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.
Where to go? What to do? What's the mission? It's all broken down here in the pre-trip planning video.
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!
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.
Getting a lot of play, but not much commitment, on a jig made me move over to a dropshot.
Trout are steadily coming into the boat, and experimentation with different presentations continues.
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.
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.
With limited success to show for my efforts, I find it necessary to make another move and hopefully find more biting, keeper-sized trout.
No luck on the rocks, so why not move over to the wall where I caught them earlier and try my luck again?
A quick trek into this big...really big...dead-end canal to check on the water clarity and make a few casts.
Another spot to take a quick look at before headed home.
Now it's time to take the day's GPS tracks, upload 'em to Google Earth and go over the trip!
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