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Headed to Concordia this weekend. Anyone hear anything out of the lake? Been quite a while since I've made that trip.

May 12, 2014 at 7:38pm

Been years since I fished down that way. Looks like all rising tides on the days I have to go. Any suggestions for fishing the area on a rising tide this time of year?
Also, are they mid spawn right now?
Thanks!
LZ

January 26, 2014 at 1:17am

Just updated to a Lowrance Elite 5 dsi.i need help deciding on a map chip that will cover all of south LA. I looked at Lake Insight and it shows good coverage but I'd love to hear from someone with experience!
Thanks y'all!

January 01, 2014 at 1:39pm

Since I was on the subject of Bayou Black, I'd planned on scouting there next weekend. I'ts been so long I've forgotten the predominant patterns for this time of year. I can figure that out pretty quick but does anybody know when the spawn starts down there. That would be a big piece of the puzzle.
Also curious what the biggest forage is. Shad? Crawfish?
Thanks for all the help y'all. It's amazing how much you forget when you take ten years off from this game.

December 22, 2013 at 9:32pm

Anybody shooting the new Marlin in .308. I spent alot of time last year bumping deer at close quarters on the way in to my stand on the only trail I could use. Three times I brought my .270 up but by the time I could get the deer in the scope....Gone. Even on 3 power. So I'm thinking get yourself a 30-30 with iron sights. I'm a fairly handy shot with open sights anyway and it's faster in close quarters.
Then along comes the new Marlin. Now this brings leverguns to a whole new level. Any of ya'll played with one yet!
Oh, and a couple more picks of Sundays buck to show off seein as I'm pretty proud of it bein my first buck and all.

January 02, 2008 at 8:20am

I'm a jeweler so I've been a little busy this fall but it's been a good one for the little bit of hunting I have been able to do. My first deer with a bow fell at the beginning of the season. Since then, I've worked. Then I got the news that a big buck I was hunting on a friends property fell to his carpenter. A nice 200lb 8pt that I knew was on the property but had never seen him. Only his rubs and scrapes. Oh, well two seasons of work down the drain.
I took off the week this week to hunt and play with my little boy. My cousin called on Sunday at 2:00 and asked me to go out with him to some family property. It was my first time there. Got on stand at about 3:30. I was sitting twenty yard into the woods back from a food plot with a ridge behind me and a thicket coming up from the river behind that. There must have been a subdivision nearby cause at 4pm an ice cream truck started to make his rounds and this racket went on for 30 min. This was followed by kids popping fireworks for awhile. I just had to laugh and take in the beautiful evening in the not so quiet woods. It was getting close to dark and I figured about 10 minuted of shooting light left. I decided I had nothing to lose at this point as I hadn't seen a deer yet. I pulled out my great granpa's lucky rattling horns and banged all out for around 30 seconds followed by some light grunting. about 4-5 minutes later a doe came in from behind me out of the thicket grunting the whole way up. She was straight downwind(thank God for scentlok) About 40 yards from me tree she took off at a galop to the top of the ridge and slowed down. I stopped her with a grunt and dropped her in her tracks. The whole thing took about 5 second. I jacked another round into the chamber and was trying to catch my breath when I heard crashing in the thicket. I look over and a big deer walks out and is sniffing for her trail. I watch him head up the ridge and when I get him in my sight, all I saw were the antlers. Now for a guy who's never seen a rack like that on a live deer in the wood before, I liked to have fell out of my stand. I did like I was told and looked away for where to put a bullet. Quick. I stopped him before he got to the doe and got a great shot on his shoulder. I heard him make it about thirty yards before crashing down. I knew the shot was good and I also knew I wasn't gonna have much light to find blood with so I got down in a hurry. I followed where I thought he went and found him by scent. They were rutting hard and he filled the whole area up with the smell. When I saw his white belly I walked over and couldn't believe the rack on this guy. Nice pretty 11pt and the biggest thing I had ever seen. So.... Not a bad year for 6 days in the woods total.
My freezer is full and I'm a happy boy! I guess I'll have to work a little harder to top him next year. If anybody knows someone in the BR area to do a european mount, please let me know.
Good Hunting and Happy new year!

January 01, 2008 at 5:18pm

After two years of hard hunting and a whole lot of mistakes, I finally got a shot. Twenty five yards and she went down fifty yards from where I shot her. I'm hunting a small 18 acre woodlot in St Francisville.
The day before I had a shot on a doe and just as I'm reaching for my bow, out come a pair of fawns following her. I put the bow down and watched them for about 20 minutes. I took the opportunity to lift my bow into position a few times to see what I could get away with since this was the first time I'd had a deer in bow range.
The next evening the same doe walks out the the kids and I thought it would be a repeat of the day before. A few minutes later my doe walks out behind them. I had seen her from 80 yards a few days earlier and recognized her immediately. I let them feed for about 15 minutes to settle my nerves and waited for a good shot. Got a perfect pass through broadside. One thing of note. I will never use Montecs again. They fly great but I had no blood trail at all. I was pretty scared about losing the deer and I got lucky and found her 50 yards into a pine thicket.
Just finished a dinner of Backstrap and green apple wrapped in bacon. Never tasted so good.
I'll be back out looking for her boyfriend on Monday. I'm hooked now.

October 14, 2007 at 8:37pm

We'll I was feeling good last week on opening day. I've got permission to hunt a 18 acre property in St Francisville, surrounded by about 800 barely hunted acres. Loaded with deer. I put out some corn the week before and it looked like a herd of cattle had been through when I got there on Monday at 10am to put out more. I dumped about 25 pounds of corn in a clearing around my stand and returned that evening. Unfortunately, I got there too late. I had planned on getting to my stand about 4pm and made it there at 5. When I crested the hill that leads to my stand there were 5 does on the corn already and I was promptly busted. I decided to go ahead and set up. Saw one doe moving through about 75 yards away and called it a night at dark. Got busted on the way out by something mighty big. Had another doe cross the road as I was pulling out in the truck.
So.... Help me out here. I laid off the property for the whole week and I'm planning on a Monday morning and Evening hunt at two different stands. Have those deer forgotten about me? Will the monster that busted me in the dark be back around. I hope I haven't ruined my chances on this sweet chunk of land.
My friends tell me to find another way in to keep from getting busted but it really doesn't matter where I come from. That little property is overun with deer so it's hard not to get busted at some point.
Oh well, Deer 8, Layne 0. We'll see how it goes Monday.

October 06, 2007 at 4:14pm

Started to do some serious shooting to get ready for the season. Practice makes perfect but luck helps too. Here a pic of my first Robinhood this summer from 30 yards out of my den door to the target in my backyard. (If I can get the picture to post that is) Can't wait to get in a tree.

July 28, 2007 at 9:08pm

I saw the frog post and was wondering where is the best place to round up some frogs near Baton Rouge. Are there any frogs on Blood River. My Deer lease sits on the river so that would be an easy place to go.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I haven't had any frogs this year and I'm hungry. Oh, and what's the limit on the little critters.

July 20, 2007 at 8:59am

Does anybody lease timber company land. I've heard that Georgia pacific leases land and I emailed them this morning. I also know of a couple of others with mostly young pine plantation land that is almost impenatrable. The last parcel I looked at, you could have only hunted the trail that skirted the property.
If anybody knows of other local timber companies leasing, please get back with info. I finally have a son and I realized that the woods are not the same as they were when I was a boy. You gotta pay to play.

January 30, 2007 at 10:34am

I'm looking for an old Crack Barrel single shot 410 Winchester that I used to hunt with as a kid. Would have been manufactured in the late 40s to early fifties. Anybody know how many models of this gun were made and what availability is like. From what little I've seen, it's not an expensive gun and I wouldn't guess too hard to find.
LZ

January 26, 2007 at 7:42am

I'm hunting just north of Thompson's Creek neer the bluffs. This is my first year to hunt this area. I saw some good rubs and a couple of small scrapes last weekend. Anybody know when the rut usually starts in this area? What are ya'll seeing so far.
Also, the back section of the property I'm hunting is all tall ridges and deep creek bottom. Any advice on the best way to get a deer out of there when I finally take one.
LZ

December 21, 2006 at 11:07pm
A comment titled: Nice! in response to a report titled: Henderson Fishing Vid

Nice video and nice choice to use my buddy Wilson for the background music! Now blot out the background so nobody knows where you are at!

May 12, 2014 at 5:00pm
A comment titled: Skinny bass in response to a report titled: Sight Fishing Okhissa

Okhissa bass are hurting right now. Skinny starving fish. Something is happening at that lake and it aint good. Not enough bream and shad to support the bigger bass. Caught a 22 inch fish a few weeks ago that only weighed 2 3/4. Should have been a 5 pound fish. Another friend has been seeing the same thing. All the big bass are around 2 pounds light.

May 12, 2014 at 4:51pm
A comment titled: Bayou Black in response to a report titled: Bass

Bayou Black was darn tough today. 56 anglers in a tournament today and few had a limit. Many struck out or came in with one or two fish. Rough out there.

February 01, 2014 at 10:25pm
A comment titled: Is what it is in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

The fishery is fine. Nature does what it does and even Wildlife and Fisheries is admitting that little of what it does has affected the area.
They fisheries guys that were doing interviews at the Henderson landing this year were actually encouraging folks to quit releasing smaller fish.
Is it the 'too much competition for the bigger fish' argument?
Bottom line is that little of what they have done has affected the basin either positively or negatively. (according to them). Cracks me up to see the armchair biologists stating what they think is obvious.
I love it when guys complain that they can't catch a fish only to see a shocking survey done that shows more fish than ever in a body of water.
Fish harder. Keep your small ones for dinner, Release the big girls to get bigger.

February 01, 2014 at 10:23pm
A comment titled: Bayou Black in response to a report titled: Bass in bayou black

Nice catch! We had planned on moving on to Bayou Black as the water in Henderson has just gotten too high and muddy. What area did y'all fish? How's the water?
Bien Merci,
Layne

January 22, 2014 at 4:50pm
A comment titled: Coverage in response to a report titled: Which map chip???

I also should have mentioned I mainly fish the spillway from Sorrel to Morgan City, Turtle Bayou area, and Henderson. Not interested in the coastal areas so much. LZ

January 01, 2014 at 6:27pm
A comment titled: Productive water? in response to a report titled: Henderson/Lake Bigeaux

I'm guessing you are talking about either the southern end or the dead ends that always stay clear north of the interstate? I haven't seen them schooling yet in the dead ends but from the amount of baitfish I've been seeing I figured it wouldn't be long.
Water came up several feet with the release up north. Don't know exactly where the water is released from but muddy water was cooking down bayou Fourdoche 2 weeks ago and most of my regular haunts are not productive. I'm impressed to hear you are doing well in clear water. Good luck next time.
Oh and when does the spawn start around Henderson. Just started fishing again this year and I just spent the last 6 months learning the area but I've never been there during spawn.

December 22, 2013 at 9:16pm
A comment titled: Broadcast Feeding in response to a report titled: MS Baiting Bill

I've seen a video filmed on a Texas Ranch where they used broadcast hoppers on the back of trucks to spread corn very thin over vast areas. Deer populations there increased over when stationary feeders were used. Deer are naturally browsers and more used to picking up an acorn here and there while walking along. I throw corn out by hand up and down a central road on our property once or twice a week midday during season and see pretty darn good results.

February 25, 2008 at 4:23pm
A comment titled: Love mine in response to a report titled: new rifle

I've had a .270 savage for a couple of years now. I love mine. Smooth action. Plenty accurate. The accutrigger is a great feature and you don't even know it's there. Best of all, the price can't be beat. The lower models differ from the Classic only in finish. A 110 package rifle should shoot as well as an American Classic.

January 02, 2008 at 11:35am
A comment titled: Nice one! in response to a report titled: JACOB PENNISON'S FIRST BUCK

Congradulations on a nice one. I thought my Sunday first buck was a dandy. You sure topped him. Where do we go from here?

January 02, 2008 at 11:32am
A comment titled: Congradulations! in response to a report titled: Joseph's first buck !!!

Fine buck there. Is that a bad case of scope eye I'm looking at or was your boy fightin with that deer? I remember my first shot and the stars I saw afterward. (through the haze of blood in my eye)
Keep him at it and maybe one day he'll top that one.

October 30, 2007 at 1:49pm
A comment titled: Same here in response to a report titled: ballistic tip garbage

I didn't get to hunt much last year and the one doe I shot, I lost. The whole incident left me scratching my head until I saw a similar post last year. No blood. No nothing. No more BTs.

October 30, 2007 at 1:39pm
A comment titled: Mother of GOD! in response to a report titled: Possible New State Bow Record

Get us the story man. I'd love to hear about that one. Was it a chance encounter or did he have the deer pegged when he went after him.

October 07, 2007 at 11:27am
A comment titled: Deer Highway in response to a report titled: Bad Timing on Stand

Fortunately it's not just the corn bringing them in. The whole property is criss-crossed with trails and tracks from the front to the back. All the tracks were there long befor I put out corn. The dirt road going up the middle is like a highway for deer. I also know about a big buck in the area but I haven't got him patterned yet. He's still there after last season though.
Maybe Monday.

October 07, 2007 at 11:23am
A comment titled: One more for you. in response to a report titled: MYSPACE

Myspace might be useful for somethin.
www.myspace.com/catfishfiddle
Any ya'll hunt with Catbranch Hunting Club. I just joined the lease this year. Yeah, they run dogs but there's so much property I think I'll be able to get away.
Layne Z.

July 05, 2007 at 9:02pm
A comment titled: Bowtech in response to a report titled: Bow

For what it's worth. I shoot a Bowtech Liberty. (It is Diamond now.) Extremely smooth and pretty fast. Great solid wall with the draw stop. VERY quiet. I put the whole rig together for around $600 with a Spot Hogg sight, ultra rest(which I don't reccomend) and a Winners Choice string.
I picked up mine on ebay from a bow shop. I wouldn't recommend buying from an individual on ebay but a reputable bow shop with a return policy should be fine.
I could have gone cheaper but I put together a great mid range package that should last me several seasons before I get the bug to change again. It is worth it to spend a little extra now than to do it all over if you get the bug and wanna move up sooner than later.

February 01, 2007 at 7:02pm
A comment titled: Keep Us Posted in response to a report titled: WMA Club, one more time!!

37 years old and I've got my first boy. Only 4months old but I'm planning early. Let us know as it progresses.
Layne

January 30, 2007 at 10:27am
A comment titled: Bring him over! in response to a report titled: What does he score?

If you'll bring him over to my place, we'll put him in the freezer for the required drying period and then use my new Weber Gas deer measurin device to figure out what he scores.
Dern thats a perty deer.
LZ

January 26, 2007 at 8:05am
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