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Inshore Fishing in Southeast Louisiana
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On Friday we took a seaplane trip out to Breton Island with Captain Theophile Bourgeois. We had a weather delay for about four hours due to a low ceiling. Once it cleared, we had a smooth flight to the island and had fish on within minutes of landing. We waded throwing topwater, suspending baits and tight-lined plastics and put together some great stringers of trout. It was so nice to jump in....  Read More
May 02 at 2:02pm
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Fishing in Southeast Louisiana
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I'm guessing we're going to be seeing a lot more of these in the Pontchartrain Basin following this unprecedented early opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. I've seen them before in the Lake and also Delacroix and Caernarvon. The pic is from the Atchafalaya Basin.
January 15 at 3:03pm
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Events & Announcements in Louisiana
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The Fort Pike Volunteer Fire Department is again having a great gun raffle for 2016. They will give away one gun each week for the whole year. (53 weeks = 53 guns given away) The raffle ticket cost $50.

The winner will be determined each Saturday by the Pick 3 lottery numbers drawn for that week. You have the chance to win multiple times throughout the year. See the photo info on how to....  Read More
December 21, 2015 at 10:12pm
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Kayak Fishing in Outside Louisiana
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  • Sailfish
  • Striped Marlin
  • Dorado
I made a trip to Loreto in Baja Mexico in early July. It was an incredible experience. We had six brand new Hobie kayaks waiting for us when we go there. The hotel was on the Sea of Cortez and we wheeled the yaks down to waiting pangas for five days of some amazing fishing.

Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowtail, Pargo, Roosters, Sharks, Grouper, Houndfish, Trumpetfish, Trigger fish, and....  Read More
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September 21, 2015 at 9:21pm
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Kayak Fishing in Outside Louisiana
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Matthew Vann, Kb Xiong, Fatback Herring Tony and myself saved eight Gulf Coast endangered Red Snapper from drowning. They were completely covered with water and we used some chunks of cut bait to lure them to circle hooks so we could get them out of the water as quickly as possible. We had all eight in about 40 minutes. If it wasn't for the low limits, we could have easily saved several more.....  Read More
September 09, 2015 at 6:53am

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Kayak Fishing in Outside Louisiana
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Had a fun time catching a bunch of mini mahi out of the 'yaks in Pensacola. We also had one small sail break off and one leadered. The water was flat and clear.

September is a great month off the beach in northwest Florida.
September 03, 2015 at 2:44pm
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Events & Announcements in Louisiana
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Hey guys. A couple of local anglers are going to launch their new product 'The Fish Call' on August 4, 2015 in Madisonville, La.

The product is a small, portable, electronic fish attractor that uses sound and vibration. I haven't personally tested the device, but have talked to the designers and have to say it is intriguing.

They are going to have a launch party to kick off a....  Read More
July 24, 2015 at 6:24am
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General in Southeast Louisiana
Any one know of a place that sells frozen shad for bait?

I'll be heading from Grand Isle through to White Castle on Friday and looking for somewhere any place along the way to buy some.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks
April 28, 2015 at 2:16pm
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Events & Announcements in Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana
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We already have 243 signed up and may get to over 300. Today is the deadline before the late fee applies. Go to: www.bckfc.org to register

April 18th, 2015

Top Water Marina, Leeville, LA

EVENT INFORMATION AND OFFICIAL RULES

CATEGORIES:

CAJUN SLAM:
First Place (Hobie PA 14)
Second Place (Hobie Outback)
Third Place ($1000.00 'Backpacker Cash'....  Read More
April 14, 2015 at 12:15pm
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Events & Announcements in Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana
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***Beware of Kayaks next Saturday*** Safety First!

The Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club will be holding a large tournament-- Paddle Palooza XII this Saturday (April 18) out of Topwater Marina (formerly Bobby Lynns) in Leevile. The tournament will have close to 300 or more kayaks with many launching BEFORE daylight on Saturday morning. The yaks will all have the only required light which is....  Read More
April 14, 2015 at 12:08pm

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Offshore Fishing in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Capt. Peace brings the first yellow of the day to the gaff.
  • Russ Pylant shows off one of the bigger yellows for the day. Caught on a Bonita chunk.
  • Group shot of some of the fish from the trip. That's a bunch of steaks.
We fished offshore on Sunday with the legendary Captain Peace Marvel.

The trip started with Peace's ritual prayer asking God 'to please forgive these guys for the slaughter they are about to commit.' And we did.

We started the day chumming in the wheel wash of a working shrimp boat and after a few nice fish, we then moved on to chunking over a sea mount.

The action was....  Read More
February 11, 2015 at 10:54am
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Events & Announcements in Louisiana
A spammer posted on a lot of old posts and caused them to be brought up the list. His account and comments on all the posts were removed, but it leaves the old posts near the top.

It's a never ending battle to try and keep the site clear of these idiots.
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January 07, 2015 at 3:34pm
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Other Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Steve Savoye works the Go Devil down the bank in search of tiny eyes.
  • Steven Savoye prepares to net a fat bullfrog.
  • Yea, we see you.
We decided to beat the heat a bit and head out in search of a few frogs. The area we were in had lots of frogs, but it was tough to get at them. The frogs mostly seemed to be deep in the cover where it was hard to get the net to them. We certain saw more than we caught, but still managed enough for a hoppy meal.
July 12, 2014 at 6:04pm
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Merry Christmas to all of the Sportsman family.
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December 24, 2014 at 6:37pm
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Deer Hunting in Outside Louisiana
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  • 8 bucks, 4 days.
  • Two little guys fighting.
  • Making sure that hock smells just right.
I got invited as a fill-in for a Texas hunt. One of the members broke his arm and couldn't go.

We hunted their lease near Sonora Texas and the rut was full on. Lots of rubs, active scrapes and bucks of all sizes running does all around.

We were allowed two bucks and two does each and finished our tags in four days. Four guys, 16 deer in four days. Not too bad.

If that guy....  Read More
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December 21, 2014 at 8:18pm

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Events & Announcements in Southeast Louisiana
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Next Thursday evening (11-13-14) the night before the FNT9 captains meeting, Hobie Fishing presents a Kayak Fishing Seminar with Brendan Bayard and Chris Holmes.

7pm at Massey's Professional Outfitters in New Orleans!

Come hear about rigging, fall patterns and techniques!
November 06, 2014 at 9:51am
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Events & Announcements in Southeast Louisiana
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Tonight:

Westbank CCA Fall Fishing Seminar

Tuesday, October 21 • 6:00 pm

 

 

Cypress Bar (Lil G’s Kajun Restaurant)
 9338 Hwy. 23 | Belle Chasse
 

 

Guest Speakers
LDWF Sam Barbera III

Capt. Steve Neece of the Hobie Kayak Pro Team

Chris Holmes Hobie Kayak Pro Team & Louisiana Sportsman Kayak....  Read More
October 21, 2014 at 6:58am
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Offshore Fishing in Outside Louisiana
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  • Sail hook up with a storm coming.
  • Got him by the nose.
  • Quick shot before revival and release.
The surf on Friday near Pensacola went from bad to worse. When we got to the launch site the surf wasn’t too bad, but the Gulf was covered with T-storms. We headed to Waffle House to wait a while and see what would happen. After about an hour we headed back. Still had some storms, but it looked like we could get out. We did.

Finding bait was a little slow, but we managed some small cigs....  Read More
September 20, 2014 at 9:39pm
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Offshore Fishing in Outside Louisiana
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We kayak fished off the beach near Navarre, Florida on Friday. We caught a bunch of small kings, some endangered red snapper (released) and my friend Keith Morrison hooked up with a big fat nurse. (shark that is)

He battled the beast for quite a while until both were pretty spent. A few pics and they went their separate ways--unharmed.
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August 24, 2014 at 8:11pm
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Fishing in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
The Ride the Bull 5 Kayak Fishing Tournament set another world record on Saturday.

Crushing last year's record setting participation of 488, this year's crowd was 722. That makes RTB the World's Largest Kayak Fishing Tournament for two years in a row. The closest tournament in size is still several hundred short so the record should stand for a long time.

Any doubts that kayak....  Read More
August 20, 2014 at 2:57pm

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Inshore Fishing in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
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NOTICE TO ALL BOATERS:

The World's Largest Kayak Fishing Tournament, 'Ride The Bull' will be held this Saturday in Caminada Pass at Grand Isle.

The tournament has already broken it's own World Record again and as of a few minutes ago we have an astounding 615 kayakers signed up for the tournament.

Safety First!

This is the largest kayak tournament in the world.....  Read More
August 11, 2014 at 4:18pm
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Inshore Fishing in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
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  • Wendy and Capt. Bill double-up
  • John Flores and Capt Bill Lake
The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association held their annual conference in Houma, La last weekend. We had three boats out with Bayou Guide Service in Dularge on Friday. Two went after reds, one after trout.

We were with none other than Captain Bill Lake and as usual, he scripted exactly where, when and how the fish would bite. Wendy Billiot, John Flores, Chris Holmes and Craig Eppling all....  Read More
August 11, 2014 at 9:29pm
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Public comment period on potential increased limits for anglers lodging at Port Eads ends Aug. 1

Notice of intent would allow up to a three-day possession limit of cleaned saltwater finfish, LDWF says

By: Patrick Bonin

If a notice of intent is ultimately approved the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, anglers staying at Port Eads could legally have up to a....  Read More
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July 31, 2014 at 11:29am
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Kayak Fishing in Outside Louisiana
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  • Eric Muhoberac with a pig red snapper.
  • Oldage Mutant Ninja Turtle
  • Jack Crevalle
The endangered Red Snapper continue to fall victim to the kayaks.

Eric Muhoberac won 1st Place in the Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association’s offshore tournament. The pig snapper was caught trolling a live hard tail off the beach in Navarre, Fl.

Also caught were kings, sharks and jack crevasse.
July 01, 2014 at 6:23am
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Offshore Fishing in Outside Louisiana
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  • 30’’ + kayak snapper
  • Yak snapper in a 105 quart Yeti
  • Matthew Vann with a small King.
We found some more of those endangered Red Snapper. The trick is to sneak up on them in the kayaks.

We caught these about 2.5 miles off the beach in Navarre, Florida.

Getting these beasts up in the yak is a chore. Drags are locked down since you get very little leverage sitting in the kayaks.

We were using butterfly pogoes and live thread fins and cigar minnows.

It....  Read More
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June 17, 2014 at 7:09am


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