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I know a lot of you at one time or another have caught a nice bull and often wondered if it was a record or not. If the formula used to estimate the live weight of a redfish is correct, then a 53-inch tank caught and released earlier this month out of Venice could have been the new No.2-ranked red drum in the state record books.

Captain Boola Landry, with Reel Tite Fishing Guide Service out of Venice, said Jim Voyles of Ohio landed a giant red that measured 53 inches with a 30-inch girth using a Johnson gold spoon tight up against the canes on June 5.

“The biggest scale I had won’t go over 50 pounds, and it pegged that one out,” Landry said. “Myself and the customer agreed to release the fish unless we knew for sure it would be No. 1 in the state, but I was certain it was a Top 10 fish.”

Using a formula from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to determine redfish weight is pretty easy: just measure the girth at the fattest part of the fish and the length of the fish from the tip of the bottom jaw to the V of the fanned tail, and then plug that information into this formula:

(Girth x Girth) x Length/800
The resulting number is the estimated weight.

So on Voyles’ fish, 30 X 30 equals 900.

Now, multiply that by 53 (the length), and you get 47,700.

Divide that by 800, and the weight of the fish is estimated at 59.625 pounds —3 pounds heavier than the current No. 2 fish in the books, and less than 1 ½ pounds from the official state record 61-pounder caught by David Weber in 1992.

June 21 at 6:58am

The wife wanted to go to the camp in Grand Isle for Mother's Day - God bless her!! We fished Saturday on the beach at Elmers and did decent - it was pretty windy. My son had snuck around in the lil' bay behind Elmers and was spanking some decent trout. By the time we got there he was approaching a 2 man limit. We were able to put a decent box together.

Sunday was flat and the beaches were on! Caught a nice mess and called it a day. The real story that day was the shrimp on the beach at G.I.. folks were cast netting multiple ice chests of decent sized shrimp with quite a few jumbos mixed in. My son's pulled my (licensed) test trawl on the beach and we had a nice dinner of boiled shrimp, crabs and some fresh fried speckled trout.
If you haven't noticed every Monday morning the weather has been perfect. Well, not to be at the office on Monday looking out the window and 'wishin i was fishin', we stayed the night. Monday morning was perfect! We decided to fish a few oyster reef and my goodness it was unbelievable. Plenty of 3lbers and nothing but monstas! And to top it off...all on plastics. We used the 3' Tsunamani white pearl and vodoo shrimp tightlined. Probably best trip in quite some time on plastic. I think this may be the year of the big trout? I know the moon in May helped, but jeezum these G.I. trout were huge! Anyone elae having the same luck?

May 18 at 12:53pm

My podna, Blaine Babineaux caught this big girl on a chug bug in Des Allemands. She weighed 8.78. Nice fish!! One of the biggest I've seen this year from there.

April 01 at 6:45pm

Huge 10 lb bass caught in Bayou Bienvenue. Unreal!

More info on front page of site.

February 27 at 9:20pm

According to the duck survey that just came out...we now have the highest number of birds in Louisiana in over 17 years. Read the story on the front page or click here:

December 21, 2016 at 10:54am

Don't know if you saw the story on the front page of the site or not. We may have a new state record buck?

December 12, 2016 at 5:36pm

Seems like every year we kill less and less birds in the first split. This weekend took the prize for the worst on record. 10 guys on Saturday and we killed 6. I think we shot a total of 15 shells. On Sunday, most of us slept in and got some work done around the camp. Only hunted two blinds on Sunday, they raised our average and came back with 4 between the four hunters. Ouch!!

I'm reading the reports from SW La, Delacroix, and the mouth of the river and it was a great opener on Sat with a marked slow down on Sun. Our lease is loaded with feed but it seems something is changing around Lost Lake area? Hopefully our season will turn around.

On a different note, seeing signs of the highly destructive apple snails all over the fresher parts of our marsh. I'm hearing stories of complete vegetation wipe outs in parts of Terrebonne Parish.

November 14, 2016 at 12:51pm

I'm stoked! Waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds flew the coastal marsh in SW La. And saw lots of ducks through out the survey. SE La. Do NOT get surveyed. We'll report on that later tonight. Hopefully the birds are spread throughout the coast? Heard from a few folks along the coast in the brackish marsh south of Houma and they were seeing lots of birds. I'm headed out da' camp. Good luck and be careful this weekend! If you can, post a report on Monday. From the front page:

November 11, 2016 at 5:40am

How about parents posting some youth reports and pictures here. Would enjoy seeing the pictures and getting a few reports. The youth weekend will give us some insight on the season opener. My kids are all grown up now. Used to love the youth hunts!!

November 06, 2016 at 9:14am

My wife stopped on side of the road to fish and was able to film one of the most inventive minnow traps I've laid eyes on. Very simple and works.

October 10, 2016 at 1:46pm

We got the chance to fish Ride the Bull again this year in grand isle. The weather gave everyone a break and roughly 600 potential bull riders took off from Bridgeside Marina to fish Caminada Pass. My wife Ann was our only team member to catch a bull red. Over 130 bull reds were caught. The top ten fish were all close to 30lbs and over. 1st place went to 16 year old Brock Miller from Baton Rouge with a 34.56. Congrats Brock!!

August 30, 2016 at 10:03am

Most fishermen in Grand Isle know trout catching has been tough lately. Guess it's fairly typical for late summer around Grand Isle. Seems this weekend I finally starting hearing some decent reports around the island. We fished Saturday in the CCA Legislators tournament and had Representative Marcus Hunter and his family aboard. Having raised four kids on Grand Isle I forgot how interesting it can be to fish with kids!! Saturday was kids day.

Sunday I got the opportunity to fish with Representative Melinda White, her husband Danny and their son Parker. Parker was part of the LSU bass team and hadn't fished saltwater much - he took to it well! We ended up around the back of Four Bayou and caught a good mess of nice sized trout. We found 'em pretty late in the morning but they were hungry and willing to bite plastic. All fish were caught on a pearl colored swimbait.

The beach was pretty much impossible to fish all weekend. Apparently the tropical storm in the lower gulf caused some big rollers in the gulf all weekend and when they hit the beach it was time for a surf board!

August 08, 2016 at 2:06pm

Arrived at Sand Dollar just in time to take a picture of a world record 188lb junior world record tarpon. The girl, sorry I did not get her name, was fishing with none other than the famous Lance 'Coon' Schouest. They were trolling...of course a 'coon pop' invented by the Chouest family. 'Coon' tells me they were right out of Barataria pass within sight of the island. I hear that was where the majority of the tarpon were caught for the Tarpon Rodeo. I'm sure our internet editor, Pat Bonin, will have the story and the girls name soon on the front page. If any of you know her, please post her name. CONGRATS!!

August 06, 2016 at 3:20pm

What a day Sunday! Had been hearing the trout were a lil slow in the morning so we headed out to the rigs just off the beach in Grand Isle. Ended the morning with 15 nice mangroves, a lemon and lots of triggerfish we couldn't keep. Too bad you can't keep triggers in June and July - they are delicious. U would think the folks that regulate triggers don't want recs to catch any?
Seems the mangroves actually preferred the dead pogies to live croakers! Talked to the mangrove/lemon master - Captain Kenny with 'Bite Me' charters and he expressed the same sentiments. We free lined and used light weights, both seemed to work. The lemon fish also hit the dead pogies. We only boated one lemon, missed another bigger one. We ran from storms all morning and then got back to the camp for a fantastic fresh fish meal and got horizontal for a couple of hours.
When we woke up that afternoon there was no wind and nice and cool after all the storms. So we went look for some trout. First stop Independence island - dirty water, went to the beach and noticed hundreds of Pelicans feeding. The trout were thick, fat and biting!! Tsunami swim baits were the ticket. Beautiful afternoon, fished till dark and then ran back with the running lights. Don't get no better!

July 26, 2016 at 11:57am

Tommy Vidrine has been featured on this site and the magazine often. Looks like he's gonna be talked about some more! His lovely wife J-Lynn caught a 6.6 trout this morning and he had a pretty nice trout too. Beautiful fish!

June 25, 2016 at 2:58pm

Man what a fish!!! Toledo Bend is where it could happen to anyone. This is from the front page of the site. Just incredible. I can't wait to go in April. I caught two just under 8lbs last year. Hope I'm not too late in April? Congrats Kacy on a beast!

From the front page: He might not have expected it, but that's exactly what happened: the 31-year-old angler wound up landing the biggest Toledo Bend lunker of the 2015-16 season when he hooked into a gigantic 14.16-pounder.

We would joke throughout the day about catching 'the big one' not really expecting to hook up with a giant bass, Kacy Fisher said.

March 07, 2016 at 12:45pm

Toledo Bend is absolutely on fire!!! Made the annual trip with the Road Runners Bass Club from my hometown and it was on to say the least. Last Sunday I caught my biggest bass of my life, outside of some private ponds, to go just under 8lbs. And then on Thursday caught another big one to go 7.6lbs. My fishing partner and long time friend Greg 'Sausage King' Veron was 'da man. His stringer on Thursday was over 18lbs. We finished the tournament with big bass on both days and heaviest overall stringer. We mainly fished a weightless fluke in a watermelon red with the tail dipped in chartreuse. Others in the club that seemed to do well were fishing plastics also. We fished Indian Mounds, Housen was on also.

I've also included pictures of Chase Himel's 10 plus pounder from the same week and Lane Martin's 9.5lber. They are from St. James Parish also, they fished right by us the whole time and had a hell of week!

March 30, 2015 at 3:55pm

Man that was some good eating! My dad and Mr. Billy Bourgeois invited me to go sac-a-lait fishing yesterday and it was on. We launched under the bridge in Des Allemands and didn't have to go far to find 'em in a dead end canal.

We fished black and chartreuse and minnow colored tube jigs about 24' to 30' under a cork right near the grass line and out to 10' from the grass. We ended the day with over 40 nice ones about noon.

When you found the pretty black water, the sacs were there.

I fried a bunch up last night and they were delicious. Would enjoy hearing about your favorite way to cook them. Fried was obviously great, but want to try something different tonight. Thanks.

March 04, 2015 at 11:23am

Sportsman TV host and professsional bass angler Greg Hackney has just won the Bassmaster Elite Series tourney in NY!!

Congratulations Greg...a Louisiana hometown hero!

August 24, 2014 at 3:09pm

What's going on? I went to Grand Isle this past weekend and probably had one of my worst fishing trips in a long time. I saw very few people catching many trout. Talked to a few charter captains and they are downright concerned. Read Joe Macaluso's article in Sunday's edition of the Advocate and read where St. Cyr and Ed Sexton (two very respected trout fisherman) were concerned also. JUST NO FISH!!

I would love to hear from others around the coast and get their feelings.

I know that some areas will be doing well, where other areas may be off.

Let us know how you are doing. I'm concerned. Our editors are going to be looking into it in for the upcoming August issue. We will be looking at your comments for some guidance.


June 23, 2014 at 3:32pm
A comment titled: Re: Reef Balls at Grand Isle in response to a report titled: Reef Balls at Grand Isle

They are all around the island just inside of the bridge. There is more than just bait fish there!

September 26 at 6:33pm
A comment titled: Re: Dove Season Opening Day - 2017 in response to a report titled: Dove Season Opening Day - 2017

Very cool video and report. Thanks, glad it all worked out.

September 05 at 5:26pm
A comment titled: Re: tired of the scams in response to a report titled: tired of the scams

First off, we are tired of the scams too. Second, thanks for your patience and suggestions. We/I pretty much read every post, comment and classified. We have numerous back end tools we have built over the years to be able to go thru the entire site fairly quickly.
The majority of the scams/spam originate from other countries where they apparently have a decent grasp of the English language. In other words, they are very sophisticated. In their countries, one successful scam can make their year. They are very persistent and know enough to use local area codes, towns, etc. I could go on and on about what we are up against. Remember these types of folks are the same people that hack into banks and other very important U.S. institutions.
With all that said, the majority of the scams/spam are posted in the wee hours of the night, weekends, etc. They have patterned our moderating. The button we have to report scam does work - there's a formula behind it that I don't want to divulge.
Recently we put a very promising filter in the reports section to knock out the spam that we were being attacked with. It worked!!! We are now training (programming) it to work in the classifieds with some decent results. It's trickier in the classifieds.
At one point, we did shut down new registration and posting ability. A system where you earn privileges is being considered.
Thanks again for your patience and suggestions! I recognize the importance of figuring it out. I'm tired of 'em too!

August 10 at 9:37am
A comment titled: Re: Black Bay /Breton Sound 8/8/17 in response to a report titled: Black Bay /Breton Sound 8/8/17

Great trip indeed. Congrats on the fishing and the memories.

August 09 at 10:52am
A comment titled: Re: Good trip at Bayou Black in response to a report titled: Good trip at Bayou Black

Thanks man. Look forward to meeting up one day!

July 06 at 6:05pm
A comment titled: Re: Good trip at Bayou Black in response to a report titled: Good trip at Bayou Black

Nice fish! I hear the fishing has been real good out of Bayou Black. What were you guys throwing?

July 05 at 9:04am
A comment titled: Re: Etiquette @ Community Holes in response to a report titled: Etiquette @ Community Holes

Some great comments by all. The 'over the top' comments have been deleted. I'm glad to see for the most part the conversation was civil.

Obviously all of us (guides and fishermen) can all use a bit of courtesy and etiquette training at times. I've been guilty of 'getting a bit too close' at times too. It happens when the bite is on and the fever is hot. Let's try and be sure to have lots of fun this summer and make good memories!

I've locked the post down so we can all move on, go fish and share some more great posts. Thanks

June 29 at 4:10pm
A comment titled: Re: How\'s the new format working out? in response to a report titled: How's the new format working out?

Hear there are some monstas in TN. You part of the Houma tarpon mafia? Post us some reports. I've chased the tarpon a few times with no luck. Hope you hang a few big ones for the rodeos. Good luck and thanks for checking in.

June 27 at 1:36pm
A comment titled: Re: How's the new format working out? in response to a report titled: How's the new format working out?

All good. Reports have increased beyond what we hoped. We were headed in the other direction before. How 'ya been? We've been missing you. Wonder where the rabbit went? Cheers!

June 27 at 6:17am
A comment titled: Re: Summer soybean plot in response to a report titled: Summer soybean plot

Awesome video. Thanks so much for posting with us!

June 05 at 11:37am
A comment titled: Re: Nightime Manta Ray Snorkel in response to a report titled: Nightime Manta Ray Snorkel

Awesome! What do you reckon the wing span was? Looks like you and your love had a wonderful Hawaiian vacation. You have to post a story or let us publish the story on your exotic.

June 01 at 6:38am
A comment titled: Re: Iko Iko Jakamo Feena Nay in response to a report titled: Iko Iko Jakamo Feena Nay

Nice job there cap!

May 26 at 1:34pm
A comment titled: Re: Grand Isle Surf on Fire in response to a report titled: Grand Isle Surf on Fire

We were there on Sunday and Monday. On fire.

May 19 at 11:14am
A comment titled: Re: Got my speck fix in Grand Isle in response to a report titled: Got my speck fix in Grand Isle

The lil' bay behind Elmer's island probably does not have a name. You can get to it two ways. From Elmer's Island road at the first bend to the right, launch there and wade in or kayak in. It's a perfect kayak or pirogue. You can actually paddle all the way to Caminada Pass in about 15 - 20 minutes and fish the whole way. The fishing does seem to get better the closer you get to the Pass.
If you have a boat, you can launch right at Bridgeside Marina and then you can enter the cut just before the Gulf. Great area to park your boat and get out and wade. can go in your boat and drive into the lil' bay. It is a treacherous run however and if you don't know the water you will have trouble. Go slow especially as you go into the is very shallow and there can be some interesting currents.
Last weekend there was an interesting group that parked their party barge on the beach right by the cut, put up a big tent and canopy and the fishing and party was on!
It's a community hole. Be nice, be patient, be careful and get there before the crack of dawn to catch some fish or whenever the tide is right! I've caught some nice trout in the middle of the day when the tide began to fall.

May 18 at 3:45pm

How fast does it run. Looks like a blast.

May 10 at 7:55am
A comment titled: Re: Reef Balls at Grand Isle in response to a report titled: Reef Balls at Grand Isle

Here is the scoop. The reef balls are being deployed as we speak. Just talked to Buggy at Bridgeside Marina and the reef balls are going to be going out behind the islands that are just north of Grand Isle. Does anyone know the name of the island? These are the same islands that the oyster reefs with the hanging baskets are on, just on the other side of 'the crack'. The reef balls will be used to trap sediment to hopefully save the island. One look at the structure and you know what the other function will be - a super fish attractor! Glad to see they are taking steps to save these islands. Anyone that has been to Grand Isle over the years has seen the steady disappearance of perhaps the easiest fishing island around. Should be awesome.

May 02 at 9:20am
A comment titled: Re: Not a good day in response to a report titled: Not a good day

Even great guides have a bad day. Refreshing news for the rest of the Sportsman family members. Thanks captain for giving us the good and the bad over the years. Happy Easter to you and yours!!

April 15 at 4:46pm

Great video work!!!

April 14 at 10:11am

My partner and I just returned victorious from the Bend! My long time great friend Greg 'Goat' Veron the sausage king and I took top dog honors the last 2 out of 3 years in our St. James parish club 'Road Runners'.
We weigh 5 fish each day. On day one we weighed in around 28lbs for second place. LeDaine Summers and his son finished first on day one with LeDaine's 18lb plus stringer and Mitchells 11 ponds or so. We were followed closely by some great fishermen with lots of Toledo Bend experience. Day 2 was tougher. If memory serves me correctly, our 9 fish weighed 25lbs or so. All of the other teams struggled.
Here's the cool thing about our win. The Bassmaster Elites tourney was going on at the same time as our tournament. On day two we had located a section of Indian Mounds that was holding good fish. The pros were coming in and out all day and we always gave way to them or left the area...a win for us was $150 each and bragging rights for the year. Anyway, on this day we were just getting to the best spot, the pro was a long ways off and coming from the other direction. Even from the distance, we could tell he really wanted to fish where we were headed. We motioned for him to come on while we backed off ate a sandwich and watched him boat two keepers! He was very thankful.
Here's the best part, after backing off, we trolled to an area we hadn't fished yet and I caught a 4.6, and a 3.5, and Goat caught a 3.4!! Never would have fished that area unless we had given way. Talk about a great feeling to do good and then be rewarded!!
We fished Indian Mounds the whole tournament. All but one of our keepers was caught on a watermelon red or watermelon red candy fluke. We used a #2 straight shanked hook and a very small weight about a foot up to get it down a lil quicker.
If you have been to the Bend lately, Indian Mounds looks completely different. Hardly any hay grass left. The TX folks have been spraying for Salvinia and have killed just about everything else with it. Wherever we found some grass on the points...that's where we found the fish.
Pictured is Andy DeRoche's big fish of the week. An 8.8. Also pictured is one of Goat's 3 pounders form Indian Mounds. Other than Andy's hawg, the club weighed in 4 or 5 six pounders.

April 13 at 8:23am
A comment titled: Re: Des Allemands hawg in response to a report titled: Des Allemands hawg

Dunno. On the Bend now trying to catch my hawg. I posted it for a friend. I'll touch base with him and let u know. I haven no idea what he did with the fish. How have you been doing this spring? Haven't heard many reports from you or about your year.

April 05 at 6:51pm
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