I just got this Minn Kota Copilot for my boat and after getting some work done to it, I mounted it on the boat and it worked fine last weekend down in Fourchon. Had no issues and was very impressed with it. Went down to the camp in Dularge this weekend to do a little fishing. Got to the first spot, plugged it in and heard the normal 'BEEP' it always gives then started to use the remote and everything was fine until I lowered it into the water and it worked for a few seconds then just quit on me. I messed with the trolling motor as much as I could on the water and nothing was happening it just would not work. Pushed the 'test' button on the trolling motor and it showed full battery. It was working fine and then all of a sudden nothing.... no beeps no nothing.... Has anyone ever had this issue before?? I am hoping it is just a dead remote battery because all of my connections seem to be fine. any help is greatly appreciated because it put a huge hamper on the fishing trip.... can't do much sight fishing without a trolling motor
Had the first trip of the year south of dularge at the rigs and islands. Fished with Zebco's and jumbo frozen shrimp from Rouse's on the bottom and slammed 95 nice trout. Sure was a good feelin' getting back out there!
Hey guys I've got a camp in the middle of the marsh that is essentially a metal shack kinda like a quanza hut on posts 10 feet off of the water. We noticed how unbearable it is to be in the camp during the summer when it is so hot even with two air conditioning units and in the winter when it is very cold it is impossible to keep the heat in from a small heater. We sprayed foam insulation all over the metal walls and thankfully the camp is only about 20 feet long and 15 or so feet wide but we came up short on our spraying. There is probably about a 5th of the metal wall on the camp that needs to be finished sprayed. We also walled in the front and back walls with the pink roll up insulation and covered with plywood. We have noticed a huge difference in keeping the cold air and warm air inside from the insulation but still when the sun comes out, it is noticeable that the remaining metal walls warm up the inside of the camp a good bit. I was wandering if you guys knew of a cheaper alternative to finishing the spray insulation other than spending another 500$-600$ on another purchase of spray insulation because we just don't need that much more. We would probably only us a 1/5th of that purchase to finish the camp. And being that we are in college the cheaper alternative is almost a must. If you guys know of anything else we could do or find a smaller amount of spray foam insulation please let me know!
So I borrowed a buddy's 25 horsepower yamaha 2 stroke outboard a while ago to use during teal season once and since then it has been sitting at my dad's house in the shed. I go to check it out not to long ago and the cover of the motor is missing..... How? I have no idea. The only thing I can think of is that it got stolen maybe but the motor has not been used at all since last time I put it in the shed. Everything on the motor works great its the most reliable little motor I have ever been around but now I am in the predicament of having a borrowed motor with no cover for it...... I feel awful and need to replace this cover before I give it back to my buddy but have no idea where to find a late 90's model 25 horsepower 2 stroke Yamaha outboard cover..... Is there anything I can do? Can I buy one brand new from somewhere? or does anyone know of a place that I could maybe find one?? thanks guys and god bless. I feel horrible that I borrowed someone's stuff and something happened to it, I need to fix it!
Alright guys I'm stuck in a winter intercession class right now for the entire week so gotta keep myself occupied. What are yalls expectations for the second split? We have a nice front coming through this weekend but the forecast after that is looking like 70 degree weather until christmas. This has been the hottest duck season I can remember and i don't want to blame the state with the duck seasons or anything but something needs to be blamed.......... Our ponds in the marsh look great, feed everywhere but with trout still being caught along the coast in some spots its just too early to be expecting large numbers of birds. Arkansas closes 2 weeks after our coastal zone down here in South Louisiana.... I am sorry but with all the time, money, and work me and my buddies spend on our duck season, how on earth does it make since that a state to the north of us stays open 2 weeks longer than we do?! Don't tell me migration patterns down here are earlier because there are still blue wing teal in our marsh right now. Not a green wing in sight. Anyone share the same feelings as me on this? Not trying to be disrespectful by any means to anyone, I am just curious as to what the logic is behind the reasoning
I've always used just the average decoy spread with groups of big ducks and other groups of teal on the outsides spread out accordingly around the blind with a few landing strips in front of the blind. What decoy spreads to ya'll throw out in the marsh? Im sure ducks have to get used to seeing the same ol thing and i think i'm falling victim to this at times with gray ducks getting smarter and smarter with no fronts pushing new birds down. I'm looking for some ideas for a game changer guys lemme know what ya'll think
Anyone been seeing any Greenwing teal in south Louisiana?? Normally that's what saves our hunts but so far this year they just haven't showed up. We have been shooting a lot of gray ducks and even a greenhead for the first time on the lease but I'm wandering when my Greenwing teal birds are gunna make it down. We have never shot blue wings during big duck season and we have shot a few so far this year. Anyone know when those green wings are gunna show up in numbers like they normally do???
I'm heading down to the camp this weekend with a few friends to do some fishing and hang out. I have been fishing around mud lake, deer bayou, and lake merchant recently with little luck. I am going to wake up saturday morning early and go try some new areas. My first move is heading straight for Taylor's Bayou, Bayou D'west, and fishing areas in there. Does anyone have any advice for this area? I'm going to be fishing it hard around Mudhole Bay, I've never fished out here before so any input is greatly appreciated thanks and god bless
Been a while guys but I got a chance away from school and made a quick fishing trip Friday down to Dularge in search of some trout and reds in the marsh. I've heard some good reports the past couple weeks of trout showing up in good numbers in the marsh and lakes in Dularge so I had to go give it a try. We started fishing some reefs and cuts in Lake Merchant picking up a few fish here and there but most were small school trout. As the day went on we moved down to Sister Lake and Bayou Saveur with very little luck. We then made the move to some of my spots in Deer Bayou and started pecking away at some nice trout, reds, flounder, and bass. Even though the day was slow over all I still saw some good signs of the fish moving in. I guess the warmer weather and small tide had things messed up a little bit, but we ended the day with 15 nice trout, 1 red, 1 bass, and 2 flounder. The water looked nice and all the ponds are loaded with grass so I've got high hopes for this duck season. Saw some nice flocks of teal but we've still got a month and some cold fronts to push down those big flocks of gray ducks. All the fish were caught on matrix shads either tightlined or under a cork. Hopefully I can get back down there next week sometime cuz its only a matter of time until they start showing up thick. Anyone else been catching lately?
Hey guys I've got a question about my Boat and motor so if anyone else has a Honda 225 four stroke please feel free to chime in. I've got a 22 foot Triton LTS bay boat with a 225 Honda Four stroke on it. Since I have gotten the boat three years ago it has treated me very well. I always go easy on the boat never pushing it above 30 to 35 mph but I have a question on how many RPM's I should be pushing at that speed. Running the boat at 30 Mph my boat runs at about 4300 RPM's and at about 4800 RPM's the boat runs at about 33 to 34 mph. Is this normal? I know the Triton is a heavy boat and the top end speed of the four strokes isn't very fast, but I am hoping that running my boat at 4700 RPM's all the time isn't putting too much strain on the motor. I have only pushed my boat wide open maybe a handful of times and it goes about 47 mph, but speed is not my concern. 30 mph gets where I need to go safely and just fine to me. My question is, what is the safest RPM's to be running my motor while cruising to my fishing spots for the motor's sake? Is 4500 RPM's on average normal to be running these motors? The reason why I am asking is because I am just a college kid trying to prolong the life of my motor as long as possible. Thankfully our good Lord has blessed me with no issues with it so far, but if anything catastrophic were to happen to it then I would definitely be in a serious bind financially, which is why I am searching for a little advice. Any input is greatly appreciated. Also what RPM's for these big four strokes is the most fuel efficient? I have been searching online trying to get answers but not finding much. Thanks guys in advance for the any help or input ya'll have. God bless and happy fishing fellas
What's happening guys, I am looking for some advice on bringing back the color of my fiberglass bay boat. it is a red and white triton bay boat and the red coloring on the boat is faded pretty badly. I am trying to bring back the color myself. What would you guys recommend to get the faded oxidation spots off of the red paint on the sides of the boat and also on the center console? I have tried buffing it a while ago with a cheap chemical i bought at academy but It didn't last very long. Is there more I need to do to restore the gel coat other than buffing that liquid onto it?? thanks guys and god bless
For those of you that have camps out in the marsh or even anywhere in the swamp, how Do you guys go about disinfecting and cleaning out a little camp that hasn't been used in 3 or 4 years? We have been sleeping in it fine but still I would like to get it a little more sanitary. It is just one open room
Made my first offshore trip saturday with some great friends from Baton Rouge. We lauched and Jug's and off we were in the 22ft Triton heading far far south. We were blessed with great weather and flat calm seas. We ran about 45 miles south of the pass and hit a few rigs catching my first two cobia and my friends shot 15 decent Mangroves with their spearguns. We headed back inshore and hit a rig for trout on the way in and only caught one fish. The water was beautiful offshore but very muddy around the inshore rigs. We hit the marsh in my duck lease catching a few reds and drum then called it a day. After having a great summer chasing trout and reds it was nice to do something a little different. After only one trip I'm about hooked on offshore fishing. It amazed me how much life is out there, its a totally different world. We caught a nice barracuda and missed a few more King Mackerel because we weren't completely prepared with the right gear for them. Caught some small red snapper and some nice triggerfish but of course we put them back to swim another day. I will definatley be making trips like this more often as long as the weather allows. Teal season is right around the corner, so we put the bay boat up and about to get the duck boat ready. Rode around the marsh in dularge around Lake Mechant after we fished looking for teal and didn't see a single one. Hopefully its just a little too early, but we'll be there opening weekend waiting for them whether they are here or not!
I'm heading offshore out of dularge and planning on hitting a section of rigs in about 50-55 feet of water around 35 or so miles out because I'm limited to a small gas tank in my bay boat. Can anyone give me any information on what kinds of fish we could possibly catch in 50 feet of water around these rigs? We've caught cobia out there before but just interested if there is anything else out there worth fishing for
Fished the past 5 days down in Dularge with the crew from Cajun Country Outfitters. Started out Thursday night heading out to the Mardi Gras rig to try and hop on the trout and beat the heat but was greeted with muddy water and no tide yielding only 30 trout for the entire night of fishing. Saturday made a trip and ran east trying to explore some new areas and found a few nicer fish catching 40 or so nice trout all on plastics. Sunday was our best day by far we fished 2 boats and limited out in my boat getting our 100 trout pretty easily all on plastics fishing the huge tide at a couple rigs out of Western Dularge. Biggest fish I have caught down there ever most fish were over 18 inches. Seems unlike dularge but the long run rewarded us with some bigger fish. The other boat caught 35-40 nice trout all on plastics. Monday we headed out bright and early expecting to smack the trout again but we were met by rough seas and a pretty miserable run offshore. One of my buddies got seasick pretty early so we had to run back inshore with only 35 good sized trout. The fish are very finicky this year and it's definately an off year down in Dularge but with time and effort there are still some good numbers of fish to be caught. The best baits so far have been H&H swimbaits in the glow color this summer but matrix shad are still producing. The fish are very very finicky and I've watched many boats right next to me not catching fish just because they are fisbing too fast. Fishing slow slow slow like bass fisbing a worm on the bottom has been the key to catching the past couple weeks, especially as the day goes on. We have been using the strong currents and letting it take the bait for us doing most of the work. It may not work for everybody but just a few tips to try for the weekend warriors when y'all are out there. Go check out my friends at CajunCountryApparel.com with their new line of T-Shirts, longsleeves, hats and decals. They just got some new hats In stock that are a huge hit and are sure to please. Heading back down to Dularge tomorrow morning to go chase some more trout. Good luck out there guys, holler at me if you see me on the water
Over the past three weeks fishing out of Dularge has been heating up. When the weather is good, the fishing has been great. The key has been to find clean water and the fish have been stacked up on the various inshore rigs around Cocodrie and Dularge. Last wednesday me and a buddy limited out by 8 o clock on live minnows and that was the only day in the past 6 trips that live bait was needed. Fished all weekend and caught nice fish every single day. Sunday was the best day catching over 100 hundred nice fish anywhere from 16 to 22 inches. All fish caught on double rigged matrix shads. Surprisingly our best fishing has been as the day goes on due to the late tide movement the past few weeks. Find Clean water and you will find fish. Blacktip sharks have been an issue to past couple trips surrounding the boat 5 to 10 at a time but catching few on topwater is always a fun thing to do when the tide goes slack. I'll be out there again all weekend and a few days next week getting after the fish before summer hits us hard and the bite starts to slow down. Made a night trip last night out of Jug's Marina and was welcomed with strong winds and muddy muddy water but still managed 82 trout before we ran back in at 4 o clock. Go check out my close friend at Cajun Country Apparel. He's got some great stuff anywhere from comfortable shirts for fishing to decal stickers with a good Ol' Louisiana culture symbol. Go check out his stuff at CajunCountryApparel.com
Haven't been down to Dularge in over a month due to some issues that have been going on back here in Baton Rouge, but with all those settled and solved I decided last friday was a great day to get back on the water. Myself and two friends from home picked up my boat and got caught at the bridge by Falgout's opening twice.... So we got a late start, didn't start fishing until 7:30ish. We headed out to Lake Mechant and were greeted with perfect warm weather, calm seas, and beautiful water so my hopes were high. We bounced around almost every reef I know of in Mechant and Mud Lake and only managed to pick up a few trout at every stop. Surprisingly the water was extremely low but very clean. We managed catching 17 nice trout on Matrix shads but nothing like I had hoped. We would pull up to a reef, catch a few real quick then it would die down. Did not see a single flock of birds diving in the lake and didn't see a single shrimp popping. There was a falling tide all day with great conditions but I guess everything is about a month late due to the late, cold winter. I am still waiting on the shrimp to show up in the lakes then it should be game on. Before we left we did a little sightfishing in the shallow ponds off of Mechant and managed 9 quick reds and a nice bass. All of these were caught on spinnerbaits right next to the boat. With the low water the reds were a little more spooky than usual, but there's always some willing to eat no matter the conditions. I am hoping to get back down there this weekend to catch a few fish. Has anyone else been fishing down there lately with any success on trout?
Made another one of my frequent fishing trips down to dularge this morning because I had to drop my boat off at Pellegrin Marine in Houma this afternoon to get its annual service. Headed down early this morning with 3 friends from Baton Rouge, Elliot Diel, Corey Holmes, and Logan Messina from Dallas. We launched the boat at 6am and we were off to fish the bayous and marsh on the northeast end of Lake Mechant. We started off fishing the same spots we have been fishing since duck season ended that have been producing a bunch of redfish and occasionally some good trout bites. Today was all trout, by 9 am we had 40 in the boat then I decided to go try an area that I bass fish during the summer. Found a good canal with plenty current flowing through it with the incoming tide and plenty of cuts leading into the marsh. We started catching nice 16 inch trout consistently in the deeper water using green hornet matrix shads bouncing them off the bottom in the middle of the canal then made our way to the cuts leading into the marsh. It was game on from that moment on. I switched over to a green tsunami swim bait and we all began hammering the trout every cast in the shallower water. With 10 fish left to fill our 4 man limit I hooked into the biggest trout I have ever caught personally and just as my buddy Corey got him in the net the bait flew out of his mouth. God must have answered my prayers this morning when I woke up haha the trout was 25 and a half inches and anywhere from 5 to 6 pounds. Had a great trip out there today and can\'t wait for this weather to warm up and hit the lakes for some fast trout action. In a matter of 10 minutes I caught a bass, redfish and a 5 pound trout.... Nothing better than the DU! Ended the day with 100 trout, 2 reds, and one bass
Good luck out there and go get on those trout while this weather allows
Had a great time fishing beside Captain Rob Dupont and Captain Marty Lacoste early in the morning, they're always feeling Froggy lol Marty take care of my spring break glasses
Fishing in Dularge lately has been very good recently with the cold weather and now with some warmer weather approaching I am excited about what Spring time has to bring for down there. Most of the fishing I have been doing has been on the Eastern region of Dularge. Launching at Jugs and fishing bayous and canals anywhere from the Eastern end of Lake Mechant, mud Lake, and around the Bayou Saveur area. I do a lot of sightfishing for redfish during the late summer around Lost Lake and Lake Carencro in the surrounding duck ponds. I always see far fewer boats in these areas when I am out there. I have to think that these areas just don't get as much fishing pressure especially this time of year. I am fishing saturday and am planning on trying to find some good canals on the south end of Lost Lake.
Do any of ya'll have any experience fishing this area during the winter months and early spring like it is now?? I am hoping to find some good canals for trout fishing. I am going to start at Rice Bayou, and make my way East fishing areas such as Eagle Bayou, Eagle Lake, and Lake Pagie. I have never fished these areas before But I am just looking to explore a little and hopefully find some new areas with not as much fishing pressure. Very happy with the results we have been having lately around Lake Mechant but I'm eager for a day of exploration. Let me know if any of you guys have any experience fishing these areas this time of year
Made a trip yesterday with a couple of my buddies from Baton Rouge that normally join me down in the DU. On the way down we were excited about the warmer temperatures outside and the rising water temperatures. We were hoping so smack the trout like we did last monday but things didn't exactly play out that way. We launched at Jugs and were on our way for another day of fishing. We hit a number of canals from around Bayou Saveur, Mud Lake, and Lake Mechant with the same results. Picking up a few trout quick then everything would die off. The water was very clean and the tide was falling all day but for some reason the trout just didn't want to cooperate. After finally realizing the trout didn't want to bite for some reason we headed for the marsh around noon. Fished for a couple hours in shallow duck ponds and managed 18 redfish to salvage the day. All fish were caught on tsunami swim baits, H&H swimbaits and green hornet matrix shads in about a foot and a half of moving water outside of the grass lines. The sun stayed behind the clouds all day so sightfishing wasn't a possibility but we still managed to fill up the Yeti. Had a great time as always on the water even though the fishing wasn't amazing. Biggest surprise of the trip was when my buddy caught a tagged redfish that said Call this number for a reward! Going to call it in today and see what that has to offer. First tagged redfish caught out of my boat and hopefully many more to come