Fishing Trips

12/15/18 The Wall Speckled Trout

12 Lessons

About this course

Located near Bayou Bienvenue, the "Great Wall of Chalmette is a popular hotspot during the winter pattern for speckled trout and other species. See how I tackle this area with artificial lures, a few hours to fish and no recent experience to point me in the right direction.

Begin Course

Course Structure

Planning 12/15/18

Where to go? What to do? What's the mission? It's all broken down here in the pre-trip planning video.

Launch from Bait, Inc.

It's almost 9:30am as I'm idling out of the no-wake zone. There are only a few hours to fish and hopefully I catch a limit!

Arrive to The Great Wall of…Chalmette

A quick run later and I'm through the Bayou Bienvenue flood gate and ready to fish the outside of this hulking structure. See how I get the skunk out of the boat at the first spot.

Switch to Dropshot Yields More Trout

Getting a lot of play, but not much commitment, on a jig made me move over to a dropshot.

10th Trout Hits The Deck + Switch to Mirrodine

Trout are steadily coming into the boat, and experimentation with different presentations continues.

Dragging a Crab Trap with 12lb Line

No, you do NOT need 30lb braid to fish trout! Sometimes other line types and lighter (or heavier) lines produce a more desirable action and presentation.

Moving Onto The Rocks

The bite has fizzled out and there are more throwbacks than there's worth dealing with. It's time to roll the dice on a new spot not far away.

Moving Farther Down The Rocks

With limited success to show for my efforts, I find it necessary to make another move and hopefully find more biting, keeper-sized trout.

Move Back to The Wall + More Trout

No luck on the rocks, so why not move over to the wall where I caught them earlier and try my luck again?

Scouting Michoud Canal

A quick trek into this big...really big...dead-end canal to check on the water clarity and make a few casts.

The Wall at the ICW

Another spot to take a quick look at before headed home.

Post Trip Review 12/15/18

Now it's time to take the day's GPS tracks, upload 'em to Google Earth and go over the trip!

  • keithbru says:

    So just wanting to understand what has made you switch from the popping cork w/ jighead and plastic you were using in the fall – to the suspending bait you are using (or saying you will use) now?

  • Devin Denman says:

    Because I was catching fish on them, then I stopped catching fish on them. :)

  • Devin Denman says:

    Let me expand on my other reply to this comment:

    Yes, the switch is as easy as “well, that’s what they’re biting” but there is a more technical explanation, the kind I’m sure you’re looking for.

    In the fall, speckled trout were focused on large groups of concentrated white shrimp (headed out towards the Gulf for their spawn), and that’s what we were throwing then, yes?

    But now they’re not on those shrimp, because those shrimp have left the marsh, and instead they are feeding on demersal finfish located around cover like oyster beds and rip rap.

    Make sense?

  • keithbru says:

    I know I’ve asked you the same question a few times but I’m still not comprehending I suppose heh. It’s the same type of question I asked in summer – why throw a popping cork instead of a jerkbait. I understand that bait profile can be important, but in the fall we were catching on matrix shad just as easily as gulp shrimp. Both have a different profile so the fish didn’t seem too concerned, and I’m sure you can and do use the shad with a cork now too.

    I had supposed that the reason you would prefer the Mirrodine over the cork is you can move it a little faster, still get the suspending effect, and have a little more control over it. But it seems that’s not the reason.

    You didn’t swap because you wanted to throw a mirrodine (because (imo) they are more fun to work than a cork ;), you swapped because the fish have been wanting to eat the mirrodine more readily now.
    i.e. don’t try to force feed a fish. Why does the fish prefer one over the other – who knows, ask the fish ;)

  • Devin Denman says:

    I think you nailed it with your last sentence there.

    Keith, the popping cork simply hasn’t produced the way a Mirrodine does.

    We know this from trial and error, trial and error that was done a long time before I came along.

    Yes, you are correct, the Mirrodine can be fished across more water more quickly, whereas a popping cork cannot.

    Otherwise it passes the ultimate litmus test: it catches fish.

    Sure, we can spitball it to death, coming up with reasons why, creating theories and what not until we’re blue in the face.

    They could or could not be right or wrong, because this isn’t science, it’s fishing.

    And sometimes we have to lean on things that aren’t so cut and dry.

    A jerkbait (or suspending bait) and a popping cork are not the same thing, though they are similar.

    Right now, in the conditions we are experiencing, the jerkbait is performing best, and that’s all there is to it.

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