Hurricane Ida left a strip of destruction that will be felt for months in a handful of areas along and inland from our coast, mostly in the waters between Grand Terre Island west of Cocodrie .
People gathered Thursday night for the STAR Awards banquet in Baton Rouge say how much debris remained in the waters around Grand Isle to the north and in the Barataria Basin and Fourchon.
Trash ? Refrigerators, washers, dryers, building supplies, sunken boats, golf carts and a few larger vehicles litter these waterways.
It’s not that some of those who made it to their home away from home spent all those hours recovering from this tragic storm, as reports say they are catching fish – on the shore. No one can afford to transport a boat to these hard hit places, so shore fishing is the ultimate goal of their fishing efforts.
Further east and west of the aforementioned area, action on speckled trout and redfish has been excellent.
Rental skipper Tommy Pelegrin said he was racing west of Cocodrie and catching enough 1-2 pound trout to keep anglers happy, and added that there had been some out of the ordinary action on the red bulls. And Bill Lake brings back first-rate captures from his spot southwest of Houma.
To the east, the rivers and bayous of the Northshore have receded from the storm and the action around the mouths of all of these streams appears to be teeming with predatory species that feed on shrimp, small crabs and all. another piece of fish (mainly pogeys) living in these brackish water environments.
The marshes around the Intracoastal Waterway and MRGO have also stabilized, and bass and redfish are returning to the ponds.
Take note of Wednesday when another cold front brings rain and stronger northerly winds to southern Louisiana.
Levi Thibodeaux from (where else?) Thibodaux won the first combined from Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School last weekend on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama – and he also got a bass fishing scholarship at LSU- Shreveport.
The two-day competition involved three points-producing skill challenges – throw distance, knot and throw accuracy – and Thibodeaux beat the second. Jeremy Radford of Huntly, Virginia by just four points, 153-149.
The champion said he relies on consistent execution across all three skills and outscored Radford 53-49 in throwing accuracy to win the title.
“I’m just grateful that I had the chance to attend this event and be a part of this inaugural combineâ¦ Fishing is my passion and being around other people who share that passion is an incredible feeling,” Thibodeaux said.
Tyler morris de Port Allen was seventh with 142 points.
The Inland Wildlife and Fisheries Division is supplying the 17 community catfish fishing sites this week for a Halloween weekend treat in those areas.
Visit the LDWF website: wlf.louisiana.gov/page/get-out-and-fish locations
There are places in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, and parishes in Florida.
A special program is planned for Houma hit by Ida on Saturday: LDWF staff offer fishermen who come to the Bayou Country Sports Complex to borrow rods and reels to catch catfish. The hours are from 8 a.m. to noon.
LDWF fisheries managers estimate that our private catch of red snapper has reached 655,033 pounds up to the Oct. 10 LA Creel survey date. This represents 80% of the 832,493 pound allotment this year and represents a one-week catch of 43,100 pounds taken since the reference period of October 3.
The season is open daily with an increased limit of four fish per day and a minimum size limit of 16 inches.
-The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that the state’s recreational red snapper season is over and it took its fishery managers until mid-October to figure out that anglers had taken the Florida red snapper allotment during the season from June 4 to July 28 (55 days). . Last week’s announcement was to tell Florida fishermen that there will be no fall season for red snapper in Gulf of Mexico waters.
The Junior Southwest Bassmasters made the trip to Toledo Bend last weekend for their annual two-day fall tournament and the strong northerly winds hit the young anglers.
With The Bend’s minimum 14-inch ‘keeper’ height, the JSB leader Jim breaux stated that the juveniles and their adult âcaptainsâ caught a lot of small fish and that the spotted bass dominated the fish brought to the scales. None of the top juniors had a two-day limit. The French colony Destiny Morales came closest with his total of eight basses weighing 16.16 pounds to lead the pack. Gentle Rogers of Denham Springs won the 7-10 age group at 11.44 pounds, including the weekend’s heaviest fish at 4.28 pounds.