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First off I have to give credit to Capt. Bill Lake of Bayou Guide Service, what a classy guy. I haven't fish in a while with all of the hunting and Mardi Gras festivities, so I shot the Capt. an email asking if could give me a general idea of where to fish as he has been posting so great reports. Within 15 minutes he called me and starting giving me exact locations of where the fish were. I was so impressed at how much info he was willing to release, if you need a guide I would highly recommend him just from this experience. Now to the fishing, we struggled for sac-a-lait as the Capt. said we would with the dirty water that has moved in. However, the bass fishing was wonderful, we morked them over on watermelon red flukes, just letting it free float then twitching every once in a while and the bass would attack. Never caugth the real big ones but the majority were solid 1.5-2 lb fish. Released the bigger ones and kept a few for a Mardi Gras afternoon fish fry. Good Luck Fishing and thanks again Capt. and I owe you a deer hunt.

February 22, 2012 at 9:10am

A memory of a lifetime. My dad (closest friend and hunting buddy) invited me along with a few close friends including Capt Ricky of Speck Chaser Charters to make a muzzleloader hunt in Oklahoma the past 3 days with him. We have a deer lease in between Clinton and Amite and spend every Weekend hunting togther there so I was thrilled at the opportunity to see some new terrain and spend time with my dad. Dad had killed a doe and a very nice eight and I had killed 2 does by Sunday afternoon. Our last hunt monday morning, I asked dad why don't you come sit with me. It has been years since we actually hunted togther in the same stand. Well, we decide that is the plan we get to our spot get set up and at about 8:30 we see our first deer and (limit in Oklahma is 2 does and 1 buck) I am thinking it is a doe but dad glasses it and says it is a big eight. Well at 123 yards I squeeze the trigger and a huge cloud of smoke slowly clears to my heart ready to jump out my chest and some heavy breathing. We wait a little while and start making our way to where the deer was standing when I shot and no sign of a hit. Now my heart is sinking, so we both head different directions and start making small horshoes to try and find anything that would resemble a hit. 30 yards into my horseshoe and I hear the grass moving in front of me and see horns moving. I lowered the muzzeloader and finished him off. Wow!! what a feeling after a few hugs, some loud victory screams and some shed tears I had my largest buck to date and I got to share the whole hunt with my dad who I was in stand with when I killed my first buck at 8 years old. This memory is at the top of my list and I can't wait to make these memories with my 14 month old when the time is right. Thanks again Dad!

October 26, 2011 at 10:36am

I hunt in St. Helena parish between Mount Pelier and Clinton and I was wondering if any of you have experienced seeing a spotted fawn that had to be less than 20 lbs this late in the season. On Friday, the 31st I had a very small spotted fawn come within 5 yards of my ground blind. I was in shock as that is last thing I expected to see. I never did see Momma. Also, besides the fawn, 2 does were seen this weekend. Deer sightings and sign has really diminished over the last couple of weeks.

Happy New Year,

January 03, 2011 at 8:36am

The fishing has really been on the last couple weeks in bayou black. I enjoyed fishing with a great customer on Tuesday 7-20-2010. We fished till about 11:00, catching lots of goggle eye, a few bass and sac a lait for laginappe. All of the fish were caught about 2 ft deep on blue-white and black and chartruse tube jigs. This saturday I really enjoyed fishing with my best bud and fishing partner and did very well. We only fished till about 9:30 and really left them biting. My ole man was a little rusty on his freshwater water skills as he forgot this is not 3-4 lb trout we were catching. LoL. Once he got the hang again he put me to shame on Blue and white tube jigs again about 2 ft deep. I really enjoyed the great fishing with my dad and can't wait to do it again. I will be checking out for a couple weeks as the new fishermen of the family will be born very soon. Good luck fishing!

July 26, 2010 at 9:49am

Wow! Through some friendly conversation my dad and I were able to become friends with a couple of guys from Alabama. We decided to trade fishing trips for them to take us deer Hunting on there lease in Sumeter County Alabama. Well, we were able to put them on some of Louiana's finest fishing and they inturn repaid us with a hunt of a lifetime. My dad and I were both able to successfully bag good bucks. I killed an average buck for there land and thought I was going to be able to finally out do the ol man but he really came through with a magnificient 200 plus 7 point with a broken browtine. The antlers measured 25.5 inches from the base of the skull to the top of the mainbeam. I can never thank these guys enough for the opportunity to kill my biggest buck and be with my dad (best friend and hunting partner) when he killed such a beast. Both deer came out by themselves but were definately looking for a lady friend.

January 15, 2010 at 2:28pm

Had a wonderful time this weekend with my wife and good friends. All fish caught on gold spoons and flukes behind Lumcon in lower Cocodrie. Had to work hard to fill the box but patience is a virtue. On Friday, My wife and I got an early start but there was no easy limits coming. Finished at 11:00 with out limits of Reds. Saturday fished with my buddy Eddie and same story. Working the ponds in about 1 to 2 foot of water. You literally had to hit them in the face with the bait to make them bite. Good luck fishing!

August 05, 2009 at 10:31am
A comment titled: Re: Capt. Ricky in response to a report titled: Capt. Ricky

Wow! What an unselfish move. Capt. Ricky is a class act on and off the water. Way to set an example of what a sportsman is supposed to be Capt.

April 21, 2015 at 1:21pm
A comment titled: Awesome Trip Capt. in response to a report titled: Dularge

That sure is a pretty box of trout. You can't beat catching big trout while spending time with your wife. Funny how the day before, everything was on plastic and the next is cocahoes. Got to give them what they want. Let me know when you or Capt. Bill need a deckhand as I really enjoy learning from the all of the experience and knowledge yall have collected over the many years.

May 08, 2012 at 9:54am
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Dularge Trout Fishing

That sure is a nice camp you have down there Capt. Thanks for the advise on where the Big sals would be waiting on me. We sure had a great time. You definately have an elite crew as that was a lot of fish to hit the dock. Attached are a couple pictures of our limits.

May 08, 2012 at 9:43am
A comment titled: Persistence in response to a report titled: Windy weekend on the 'DU.'

Capt. Ricky did prevail in some tough conditions. It has been a long time since I saw constant waves that big in Mechant, but the experience and knowledge of the water Capt. Ricky has definately saved the trip. Good thing he is a good Capt., because if I remeber correctly out of all of the fish put in the boat, only one came from his fishing pole. ;) (I know Capt. Ricky, you were just making sure every body else was catching) haha. What a great guy and I would definately recommend anybody looking to learn or experience the DU give him a call. I really enjoyed the trip and look forward to duing it again soon.

April 18, 2012 at 3:01pm
A comment titled: Congrats in response to a report titled: Juliannah Grace Lovell has arrived!

Congrats Capt. Travis! Please tell mom I said congrats as well. She is beautiful. I hope she gets your fishing abilities. Congratulations again and I know yall will be wonderful parents.


July 19, 2011 at 8:17am
A comment titled: RE in response to a report titled: This week's fishing

The last I saw you is the last time I have been, been chasing after the bass and sacs lately. We ended finding them after I saw you, I went back into the canal where I started and ran till it ended into the marsh, which led back to another canal. I followed that canal till it dead ended and caught the fish there with flukes and silver spoons. Thanks again for all of the help and I am anxious for the winter time when they pile up in the deep water.


June 13, 2011 at 1:22pm
A comment titled: Awesome Catch! in response to a report titled: This week's fishing

Nice catch Capt. It was great meeting you at the oilman's and also seeing you on the water. It is not often, someone is so willing to share their spots and how to, but you were very open and honest and I can only respect you for that. That is an awesome set up you got for the shallow water reds. I would definately recommend anyone wating to catch fish in a nice setup give you a shout. Thanks again for the advice and I look forward to seeing you on the water soon.


June 13, 2011 at 8:41am
A comment titled: Motley Crew in response to a report titled: Sunday on the 'DU.'

Awesome Catch Capt. That is a good looking crew you got on the Big Triton. I am surprised to see you got that guy in the background to put down his rifle and go after something without horns on its head. I talked to him yesterday and he said he had a blast as the fishing was as good as the company. Wish I could have made it but I had a prior obligation with the wife. Call me if you ever need a deckhand.

June 06, 2011 at 8:47am
A comment titled: Great Job! in response to a report titled: Day 1 of the Oilman's Rodeo - 05.27.2011

Awesome catch Capt. Travis, those bronze beauties do not stand a change with you. It was great meeting you the other night, and I have to say you are stand up guy. For someone to share so much of your knowledge with a rookie like me, you customer's must really get the full experience when hiring you. I would definately recommend anyone wanting to fish the dularge area to hirer you, Capt. Bill, or Capt. Ricky, as I have now met all of you and can say that yall are a great buch of guys with an abundance of knowledge. Good luck and hope to see you soon. Good luck


June 02, 2011 at 2:04pm
A comment titled: Specs in response to a report titled: Cocodrie

The spec bite is on fire right now. Of course the fish are along the beaches and near by structures, but I would not suggest going that far in your boat. My best suggestion would be to stay in Bay St. Elaine and fish the reefs and islands. If you feel brave and the wind is not to bad you can also make the run to the sulpur mine in Pelto, we caught some really nice fish there friday.

Good luck and let us know how you do,

May 18, 2011 at 9:35am
A comment titled: Crappie Magnet in response to a report titled: Sac a lait Bait

My favorite bait for Sac a lait are crappie magnets. You can order them on the below website. My favorite colors are midnight blue and white and chartreuse.

Good Luck,

May 18, 2011 at 9:28am
A comment titled: Capt. Bill L. in response to a report titled: Crazy Redfish Action!

All I can say from my unbias opinion of Capt. Bill, he is a classy, stand up guy, who really does not have to proove anything to anyone. He is the best at what he does and his post proove it. He has always been helpful to me and give me great advice to improve my fishing capablities and fill the box. Keep up the great work Capt. Bill and crew.

April 25, 2011 at 8:21am
A comment titled: Nice Catch in response to a report titled: Windy Redfishing

Nice catch Capt. in less than favorable conditions. Do you rig those salt water assasins weedless? The grass sure gets thick in the back of boudreaux and just wondering what you do to keep your baits weedless in that thick grass. Thanks in advance

April 11, 2011 at 3:12pm
A comment titled: Nice in response to a report titled: Dularge Trout Fishing

Capt. Bill, that is a true quick limit. Where can I get some of the blue back swim baits. Also, Let me know when you need an extra man on board. Unlike Capt. Ricky, I will even bring you deer hunting. LOL. Nice Catch!


January 20, 2011 at 9:13am
A comment titled: Great Trip in response to a report titled: Deer Hunting

Congrats on the harvest guys. Capt. Bill, be honest, did Ricky make you clean all the deer by yourslf. I know how he operates. LOL. Really great trip and I know dad was sorry he couldn't make it, but his horseshoe led him to yet another big rack.


January 12, 2011 at 9:50am
A comment titled: Capt. Bill in response to a report titled: Dularge Trout/Redfish Action!

Capt. Bill, After a cold front, how long does it take for the fish to move out of the deeper water back to the reefs and shallows.


January 03, 2011 at 3:12pm
A comment titled: Capt. Ricky in response to a report titled: Very Late Season St. Helena Fawn

I definately had to focus my eyes because I could not believe what I was seeing. Had it taken an extra step, I would of had a new pet. As far as the deer, we went from getting 300 to 400 pictures of deer with multiple bucks to very few pictures of just does and young ones. All of the scrapes that were fresh and being hit regular to filling up with leaves and looking abadoned. Nothing is coming to our food sources and the only deer seen this weekend is when I went in to there bedding areas. Prior to what we THOUGHT the rut was going to be we were seeing deer regularly and had huge expectations of when the rut was going to start deer would be everywhere chasing but that has not been the case so far?

January 03, 2011 at 2:51pm
A comment titled: Nice! in response to a report titled: great afternoon

Man. It would sure be nice to get a call from a good friend every once in a while.


June 14, 2010 at 8:26am
A comment titled: NIce! in response to a report titled: meat for da pot

Way to go Luke!!! We need to get together soon and start working on the fish.

January 22, 2010 at 8:20am
A comment titled: Cheap Gun in response to a report titled: Tensas NWR

I did hear there is a gun for sale for real cheap. Haha. All I know is Capt. Ricky sure makes it hard to sleep in your stand if you are anywhere near him. lol Hang in there Capt. this weekend should be perfect and good luck to yall.

December 01, 2009 at 2:22pm
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