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Happy to report that out opener was fantastic!! I shot more shells than I shot the whole first split combined. On Saturday the 12 of us all limited on mostly greys with about 25% teal and a lone Greenhead. Sunday about the same, the rain cut some of us off, we all got a wet butt. The picture is one of my son's and some happy friends, another son is taking the photos - cool picture he took!

Hopefully this will continue?

Merry Christmas to all!!!

December 20, 2017 at 5:08am

Well maybe it won't be so bad after all? Wonder what happened to the grey ducks (gadwalls)

Good luck out there this weekend. Let us know how you did.


December 14, 2017 at 6:35pm

Opening weekend was almost a.complete bust for most all lease holders in our area. Very few birds. I was beginning to wonder if the season was going similar to last year with a very poor first split with a real decent second split.
Last weekend was.a big turnaround. Lots of birds and some fantastic hunting! Hopefully this week will be more of the same!!
I hear that the NE corner of the state and most of Arkansas is bone dry.except where they have pumped. Each front should push a lot of birds down. The aerial survey that was done just prior to the season indicated we were holding half of the birds compared to last year....ill bet that has changed significantly?
Good luck hunting, be careful and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

November 22, 2017 at 6:03am

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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 6:45pm

Huge 10 lb bass caught in Bayou Bienvenue. Unreal!

More info on front page of site.

February 27, 2017 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
A comment titled: Re: Cobia South of Cocodrie in response to a report titled: Cobia South of Cocodrie

Nice lemon!! Glad the info helped.

September 21 at 7:46am
A comment titled: Re: 13 year old slays 30lb Black Drum in response to a report titled: 13 year old slays 30lb Black Drum

Dat's a big ole black drum. Congrats!

July 10 at 10:45am
A comment titled: Re: Grand Isle in response to a report titled: Grand Isle

The bite on the G.I. beach has been almost non-existent as of late. There was a lot of trout being caught on the rocks on the East end of G.I. not too long ago. The bite on Elmer's has been day-to-day with one day epic and the next one very tough. I keep waiting for the beaches to pick up and get more consistent any day now? The bay bite over reefs and on points has been where the best action has taken place. I've had as much luck throwing plastic (cork with a shrimp imitation and glow swimbaits) as I've had with live shrimp or croakers.

The crab action has also been non-existent. Most folks caught none on crab lines, I caught a grand total of 8 nice crabs in two traps with fresh trout carcasses (the best crab bait on the planet) when left overnight. I have seen a lot more crabs over the past week swimming with the current headed out than all summer. I expect the crabbing to steadily pick up.

Good luck and let us know how you did.

June 13 at 4:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Fourchon to Grand Isle Fishing in response to a report titled: Fourchon to Grand Isle Fishing

Its all good right now. Beaches, bays, passes, reefs are all producing. As usual, plastics with a 1/4 ounce jig head, hard baits - topwater and/or suspending and live bait. G.I. is tough when there is a lot of wind - check the forecast and go get 'em!

May 14 at 8:12pm
A comment titled: Re: HB 391 in response to a report titled: HB 391

The bill passed out of committee 5 to 3!!!!

April 10 at 3:06pm
A comment titled: Re: Airboat Hog Hunting Video in response to a report titled: Airboat Hog Hunting Video

Cool video. Thanks for sharing with us!

February 26 at 5:51pm
A comment titled: Re: Lots of redfish in bad shape in response to a report titled: Lots of redfish in bad shape

What the heck is going on?

February 26 at 5:43pm
A comment titled: Re: Fat Tuesday = Fat Speck in response to a report titled: Fat Tuesday = Fat Speck

Ok, thanks.

February 19 at 11:31am
A comment titled: Re: Fat Tuesday = Fat Speck in response to a report titled: Fat Tuesday = Fat Speck

No doubt about beating a day at work! What is a savage 3D shrimp?

February 16 at 5:38pm
A comment titled: Re: Cool pic turkeys in flight in response to a report titled: Cool pic turkeys in flight


February 11 at 8:26am
A comment titled: Re: Endless Apex Articles in response to a report titled: Endless Apex Articles

This is just my opinion. Your comments are probably the surprise of the year for me. I've never met Josh but have enjoyed his outdoor adventures and him sharing them with all of us. You gotta admit they are unique and most of the time 'out of control'. The big thing is that he does share them with us. Most folks that come on the site actually never post a report much less share a story about their outdoor adventures. So I'm grateful, and to be truthful...I wanna come back in the next life in great shape, hunt and fish all the time and marry a doctor!
God bless and Happy Mardi Gras.

February 08 at 6:08pm

On another note, we would also enjoy having you enter the deer contest at the Louisiana Sportsman Show in Gonzales at the Lamar Dixon Center March 15-18th. Dave Moreland will be there and can officially score your deer provided the official drying time has been reached. The show will have approximately 30,000 folks attend that I'm sure would love to see your deer.
See you at the show?

February 02 at 6:09pm

What a deer of a lifetime! A huge congrats from all of us here at Louisiana Sportsman. I'm sure you must have misunderstood our editor, Pat Bonin, and one of our freelance writers, Glynn Harris, who also contacted you to get the story?
We wholeheartedly welcome you to write the story and send it to us. Of course, you would want us to edit the story to have it come out sounding great. Our writers and editors have spent their whole adult lives practicing their craft to be sure and get an accurate, entertaining and informative story - one that you can be proud of for the rest of your life. Your deer deserves that!
Of course, it would be easier for all of us to just have them call you and write your story about your deer - just like what we have been doing for the past 36 years.
Your call, your deer. Please contact Pat Bonin at very soon if you would like to have your story appear in the next issue of the magazine.
Again, a huge congrats from all of us!

February 02 at 6:04pm
A comment titled: Re: Fishing along La 1 to Grand isle in response to a report titled: Fishing along La 1 to Grand isle

I owe you one!!

January 23 at 2:23pm
A comment titled: Re: Ever have One Dem Dayz!!?? in response to a report titled: Ever have One Dem Dayz!!??

Had more than my share of dem days!

January 18 at 6:15pm

To the original question. Try Pointe Aux Chenes WMA near Houma (commonly referred to as PAC). I haven't hunted it personally in over 10 years but it was an easy hunt back in the day with a pirogue. Also, there hasn't been a duck in Salvador WMA in years, but I'm hearing rumors. There are a number of places to pull over with a yak in Salvador and hunt. Also, Maurepas WMA offers easy access off of I-10 and can definitely be hunted from a yak to get where you are going down a canal and then over to hip boots/waders to hunt the holes. Not an easy area to hunt though and most areas are covered with salvinia. My 2 cents.

January 02 at 6:19pm
A comment titled: Re: Annual Duck Commander Trip in response to a report titled: Annual Duck Commander Trip

Good luck in the timber. Hope to hear the Greenhead were thick!!

December 26, 2017 at 7:25am

Darn! Don't know if you saw the initial report from Larry Reynolds that is on the front page of the site? Sorry to say it doesn't look good guys.

I was hoping and praying the survey would reveal record numbers of birds in Louisiana. With all the cold weather we have had and the frozen conditions up north the ducks would be here. Don't know about you guys but I was having serious withdrawals last weekend with the ducky weather we had last weekend. Weather does look decent for this weekend.

Where are all the ducks????

December 13, 2017 at 12:53pm
A comment titled: Re: Tensas Refuge Hammer in response to a report titled: Tensas Refuge Hammer

That's awesome. Great story and fantastic kill. A huge congrats!!!

December 07, 2017 at 5:09pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish in response to a report titled: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish

We did a recon out to Atchafalaya Delta to see the area and do some scouting. A long ways, interesting area. Probably gonna try and make a few hunts there this season. What we won't do to have a chance at limits!
Hunting this weekend was terrible. No wind, no birds, no limits. Some friends hunted Thanksgiving morning and did great, wind=birds.
Thank goodness the trout and redfish more than cooperated!

November 27, 2017 at 6:21pm
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