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Oh what a day this was! Yesterday we went to our camp in Theriot. I talked to several fishermen and a guide and was told that we should get out early in the morning and fish the diving birds in Lake Mechant.
At six am 4-19-17 we were off from the launch and headed south to Lake Mechant. We rode for thirty minutes or so and were crossing the lake headed for the other side when we saw diving birds (Sea Gulls), so we stopped and started fishing. The birds would move following the shrimp and we would follow. We were catching a few small fish, but nothing to fill our freezer.
My wife looked up and saw two boats bearing down on us and commented that they were coming to our fishing spot. I laughed and said that they could come on and catch nothing with us. I looked at the boats and one was coming off plane about fifty yards away and the other made a turn to the left and hit the first boat at full speed and jumped it! I saw people flying in the air…I could see the prop of the airborne boat spinning as it went over the first boat. This was in the middle of a huge lake, no fog!
My wife immediately called 911 and in a very calm voice told them we needed the Sheriff, Wildlife and Fisheries, Coast Guard, Medical help, and gave them our GPS coordinates. All the while I was screaming at her to sit down because I saw someone in the water. We got to the boats and they had fished out a 9 year old girl that had been ejected from the second boat and a 14 year old girl was still in the water. They were unable to get her out. I have a ladder on my Bluewave and was able to get her out of the water. The little girls were banged up a little, but their life vest saved them from drowning. The two men in the first boat were alive, which is a miracle. One had severe cuts to his head and arm and the other seemed to be just shaken up. The second boat was the boat the girls were thrown from and their grandfather was driving. He had some bad cuts on his face, arm, and leg. The Calvary showed up in about 40-45 minutes and administered first-aid.
I didn't mention that the driver of the boat that jumped the other was thrown to the rear of his boat. He didn't have a kill switch connected and his boat was going wide open as straight as an arrow until he was able to get back to the wheel. Normally the torque of the engine would have caused the boat to turn in circles to the right...thank GOD it didn't. No one would have been able to get close.
Be aware of your surroundings, wear your life jacket, and connect that kill switch to your life jacket.

April 21 at 11:01am

I am told there is an old method of tracking a school of trout by tying a balloon to a fresh caught fish and releasing it. The fish will return to the school and the balloon will be visible for the angler to follow. Does anyone know anything about this or has used it?

Thanks

December 07, 2015 at 7:54pm

I'm probably a little too late asking now, but I had trouble logging in to this site.

Anyway, my wife and I decided to try fishing the marsh and decided to go to Delacroix and launch at Sweetwater. We are inexperienced fishing for Specks and Reds and have never been to Delacroix. I am wondering if Sweetwater has maps of the area, the live or artificial bait needed, and any advise on where to start.

Do any of you have any suggestions?

Thanks, Buddy buddy@eatel.net

December 13, 2011 at 5:23pm
A comment titled: Re: Boating Accident in response to a report titled: Boating Accident

It has really made me rethink some of my actions. I posted this in hopes it may save someone from a dangerous of fatal accident. Kill switchs and live jackets are a must. I have no doubt that those two little girls would have drowned if they had not been wearing life jackets. But then again, GOD intervened, and I am thankful.

April 23 at 10:44am
A comment titled: Re: Boating Accident in response to a report titled: Boating Accident

The driver of boat A, was inattentive of his surroundings. His grand-daughter told us that they were talking with her grand-father just prior to the accident. There is no way boat B could have seen boat A coming from behind, short of turning around in the driver's seat and looking over his shoulder.
After seeing this accident I plan on buying a rear view mirror for my boat. It may not cover everything, but it just may be a factor in avoiding and accident. CHEAP INSURANCE.

April 23 at 10:38am
A comment titled: Underwater obstruction in response to a report titled: Lake Decade Submerged Object

I'm going fishing there tomorrow and if someone will give me the gps coordinates I'll drive a piece of pvc in the mud next to it. May save someone some damage or worse. Any reports on what the trout are doing?

December 11, 2012 at 11:13am
A comment titled: Boat Launch in response to a report titled: Verret launch

As soon as you cross the bridge into Pierre Part turn left and there is a bait shop and launch. Easy access to the lake. I haven't been there lately, but from past experience the Cracker Head area canals should be food for bass. I would try spinner-baits, trick worms, and lizards. Good Luck

January 06, 2012 at 12:50pm
A comment titled: Sweetwater in response to a report titled: Delacroix/Sweetwater Marina

My wife and I made our first trip to Delacroix Wed. 12/14 and asked where to catch a few fish. Two of the employees of the Marina pointed us to places on the map that were easy to find.

We went out and caught a few fish, had a great day on the water.

We will be back soon.

b

December 16, 2011 at 10:10am
A comment titled: Delacroix in response to a report titled: Information for Delacroix

Thank You.

Buddy

December 13, 2011 at 7:22pm
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