Category Archives: Fishing

Where to Buy Live Shrimp in New Orleans

Live shrimp are by far the most effective bait I use, even more so than dead bait. Be sure to have your aerator ready to keep los camarones alive and wigglin’!Here are a few local (in New Orleans) bait shops which will have live shrimp:

A place I have been going since a youth-

Bait Inc

Paris Road at Bayou Bienvenue

(504) 277-3755. Call them ahead of time.

Seabrook Marina

France Road next to Pontchartrain Landing

(504) 283-6001

Chef Pass Bait Shop

This place is right past the Chef Pass Bridge to its north. These people have bait but I do not have their phone number.

Gulf Outlet Marina Boat Launch

In St. Bernard Parish off of Paris Rd. not far from Bait Inc. and behind the hotel.

(504) 304-9598

Live shrimp season is here as well!

Now go wear em out!

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Southshore Lake Pontchartrain Fishing

Saturday, I took a friend of mine to the lake to do some fishing. We haven’t wet lines since November 2011. According to Bait Inc., live shrimp will not be available until May 1, therefore, we bought market bait. Our initial plan was to hit the Rigolets but his new 2011 Evinrude motor would not crank. We ended up taking my father’s boat with a 115 horsepower Evinrude from 1976 that ran LIKE A BEAST to the lake.  At 12 pm, we launched underneath the Seabrook bridge then went to the white trout hole which is signified by an air-filled buoy, 2 minute ride from the dock. I landed a nice 15 lb black drum and some decent sized croakers. I didn’t feel the need to take pictures of them; I assure you this is no fish tale. The most important aspect of this trip was to reconnect with a spot I have not been to since 2002. The spot is adjacent to Bally’s where the sailboat launch is along the rocks:

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My fishing buddy outfished me at this spot catching two more keeper drum and nice sized croakers. I think this will be a very viable spot once live shrimp are available again on May 1st. I’m not like Frank Davis who can be somewhat stingy on where he went to catch fish. This is a spot which takes literally 10 minutes from leaving my house to being in the water. It doesn’t get better than that.