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Not sure who has seen what but I have personally scouted the areas I plan to hunt(fish as often as time allows)and I have seen very few teal and noticed the next full moon will be towards the end of teal season and have been told that the major migration of teal typically occurs during a full moon so do not be displeased if your favorite area lacks teal this week end,be patient and hope for the best possibly closer to the end of this teal season.Have three diehards going this week end(might tag along a baitcaster to toss spinners at grass-bed reds)and hope to see at least a teal or two but would not be at all surprised if we are greeted with MT skies!!!

Mandevillian

September 13 at 10:01am

Had a Medicare Client wanting to join me on redfishing trip and today turned out to be much better than yesterday's trip.Launched fairly early at Cane,emerged at mouth and we were greeted with very smooth seas,made our way towards thick grass beds and started chunking Bomber Spinner Baits at reds or whatever else wanted to play and all we managed to entice strikes from were ladyfish and plenty of them til we hit paydirt in form of fine red,then a rat red and second keeper red was one I sight-casted to,he swiped at lure,missed it and I cast it right on top of his nose,cranked reel maybe twice and he nailed Bomber,thought he had free meal til Zo-Zuri Hybrid 15 lb test caught up with him and we dropped him into box to join another fine red.Both reds were in excess of 20 inches,perfect grilling sized reds and we did spook bunch of fat alligator gars and saw way more reds today vs yesterday(Tuesday was an extra-special day,getting solo limit in shade over 2 hrs)and we spotted a few puppy drum,saw signs of increased redfish activity and hope to get on some reds,possibly next Sat/Sun after chasing blue wing teal!!Think my client had awesome time and promised to get him back out for some fun sight-casting to nice reds in pristine water.Got deer food plot work staring me in de face and plenty more Medicare Training and will take short break this week end and hope weather and water conditions improve ahead of next trip!!

Mandevillian

September 07 at 4:29pm

Had Abita KC buddy wanting to get in on de consistent redfish action and we had every intention of nabbing some fine reds but dey had other plans and we tossed,tossed,tossed spinner baits and gold spoons at non-existent reds,at least today,but we did emerge with decent bass,on Bomber Spinner Bait and water was mostly very dark and not nearly as pristine and clear as pretty much all other trips,guess ole Gordon disturbed Lady P,at least for time-being.Going back out tomorrow,hoping to redeem self and have client joining me and hope he and I sight-cast to some fine reds!!!Water getting a tad of salinity to it and hope to do some blast-and-cast trips with teal season starting next Saturday.Did steer bass fishing guys towards grass beds but do not think they managed anything!!Hope others fared better than we did and have deer food plot chores ahead of us and most likely will concentrate Mon and Tues on deer food plots.I do have tickets for NShore Delta Waterfowl Banquet(Oct 11th-Tchefuncta Country Club)and just call or shoot text and I will do my best to get tickets for those wanting to attend.Singles-$75,Couples -$100,Sponsor Ticket $300,Sponsor Table of 8 -$650,VIP Sponsor Table of 8-$1200,VIP Gun Table of 8-$2000,early bird(purchase tickets by 9-22-18-entered to win new gun).

Mandevillian

September 06 at 3:11pm

Was planning on taking John C back to de scene of de crime where we nabbed some fine shallow-water reds this past Friday but got late text notification dat John gonna be lending hand to shrimper with boat I believe in Lake Borgne so I had nice solo trip on my hands,scoped out tidal expectations and wind speed and direction and when I emerged from mouth of Cane Bayou I could not believe how accommodating Lady P was.Quickly hit protected cove,nabbed fat marsh bass and was headed back towards Lake when I felt distinctive thump on Yum Swim n Dinger,black and sapphire,initially thought I had trophy bass except dis bass not wanting to surface,turned out to be beauty of 18 inch red with at least 4 spots on each side,made my way to thick grass beds and sight-casted to 4 beautiful reds,played catch-and release with one fine red of about 26 inches and thought about trying for four more just to see if I could catch-and-release some fine reds but ended up hooking monster that thankfully spit Bomber,hooked a few more that somehow managed to spit hook and spotted at least 5-7 pairs of fine black drum,presumably they are spawning as I saw pairs but they are no where near as reckless as their redfish cousins and spook easily,even though they do chase dat Bomber Spinner Bait almost as aggressively as reds,they just do not close de deal!!!Sight-casted to what kinda looked like big red,turned out to be big alligator gar and I hated donating my Bomber Spinner Bait,tossed him in chest(Abita KC buddy of mine showed me how to clean em).Got drenched in Cane after limiting in about shade over 2 hrs and taking short break tomorrow,back at em Th and Fri,tide was a shade higher today and reds were even closer to shore vs previous trips but there are plenty of fine reds out there,ranging from about 18 or so inches up to beasts over 28 inches.Today I had one over 27,one right at 27 and rest 18-21 inches plus fat marsh bass,not a bad trip no doubt!!!Funny story-think gar musta swallowed Bomber as my older son and I cleaned him and I searched in his toothy mouth for lure and it ended in his belly,along with big mullet,they are no doubt one of the culprits causing 'synchronized mullet dances'!!!

Mandevillian,never getting tired of sight-casting to fine reds

September 04 at 9:04pm

John C and I have been in contact trying to get together on redfish trip out in good ole Lady P and today was certainly a memorable trip!!Met at Cane around 1:00 pm and chatted with Matt and Kevin with Canoe and Trail and they only had a few yakkers out today.Showed Matt pics from Wed and in retrospect,shoulda taken precaution to strip a few feet of Yo-Zuri 15 lb Hybrid Line(doggone ladyfish have nasty habit of chowing down on fishing lines).John C and I took our time to make our way to best grass beds out there(had strong E winds to contend with)and John was chunking Matrix Mullet and Rapala(did not get name or type of Rapala)and I was chunking favorite Bomber Spinner Bait and John C hooked beast of a red,estimated at over 28 inches(once we netted beast was 30 inch brute)and I had fish snap off my favorite Bomber(looked to be very nice red,judging by how he hit and fought for all of about half a second before doggone line snapped!!).Thankfully,I had the foresight to pick up exact Bomber lure from Bass Pro this past Wed and I simply tied on Bomber and attached copper-colored soft plastic minnow with chartreuse tail(think Marsh Minnow).John C and I casted and casted and emerged with 3 nice reds,each of us had one approaching 27 and he had big beast and thankfully,he donated fish to his captain!!Want to get with him on Delacroix trip(he knows that area quite well)and I did forewarn him that we might emerge with NADA,but dat certainly was not de case.John C,fun fishing with ya and can't wait to hit dem reds again.Think I am gonna rest a bit(fished 4 of last 5 days)and have tons of Medicare Training to catch up on and predicted weather more conducive to shutting self in vs chasing reds,though tough call,especially with the quality of today's catch!!

Mandevillian

August 31 at 7:05pm

Did not have nearly the window of opportunity that I had been having due to attendance at an Aetna Medicare Meeting yesterday.After dodging monster rainstorm and having excellent lunch with Group Health Insurance Partner,hooked up de Southfork and picked up big bag of ice(good fish measuring device),made my way to Cane Bayou with all her nasty salvinia clogging up the upper portion and ran into Matt and Kevin with Canoe and Trail,they questioned my sanity due to weather conditions(showed Matt my I-Phone radar showing huge Metairie storm basically making a bee line for the Causeway-thankfully it behaved nicely!!).Started looking like it was gonna be a skunkeroo of a fishing trip til an undersized red and his even smaller buddy decided they liked the looks of Bomber Spinner Bait,changed Keitech glass minnow soft plastic to copper colored Marsh Minnow(I think that was the brand)with chartreuse tail.Chunked and chunked dat Bomber(changed the soft plastic due to darker than typical water with the sun hidden and water still gin-clear)and ran into stretch of grass beds that musta been de ticket as I nabbed three reds on almost 3 consecutive casts(sight-casted to two)and kept keen eye on SShore storms.Think tide movement started to really stop around 5 as I did not raise a single red,even though I spotted at least 5 big ole stingrays and did spot huge log of a red,esrimated at over 25 lbs,he is no doubt one of the culprits causing serious and huge bait explosions!!!In process of slowly casting and retrieving,spooked at least 8 fine reds,the water is so extremely clear and I sampled water,to my delight,detected very decent salinity,no doubt the reason the stingrays are hanging around and one of the reds I cleaned had a belly full of crabs.They tend to feed in exact same areas as stingrays and for anyone wanting to scoop crabs,now is definitely prime time,also prime time for soft shells!!Have Peoples Medicare Meeting today or I would be back at it,tossing Bomber to willing and accommodating reds!!

Mandevillian

August 30 at 8:47am

Been way too much fun tossing Bomber spinner bait to grass-bed reds and soft plastics to bass and had decent window of opportunity today to chase both bass and reds.Launched at Cane,navigated thick matted salvinia and knew I had only a few hours before predicted big ole thunderstorms would roll in from S Shore.Made my way to protected cove,tossed Yum Swimming Dinger,black and sapphire and nabbed two bass,let first guy go(he was a tad small)and hit thick grass beds,tossing Bomber Spinner Bait and tangled with two fine reds,when I nabbed second one,he had at least three similar-sized reds cruising around like they typically do.From bow of Southfork,easy to see exactly where ya need to place lures and I did spook a few reds just before huge,predicted(WUnderground)thunderstorm started rolling in.Have absolutely no doubt I woulda nabbed close to solo limit had the storm not chased me in!!!Have meetings tomorrow and Th or I would return and chase more fine grilling-sized reds with no need to measure a single one!!!They hang out in grass beds,along with the mullets and stingrays and today I spotted at least 5 big stingrays,never a bad sign!!!Probably accidentally spooked at least 5 nice reds,the water is gin-clear where I target them!!!

Mandevillian

August 28 at 12:35pm

Had some decent time on my hands,scoped out predicted tidal conditions and wind speed and direction and launched outta Cane,again not the first angler at launch and chatted with older fellow and his wife in small flat with trolling motor only as their means of propulsion and for anyone not familiar with the clogged first section of Cane,it can be a nightmare getting through the thick salvinia that is about the consistency of oatmeal,mixed with plenty of chopped-up vegetaion,roots,etc.Joked with them about following in de wake of my Southfork with 50 Johnson chopping away at dense salvinia and vegetation!!!Made my way to protected cove,emerged with two decent bass,missed good one and saw ton of not only extremely healthy gators but huge alligator gars!!Had 6 single-ring crab nets and tossed them,baited with chicken wings,in deeper water and tossed and tossed Bomber spinner bait,emerging with three nice reds,sight-casted to one and the other two attacked lure with plenty of gusto!!!Did spook very nice red or my take mighta been 4 and saw at least 4 stingrays,great sign and they and decent reds feed in exactly same areas and did spot fine alligator and had huge alligator gar take half-hearted swipe(thankfully)at Bomber and this beast no doubt woulda been quite the challenge to fight and not lose extremely effective spinner bait!!Crabbing was a bust and I did see excellent signs for future trips and I make tons of mental notes and have found a decent pattern for sight-casting to feisty and no-need-to measure reds.All three made the 16 inch mark quite easily and I no longer measure reds til after putting em on ice(have excellent visual measuring skills)and most of the reds I have been nabbing have exceeded 16 inches by a minimum of 2-5 inches!!!Headed back tomorrow,hope to nab a few and made my way to Sportsman's in Slidell for some soft plastics and jig heads to attach to Bomber.

Mandevillian

August 27 at 8:29pm

Been wanting to get BayouBob on some sight-fishing redfish and hit some of my favorite grassy shorelines this past Saturday in search of some fine reds.Started our trip in one of my bass magnets,only thing was we only emerged with two bass and chatted with a regular who has been scooping plenty of nice soft and hardshell Lake P crabs(hint,hint)!!Made our way to about exactly where I have been getting quite a rush watching reds emerge from shallow grassbeds,chasing down Bomber Spinner Bait with nice soft plastic threaded onto small jig head lure came with.Did nab a feisty,though small bass and tossed him on ice,made our way to Big Bridge for all of about twenty minutes of frustration,made our way back near mouth of Cane Bayou and musta made a lucky cast as folks with Canoe and Trail on yak trip saw me nab fine 21 inch red and dat was all she wrote for our Sat trip.Got word from a buddy that he and his fishing party busted up specks and white trout,all tight-lining soft plastics,my absolute favorite way to catch specks(Bomber for reds is quite the rush)!!!Going tomorrow and possibly Tues hoping for repeat of trips a few weeks ago where reds much more prevalent.The water is extremely clear and tagging along 6 nice single-ring crab nets,hoping to catch nice mess of extremely fat Lake P crabs while tossing spinner baits to reds!!

Mandevillian

August 27 at 12:04am

Was initially gonna have Abita KC buddy join me on what I anticipated to be decent sight-fishing redfish trip but he was unable to join me and I went solo.Not typical for me to get beat at Cane Bayou launch and today there was one tow vehicle ahead of me and I did run into the fisherman,bassing from a flat and I advised them to target some healthy reds,feasting on Bomber Spinner Baits!!Got to mouth of Cane and had serious executive decision to make-head W to Big Bridge or E to protected cove and opted for E towards protected cove.Lady P was glassy calm this am and made for easy ride to protected cove where I initially tossed Zoom Speed Worms,June Bug red,and emerged with two decent bass and nice blue catfish.Made my way towards thick grass beds all along shorelines from Goose Point to Cane Bayou and beyond and had nada to show tossing Bomber Spinner Bait(did have few Ladyfish attack lure,not necessarily a bad sign as they tend to favor saltier water-did spot at least two shrimp jumping,awesome sight).Made my way to Big Bridge for all of about 15 minutes with definitely nothing to show and went back towards mouth of Cane,slightly to East,closer to Goose Point,and had fine,multi-spotted red crush Bomber and I made cardinal error of trying to rear back and set hook,he missed first swipe,grabbed lure on second swipe but not hooked very well and spit hook as I was reaching down to net him(had at least 2-3 spots on each side,gorgeous fish).Not too long after,spotted shrimp jumping,presumably to escape jaws of 8 inch red that I tossed Bomber right to and he grabbed it,looked fine with 4 spots,two on each side-looking like a pair of Wayfarer Ray Ban sunglasses on each side of him!!!Not long after,14 inch red gobbled up Bomber and it looked like I was not gonna emerge with keeper red til almost 21 inch red inhaled Bomber!!!Fun being out there,trying my best to sight-cast but water not nearly as clear as last sight-cast trip.Spotted handful of stingrays(always great sign,especially for reds),flock after flock of mottled ducks,zero teal(they never seem to invade my teal hunting spots til Big Duck Season).Came away with 4 fish,two decent bass,nice blue catfish and shoulda had two fine keeper reds but one self-released and two were undersized.At least enough for dinner!!!Taking BayouBob this Sat,hope the stained water clears up a tad and water was extremely tannic near drains,not at all unusual.Cool seeing shrimp jumping and did spot at least two bait explosions,most likely big reds,possibly sharks!!!

Mandevillian

August 22 at 3:44pm

Wifey and I thoroughly enjoyed our very last day in the absolutely breath-taking Ozarks,eating nice breakfast,loading up truck and heading for the world-renown little city of Cotter(locals call it trout capitol of the world,for very good reason).We met a young fellow and his almost 4 year old daughter and he was tossing white PowerBait,watched me nab quite a few fat rainbows that slipped outta my hands(they are incredibly strong and slimy)and they were crushing Rebel crawfish crankbait with a vengeance and I did not have too much arm-twisting to convince him to tie on Rebel he had in his tackle box(never used)!!Wifey and I took all of about two hours to manage to nab ten fat and feisty rainbows and I woulda taken pic of last day haul but needed to gut em and pack em on ice for long haul home.We thoroughly enjoyed our annual Ozarks trip,this may have been best ever and we did try pristine Mirror Lake one day,not any luck at all and much more challenging and fun nabbing wild rainbows in world-class White River.They absolutely crush crawfish crankbaits,makes perfect sense since crawfish big part of their diet and there are tons of big crawfish plying the banks of the White River.We met some absolutely gems of folks and want to possibly get us a piece of the Ozarks to call our own!!Might try deer hunting there as we met a fly-fisherman(on his very first fly-fishing trip)who advised that Arkansas has estimated their deer herd at over a million(no reason to dispute that,based upon the quantity of deer we saw)!!Probably headed back next April,possibly sooner and the gent we met with his daughter caught close to a two-person limit as well!!

Mandevillian,never will forget the thrill of watching smallmouths and rainbows crush Rebel crankbaits!!

August 16 at 12:02pm

Wifey and I thoroughly enjoying de last days of our annual Ozarks vacation and we slept in as rain was pelting our rustic cabin and we had leisurely breakfast,made our way to Flippin,AR(home of Ranger boat factory-these folks make some incredibly durable and fine boats,both fresh and salt water versions)and had lunch in very cozy diner,hit the obligatory Wal-Mart and made our way to the Ranger boat factory for a complimentary 1;30 pm tour of their very fine boat-building facility-think they employ almost 1100 folks!!It was just Wifey and I and our tour guide and these folks really make some ridiculously sound boats and the tour guide and I joked about whose bayboat was better,those made by Skeeter or Ranger and from what I saw(I know quite a bit about boat-building both from constructing a wooden boat and from restoring an antique Manatee tri-hull)those Rangers are perhaps the best on the planet and their price certainly reflects dat!!!After our tour,we made our way to Cotter,well-known as a rainbow haven and I watched a few locals basically put on a clinic,right at the boat launch,on nabbing some fine and fat White River rainbows.I was given a nice rainbow by a gent,fishing with his grand daughter,and I finally nabbed two using white PowerBaits and between Wifey and I,we managed to emerge with ten fine rainbows,released at least 6 and had an absolute blast.After catching two,I switched over to crawfish crankbait(that White River has some monster crawfish with lobster-sized claws)and it took no time to catch two more,while Wifey used white PowerBait to nab her 5.I let at least 6 go and it was a charge watching those rainbows fight over dat chartreuse crawfish crankbait,gonna head back tomorrow for hopefully ten more,then back to Luziana!!Thinking about buying small parcel of land up in these here Ozarks and if I wins de Lottery,might get me Ranger BayBoat!!!

Mandevillian

August 14 at 10:23pm

Wifey and I have been up in the Ozarks,Yellville,AR ,to be specific and thoroughly enjoy our annual vacations up here and just wanted to not only give kudos to Dirst Canoe and Cabin Rentals but also report how fine smallmouth bass taste on the grille!!We left Mandeville Th afternoon and have been up in Buffalo Point,in some fine,rustic cabins since Friday afternoon.We met a fine gent and his wife Sunday while we both were awaiting a table in the restaurant in the Buffalo National Park and as fate would have it,this gent has worked at the Ranger boat factory in nearby Flippin for 48 years and wants to retire in 2 years,marking 50 years with one company!!!How awesome is that!!We invited he and his lovely wife to join us at our table and in the course of conversation,he told us about free tours of the facility where Ranger boats are constructed!!Being the fisherman that I am,I inquired about local trout hotspots and he and another fellow,this guy works for Dirst Canoe and Cabin Rentals(rented a fine Ole Town canoe from him today)both pointed me in the direction of the Cotter Trout Dock,in nearby Cotter.Today,Wifey and I used Dirst to not only rent us a canoe but to transport us to the Buffalo,near Dillard's Ferry and picked us up in Rush,about a 9 mile float.Wifey and I endured a torrential downpour(who from LA has not endured a torrential downpour??)and in the process of an enjoyable canoe trip,managed to nab three feisty smallmouth bass(redneck redfish),with one a keeper and a bunch of perch with three keepers.We were forewarned that the fishing has not been all that stellar but we stuck to de plan,tossing chartreuse crawfish crankbait(no wonder smallmouths taste so great-they devour enormous amounts of crawfish!!).Seriously considering buying a nice parcel of land up here,having nice log cabin camp constructed and come up here every spring ,late August,possibly fall and the deer population is incredible!!!Saw herd of at least 15 deer in one field with at least 3 being trophy bucks and Wifey and I spotted trophy,but young buck of 8 points in broad daylight a few days ago.Will attach photos from Buffalo River canoe trip(definitely a bucket list river,no doubt).We saw neat bumper sticker Saturday evening,while we were basically getting casting practice at pristine Mirror Lake.Must be diehard duck slayer's pickup as it said 'Flights Cancelled' and had huge greenhead on it!!!Got one more full day up here and will no doubt come back,possibly in April,believe it or not in April of last year,Wifey and I lit a few fires in cabin's fine rustic Arkansas stone fireplace!!Those smallmouths fight about like our native redfish and taste incredible,especially on the grille!!

Mandevillian

August 13 at 7:28pm

Was hoping for a repeat of yesterday's trip where I sight-casted four nice reds but dat was not de case.Took buddy of mine from Abita KC's and we got a much earlier start,launching at Cane around 6:15,hitting our first spot around 6:45 with nada to show,tossed Bomber spinner bait near entrance of nice trenasse and had decent bass inhale lure but not get hooked and we tried same general area where just yesterday I sight-casted to 4 reds.Made executive decision to hit Big Bridge,started chunking at 4 mile turnaround,had tiny croaker and lady fish to show for our efforts and we made our way back to general area outside Cane Bayou and finally spotted nice red,tossed Bomber spinner bait to red,he swiped at lure,missed it and I casted it to right on top of his nose and he nabbed it,nice 18 inch specimen.We had basically identical conditions that I had yesterday,not sure where the reds went but no big deal,will be in Arkansas on vacation til next week,chasing rainbow trout and smallmouth bass and maybe when I get back,water conditions and fish will be prime.We did see plenty of huge crabs and I might just have to start tagging along some crab nets to supplement the reds I hope to emerge with!!

Mandevillian

August 08 at 1:58pm

Wifey and I have had more than our share of automotive issues(radiator on our 2007 Impala-360,000 miles-original engine and trannie-burns very little oil)and our tow vehicle,1996 Lincoln Town Car becoming stubborn,turns over but does not start,issues with crank position sensor,and we will re-install sensor but got her going,thanks to our older son.Seized upon excellent window of opportunity to chase some bass and possibly reds,scoped our predicted tidal movement and wind speed and direction,and we are headed to Ozarks at end of week so I wanted to scratch the redfish and bass itch.Launched at Cane,chatted with two fellows launching there for their initial time and gave em tips on navigating log-infested Cane!!Started trip at protected cove and bass-fished for about 1.5 hrs with nada to show,ran into familiar fellow there who had one nice bass and he and I made our way back from protected cove to mouth of Lake and he was scooping crabs,I switched over to Bomber spinner bait,used trolling motor to navigate through thick grass to likely spot,spotted nice red and he basically hit Bomber before I could engage baitcaster and I joked about the ole first-cast fish jinx!!!Tried casting to quite a few likely ambush points,made de executive decision to hit Causeway near 4 mile turnaround,water extremely clear,nada there and did nab fine and fat and multi-spotted 26 inch red,intent on dragging me across pilings but 17 lb Vanish put a stop to his foolishness!!!Seized upon the opportunity to once again ply the pristine shorelines and spotted big ole stingray feeding on crabs in grassbed and remembered what guide told me way back when,reds and stingrays almost always in exact same areas and immediately spotted fine red facing away from me,made cast right in front of red and he gobbled up spinner bait and not long after,sight-casted to red#4 and #5.In the process of sight-fishing,spotted decent-sized blacktip shark(not a shark expert but this fine specimen had black on trailing edges of dorsal and caudal fins,so my guess is blacktip).Folks,go and get you some as salinity must be on serious uptick,judging on seeing stingrays and sharks and did see two displays of 'synchronized mullet dances',most likely from shark chasing them or bull reds,possibly jack crevalle,definitely a sign of improved salinities.Red at Causeway inhaled Berkley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse and 4 other sight-casted reds gobbled up Bomber spinner bait with original greenish soft plastic minnow,still intact!!Headed back tomorrow hoping for similar results!!!

Mandevillian

P.S. Wish I knew honest individual who found my baggie(fell outta my pocket at Mande Bay in Mandeville)that contained money clip(sentimental value)and my LA Fishing License.I could have easily reprinted LA License but my deceased dad and I share same initials and money clip was from one of his many pieces of jewelry,AEC initials and woulda bummed me out big-time to lose money clip.Wifey called and Mande Bay employee gave her baggie with money clip and LA License.

August 07 at 3:43pm

Me and fellow Knight from Abita Council launched his fine G3 18 60 at Mandeville Harbor,intent on chasing possibly some fine shoreline reds and possibly some bass in protected cove with a possible side trip to Causeway,should the conditions allow.Started off tossing spinner baits,gold spoons,Top Dogs along thick grass beds and only had a lady fish almost get gold spoon in jaw,had big red swipe at gold spoon and whole lotta nothing to show for our efforts,made our way to protected cove,one bass made the trip home with us,compliments of June Bug Red Zoom Speed Worm,then made our way to Causeway and came away with two fine grilling-sized reds,both caught on Berkley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse.Water at Causeway on N end not bad but progressively dirtier the further S we went!!Buddy of mine going on vacation next week,we are going latter part of following week and probably will only have few chances to chase local fish til after nice Yellville,Arkansas vacation!!Spotted tail end of what looked like very fine fairly large sheepshead nibbling on Causeway Piling but tried tossing right next to fish and it did not chase Gulp!!Was tough trip but not complete blank trip and at least caught enough for dinner!!!

Mandevillian

July 25 at 5:00pm

Trying to get in as much fishing time as possible before what promises to be extra-busy Open Enrollment for my wife and I and I again hit Cane Bayou(solo today)and wisely made de executive decision to forego heading W to Causeway(Lake way too rough)and made my way to favorite protected bayou,not looking too promising at first with little to no water movement,decided to stay de course and kept tossing Zoom Speed Worm,Ultra-Vibe,June Bug Red and started pecking away at possible solo limit,ended up with 8 decent marsh bass,a few chunks in de mix,missed at least 5 nice fish,one most likely a gar as it ripped Zoom Speed Worm right off worm hook,highly unusual for a bass to rip worm clean off hook!Saw several large gators and look pic of one probably 4 ft long near entrance to bayou from Lake.Got client meeting this evening and one tomorrow at noon,then headed to Ole Jefferson where Wifey and I have been doing awesome job painting her cute stucco house that needed freshening up in bad way.She has gotten tons of extremely nice compliments and I warned her to tell inquiring minds dat Wifey and I only doing her huge favor in painting her house(she is paying up appropriately,but we are charging far less than her last paint job).Hope to nab a few more fish next week and in few weeks,Wifey and I headed to Buffalo Point in Yellville,Arkansas for a last vacation prior to required certifications,training,etc,that the Major Carriers require!!

Mandevillian

July 19 at 3:09pm

Had decent window of opportunity,took a buddy from Abita KC's to Causeway and protected cove and we started our trip with a fairly bumpy ride from Cane Bayou to Causeway,warned my fishing buddy bout my first or second cast curse and this time,took me about 5 casts with Berkley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse to nab first fish,though smallish blue catfish not exactly big enough to put on ice,so we dinked and dunked around,I set hook on big-shouldered red extremely close to pilings and he had enough power to out-wrestle me from the pilings minefield and my buddy was about to net fine fish,probably close to 22-25 inches,when I heard sickening sound of 17 lb Vanish fluro getting snapped off!!!My bad as I had probably small sheepshead nab line and drag me to set of pilings and I shoulda cut off bad section of line.Big reds do not get to be big reds by getting boxed and this one was substantially bigger than the two we boxed today!!!Hit a few turnarounds,made de executive decision to hit protected cove,caught fat bass on Zoom Speed Worm June Bug Red and had a boater in fine Lowe 20 ft aluminum bay boat cross paths with us and we exchanged fishing tips and he donated nice bass he had just caught.Told him about losing nice red at Causeway(joked dat he needed to release red if it had jig head in bottom jaw!!!).About de time we switched gears (close to 10:45 or so)we started watching fine reds chasing either gold spoon or Bomber Spinner Bait and each of us put decent red in box and I watched at least two others attack lure but not get hooked.Seems like de key when tossing Bomber Spinner Bait is to ignore fish attacking lure,just keep reeling like dey aint there and let them basically hook themselves!!Ended up with 2 reds and 2 bass and easily should have had 5 reds total!!Taking off tomorrow and week end and Monday,might fish early next week!!

Mandevillian

July 13 at 3:33pm

Had some time on my hands,checked predicted tidal movement and WUndeground weather report and made de executive decision to hit Big Bridge from get-go and launched at Cane not nearly as early as I wanted to,my bad,and hit Big Bridge a tad before 7:15 am and on exactly second cast,nabbed fine red on same ole,same ole-Berkley Gulp,Swimming Mullet,Chartreuse.Think I have somewhat of a curse either catching a red on first or second cast as it seems like they are solitaires,plenty of experience to somewhat verify dat curse!!Hit a few turn-arounds and nabbed fat red(had three small croakers and bunch of crab debris in bloated belly)and then headed to what used to be bass and redfish haven,not occupied with mostly gators and skittish bass(extremely clear water most likely culprit as I spooked bunch of nice bass)and plenty of fat ole alligator gars!!!Probably wasted time heading to Goose Point area but dat area has been somewhat productive.Probably gonna head back out Friday at the earliest!!

Mandevillian

July 10 at 5:24pm

Got call from Sonny Miller with Miller Taxidermy and he was excited to tell me my T-Funky chunks were mounted and ready for me to bring a Yum Swim n Dinger worm(did de damage about a year ago)so he could get smaller bass with worm hooked in jaw and he already had tiny bluegill getting inhaled by bigger bass.Take a look at this fine mount and originally considered doing stringer mount as the day these two chunks were caught(7-14-17),I had 6 total bass with biggest 4.6,next 3.4 and one slightly smaller,probably around 3!!Might not have nearly as productive a day as I did last year and Sonny did an awesome job,studio located in Crossroads,MS.Enjoyed chatting with Sonny this evening and he had very nice black duck mounted,one he shot many,many years ago and told him about the awesome Big Branch trophy black duck I shot about 3 seasons back.Hard to believe teal season just round de corner and gonna hit ole T-Funky tomorrow and bet I nab a bass close to the bigger chunk on this piece of poplar!!!Sonny said it happens all de time-fellows leave his studio with beautiful fish,only to catch even bigger ones their next outing!!!

Mandevillian

July 09 at 10:01pm
A comment titled: Re: A New Duck Season Officially Begins in response to a report titled: A New Duck Season Officially Begins

Debating on whether or not to try the NShore Marsh as the doggone heat is on big-time and about the only ducks we saw this past Saturday were woodies and mottled ducks but we did hear some shooting not that far from us and have a few go-to spots on public land(try to go mid-week when not nearly as much pressure)but just might give in and just chase redfish instead!!Good luck to all and hated the poachers when I had a real nice Delacroix lease.Hunting Federal/Public land is quite the challenge but have been hunting/scouting area for over 15 years and know plenty of spots far from beaten path and rarely see another hunter.Where some of my honey-holes are might have to pack in cross bow as plenty of deer not that far away!!!

Mandevillian

13 hours ago
A comment titled: Re: How far? in response to a report titled: How far?

TreeRat,Tried to respond this am before heading out for a teal hunt but reply via I-Phone did not go through!!Awesome results and kinda supports my suspicion that teal and specks might coincide and we shot zero teal this am,saw quite a few folks plying the grass beds and hope they found some willing participants!!Hunting was so slooooow dat we gonna chase spotted tails tomorrow vs non-existent blue wings!!!

Mandevillian

September 15 at 11:55am
A comment titled: Re: A New Duck Season Officially Begins in response to a report titled: A New Duck Season Officially Begins

Proud Pop,At least ya did not scratch,unlike us hunting the NShore where we did not fire a shot,seeing nothing but woodies and mottled ducks!!Hunting was so slow me and buddy taking off tomorrow and chasing spotted tails vs non-existent blue wings!!If ya head out tomorrow,hope ya get some blue wings.Not able to make any mid-week hunts this coming week but gonna try again next Sat/Sun!!

Mandevillian

September 15 at 11:50am
A comment titled: Re: How far? in response to a report titled: How far?

Not sure bout Delacroix but for me,living in Mandeville,takes me about 15 minute drive from home to launch,20 minute boat ride and all de reds I need,sight-casting to about 90% of them,with nothing fancier than a Bomber Spinner Bait!!

Mandevillian

September 14 at 10:30pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal Survey in response to a report titled: Teal Survey

Nope,unless ya hunting SW LA which I am not.Just got Southfork completely loaded up with two Chapman pirogues and 44 nice palmetto branches,freshly cut and will have Thermocell ready to keep skeeters at bay.Where I hunt,we typically do not see big flocks of blue wings til the Big Duck season and my scouting efforts have yielded few teal and mostly woodies and mottled ducks and they get educated quite readily!!Hope all hunting tomorrow get a decent chance at some blue wing rockets!!

Mandevillian

September 14 at 10:27pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal Opener-Thoughts??? in response to a report titled: Teal Opener-Thoughts???

Think the next full moon,on the 24th,might bring us some teal and possibly some aggressive redfish,hollier on da bayou!!Just fired up de trusty ole Southfork(Chuck Evans fixed lower unit-was not engaging reverse)and got carbs purring like dey used to when she was a much younger boat and can't believe teal season just few days away!!!Now we gots no excuses,other than crooked barrels,for our failure Opening WeekEnd!!!

Mandevillian

September 13 at 6:03pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal Opener-Thoughts??? in response to a report titled: Teal Opener-Thoughts???

Thewizard7,Looks like ya are de 'Redfish Whisperer' like John C jokingly called me-by the way very fine reds,indeed.Buddy of mine went to place his blind in private Delacroix marsh just this past week end and he reported seeing zero teal,kinda hard to fathom dat de 'Croix' has no teal but ya gotta go to know and right now de only fishing I am doing is fishing for clients at a Humana Retail Location in Metairie,wishing I was a-fishing.I am hopeful that a few teal make their showing on NShore and if not,always got fine reds patrolling thick grass beds and might target em outta Chapman pirogues!!

Mandevillian

September 13 at 2:36pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal Opener-Thoughts??? in response to a report titled: Teal Opener-Thoughts???

Dat sounds about right,plenty of teal near mouth of River and I know a few folks that make the trek down to Venice to duck hunt/fish and hope the teal stick around.Got some intel from a diehard and he found some teal much closer to me and I am hopeful that we even see a teal Sat/Sun probably gonna chase shallow-water reds in our pirogues,always fun,fun,fun and the winds predicted are about as perfect as ya would want to fish NShorelines!!!

Mandevillian

September 13 at 1:19pm
A comment titled: Re: Yak launch for HWY 11? in response to a report titled: Yak launch for HWY 11?

Lotta folks launch at the ole Tite's Launch near the base of the Trestles bridge,no doubt a yak could launch there,possibly closest launch to the Trestles.The grass beds outta Lacombe should have plenty of reds waiting a spinner bait!!

Mandevillian

September 13 at 1:14pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal Opener-Thoughts??? in response to a report titled: Teal Opener-Thoughts???

jjoojj,Smart,smart move-bass are in Lake P if dat tells ya anything,even with Tropical Storm Gordon having increased our local tides quite a bit.We have thick mats of salvinia think what happened is the spraying of giant salvinia selectively allowed much smaller salvinia to proliferate and I have seen ponds about wall-to-wall with salvinia,wish they could release some weevils,if they eat salvinia!!

Mandevillian

September 13 at 10:18am
A comment titled: Re: Teal aerial survey ? in response to a report titled: Teal aerial survey ?

I was using a play on words,not outright calling anyone a liar,just saying that perhaps there was a slight SWAG(any scientist knows what a SWAG is and for those who do not know SWAG is Statistical Wild Ass Guess)to the numbers of ducks reported and I can give a few reasons why someone might do such a thing but the bottom line is most of us had poor seasons and we were being told that there were 'X' numbers of ducks seen/reported/counted,etc and I am not buying those numbers,not outright calling anyone a liar just saying that there were some 'exaggerations' with respect to actual numbers of ducks,plain and simple.I rely more on my network of diehard duck hunters and for teal season,where I hunt we rarely kill more than a handful of teal/season and they are so erratic that I might scout and find pockets of teal and next day see zero teal so I put zero emphasis on anyone's flight surveys.Get out and scout and find ya own ducks just like I tell folks about fishing,same applies-a duck has wings and flies and a fish has fins and swims-just because ya caught fish in this particular stretch of water/shot ducks in this particular pond,that does not guarantee one fish/duck.etc will be there next day,plain and simple.Hope folks throughout our awesome Sportsman's Paradise find a few willing blue wings this week end and if not,do not blame it on aerial surveys just chalk it up to de flighty nature of the quarry we are pursuing!!!Novel idea but works for me!

September 12 at 9:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal aerial survey ? in response to a report titled: Teal aerial survey ?

I call a spade what it is a spade and ask diehard duck hunters how accurate they perceive the information we got last year and just ask Josh Goins how accurate he thinks the fly over reports were last year. Knew my response was gonna get some reactions but I can personally tell ya there were no where near the ducks reported ask anyone willing to challenge BS

Mandevillian

September 12 at 6:01pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal aerial survey ? in response to a report titled: Teal aerial survey ?

Hope they report accurate information as when they flew last year for some reason we were lead to believe(possibly lied to believe)that there were numerous ducks in the skies all ready for our assault.Check for yourself as we were told there were plenty of ducks,guess decoys musta been counted!!!

Mandevillian

September 12 at 12:46pm

This big ole corn snake musta been chasing rats and hate that I accidentally rolled over him/hit him with box blade teeth today.Fine snake and rats probably glad he outta de picture!!

Mandevillian

September 11 at 9:09pm

CCAguns,I would certainly be honored to assist you with Medicare just get with me at your convenience.As far as fishing goes,I checked tidal predictions and between that and a busy schedule with Medicare Re-Certification,just no time to wet a line but I did get with another Medicare Client(we hunt on same deer lease)and we busted it getting his food plot about as perfect as one could hope for and I bush-hogged mine and rains kinda messed us up but not before I somehow managed to run over a huge corn snake,probably well over 4 ft long and a beautiful snake at that.Me and snakes not exactly best buddies but I do not indiscriminantly kill them,this beast musta got crushed by tractor or box blade teeth crushed him and I always look down when working in extremely tall brush and my guess is he was in there chasing rodents and did not get out of harm's way!!Will send picture when I get a moment.

Mandevillian

September 11 at 9:03pm
A comment titled: Re: Seabrook? in response to a report titled: Seabrook?

Danno23,Ya need to get out after dem tackle-busting Jacks soon as me and a Medicare Client of mine witnessed a few of those comical 'synchronized mullet dances' just yesterday and we could not clearly id what the culprit was,though I saw quite a few mullet tosses and think the likely culprits were monster Jacks/or bull reds.I spotted absolute beast of a red Tuesday and he gave me very short ride in my 16 by 52 Southfork but thankfully spit the hook(bull red of at least 25 lbs)!!!Killin' me to be stuck in front of a computer but gotta tend to Medicare Training and not much time left too finish it and just bout done but me and buddy will be tackling deer food plot chores Mon and Tues though we may sneak in sight-fishing trip.Fishing for reds like these via paddle board or stand-up yak would be incredible!!Water had been pristine and could easily spot puppy drum,reds trying to hide amongst mullet schools,etc and fun watching em destroy Bomber!!!Not sure who carries Yum Mud Minnows but that is brand Bomber comes with and I threaded on probably one of the absolute killer soft plastics,think MirroLure marsh minnow and other for sure was Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper(incredible tail action not seen in any other soft plastics,hands down my bro!!!)

Mandevillian

September 08 at 1:12pm

Yes,we indeed did just barely beat dem nasty storms.Side nte,got hilarious voicemail from John C jokingly calling me de 'Redfish Whisperer' and I musts been de 'Redfish Screamer' yesterday,based upon our total lack of redfish yesterday.Hope Lady P gets back to what she was just prior to Gordon and reds should be a-plenty!!!

Mandevillian

September 07 at 7:54pm
A comment titled: Re: Loch Ness Monster in Delacroix, LA? in response to a report titled: Loch Ness Monster in Delacroix, LA?

Yep there are plenty of otters where I hunt and quite sure Delacroix has even more with plenty of fresh water.I have seen quite a few in the Big Branch Marsh and they definitely are quite inquisitive.BayouBob told me he had one steal a dead grey duck and swam off with it years ago when he hunted the Chef area.We see plenty of gators where we hunt and will be diligent to retrieve our teal almost immediately.Ospreys and eagles also have bad habit of stealing ducks!!!

Mandevillian

September 07 at 4:40pm
A comment titled: Re: Lady P Trip Pre Gordon 9 4 18 in response to a report titled: Lady P Trip Pre Gordon 9 4 18

Ya mighta been out there a few weeks ago,on a Saturday,as BayouBob and I were in my camo'd Southfork and we chatted with a fellow angler in nice older camo'd canoe!!Been tons of funs targeting nice reds,anywhere from 18 inches up to monster-sized reds that are fun for a while but they take me away from catching much better table sized reds and the Jacks are out there as well.After cleaning that hunk of a gar yesterday and finding big mullet in his belly,along with my Bomber Spinner Bait,could be combo of three species of predators all causing comical 'synchronized mullet dances'-big alligator gar,jack crevalles,bull reds!!In any case,the bait out there is more than incredible!!!Going tomorrow and Friday,kinda stay away on week ends as sometimes too much fishing pressure for my liking.During mid-week trips,often have entire NShoreline all to my lonesome!!!

Mandevillian

September 05 at 5:05pm
A comment titled: Re: Seabrook? in response to a report titled: Seabrook?

danno,Jacks are starting to make their presence known on shorelines of NShore,just wanted to share dat tidbit.Have buddy of mine taking me in his boat tomorrow and we do not target jacks or alligator gar and I have seen both in very abundant supplies!!

Mandevillian

September 05 at 4:35pm
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