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I talked to a couple of anglers out at Lake Martin this afternoon, and from what the guys at the launch said, the sacs were biting this morning at dawn, despite the front that passed through this weekend. Fish have moved from the 8ft staging depth up into 4ft or less. A good chop settled in about 10am and the high sun turned them off.
Damian Miguez and Chad Vaughan were throwing buzzbaits for bass when I showed up, but had only just arrived and had no fish on the dock yet. The post-spawn is a tough time in the cypress trees.
There were far fewer anglers than I would expect on a mild spring Sunday. I guess it was mowing day?

April 25, 2010 at 7:22pm

My good buddy Guy Cuccio and his son spent Good Friday pursuing the sacs on Lake Martin in St Martin Parish. It was a great day to be on the water and apparently the crappie decided to cooperate. Congrats on some great looking fish!

April 04, 2010 at 6:47pm

Just a couple more images from Friday's trip. It's a shame I have to work tomorrow while Chris spanks them again.

March 31, 2010 at 9:04pm

Took a trip to Chicot with Chris Cole and his pal Johnny from work. Started the day off rather slow with the bream action, but managed to get into a few sacs towards the early evening.

March 27, 2010 at 11:23am

Went out to Chicot with Chris Cole and his pal Johnny from work. Started out slow on bream but managed to boat a few sacs on tube jigs in the early evening. Saw a few bass on beds, so should be worth the effort to give those a try.

March 27, 2010 at 11:17am

In Lake Martin every March in St. Martin parish, the crappie can keep you entertained for hours if your timing is right. While the fish usually don't strain the state record as they do each spring in Spanish Lake or False River, the cypress groves can provide plenty of enjoyable afternoons when the fish move into the shallows.

Recent cold weather seems to have delayed things a while, as my Sunday afternoon trip showed the fish were not holding in the cypress yet, as only a smattering of bluegill got involved with my blue and white jigs. I changed over to black and chartreuse just after noon and ended up catching several small bass.

It was a fine day to be outside, but only few sac-a-lait caught from the fishermen I spoke with. It should be only a matter of time before they turn it on.

February 28, 2010 at 6:57pm

Decent mixed bag of teal and woodies to round out the year. 4-man hunt near LeBeau. It is astounding to see how many blue wings are still here.

January 25, 2010 at 6:47pm

Make a scouting trip on upper Fordoche and in some potholes on the western end. I couldn't find the magic depth in any of my usual spots. This season has definitely been a challenging one for me, one of my toughest ever. There were a good bit of woodies moving around and a few family groups of ringnecks this afternoon but I didn't see any mallards or gadwalls. Things didn't look too promising, and my favorite spots at Sabine NWR have been lackluster. I plan on giving it a try at my buddy Damien's property on the edge of the Lafayette parish line later on this week. Good luck to all and stay safe.

December 22, 2009 at 10:03pm

Congrats to Jonathan Giles with this nice 8-pointer the week of Thanksgiving.

December 11, 2009 at 7:42pm

My nephew Tim McDaniel and his father Jonas hunted their farm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday with several other friends. The groups of hunters took 27 teal on Saturday, 28 teal on Sunday, and finished with only 5 on Monday. Of Sunday's take, my nephew Tim got his first banded bird, a blue-wing from New York. Congrats, Tim.

November 23, 2009 at 6:05pm

I hunted opening day with Calvin Chaisson south of Houma with limited luck, bagging two teal and two mottled ducks from two hunters. Mosquitoes were horrible out there. Didn't see any pintail or mallards.

I got a decent report from Sabine NWR from Chris Cole and Mike Reagle, but compared to previous opening days, it was definitely a step down. Mostly gads and teal.

Damien Simoneaux did better than usual in the Little Prairie area, and told me earlier that it definitely surpassed the previous opener, and if the trend continues, should be a good season out that way. Limited out with teal and grays on the opener, and on Sunday, 3 hunters with 15 birds, pintail, teal, and grays.

November 20, 2009 at 6:05pm

Make no mistake about it, this is usually the front that brings the first good group of ducks to Louisiana's marshes and swamps, and if the reports out of the breeding grounds are even half-truths, we should be poised for a good opening weekend. The amount of rain that fell with this recent front, however, may have some public-land veterans rethinking their opening morning strategies. I know that for me and hunting partner Garret Lamson, we just may have to hit the drawing board in the Indian Bayou WMA.
Usually if the river gauge is at about 12 feet, the spots that we hunt back in the woods hold some water. That usually isn't until the second split. Deer hunters I spoke to recently said that the river gauge was at 14 feet, and that was prior to our recent inundation with rainfall.
Sabine NWR veteran Chris Cole and I have been discussing the water levels this week and how it may affect that marsh for the opening day. He thinks that the gadwalls are definitely going to cooperate, as they aren't as depth-dependent as mallards or pintails. In previous seasons I personally have found that the latter birds will sometimes move to the landlocked potholes well off the main sloughs in periods of higher tide.
One area that will likely be affected by the recent downpours will be the rice belt between Lake Arthur and Kaplan. Today while driving out there most of the rice fields that I saw were soaked. In previous years Louisiana Sportsman forum members have reported the birds being spread out due to the large amount of water. Let's cross our fingers that this rain is not going to be a trend that leads to that result this season. I know there are a few hunters in that area that didn't think they would have any water on their lease that are now all smiles from this front. I would be interested in hearing how this water has affected other areas, if anyone would care to contribute. Good luck this season and don't forget to take a kid for youth weekend, even if it isn't your child.

October 30, 2009 at 9:50pm

I will be heading out to LeBeau on Thursday to check and see if Saturday morning is going to be a go. Hopefully this thread stays up and I will just add the report to it. So let's hear from the duckmen from the different regions of the state. Where are the teal?

September 08, 2009 at 8:13pm

Thought you might enjoy this photo from Johnny Giles of Comer, Georgia of a nice catfish he noodled up from under a log near the Broad River area. Congrats on a good fish.

June 27, 2009 at 7:27pm

I went out to Rockefeller Saturday afternoon with Chris Cole. The high heat and swarms of biting flies were not enough to keep the crowds away. Shrimp were slow to come by, and the majority of the crabs were smallish. There are a good bit of redfish in the refuge right now, and the right plan will no doubt end in limits. Mullet were working well but the bite quickly turned to fresh shrimp.

June 01, 2009 at 7:14pm

Water level in Henderson has been pretty constant in the past several weeks, and the old Kern's landing launch on the western levee is indeed reporting good bream catches. The bass action has been spotty at best, with most fish being 10 inches and below with an occasional 2+ lb fish being the most solid fish I have heard being caught. Most people are pitching crickets at bream around the treetops and sunken humps. The north flats have been the most productive areas from what I have heard at the dock.

May 29, 2009 at 6:48pm

Earlier this month, Chris Cole and a few buddies took a trip up to South Dakota to get involved with some snow geese during the conservation season. I was unable to attend due to work, and now am kind of wishing I would've just quit my job and went. Chris and the gang took many geese over the several-day hunt and were witness to a several bald eagles and flocks of wild turkeys. I am definitely going to burn some vacation next March.

March 26, 2009 at 1:52pm

Managed only 4 sparse sac-a-lait in the cypress out at Lake Martin this morning. Only a couple other people fishing ahead of the front, but that isn't too out of the ordinary during the work week. Released all fish as none were even in the one-pound range. Will try again two days after the front, hopefully things improve.

March 12, 2009 at 7:07pm

Hunted today in my little hole in the woods with my brother-in-law Garrett Lamson. Beautiful woods, nice morning. Not much flying. Had two woodies pass over early. Managed to pull down two drake mallards and a hen mallard.

November 27, 2008 at 10:55am

Good numbers of birds in the area. Mallards, teal, gadwall, spoonies, and woodies with a few mergansers to boot. Looks like some good ducks finally showed up. Just need a good quiet weekday to set up on them properly.

November 16, 2008 at 7:53pm
A comment titled: Congrats in response to a report titled: First Drake Pintail!

Thats a nice specimen. Glad to see someone is doing well this season!

December 22, 2009 at 10:05pm
A comment titled: We look like we just got back from 'Nam in response to a report titled: Enjoyable hunt

That picture will live in infamy. America's waterfowlers. Team America. The 43rd flyway infantry. Ok I'll stop.

Damien, you truly have done a remarkable job managing that land in such a short amount of time, and the birds have obviously appreciated it. I think this could be one of the better seasons out there for you and pops. The peppers and the teal will be reunited shortly. See you soon.

September 17, 2009 at 8:45pm
A comment titled: WOW! in response to a report titled: Blue-Winged Teal

Amazing. Your taxidermy was top-shelf, but I have to say, your skill in drawing is captivating. I am truly inspired, and think you could raise some serious money in a DU or Delta banquet auction behind that picture.

August 20, 2009 at 7:07pm
A comment titled: Spoiled redfish in response to a report titled: Rockefeller Reds 7-25-09

Those reds can sure be picky sometimes. That one trip we went on last year, they wouldn't touch my cracked crab and you limited out on mullet. Sometimes they want shrimp and won't touch mullet or crab. Interesting to see basically the same school of fish from the same marsh act completely different from time to time.

July 28, 2009 at 8:33pm
A comment titled: Buoy in response to a report titled: UNDER WATER DEBRIS

I dont think it would cost too much for the parish or state to kick in for a buoy on the site. Is there a plan in the works for this?

July 04, 2009 at 8:22pm
A comment titled: Congrats! in response to a report titled: "ONE FIRE"

90 trout sure is the way to do it! I'm glad to see you are having success in the bay. It is always better to fill the box in a place that can be so challenging at times. I wish you the best of luck for a repeat!

July 02, 2009 at 9:16am
A comment titled: Favorite fish to eat in response to a report titled: Lets hear it,Rank Order the best eating fish, top ten!

Duck Enticer, that is one nice looking picture right there. Now I see where you work the shrimp into the mix. =)

That being said, my top 10 list is not too far off from yours. Redfish is nice, but I would have to bump them for some fat bull bream fillets. It is more firm than crappie/sac-a-lait, but nothing makes a fried fish po-boy like some good mustard-battered bull bream.

June 16, 2009 at 6:31pm
A comment titled: Nice in response to a report titled: Good signs on Lake Henderson

That looks like a very healthy young fish, not your standard Henderson fingerling there. That is very much a good sign, especially in the numbers you are reporting. It won't be too long if the food is there and the storms hold off.

June 14, 2009 at 7:13pm
A comment titled: Oysterfish! in response to a report titled: lake p first spring trip

That has to be the biggest oysterfish I have ever seen! Looks to be over 12".

March 21, 2009 at 5:15pm
A comment titled: Haven't been since the front passed in response to a report titled: Fishing Fever

I caught some small sacs ahead of the front, but haven't made it out since. It has been a bit hotter than I would like these past couple of days. Hopefully we will have some overcast days this weekend. I will post a report if it isnt too hot.

March 19, 2009 at 8:29pm
A comment titled: Great fish! in response to a report titled: 97.5 LB AJ

What a tackle-buster! I bet it felt like being hooked into a Volkswagen.

March 12, 2009 at 7:10pm
A comment titled: A fox maybe? in response to a report titled: coyote or dog?

It's hard to tell the scale in the photograph, but it looks like an adult fox.

March 08, 2009 at 5:34pm
A comment titled: Sounds good in response to a report titled: FIELD REPORTER ???

Yeah I was joking too, but as I have recently found out, my humor is a bit hard to pick up on. I have hunted the area behind Amy's Grocery in the flooded cypress back there. My buddy Robert had a lease there last year. Lots of deer in that swamp too. I have also hunted the rice ponds between Henderson and Catahoula. More teal in the rice than anything in the past ten years.

January 01, 2009 at 6:12pm
A comment titled: Beaudog in response to a report titled: FIELD REPORTER ???

I'm not sure you would like it. I might call in some canvasbacks and then we would shoot them, thinking they were redheads, and both wind up with tickets. I'm just trying to look out for you. It's a long walk through the swamp at Indian Bayou WMA but I have a couple good mallard holes back there...or were they mottled duck holes..or teal...something....

January 01, 2009 at 5:30pm
A comment titled: Haha this is ridiculous in response to a report titled: FIELD REPORTER ???

Shallow water angler, it is because of people like YOU that my brother-in-law and I engineered this stunt. I have laughed about this all week, about how a handful of the users on this forum have nothing better to do than cause banter and heckle, and otherwise demean a great place to come together regarding the outdoors.

That being said, I welcome you to come to my house and take a look at the 16+ waterfowl mounts in my office, then tell me I don't know my duck species as I give you the personal guided tour. And if that isn't enough for you, I will even guide you on a hunt.

It is usually in my professional idiom not to stoop to the level of answering to anyone on this site who doesn't have a genuine question, but you sir, have nothing better to think about than me, so I will grant you the same.

As far as the post being pulled, I was unaware of it until I got a phone call from a friend who told me about your thread.

If you have some sort of deep-rooted desire to be a field reporter, you should apply. It's alot of fun. Good luck.

January 01, 2009 at 4:42pm
A comment titled: Wow in response to a report titled: squirrel mount?

He actually is partially melanistic. Still has a good bit of red in his cheeks. That is actually rarer than a fully black squirrel. Congratulations!

December 29, 2008 at 9:14pm
A comment titled: You keep getting better and better in response to a report titled: widgeon mount

Very nice detail on the birds crest. Keep it up man.

December 05, 2008 at 7:31am
A comment titled: Where did you take those fine birds? in response to a report titled: CLOSER

What parish were you hunting?

December 03, 2008 at 6:08am
A comment titled: Wow she picked a bird up? in response to a report titled: 1st Split Closure

That is amazing to see how far she has come in such a short time. Good job on that one for sure!

December 01, 2008 at 6:19am
A comment titled: Might be different this year in response to a report titled: Need somwere to go for a quick morning hunt

Hunted that levee many times over the past fifteen years. If they did indeed open it back up, then awesome. It was a shame when they closed it. I take it they took down the No Firearms/No Entry sign off of that yellow gate?

November 28, 2008 at 10:10pm
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