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Water was like glass from 6-about 8:30 then the rain came and the wind was about 10-15. Ended the day with 6 trout average 16 inches.

November 24, 2008 at 1:35pm


PS: WINDY and no fish

daboatman's son

June 06, 2008 at 2:03pm

Any suggestions on a descent baitcast reel that can cast the lighter baits, lasts long, and is less than $60. Also where can I get it. (in lake charles)

I will appriciate a comment.

(daboatman's son)

June 03, 2008 at 2:28pm

Me and my dad went fishing Saturday and the water early in the morning wasn't that clear so we went to the west cove at about 9:00 and there were red fish everywhere but could't find out what the heck they wanted. AT about 3:00 (still no fish in the boat) started heading back to Hebert's and the water was super clear and the birds were working like mad. There were about 10 boats in the middle of the lake and they all had there own birds. We hung around some birds and caught all the trout you would want (30 trout in 10 min) but of course they were all 1/4 of an inch too short. But the most important thing was me and my dad had a blast catching all of those trout.

Bait we used: From 6:00 to about 9:00 worked on the topwater but no fish. 3:00 to about 4:00 glow/chartruse sand eel jr.

Talked to other boats at Hebert's and said they caught some keepers but very few but a bunch of trout too but all to small.

Did anyone else have any luck?

PS: Me and my dad finally know how to fish that dedgum lake. (reel fast for specks and use sand eels and reel slow with a spoon for reds)

Look for us on the Lake!! (White Bay Stealth 1880 with a 115 Yamaha) lol

(daboatman's son)

May 18, 2008 at 10:08am

Redeye, would you mind sending me an e-mail with some tips and tricks about what bait to use at different times of the year, what technique you use for a redfish and a speck, some good spots on the lake, and how to work a topwater bait in rough water. Also, if the water is really rough where are some other spots besides the weirs can you go to get away from the rough water?

PS: Going fishing this Saturday and on the 26th! Probably going to hang around Commensary Point and drift and/or anchor along the oyster reefs there.



May 13, 2008 at 4:15pm

Me and my son were going to go fishing tommorrow at calcasiu point. How is the fishing there right now? Any suggestions on what bait to use?


April 17, 2008 at 4:25pm

I finally got a boat! It is a 2000 model 1880 VIP Bay Stealth. I really enjoy it. What really suprised me was that there was only two problems with it, one was that the idle screw was loose and part of the railing came off. Other than that it is AWSOME!!! The boat has 2 live wells, 2 icechests (both built in), center console, depth finder, 115 Yamaha, 24 v. Great White trolling motor, 6 rod holders, leather seats... I ran it and clocked it at 45 mph so I was pretty happy. A week ago I took the first fishing trip with the two kids, my son and daughter. We stopped at the first wier and it was crowded, so we fished along the bank and my son caught the first fish. It was a 25 inch red. Then my daughter took control and caught 2 17 inch reds and a flounder. Then it was my turn, I caught a 23 inch red and a 20 inch speck. I really enjoyed myself and my kids did too.


April 03, 2008 at 10:08am

Do yall think that this front will move out before Friday?

September 11, 2007 at 6:37pm

Does anybody have any reports on place where the specks like to hang out in the north side of big lake? Also what is the best way to tie on any kind of hook or bait?

September 08, 2007 at 4:19pm

We got 2 keeper reds at 16 in. and 1 galftop. My son lost his catch 2000 on a bull red. The water wasnt moving much, the only thing that made it move was the wind. It was hot! Water was very clear but no specks. daboatman

August 26, 2007 at 1:51pm

Were are there good spots for specks? PLEASE COMMENT. daboatman

August 25, 2007 at 4:33pm

Since the specks have moved more north do yall think they are in the Prien Lake area? Because me and my son are going tommorrow. Since the water has been dirty in Big Lake the specks have probably moved farther north into lake charles and prien lake. We went there like 2 months ago and caught two 24-27 inch specks. Any good spots??? PLEASE COMMENT. daboatman

August 25, 2007 at 3:34pm

Me and my son are going labor day weekend to fish at Big Lake instead of this weekend because like yall said the specks have been slow lately. Do yall think they will be back next week? (Please Comment) daboatman

August 23, 2007 at 8:18pm

Me and my son were going to go fish at Big Lake but the weather is concerning us for Saturday. The weather channel says 40 percent but if there was a thunderstorm we wouldnt know where to go because I havnt been to Big Lake since the Rita, and also we have a small boat.(16 foot polar craft) We went fish at Prien Lake last weekend when it was a 40 percent chance of rain and got 2 reds around 17 inches. Is there any good spots in the Prien Lake area for specks and reds? Should we go to Big Lake or is 40 percent still good weather?(I would appreciate a comment) thank you... daboatman

August 22, 2007 at 7:55pm

I'm just getting back into trout fishing in about 15 yrs. I've been going out of Calcasieu Point. What do I look for in the weather report. I don't have any thunderstorm protection with my boat or no camp etc.where are some good spots in the northern part of Big Lake? Me and my son are going to the northern part of Big Lake Saturday....any of yall have any suggestions for a spot for a 16 foot alluminum boat?? I just bought 2 catch 2000s... one original and 1 chartrues. Do yall know anything about the chartreus dye that you put bait in? What are the LSU chubs exactly, are they Cocohoes or grubs...and are they 2 Tone??? Well thats about it.... PLEASE COMMENT


August 21, 2007 at 6:04pm
A comment titled: reason for funny looking fish in response to a report titled: Redfish or Snapper?

I've been doing quite a bit of research around Calcasieu Lake lately and what's happening is the cosmic rays colliding with a nautic star. Any fish within a 100 or so feet of this collision can be affected with some growth issue. Collisions are happening more often due to the increases in Nautic Stars. You see them deadgum boats everywhere.

July 25, 2008 at 4:09pm
A comment titled: ....... in response to a report titled: TOUGH BITE AT BIG LAKE

We experienced the stock market last friday on the lake.

June 25, 2008 at 5:35pm
A comment titled: water in response to a report titled: Friday's report

Sorry I forgot about the water... It was like chocolate milk, but we used a dark bait but that wasnt the problem it was the wind.

daboatman's son

June 06, 2008 at 6:29pm
A comment titled: reel and location in response to a report titled: Friday's report

That reel was the best one that me and my dad had ever touched. That thing casted a 1/4 oz. lead head with a plastic 20-30 feet into the wind. The bad thing was that I didn't catch anything on it that was pleasing (1 hardhead). When we got there somthing bad happened... I was raising the tremmer to take the transom savor off and the motor didn't budge... but it moved very slow when my dad tried. Next we had the boat in the water and my dad went to start it and.... nothing.. battery is dead. So we used one of the trolling motor's battery so we can at least fish... Just can't troll. (Try having that problem on a day like this) LOL. After all of that we started out at the mouth of Lambourt Bayou (dad didn't want to mess up his new boat in the weir) and couldnt get the anchor to catch and of course we couldnt use the trolling motor. So we found a slick around the point right there and fished that for about 1 hour. Dads line broke with a speck on the line. About 30 minutes later he had another one.. it went under the boat and got off (about 20 inches long). Started up the big motor and started over at the point. THEN THE WIND PICKED UP... didnt get anything after that except that hardhead... but we really felt like hardheads since we went fishing. lol

daboatman's son

June 06, 2008 at 6:28pm
A comment titled: Bay Stealth in response to a report titled: Offshore Info

We have a 2000 modle 1880 center console Bay Stealth. Bought it about a month ago used. Not any scratches on it. The only problems were that the rear part of the reailing with comming off but my dad fixed it with no problem. The other minor issue was that the idle screw was set too low and that was also easy to fix.

That baby can handle anything big lake can give us.

daboatman's son

June 05, 2008 at 12:22pm
A comment titled: already tested it in response to a report titled: baitcast reels

I casted it yesterday and it went at least 50 yards easily without even thinking about giving me a birdnest.

daboatman's son

June 05, 2008 at 12:19pm
A comment titled: shimano in response to a report titled: baitcast reels

I just bought a cruxis by shimano for $100 and got a $100 shimano reel for free at academy.

(daboatman's son)

June 05, 2008 at 12:11pm
A comment titled: re: in response to a report titled: baitcast reels

Hey redeye I replyed your email.

(daboatman's son)

June 04, 2008 at 10:29pm
A comment titled: dont listen in response to a report titled: baitcast reels

DEDGUMET!!! I already told yall that I bought a shimano reel and a shimano rod at academy for 100 bucks each. The only one that listened was ole redeye and a couple others. So yeah yall spent all that time that yall could have been watching sportscenter or the weather channel to argue abount something that I already had an answer to.

(daboatman's son)

June 04, 2008 at 9:47pm
A comment titled: friday in response to a report titled: Trout Shootout

Im talking about friday not the shootout

June 04, 2008 at 9:43pm
A comment titled: il make em see em in response to a report titled: Trout Shootout

I use the green w/red sparkles with a chart. tail.

They tore em up last time but were too small.

(daboatman's son)

June 04, 2008 at 9:18pm
A comment titled: still goin in response to a report titled: Trout Shootout

AHH forget the wind! I know it is an issue but as long as dem specks want those sand eels who cares about the wind. lol

(daboatman's son)

June 04, 2008 at 9:02pm
A comment titled: southeast in response to a report titled: Trout Shootout

Wouldnt the southeast corner of the lake be a little clearer?

(daboatman's son)

June 04, 2008 at 3:18pm
A comment titled: water clarity in response to a report titled: Trout Shootout

Hey do yall know what the water clarity is right now?

June 04, 2008 at 1:02pm
A comment titled: reels.......... in response to a report titled: baitcast reels

Thanks for the help guys but me and my dad just got back from academy and bought a shimano cruxis and got a shimano rod for free. (rod and the reel were $100 each). I couldnt put that deal in the trash so I bought it. It feels really smooooooooth. Thanks again everyone who commented.

(daboatman's son)

June 03, 2008 at 9:46pm
A comment titled: reel in response to a report titled: baitcast reels

I will show you my new reel then too

June 03, 2008 at 5:50pm
A comment titled: redeye in response to a report titled: baitcast reels

Hey redeye see you at the launch friday. lol

(daboatman's son)

June 03, 2008 at 5:49pm
A comment titled: pflueger in response to a report titled: baitcast reels

My dad also got a pflueger criterion combo for about 60 bucks and he loves it. It has ten eyes on the rod, has a fast retrieve, doesnt make any noise, lol, and it casts lighter baits a lot better than the abu garcia's do. Since my dad wants a better rod for his 5500c3 Im going to take the reel off of the new combo and switch it with the red ammbassideur and give him the rod.

(daboatman's son)

June 03, 2008 at 3:52pm
A comment titled: re: in response to a report titled: baitcast reels

My dad has a abu garcia 5500c3 ambassadeur on an ugly stick rod. He wants to get a new rod for it because the ugly stick isnt very sinsitive and it doesnt have very many eyes on it. I use a red 5500c ammbassadeur but it is older and it doesnt have bearings or a thumb rest like the newer ones like the one my dad has. I like the reel I have but it makes a loud noise when I cast, and I cant oil it because it doesnt have any bearings.

(daboatman's son)

June 03, 2008 at 3:32pm
A comment titled: re: in response to a report titled: baitcast reels

Me and my dad usually rinse them when we get home because of the salt that gets on the line which gets on the reel. (you may not believe me but you will be surprised on how it effects the reel over time if you dont rinse them).

(daboatman's son)

June 03, 2008 at 3:02pm
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