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Anybody know if the pumps next to Bason's Marina are running?

Thanks for any info, y'all.

December 30, 2010 at 1:01pm

There's a old tank poking out of the water at the following location:

N29 44 48.2 W89 31 11.5

It lies in the canal NE of Lake of Second Trees and NW of Mulatto Bayou.

There are no lights on this tank and only a red 'boom' buoy tied to one side of it.

Be careful when you run at night. We didn't see it until we were almost right on top of it.

August 05, 2010 at 1:18pm

Is there a horsepower restriction for boats in Pointe Aux Chene WMA down near Montegut? I know some places limit the h.p. to 10 or 25 h.p. Anybody know?

July 13, 2010 at 5:34pm

Anybody know who sells plastic shrimp baskets used for crabbing and cast netting?

Trying to find one in the New Orleans area or Houma area preferrably.

Thanks in advance.

June 23, 2010 at 7:22pm

Anybody know where I can buy well-made dip nets for shrimping that are made of white/clear monofilament?

I'm not looking for the Wally World specials. Looking for reinforced hoops, well-made deep sock net, possible extendable pole or long poles from 10-20 feet. The legal sized hoops for LA that are 36 inches around.

I know it's more typical of Florida shrimping, but I wanna try down here just to see what happens.

Plus, I'd rather buy local.

Thanks for any leads, y'all.

May 19, 2010 at 6:22pm

Caught this ugly sucker in a lake west of Cocodrie last Sunday. Anyone know what this is?

June 10, 2009 at 6:26pm
A comment titled: class act in response to a report titled: ANOTHER VIDEO 72 TROUT DAY

class act and looked like a fun day on the Pontch.

March 07, 2011 at 4:52pm
A comment titled: Fishing the STAR in response to a report titled: peroige as kayak?

From what I understand, as long as it is ONLY human-powered i.e. no sails or motors of any kind, then it is OK. That means kayaks, pirogues, canoes and canoe/kayak hybrids. Also, no mother-shipping is allowed. They clarified that from years ago.

December 18, 2010 at 9:44am
A comment titled: Century Man in response to a report titled: OBSTRUCTION TO NAVIGATION REPORT

having it marked on my GPS sure will help next time we hit that area running pre-dawn.

Hope you are feeling better and getting back to your old self.

I doubt they will move it, either, but a light would be great.

Just didn't know if it was common knowledge.

Still learning the outer banks and such so I figured I'd warn the new guys like me, at least.

August 05, 2010 at 1:50pm
A comment titled: to be most up to date with fishing closures in response to a report titled: Is Lake Boudreaux Open for fishing?

check the other maps at LDWF that are just regular maps. They are the MOST up to date. The interactive map may need updating again. Get ready for some more closures, if what I just heard is true. Check the maps daily, if not twice a day if you are going fishing any time soon. Closures tend to change in the afternoons. Openings/Reopenings usually begin in the mornings. Maps get posted as soon as they are updated.

June 06, 2010 at 5:54pm
A comment titled: Check LDWF interactive fishing closure map in response to a report titled: Is Lake Boudreaux Open for fishing?

Click the link above. There is a search feature on the top left. It will show you exactly were you can and cannot fish.

Remember, they'll only give tickets for the first 24 hours of a closure. That means all that CLOSED area around Lake Boudreaux will be ticket city.

June 06, 2010 at 3:35pm
A comment titled: why not hay? in response to a report titled: Simple Solution For Oil Clean Up

from what I heard, storing the oil saturated hay on shore would be cost prohibitive for BP. Yes, I do understand the irony and sickness to this thinking. We aren\'t worth saving according to BP. They\'ll just pack it up there and drill somewhere else.

May 24, 2010 at 9:41am
A comment titled: try a clamp on rod holder. in response to a report titled: rod holder solution

I have one of these and it works very well. Plus, you can take them off after you fish and move them wherever you want along the outside of your boat. As long as you have a lip to clamp it to, you have a place to put the rod holder.

Good luck and tight lines.

May 19, 2010 at 6:25pm
A comment titled: what is it? in response to a report titled: can anyone identify

If it is hake, it should taste great. That's usually caught in deeper/colder water, if I remember correctly and often sold in nice restaurants like Commander's Palace. Definitely not an oyster toadfish. I've caught those and those are way freakier than that fish.

April 13, 2010 at 9:53am
A comment titled: RE: downloading maps in response to a report titled: garmin gps info

It's very easy to download the maps. There's a DVD that you can buy at Cabela's, etc that shows you how to use the etrex Legend HCx. It really cuts down the learning time and makes use very simple. I think it costs $10.00. Worth every penny.

If you're tech savy, make sure you have a formatted media card you installed inside(I use a 2 gig)your GPS, turn it on and use the USB link to connect your GPS to your computer. Open the installed program, MapSource (you did spring for the US map CD program TOPO USA, right?) Pinpoint the area you wish to download onto the screen. Use the icon at the top that allows you to select the maps. Highlight the maps by dragging your mouse over them while holding down the left button. Once you highlight what you want, click the icon that says download or upload to GPS. Follow the instructions from there after the computer "finds" your GPS chip. Select maps (if you only want to download the maps) and follow the instructions from there. It should now be on your GPS once it says the download is complete.

If this confused you at all, buy the cd or carefully read the instructions, but the CD is easier to learn from.

I've used it to navigate for hunting and fishing all over LA. It was a EXCELLENT entry level GPS. I couldn't look at spending $600+ for another version that did the same thing with less battery life.

Be aware that updates to maps will discontinue soon. GPS will still work, though.

December 12, 2009 at 7:10pm
A comment titled: Game Processing in NOLA in response to a report titled: deer processing

You can try Donewar's on the West Bank. Here's his website:

I've bought their meats (sausages, cut meats) before, and they were excellent.

He's a fishing guide in the summer and processes game during the season.

Butcher Block in Gretna is excellent, too. Stuffed anything from there is great. That's the place John Madden raved about with the Tur-Duck-En!

Support local businesses where ever you live.

October 20, 2009 at 4:17pm
A comment titled: Where to start in response to a report titled: In need of some help


It sounds like you need some advice from a pro. The smartest thing you could do (that cuts down on the time and $) to be prepared would be to find an archery pro. You might find one in Slidell, New Orleans, Cabelas, Bass Pro, Bowie Outfitters in B.R. Any archery shop can help you determine the length arrow you need for your bow and you. They can also help you determine the weight and grains of your broadheads for best accuracy. Broadheads are hit and miss. You have to find one that shoots good for you, the bow and arrows that match. Don't buy cheapos. You get what you pay for.

Start with a pro. They can save you a lot of frustration and get you on target fast. Plus, it won't cost much more than a couple bucks and some time.

Once you get set up, practice daily. You owe it to the animal and the sport to make a clean kill.

There are several books at the big block booksellers that teach people about every aspect of archery for the beginner to the old salt. Reading about the mechanics and physics of archery help you understand the big picture.

You can also take the FREE LA Wildlife and Fisheries Bowhunter Education Class when it comes around your part of the woods. Although, you may have to drive to a class somewhere else. Look on their website for the class schedule.

Have fun. Bowhunting becomes addictive. Just ask my wallet. HA!

October 18, 2009 at 10:52am
A comment titled: three rivers wma in response to a report titled: three rivers

There are two campsites that I know of at 3 Rivers. Nothing there but a meat pole and a place to park, but there's campgrounds. Southern one is mostly tents. Northern campground on Shell Road is mostly 5th wheel campers and RVs.

Also, can camp at Red River further north.

Here's a link to the map of 3 Rivers WMA from LA wildlife and fisheries website:

As for directions from St. Charles Parish. Use Google Maps and put Simmesport, LA for destination. You'll turn right (heading north) off Hwy 1 before you get to Simmesport onto LA 15. Drive too far and you'll see signs for Red River WMA.

Good luck out there. Spent Oct 1st out there and saw NADA. And I was out there, deep. Lots of racoons and squirrels.

Hopefully gun opener will get them moving around more.

October 03, 2009 at 11:16pm
A comment titled: Tracks in response to a report titled: Identify this track please

Sometimes a deer will step in its own track, especially in the mud or leaves because the first foot's placement is tried and true (silent as can be and solid ground) for them.

That's my .02

October 03, 2009 at 11:03pm
A comment titled: live catch in response to a report titled: Coons

With an offer like that, I doubt he'll have trouble for long. I have caught racoons alive accidentally in a Havahart live trap trying to catch a feral cat under my house. They were especially attracted to dry and canned cat food. Maybe LWF will let him relocate them to, maybe, an alligator farm. Hah! Only if no one takes his offer. Glad you didn't give his phone number. He'd be answering the phone all day.

June 10, 2009 at 11:13pm
A comment titled: Yeah, You right! in response to a report titled: OK. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is this? Anyone........

I saw all those teefus and out came the knife to cut the line. NO WAY I was touching that thing. It looks like the Swamp Thing's Baby. Thanks guys. Never know what you'll pull up out of the water and some stuff's not in the books to ID.

June 10, 2009 at 10:42pm
A comment titled: Plaisance Taxidermy in response to a report titled: WOLVES?

I didn't know that the grey fox was similar in stature to the red fox. Thanks for the info. Your occupation provides you with a great understanding and insight of the actual size animals can become, both large and small.

If that rules out a fox, then what else in the woods climbs trees like a squirrel, looks like a (I hate to say this) monkey and has a long, bushy/fluffy tail with one stripe running down it? Before you say it, no, it was way too big to be a skunk. Stripe was different, too. It was a lighter solid color down the length of the tail.

Call me crazy. You wouldn't be the first. HAH!

I wrote down what I believed I saw after it disappeared to research what it could have been and to see if any animal research facility was damaged by a storm or vandals. The tree fox was my best guess from my limited research. Not much looked like what I saw.

Like I told Todd, God only knows what's been released or has escaped to the basin. Keeps the excitement level up.

December 10, 2008 at 1:25am
A comment titled: Hey, Todd the deer hunter in response to a report titled: WOLVES?

That was my best guess to what it was. Pictures in books or from websites can make an animal look bigger than it's actual size. According to Plaisance, foxes are relatively small. He's right. The red foxes I have seen here and in other states were small.

Man, out in the swamp, in south Louisiana, after hurricanes, who knows what escaped from pens or cages from private property? Who knows what was dropped off in the woods?

Makes it interesting walking to and from the stand at night, doesn't it?

Nothing would surprise me. I do feel better carrying a pistol along with the rifle, when legal. Worth the weight.

December 10, 2008 at 1:15am
A comment titled: Are you talking about Sherburne WMA? in response to a report titled: WOLVES?

It may have been a type of fox called a tree fox, if I remember correctly. I remember seeing something large as a monkey with a long bushy tail climb up a tree early one morning a few years ago. IT did have a dark coat. I know it wasn't a racoon. The stripe down it's back went lengthwise not in rings around the tail. I still don't know what it was for sure, but the tree fox does have a range that includes the basin area.

Know what you're shooting before pulling the trigger no matter what you saw. In the field, you represent all hunters to the non-hunter you may encounter.

Shoot straight!

December 07, 2008 at 7:48pm
A comment titled: advice on calls in response to a report titled: TURKEY CALL

I would highly recommend a box call as anyone's first turkey call. It's the easiest call to learn how to use. There are all kinds of price ranges. I've been told by old Tom hunters that price doesn't matter, it is how you sound when you use it and knowing when and when not to use it.

Second to a box call would be a good slate call. It is easy to learn and you can replicate all hen sounds with a little practice.

Understand that most calls, except totally plastic calls, are rendered useless in the rain or if wet.

Think about buying a couple of different types of calls. Not all hens sound the same.

If you are hunting on a WMA this year, go easy on the calling. Most Toms are educated or will be by the time every hunter in the state has gone scouting.

Keep practicing the diaphram call for next year. They are best because you don't have to move.

Don't forget to buy a decent crow call and a owl hooter to get a shock gobble to help you locate a Tom.

Good luck this year.

February 25, 2005 at 8:31pm
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