Like clockwork, since time began, Oak River is an annual cold-wintertime hot-spot. This year is no exception. From its start at Orange Bayou, all the way down to Little Crevasse and beyond, Speckled Trout and Redfish hunker down in the depths of the river when the temperature drops and move up to the shallows when the water warms. Capt. Jack says for the last two months, anglers have found consistent catches of Trout and Reds in Oak River.
The key to success in Oak River is grass beds. Along the river you will find healthy grass beds coming out about 20 feet or more from the bank. Troll along these grass beds with the boat in the middle of the canal and cast just to the outer edge of them. Both Speckled Trout and Redfish will sit on the edge of these beds looking for bait. The best techniques vary. Some will find a grass bed and anchor in the middle of the river, other use their trolling motor and cast to the edges working the grass beds and drop offs, and some will troll baits behind the boat no different than anglers on the Lake Pontchartrain bridges or offshore. Any of these techniques will produce fish. If you know the area, pick your spots, if you don’t, the trolling baits technique is likely to be the most productive. Some of the areas Capt. Jack says are consistent right now include:This content is for members only.
The area between Orange bayou and Bay Lori has shell banks and grass beds. Both Speckled Trout and Redfish can be found in good numbers. The area around the Pencil Canal is holding fish. On cold days work Oak River. On warmer days drift Bay Skippy.
The mouth of this unnamed pond is productive. Fish the Oak river side on a falling tide and just inside the mouth on an incoming.
If you have any questions regarding how to fish this area, feel free to email me at CT3@cox.net.]]>
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There are a few key locations all in and around the Shell Beach area. Campos still has live shrimp and feels they will for a while.
Try these locations before you head off into the Biloxi marsh or beyond.This content is for members only.
All of these locations caught fish this week. Good Luck and please let me know how you did or if you found fish somewhere else. CT3@cox.net
The good news is that, the bridge isn’t the only place to find a box of winter fish. Dudley offered Big Fish Finder members a few other potential spots for Sheepshead, Redfish and even a few Speckled Trout This content is for members only.]]>
This time of year, shrimp are getting scarce in the marsh, many small shrimp stay but tend to scatter about. They often hide in oyster reefs along with a host of other small edible worms, crabs, and fish. So what happens is, Speckled Trout will find the warmest water they can nearby those reefs and when hungry (usually when the sun comes and warms the water a bit) they patrol the reefs looking for a bite.
BUT and this is a big but, there are hundreds of oyster reefs in and around the Biloxi Marsh. Some quite large, others just a few yards long. So knowing which are the most productive and then which of those are holding fish is the challenge of any good angler or guide.
The good news is there are a few very well known areas that annually produce fish. Stump Lagoon, Mussel Bay, and Pete’s Lagoon all have shell bottoms, good water flow, and often enough bait to keep the fish interested. These areas are heavily fished, yet, each year produce impressive amounts of fish. Capt. Jakamo has another favorite, Drum Lake. East of Stump and Mussel, Drum Lake sees less fishing pressure than many of the other lakes and bays in the area. “It’s just far enough out of the way that most folks don’t fish it. But, this area is full of hard oyster bottom.” Capt. Jakamo explains. “I especially like the bayous between Drum Lake and Bayou Ramon. They can hold fish on both a falling and incoming tide.”
Jakamo shared some of his strategies and Drum Lake Hot Spots when fishing the Biloxi Marsh:This content is for members only. ]]>
Right now, diving birds, moving tide, clean water, and lots of bait is making Theriot, Louisiana’s favorite winter time lake a no-brainer. Within minutes of the Falgout Canal Marina, anglers can find great Speckled Trout catches as well as Redfish and Flounder on Lake DeCade.
Ashton Meyers, Sam Barbera, Chris Macaluso and I made a short trip to the lake recently and found the fishing very productive. This was Ashton’s third trip to the lake and with two of those trips producing limits of Speckled Trout, his addiction is growing.
When the fish here are biting, the lake isn’t difficult to figure out. You can cover the entire lake easily and there are some locations a little more predictable than others. Here’s where Ashton found his limits and a few other locations worth trying.This content is for members only.
The lake has a few consistenly productive spots, but watching for birds will almost always pay off.
by Outdoor Hub Reporters on December 6, 2012
submitted by: Agnieszka Spieszny
Not only does it have to go through the official certification process with the IGFA, but it must beat another 400-plus-pound yellowfin tuna caught from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico by Guy Yocom of Dana Point in September. Yocom’s fish weighed 427 pounds and may gain the lucky angler a million dollars if certified as a world record (Yocom was participating in Mustad’s Hook-a-Million contest). His claim is still pending.
Petruescu caught his fish at Hurricane Bank off the coast of Mexico with the crew of Excel Long Range Sportfishing based out of San Diego, California. The latest spat of world-record tuna fish have been caught from this area to the excitement of anglers and charter captains.
“It’s amazing that this area continues to produce such large yellowfin,” Jack Vitek, IGFA World Records Coordinator, wrote in an email. “It will be interesting to see how that fish weighs in.”
While Excel’s Director of Operations, Jason Gross, doesn’t know the exact details of the catch since the crew are still at sea, he knows Petruescu caught it on a skipjack, possibly with a Shimano Tiagra reel. The fish was caught sometime earlier this week.
“The fishing down there has just been so good recently,” said Gross. “There are big fish showing up more and more. It’s encouraging for passengers anytime they get a snag on the line that this could be a world record.”
Petruescu won’t find out exactly how much his fish weighs for a few more days, but it’s possible it will have lost some weight by that time. The crew has tried to tape up its gaff wounds so it won’t lose any more blood, but some mass has been lost.
The crew estimated its weight of 400 pounds by tape-measuring its girth and length then using an equation to get an estimate of its weight.