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#11469161 - 03/10/16 04:05 PM Chandeleur islands!
Perry Offline
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Registered: 01/10/08
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Loc: Rowlett
Who has been? I'm going April 15 to 17 th. I've never been but pretty excited from what I've seen and read


Edited by Perry (03/10/16 04:06 PM)
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#11469258 - 03/10/16 04:48 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
CroakerSoaker Offline
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Registered: 02/09/16
Posts: 30
Its still pretty great. One tip that I learned out there in the spring. Take 5-6 inch sassy shad plastics/swim baits in shad color(black back light belly). Even cheap mister twister shad plastics. 1/16 wide gap jigheads. The shad usually stack up out there that time of year and the trout are killing them. One time I was selling them for 5 bucks a piece. Have fun. And if you see birds working get to them if you want to fight bull reds and jacks. Its fun for awhile but we stopped doing it(30 minutes per fish on light tackle) b/c it cuts out on your trout fishing time, and that's my favorite. Also if you don't catch anything in the morning don't worry, usually afternoons with big tide movement is great. Also if it seems dead in the morning try to find a little spoil island and fish for reds and wait for the tide to start and then trout fish. Hope this helps at all. good luck.

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#11469259 - 03/10/16 04:48 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
CroakerSoaker Offline
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Registered: 02/09/16
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Its still pretty great. One tip that I learned out there in the spring. Take 5-6 inch sassy shad plastics/swim baits in shad color(black back light belly). Even cheap mister twister shad plastics. 1/16 wide gap jigheads. The shad usually stack up out there that time of year and the trout are killing them. One time I was selling them for 5 bucks a piece. Have fun. And if you see birds working get to them if you want to fight bull reds and jacks. Its fun for awhile but we stopped doing it(30 minutes per fish on light tackle) b/c it cuts out on your trout fishing time, and that's my favorite. Also if you don't catch anything in the morning don't worry, usually afternoons with big tide movement is great. Also if it seems dead in the morning try to find a little spoil island and fish for reds and wait for the tide to start and then trout fish. Hope this helps at all. good luck.

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#11469971 - 03/10/16 09:35 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
Jim Ford Offline
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A buddy of mine just got back. Took his dad there. They caught a lot of overslot reds on flies.

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#11475650 - 03/13/16 10:25 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
OldFrog Offline
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Registered: 02/16/06
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Loc: Probably not where you think
I havent been in years, but used to go out about twice a year. It's always changing, I can tell you that much. One day an island is there...and a storm blows through and it's gone....but a new one is peeking over the waves.

One of my friends took 180 stitches on his leg from a shark bite one year. Thought we were going to lose him on the trip back. We were slaughtering the fish that day too. Every one of us were bumped or harassed by the sharks that day...so we decided to ease back to the boat. Some guys let go of their stringers, it got so bad.

I love those islands. Might make it back this summer.
Once you go, you're hooked for life, if it's anything like it used to be.
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#11483685 - 03/17/16 01:35 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
Perry Offline
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Sorry to hear about your buddy... I've seen videos with sharks stealing wade fishermans stringers out there.thanks for the info
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#11526324 - 04/06/16 06:54 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
Perry Offline
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Anymore pointers/suggestions
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#11528959 - 04/08/16 12:51 AM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
OldFrog Offline
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Originally Posted By: Perry
Sorry to hear about your buddy... I've seen videos with sharks stealing wade fishermans stringers out there.thanks for the info


No problem. He was lucky. Another died when a lightening strike hit our antenna ( or jumped from the water to it, we dont know which) several years later. He wasnt so lucky.

Use a LONG stinger with a float, a slip knot and carry a sheathed knife on your belt.
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#11577367 - 05/01/16 09:38 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
Hopedale Offline
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Registered: 03/28/07
Posts: 715
Originally Posted By: Perry
Who has been? I'm going April 15 to 17 th. I've never been but pretty excited from what I've seen and read


I've never gone, but check out this video from 1974.

Old School!

http://vimeo.com/45687927
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#11579053 - 05/02/16 05:30 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Hopedale]
crapicat Offline
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Registered: 01/23/13
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Loc: Grandview, TX
Originally Posted By: Hopedale
Originally Posted By: Perry
Who has been? I'm going April 15 to 17 th. I've never been but pretty excited from what I've seen and read


I've never gone, but check out this video from 1974.

Old School!

http://vimeo.com/45687927


Good Stuff!...thanks, I really enjoyed that video!

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#11579060 - 05/02/16 05:33 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: CroakerSoaker]
crapicat Offline
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Registered: 01/23/13
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Loc: Grandview, TX
Originally Posted By: CroakerSoaker
Its still pretty great. One tip that I learned out there in the spring. Take 5-6 inch sassy shad plastics/swim baits in shad color(black back light belly). Even cheap mister twister shad plastics. 1/16 wide gap jigheads. The shad usually stack up out there that time of year and the trout are killing them. One time I was selling them for 5 bucks a piece. Have fun. And if you see birds working get to them if you want to fight bull reds and jacks. Its fun for awhile but we stopped doing it(30 minutes per fish on light tackle) b/c it cuts out on your trout fishing time, and that's my favorite. Also if you don't catch anything in the morning don't worry, usually afternoons with big tide movement is great. Also if it seems dead in the morning try to find a little spoil island and fish for reds and wait for the tide to start and then trout fish. Hope this helps at all. good luck.


One of these days, I got to make that trip...

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#11579484 - 05/02/16 08:28 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
OldFrog Offline
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Registered: 02/16/06
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Loc: Probably not where you think
Back in the 70s , we used Mr Champs. ( small chrome slab spoons with a treble hook on the end) I still have some from back then.
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#11579574 - 05/02/16 08:50 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
BudT Offline
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Registered: 04/08/11
Posts: 90
That place has been on my bucket list, since before I realized I needed a bucket list. One of these daze.............


Edited by BudT (05/02/16 08:51 PM)

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#11580163 - 05/03/16 09:03 AM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: Perry]
CroakerSoaker Offline
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Registered: 02/09/16
Posts: 30
How was your trip?

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#11581795 - 05/03/16 09:46 PM Re: Chandeleur islands! [Re: crapicat]
Hopedale Offline
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Registered: 03/28/07
Posts: 715
Originally Posted By: crapicat
Originally Posted By: CroakerSoaker
Its still pretty great. One tip that I learned out there in the spring. Take 5-6 inch sassy shad plastics/swim baits in shad color(black back light belly). Even cheap mister twister shad plastics. 1/16 wide gap jigheads. The shad usually stack up out there that time of year and the trout are killing them. One time I was selling them for 5 bucks a piece. Have fun. And if you see birds working get to them if you want to fight bull reds and jacks. Its fun for awhile but we stopped doing it(30 minutes per fish on light tackle) b/c it cuts out on your trout fishing time, and that's my favorite. Also if you don't catch anything in the morning don't worry, usually afternoons with big tide movement is great. Also if it seems dead in the morning try to find a little spoil island and fish for reds and wait for the tide to start and then trout fish. Hope this helps at all. good luck.


One of these days, I got to make that trip...


I don't mean to be the barer of bad news, but you may want to move this up on your list. The islands aren't going to take to many more hurricanes before there gone. Big debate in NOLA. Should they restore the island (yes) or do more for fresh water diversion.
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