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Headed up to Chicot on Saturday....Cold and Windy...Worked hard for 3 small fish BUT caught a Pike on a crank bait and seen a another big pike roll....Is this normal ? Has anyone else picked up pike in the lakes around here ?

October 29, 2012 at 8:17am

I hope it was not removed for the Absolutly Non Offending Politicly Correct Strictly Oppinion With Hard Facts Posts....Magic Dust ?
I Hope Not, Because If So There Will Not Be Much Reason To Read Anymore On This Page....

September 21, 2012 at 2:06pm

One Of My Bears...

July 12, 2012 at 12:39pm

An Open Letter to Bass Fishermen

After attending dozens of weigh-ins, as a spectator, tournament participant, reporter, and occasionally as weigh-master, I have arrived at the point where it is very hard for me to be there. On most every occasion, I see a callous disregard for the well being of the fish displayed by many of the fishermen. Let me be clear. I am not talking about all fishermen.. I know many of them that take every precaution possible to give their fish the best possible chance at survival after being released. But I am going to put the number at about fifty percent.

I am not sure what the reason for this is. We all love to fish. (I think) We all think of ourselves as conservationists.

Maybe I am wrong.. Maybe a lot of people just don’t really care. It appears that their attitude is “I am just going fish the tournament and if my fish die I just don’t really give a darn.”

I don’t care that the water is hot, that my live wells are operating minimally, and I’m not gonna open the thing unless I’m gonna put another fish in there. It’s too much of a bother to add some ice to the water, and putting Catch and Release in the wells is a pain and the stuff is too expensive.

And If I forget to turn the pump on or to plug the wells before I head to the weigh-in it’s no big deal.. I just forgot.. And my fish are dead so just dock me the weight.. I only come here once a year.. I just don’t care.. I’m not in the hunt for the Top Six anyway.. Look at those two big ones I caught.. Hey… Who wants fish?? Who’s cleaning fish?

And anyone who knowingly throws dead fish back in the water should be fined.. Substantially..

Is it any wonder that tournament fishermen are held in such low regard? How are we (as a whole) any better than the guy who fillets everything he catches? We certainly contribute largely to the death rate..

And I can’t tell you how many times I have seen fishermen bring their fish to the scale with one quart of water in the bag.. Or no water in the bag.. And stand in line yaking about the one that got away while the ones in the bag are getting deader by the second..

Pull your head out people.. Because if these fish were human they would be rushed to intensive care and all immediate family members called.. There is no emergency room in the water when you dump them in the muddy shallows. And returning them to the lake is not some instant cure all that restores their vitality and returns then to instant health.. The fact is that a very high percentage of fish die after being released, even when they are well cared for. And the way many fish are treated gives them a ZERO chance to live.

I know that zero mortality is not possible. I know that some fish die in the first thirty seconds after they come out of the water. I know it is a numbers game. But these are not the fish I am talking about.

I am talking about taking some personal responsibility for the well being of your fish, and the sport you love.. Allegedly.. Because if you don’t we’ll all suffer for it.. And already are..

These are issues that need to raised at Bass Club meetings. It should be priority one to prevent fish deaths. And a lot of it is so simple.. It starts with giving a darn.

Here are a few suggestions for better survival rates.. And one of them is guaranteed to reduce fish deaths by forty percent..

Install an oxygen system in your boat. It will virtually eliminate dead fish.

Go to a three fish limit. Or better yet, get every one in the club the same scale and weigh them in the boat and release em’ on the spot. A paper tournament is fine as well, but this is much more accurate.

Shorten tournament hours in warm water months.

Do not allow trailering to weigh-ins.

Hold your weigh in as close to the water as possible, and if workable, take fish to weigh area directly from boat.

Put lots of well-oxygenated water in your weigh bag.. Get someone to help you carry it if needed.

Limit the amount of weigh bags used, and use bags with mesh liners that are removable. This requires much less handling of the fish.

Minimize picture time.

Minimize the weighing of Patch fish, as this can add minutes to the time fish are in the bags.

The Weigh Master MUST keep things moving. Have plenty help..

All these things can greatly help reduce fish mortality… But not if the fish get there dead.. So it is up to you, the individual, to get them there alive..

The aforementioned precautions can greatly help in the survival rate. Please help us preserve our fish for our, and future generations.

So In the end it all comes down to “Do you give a darn, or not?”

I originally posted this about three years ago.. But unfortunately it is just as relevant today..

Please do your part to save our fish.. And I do mean OUR fish.. I realize I don't own them.. And the law says we can kill five apiece a day if we wish. But if we want to keep Falcon as a fishery anywhere close to what it has been, we all need to start doing a better job of caring for our big fish.

I'll quit bitching now.. Well almost.. If you are just fun fishing, please do not carry around a bunch of big fish for a late day photo op of you holding up two hands full of big fish.. It is no different than subjecting them to the same hazards that were discussed above.

I have a bunch of photos to post.. And I am working on em.. And one day I want to post a pic of you with a monster.. Please help me try and protect them

See you on the water..

June 15, 2012 at 11:12am

Made the long drive to Grand Isle On Sunday, Put in on the North Side of Elmers Off Of One....Was Lookin Forward To Pick'n Up Some Food But Only Got One Good Red All Day.....The Ponds Back In The Marsh Where Full Of Grass And Tough To Fish, Picked This One Fish Up On A Spinner Bait Running It Through The Gaps....Wish I Could Figure These Things Out....

April 09, 2012 at 7:13am

Fishin Was a Little Slow For Me On Sunday, Picked Up 4 Fish In The 2 to 3 Range In Madisonville, Did Have a Blast Mess'n With The Big Gar In The Afternoon Though, Might Have To Put Some More Effort In To Fish'n For Them When The Bite Is Slow.....Anybody, Fish For, Eat, Catch or Know Anything About The Gar Fishin, Was Pretty Cool Geting Pulled Around The Lake In the Kayak....

March 29, 2012 at 4:41pm

Fished Some Fresh Water Sat Morning In The Coosa, Had A Great Morning Catching and RELEASING Some Nice Bass And Done By 10:00. Picked Up A Pile Of Babies In The 3/4 lb to 1 1/2 lb Range Fun Fish, Also Picked Up Two Good Fish With One About 4 lbs and Another Around 5 lbs. All Fish Were Taken A Yamamoto 5' Kut Tail in Watermelon with no weight, Finese Fishing With The Spinning Rod. Fished the shorelines all morning with nothing then found them on drops and on ledges in around 2 to 3 feet of water. Also Picked Up Some Nice Goggle Eyes, I will be kepping a few of the WarMouths Next Time.....LOL

March 18, 2012 at 8:00am

Fished Some Fresh Water This Morning In The Coosa, Had A Great Morning Catching and RELEASING Some Nice Bass And Done By 10:00. Picked Up A Pile Of Babies In The 3/4 lb to 1 1/2 lb Range Fun Fish, Also Picked Up Two Good Fish With One About 4 lbs and Another Around 5 lbs. All Fish Were Taken A Yamamoto 5' Kut Tail in Watermelon with no weight, Finese Fishing With The Spinning Rod. Fished the shorelines all morning with nothing then found them on drops and on ledges in around 2 to 3 feet of water. Also Picked Up Some Nice Goggle Eyes, I will be kepping a few of the WarMouths Next Time.....LOL

March 17, 2012 at 12:35pm

Been Pick'n Up and RELEASING Some Decent Fish Around The Madisonville Area, The Kind Of Places That Only Kayaks, Fish and Gators Can Get To....Judging By Some Of The Other Pics On Here The Spawn Should Be Over BUT These Chubby Little Fish Look Like They Have Been Doing Some Bed Watching But Pulled Off...Any Input On The Spawn Lately ??

March 08, 2012 at 8:36am
A comment titled: Congrats...Very Cool in response to a report titled: 11.75lb Bass, 3/12/13

Nice Fish....Good To See

March 18, 2013 at 1:36pm
A comment titled: Love My Nitro... in response to a report titled: new boat

I have the 911 CDC With A 225 and Love It....Rides Awsome and Is All Around Comfortable....I do believe however that is hard to complain about any nice Bass Boat...My Family has always been Champion Guys. Both Brothers and have them. One runs an '89' on its 3rd motor and 4th carpet job and wouldnt trade it for anything, My other brother runs a '96' and loves it, Dad has an Astro and dont complaine, Another buddy just bought a New Z7, rode in it and fished it on Friday.....Another awsome boat....

January 29, 2013 at 6:14am
A comment titled: Almost A Success.... in response to a report titled: Sport anglers and bass fisherman

Everytime I have Brought This Subject Up I Feel Like I Have To Worry About Being Lynched In the Middle Of The Night For The Next Week.....LOL
I actually had a slow bass day on Sat at one place then fished one of my favorite spots on Sunday and did pretty well.....RELEASED a few Fat Girls in the 4 to 5 range and a few more in the 3 range....Lost one of the Bigger Fish I have seen in the SE LA area at what I would guess to be a Legit 7+.....The Sad Part....I got back to the Launch and amongst the pile of Rotten Dead Ducks That Someone Chose Not To Clean Was Atleast 8 Bass That Had Been Cleaned....All No Smaller Than 3 lbs and as big as 5lbs ....ALL FULL OF EGGS and Dead.....Pretty Sad...BUT...'THE LAW SAYS IT'S OK AND WE CAN SO WE WIll' RIGHT ??...I just cant make myself understand this theory and never will....Atleast if a small percentage of us do our part to presearve a portion....The Rest Will Have Plenty Of Bass TO Eat....LOL Hate To Say It But....Anyone That Fishes From The Back Of My Boat Plays By My Rules...LOL I dont have much in comman with some so I choose not to be friends with them...Libirals that want my guns, folks that preach Obama, People that steal or cheat, People That Mess With Kids, People that think cutting the head off of a buck and leaving the rest is ok AND people that want to Clean Fat Full Of Eggs Bass...Just To Name a Few......LOL

January 28, 2013 at 7:09am
A comment titled: 2 of the 7...... in response to a report titled: Sheephead Honeyhole

......Sins....LOL
Guess What Two Come To Mind ? Hint....They Start With 'G'.....Throw the word exessive in the mix and maybe Success Of Trip Based On Quanity over Quality.....
Oh Ya....Dont forget 'We Do and Will Because We Can and It's Legal'.....and there you have it...50 Gallons of fish and enough coots to sink a small ship.....
Nice Pics Cap'n

January 25, 2013 at 7:00am
A comment titled: Sasquatch.....Honey Island Swamp Dude in response to a report titled: Cats or coyotes covering deer

Grew up in an area that Black Bears Could Be Killed Daily If You So Choose...And with one of the largest Couger Populations per square mile in the country and have never seen that before....It is common to find Elk and Deer dead In the Woods but never burried in pine needles.....Sasquatch

January 04, 2013 at 11:47am
A comment titled: I know What Ya'll Are Gonna Say.... in response to a report titled: Unknown print

.....So Just Say It, BUT
I dont know much about ya'lls Honey Island Swamp Dude But ME....I grew up in the forests of the NW in Washington State...Take it for what it's worth to you and believe if you want to but I can promise and assure you that there are some sort of large pipedial human like mammels that exsist. I can also tell you that their prints look differant then the pics above but there would be no reason to think that they would not evolve to their surroundings....You will find that most that really see something wont say to much about it due to dealing with people not believing what you know to be 100% truth.

December 12, 2012 at 12:01pm
A comment titled: Very Nice.... in response to a report titled: Missouri

Very Nice....

November 21, 2012 at 11:59am
A comment titled: Thanks Chris... in response to a report titled: Pike In Chicot ?!?!?!?

I might be record hunting this winter....LOL..
Start telling people that I own an 06 Nitro 911 CDC Pickerel Boat.....LOL
Actually was a pretty fun fish....Smashed a crank bait, Pulled hard to stay down, made a good run then broke the surface several times....Thought I had a real Nice Bass At First.....

October 30, 2012 at 6:36am
A comment titled: State Record.... in response to a report titled: Pike In Chicot ?!?!?!?

....Is Only In the Five Pound Range.....You Might Of Had One There...I Know The One I seen Roll On Bait Was Damn Close To Five If Not Bigger...

October 29, 2012 at 9:42am
A comment titled: H20 Metal @ Acadamy in response to a report titled: Best baitcast reels for under $100

Damn Fine 10 Bearing Tough Reel For 80.00....Brothers Found Um, Bought Um and Use Them....I have used them and they are great BUT nothing in Left Handed For Me...

October 29, 2012 at 9:39am
A comment titled: chain pickerel for sure.... in response to a report titled: Pike In Chicot ?!?!?!?

Looked um up.....That is what it was, hard fight'n fish.....Thanks for the clarification.
Looked like a the pike I had caught up north before......But Pickerel It Is....

October 29, 2012 at 8:48am
A comment titled: No Sir.... in response to a report titled: Pike In Chicot ?!?!?!?

Know the differance for sure.....It was a Pike and damn fine lookin one at that...

October 29, 2012 at 8:29am
A comment titled: Question Before Answer in response to a report titled: Bass Fishing Around Bayou Gauche?

Do You Call Them Green Trout and Release Them Into Hot Grease or Are You Bass Fish'n and Looking For Some Version Of Quality Fish ?

Disclaimer:The question above is in no way meant to offend anyone on this board nor is intended to be shot or dig on anyones oppinion or culture.

October 11, 2012 at 8:18am
A comment titled: Nice Yote Dude... in response to a report titled: Hits Misses and Predator Control

Congrats...

October 09, 2012 at 4:22pm
A comment titled: Sweet Dude in response to a report titled: First Deer and first bow kill

How Did That Feel....Pretty Awsome Stuff....Now You Too Have The Sickness Like Alot More Of Us Out Here....There Is No Help For The Sickness, Just Go With It....LOL
Congrats On The Stick Dude, and she is gonna be tender on the grill....

October 09, 2012 at 4:20pm
A comment titled: Way Cool.... in response to a report titled: My First Big Buck!

Keep It Up....And Yes You Did Set The Bar High Early....LOL.......Very Nice Buck Jr.

October 01, 2012 at 12:11pm
A comment titled: Awsome... in response to a report titled: traditional way of hunting

Wow Dude....Very Cool Stuff...Congradulations On The Kill and The Shot....

October 01, 2012 at 6:32am
A comment titled: Red16 in response to a report titled: Two Great Trips

I took it all down.... Also it was about keeping small bass not keeping fish to eat....nice red fish by th way and the saddle bag looks delicious for sure.....try and keep up the conversation and the open appolagy beforejumping on t wagon....thank you and nice fish..

September 30, 2012 at 10:20am
A comment titled: Thank You.. in response to a report titled: Pearl River Report

For The Report...I hadnt been back, figured it was all done....Thank You

September 21, 2012 at 11:45am
A comment titled: Chris in response to a report titled: Missing Kayaker

Thank you and everyone else on this thing for keeping us updated. It is not looking good at all for this young man. I have said many times that when something like this occurs, a life is lost but we as Kayakers, Fishermen and Sportsmen can learn from the mistakes as to not have the life that was taken be a waste in terms of keeping someone else safe....When we have accidents in the Sky Diving World we all sit back and study what could of been done differant....I have been known to be a bit careless in the yak many times and will now look at things just a bit differant.....

September 14, 2012 at 9:42am
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