I deleted a video of one of my guys and his first redfish. Since everyone was quick with the insults and attacking my service, to which you are entitled to as a citizen of the United States. You're welcome. So let me put my foot in my mouth now, since it seems to be the thing to do on here - I started fishing a little over a year ago to "get away" and relax from my job of doing things 98% of Americans don't want to do because drinking myself into a coma was making things worse. I didn't know how to fish really so I came to this site looking for advice on how to start up. I can rarely go fishing since the coast is a far drive from the post, which is expensive, and Toledo Bend is "too close" for me to relax. When one of the guys in the same unit heard I went to the coast he wanted to try it. The kid just turned 19 with a kid of his own and I thought maybe this would help him with the stress he has being new to both the Army and being a father. He caught his first redfish and I just happened to have my helmet-cam in my car so I took video of it. Yes, he was rough with it but initially we were going to eat it but I urged him to put it back in the water so it could breed. I posted it on here so he could link it to his family back home, who read all the slandering you posted about their son. Thanks.
What we got (with the exception of one fine gentleman who understands what we go through) was a slew of insults, yet not one word of advice. If someone had sent me an email saying "you're handling her too rough, here's how you do it next time and please pull the video" I would have pulled the video and all would have been a little wiser on handling a big fish. All I got from this is that everyone wants to throw insults but no one wants to be the wiser man.
This is the big sore point - Before you attack my career (you know who you are) think about this - you don't know me but I'm going back again because I love the ground you are currently standing on and what it represents, you will go to sleep tonight and be able to pray to a god you have chosen. You won't wake up in the middle of the night with the memories of washing a buddies blood out a HMMWV, the shear terror of my first mortar attack, or stepping on the pieces of the first "man" I killed in combat on 19 August 2006 pulsing through your head. If anyone who posted insults knows anything about that then be my guest, the rest can step off back home to your momma. The thought that I will be back there soon was reason enough to take up fishing. Again, you're welcome.
I didn't post this to start some kind of peeing contest on the internet of all places or to get any sympathy. I posted this because it is my right to defend my position. You're already set in your ways and nothing will change either of us. Don't worry, I'm leaving the site. Obviously I'll get better "advice" from a port-o-john in Qandahar, Afghanistan next tour than I will here. Post what you want, the days of settling things like real men are dead and I won't read them anyways so you're safe behind your little computer screen. I just came to expect more from experienced sportsman, whom I used to look up to.
Going to the 'tau this Sunday with a guy from my unit. I want to show him and his wife what Redfish and specks are and why Louisiana is world-famous for them. So far I'm armed with GULP! Shrimp and a castnet. Will be going to the bridge just before Grand Chenier, any advice on where to go and how to get them?
Went to the Cameron Jetties last Sunday and saw a few people catching some nice 3lbs.-7lbs. Reds in the morning, then the Gafftopsail Catfish started showing up in droves. They were good size, about 5-12lbs., and were hitting cut mullet like it was going out of style. I also plopped a Gulp! shrimp jig around the rocks and got some rat Reds, a small speck, and a nice flounder that got away. Then towards the afternoon the weather turned ugly and a Tornado decided to join us, but the Catfish were still hitting the whole time making the day fun.
Trying it again this weekend!
Rented a boat from the Army Recreation center with a buddy Sunday and although the trolling motor was busted, the depth finder was broken, and the ignition switch was mostly torn out (junior soldiers "joe" breaking stuff) we still managed to find some fish in Toro Bay. The wind was too much and our worms died with an hour (even when covered!) and then turned to goo with 3 hours but still managed this nice cat (she's released - full of eggs) and mess of Warmouth. It was just too dang hot!
Looking for some good "fishin buddy" camouflage! Every time I take our Company Commo specialist out fishing, the fish don't do a thing...but when I go it alone I tear them up! I'm beginning to think the fish see him and run away laughing at him. I need a way to hide him until the fish start biting. Yes, SPC "Hillbilly" I'm talking about you, you reading this?
I need a final answer - can you eat Gaspergou (Goo, Goo-fish, Freshwater drum)? I seem to be catching a lot lately and I get answers from different people in my unit such as "Yes", "Heck no", "make a stew outta the small ones", and my favorite "They taste like fresh steaming turds".
*Can you eat them, how safe is it (my wife is pregnant again), and if so, anyone got a good recipie?*
I hooked a 20lbs goo the other day fishing for stripers below the dam at toledo bend but I've been catching many 1-3lbs goo fishing for sac-a-lait.
A buddy at my unit and I went to the spillway yesterday after release formation. Since the Dam hasn't run in a while the fishing was limited to a bunch of smaller fish. We saw a lot of bigger fish out there but couldn't figure what they wanted, probably should have shelved out the money for some shiners. We caught one decent 2 lbs. catfish, one small kentucky bass, and a bunch of bluegill. The catfish were biting sausage I was throwing out for the bluegill - and the chicken gizzards, hearts and livers didn't do jack squat. Also a lot of trash on the bank, thats how we got the chicken parts in the first place - someone just left them there. The sausage was supposed to be a snack but it ended up being the bait! Skeeters got REAL bad and we had to leave, the spray didn't stop them. All said we still had a blast!
Are they opening the dam to compensate for the increased rain upstream? If so, when are they usually opening it? Thanks.
I've been going below the dam and all I've been able to catch is some nice bass, but I'm looking for either Stripers, Sac-a-lait, or White Bass. Any idea how to get these fish from shore either below the dam or on shore at the lake this time of year?
Got my limit of flounder from shore Friday. I'm taking my buddy from Afghanistan (He's home from Iraq on R&R) Monday to get him some of this action. He even gets me drinks! (see picture). "Gulp!" shrimp are awesome in the Sabine Wildlife refuge, they worked better than live shrimp!
I also went to Holly Beach to surf fish and just got a lot of hardheads, but action was fast enough to enjoy catching them!
Also, what am I missing at Sabine NWR this month? With gas prices just insane and operational junk here at Fort Polk I can't get out there in what I've been told is the best time of the year for inshore fishing. BTW- Gulp! baits are amazing! Just make sure the water is clear enough for the fish to see and smell them.
I hear people on Fort Polk talking about hot action involving striped bass below the dam using Zara Spooks in the evening time, anyone know if this is true? I'm going this next weekend.
Also, how do I get Sac-a-Lait (Crappie) from shore at South Toledo state park? I'm thinking live minnows,but any honey-holes from shore to reccommend me to?
Still too poor to get a boat.
Besides the usual Sabine Wildlife Refuge areas, anywhere else good to shore fish around Cameron / Hackberry / Sulphur / Holly beach areas? I'll also be into surf fishing here soon when I get my surf gear. Looking to catch specks, flounder, sheepshead, and anything else fun or odd - and can't afford a boat just yet (military paychecks, won't starve but won't get rich). I am willing to go "crocodile hunter" crazy to reach places but only on foot.
Slow fishing from shore at Sabine Wildlife Refuge. Hoghead Island gully would have been a hotspot - if you like Hardheads! A few small redfish and a few small black drum to go along with them, but all were too small and were released. There is a considerable amount of trash at this place so watch your line, people leave rope from crabbing all over the bottom. On a good note, the amount of crabs in this area attract quite a lot of fish. Also - IS THIS AN OYSTERFISH?