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:
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?
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.
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:
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!!
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.
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!!
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.