Here's the best way to fish MRGO Long Rocks when speckled trout are running thick during their spring transition.
It's that time of year when speckled trout are making their transition to saltier water so they may successfully spawn.
As they do, they tend to pile up at this spring hot spot for a place to rest and eat.
It's great because it provides what trout need most:
This spot is nothing new and, that it turns on in spring, isn't a secret either.
If this weren't the case everyone and their mom wouldn't show up every year.
But what is new (or at least unique) is how I fish MRGO Long Rocks, bringing in limits of speckled trout and leaving them biting.
Before jumping into that, let's go over the "traditional" way most anglers fish MRGO Long Rocks, as well as how to safely get there.
Hopedale Marina is the closest launch to the Long Rocks, with the Spoil Canal being the fastest route.
Be warned! The Spoil Canal is a tough customer, leaving anglers stranded or worse.
It can be difficult to navigate, so be sure to watch this video of how to safely run the Spoil Canal.
After that, you can always take this route around the Rock Dam to get into the MRGO and head southeast to the Long Rocks.
Typically, boats anchor along the length of the rocks, about a casting distance away, and try their luck by chunking live shrimp under a cork.
While this does work, it is not the most effective way to put limits of trout in the boat.
Somebody reading that just had a brain aneurism, so don't get me wrong:
There is no doubt in my mind trout would love to eat shrimp.
But tons of shrimp aren't regularly flowing through there on their migration to the Gulf.
If they did, we'd see shrimp boats with wing nets catching them, but we don't.
Instead, we see them dragging the bottom of the ship channel, away from the rocks.
Speckled trout are feeding on finfish like violet gobies and croakers that live on or near the rocks, not unlike their winter pattern.
That's why they're on the rocks in the first place, and why they're not looking in open water 20 yards from the rocks, but in shallow water right on the rocks.
It's important to know what speckled trout are feeding on not because we want to use that as bait, but because it tells us where we need to be casting our bait.
A cork really isn't the best way to put bait where it needs to be, because your main line only directly affects the cork while the leader line hangs limp under it.
You just can't get the same presentation as a jig.
Now, does this mean you won't catch fish at all with a cork? No.
You'll still catch fish, you just won't catch as much as you can.
This leads us to the less traditional way proven to yield a higher catch.
I've taken an approach based on power fishing: using a trolling motor and artificial lures to cover a lot of shoreline.
Here are two combos used to fish MRGO Long Rocks:
Watch this video to see how we worked the rocks.
While you do, note these things:
It's kind of hard to see in the video, but we are casting to the rocks and working the bait back to the boat.
By "to the rocks", I mean literally hitting the rocks with the jighead, swimming it back until it's clear of shallow snags and then begin reeling slowly or jig it back.
Only if you like catching limits of speckled trout.
Remember, trout are feeding on finfish against the rocks, so that is where they are looking.
Yes, you may catch a trout halfway to the boat, but that fish was probably following the lure before deciding to commit to it.
This fishing knowledge, combined with these lures, tackle and techniques, yielded a little more than 300 speckled trout over the course of four fishing trips in May of 2018.
Just yesterday (April 28th, 2019), we did the same thing with minor adjustments, catching a limit of 50 speckled trout before 9:30am, then catching another 25 before leaving them biting.
All trout were released, and you can read the full fishing report here.
Hope this helps you catch some fish and, if you have any questions or comments, please add them below.
Tight lines, y'all.
Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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