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Well guys I havent been to the site much latley mut have received about 40 emails in the past few weeks about my white perch set ups and tactics. So I thought Id post this agian to help you guys out....good luck.

I have had different type ‘honey”hole brush piles up here on Toledo for 30 years and have caught every kind of fish on them. There is a secret to it I have figured out through trial and error with every different type of brush you can think of. Once you establish a habitat like this its there for life with almost no maintenance. Start by finding an area in 15 to 30 feet of water near a creek or drop off not necessarily on the edge of it… just close. Being close to deeper water gives the fish a sense of safety that they have deep water to retreat to. You need an area about 60ft to 80ft. in diameter of good bottom with not a lot of snags or brush.

Start with three to six plastic drums depending on how many you want to use. For this were going to say six for a big area, take two barrels and cut nickel to quarter size holes in them all over the sides and top. Make them look like Swiss cheese. Poor about two or three gallon of cement in the bottom of all six barrels and let it set up hard. The cement helps them sink and stay on bottom. Place these two barrels on the bottom on the outer edges of the plot. This gives your small bait fish, grass shrimp, and hatchlings plenty of safe haven. Take two more barrels and cut holes the same way in it but this time the size of the top of a coffee cup or say 2 to 3in. across… place them on opposite side from the other two barrel's in the plot. These two barrel's will provide a place for the older hatchlings, small bream, and other bait fish. Take the last two and cut large 5 and 6 inch holes in it and place one on opposite end from each other. This will provide cover as they get larger.

Take about 10 to 15 five gallon buckets cut in half and fill the bottom half...half way with gravel. Place them in groups of 5 to 7 fairly close together in two different areas well away from each other. This makes a great place for your bluegill and goggle eye to start beds. Which in the long run they will move gravel out of buckets and make there own beds around yours to form huge beds sometime 100ft across.

Now in the middle of all this that you have been placing around perimeter of your plot you want to put several PVC trees various heights. Here’s how you make them. Take a gallon bucket and stand a 3” piece of PVC pipe upright in it with cement in the bucket till it hardens. PVC can be any length your comfortable with from 4 to 12 ft tall depending on the depth of the water your putting it in. After cement has dried, drill holes in it across from one another to slide ” or 1”PVC horizontally in through the pipe till it stick out equally with about 3 to 4 feet sticking out each side. Do this all up and down the 3in. PVC till it looks like a tree. After you have made the trees, place them all throughout the middle of the plot standing vertical like trees. If you let them down preety fast the bucket of cement will do down into the silt and mud and help them stay standing vertical. White Perch love these trees. They stage at diff depths around them. They spawn in and around them and it provides a natural forage for them.

The key to keeping large amounts of white perch in an area for a long period of time is easy; FOOD, SHELTER, and a place to SPAWN. You just made all three and don’t know it yet. The one key I have learned in 30 years of white perch fishing is a small word that means a lot......ALGAE. If you have a good supply of algae you have fish year round. White perch love grass shrimp, small minnows, photoplankton and small creatures that all feed on algae. You just placed all kinds of plastic drums, buckets, and PVC trees that don’t ever break down in nature and do nothing for the rest of your life but serve as a home for algae to grow forever and as thick as hair. Which in turn bring plankton, grass shrimp, and minnows forever.....and you just gave all off those creatures safe havens in the drums to reproduce. You’ll have white perch and other fish there forever. In time you’ll fish the outskirts around all of this habitat for huge Bass, nice Catfish, and Bream bigger than your hand. You never have to worry about re-baiting a hole or brushing it up. You’re done for life. In less than a month you’re catching limits with little effort. The hardest thing to do is keep people from seeing you on your spot from now on.

There are two more advantages. One is PVC doesn’t bounce back on most modern sonar so people can’t see it as readily as with the older type depth finders. Second you’ll never get your hook hung up again…it just slides right off of PVC. I can’t tell you how many boxes of hook and bags of sinkers I have lost on Christmas tree, bamboo, and regular brush piles. I do occasionally drop a sack of range cubes,cotton seed cake, or dog food into my habitat just to feed them and attract some fresh fish into the area but I have noticed it isn’t necessary.

February 06, 2009 at 7:17pm

1bigdeer here is 2 good pics to compare size dif. between the black and white crappie (sac-a-lait) species. The blacks weighed 1.92 and 1.74 but they are basically the same length as the white that is 2.76

February 22, 2008 at 12:20pm

Just a few pics from game.

January 10, 2008 at 6:44pm

Fished the last two weeks all over the south end of the lake. Limited out several times on bass and white perch on various days. Bass are hitting about anything moving in the 5 to 12 ft. range (rattletraps spinner baits crankbaits lizards stick baits you name it). Up on the banks a few of the bigger fish have moved in hittin trick worms, carolina rigs, drop shots, texas rigs and a few jigs dropped in on them. White Perch are moving into the grass beds on the shallows great right now. Limits can be caught quickly trolling jigs behing the boat or setting up and casting at a pile of them on sonar. Even some huge slabs being caught on the creekbanks in 20ft. at night. Good luck

March 22, 2007 at 1:44pm

NOTICE OF INTENT ON BIG EXOTIC CATS PASSES AT FEB. 1 L.W.F.C. MEETING
Release Date: 02/02/2007

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a notice of intent that would make it illegal to import, possess, purchase or sell a big exotic cat within the state of Louisiana.

Big cats covered under this proposed rule include tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, cougars or mountain lions and all subspecies and hybrids of the cats listed.

SO DOES THIS MEAN WE CANT KILL AND KEEP THE ELUSIVE "BLACK PANTHERS" HERE IN THE STATE NO LONGER???? IS THIS A ATTEMPT BY THE WLF TO SHUT US DOWN IF WE SEE ONE.

February 08, 2007 at 9:12pm
A comment titled: Re: Brewers Duck in response to a report titled: Brewers Duck

Nice Brewer's aka=Gadwall X Mallard.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&sqi=2&ved=0CCsQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fneblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov%2F2014%2F02%2Fbrewers-duck%2F&ei=qp3PVICpJI22yATM4IGgAw&usg=AFQjCNH3aliFSMZ1itWInBGUCRYX6mKICQ

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&sqi=2&ved=0CDMQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmurphbirder.blogspot.com%2F2013%2F12%2Fbrewers-duck-gadwall-x-mallard-hybrid.html&ei=qp3PVICpJI22yATM4IGgAw&usg=AFQjCNFPK8SbSMlfD_ZOJrNv-XsNy8j2fA

February 02, 2015 at 9:56am
A comment titled: Re: Hunting Season results in response to a report titled: Hunting Season results

Great year on Toledo Bend as well

January 26, 2015 at 8:18am
A comment titled: Re: 35 whelen opinion in response to a report titled: 35 whelen opinion

You will not be disappointed in the 35 Whelen. My entire family shoots the load and has shot it for years and years on our stands less than 250yd shots. It has gained crazy popularity recently and hard to find ammo but its a solid load.

January 20, 2015 at 8:47am
A comment titled: Re: waterowl ID in response to a report titled: waterowl ID

Guess my first thought is a Drake Blue Wing Teal crossed with a Spoon Bill(northern shovler) has all the Drake markings of both...

Trophy for sure.....rare bird

January 19, 2015 at 11:58am
A comment titled: Coots in response to a report titled: Coot Recipe

Last day of the season after we pick up decoys we usually go on a Coot slaughter Kill about 100 or as many limits for people we got....spend all afternoon drinking beer talking about the season and breasting and bagging them to fry all year or add to a gumbo. Just cant beat that fried up with some fish fry or in a seafood gumbo.

January 09, 2015 at 7:57am
A comment titled: All about that Bill in response to a report titled: Sea duck in south Louisiana

That Bill gives it away for sure...Nice Scooter...Have had a couple come by me up on Toledo Bend late in the hunt and I was tight on my limit and I couldn't Identify them fast enough to shoot them. Had two drakes in the flock....Missed out on a rare trophy for our area no doubt. Nice

January 08, 2015 at 8:01am
A comment titled: Technology in response to a report titled: Warning

This is 2015. Everyone has a smart phone, a GPS, or maps that are posted all over sites and at stores to find coordinate boundaries of public lands. You might not know who's land it is But you damn sure know who's land it ISN'T and it ISN'T yours. So stay off of it and out of the waterway to and from it. No need for signs, gates, fences or otherwise. Any descent hunter tracks out and thinks about the path or hunt they are gonna make the night before. It is your personal responsibility to know where you are. And if found in violation should never be a warning.

January 05, 2015 at 1:58pm
A comment titled: Faulk game calls in response to a report titled: Duck Call

Faulks game calls out of Lake Charles are still some of the best around after all these years with so much new CRAP on the market. The cane call CA-11 or the CA-22 are still stone called killers in the march and rice fields.

January 05, 2015 at 12:52pm
A comment titled: weight in response to a report titled: Hogzilla

Solid 275 to 350 pounds hard to tell with the picture angle and the way the young man is standing. Not buying anything ya'll telling me over 400lbs.

December 17, 2014 at 4:01pm
A comment titled: Teal Birds in response to a report titled: No teal in southeast louisiana

When this moon goes dark starting the 15h the birds will be here by the 23rd. They do it every year on the Sept. moon last quarter thru the wanning crescent.

September 03, 2014 at 3:54pm
A comment titled: Wrong Data in response to a report titled: Duck Season Dates

The problem this and all posts have about duck seasons, kills, and migration is not the data you provide is wrong....all your data is probably correct....but that is not the data the USWF and LDWF look at. You forget they are not concerned with adjusting limits and season to help the hunter have a better kill ratio and experience. The authorities that set these dates and limits are concerned with protecting the resource(ducks). Ducks begin pairing for breeding season in early January if not sooner...Ducks need that late January and February time with no pressure to pair, fatten, and get ready to fly to the breeding ground so we have more next season.. so they set season according to that type of data and not so we can kill more of them.

January 29, 2014 at 7:39am
A comment titled: The Same in response to a report titled: Dare To Compare ???

You answered your own question.....'you have hunted the same blinds with the same people in the same spots with the same decoy spreads etc.'...move around, shake things up, build new blinds, watch bird flight patterns as they change to areas of better food and shelter, different decoys, buy new calls, learn to chatter different and different spread layout design.....DUCKS AREN'T STUPID. They have seen the same ole thing for 3 months trying to get to Louisiana to winter. And you are not offering anything enticing or new. This has been one of the best years on record for big ducks in SWLA and NELA we hunt both. We work for it...if your gonna limit out every hunt on big ducks your not going to do it without change.

January 21, 2014 at 7:15am
A comment titled: Problem? in response to a report titled: Ducks Unlimited

The problem is in the link below. Rice crop acreage in 2009 was almost 103,000 acres it has since dropped to less than 95,000 in 2013....But that is not the big picture....the big picture is from 1980 to 1995 that number stayed between 700,000 to 1 MILLION acres!!!!!! If you plant it they will come....if you don't they want. Those farm acres have since been turned to crops not conducive to draw ducks, cattle fields, subdivisions, and golf courses.

http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/crops_livestock/crops/rice/statistics/2009/2009-louisiana-ratoon-crop-acreage-map.htm

January 10, 2014 at 7:41am
A comment titled: Moultrie in response to a report titled: Best Trail Camera

Moultrie makes quality products...Stay away from WGI(wild game innovations)

October 28, 2013 at 7:12am
A comment titled: Beauregard Parish in response to a report titled: Rut Activity

From Deridder to South of Dequincy then west to Texas there is def. an early rut. Have seen multiple scrape lines, swollen necks on camera and chasing since second weekend of bow season. Always a second rut right around or after thanksgiving as well.

October 28, 2013 at 7:09am
A comment titled: yep in response to a report titled: Wildgame Innovations Trail Cameras

Bump back to the top...people need to read this post

October 22, 2013 at 7:23am
A comment titled: Lights Out in response to a report titled: Wildgame Innovations Trail Cameras

Lights Out cameras are NO better I have two Elite 8 lights out and one never worked out of the box the other worked for a month and quit....nothing...notta. FINALLY got a hold of customer service after 6 emails and 30 phone calls. Talked to a nice person who promised me full replacement on both with no cost to me. Also said he would throw some WGI gear in the box to make up for my shipping costs. I shipped them kept and followed the tracking number and they were delivered and received at WGI. Have called 30 more times 10 more emails.....nothing cant find them. I gave them the tracking number so they could confirm I wasn't trying to bull shit them. Now they will not do anything for me and are being rude when its proven there fault in shipping/receiving and faulty products. I will never buy another WGI product period!!!! Im done.

October 18, 2013 at 8:10am
A comment titled: ??? in response to a report titled: Academy is on our side?

Nederland Texas Academy, purchased around 300 rds. of .223 ammo no issue. Had plenty semi-autos for sale on the display racks. High capacity .22 mags for sale on the shelf no issue at all.

February 05, 2013 at 7:32am
A comment titled: tracks in response to a report titled: Possible panther

Bobcat...nice ont too.

December 07, 2012 at 8:20am
A comment titled: yotes in response to a report titled: Dog problem

Balls of Hamburger meat full of tiny treble hooks....causes them to attempt to crap out their intestines...Havn't had a coyote problem in 20 yrs.

November 21, 2012 at 10:11am
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