We took a boat ride yesterday to the duck lease to see if there was any damage to the marsh and or loss of vegetation in the ponds with the recent high tide event. Everything looks good. While riding around we saw multiple groups of 30 or so blue winged teal get up out of the marsh. Quite a few bunches of under 5. There was a substantial increase in teal compared to the teal season which is good for the upcoming duck season.
Did not see any grey ducks yet, hopefully they will be arriving soon.
Date Hunted 9/29/2018:
Finally had a little breeze in the morning to help make it a little more comfortable hunt. Put out the same decoy spread and mojos as the first two weekends. The action was slow as we shot 4 teal early and then only shot 2 more as the morning went on. Oddly enough we saw quite a few big flocks that were kind of high and wanted no part of the spread or duck call. I have to amend my earlier report; if the flock of teal is above 15 it is hard to get them to turn. Under that there is good chance to get them to come in. 6 teal for the day.
Date hunted 9/30/2018:
Smaller flocks of teal today 3's and 4's made it easier to turn them. We shot 10 today finally getting to double digits.
Overall other than the hot weather it was an average teal season for us. A video of the action I could get on camera will be coming during the week.
Date hunted 9/22/2018:
Saturday was a repeat of the conditions the prior weekend. Hot, no wind and loads of mosquitoes working on us for the first 45 minutes of the hunt as we sit waiting for teal to show up. As I stated last week you really have to want it pretty bad. We had 1 dozen G&H poule d'eaus decoys out with 4 teal mixed in and a mojo in the middle on the right side. Fifteen teal decoys on the left with a mojo similar to the set up last week if you saw my video. We shot 6 teal for the day.
Date hunted 9/23/2018:
Same exact set up as the day before as I left out the decoys out overnight. Lot more action for us today we shot 9 teal with some bad shooting by both of us. We saw more flocks of teal today and they worked well listening to the duck call. Should have limited out but not to be. Most of the teal wanted to be with the poule d'eaus decoys not the teal, so get some for your spread.
A couple things have me scratching me head. The Sunday hunts have been a lot better than Saturday hunts which is the opposite of the big duck season. Next is we have two other boats out on the lease guys in the club hunting not more than 1,000 yards from us and one boat shot 1 duck yesterday the other nothing and today nothing by either boat. Teal being what they are zig and zag all over the marsh prairie and the spot I have is shooting the ducks. Strange how it works sometimes.
Video of opening weekend of teal season 2018. We had average action this weekend with some tough conditions, clear mornings and very little wind and very warm. You had to really want it to do it this weekend. Some of the action we did not get on video but we did get some video along with a good time with friends in the marsh.
We took a boat ride today in Plaquemines parish east bank and we saw 6 teal. One bunch was all we saw. The teal were mixed in with some tree ducks.
This past weekend a friend and I took a boat ride and we passed through Marques Canal on our way to Chef Pass. As we idled navigating the canal there were many people on the bank fishing enjoying the Labor day weekend. There were people of all races and sex there with some kids all doing what they like to do. It was very good to see. Before we passed everyone a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries truck pulled up and a officer got out and started asking to see their fishing licenses.
My first thought was how disappointing it is the law requires a license to fish in a circumstance as above. Why should there be a deter-ant for people to fish off the bank? It seems we should do all we can to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors, at least fishing anyway. We have the abundant fishing resources in our state and valid residents should have the opportunity to enjoy it.
I am all for enforcement of size and limits of fish taken. And, I suppose the same argument could be made other types of hunting where licenses are required but it seems to me bank fisherman should get a free pass on required licenses.