The catfish bite has slowed considerably. Had to resort to running a couple of cut bait trot lines to make up for the lack of rod and reel activity.
More pics from the Locust Bayou fishing trip.
My daughter Brooke Allen, her husband Sam and kids Ava and Baylor had a very successful red fishing trip down at Locust Bayou today. They fished several different spots without much success, until they hit Locust Bayou. They battled bull reds and bull black drum almost non stop for several hours. Shrimp, crawfish and cracked crab were the bait. Bright sunshine and almost calm conditions, made for a very enjoyable and memorable day of fishing with the family.
My 78 year old dad, Raymond Aucoin, has been out of commission (fishing wise) for nearly a year. I was honored to take him down to Bayou Dularge this morning and serve as his personal photographer and his chief deck hand. He proceeded to land one big bull red after another, just like he has done for many, many years. He caught the first bull red 15 seconds after casting out the first line. It was just that kind of day for him and I loved every moment of it! If you don't think the man was on fire, check out the photo of the 20 lb bull red with the spots aligned to read 'RA', you know like 'Raymond Aucoin'. The man was even catching personalized fish! Haha! Seriously though, it was a very enjoyable day getting my dad back on the water where he truly belongs!
Well after Baylor's Mom and big sister put it on him last week catching the most and biggest cat fish, Baylor set out yesterday to regain his title. Brooke and Ava, stayed home and gave him a chance to redeem himself, while his dad, Sam and I were his deckhands. Baylor responded with the biggest catfish of the day and even a rare sheepshead for the most exotic fish of the day. All is right with the world, as Baylor has once again become, 'THE FISHMASTER'! Take your kids out fishing, it really is a blast!
I don't think we will be changing Baylor's nickname from 'Fish Master' to 'Eel Master' any time soon!! Haha! He hauled in this big sucker and then did not want to have much to do with him once he got in the boat!
My daughter Brooke, decided to join us on an impromtu afternoon fishing trip. Baylor 'Fishmaster' Allen and big sister Ava Allen were co captains for the trip down to Fool's Point. It was very windy, but still pleasant weather. Using river shrimp, we were able to catch enough for a nice meal in a couple of hours. Brooke caught the biggest catfish of the day, Ava had the second biggest and The Fishmaster caught a huge eel. Great fun with my loved ones.
My 6 year old grandson Baylor 'The Fishmaster' Allen had a blast reeling in some nice freshwater cats at Fool's Point near Berwick last week. Check out the action pics I took. What a joy it is to experience his excitement with each and every catch.
Tired of looking at pics all of those big bull reds on the site. Decided now that hog season was over, it was time to get us some! Randy Levingston and I traded our hunting weapons, for rod and reels and headed down to Dularge. We quickly each hooked up with nice 20 pound plus bulls, but just as quickly found them hard to find for the rest of the afternoon. Beautiful day to fish though, light winds, bright sunshine, life is GOOD!
My six year old grandson Baylor Allen really put it on his Pop and Grandpa. We took Baylor fishing Sunday down to Halter's Island. He caught 6 reds and two nice freshwater catfish. His biggest red was 26 inches long and 7.50 lbs. Let's just say my Dad and I caught less than Baylor did...a lot less! Haha! We fished with shrimp and Gulp. Nothing like listening to your grandson talking smack all morning. It was like 'Hey Pop, I am the FISH MASTER!!!'
What a great day it was, with 3 generations having a good time on the water.
We got this buck on game camera on 1/15/16 at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. The antlers appear to be in velvet of some sort. Not sure what it is exactly. Anyone ever see anything like this before at this time of the season?
My good buddy Nelson Dupre shot this beautiful buck on a recent trip to Texas. The coloring on the head is awesome in my opinion.
Lot's of nice bucks were taken in recent weeks at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. Pictured is one taken by my buddy Randy Levingston. Check out my blog Public Rambling in the coming days for details.
I have posted many successful reports about fishing in Dularge, unfortunately this is not one of them. My son in law Sam took his son Baylor and a couple of buddies from Georgia to try to catch some bull reds and black drum. They called ahead to be sure Jugg's had some crabs for their bait. They were assured that there were plenty. Problem is when they got to the landing a short time later, no one was answering the phone and the door was locked. They decided to launch anyway and hoped to find a crabber to sell them some small crabs to use for bait. As luck would have it, not a crabber was found and they resorted to using Gulp for bait. That did work out very well and they only caught 2 small black drum. Their fortunes did change the next 2 days as they tried Locust Bayou and hit the bull reds big time. - See more at: http://www.louisianasportsman.com/lpca/index.php?section=reports&event=view&action=full_report&id=192847#sthash.Z7aBNta9.dpuf
In early November, my son in law Sam Allen, took his two buddies, Matt Garrett and Michael Davis, who are from Georgia, out for 3 days of fishing for bull reds. After the first day did not work out in Bayou Dularge, they decided to try going down the Atchafalaya river to Locust Bayou. In the next 2 days of fishing, they caught all the big bull reds and bull black drum they could handle. They also had many more break off the 30 lb test line and steel leaders. It seemed the big fish were stacked up in their location. They used live crabs for bait. The guys from Georgia had a blast and plan to come back again next year to try this again. -
The bow season is in full swing down at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. We have been off to a slow start relative to our deer sightings, but I did arrow a nice hog on a recent trip. That was quite a thrilling hunt for me and you can read more on my column Public Ramblings linkhttp://www.louisianasportsman.com/details.php?id=8816.
We have made a few more scouting trips down to the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. The last one was particularly nice as the weather was very cool and the bugs laid down somewhat. Finding increased sign and trails. The last trip showed that some of the ponds now have water in them. Last few trips they were bone dry. Snakes were plentiful, which is to be expected at this time of year. Still hoping for a nice cool front for the opener on October 1st.
My buddy David and I took a scouting trip down to the Atchafalaya Delta WMA early this morning. We saw 3 does and 10 million mosquitos and deer flies. The vegetation, as expected, is very thick and makes walking quite a chore at spots. The main thing we noticed is that due to the high water, quite a few new sand bars have popped up. This morning was high tide and the water has just begun to drop. When it finally bottoms out and we have a low tide period we can really see what we are facing. I would advise anyone venturing down the river to not cut any corners and be prepared for some new, very shallow spots. You might want to update your GPS tracks on a low tide day, because when it is dark and or foggy, the trip there and back may be quire perilous.
If you have never heard the screams of delight from little ones trying to crank in huge bull reds or bull black drum....well you should! It is so much fun to watch them do battle with those big fish. In some cases the fish actually weighs as much as the little fisherman. We had a blast once again down in Dularge. Grandkids Baylor and Ava and their dad, Sam, caught several big bull reds and some bull black drum this morning. It was not nearly as hot as we thought it would be, with a constant nice breeze keeping the temps down.
Took the family fishing down to Dularge this morning. The kids hooked up on some nice bull reds and bull black drum. My grandson Baylor's 6th birthday is Wednesday and he has made this an annual fishing trip on the week of his birthday. His sister Ava did land the biggest bull red, but Baylor also caught a very nice red as well as several black drum. As usual for Dularge, it was a very fun trip.