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According to the duck survey that just came out...we now have the highest number of birds in Louisiana in over 17 years. Read the story on the front page or click here:
http://www.louisianasportsman.com/details.php?id=10377

December 21, 2016 at 10:54am

Don't know if you saw the story on the front page of the site or not. We may have a new state record buck?

http://www.louisianasportsman.com/details.php?id=10322

December 12, 2016 at 5:36pm

Seems like every year we kill less and less birds in the first split. This weekend took the prize for the worst on record. 10 guys on Saturday and we killed 6. I think we shot a total of 15 shells. On Sunday, most of us slept in and got some work done around the camp. Only hunted two blinds on Sunday, they raised our average and came back with 4 between the four hunters. Ouch!!

I'm reading the reports from SW La, Delacroix, and the mouth of the river and it was a great opener on Sat with a marked slow down on Sun. Our lease is loaded with feed but it seems something is changing around Lost Lake area? Hopefully our season will turn around.

On a different note, seeing signs of the highly destructive apple snails all over the fresher parts of our marsh. I'm hearing stories of complete vegetation wipe outs in parts of Terrebonne Parish.

November 14, 2016 at 12:51pm

I'm stoked! Waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds flew the coastal marsh in SW La. And saw lots of ducks through out the survey. SE La. Do NOT get surveyed. We'll report on that later tonight. Hopefully the birds are spread throughout the coast? Heard from a few folks along the coast in the brackish marsh south of Houma and they were seeing lots of birds. I'm headed out da' camp. Good luck and be careful this weekend! If you can, post a report on Monday. From the front page:

http://www.louisianasportsman.com/details.php?id=10209

November 11, 2016 at 5:40am

How about parents posting some youth reports and pictures here. Would enjoy seeing the pictures and getting a few reports. The youth weekend will give us some insight on the season opener. My kids are all grown up now. Used to love the youth hunts!!

November 06, 2016 at 9:14am

My wife stopped on side of the road to fish and was able to film one of the most inventive minnow traps I've laid eyes on. Very simple and works.

October 10, 2016 at 1:46pm

We got the chance to fish Ride the Bull again this year in grand isle. The weather gave everyone a break and roughly 600 potential bull riders took off from Bridgeside Marina to fish Caminada Pass. My wife Ann was our only team member to catch a bull red. Over 130 bull reds were caught. The top ten fish were all close to 30lbs and over. 1st place went to 16 year old Brock Miller from Baton Rouge with a 34.56. Congrats Brock!!

August 30, 2016 at 10:03am

Most fishermen in Grand Isle know trout catching has been tough lately. Guess it's fairly typical for late summer around Grand Isle. Seems this weekend I finally starting hearing some decent reports around the island. We fished Saturday in the CCA Legislators tournament and had Representative Marcus Hunter and his family aboard. Having raised four kids on Grand Isle I forgot how interesting it can be to fish with kids!! Saturday was kids day.

Sunday I got the opportunity to fish with Representative Melinda White, her husband Danny and their son Parker. Parker was part of the LSU bass team and hadn't fished saltwater much - he took to it well! We ended up around the back of Four Bayou and caught a good mess of nice sized trout. We found 'em pretty late in the morning but they were hungry and willing to bite plastic. All fish were caught on a pearl colored swimbait.

The beach was pretty much impossible to fish all weekend. Apparently the tropical storm in the lower gulf caused some big rollers in the gulf all weekend and when they hit the beach it was time for a surf board!

August 08, 2016 at 2:06pm

Arrived at Sand Dollar just in time to take a picture of a world record 188lb junior world record tarpon. The girl, sorry I did not get her name, was fishing with none other than the famous Lance 'Coon' Schouest. They were trolling...of course a 'coon pop' invented by the Chouest family. 'Coon' tells me they were right out of Barataria pass within sight of the island. I hear that was where the majority of the tarpon were caught for the Tarpon Rodeo. I'm sure our internet editor, Pat Bonin, will have the story and the girls name soon on the front page. If any of you know her, please post her name. CONGRATS!!

August 06, 2016 at 3:20pm

What a day Sunday! Had been hearing the trout were a lil slow in the morning so we headed out to the rigs just off the beach in Grand Isle. Ended the morning with 15 nice mangroves, a lemon and lots of triggerfish we couldn't keep. Too bad you can't keep triggers in June and July - they are delicious. U would think the folks that regulate triggers don't want recs to catch any?
Seems the mangroves actually preferred the dead pogies to live croakers! Talked to the mangrove/lemon master - Captain Kenny with 'Bite Me' charters and he expressed the same sentiments. We free lined and used light weights, both seemed to work. The lemon fish also hit the dead pogies. We only boated one lemon, missed another bigger one. We ran from storms all morning and then got back to the camp for a fantastic fresh fish meal and got horizontal for a couple of hours.
When we woke up that afternoon there was no wind and nice and cool after all the storms. So we went look for some trout. First stop Independence island - dirty water, went to the beach and noticed hundreds of Pelicans feeding. The trout were thick, fat and biting!! Tsunami swim baits were the ticket. Beautiful afternoon, fished till dark and then ran back with the running lights. Don't get no better!

July 26, 2016 at 11:57am

Tommy Vidrine has been featured on this site and the magazine often. Looks like he's gonna be talked about some more! His lovely wife J-Lynn caught a 6.6 trout this morning and he had a pretty nice trout too. Beautiful fish!

June 25, 2016 at 2:58pm

Man what a fish!!! Toledo Bend is where it could happen to anyone. This is from the front page of the site. Just incredible. I can't wait to go in April. I caught two just under 8lbs last year. Hope I'm not too late in April? Congrats Kacy on a beast!

From the front page: He might not have expected it, but that's exactly what happened: the 31-year-old angler wound up landing the biggest Toledo Bend lunker of the 2015-16 season when he hooked into a gigantic 14.16-pounder.

We would joke throughout the day about catching 'the big one' not really expecting to hook up with a giant bass, Kacy Fisher said.

March 07, 2016 at 12:45pm

Toledo Bend is absolutely on fire!!! Made the annual trip with the Road Runners Bass Club from my hometown and it was on to say the least. Last Sunday I caught my biggest bass of my life, outside of some private ponds, to go just under 8lbs. And then on Thursday caught another big one to go 7.6lbs. My fishing partner and long time friend Greg 'Sausage King' Veron was 'da man. His stringer on Thursday was over 18lbs. We finished the tournament with big bass on both days and heaviest overall stringer. We mainly fished a weightless fluke in a watermelon red with the tail dipped in chartreuse. Others in the club that seemed to do well were fishing plastics also. We fished Indian Mounds, Housen was on also.

I've also included pictures of Chase Himel's 10 plus pounder from the same week and Lane Martin's 9.5lber. They are from St. James Parish also, they fished right by us the whole time and had a hell of week!

March 30, 2015 at 3:55pm

Man that was some good eating! My dad and Mr. Billy Bourgeois invited me to go sac-a-lait fishing yesterday and it was on. We launched under the bridge in Des Allemands and didn't have to go far to find 'em in a dead end canal.

We fished black and chartreuse and minnow colored tube jigs about 24' to 30' under a cork right near the grass line and out to 10' from the grass. We ended the day with over 40 nice ones about noon.

When you found the pretty black water, the sacs were there.

I fried a bunch up last night and they were delicious. Would enjoy hearing about your favorite way to cook them. Fried was obviously great, but want to try something different tonight. Thanks.

March 04, 2015 at 11:23am

Sportsman TV host and professsional bass angler Greg Hackney has just won the Bassmaster Elite Series tourney in NY!!

Congratulations Greg...a Louisiana hometown hero!

August 24, 2014 at 3:09pm

What's going on? I went to Grand Isle this past weekend and probably had one of my worst fishing trips in a long time. I saw very few people catching many trout. Talked to a few charter captains and they are downright concerned. Read Joe Macaluso's article in Sunday's edition of the Advocate and read where St. Cyr and Ed Sexton (two very respected trout fisherman) were concerned also. JUST NO FISH!! http://theadvocate.com/sports/9482816-32/veteran-anglers-concerned-about-speckled

I would love to hear from others around the coast and get their feelings.

I know that some areas will be doing well, where other areas may be off.

Let us know how you are doing. I'm concerned. Our editors are going to be looking into it in for the upcoming August issue. We will be looking at your comments for some guidance.

Thanks

June 23, 2014 at 3:32pm

Got the chance to sneak out of the office yesterday and headed down to Bayou Black with my good buddy, Greg (Goat, the sausage king) Veron for some bass fishing. We are fishing a benefit tournament Saturday with a weight in at St. James Boat Club so we needed a little practice. We had some decent action all day. The fish have definitely moved up. Just about every one that bit was one or two feet off the bank. I talked with Greg Hackney the other day and he fished Des Allemands early last week and the water temps were 45 degrees. Just about every canal we were in yesterday was 60-66 degrees. Talk about a quick warm-up! We did well swimming a jig or punching, caught a few smaller fish with a chatter bait. I would say it is on!

February 20, 2014 at 7:00pm

Doesn't get much better. Over the holidays had lots of great duck hunts. None more memorable than hunting with my lovely daughter Emma and her friends. If you have never hunted with a bunch of teenage girls, you oughta' give it a try. Plenty of laughs!

The other picture is from this past weekend. Went down Thursday, Jan. 2nd and pretty much everyone killed limits everyday until Sunday when the wind died. Greys, teal, and a few mallards and pintail to have some exotics for the bags. Had my boys, their buddies and the wife. Great times and great hunting.

I am truly blessed.

January 08, 2014 at 5:28pm

It's been so good I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming or in heaven. It all started on Nov. 14th when I went out to my camp out of Bayou Black Marina with the family and friends. Hunted Fri. thru Sunday and for the most part everyone took their duck limits back to the camp. Go to hunt with my wife, daughter and nephew which made it all the better. After the hunt we either caught big catfish off the dock or redfish in the marsh.

On Sunday, I got picked up at the dock and went to Grosse Savanne lodge south of Lake Charles. This place may be one of the top 10 waterfowl and goose hunting lodges in the country. Killed limits of ducks again with limits of specklebelly geese and a few 'eagle heads thrown in. After the hunt we went out in their private marsh and caught a stupid amount of redfish, some of the other guys went bass fishing and it was more of the same.

Got back to office on Wednesday and Thursday and then started to get the itch again with all the weather moving in. Meet up with my dad and few guys from the office and hunted Friday thru yesterday (11/25) and it was on big time. Lots of ducks looking to work. Easy limits everyday with more catfish, redfish and specks close by.

Was I dreaming? It don't get no better! Heading back to 'da camp soon.

November 26, 2013 at 9:52am

Nice opener at the camp below Dularge/Bayou Black. Saturday all 7 of us had limits of greys, teal, a mallard, pintail and a widgeon. Really an incredible amount of birds. All around us did very well also. Sunday was a lot slower with a few blinds limiting easily and the rest of us struggling for near limits.

November 11, 2013 at 4:19pm
A comment titled: Re: Is anyone killing any ducks? in response to a report titled: Is anyone killing any ducks?

Mandevillian, which public lands do you hunt mostly? My boys had great success in Venice in the first split and had decent success at the Wax in the second split. Like I said, we had a tough first split so they opted to do more hunting than usual on public land.
I'm wondering if anyone out there is hunting some of the northern public areas of the state? Curious how their year went?

February 01 at 8:01pm
A comment titled: Re: 157 5/8 Mississippi (Jackson point) in response to a report titled: 157 5/8 Mississippi (Jackson point)

Awesome!!

January 29 at 2:35pm

Great work Chas!

January 25 at 12:14pm
A comment titled: Re: Is anyone killing any ducks? in response to a report titled: Is anyone killing any ducks?

No doubt, the ducks do respond negatively to pressure. Reducing the amount of time running around the lease has helped some.

January 19 at 2:46pm
A comment titled: Re: Is anyone killing any ducks? in response to a report titled: Is anyone killing any ducks?

Been an interesting year for sure. We struggled mightly for the first 2 weeks of the first split and then slowly buy surely it got better as the season progressed. We had to hunt em though. Moved around a lot. Some mornings we had to move to another blind to get our birds. Rarely could we hunt a blind/pond two days in a row and kill limits. Made for a lot of work...resetting decoys, building blinds, cutting brush all season long. My boys, in their 20's, did better than me - they never run out of gas!
One thing about duck hunting in our area below Houma that keeps my blood pumping...always a challenge and every year is different. Gotta luv it, or stay home.

January 19 at 8:44am
A comment titled: Re: Massive Mississippi Buck in response to a report titled: Massive Mississippi Buck

That's awesome man. Congrats!!!

January 17 at 8:32pm
A comment titled: Re: What gets u hooked in response to a report titled: What gets u hooked

Sweet!

January 10 at 4:25pm
A comment titled: Re: Passing a tradition down! in response to a report titled: Passing a tradition down!

Great story...congrats to all!

January 02 at 7:32pm
A comment titled: Re: Geaux Tigers in response to a report titled: Geaux Tigers

Yes indeed! That was a heck of a game. Geaux tigers!!!

January 01 at 9:47am
A comment titled: Re: North Lake Mechant Marsh in response to a report titled: North Lake Mechant Marsh

Thanks for the warnings, glad you caught some fish!

December 29, 2016 at 6:03am
A comment titled: Re: Catch and Release Day in response to a report titled: Catch and Release Day

Captain Marty....just wanted to thank you for keeping us informed, for quite some years now, on the great fishing in your lil' paradise. A belated Merry Christmas to you and yours and may 2017 bring good tidings!

December 28, 2016 at 8:43am
A comment titled: Re: 2 Public Bucks Spot & Stalk in response to a report titled: 2 Public Bucks Spot & Stalk

Man that is awesome. Public land beasts! Good work, would enjoy hearing more on your spot and stalk techniques?

December 26, 2016 at 7:36am
A comment titled: Re: Best duck count in years! in response to a report titled: Best duck count in years!

Larry, thanks for the possibilities. They seem endless and will fuel speculation around duck camps for years to come! Not bad if you think about it....Mother nature and her creatures.
Merry Christmas to all. Once again Larry, THANKS!

December 25, 2016 at 4:36pm
A comment titled: Re: Best duck count in years! in response to a report titled: Best duck count in years!

Yep, went to the lease on Thursday and friday. The three of us killed 10 in 2 days. Rode the whole lease and very few ducks anywhere. I'm not sure they went north or not - I can remember duck hunting in short sleeve shirts and killing plenty of greys and greenwings. Wonder what LDWF's Larry Renolyds theory would be?

December 24, 2016 at 9:11am
A comment titled: Re: Food Plot Problem in response to a report titled: Food Plot Problem

Looks like you need to shoot a lot of does. Too many deer. They are eating everything in sight.

December 21, 2016 at 1:47pm
A comment titled: Re: Terrible in Delacroix in response to a report titled: Terrible in Delacroix

You are making me feel better...kinda. we've struggled this year at our lease in Terrebonne Parish too. Had a few hunts here and there with limits.

December 21, 2016 at 8:14am
A comment titled: Re: Personal Best in response to a report titled: Personal Best buck!

Nice buck. What area are you hunting in? Congrats on calming the nerves and getting a beast!

December 12, 2016 at 3:44pm

A stud man, congrats!

December 12, 2016 at 3:40pm

Nice man. Congrats!!!

December 08, 2016 at 6:43pm
A comment titled: Re: 20 pt giant bow kill 196 7/8 in response to a report titled: 20 pt giant bow kill 196 7/8

Wow, a beast. Hope to see him at the Sportsman Show in Gonzales!

December 05, 2016 at 7:28am
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