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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.

October 12, 2009 at 1:02am

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?

October 02, 2009 at 8:58pm

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!

September 03, 2009 at 5:00pm

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!

June 16, 2009 at 8:27am

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?

April 07, 2009 at 10:55am

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.

Thanks!

April 04, 2009 at 12:29pm

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!

October 02, 2008 at 9:48am

Are they opening the dam to compensate for the increased rain upstream? If so, when are they usually opening it? Thanks.

September 07, 2008 at 2:35pm

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?

August 06, 2008 at 11:31am

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!

May 24, 2008 at 1:39pm

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.

May 16, 2008 at 12:31am

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.

May 16, 2008 at 12:27am

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.

March 03, 2008 at 12:46pm

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?

March 02, 2008 at 10:21pm
A comment titled: The Omen in response to a report titled: NUMBERED REDFISH?

Seriously beautiful fish!

Now the Shenanigans:

Isn't "Inspector 13" also the guy who inspects underwear and leaves a little tag in there when you open it? The number 13 on a redfish isn't a problem unless it was caught on a Friday and a black Hardhead Catfish crossed your path. :)

October 10, 2009 at 9:20am
A comment titled: Went there... in response to a report titled: Going to the 'Tau.

We went to the tau at the bridge from shore. The amount of trash was just outright insulting to the great state of Louisiana. This wasn't debris from the hurricanes, which I understand completely if it's there, but coke cans, platic bags, Styrofoam chicken liver packages, Hypodermic needles(!), and glass bottle pieces all over the place left by fishermen who don't care. It was so bad that we picked up and went to the jetties. Next time we'll leave the wife at home and bring a raft with a motor, but it was just too nasty to fish from shore there. I'll try again next weekend from the raft.

October 05, 2009 at 1:22pm
A comment titled: Kind of. in response to a report titled: Reds at Cameron Jetties yet?

Yes, there were people getting some good ones in the morning with the outgoing tide. After the Gafftopsail Catfish showed up they went away except for a few rat reds.

September 03, 2009 at 5:27pm
A comment titled: Yeah... in response to a report titled: Have You Driven a Ford Lately

Ya know, seriously, I would LOVE to buy nothing but American cars and trucks for the rest of my life. The problems I had with my Probe (yuck) and my Explorer when I was in high school back in the mid-90's and my dad's problems with his Sierra have haunted my auto purchasing preferences. I often have to put my cars and trucks (when I have one) in long term storage (you can't take em to combat, sadly) and I want to know that they'll start when I get back. I just don't have enough free time to maintain them.

On the other hand, everyone loves BMW but the Germans see them as unreliable pains in the @$$; that is why when I was stationed in Bavaria the locals in my village nicknamed the "Bayerish Mist Vagens" or "Bavarian Trash Trucks".

July 19, 2009 at 12:33pm
A comment titled: YEAH! in response to a report titled: Just clearing the air.

This is why I love Louisiana - real red-blooded Americans live here! AIRBORNE!

May 01, 2009 at 11:00am
A comment titled: UNIT PRIDE! in response to a report titled: Just clearing the air.

...and I'm glad you kept them flying, kept many of my guys alive with air support my last time to the dust bowl. If anyone has a problem with your name if you're representing your unit/squadron/section they can go refer themselves to the nearest recruiter and earn the right to object it. I'll be glad to "break them in" and teach them Esprit De Corps once they get to my unit. -SGT P.

May 01, 2009 at 1:23am
A comment titled: The spot. in response to a report titled: The Dam, again.

Down river road there is a small group of pine trees on the right and the markings of what looked like a campsite. The trail there is not bad and the water is fairly close. The water there has a ledge over deep water. I went back yesterday evening and hooked a 10 lbs Choupique that saved me the trouble of taking him off by snapping clean through my line and a bunch of small bass.

October 04, 2008 at 9:04am
A comment titled: Be careful. in response to a report titled: peason ridge WMA

I know Fort Polk units have frequent training there along with RTU (training) units, I'll be there quite often this fall. Be very careful on what you aim at and likewise, be aware that we put a lot of lead all over that place when we train. I would hook up with the park service out there and find a solid point of contact and find out what you need to hunt federal land here. I know in Milan, TN at the Army Ammunition Facility you needed an Army Range Recreational Course (2 Days) before you APPLY to hunt there.

September 15, 2008 at 2:01pm
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: The Dam

The generators are not going to run anytime soon. Very good information! I used the Toledo-Bend.com, not toledobend.com. Confusing as both sites have similar names and info. Going this weekend, training and Hurricane Ike permitting- Going to use chicken livers on the deeper holes to get some of those big blues I saw last weekend snokeling. All you see is a big moving mouth sticking out of the holes in the rocks or in the deeper drainage channel pools. Also saw a huge alligator gar that scared the p*** outta me!

September 09, 2008 at 5:01pm
A comment titled: Yeah... in response to a report titled: Ike sniffin' out Louisiana coast

The Two things that will drag the storm here: 1) I'm in the field for training for the next 2 weeks. 2) I plan to go fishing between STX and D-Day. There's a motto in the Army: If it ain't raining, we ain't training.

September 07, 2008 at 2:43pm
A comment titled: GOLD! in response to a report titled: gulp

Gulp! is the best thing since live bait. Yeah it's pricey but the fish go nuts for it, even on a slow day you can put one in front of most fish and they'll tear it up.

August 08, 2008 at 10:20am
A comment titled: The old guys. in response to a report titled: toledo bend help

Sir, if you're going to the MWR facility (I noticed you had "Colonel" in your name) then ask the old guys at the shop, they're pretty good at pointing you in the right direction. You usually can't go wrong with minnows over deep structure in the evenings for bigger fish and crickets near shallow water during the evenings and mornings for bluegill and the sort. This fall will be better, especially when we get some cooler temps. All the way!

July 31, 2008 at 2:18pm
A comment titled: Now that's dinner! in response to a report titled: My first big fish ever!

That's a popularity builder - dinner for the whole neighborhood! That's a flat-out stunning fish! Bon apetit!

July 23, 2008 at 5:31pm
A comment titled: I'll let you know... in response to a report titled: TOLEDO BEND FIELD REPORT by Pro Guide, Joe Joslin

If I get a free minute this weekend I'll try this and report on how it works. I had heard another NCO here at Polk talk about this but this confirmed the rumor! Time to get me some monsters without having to go to the coast, as gas is murdering my bank account!

May 30, 2008 at 1:39pm
A comment titled: Planting. in response to a report titled: Planting in the marsh

Might take a few years, but any White Oak, Apple, Pear, or any other fruiting trees usually go over well. Clover is an awesome ground-filler and it makes deer spreads bigger due to it's nutritional (i.e. Calcium) content. Might want to throw some salt blocks there too, just pull them up before hunting season, as it would be cheating-easy to get them in those areas.

May 30, 2008 at 1:33pm
A comment titled: Hardheads in response to a report titled: crabbing

I went fishing at the rock breakers near holly beach friday and monday - nothing but hardheads. The water was nasty, with many man-o-war washed up, not pretty picture.

May 27, 2008 at 10:55am
A comment titled: Ugly weather in response to a report titled: Flounder!

Weather was ugly, but I found flounder at least. Going Monday with my battle-buddy during Afghanistan to get trout. I go from shore, so hikes are sometimes needed. Notice the jeans I wear on hot days - It keeps the ticks out.

May 24, 2008 at 8:13pm
A comment titled: Thats the way! in response to a report titled: Congratulations

See? That annoying 3 hour drive down 27 to Calcasieu is worth it! It is a long drive from Fort Polk to Calcasieu but it's worth it any day, if not to enjoy the water! Too bad I still can't afford a boat, but I do fine from shore so far. Any idea how to get shrimp from shore with a cast net in the wildlife refuge?

Congrats, the other "Sarge".

May 05, 2008 at 10:26am
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