It’s 11:34pm and I can’t fall asleep. I toss and turn, knowing I have to get up early. So excited; I am anticipating trawling and fishing with my Dad and Granpa. Finally, my eyes close, I’m asleep, then “POW!”, bright lights blind me at 4:00am. My Dad is shaking me awake, “Get up, if you’re coming with us.” Fully motivated and with the unspoken threat of being left behind, I’m up and help load the boat with fishing poles, tackle boxes, bait and all the gear we will need for the day.
That was 50 years ago. Thanks to my Dad and Granpa, I’m hooked on boating and fishing! Even today, I sometimes still have trouble falling asleep before a fishing trip. Tricia doesn’t agree when I tell her that my lack of sleep is from her well-seasoned, tasty cajun cooking; she thinks it’s the little boy in me. She’s probably right!
Let’s Go Fishing!
Weeks of waiting for this day to arrive is finally here and the alarm goes off; it’s 6:00am. Tricia and I load the jeep and the boat and start our drive to Pointe aux Chenes (PAC) to meet her sister, Leslie and Leslie’s husband, Randy. We have rented a houseboat at the end of the road for three nights.
Fishing in PAC- at the Curve
We arrive at the houseboat about 11:30am; Randy and Leslie are already waiting for Tricia and I. We joke about all the gear and supplies we bring for these trips, as Randy and Leslie help us launch the boat and unload our suitcase, ice chests, cameras, chairs, a portable stove, food and fishing gear. After eating a quick lunch, we load the boats and take off for our favorite fishing spot we identify as The Curve. This is our “go to” spot for speckled trout during every trip to PAC. We have never failed to catch fish at The Curve where the current is always moving, and the deep bottom slopes up to a shallow oyster reef. It is a prime place for big speckled trout and redfish.
Fishing locations- in photographs!
Typically, once we find a good fishing spot, a “go-to” spot, the routine is to always go to that location, like the Curve. This offers a good chance of fishing success. But, since we have multiple days available, we promise ourselves to explore and find new locations to fish. Here are a few locations we explored and fished:
The Sulphur Mine was 20-30 feet in depth years ago. It is now much shallower due to time, tidal flow and hurricanes. This lake is located northeast of PAC.
Lake Chien and Lake Felicity
Lake Chien and Lake Felicity open up to the Gulf of Mexico and are directly south of PAC. There are many bayous, cuts and points to fish before arriving at Lake Chien. Be careful when traveling on any bayou. Stay in the middle and don’t take a short-cut across any point; the bottom profile can change from 10 feet in depth to 1 foot quickly!
Look for the Birds
Anywhere that seagulls and pelicans are diving on bait means there is fish under the bait. Look for the birds and find the fish!
Fish off the back deck
Fishing off the back deck of the houseboat is always a great option. Every night, we see shrimp jumping and skipping across the water as they try to escape from the trout. Of course, we catch the trout for our supper with shrimp imitation plastics!
Although we did not fish from a kayak, PAC is prime kayak fishing territory. Eddie and Lisa at PAC Kayak Rentals will take care of all your fishing needs. They did a terrific job of helping us during our four-day trip; always available to help in making our stay enjoyable. Their kayak launch, boat launch, bait and tackle shop is at the end of Paw Paw Ct.; near the boat house. They have a unique setup as they cater to kayak fisherman by providing rental kayaks and a kayak launch. They also have a boat launch for larger boats and provide fishing tackle, live bait, frozen bait, fuel, ice and most importantly free fishing tips.
Pointe aux Chenes is Off-the-Beaten-Path
PAC is definitely off-the-beaten-path, even those that live in South Louisiana. It is a 2 1/2 hour drive for us, but worth every minute of the drive.
Where to stay in Pointe aux Chenes?
There are a few options available for overnight trips. Camps are available through Airbnb and camping is available at Oak Pointe RV Park. For this trip, we rented a house boat, shown below, for 3 nights.
Fishing Gear and Bait?
We use a mix of spinning reels and bait casters. My preference is Penn spinning reels, and Abu Garcia baitcasters mounted on medium action Shakespeare Ugly Stick graphite rods. I usually spool the reels with 10-15 lb. monofilament. Pictured are:
- Penn Spinning Reels 4400SS and 4300SS- no longer available; comparable Penn Reels highlighted here
- Abu Garcia Bait Caster 5600 C4
All reels are proven to be reliable and hold up well to the saltwater environment.
We use live, dead and artificial baits. Live minnows (cocahoes), live and dead shrimp and various soft plastics, spoons and crank baits are used. We have success fishing a couple of feet under a cork or on the bottom with cocahoes, dead shrimp and soft plastics that resemble shrimp. A typical rig is a 1/4 oz. red lead head with a chartreuse soft plastic; tip it with shrimp or a cocahoe.
A Fishing-Photography-Scenic-Relaxing Paradise
PAC has something for anyone that enjoys the outdoors. We fished every morning, every afternoon! Many photos were taken; some out of focus, many average and a few great ones. This post is purposely heavy on the photos; just trying to share our love and beauty of South Louisiana. The scenery is amazing! Relaxing on the back deck of the house boat; watching the sunset and the boats pass by- Awesome!
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