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Anyone interested in purchasing 'fishing' maps of Louisiana (Pathfinder, Nevr lost, Trail Blazer, etc ...) made and copy-righted by New Orleans Map Company should contact TOM DUNE (past owner) at 504-613-5513 (Cell) or his PRIMARY NUMBER...985-781-7906 (house)!

ALL maps are at near half price (below pre-Katrina pricing)...John Castelluccio, Jr.

ps...Tom lives in the Slidell area

March 10 at 3:09pm

Corps planning on opening Bonnet Carre Spillway very soon---FOR ONLY THREE WEEKS AS OF NOW!!! ?Waiting? to see how much ?promised land? will be built up in our marshes? NADA!!! John Castelluccio, Jr.

March 06 at 1:39pm

LOCAL CHEFS WHO OPPOSE RED SNAPPER CHANGE

FROM ANOTHER WEBSITE: Congress just received a letter from the following chefs opposing Graves' changes to the red snapper allotment process:

Anty Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen

Nina Compton of Compere Lapin

Justin Devillier of Balise and La Petite Grocery

Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette

Stryjewski of Cochon and Cochon Butcher

Brian Burns and Ryan Prewett of Peche Seafood Grill

Dickie Brennan of Dickie Brennan and Co. Restaurant Group

Ernest Prejean of Prejean's in Lafayette

Ryan Schantz of Calla

Mark Alleman of Hook and Boil.

Please forget about these selfish clowns when you plan a dinner or recommend a restaurant to friends.

I believe, we as recreational fishers will TOTALLY BOYCOTT EACH AND EVERYONE OF the businesses listed and those to follow who also show their opposition to Garrett Graves' changes to red-snapper allotment!!! John Castelluccio, Jr. (I am not the originator of this post-BUT DO SUPPORT A TOTAL BOYCOTT)

January 26 at 12:53am

FROM ANOTHER WEBSITE: Congress just received a letter from the following chefs opposing Graves? changes to the red snapper allotment process:

Anty Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen

Nina Compton of Compere Lapin

Justin Devillier of Balise and La Petite Grocery

Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette

Stryjewski of Cochon and Cochon Butcher

Brian Burns and Ryan Prewett of Peche Seafood Grill

Dickie Brennan of Dickie Brennan and Co. Restaurant Group

Ernest Prejean of Prejean?s in Lafayette

Ryan Schantz of Calla

Mark Alleman of Hook and Boil.

Please forget about these selfish clowns when you plan a dinner or recommend a restaurant to friends.

What we as recreational fishers will TOTALLY BOYCOTT EACH AND EVERYONE OF the businesses listed and those to follow showing their opposition to Garrett Graves' changes to red-snapper allotment!!! John Castelluccio, Jr. (I am not the originator of this post-BUT DO SUPPORT A TOTAL BOYCOTT)

January 25 at 6:00pm

FROM ANOTHER WEBSITE: Congress just received a letter from the following chefs opposing Graves’ changes to the red snapper allotment process:
Anty Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Nina Compton of Compere Lapin
Justin Devillier of Balise and La Petite Grocery
Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette
Stryjewski of Cochon and Cochon Butcher
Brian Burns and Ryan Prewett of Peche Seafood Grill
Dickie Brennan of Dickie Brennan and Co. Restaurant Group
Ernest Prejean of Prejean’s in Lafayette
Ryan Schantz of Calla
Mark Alleman of Hook and Boil.

Please forget about these selfish clowns when you plan a dinner or recommend a restaurant to friends.

What we SHOULD DO as recreational fishers, TOTALLY BOYCOTT EACH AND EVERYONE OF the businesses listed and those to follow WHO SHOW their opposition to Garrett Graves’ changes to the red-snapper allotment!!! John Castelluccio, Jr.

January 25 at 5:55pm

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.

ANY/ALL INPUT WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED...John Castelluccio, Jr.

October 17, 2017 at 12:32pm

ORIGINAL QUESTION----

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 Edition...page 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 areas...you 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 comment titled: Re: HB 391 in response to a report titled: HB 391

N O T H I N G to do in reference to hunting!

Interpretation of this bill relates ONLY to 'fishing' in general...anything that permanently LIVES IN THE WATER/SUBSURFACE such as fish, crabs, shrimp, crawfish, AND OYSTERS!

Fishermen should not trespass a LAND MASS/ISLAND/MARSH ISLAND WHICH IS POSTED...by EXITING their boat. With this in mind, 'fishermen' should not be kept from those waterways with tidal influences. We SHOULD RETAIN the ability to 'fish' any/all tidal bodies of water surrounding the previously mentioned land 'structures'!

Some have interjected hunting and thus losing leases---this is a different matter that will/should be addressed---BUT NOT WITHIN THIS BILL! Hunting to include ANY/ALL GAME...ducks, rabbits, deer, pigs, nutria, etc---NONE OF THESE ANIMALS LIVE PERMANENTLY IN THE WATER! John C.

April 09 at 1:52pm
A comment titled: Re: HB 391 in response to a report titled: HB 391

Trout-Thirty---THANKS AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! John C.

April 08 at 12:24pm
A comment titled: Re: HB 391 in response to a report titled: HB 391

'Trout Thirty' please check your e-mail!!! John C.

April 07 at 7:51pm
A comment titled: Re: HB 391 in response to a report titled: HB 391

THAT is another RESOURCE I failed to mention!!! Thanks for reminding me...John C.

April 07 at 4:53pm
A comment titled: Re: HB 391 in response to a report titled: HB 391

Re: HB 391April 02 at 11:56am
SOUNDS LIKE 'Only applicable to MARSH land bounded by water-flow/ tidal movement' and NOTHING relative to land bounded by land!?! My observations...John C.

As I previously posted...'Re: HB 391April 02 at 11:56am
SOUNDS LIKE 'Only applicable to MARSH land bounded by water-flow/ tidal movement' and NOTHING relative to land bounded by land!?! My observations...John C.'

I have never hunted! Therefore, my initial interpretation of this bill relates ONLY to 'fishing' in general...anything that permanently LIVES IN THE WATER/SUBSURFACE such as fish, crabs, shrimp, and crawfish!

Fishermen should not trespass a LAND MASS/ISLAND/MARSH ISLAND POSTED...by EXITING their boat. With this in mind, 'fishermen' should not be kept from those waterways with tidal influences. RETAIN the ability to 'fish' any/all tidal bodies of water surrounding the previously mentions land structures!

Some have interjected hunting and thus losing leases---this is a different matter that will/should be addressed---BUT NOT WITHIN THIS BILL! Hunting to include ANY/ALL GAME...ducks, rabbits, deer, pigs, nutria, etc---NONE OF THESE ANIMALS LIVE PERMANENTLY IN THE WATER!

AGAIN, just my opinion and understanding of what was written and to be addressed...John Castelluccio, Jr.

April 06 at 12:38pm
A comment titled: Re: HB 391 in response to a report titled: HB 391

SOUNDS LIKE 'Only applicable to MARSH land bounded by water-flow/ tidal movement' and NOTHING relative to land bounded by land!?! My observations...John C.

As I previously posted...'Re: HB 391April 02 at 11:56am
SOUNDS LIKE 'Only applicable to MARSH land bounded by water-flow/ tidal movement' and NOTHING relative to land bounded by land!?! My observations...John C.'

I have never hunted! Therefore, my initial interpretation of this bill relates ONLY to 'fishing' in general...anything that permanently LIVES IN THE WATER/SUBSURFACE such as fish, crabs, shrimp, and crawfish!

Fishermen should not trespass a LAND MASS/ISLAND/MARSH ISLAND POSTED...by EXITING their boat. With this in mind, 'fishermen' should not be kept from those waterways with tidal influences. RETAIN the ability to 'fish' any/all tidal bodies of water surrounding the previously mentions land structures!

Some have interjected hunting and thus losing leases---this is a different matter that will/should be addressed---BUT NOT WITHIN THIS BILL! Hunting to include ANY/ALL GAME...ducks, rabbits, deer, pigs, nutria, etc---NONE OF THESE ANIMALS LIVE PERMANENTLY IN THE WATER!

AGAIN, just my opinion and understanding of what was written and to be addressed...John Castelluccio, Jr.

April 02 at 11:56am
A comment titled: Re: Biloxi in response to a report titled: Biloxi

Contact Captain Paul Titus 'THE GPS GURU'...he probably has the Biloxi area covered on one of his HIDDEN TREASURES MAPS!!! ' He writes monthly articles for this websites' magazine...LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN MAGAZINE! His e-mail address captainpaultgps@gmail.com

April 01 at 1:06am

WITH owner's agreement---THEN O N L Y THAT IT CANNOT EVER BE CHANGED UNDER A N Y CIRCUMSTANCE(S) !!!

March 20 at 9:45am

DR. SPOT---Hopefully you are 'SPOT-ON' AND SOON!!! John Castelluccio, Jr.

March 17 at 12:24pm

What is the predicted time frame from start to finish? John Castelluccio, Jr.

I am definitely in FAVOR OF DREDGING OVER DIVERSIONS!!!! Relative to dredging vs diversions...There is an 'eye-opening' article in this month's issued of 'MARSH AND BAYOU'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU CAPT. GEORGE RICKS AND THE STAFF OF MARSH & BAYOU...

March 12 at 8:30pm
A comment titled: Re: Underwater Lights for a Bay Boat in response to a report titled: Underwater Lights for a Bay Boat

BE CAREFU! Last year: A friend of mine in Houma, had a 'dealer' install his below water lighting and on the first trip out... on an over-night trip, while fishing a production rig-north of Trinity-Shoals, they nearly sank due to the holes drilled for installation were not sealed correctly! He has a 34-foot Everglads.

February 25 at 10:57am
A comment titled: Re: Grand Isle in March in response to a report titled: Grand Isle in March

AS OF LAST YEAR: The Elmer's Island vehicular road (from Hwy.1) stops just before the Gulf --- about 1/4 mile. This is the only designated parking area and from there you have to 'haul/walk' your gear to where ever you want to setup. FROM that parking-area to the actual turn of Elmer's Island towards the bridge/Caminada Pass is approx. 1.72 MILES! NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED PAST THAT PARKING AREA! John Castelluccio, Jr.

February 04 at 8:08pm

CHECK OUT the 'REPLIES' in the Reports Section under OFFSHORE REPORTS!!!

January 27 at 12:02pm

GRAVES' authored a Bill to address AND PREVENT the below:

HOOKED UP: Red snapper allotment a retirement plan for many shareholders
Monday, February 6th 2017, 10:10 pm CST
Monday, February 6th 2017, 10:10 pm CST
Written by: Lee Zurik, Director of InvestigationsCONNECT
Contributor: Tom Wright, Investigative ProducerCONNECT
HOOKED UP - A Lee Zurik Investigation
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -
The most controversial part of the Red Snapper IFQ program may be the part that allows shareholders to sell their yearly allocation. It essentially turns some fishermen into businessmen.

Our research has revealed about 120 shareholders - 37 percent of the whole - sell their entire allocation each year. It allows the shareholders to make tens, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Galveston commercial fisherman Buddy Guindon defends these fishermen ”It’s his retirement,” he tells us.

Slidell commercial fisherman Tommy Williams thinks some of the program needs to be tweaked, but he thinks these shares provide security for retirement fishermen

“They worked for the shares,” Williams says. “They were out here, getting their hands cut, cut by fish, bit by fish, baiting hooks. That is their retirement because most fishermen don't have a 401(k). This is their 401(k).”

FOX 8 News sent letters to the fishermen who appeared to be selling their yearly allocations. We heard back from many of them.

One left this voicemail:

Your information is correct, but fails to take notice that I have a vessel permit, two of them, for over 50 years – and that I am currently 90 years old, and I don’t believe I need to be dropping a line in the water.
Charles Sullivan sent us this email:

I was a commercial fisherman for 37 years in the Gulf of Mexico. I earned my allocation for my production as a commercial fisherman. I cannot fish now so I lease my allocation to fishermen I know locally. Why do you have a problem with that, Lee? How many years have you spent out at sea fishing to earn an allocation? My guess is zero.

But Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves says:

Where do you even start here? This is so offensive and infuriating. This guy 'earned' a paycheck for his work. He never 'earned' the public's natural resources. Let's apply this same logic to other natural resources -- oil and gas. What would happen if we just said that we would give away the nation's oil and gas for free? That whoever we give it away to and their heirs would get to keep making millions off of it forever. People would and should go nuts. This is no different. What makes it worse is that the public resource is being taken away from the actual public that owns it -- we can only fish for nine days while this guy can make millions by not ever lifting a finger.

In regard to his retirement, go make that case to the thousands of teachers, police men and women, plumbers, truck drivers, and other hard-working Americans that are saving for their retirement. I began preparing for retirement when I was 15 by setting a small part of my paycheck aside. There are a number of good retirement options. I recommend a Roth IRA. Why does this guy think the public owes him millions of dollars for free when the rest of us work for it? This government handout mindset has to stop.
Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.

January 26 at 5:54pm
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
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