Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 41; No. 4 - FALL 2017 - Page 27

Gulf Coast Closeup
( Continued from page 11 .) to catch a good number of trout and reds in the fall .”
Anglers use light-weight gear with 15-pound-test , or lighter , mono line but there are those who prefer catching redfish with flyrods . Their awe-inspiring fight coupled with the added excitement of sight-fishing – seeing the fish before casting to it – consummates the thrill . Eight- or nine-weight flyrods are needed to get the job done , especially when hooking a bull red . That ’ s an adult red , a 27-incher or longer .
“ The most popular places to fish on Pontchartrain are the bridges . There are four over this big lake : The Causeway , which is 24 miles long across the middle of Pontchartrain ; at the eastern edge of the lake there are train tracks that anglers call “ The Trestle ”; the Highway 11 Bridge ; and the I-10 Bridge – all in sight of each other .”
Lake Borgne , east of and about onethird the size of Pontchartrain , has roughly 30 gas wells that provide structure supporting the food chain from algae to a large variety of game fish .
The gas companies put a “ shell pad ” around each well . Captain Mike says , “ The gas wells are about the size of your home
On the scale , the figure 10 represents average speed and time duration of approximately three hours of movement . This movement is followed by a three hour period of diminishing current speed and feeding activity .
Each number above , or below the average number 10 represents an increase or decrease of 5 percent in strength of flow and fifteen minutes in additional or less time .
As examples , a speed rating of 15 shows a current flowing 25 percent stronger than average and lasting one hour and fifteen minutes longer than average currents . This 15 rating will have four hours and fifteen minutes activity out of each six hour period of tidal cycle for that day . A speed rating of 6 shortens the time of activity by one hour and has 20 percent less strength than an average current .
The longer and stronger current action always indicates the better fishing days offshore because of increased bait movement .
There is no clearly defined line to indicate where the rotary currents become onshore tidal currents . It is generally accepted that waters over 5 fathoms ( 30 feet deep ) will have rotary currents . For more information on these tables visit : http :// gulffishing . com / rotary . html . and the shell pads are about the size of a football field ; some bigger and some smaller .
Borgne averages 11 to 14 feet deep , very similar to Lake Pontchartrain , and by Louisiana standards , that ’ s deep water . These artificial reefs are good fishing areas at certain times of the year , especially when the trout and reds are moving through .
“ We catch fish on the reefs with dropshot rigs , Carolina rigs and slip-corks on seven-foot , medium to medium-heavy action rods . Taking Time to be a Tourist
After fishing is done for the day , St . Tammany Parish offers many interesting and tasty attractions – the state is known for its ’ gators , special events and magnificent cuisines – Creole , Cajun and French , naturally . There are bed and breakfasts , countless galleries , antique and specialty shops , award-winning restaurants , and a half-dozen charming towns to visit , each with something different to do or see .
According to Frederick S . Ellis in his book , St . Tammany Parish , The American Colonial Period , St . Tammany Parish was created in 1810 by Governor Claiborne without explaining why he named it as

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And since the 1800s , wealthy New Orleanians found their way to the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and the mouths of lush rivers named Tchefuncte , Bogue Falaya and Bogue Chitto ( pronounced “ chee-funk-tee ” and “ bowgah fa-lay-ah ” and “ bow-gah cheetah ”, respectively ). Steamboats brought the first tourists ( or big city escapees ) across in the early days . A railroad arrived in the early 1900s around the eastern end of Lake Pontchartrain .
A forty-minute drive from New Orleans over The Causeway , the Northshore , as St . Tammany Parish is popularly called today , is a happy marriage of dichotomies , sharing the best of the culture of the Big Easy , while replacing the grime and crime with small town streets and stunning country sides .
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