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Back up and running. Our BP committment is over and the topwater Lodge is now back up and running. Fished this past weekend with great success. Saturday was a easy 6 man limit of redfish fishing two boats. Reds where super shallow and with the extreme high tide we had no problem getting to them. We fished live minnow under corks as my sports preferred the slow fishing to throughing plastics and topwater. Sunday was a quick trip to lake pelto. In two hours we had 50 speckled trout and 30 white trout. Double rigged everything. 1/4 ounce heads and open night colored plastic. Call capt John at 19858529560 or Capt Bryce at 15042733010 for lodging or fishing info.

September 29, 2010 at 11:47am

What a year its been. The Gang and Topwater including myslef would like to thank all our customers for a great fishing Season and we experienced the best year we have ever had. We sold two off our Old black Jacks and have new Blackjacks on order for the spring of 2010. I must say the black Jack is a incrdible boat as my two oldest Blackjacks made 4 fishing seasons and where in good shape when we sold them. We will run 4 through the winter and have six starting 2010 fishing season. I had the pleasure of redfishing last week and then driving to Wyoming to make a Mule Deer and Antelope hunt. The pictures speak for themselves. Capt John and Capt Joey have Topwater Lodge in the best shape ever and we are happy we didn't have to move the lodge one time this year for hurrican season. Thanks again to all our customers. Topwater Charters Capt Bryce

October 07, 2009 at 3:30pm

Donald arnold got the surprise of his life Monday while fishing Catfish with live worms at the Desallands train bridge. A 5lb bass made his day. Donald is having the bass mounted.

October 31, 2008 at 1:33pm

Ann and Pb Candies couldn't get enough of the big trout fishing the biggest was right at 8lb with numerous 5,6 and 7lbers. They with me are planning a trip in April so we can catch the girls at there heaviest time of year. We were fishing the area where the world record 17lb trout was caught. The prictures show how much fun they had. Capt Bryce

October 24, 2008 at 10:18am

Brett Candies with his monster 10 lb Flounder and 6 and 7 pound trout Indian River Vero Beach Florida. All fish caught on 10 and 12 inch live mullet free lined on the grass falts and Mangroves. This is a awesome place Capt Bryce

October 24, 2008 at 10:02am

Spent three days in Vero Beach Florida (Indain River) with My two new bosses Brett and PB candies. Monster trout was on the menu. As luck would have it I caught a double digit trout. 31 3/4 inches long 10lb 2 ounces. Capt Bryce

October 24, 2008 at 9:57am

Wacked again in coco for Ike. As best we can tell 7 to 8 foot surge. Took out the entire dock leaving the roof and
lifts alone. Water and electric lines will have to be completly re-done along with all decks and fish cleaning tables. The 1400# ice machine has seen to have made it, but the think the wave action got to the motor and chiller. Can't get a good idea on power looks to be a while. Rode the parish again yesterday from waterproff to cocodrie. Birds where diving everywhere. The fall pattern will start early with all the hurrican activity. we will be up and running as soon as we can get everything fixed and most importantly SAFE. Thanks for all your calls and concerns. Capt Bryce Topwater lodge 19858550707

September 15, 2008 at 1:25pm

Made the whole circle today from Cocodrie all the way back to Bayou black. The only fish floating are in Bayou black it self by cannons boat landing and both bayou terrebonne and bayou lil caillou. Marsh is smelly but water doesn't look that bad in orange grove not one fish floating which makes me feel good at this point. A surge from ike will defentily hurt the fresh water fishing. Trout busting infornt of my camp at bayou sevin in cocodrie. I think the trout fishing will be incredible this fall after these storms. A few pictures of the damage at topwater lodge. Not bad at all we will be back up and running with power. White camp did awesome with power and a new outside Ac we will be back at it. Thanks Capt Bryce

September 07, 2008 at 7:23pm

Real Black Duck shot in Kentucky with a group of mallards. On it's way to the taxidermy

January 26, 2008 at 2:39pm

More pics Kentucky Mallard Hunt Waldon Lodge 12702242424

January 26, 2008 at 2:21pm

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January 26, 2008 at 2:16pm

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January 26, 2008 at 2:12pm

Kentucky mallard hunting was unreal! Finally killed a real black duck - it will be mounted and put in Topwater Lodge - next to a mottle duck for all to see the difference. Joined PB Candies, Brett Candies, Brian Head, Shane Candies, Tommy Benton, Roy Hogan and Cajun Dave for the mallard hunt of a lifetime. Words cannot describe the amount of green that we saw. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. This was a excelllent way to end the season. Thanks to Waldon Lodge and Ricky Waldon.(270)224-2020 www.waldonlodge.com

January 26, 2008 at 2:07pm

Unbelievable is a under statement. I will be seeing large flocks of Specks in my sleep for awhile. Clint and his guides at Goose Guides have perfected the hard hunting of geese. Large Rag spreads, comfortable seating and excellent calling is a combination for unbelievable hunting. Pictured is Brett and PB candies, Captians Coby, John, Joey, Chad, Captain Gerald Bryand, Ed Springstead, Micheal Blanchard, Clint Mathews, Perry and Buck Pellegrin and as usual I'm taking the picture. We ended up with 34 specks, 6 snows, 2 spoonies, and one mallard drake. The hunted lasted only two hours with some of the best speck action I've ever seen. We had one group of over 80 specks in the spread it was a unbelievalbe site. Goose guides has only a few days left this year for booking. He only makes two hunts a week so call if you want to put a group together. Clint is one of the best goose callers I've ever had the pleasure of hunting with. Goose guide number is 13376432645 or check them out at gooseguidesinc.com. Capt tuna Box

December 17, 2007 at 10:24am

Made my annual track up to Duty Ferry to hunt with good Freinds Big and Little Barrie Tanguis and Johnny Ditta. What a duck operner it was as I saw more ducks then I've seen in the past 6 years. More pintails then ever as we killed our four with no problem. Limits both days with really good ducks, mallards, Greys, pintail, Widgeon, teal. Got a bonus friday afternoon with 11 pigs coming out to the feeder. Shot two and gave them to the care taker. Happy Thanksgiven to all of you. Enjoy the pictures. Capt Box

November 22, 2007 at 8:19am

I heard their good eating. One of capt Shane's trophy's. Is this what you and capt Ron have been chasing down river. Be careful, I don't want you to get your shirt dirty. Lots of Love Box trout

May 02, 2007 at 4:35pm

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February 27, 2007 at 3:27pm

Back to fishing now. Warming up the batteries on the Skeeter zx225 to start my yearly hunt for the famed speckled perch. Capt John and I made our yearly track to Asbrook Island with Good friend John Ditta. Late Muzzle loader season and a combination I hate because of a deer I shot Years ago that we didn't find till the waters of the mighty mississippi went down in late spring. It happend to me again as the first afternoon was packed with unbelivable excitment and a let down that left me not sleeping for the entire weekend. I sat on a green feild friday afternoon, a unbelivable afternoon with nature on the prow and the moon overhead at 3:30pm. It was a brisk 40 degrees with more deer tracks on the ground then I think I have ever seen. I feel in a trance for at least a hour, dreaming of the eight point or ten point that would visit the feild that afternoon. At 5:10 not one, not two, not three, but seven rack bucks entered the feild from 400 yards away. The biggest a gaint 7 point that ran the other bucks to the far side of the feild and then turned to move my way. I ranged the deer from 307 yards down to 81 yards. No rest on the lean to stand so I let my shot go free hand with buck fever all over me. Missed Missed Missed. Sick to my stomach. Thank god for capt John and his straight shooting. Pictured is his first good rack buck which he is mounting and putting on the fire place. Capt john hunted hard for this deer taking him in the last hour of his last hunt on sunday. Congrats Capt john, Now it's time to fish. Capt Box

February 02, 2007 at 8:54pm

Smacked um good on Saturday with Capt Chad and I hitting the dock with over 140 fat trout. The fish where caught tite line with black and Chart. Assassians and Storm Swim baits. Toby and his crew from Cameron started the year off early with a trip sponsored by Ron and John with Fabricating Specialties out of Houston Texas. The texas boys got a tast of Dudley's porks roast and I think are re booking just for the food. Give us a call for some awesome action and one of the most proffessional Guide services on the coast. Capt Wheel Barrow Topwater Charters 19858550707

January 14, 2007 at 8:27pm

I spent the morning with good friend Brett Barker and his Son Blake. Brett is breaking Blake in on inshore fishing and took the oppurtunity of Christmas to spend the day with his son. This is what it's all about. Blake started off slow but ended strong catching the last fish. The pictures say it all, as spending time with your young ones outdoors in the most important thing of all. Merry Christmas Capt Bryce (Wheel Barrow) 19855949074

December 23, 2006 at 8:30pm
A comment titled: Still coming in response to a report titled: Thread locked, but discussion can continue

The NOAA has a good web site. The 24, 48 and 72 hour trajectories with maps will show the movement of oil from the accident site and where it has hit already. You can see marked in red that timbiliar and Last island have had a considerable amount of oil hit the beaches already. Our passes have grown so big that its just coming right in. I had a report the oil was in pass wilson yesterday. (Pass wilson is west of Whisky pass) The 72 hour trajectory has oil right out side of cocodrie this is not whats already there this is more oil moving in. With the current weather patterns and what pictures I have seen from friends flying out side the islands we will see more. If you want to fish go because their is a chance the whole area could get closed farther north. Clean up crews are stationed at the end of the Road in Coco I was told Boom was on the way. They are working out of Coco Marina.

May 13, 2010 at 1:33pm
A comment titled: Cocodrie in response to a report titled: Thread locked, but discussion can continue

Have not posted in a while. Cocodrie is full of oil the beaches have a good amount and the oil has come in all passes. The 72 hour forcast shows more oil coming around the tip of southwest pass and making another bee line for us. Grand isle and surrounding areas seem to be spared from the current patterns. I feel for Capt Ron and all my old friends in Venice as you guys can't seem to get a brake. We finally had a full year last year in the middle of country wide economic fallout and now this. Makes it hard to keep going on. This year would have been our best year ever with bookings. We will drive on and prevail. Finally had the place back in shape after Hurrican Gustav gave us a direct hit and Ike tried to flood us out. Our customers have deceided to cancel until the leak is contained or stopped. With the current weather patterns and oil traveling under the water column you just don't know when it will pop up again. We have tried to fish in the areas still open but we are so limited. Good luck to all of you.

Kind Regards
Capt Bryce Michel
Topwater Charters LLC

May 13, 2010 at 9:36am
A comment titled: Buy a digital scale in response to a report titled: Trout in the passes in Venice

I was expecting bigger fish after your call last night. You and shane look real pretty in your shirts. You need to buy a digital scale. Box

November 04, 2008 at 10:41am
A comment titled: Fishery is incredible in response to a report titled: Indian River 10lb Trout

We caught over 50 snook and we weren't fishing them. We hooked over 20 trout the biggest was 10 2 and the smallest 3 1/2 to 4 pounds. We fished with 8 to 10 inch mullet free lined. We were there to only target big trout. The indian river is a incredible place. I will be going back in April to try and catch a 12 to 14 pound fish. There is defentley something to be said about low limits and releasing every fish you catch. Capt Bryce

October 27, 2008 at 8:05am
A comment titled: Water and power in response to a report titled: Power in Cocodrie

Power may come on by next wed or thur. Water works up to Robinson canal don't have a time line for water lower than that.

September 18, 2008 at 1:37pm
A comment titled: Logistics in response to a report titled: Smashed the Reds Again!!!! 7-31-08

Get your map straight boys, no cypress trees near lake crencro. Only one place this could be. If not mistaken the cypress tree in the post is what we call the eagle nest off lake decade. I could be wrong but it sure looks like it to me. As far as cocodrie is concerned it's a short ride for me at 55 MPH to fish dularge out of one of my 6 black jacks that float lighter than any other bay boat made. But since I have a pile of money and moved to Water Proff on minors canal over a year ago I just leave from behind my house and fish it all. Red Skeeter 20i 250 yamaha HPDI. Far all you haters I grew up in Dularge with a camp on Bayou Decade. If you think I don't know the area you have another thing coming. Last I am not allowed to fish any of these areas so my comment to Capt. Marty was not to get caught. The land owner and Lease owner will press charges. Capt Bryce

August 04, 2008 at 10:38am
A comment titled: Wheel Barrows in response to a report titled: Capt Stu Scheer Cocodrie Inside Charters

Capt Stu My Wheel Barrow's have double wheels on each side. Nice Fish Capt Box

May 07, 2008 at 8:52am
A comment titled: Just learning from the master in response to a report titled: Capt Stu Scheer Cocodrie Inside Charters

Sorry to take your name stu. I thought you where trout king. Nobody was using the wheelbarrow so we adopted that name. Just to let everyone no, Capt Stu invented speckle trout so thank him next time you see him. Lots Of love Stu great fish, I heard about the 7 pounder, thats a great fish. See you on the water. Capt Box

May 05, 2008 at 7:37am
A comment titled: He gave you his email address in response to a report titled: BAD GOOSE HUNT

Send him a email his post says he will be glad to give you the name. No bashing on the site thanks Louisiana sportsman Magazine

February 18, 2008 at 3:04pm
A comment titled: Don't understand in response to a report titled: My Opinion on Ducks Now and Before

Hunted Kentucky and Missouri this year. All we saw and shot was mallards. Where are all the grey ducks, pintails, teal, widgeon and what we call off ducks. Why don't the so called off ducks stay with the Mallards. Please advise

January 28, 2008 at 3:30pm
A comment titled: No Problem in response to a report titled: Real Black Duck

This was a awesome deal to add to my mounts. You are right they look totaly different. When the mount is done I will take pictures of both for all the see. Thanks for the congrats. Box

January 27, 2008 at 8:09am
A comment titled: Count us in in response to a report titled: Charter Boat Captains

CT will try to bring the topwater crew, that is 7 of us. Thanks Capt Bryce

January 07, 2008 at 8:23am
A comment titled: Some of the best Guides in the World in response to a report titled: Inshore fishing guide

Just a Few, If I missed anyone sorry.

Capt Shane Mayfeild, Capt Anthony Randazzo, Capt Ross Barkhurst, Capt Brent Roy, Capt Loyld Landry, Capt Boola, Capt Brandon Carter, Capt Larry Averitt. All these guys can be found threw venice Marina and are great guides.

September 06, 2007 at 7:33am
A comment titled: Current system great in response to a report titled: OUTRAGED AT LOUISIANA LICENSE SYSTEM..

The problem with the system is getting the license, not the price. I would not loose any business if the price changed. It still wouldn't change the problem of getting the license. Box

July 01, 2007 at 7:46am
A comment titled: fishhfiles in response to a report titled: OUTRAGED AT LOUISIANA LICENSE SYSTEM..

Just a few more points. The weather is bad 50% of the time, so we are not limiting out every day. I know very few guides that run twice a day. Just not possible most of the time. Pictures on the site. You only see the pictures when their catching. The nets didn't discriminate if the wind blows they. Not looking for a argumnet, just stating facts. Rod and Reels can not hurt the fishery, poor managament of the fishery is what hurts it. Once again the license system in the state is bring commerce to the state in many ways. It's not just the charter. Most of my groups from outerstate spend 1 to 2 nights in new orleans when they come. They eat at the resturants and party in the city. The trip license makes them feel like the state is giving something back. Believe me I ask customers. Thanks for your curtosey and I respect your comments and opions. Capt Bryce

June 30, 2007 at 11:45am
A comment titled: You have no Idea in response to a report titled: OUTRAGED AT LOUISIANA LICENSE SYSTEM..

Fishhfiles, you have no idea what it takes to be a guide. It's the sure love of fishing, defentily not the money. Unless you own the Marina, the ice machines, the bait tank, and the lodging, you are not making a pile of money. Next, 90% of the customers are not great fisherman. They need help and couching (thats why they booked a charter). The limit is not reached everyday and a good guide makes sure the customers catch all the fish. Last, since Katrina, the guide Licenses have declined. Their is actually less licensed guides in the state. The $5 trip Lic. is a good tool to promote fishing in the state to out of state customers. They don't just spend on the charter, the motels, resturants, airlines, all see the cash etc. The system of obtaining the lic needs work. I have noticed the problem and have complained to the Wildlife and Fisheries commission to do something about it. Thanks Bryce

June 30, 2007 at 8:21am
A comment titled: Pin point in response to a report titled: Wade Fishing West Timbalier Island

Thanks Kevin for giving away my exact location. A true rookie mistake. Where's the love man. box

June 27, 2007 at 11:08am
A comment titled: Shark Tamer in response to a report titled: More trout restrictions coming???

Sorry for not posting. The wheel barrows have been full. I have been very busy with the Magazine, if you have noticed the magazine has been over 300 pages every issue this year. Capt John Pellegrin and Capt Joey Seeber have been running things at the lodge along with Capt Chad Chassion and Capt Coby Esponge. We have been averaging 4 boats out everday and we have not been doing a good job at posting. I will try to change that this weekend. As far as the limits go, it matters not to us we will stay within the law and catch what is legal. It's all talk though, their is nothing happening as we speak to lower limits, and nothing in the future to lower limits.

June 20, 2007 at 12:03pm
A comment titled: Be careful what you wish for in response to a report titled: More trout restrictions coming???

Currently their is no plan to lower the trout limit in the state of louisiana. As per the wildlife and fisheries commission board, if the limit was to be changed through out the state, it would have to done by the fisherman themselves with a grass roots campaign. Just like it was done for Calcasieu lake. Currently that is not being done. I think this issue is over, if we keep talking about it and bringing it up then some one might take it to the next level. Becareful what you say and what you wish for. It might come true. Capt Bryce Michel

June 19, 2007 at 2:04pm
A comment titled: to clean in response to a report titled: Bull Reds in Venice

Shirts to clean

May 03, 2007 at 2:58pm
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