trip with him. He knows these spots and how to get to them and back again. Kerry’s number is 504-259-5304 or go to his site www.captkerry.net.
Next Thursday, we go back to Lake Pontchartrain to fish with Capt. Kenny Kreeger. I have no idea what he intends to target, but I promise that once we get back to the dock I’ll post the entire account right here on my fishing webpage. So till then, be safe, be courteous, and have good times and tight lines!