We were on you way to Grand Isle with the boat in tow. I witnessed 2 vechicles on the side of the road, one had bearing problems and the other had a blown tire. Poor fishermen, their trips were ruined before they ever reach the water. Our trip turned out great catching plenty trout and bullreds. That afternoon, my son unhitched the trailer at the camp and drove off to visit friends at a near by camp. He forgot to unplug the lite connection an ripped out the wiring harness. We returned home and put the boat an trailer under the carport to work on the a new light system. While under the trailer I noticed the U Bolts holding the axle were about to give way due to corrosion. The leaf springs were also in bad condition. The trailer was 16 years old and had never had work done on it. Having the boat trailer under the carport, we changed the light system, upgraded the springs to a brand new 4 leaf spring, and changed the U Bolts. I couldn't imagine in the predawn hours having to work on a boat trailer on the side of the road. Fishermen, do yourself a favor an inspect your trailer. Here iare 10 general inspections for your trailer to check:
1. The lights and connection
2. Lug nuts
3. Tires for pressure, cracks, dry rot
4. Bearings and seals, put grease
5. U Bolts, springs, & Bolts
6. Safety chain and use it
7. Running boards and carpet
8. Fenders & frame, look for cracks
9. Rust spots, salt water accelerates rust
10. License plate and tag
Do a little preventive maintenance and save yourself some major headaches.
The bridge everyone uses to cross over to Grand Isle can be an amazing location to fish for bullreds. This time of year bullreds are starting to run threw the passes for their annual meeting with the females. But right now they are feeding on crabs, shrimp, mullet, and big poogies. We ridged our Penn 7000 on 7' rods with 85 lb braid, 2oz weight ahead of a barrel swivel, and a 20 inch leader with a #7 hook baited with a whole crab. Better known as a Carolina rig or live bait rig. Take the claws off the crab, break the points on each side off, and hook the crab from the bottom to top near the swimmer threw the crab.Cast the crab out down current in 15 - 20 feet of water and tighten the slack line. The best tide is an out goin tide. Best time is 1 hour before sunset to 1 hour after sunset. Members on our party barge took turns reeling in 36 inch bullreds July 4th weekend. 'These big fish will pull the rod out your hands if you are not careful.' Christine D'ARCANGELO commented. Beau Danos caught his 1st bullred this weekend. 'I thought he was going to pull me in the water. The fish was 40 inches long. Not bad for my 1st bullred.' Beau said.
Grand Isle during the summer means sand, sun, fishing, & fun. Add the GI 4th of July ATV celebration parade. Over 100 ATv's of all sort made up the parade. Red, white, & blue with the American Flag was the major theme. All that rode were cheering and throwing like a Mardi Gras parade. If you were not there, you missed a great time.
February 2018 will go down as the best bass fishing month on record in southeast Louisiana. In 2011, Kevin Van Dam, declared Lake Cataouatche as one of the best bass fisheries he had ever fished. 'Lake Cataouatche is the best lake I have ever fished. Please take care of it!' KVD said. I would say it to, if I had just won $1 million dollars an broke the Bassmasters Elite record for pounds caught for a four day tournament. But for the local bass fisherman, bass have turned on in the Lake cataouatche area. Find clear water in da tank ponds, West Canal, and the Louisiana Cypress Canal and success is just one cast away. Andreas Hackman found out on the last day of February. He fished the Zoom Bluegill Flash fluke and Houdini salty super fluke on a Texas rig with a # 4 hook & 1/8 ounce weight. Other action came on the Spro Black Jr. Frog. ' It was great afternoon limiting out.' Andreas Hackman commented! Any place I found an opening or hole between the bank an grass bed I would call it, a bass's house! I would throw my fluke on the edge the hole and pull it 2 feet and let it drop. Bump it 1-2-3 an let it drop. Sometimes I could feel the hit or see my line move. It was easy, just crank down an set the hook! Andreas Hackman said. When I hooked a bass, I would just say, I'm back in the house!
Fishing along Hwy1 to Grand Isle, the pond we were at was loaded with brown pelicans.
'While fishing, pelicans were flying and swimming all around us. I hooked a small red fish and was reeling it in as fast as I could. Pelicans flying and swimming attacked my small red. Before I could unhook the fish, a pelican had it in his mouth and I pulled it out his mouth. The pelicans were climbing on top each other to get to my small red fish. They were hungry. Through all the chaos, we managed to catch a few fish.' Jordan Guizzardi said.
Day 2 after a cold front and the temperature dropped into the low 40's an the wind changed directions to the southeast. We went back to the same Hwy 1 ponds and tried our luck. The small red fish were numerous and under size. Our best bait was the 1/4 ounce jighead baited with market shrimp. Throwing out and let the bait sit on the bottom with a very slow retreive worked the best. The wind was strong and steady out the southeast. Our best protection from the wind was our rain gear. Jordan Guizzardi and I had a great 2 days of bank fishing in January!
I am standing along Hwy 1 between the Fourchon and Grand Isle with Roscoe Lauve, Jordan Guzzardi, an myself catching red fish and specks rt now. We are using 1/4 oz sliver spoons, 1/4 oz jig head with a 2 inch chartreuse beetle, an the natural Voodo! It's the morning after a cold front. We are casting an retrieving working the bait slowly on the bottom. A great way to spend a Tuesday morning.
Hayden Theriot Killed an 11 point, nicknamed 'Mahooka', the buck scored 168 4/8 B&C in Tensas parish.
Hayden Theriot has an enthusiasm for the Louisiana outdoors. On any given day or weekend, Hayden can be found fishing or hunting somewhere in Louisiana. Deer Hunting in Tensas parish last week, he managed to harvest a mature 11 point buck. The buck scored 168 4/8 on the B&C.
Logan Martindale with an 11 point buck weighing 230 pounds plus from Tensas parish.
Logan Martindale is no stranger when it comes to hunting and fishing in the Louisiana great outdoors! On December 29th, while deer hunting on private land in Tensas parish, Logan pulled the trigger on his 2nd deer in 7 years in Tensas parish. 'A few friends had hunted the box stand and food plot I set up on with my tree climber. They had told me deer were crossing 250 yards away. I was about 15 feet up in a tree when 2 does crossed the shooting lane, 25 yards away. It was 35 degrees and cloudy when this big body deer stepped out where the does had passed. He had his nose to the ground and had love on his mind. He was only 25 yards when I let the 165 grain Remington Core-lokt find its mark. It's was a little after 5pm and it got dark fast. When my Dad showed up, he had my retriever 'Brie' and she blood trailed us right to the 11point. I was surprised she could blood trail. My dog is a 2 time Splash Dog jumping champion at the Louisiana sportsman show, she retrieves ducks, & now she can blood trail. After finding my deer I started shaking with excitement. The 11 point will score in the high 140s and weighed over 230 pounds.' Logan Martindale recalls.
After returning from our deer hunting trip from Sonora, Texas, I began deboning deer meat an processing my own sausage and ground meat. At the end of processing, I like to make links without casing and bake it for 40 minutes in the oven. I run my 1hp grinder and let the sausage without casing fall onto my hand, about one hand length. My grinder is set up with a foot petal an easy to stop and start. We make around 6 to 7 dozen at one time. After the sausage cooks, I let them rest and cool before I bag them. Our favorite seasonings is the breakfast and greenonion mix.
Mikey McComb, an LSU student hunting with his dad and friends, shot a nice 10 point using a 7 mag in Sonora, Texas. 'The 139 grain bullet found its mark an dropped him in his tracks!' Mikey McComb said.
Mikey McComb and Luke Hahn have made a return deer hunting trip with their Dad's Mike McComb and Scott Hahn to Sonora Texas. On the second day of their hunt Mikey and Luke shot 2 nice bucks. One being asn 8 point and the other buck was a 10 point. 'The weather is cooperating on this trip. The low was 30 degrees and the high was 60 degrees today. The light north wind made it comfortable to hunt. Deer were moving everywhere!' Mikey McComb commented.
This buck was taken on a recent trip to Sonora, Texas by Dr Mike MCComb! 'This has been an exceptional year for deer hunting in da Sonora area. My buck had a 16 inch spread inside and 15 inch tines.' Dr Mike Mccomb said.
From our rescent deer hunting trip in Sonora, Texas, we had numerous deer to clean. From skinning, quartering, and deboning, our knives took some abuse. What got us through the ordeal were Bubba Blade fishing fillet knives. You heard correctly, fishing fillet knives. Every night we put edges at 25 degrees using honing sticks. They were abused but worked great. My favorites were the 7 inch fillet and 9 inch Blade.
On the final day of the deer hunting trip in Sonora, Texas, Bruce McDonald harvested a big doe to fill his deer tag allotment. Bruce harvested two 10 point bucks and 3 does. Dr Tony Trentcoste also filled his deer tag allotment. Dr Mike McComb only took one big 8 point but will return with his son, Mikey in two weeks. ' I have harvested deer in 6 states and 2 continents, this is the best concentration of deer in North America.' Dr Mike McComb said. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department biologist confirm this report declaring the Edwards Plateau region as the highest concentration of whitetail deer in the world. Sonora is located in Sutton County in the southwest region of Texas. ' It was enjoyable to sit in a deer stand and see as many as 15 to 20 deer a hunt. That's a lot of deer in one week. I was able to watch an learn deer reaction to movement, smell, using wind direction to their advantage, other deer, hiarchy within the deer herd, and finally the rut was kicking in. Can't wait for next year! ' Bruce McDonald said. The last task was to stop at Rough Creek Taxidermy an pickup our deer head which had been caped out. According to Louisiana state law, it is unlawful to bring out of state deer brain and spinal cord tissue back into the state to prevent the spread of Cronic Wasting Disease or CDW. 'The weather cooperated beautifully the entire time of our hunts. Temperatures ranged in the upper 30's to low 70's with clear skies the entire time. What great memories I have from our deer hunting trip in Sonora, Texas!' Dr Tony Trentcoste said.
On the 6th day of the Sonora, Texas deer hunting trip, Dr Mike changed his game plan an went to the Wayback stand. He dropped Bruce at the Sanctuary stand on his way to the Wayback stand. ' I could barely make out objects in the dark around 6:30am when the first deer stepped out into the shooting lane. I only needed one doe to finish tagging out. From 6:30am to 9:00am, I never lost site of deer activity. I watched an 8 point chase a doe all morning long. Spikes, 4pts, 6pts, a doe with 2 yearling coming an going from the shooting lanes. I was videoing this big 6pt and a doe when Dr Mike pulled up to the stand. ' Bruce McDonald commented. In the afternoon, Dr Mike went to the Santa Claus stand and I went to Ronnie 2 stand. I was getting into the stand and this young spike watched me climb up. From 4pm to sundown the bachelor herd of bucks showed up. 4 8points, 6 points, 4 points, spikes, and 1 doe with a yearling. At one time I had 2 8pts locking horns under my stand. I had about 15 plus deer around me. Maybe I will get my last doe an tag out! Tomorrow is just another day! More to come from Sonora!
On the 5th day of our deer hunting trip in Sonora, Texas, Dr Tony Trentcoste's Texas deer hunting season came to an end. Dr Tony bagged a 185 lb 8 point from Ralph#2 stand. ' I only saw 2 deer this morning. This big 8 point came on the pipeline and made i a 150 yard shot at 7:10am. I was worried after I shot because he ran up hill into the woods. I waited to gets out of the stand until Dr Mike and Bruce came to pick me up 9:30am. I gave Bruce a location of my shot and he walked ahead to start blood trailing. When Dr Mike and I reached Bruce he had located the big 8 point just inside the tree line. My emotions went from worried to excitement in second. I wanted to hug everyone.' Dr Tony said excitedly. In the afternoon, a cold front came thru and Dr Mike only saw young deer moving about. Bruce went to the Pipeline Shooting house an saw 20 plus deer and 1 axis doe. More to come from Sonora!
On the 4th day of deer hunting in Sonora, Texas, Dr Tony, Dr Mike, and Bruce were seeing plenty of deer at all the stand they hunted. During the morning hunt, Dr Tony shot a doe at the Ronnie2 stand, making a 200 yard shot. Bruce shot a doe at the Tripod stand, and Dr Mike McComb finally pulled the trigger on fine 8 point at Ralph#2 stand. 'This 8point had a big body, his rack measured 16 inches inside, and G2's and G3's measured 15 inches high. I'll probably get a European mount on this deer.' Dr Mike commented. 'I saw an 8 point chasing a doe and he stayed with her all morning.' Bruce MCDONALD said. Later that afternoon Dr Tony took his last doe at the Pipeline Shooting house. With another long shot. More to come from Sonora.