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 the plane for the ride back after a long day on the water. This is truly a bucket-list trip and the experience of a lifetime. From the lodge and food to the hospitality and fishing, Captain Theophile and staff run a first class operation. www.neworleansfishing.com
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.
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 buy tickets and what guns they are raffling. Only 1000 tickets will be sold and they have been going fast. - (000-999) The raffle starts the first week in January.
The Pick 3 is simply the mechanism to select the winning numbers each Saturday. There are ONLY 1000 possible combinations of numbers that can come up. Therefore, with ONLY 1000 tickets being sold, someone will win each week.
There is no limit to how many weeks your ticket could win. It's all luck of the draw.
It is also a great way to ensure that all the winners are fairly selected. No one controls what Pick 3 combinations come up.
Great raffle for a great cause.
For more information or to purchase tickets:
Fort Pike Volunteer Fire Department Board
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 several other species were caught during the trip, fishing around some amazing islands. We had a photographer from Hobie along and he got some incredible shots.
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. Matt and KB each also saved a mahi. Lots of fun and some good eating.
Fun fishing in the Hobie kayaks off the beach in Navarre, Florida.
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.
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 Kick Starter program to promote and fund the product. You can get an invite to the launch party by going to their website. I hope to see you there.
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.
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
First Place (Hobie PA 14)
Second Place (Hobie Outback)
Third Place ($1000.00 'Backpacker Cash' card)
What is a Cajun Slam???
1 (one) slot Redfish min. 16 and must be UNDER 27
1 (one) legal Speckled Trout min. 12
1 (one) Flounder min. 12
Total weight of these three fish = your Cajun Slam weight.
Heaviest stringer wins.
All three fish stringers trump all two fish stringers.
If there are not enough three fish stringers to fill out the awarded places then, and only then, will two fish stringers be factored in to the awarded payouts.
Examples of legal stringers in Cajun Slam division:
3lb trout + 1lb flounder + 4lb redfish = 8lbs True slam and will be weighed and scored ahead of any two fish stringer.
5lb trout + 7lb redfish = 12lbs but will be scored only after all three species slams are placed.
LADIES CAJUN SLAM BONUS:
The female angler who catches the heaviest Cajun Slam wins a bonus prize in addition to whatever other category she places highest in, if any. For example, if she wins Mule Trout in the regular competition, she can also remain eligible to win the Ladies Cajun Slam. This is the only exception wherein a contestant can win in more than one category.
*FREE KIDS CAJUN SLAM DIVISION*: Junior Anglers age 12 and under on tournament day are eligible to compete if they are not a paid participant of the regular tournament. The same rules apply as for the Regular Cajun Slam Division. Youths ages 12 and under who have elected to pay and register to fish the general tournament will not be eligible to fish the Kids Division.
Prizes and number of placings will be determined upon participation.
*** Kids fishing the Kids Slam Division are permitted to ride and fish in a kayak with another angler however any fish caught must be kept separated from the other anglers catch. Simply put do not dump all the fish in the same ice chest or ice bag, unless they are placed on separate stringers first.
SINGLE FISH DIVISIONS: (1st - 5th places awarded)
Leopard Red: First place wins a kayak (Brand/Model TBA)
***16+ to less than 27 NO BULL REDS***
Redfish with the most spots wins. NOTE: If any part of the black inner spots is touching then it is counted as a single spot. There must be a break between the black portions for spots to be counted as individual spots.
Mule Trout: heaviest speckled trout over 12' wins.
Big Red: heaviest redfish wins (16+'- less than 27').
Saddle Flounder: heaviest flounder over 12' wins.
SINGLE FISH CATEGORY PRIZES:
Leopard Red: First place wins a kayak (Brand/Model TBA)
Mule Trout, Big Red & Saddle Flounder prizes will be determined prior to tournament weigh in.
NOTE: Contestants will be allowed to win only one category (exception for Ladies Slam as previously noted). The Tournament Director will determine if your catch / stringer will place better if entered as the slam division, in a single fish category or in the leopard red category. An individual angler can submit up to 4 fish - one of each species to enter the slam category and an additional redfish to enter the leopard red category.
***PFD Requirement: You must properly wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD while in your kayak during all BCKFC events. Failure to comply with this rule during competition could result in disqualification from tournament. Disqualification will be determined by the Tournament Director based on investigation of any specific incident.
Fish that violate LDWF regulations may result in the participants disqualification, forfeiture of any prize awarded, and potential prosecution. No refunds will be offered for any participants who are found to be in violation applicable statute(s) and LDWF S.O.P with regard to creel or size limits.
Two or more fish of the same species cannot be combined for this tournament except that a second redfish may be entered in the Leopard Red category.
A participant may only win in one category (exception for ladies slam see above).
LEGAL TACKLE / BAIT: Live, dead and artificial bait is legal for this tournament. If LDWF says its a legal bait or attractant, its okay to use it in this tournament. All fish must be caught using hook, line, rod and reel. No trot lines, set lines, yo-yos, gill nets, hoop nets, drop lines, etc are allowed.
PADDLE / PEDAL-CRAFT ONLY: No trolling motors, sails, gas engines, mother ships, etc Tandem kayaks, canoes, pirogues, paddleboards are allowed. A participant may wade fish or fish from the bank as long as they remain within 100 of their LAUNCHED paddle craft. With regard to this rule, launched means your kayak is off of your vehicle/trailer and that a portion of the paddlecraft is in fishable waters (not a parking lot puddle).
WATER COURTESY / ENCROACHMENT: Apply the golden rule. Do your best not to disturb someone elses fishing area by encroachment, noise, etc If you encounter another angler in a narrow ingress/egress area, as quietly as you can, ask which side he or she would like you to cross. Generally, a good rule of thumb is that if you can both cast to a common point you have encroached.
PROTEST: All protests must be made in writing and delivered to a tournament official within 30 minutes of the closing of the weigh station. The tournament officials and board members who are available will consider protests and determine what, if an, action is required. The tournament director is the final authority in all considerations. All anglers are encouraged to report violations. Cheating in a fishing tournament is a crime in the state of Louisiana. BCKFC has a zero tolerance policy with regard to cheating. Any participant and/or prize category winner may be requested to submit to a polygraph examination for any reason. Any refusal to submit to testing will result in immediate disqualification from the tournament, forfeiture of any and all prizes and potential banishment from all future BCKFC events. No refunds for tournament fees will be granted for person(s) refusing to submit to a polygraph examination.
LEGAL FISHING TIME: Your first cast is not allowed until 5:00am. Early fishing = disqualification. REMINDER: YOU are responsible for displaying safe lights and for your own safety.
BOUNDRIES: Generally that area of Lafourche Parish that a participant can access from Basons Launch and everything south of there in Lafourche Parish PLUS the area of Jefferson Parish (Elmers Island, Caminada and Grand Isle) that is accessible from the Hwy. 1 corridor. (Same boundaries as every year.) Specifically: participants may launch from any public launch, combat launch, improvised roadside launch, etc that is south of the intersection of La. Hwy. 3235 and La. Hwy. 3163 near Galliano, in Lafourche Parish. Participants may launch from the east side of La. Hwy. 665 to access Pointe Aux Chenes WMA, the Sulphur Mines, etc Participants may NOT fish Little Lake east of Larose, LA. Participants may launch from a private launch or camp as long as it leaves them fishing in an area that other participants have ready and easy access to from another launch site. See map below.
RULE CHANGES: Interpretation of rules is exclusively left to the Tournament Directors and BCKFC Officers. The decisions of this group are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal. Please do what you can to not put them in a position where they have to make rulings, decisions, etc Keep it simple and keep it clean. When in doubt, do the right thing.
PAYOUTS / PRIZES:
40% of total entry fees collected before online registration ends will be paid out as cash prizes in various categories.
40% of the entry fees will help to pay for the shirts, food, and other tournament expenses.
20% will be presented to a charity approved by the membership.
Registration fees collected after online registration closes will not be factored into payouts and will be deposited in BCKFCs general account fund. Sign up early! Make the prize pot bigger!!!
NUMBER OF PLACES PAID OUT:
Regular Cajun Slam 1st through 10th
Ladies Slam 1st
Kids Slam TBA
4 x single fish divisions 1st through 5th
Thats 31+ awarded prizes that will be given out!!!
Well also have raffles with raffle prizes sure to make the average angler salivate!!! Make sure to buy plenty of tickets!!! Proceeds go toward club expenses.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE: A waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. It is required that all contestants take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities. BE SEEN! BE SAFE! WEAR YOUR PFD!
PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older and to minors who are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian. That parent or guardian, not BCKFC, is responsible for the safety and well-being of that minor. All participants represent that they are physically and mentally competent and fit and able to participate. By entering, all participants agree to assume ALL risks of personal injury, death, and damage to or loss of property and further agree to indemnify and hold BCFKC, its officers, members, agents, and sponsors harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, and causes of action resulting directly or indirectly from participation.
REGISTRATION & ENTRY FEES:
Online registration is $51.50 per person and will end on April 17th, 2015.
Late entries will be accepted at the Captains Meeting on Friday, April 17th, 2015 at Top Water Marina.
There will be a $10 late fee.
Entry fee includes: meal at Captains meeting Friday night, meal after tournament weigh-in on Saturday, tournament tee-shirt and captains bag for early registrants. Efforts will be made to provide late entrants with captains bags and proper tee shirts but obviously no promises can be made in this regard. SIGN UP EARLY to get a proper fitting tee shirt and captains bag. Refunds will not be issued or offered.
CAPTAINS MEETING: Attendance at the Captains Meeting is optional. It will officially begin at 8:00 pm Friday April 17th at Top Water Marina, Leeville, LA but participants are welcome and encouraged to come early to socialize. At the meeting well go over the rules, boundaries, restrictions, etc A Q&A session will also take place. Those who attend MAY also be able to pick up their shirts and captains bags that night.
SIGN IN / WEIGH IN: Upon arrival at Top Water Marina for the weigh-in you must sign in at the sign-in table. The sign-in table and scales will be operational by approximately 3:00 pm. You MUST be properly signed in prior to 4:00 pm to have your fish weighed in. The line closes PROMPTLY at 4:00 pm. Ties will go to the person with the earliest sign-in time.
DO NOT BE LATE!!!
All competitors must check in with legal fish as per LDWF regulations to be eligible for awards and prizes. All fish submitted for weigh-in must be fresh and caught on the day of the tournament. The weigh-master will make decisions on accepting fish for weigh-in. His decision is final. Any attempt to enter fraudulent catch, exchanging catches, tamper with catch, or to hamper or threaten any official of the tournament will result in immediate disqualification. Only authorized persons will be allowed in the sign-in and weigh-in stations.
You will receive a weigh-in card when you check in at the sign-in table. Once you have checked in and received your weigh-in card you should proceed to the scales to have you catch weighed. Generally, fish that are weighed in are surrendered to BCKFC to be used in the fish fry that evening. Exceptions can readily be made for those who wish to have their catch mounted, etc
The largest fish will be determined by weight. In the event of a tie, the participant who signed in first will be considered the winner, and the other participant will be dropped to the next position. Fish will be bent, and loosened before being measured. The tail will be pinched and an official length will be determined. This method of measuring fish can be found in the LDWF fishing pamphlet available at most fishing tackle retailers and online.
GOOD LUCK & TIGHT LINES!!!
***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 a 360 degree white light. The boundaries are from Golden Meadow all the way down to Grand Isle so they will be spread over a large area. Weigh in is at 4:00 p.m. so they will be moving around most of the day.
Please be on the lookout when running. With the growing popularity of kayak fishing, more waters are being shared by motor boats and paddle craft.Please be mindful of these paddle craft and observe all boating rules of the road.
A large wake can easily swamp a kayak not to mention what could happen if you run over one! You are responsible for your own wake. Please be observant and courteous. That extra two minutes of dead idle speed won't ruin your day, but throwing a large wake at a kayak could.
Thank you for your consideration.
Heres a friendly reminder of the Rules of the Road.
RULES OF THE ROAD FOR VESSELS.
A.The following regulations shall dictate the operation of vessels upon the waters of the state and shall set forth a standard of operation. In construing and complying with these rules, due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from the Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger.
B. Any violation of the Rules of the Road as referred to in this section shall be prima-facie evidence of careless or reckless operation.
C. Boating accidents caused by deviation from the Rules of the Road shall be documented as such in accident reports.
D. The Rules of the Road for vessels upon the waters in the state shall be as follows:
1.Vessels passing head-on shall each keep to their respective right.
2.A vessel overtaking another vessel may do so on either side, but must grant the right-of-way to the vessel being overtaken.
3.When vessels are passing at right angles, the vessel on the left will yield right-of-way to vessel on the right.
4.Motorboats shall yield right-of-way to non-motor powered boats except as follows: a. When being overtaken by non-powered vessels. b. For deep draft vessels that have to remain in narrow channels. c. When vessel is towing another vessel.
5.Motorboats must maintain a direct course when passing sailboats.
6.A vessel approaching a landing dock or pier shall yield the right-of-way to any departing vessel.
7.A vessel departing shoreline or tributary shall yield right-of-way to through traffic and vessels approaching shoreline or tributary.
8.Vessels will not abruptly change course without first determining that it can be safely done without risk of collision with another vessel. 9.If an operator fails to fully comprehend the course of an approaching vessel he must slow down immediately to a speed barely sufficient for steerageway until the other vessel has passed. 10.Vessels yielding right-of-way shall reduce speed, stop, reverse, or alter course to avoid collision. Vessel with right-of-way shall hold course and speed. If there is danger of collision, all vessels will slow down, stop, or reverse until danger is averted.
11.Vessels will issue warning signals in fog or weather conditions that restrict visibility. 12.No mechanically propelled vessel shall be operated so as to traverse a course around any other vessel underway or any person swimming. 13.In a narrow channel, vessels will keep to the right of mid-channel.
14.Vessels approaching or passing another vessel shall be operated in such manner and at such a rate of speed as will not create a hazardous wash or wake.
15.No vessel shall obstruct or interfere with take-off, landing, or taxiing of aircraft.
16.All vessels shall be operated at reasonable speeds for given conditions and situations and must be under the complete control of the operator at all times.
17.No person shall, under any circumstances, operate a vessel in excess of an established speed or wake zone.
18.No vessel or person shall obstruct or block a navigation channel, entrance to channel, mooring slip, landing dock, launching ramp, pier or tributary.
19.Vessels shall keep at least 100 feet clearance of displayed diver's flag.
20.Operator shall maintain a proper lookout. AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 34:851.27A.
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 fast and furious with sometimes having three lines on at once.
We ended the day with 11 yellows, 4 or 5 blacks, 1 AJ and a few other assorted species.
It was a fantastic trip. Peace truly is a tuna whisperer.
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.
Merry Christmas to all of the Sportsman family.
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 happens to break his other arm before next year's hunt, I know nothing about it.
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!
Westbank CCA Fall Fishing Seminar
Tuesday, October 21 6:00 pm
Cypress Bar (Lil Gs Kajun Restaurant)
9338 Hwy. 23 | Belle Chasse
LDWF Sam Barbera III
Capt. Steve Neece of the Hobie Kayak Pro Team
Chris Holmes Hobie Kayak Pro Team & Louisiana Sportsman Kayak Columnist
Capt. Austin Plaisance Lafitte & Barataria Tackle
Lucien Cusimano of Lucus Custom Rods
LDWF Biologist Craig Gothreaux Tagging Program
Food, Soft Drinks and Beer provided.
CCA members Free
For More Information
Contact Maurice DAquin at (504) 460-9601
The surf on Friday near Pensacola went from bad to worse. When we got to the launch site the surf wasnt 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 and a few hard tail. All three of us made up our minds it was go big or go home. Instead of the usual wire stinger rigs, we all opted to troll live bait on circle hooks with mono or fluoro. The action was painfully slow. As the seas kicked up, we started getting some cut-offs from the Kings. With the tops blowing off the waves and whitecaps everywhere, we headed in closer for a final run.
With a strong storm moving in from the east, Jason Downs had a miss from a sailfish. Disgusted, he reeled in his bait and when it was only two feet from his yak, the fired-up sail came up and inhaled it. Fish on. The sail made some great jumps, but the waves were too much to pedal and safely get the camera out. Of course the fish pulled him out to sea, towards the incoming storm. What ya gonna do, cut if off? No way.
He fought the fish for a half hour of more in the rough and building seas. When he finally got it yak side and tried for a bill grab, he realized the sail had a previously broken bill. It was tough to grab ol stumpy.
Finally, success. He got it up for a couple quick pics and then a healthy revive and release. Stumpy swam away strong.
By now the seas were terrible. Several times we took waves over the sides of the Hobie Outbacks. One thing about being offshore, no matter how bad it gets, you have to get back to the beach.
We stowed and strapped everything we could and headed north. All of us made to shore with no flips or gear lost, but it was a dicey ride in.
Here are a few pics. The pics never show how bad the surf really is, but it was some of the worst Ive been in.
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.
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 fishing continues to explode? Next year's date is already set for August 15, 2015. Can we break 1000??????
Here's a cool aerial video of RTB 5 shot by Robert Vegas of Bridgeside Marina using a quad copter.
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 got our limit of beautiful reds.
The technique was a little unusual for me at this time of year in the marsh. We fished a 30 foot deep hole, with cracked crab on a bottom rig. It worked. No bulls, just solid fish up to 27 inches.
Just as Captain Bill forecasted, as soon as the tide slowed, the bite picked up. Between us and our other group, 50 fat reds made their way back to the Bayou Guide Service dock.
The trout boat was also successful and put together a nice box of trout.
If you want to catch fish, contact Captain Bill Lake.
Writer tested, writer approved!