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The bass are everywhere in the marshes inside the locks between Bayou Beinvenue and MrGo. I launch behind the Hotel in Chalmette. Turn at the blinking caution light on Paris Rd.

My son has airboats and, we went at night looking to bowfish for gar back in early spring. Everywhere we went we saw bass! So, we started fishing for them during the day. We tried catching minnows but couldn't catch enough. We decided to try live shrimp. Since early spring we have stayed on a remarkable bass bite!

They will occasionally hit on plastics but, we gave up on that when live shrimp proved so incredibly successful. The bait shop (Fisherman's Friend) is tucked all the way in the back-left of the marina parking lot. Their shrimp are less expensive and livelier than anyplace else in the area. I've tried all of the other bait shops. We catch the occasional gou and some really nice catfish as well. This is about the surest thing since the old days in Canaerveron back in the eighties.

August 01, 2017 at 7:47pm

Stopped at Fishermans Friend and got some beautiful and lively live shrimp. Fished the shoreline and cuts along Lake Borger and caught nicer sized trout in MrGo. Didn't try any plastics. They were liking the live shrimp, so we gave em what they were eating.

July 06, 2017 at 9:25am

For the last couple of days we've been fishing the flats in the ship channel (Mr Go). Me and my grandsons have been consistently catching 16-20 inch trout and, lots of them. We've been finding the trout in 2-4 feet of water.

We buy our bait at Fisherman's Friend Bait. The shrimp are big, fresh and lively. My shrimp from here stay alive better than if I buy them anywhere else.

A friend of ours has been fishing Lake Borgne from the mouth of Bayou Bienvenue to the fort at Violet and doing as well as us. He also gets his live shrimp from Tony Cuccia at Fisherman's Friend. This is the bait shop behind the hotel on Paris Rd. The bait shop is right behind the bar.

The versa Maxx cork is what we use. I get these from Hook n Line on Paris Road.

The sheepshead are plenty for the taking along any rocks as well. The boys like to stay on the trout though. But, I love making fish cakes with those sheepshead! It's wonderful to know that if the trout bite slows down, it's almost a guarantee for the sheepshead. They too, inhale these beautiful live shrimp.

I wouldn't go back to fishing 'J' hooks. These circle hooks catch very well and, I don't ever gut-hook any fish.

April 27, 2017 at 2:36pm

The men in our family have hunted hogs since they started showing up here in the mid 70s to early 80s. My older brother got me started hog hunting using bay dogs and catch dogs. When we first began hunting them, a hog might run a couple of hundred yards before baying-up. It was very rarely that we had to run very far to the place where the pig stopped to confront the dogs.

Once in a blue moon we would encounter a 'runner'. A 'runner' was a pig that would keep on going looong distance before baying up. We would catch our dogs, pulling them off the runner and try to get them on another hog. More and more hogs we encountered would 'run'. It finally got to the point where almost EVERY hog would run for miles before baying-up.

It became obvious to us that through attrition, we had killed the bloodlines of the hogs that would bay-up quickly and, the only ones left alive to breed were the ones that were 'runners'. Our dogs would run the hogs across highways and waterways. We lost many dogs killed crossing the roads. We had to employ boats and three wheelers if we wanted to kill the hog or catch our dogs! The boys who still dog-hunt are young, healthy and can run forever! They are the true endurance athletes of the hunting and fishing community! I'm waaay too old, too fat and too lazy to hunt like a marathon runner.

So, we began putting out corn and hunting them from a blind. We were very successful in the beginning. As time went on less and less hogs would come to the feed during daylight. We knew, from the evidence of areas rooted up that the hog population was healthy and plentiful. Again, we killed the ones most likely to feed during daylight. We obviously contributed to the nocturnal bloodlines to the point where we hardly ever shoot a pig during daylight any more.

It is scientifically proven that hogs are just behind the apes and dogs when it comes to intelligence. By culling the ones that were easier to hunt and by the hogs learning how to avoid hunters tactics, we have created bloodlines of hogs that have become exponentially harder to kill. We have absolutely altered the gene-pool in our hogs!!!

I believe that being allowed to hunt them at night has given us a much needed advantage again. Even though the Wildlife and Fisheries have made it necessary for us to jump through various hoops in order to hunt hogs at night legally. At least for now we might enjoy another short-lived strategic advantage. We sure can use every advantage we get. It may not last very long!!

October 29, 2016 at 11:07pm

I never had the whole 'circle hook' thing settled in my mind. I'd heard all about how 'you hook mostly in the jaw, they don't swallow the hook down deep and you have to remember to not set the hook.

To find a testing ground scenario with enough reds or specks to do a side-by-side comparison was not working out very well. So, I decided to do this test with bluegill and pinfish. We have two spots at bait shops with an abundance of both because the bait shops are always throwing their shrimp that die overboard. In essence chumming. We have 'perch fished' all our lives. Even though we also enjoyed living and fishing in the midst of the best speck and redfish country.

When we rigged for bluegill with a number #6 or #8 long shanked cricket hook, we were losing most of our hookups or the bluegill would swallow it down to his gizzard! And, pinfish have been stealing very expensive live shrimp as long as I can remember. And, we practically never could hook them.

So, I decided to do a very rudimentary test to see if we could either dispute or confirm everything we've been hearing about these hooks. My grandson is a perch jerkin lil maniac. He chose the tried and true 2X long shanks of the cricket hooks. I fished with these little bitty circle hooks with a very short shank I really figured I'd be pulling these out with the fish's guts attached!. And, I would've bet that I still wouldn't be able to hook any pinfish.

My grandson just couldn't hardly land a pinfish with the little perch hooks. I was smoking the pinfish by using a slow sweeping motion or by just starting to reel. Every time I tried a 'hook-set', I missed 'em. I landed about 50-60 of those little bait stealing maniacs in about an hour and a half. And, about two dozen bluegill and lakerunners (shellcrackers, redear sunfish). Every one hooked in the corner of the jaw or through the nose. Only one of the pinfish swallowed the tiny little hook down deep. None of the 'poyches' swallowed it.

We discovered that in order to not have to keep baiting up with tiny pieces of shrimp, our best method was using a tee-nintzee piece cut off an old Gulp bait. Anyway, the comparison wasn't even close. The circle hooks performed better than advertised!

I wasn't really wanting the circle to win out. Sounds retarded but, I was hoping that the hooks I'd been using for nearly 60 years would be the best. Well, it ain't even close! If you can resist the impulse to set-the-hook, you'll most likely experience the same results.

Go catch-ya-sum!!

July 29, 2016 at 3:19pm

My son now lives in Braithwaite down in Plaquemines Parish. He lives right on the river. Up until a few weeks ago my 10 year old grandson was regularly watching some oriental guys catching some incredible catfish in the river. He said they never reeled in their lines unless they had a fish on or if they were leaving for the day. So, he never actually saw what they were using for bait. But, they told him they were using grass shrimp.

A friend of mine from Norco said many years ago, when he was a kid, (he's 75 now) he'd catch baskets of them in a net from water leaking through the pins at the spillway. They'd make dried shrimp with them. I may be remembering this wrong but, I think he told me the guys that worked the spillway would barely open a pin or two slightly for the boys to catch them.

I was thinking of making a miniature hoop-net type trap using small webbing like you see on a minnow seine and setting it in the river.

Anyone have experience catching river shrimp? I sure could use the advice.

July 12, 2016 at 2:39am

Me and my grandson have been catching beautiful sheepshead along the rocks in the MrGo. We fish a simple sliding cork over a live shrimp and are keping 10-15 a trip. We could catch more but we can't eat them any faster. We buy our beautiful live shrimp at the Fisherman's Friend on Bayou Beinvenue behind the motel.. The shrimp are large, healthy and lively. And these big sheepshead are loving them. They aren't too fond of dead shrimp, but will inhale these large live shrimp.

The sliding cork deposits the bait in a complete vertical presentation. We keep very close to the rocks but not in them. It's easy to determine the proper depth. If your cork lays over on it's side it's laying on the rocks. Just set your string-stop to keep your bait as close as you feel comfortable. Because your bait falls vertically, it won't hang nearly as much. I put my sinker on the bottom of my line with the shrimp a couple inches higher. I tie this sinker with very lite line. If I get my sinker hung-up, I pop my line and quickly replace the sinker, since this is what you will need to replace (the sinker is usually get hung-up) in with my premade leaders, We catch a few bass in the mix and some drum also.

I call Sheepshead the sac-a-lait of salt water! They pull like you hooked onto a jet ski. Thy fight hard, My wife isn't much on cleaning fish but, she pitches in because she knows how much the kids devour the fish cakes or just frid up.

July 11, 2016 at 5:51am

I fish here in the marshes of St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The waters I fish are almost always under 10 feet deep. Of course, I need the sonar for locating fish but, I also need a REALLY GOOD picture of bottom structure because I recover sunken logs. We have a small sawmill and sell most of our wood to furniture makers. It has gotten very hard to find any more logs the old fashion ways.

Many of these logs are partly submerged into the soft muddy bottoms. If I understand correctly, some reviewers say that soft bottoms make getting a clear image of the bottom difficult? I recently mentioned to a sawmill operator of possibly using scuba gear to locate our logs. However, he (not a log hunter) told me that a $2000.00 sonar is what I really need. Is this the price range I'd have to pay to get the best picture of the bottom and the sides of my boat? He said that some fishermen have told him that they can actually see their fishing line on the image.

We catch redfish, speckled trout, sheepshead and catfish in the same basic territory as we catch our bass in. I keep the redfish, trout, catfish and sheepshead and release the bass. It will flip-me-out to get a clear image of the fish I'm targeting in these bayous and canals.

Having a GPS and sonar combo unit will allow me to 'mark' locations of the logs and mark the spots where I have the most success fishing. I never fish anywhere deeper than 30 feet. If that makes a difference?

Will I get a clear image of the size and shape of a log?

February 05, 2016 at 10:52pm

My brother-in-law borrowed my burner. I had the orifice for natural gas wired to the burner. He took off my propane orifice because he used natural gas. My burner is the single-jet type that roars when cooking.

He lost my propane fitting. We built these burners back in the 'day'. We drilled grease fittings for the orifice. We used 1/8th inch for natural gas and, I believe, 1/16th-inch for propane I THINK?

If anyone knows what size to use for propane, please post here?

July 09, 2014 at 5:12pm

We had a couple of huge Catalpa trees on our place in Avoyelles Parish.

Someone cut them down and hauled them off. They took every last twig. It could have happened over the last two months since that's the last time we were there.

I'd like to plant some more since the memories of my long past Grandfather, my deceased Dad and my brother (also passed) and I all fished with worms from those trees.

They are in-seed over most of the state right now. If you have some extra brown-dried pods of seed that you can spare, I'd love to have some. I'm told that they are easy to start from softwood cuttings also. I would be glad to pick them up if within 30-40 miles of St. Bernard Parish.

I'd be glad to trade y'all some cuttings of a fabulous fig tree that I have. Please text me at

5O4-26I-299seven.

Or email me at

ragremill@netzero.net

Merci Bien!

July 05, 2014 at 2:15am

We had a couple of huge Catalpa trees on our place in Avoyelles Parish.

Someone cut them down and hauled them off. They took every last twig. It could have happened over the last two months since that's the last time we were there.

I'd like to plant some more since the memories of my long past Grandfather, my deceased Dad and my brother (also passed) and I all fished with worms from those old trees.

They are in-seed over most of the state right now. If you have some brown-ripe seed pods that you can spare, I'd love to have some.

I've been told that Catalpas grow very easy from cuttings also. I'll be glad to pick them up within 30-40 miles of St. Bernard Parish. If you want, I'll be glad to trade some cuttings of a great fig tree that I have.

Please text me at

5O4-26I-299seven.

Or email me at

ragremill@netzero.net

July 05, 2014 at 2:07am

For many years I made a living with my knives as a butcher/meat cutter. I have a three-stone sharpener and never use it. I have a Lansky 5-stone set that works perfectly and gets my knives literally razor sharp. Problem is, I don\'t need a knife to shave with. I need a knife that is sharp THROUGH-OUT the fish, deer and hog cleaning process.

I use inexpensive knives and am able to keep them plenty SHARP ENOUGH with the simple sharpeners I use. This one works perfectly to keep my edge sharp during whatever job is at hand. The handle makes it easy to hang-onto.

http://www.smithsproducts.com/product/edge-pro-pull-thru-knife-sharpener/

This one I have is basically the same thing. A little more convenient (clipped onto my belt loop with a leather string) but tougher to hold with slippery hands. I also like that it is super easy to keep clean.

http://www.smithsproducts.com/product/ccks/

Both have a tungsten carbide side that is aggressive and takes metal off with each stroke through it. The other side is porcelain and will just straighten your edge if you don\'t wait too long to pass it through it. Every 6-7 redfish, 15-20 trout, I straighten the edge through the porcelain side.

If cleaning deer or hogs, I can tell when the knife starts getting even a little dull. With just a few licks through the porcelain side, it\'s ready to go again. I just don\'t like the ones that have only the tungsten carbide side. It just isn\'t necessary to take off that much metal when all that is needed is an \'edge straightening\'. Sorta like a butcher does with his \'steel\'. Whenever someone else uses my knives, I usually have to pass the edge through the tungsten side with about 3-4 strokes, then hit the porcelain side a few times.

This one looks nice but, I wonder how tough it would be to keep blood, guts and scales out of the \'workings\'

http://www.smithsproducts.com/product/adjustable-angle-pull-thru-knife-sharpener/

I use Dexter Russell, Cold Steel and Victorinox knives mostly. Everyone who uses my knives is impressed with how sharp they are. Just inexpensive knives and an inexpensive sharpener.

We gave each of our 4 Daughters-in-law this sharpener

http://www.smithsproducts.com/product/2002-deluxe-knife-and-scissors-sharpener/

They have gotten so used to sharp knives, they are miserable when forced to use a dull knife. We also gave each DIL 3 cheap-ish Dexter Russell knives along with the sharpeners.

Again, I am aware of and like the real nice electric sharpeners. The Lansky\'s, Gatco\'s and so forth are also excellent products. However, to keep my knife constantly sharp WHILE WORKING, this is my choice.

I\'m sure the other manufacturer\'s stuff is just as good. It\'s just what I bought for us and what we have used since Katrina took our other ones. I have no affliliation with this company what-so-ever.

Based on the wear so far, there is no doubt that my knives and sharpeners will certainly out-last me and probably last my sons and DILs their lifetime.

Now, I just need something to cut through the ribs of big redfish and big catfish. Those ribs sure do take the edge off quickly! Just can't stand throwing all that meat away! Maybe an aggressive serrated knife?

I put this post in the wrong place the first time.

And no, you'll never see me using an electric knife. Even though I no longer have expensive knives, I am a 'blade guy.

What are y'all using to keep your knife sharp? What kind of knife for busting through those big rib bones?

July 04, 2014 at 2:04am

For many years I made a living with my knives as a butcher/meat cutter. I have a three-stone sharpener and never use it. I have a Lansky 5-stone set that works perfectly and gets my knives literally razor sharp. Problem is, I don't need a knife to shave with. I need a knife that is sharp THROUGH-OUT the fish, deer and hog cleaning process. I use inexpensive knives and am able to keep them plenty SHARP ENOUGH with the simple sharpeners I use. This one works perfectly to keep my edge sharp during whatever job is at hand. The handle makes it easy to hang-onto.

http://www.smithsproducts.com/product/edge-pro-pull-thru-knife-sharpener/

This one is basically the same thing. A little more convenient (clipped onto my belt loop with a leather string) but tougher to hold with slippery hands. I also like that it is super easy to keep clean.

http://www.smithsproducts.com/product/ccks/

Both have a tungsten carbide side that is aggressive and takes metal off with each stroke through it. The other side is porcelain and will just straighten your edge if you don't wait too long to pass it through it. Every 6-7 redfish, 15-20 trout, I straighten the edge through the porcelain side.

If cleaning deer or hogs, I can tell when the knife starts getting even a little dull. With just a few licks through the porcelain side, it's ready to go again. I just don't like the ones that have only the tungsten carbide side. It just isn't necessary to take off that much metal when all that is needed is an 'edge straightening'. Sorta like a butcher does with his 'steel'. Whenever someone else uses my knives, I usually have to pass the edge through the tungsten side with about 3-4 strokes, then hit the porcelain side a few times.

This one looks nice but, I wonder how tough it would be to keep blood, guts and scales out of the 'workings'

http://www.smithsproducts.com/product/adjustable-angle-pull-thru-knife-sharpener/

I use Dexter Russell, Cold Steel and Victorinox knives mostly. Everyone who uses my knives is impressed with how sharp they are. Just inexpensive knives and an inexpensive sharpener.

We gave each of our 4 Daughters-in-law this sharpener

http://www.smithsproducts.com/product/2002-deluxe-knife-and-scissors-sharpener/

They have gotten so used to sharp knives, they are miserable when forced to use a dull knife. We also gave each DIL 3 cheap-ish Dexter Russell knives along with the sharpeners.

Again, I am aware of and like the real nice electric sharpeners. The Lansky's, Gatco's and so forth are an excellent product also. However, to keep my knife constantly sharp WHILE WORKING, this is my choice.

I'm sure the other manufacturers stuff is just as good. It's just what I bought for us and what we have used since Katrina took our other ones with everything else we owned. Based on the wear so far, there is no doubt that my knives and sharpener will certainly out-last me and probably last my sons and DILs their lifetime.

Now, I just need something to cut through the ribs of big redfish and big catfish. Those ribs sure do take the edge off quickly! Just can't stand throwing all that meat away! Maybe an aggressive serrated knife?

And no, you'll never see me using an electric knife.

How do y'all keep your knife sharp? What knife for busting through those big rib bones?

July 04, 2014 at 1:30am

For the past 30 years I've been using either a #6 or a #8 long-shank cricket hook. It always seemed that I miss a lot of bites. Just recently I read an article where a bream-fishing expert stated that he used the shortest-shanked hook he could find. He also uses 6-8 or even a #10 sized hook. Went to Academy and bought some. I'll have to bring my reading glasses next time. Trying to put-on a wiggling worm on those little hooks gave me skull-cramps. It also didn't help to have fingers as big as fence-posts! I'm guessing crickets, mealworms or wax worms would be a lot easier to bait-up with. What hooks do y'all use?

May 31, 2014 at 11:42pm

A buddy of mine yousta fish Buras back when there was alotta marsh there. They would, at certain times of the year, smash the flounder. They would come back with a large ice chest filled with flounder!

A few years back some friends caught dozens of bigole flounders at the dam in the Mr.Go. They did this every day for over a week straight.

I've heard that flounders can be caught in large numbers at either Chef Pass or the Rigolets (can't remember which) at certain times of the year.

My podnah that fished Buras has died. The friend who caught them at the Hopedale dam can't remember what time of year it was.

I don't think I've ever caught more than 2-3 on a single trip.

Is there a method to this? Do they 'migrate' at a certain time of year?

May 19, 2014 at 11:13pm

It may sound crazy to y'all but, they are delicious. My friend from Pierre Part had just returned from fishing when we arrived at his house. As he was headed back to the launch, he had two large Asian carp jump into his boat. He is a fabulous cook and loves preparing wild/game dishes. He had heard these fish were actually good to eat. So, we looked online and found how to clean them and decided to fry them. Back in the Olden-Days, we owned a farm and we raised our own cattle, hogs, chickens and other small stock like rabbits and ducks. My Mom was the best cook amongst 8 sisters and sisters'-in-law. I live in St. Bernard parish and always have speckled trout, redfish, catfish, flounder and sheepshead on hand. I know what good food is. Asian carp are first-rate delicious! The little extra effort to remove the Y-bones from each filet is ridiculous easy. Does anyone know if there are any places near here where they can be caught?

February 11, 2014 at 5:37pm

I have been reading just a few posts here lately regarding the quality of the maps on GPS units.

I will be getting a handheld unit. If the Garmin with the Birdseye downloads are good maps and it is a lot cheaper than Lowrance with Navionics, I will go with the Garmin and use the Birdseye maps.

Is there any other issues that I should be aware of before buying a handheld unit?

September 14, 2013 at 1:29am

Every time I come to this site, I come away with the same thoughts. And, just tonight, a group of friends and family were together at my house for the Saints game and the subject of this forum came up. Before I could voice my opinion, several other guys mentioned the same complaint I have. There is not enough friendly advice to be gotten here and, this 'forum' has become an advertising platform for charter captains.

A very good friend of mine's Dad is a charter captain, great man. My younger cousin married one of the most popular charter captains in south Louisiana. A very fine young man who played baseball for many years with my middle son is doing great as a charter captain. No one is more supportive and proud of our burgeoning 'charter industry' than me. They earn EVERY dollar they make.

However, there should be a 'Charter' forum here for those who want to read what the captains have to say and, who for those who want to read the lists of names of the people on the boats with the charters.

When a question about technique, strategies, locations or specific advice is requested, we know we can expect the MANY replies to 'hire a professional guide'. After about ten million of the same answer, you'd think the respondents would have gotten the point. Some people actually take the time to reply with “I agree, hire a guide”. We know how you feel about guides!

So many times someone asked a question and, I’ve wished to have just ONE person answer the question that was asked!

Some folks, like me, will NEVER hire a guide. They are too expensive and, I enjoy being with my family or friends instead of fishing with strangers. Especially loud, drunk or half-naked strangers.

No need to shrill your opposition to my thoughts here. If you have given the 'guide' advice a thousand times 'I GET IT'. And, I can assure you, anyone who has read 3 posts here, already 'gets it' also. Seriously, how many thousands-of-times do you think we need to read the same, regurgitated advice?

For years I enjoyed the fabulous advice of the men here. They would share everything from knots to yachts with everyone. I never did expect folks to give up their 'specific' spots. But, if someone asks how to fish a rig in lake Borgne or, how to set up over an oyster reef, give them some actual advice relative to their questions! How hard is to say, white artificial, downstream side, look for drop-offs or ….. No, we get thousands of “hire a guide”. WE GET IT!

Can you imagine a better way to grow this forum than for people, new and experienced, to be able to come here and get real advice or to give real advice. I just recently asked a question about 'Garfishing' . I got about 7-8 responses! It felt like old times here. Fisherman answering questions for other fishermen.

Go back and read several pages here and see how many times people reply to a post without giving one piece of advice regarding the specific question asked by the 'original poster'.

Again, “we get it”. Many of you think we should hire professional guides to learn how and where to fish!

August 25, 2013 at 10:17pm

I have caught many garfish in my 50 years of fishing. I always used what I already had in my tackle box. Most gar were caught while fishing for 'other' species. We love to eat them and should have been putting gar in the freezer years ago.

My grandsons have asked me to take them after gar specifically. The area is smack loaded with gar, especially since they built the dams in the Mr. GO. The water is getting fresher and the amount of bait is insane!

I'll probably use jugs. How do y'all rig for them? What hook do y'all use?

Does the meat freeze well?

August 20, 2013 at 9:58pm

I've looked everywhere. Pawn shops and gun shops for a cheap used 20 gauge. Several of my grandchildren want to start hunting with me. A 20 gauge would be the perfect size for these kids. I don't care what condition it's in. We can make a project out of refinishing scratched and gouged wood, if we need to. Please contact me if you have one. Call after 1:00PM and as late as midnight. 5O4-8I3-74O9

November 24, 2012 at 6:26pm
A comment titled: Re: Advice On Trout in response to a report titled: Advice On Trout

I would think with the heat getting worse, the trout are gonna want to stay in the very deep channel of the pass. You may have to use a lot of weight to get your bait down if that tide is ripping through there.

July 06, 2017 at 4:34pm

The huge rock jetty in the MrGo can be passed around it. The locks in Bayou Beinvenue are opening and closing on a regular schedule. I wrote the times down but, I sweated so bad, the paper decomposed in my pocket. I'll try and get the hours again and post them here.

The bass fishing, catfishing and bluegill fishing is on fire inside the locks. With a miniscule amount of gasoline you can catch all you want of these fresh water fish. I love eating bluegill.

July 06, 2017 at 4:25pm

The water out of Bayou Beinvenue is green, like it always gets during hot summer months. Bright sunlight, warm water and fresh water from all the rain. You couldn't provide a more ideal environment for growing algae.

My son just fished out of Shell Beach. He fished beside the fort. He caught a few reds and BASS!!! The fresh water is everywhere.

Heading towards Chef pass, the trout bite gets better around the small rigs. I just didn't need to travel that far. All of my fish were caught in the MrGo and along the near shoreline of Lake Borgne.

I launched behind the hotel on Paris Road. The bait shop is Fisherman's Friend. It's located directly behind the bar where you pay for the launch. Great people.

July 06, 2017 at 4:17pm
A comment titled: Re: Another decent hog in response to a report titled: Another decent hog

That's a shame about your dog. And, you know, you're right, there seems to be a lot of dogs with tumors. It wouldn't surprise me one bit to discover that the stuff they put in dog food is the culprit. Look, the food produced for US humans is loaded with chemicals sprayed on it and, antibiotics and steroids injected into it.

My granddaughter's boyfriend hunts nutria for the bounty during winter. If you are serious, email me and I'll hook you up with him for when he starts shooting them again.

ragremill@netzero.net

Btw brother, I was being a little facetious about you feeding your dog wild pork. You certainly have a right to feed your dog whatever you like. There have been
a few dogs raised by my 4 boys and myself that were like part of the family. It was very painful to lose them when that time came.

October 29, 2016 at 2:03am
A comment titled: Re: Another decent hog in response to a report titled: Another decent hog

DOG FOOD!!! Brother that is some of the best PEOPLE FOOD you can find! We are blessed with some of the best wild pork in the country. I have spoken with hog hunters from all over the U.S. Most of them claim that you can smell their hogs from a loooong way off. I told a group from Texas that I've killed many dozens of wild hogs and never had one stink. They pretty much called me a liar.

There is this Cajun guy (Mr. Peete's) who wins the crackling cook-off just about every year. He told me that he only uses the skins from wild Louisiana hogs. These Texans told me that their hog skins smell the rotten ass. They said you'd have to be crazy to make cracklins with the nasty Texas hog's skins.

I think it is all about what they eat. Down here, we find many of our hogs in patches of 3-corner grass. The roots of this plant make sort of a yam-looking bulb on the roots. I slice them with my pocket knife and eat them myself. They are delicious! Can you imagine raising hogs fed on sweet potatoes!!!

Anyway, I butcher every hog we kill. We make green onion, garlic and Cajun sausage. We make fabulous hog-head cheese. Of course, we make chops and roasts and regular ground pork for burgers as well.

My dogs might get what is left-over from a meal. But they are NEVER gonna get the whole hog just for dog food.

You should try contacting some local trappers for their nutria and muskrat carcasses. Honestly, I love young nutria and muskrat as well. But, I can see buying some of them cheaply for dog food. Especially the mature ones.

October 28, 2016 at 5:44pm
A comment titled: Re: Pretty nice fish! in response to a report titled: Pretty nice fish!

The real name is red-eared sunfish. If you notice, the gill flap is trimmed in red. That kid may never catch another one that big. Keep the photos!

July 12, 2016 at 2:14am
A comment titled: Re: Pretty nice fish! in response to a report titled: Pretty nice fish!

We call them lake runners, chickapin and poiches.

July 12, 2016 at 2:12am
A comment titled: Re: Leopard Redfish in response to a report titled: Leopard Redfish

Did you release him?

July 12, 2016 at 2:00am

I launch at the backdown right behind the hotel on Paris Rd. Travel down Bayou Bienvenue till you get to the ship channel (MrGo). We fish rocks anywhere from the dam going towards violet to the locks in the Intercoastal. We move till we find them and, we almost always find them.

I like to put about 3 feet of a heavy monofilament leader to help with cutting off in the rocks. I don't know if sheepshead are particularly line-shy but, sometimes when things slow down, I'll take the heavy leader off and, they start biting again. I did a poor job of explaining the sinker set-up. I tie some light mono line below my bait. Usually if anything is gonna get hung up in the rocks, it' gonna be the sinker since it is the lowest point on my rig. When it does get hung-up, I break the sinker off with that light line, and don't lose the rest of my rig. All I have to do is hang another sinker on.

Keep those live shrimp as close to the rocks as you can and hold on! My grandson is learning how to cast to a location. In the meantime, I'll keep replacing the tackle he throws on top, over and into the rocks. He's having a blast. And, I'm eating some of the most delicate white meat that saltwater has to offer.

My first post was done on my phone and it finishes spelling words how it wants to. I'm not the sharpest tack in the pack, but I can spell 'bite', and 'keeping'.

Go getcha some of these sheephead!!! No one actually calls them sheepshead, do they?

July 11, 2016 at 7:51pm
A comment titled: The captains here are scarce with advice! in response to a report titled: Need pointers on saltwater fishing

We have to click by dozens of reports of who captain so-n-so took on his boat for the most delightful fishing trip they've ever guided.

But ask for some simple tips to catch fish in their area and you get what you got here with your question. Nothing. Nadda. O-Fa-Ogla.

I wish You fished some this way.

Simple tips that should work any where;

Fish just outside of the rippling eddy, in the calmer water when water water pouring from a trenasse.

The same thing with fishing points. Fish the calmer water just adjacent to the downstream rippling water.

If you spot any structure on your dept/fish finder, fish all around it.

Live bait seems to work for me.

My friend's dad is a guide. He likes to fish the wind-whipped shoreline, rather than the lee shore.

Whenever we have love-bugs is usually a good indicator that trout are spawning. They will hit topwater baits more often during these times.

I have two family members who are very successful guides. Two very good friends and their families make a good living as guides. I am very glad that so many fine men are able to provide a living for their families.

However, on this site the guides are provided a with a free platform to expound endlessly about their trips. Only so that they can flatter their charter by having their name appear in print. The ONLY people who could even be remotely interested in this worthless information is the people who were in the boat with these captains!

When was the last time you read where a captain gave a useful tip or technique where you were impressed enough to try and remember it? I'm not so foolish or selfish to expect them to give the specific location of where they are catching.

July 05, 2014 at 7:39pm
A comment titled: Work Sharp Works! in response to a report titled: Best filet and skinning knife sharpeners

You're absolutely right. That lil Work Sharp is a great machine. I just can't run a knife with blood and guts on it through the machine every time it starts getting dull.

The sharpeners I mentioned above are what I use while working.

Now, it's all my DILs use. They're happy with the edge it gives them...?

July 05, 2014 at 2:41am
A comment titled: Work Sharp in response to a report titled: Best Sharpener For Filet And Skinning Knives

I agree, the Work Sharp is a fantastic sharpener! I just can't stick a dirty and bloody knife into that awesome little machine. I use the ones I mentioned while I'm working. Did you see the second generation Work Sharp? I gotta get me one of those!

Sometimes I will sharpen my knives extremely sharp before I start cleaning fish. But, after a few, I've gotta pass it through the sharpener anyway. Once you get used to your knife being sharp, you get skullcramps as soon as it starts getting dull.

July 04, 2014 at 10:33am
A comment titled: How's this working out for the family slickhead? in response to a report titled: No Firearms at Waffle House

Saturday morning a criminal shot and killed a police officer at a Waffle House in Georgia.

Our fiend slickhead says 'Signs do not stop criminals, no. Nothing does. Not a sign, not a law, nothing. Criminals break the law, its what they do and why they are called criminals'.

Well, it seems that bullets do stop criminals. Another ARMED patron shot the murderer, stopping him from killing anyone else and prevented the murderer from getting away. This dead police officer and ex marine leaves behind 7 fatherless children. I bet this IS NOT a non-issue to them right about now! I guess you're going to repeat the Federal building and post office puke again uh? Go wallow with your pigs man! A gun-toting citizen stopped a murderer in a WAFFLE HOUSE.

June 01, 2014 at 8:44pm
A comment titled: Spent a lot of effort on a 'Non-Issue' in response to a report titled: No Firearms at Waffle House

First slickhead dismisses another man's post as a 'Non-Issue'. Then, goes on to post 6 times on what he considers a post of no importance. Why would someone take the time and effort to criticize another man's opinion on what he considers unimportant? And, after several repetitions, we understand that you are completely aware of the fact that we can't bring a gun into a federal building or, post office. I thought your analogy of Baggy pants was juvenile and made no sense. Over the LINE was sharing some information many of us believe is VERY much an issue.

June 01, 2014 at 8:13pm
A comment titled: Gun owners are our own worse enemy in response to a report titled: No Firearms at Waffle House

The fact that Waffle House prohibits me from practicing my 'constitutionally protected' right to carry a firearm is reason enough for me to not eat there. It is a good thing that sportsmen expose those businesses that promote this left-wing agenda that would have us unarmed whilst only criminals would be armed. It amazes me how some sportsmen will criticize another for bringing it to our attention those businesses that are opposed to what we stand for. As for what you may think is important, who are you to comment on what another man thinks is important? Personally, I am very glad to know that Waffle House stands with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Slickhead. I will never eat there again. It is very much 'an issue' to me which businesses promote an ideology that is diametrically opposed to what I stand for! Thanks Over-the-LINE for the heads up.

May 31, 2014 at 10:05pm
A comment titled: Whatta fish! in response to a report titled: Doormat

I love catching flounder. My wife prefers eating flounder over any other fish. I've never caught one anywhere near that size. I debone the flounder (except for the small fin bones) through the end where I cut off the head. I then make a 'Stuffed Crab' stuffing made with fish meat instead of crab meat. You can stuff a normal-sized flounder as big as a football this way since there is no skeleton to keep it flat. A flounder as big as yours could be stuffed as big as a basketball!

May 19, 2014 at 10:59pm
A comment titled: Publiland in response to a report titled: New to LA

You seem like you would make a great hunting partner. Over the years I took dozens of young men on their first duck hunts, fishing trips, hog hunts and camping trips.

Having 4 sons kept us with a steady stream of fine young men to take on our outdoor activities.

Google-up all of the public lands you can find near enough for you to hunt regularly.

Back in the day, I went to our clerk-of-court's office and found small parcels of land owned by the school board, the parish, the state, churches and other public entities. Almost all of these properties were surrounded by private land.

In some cases, there were people already hunting there and they would insist they had exclusive rights to hunt it. No papers though! Having young sons with me, I always chose to move-on rather than escalate a situation when everyone is carrying a gun.

Keep looking around Lil Brother, you'll find places to hunt and you'll soon have some hunting podnahs. Especially if you have a boat!

September 13, 2013 at 2:25am
A comment titled: Aluminum Pot in response to a report titled: Poor man's supper

There has been a lot of studies indicating that many people with Alzheimer's disease have elevated aluminum in their brains.

I do use some Magnalite pots. But, I never use very high heat, especially for long periods.

The one thing I NEVER do is, use steel utensils to cook in an aluminum vessel. And brother, you are literally scraping/shaving bits of aluminum into your food!

Dude, I don't mean to be ugly or argumentative about this. But, how difficult would it be to use wooden or heavy plastic utensils when cooking in aluminum?

September 10, 2013 at 8:03pm
A comment titled: I am stupid! in response to a report titled: seatbelts

Sorry for your family's troubles.

My wife buckles-up every time we get in the vehicle, no matter how short of a trip. I sometimes remember to buckle-up if we're going long. And, I insist the grandchildren buckle-up before the vehicle moves one foot.

I hope your post helps me remember to buckle-up EVERY time!

Now, we must vow to wear life jackets whenever the boat is moving. It's amazing how we get comfortable with doing stupid things that can only result in tragic and horrible results.

We are praying for your daughter.

September 10, 2013 at 7:09pm
A comment titled: Much Better than a Kayak in response to a report titled: Is this boat worth it?

I think kayaks are very cool and would really enjoy the quiet and ability to sneak up on big reds in the ponds.

However, you will have infinitely more range with your little gas-powered rig. Especially during the fall and winter months when the trout move inside in great numbers.

The boat is small enough for you to still get into the shallows, if that is where you like to fish.

The motor certainly has some age on it. But, if it doesn't have a ton of HOURS on it, you should be just fine. Those small outboards run forever. If I were to buy it, I'd have a new water pump/impeller installed to eliminate the possibility of overheating and catastrophic failure. And, I'd have the compression checked to assure that the piston/cylinder situation is not a concern.

Both procedures are easy if you're even a little handy with tools or, inexpensive if you are not very mechanical minded.

September 10, 2013 at 6:40pm
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