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Bad weather & high winds = no reports... so putting this out there!

Requesting ANY AND ALL input both positive and/or negative relative to the Minn Kota Saltwater/Riptide (Ulterra?) I-Pilot (36V w/60' shaft) with ALL THE BELLS/WHISTLES (handheld remote vs foot control AND the Auto Deploy/Stow features). I do realize that with these troll motors in 'anchor'/Spotlock' feature that the bow will always be into the wind and should stray from side to side due to both tide and winds.

ALSO...what about the 'Auto Deploy/Stow' feature?

We troll the MRGO, Trestles, Rocks, etc and wondering if having the foot control would give more 'hands-free' time as compared to constantly positioning with the remote!

We realize that the guides for the most part like the handheld remote due to the fact that they are assisting their client s and keeping them on the fish.


October 17, 2017 at 12:32pm


MY ORIGINAL QUESTION: Which tidal conditions, incoming vs dropping combined with wind direction of less than 10 mph IS BEST for fishing the surf, whether from boat or standing the surf? Are tide predictions for Caminada Bridge combined with moon phase ALL are players in fishing Elmer's???

Hoping for lots of experienced suggestions/answers. Thanks, John C.

July 21, 2017 at 11:37am

F Y I: Don't forget to renew your LOUISIANA fishing licenses which expire on Friday, June 30th, 2017! Thanks for correcting my error...John C.

June 02, 2017 at 3:57pm

F Y I: Don't forget to renew your LOUISIANA fishing licenses which expire on Friday, June 30th, 2017! Thanks for correcting my error...John C.

June 02, 2017 at 2:48pm

Remembering CAPT. JOHN GREMILLION...RIP October 9, 2014. Age 47...Miss You My Friend: John Castelluccio, Jr.

(*** Louisiana Sportsman's Magazine, June 198)

May 31, 2017 at 11:24am

ANY shrimping reports from personal experience or '...I heard...' ??? John Castelluccio, Jr.

August 16, 2016 at 7:22pm

Trying to locate a SHIMANO CURADO BANTAM
201-Bantam Super- Free (BSF) left-hand
baitcaster! This was the 'original'-old
metal flaked dark-green! Davey Jones
claimed mine...Thanks, John
Castelluccio, Jr. 504-481-1344

January 05, 2016 at 8:50pm

'EVER WONDER WHY' charter captains are delaying their limit and/or near-limit articles/pics? Is it less (old) news equals less fishers? John Castelluccio, Jr.

August 18, 2015 at 10:12am

I was reminded by 'Missy' John (Holy
Mackerel) Gremillion's girl-friend...That
Friday, July 3rd was his birthday. Happy
bBrthday John...Hope you caught several
300# tarpon, limits of big trout up there
and noooo redthings! Miss You...John
Castelluccio, Jr.

July 04, 2015 at 1:22am

Posted - 09/17/2014 : 2:25:31 PM

I purchased (2006) my custom made all aluminum and SS trailer from Sport-Trailer Trailer Co., located on old Hwy. 90 in Bay St. Louis, MS. Someone hit my trailer in the Bonnabel parking lot two weeks ago...damaging the left metal upright-guide pole and the U-bolted bracket! I made an appointment with the owner of Sport-Trail Trailers-Kevin Desalles and brought it in yesterday morning. A new bracket was welded on, BOTH metal uprights were replaced, LIKEWISE ALL four of the U- bolts, nuts and washers. They inspected my trailer, tongue assembly (under, around and over) and found a stress fracture in the step-up next to the fender and welded that. Accompanied Kevin into his office, he handed me two t-shirts and AND he apologized that there was not enough time (11:00am employees' lunch time) to lift my boat off the trailer so as to chemically-wash my trailer as a courtesy . I was gratefully surprised at what he 'charged' and a handshake. SPORT-TRAIL TRAILER CO. is doubling it's size AND will be the 'official' trailer manufacturer for BLAZER BAY BOATS located in Pensacola, FL

September 17, 2014 at 3:00pm

Took my boat into Pontchartrain - shakedown for trip to Grand Isle this weekend. Noticed GPS unit with flashing message...\'HIGH VOLTAGE INPUT\' and then noticed my Yamaha instrument gauge showing 17.4 - 17.6 volts while running 4000 rpms. Stopped boat put motor into neutral and instrument gauge showd 13.6 - 14.0 volts. I was seriously concerned that the over charging could cause the battery to explode and/or damage something else---instruments, gps, motor, etc. I called a few mechanics and one asked if battery was bad or very old...NO! Battery is less than 2 years old and I charge it on trickle charge after every trip. Now I am wondering if I have overcharged/damaged the startup battery. My motor is a 2006 Yamaha ZR200TRX HPDI. Does anyone have any input and/or related/similar experiences??? Thanks, John Castelluccio, Jr.

August 06, 2014 at 11:39pm

Back to ORIGINAL QUESTION...YES-running lights are required on all vessels over a specified length!

August 02, 2014 at 1:36am

The few marine mechanics I have talked to including lawn equipment repairmen ALL AGREE...STAY AWAY FROM E-10 FUELS. Most marine/lawn care engines are not equiped to handle ethanol through rubber hoses and/or rubber/plastic components of fuel systems...especially all older carbeurated engines! This also applies to compressors, generators, welding machines, etc...!!! With ethanol fuels, not filled tank---the more room for moisture/water and octane loss. Less wear/tear on trailer because of less weight DOES NOT OUT WEIGH a blown engine trying to burn/compress water in the cylinder/piston heads. If you have a four stroke engine, depending on horsepower---you are 'always carrying around' 40lbs to 150lbs more weight than older engines and/or 2 STROKE HPDI engines! John Castelluccio, Jr. ps...if you are fishing the Hopedale/Shell Beach/Delacroix are passing five non-ethanol stations excluding the 3 marinas which all sell non-ethanol fuels, though $.20-$.30 more per gallon. Westside of river...passing at least three non-ethanol stations. IS IT WORTH THE CHANCE!?!?!???

March 11, 2014 at 1:43pm

Today, Thursday, while in Chalmette (Pellegrini's Barber Shop) observed many, many boats being trailered OUT from lower St. Bernard...possibly the marina operators advised those in sheds/slips to remove due to liability issues?!?!

October 03, 2013 at 7:26pm

I totally endorse the preceding statement and stand by the statement...I (we) will do so everytime while in a boat (yours/mine) whether moving or not!!! John Castelluccio, Jr.

September 29, 2013 at 11:14pm

A LAW IS A LAW...'...rules will be broken...'!!! Pay the price. THE difference between the PFD labeled Auto/Manual vs HIT: The Auto/Manual deploys after a wafer type disc (alka selza?) dissolves and it deploys---this is the reason manyinadvertentingly open while instorage after constant exposure to water even constant wave spray and even washing with a hose PLUS it can be deployed manually IF YOU ARE CONSCIOUS after going overboard (either fall and/or ejection).

The HIT is hydrostatically based by pressure NOT BY BEING WET. SUPPOSEDLY, after the device is under water for a mere two seconds (a change in pressure) then deploys.

A classic example of the HIT PDF's being worn is the PDF's worn by crewmembers of the series DEADLIEST CATCH...constantly wet for hours at a time and no deployment. The only time I saw one deployed was when a crew member (Lenny) was knocked down/floored by a hugh wave, he slipped on deck and was pushed while underwater from starboard to portside...the HIT PDF deployed.

YES, I agree they are expensive...$239.-$259. on line! Since developing Vertigo from an auto accident in 2006, my daughters bought me my first HIT vest...very comfortable! Now my girlfriend has been making many trips with me to Black Bay, Breton Sound, etc...she asked me after gearing up at the dock and putting on my HIT...she asked me if I had another and said 'NO' and then she hit me with...Do you love yourself more than me? THAT PUT THE VALUE OF MY LIFE AND THOSE I LOVE INTO TRUE PERSPECTIVE...I NOW OWN THREE HIT PDF's and keep them in the boat at all times. I insist that all who fish with me wear them...John Castelluccio, Jr.

September 29, 2013 at 12:07pm

Check the LWLD website to see if the ban has been lifted...BUT, for the poast several weeks...crabbing from Elmer's has been prohibited by the Louisiana Wildlife Dept. DUE TO SEVERAL TARBALLS COMING ASHORE. We all have to thank BP for using 'Correxit' to hide the unknown amount of oil they spilled---which this State will suffer from their irresponsible acts for many more years to follow...John Castelluccio, Jr.

August 07, 2013 at 11:07am

Rangered...I am interested in your old MirrOlures....specifically any Mirrolures marked 52M700, 52MR700 and/or TT700!!! Please give me a call at 504-481-1344 John Castelluccio, Jr.

November 30, 2010 at 11:50am

WHERE IS THE ETHANOL LIST??? John Castelluccio, Jr.

September 15, 2010 at 12:42am

First time posting here. Was in Gus' Tackle Shop over the weekend. Overheard some converstations about fish being caught in the Lakeshore area. Went this morning, fished from 6:45AM until around 11:00AM...caught 11 very nice trout on the Hybrid Flurry "Full Throttle", SWA "Opening Night" and even on the Salt and Pepper. Went solo, launched at The Dock and only burned maybe two gallons. Nice and easy trip. Saw three other boats in the canal and very light boat traffic!

January 26, 2009 at 12:51pm
A comment titled: Re: Power Pole vs Talon in response to a report titled: Power Pole vs Talon

Suggest you have along a 'Manual Powerpole = Cajun Anchor' to assist with boat positioning and AS A BACKUP!!! John C.

January 15 at 3:25pm
A comment titled: Re: Delacroix -Friday after Thanksgiving in response to a report titled: Delacroix -Friday after Thanksgiving

Realize that Friday AFTER Thanksgiving Day is one of the most heavily fishing days of the entire year! Have patience with others and enjoy your time with your family members while in THIS STATE'S GREAT OUTDOORS...John Castelluccio, Jr.

November 23, 2017 at 12:08pm
A comment titled: Re: ELC62 in response to a report titled: ELC62

THANK YOU...John Castelluccio, Jr.

November 22, 2017 at 5:18pm
A comment titled: Re: Be Forewarned in response to a report titled: Be Forewarned

New Orleans' politics as usual!!!

November 21, 2017 at 8:27pm
A comment titled: Re: ELC62 in response to a report titled: ELC62

JB...equal parts mixture???

November 21, 2017 at 8:24pm
A comment titled: Re: Be Forewarned in response to a report titled: Be Forewarned

IT IS LONG OVER DUE to vote out all OF THE INCUMBENT POLITICIANS who have DONE NOTHING TO HELP the general public who elected them into their majestic self-serving positions!!! John Castelluccio, Jr.

November 18, 2017 at 6:11pm
A comment titled: Re: Underwater hazzard in response to a report titled: Underwater hazzard

SHOULD BE AND/OR VERY NEAR: N 29 51.677 W 089 41.478 hddd* mm. mmm' Map Datum WGS 84 John C.

November 03, 2017 at 11:32pm
A comment titled: Re: Please explain this... in response to a report titled: Please explain this...

PER household individual!!!

November 02, 2017 at 3:30pm
A comment titled: Re: Please explain this... in response to a report titled: Please explain this...

Makes you want to have more kids!!!???!!! LOL

November 01, 2017 at 11:24pm

Are there any choices relative to different 'foot-controls' for the Minn-Kota I-Pilot? IF SO, what are the preferences? John Castelluccio, Jr.

October 19, 2017 at 7:57pm

WOW...a lot of extremely useful info for others and myself!

I GRATEFULLY APPRECIATE all of this info and hope that other owners/users of the I-Pilot troll motors would add their opinions.

Liking this more and more---ANY info on the AUTO DEPLOY/STOW???

PLEASE CONTINUE WITH THE INPUT...cabin-fever remedy!

Thanks...John Castelluccio, Jr.

October 18, 2017 at 1:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Blazer Bay 2220 Feedback in response to a report titled: Blazer Bay 2220 Feedback

IS there something wrong with the Blazer Bay hull design that as stated previously...'the boat comes with trim tabs'???

October 09, 2017 at 8:53pm
A comment titled: Re: Blazer Bay 2220 Feedback in response to a report titled: Blazer Bay 2220 Feedback

IF POSSIBLE...try to get the custom fitted ALL ALUMINUM & SS trailer made by 'Sport-trail trailers' located in Bay St. Louis, MS owned/operated by Kevin Delelle! Sport-Trail is now the sole manufacturer of custom trailers for Blazer Bay and Contender Boats. FANTASTIC SALES AND EVEN MORE-SO---IMPECCABLE SERVICE...John Castelluccio, Jr. PS...My custom trailer was made for my AVENGER-226 Dual Console Bay Boat

October 07, 2017 at 12:00am
A comment titled: Re: Looking for live crabs in response to a report titled: Looking for live crabs

Contact 'B&J Seafood' on Paris Rd. in Chalmette, LA and/or 'Today's Catch' on E. Judge Perez Hwy., Chalmette, LA! You will probably have to pass both when driving to Delacroix.

October 03, 2017 at 1:04pm
A comment titled: Re: Tag Louisiana in response to a report titled: Tag Louisiana

Yesterday, I called the numbers I have for 'Tag Louisiana'. No answer. Called Wildlife-Fisheries, Marine Division and told to call back Monday and I would be connected to obtain requested info! John Castelluccio, Jr.

September 23, 2017 at 4:37pm
A comment titled: Re: Tag Louisiana in response to a report titled: Tag Louisiana

Been tagging for the past three years and really looking forward to this year's Awards Banquet and the many, many door prizes given away!!! I will telephone tomorrow to find out the date/location and then will post for our members to make plan to attend! John Castelluccio, Jr.

September 21, 2017 at 9:18pm
A comment titled: Re: The best boat in response to a report titled: The best boat

MIKE, MOST DEFINITELY a n d SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! John C.

September 15, 2017 at 6:19pm
A comment titled: Re: The best boat in response to a report titled: The best boat


Consider Avenger Bay Boats originally ('Team Avenger' Custom Bay Boats in St. Bernard Parish, relocated to Venice, LA and NOW located in South Carolina as 'Avenger Bay Boats'! Many charter-guides in Lafitte, LA ran these boats in the late 1980's to present; likewise charter guides in Venice, LA from 2006 to present. I received mine (226 Dual console) completely custom-made to what I wanted from several given options! Today, these boats have been updated to modern expectations...'fit and finish. John Castelluccio, Jr.

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'Born on the Bayou'

September 14, 2017 at 7:10pm
A comment titled: Re: Any Boat Rentals in response to a report titled: Any Boat Rentals

Boat rentals aRE definitely a thing of the past as are for the most part...electric hoists/launch at various marinas---ALL DUE TO THE 'MORRIS BART' THEORY aka LIABILITY SUITS! John Castelluccio, Jr.

August 31, 2017 at 11:52am
A comment titled: Re: Reggio Marina Open in response to a report titled: Reggio Marina Open

Property definitely sold as per text from local land owner AND call from Mike...who is fearful of losing his job as launch operator! The launch area is to be upgraded with storage sheds, commodities store, etc....John Castelluccio, Jr.

August 27, 2017 at 1:25pm
Boutte, LA


CONDITION: Excellent



FOR SALE: MINN KOTA RIPTIDE (Salt-Water model), 101# thrust, 36V w/60' shaft!

INCLUDED: MINN KOTA Weedless WEDGE-2 prop, new anode; T&H Marine SS Cable vinyl coated lift/stow red handle, Control Extensions: 36'-swivel handle for steering + 30' Minn Kota w/foam grip for speed control (forward/reverse); Minn Kota wiring harness from motor w/BOTH male-female Minn Kota plugs (mounting 'face plate' for female); Minn Kota 9' motor support (attached to motor base) to prevent bouncing PLUS black nylon stowing/lock-down strap!

EXCELLENT CONDITION: Motor has LESS THAN 200 hrs. of use! $500. CASH ONLY

504-481.1344 JOHN C. METAIRIE, LA 70001

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