Birds were pretty thin compared to what we noramly see for teal season but we managed to scrape togethor a 3 man limit on Saturday thanks to some pretty good shooting. This was the least amount of birds I've seen out there in 3 years. We planned on hunting Sunday and Monday but instead decided to head down to Port Sulphur and fish. We fished Sunday evening and caught 7 reds and some sheephead and yesterday we had 41 stragler specks. Tide was low in the morning and never did anything all day, but the weather was beautiful and had a great time catching a few. Porbably won't hunt till next weekend in hopes a few birds push down. Anyone else find it a little slow in the Delacroix, Caernarvon area or was it just us.
Has anyone ever had a problem with water getting in the bilge and can't figure out where it's coming from? I fish a 22 Blue Wave Classic and the past few trips I notice that periodicly throughout the day if I hit the bilge pump, about 2 gallons of water flows out. I know my plug is in tight and I looked in the bilge area but can't see anything obvious. My boat has the scuppers with the ping pong balls, could there be a loose fit somewhere? I also thought that maybe one of my water intake hoses for my livewell may be loose but it's so hard to get under there and check. If anyone has had a similar problem I would really appreciate any input. Thanks, Jason.
Made a trip down to Port Sulphur on Saturday and the wind made it pretty tough on us. I was hoping to get a few hours of calm conditions but it wasn't meant to be as te winds were pumping pretty good at sunrise. But we worked hard and ended up with a decent box of 42 specks, and 10 reds. Unlike last weekend, we had to measure a bunch of fish and we had a few in the box that were just over 12 inches. We never did find clean water but we managed to find fishable water behind some of the little islands in Grand Escaile. Hope it lays down this weekend because the fish are definately there, just need a little less wind.
Finally got a good calm weekend to fish after the past few months of getting pounded by the wind. Stayed down at the camp and fished both days limiting out on specks and reds both days! We caught fish all over from Rattlesnake to Lake Grand Escaille, and back over towards No Man's Land. It's amazing how much difference a week can make. Last weekend we were still working real hard for the fish, but it finally got pretty easy for us. We didn't destroy fish at any one particular spot but we played the stick and move game and limited out by noon on both days. Judging by the reports it looks like most had a good weekend, so it looks like our summer fishing is here for good. Hope to do the same next weekend, but we'll be pretty hard pressed to top 180 fish (specks and reds) in two days. I'm still pumped as I sit here and type this report and I hope this is a sign of things to come. Tight Lines, Jason.
The wind a dirty water continue to be an issue in the areas I fish in Port Sulphur. Went down to the camp Saturday night and fished very hard Sunday futily searching for clean water. Rattlesnake and Lake Grand Escaille was choclate milk, so we wound up in Bay Batiste on the lee shorline working points. We picked up a few trout, and reds there and doubled back to No Man's Land and caught the rest of the fish. Ended the day with a mixed box consisting of 15 specks, 4 reds, 6 sheephead, 2 drum, and 1 flounder. Not a bad mess of fish but still waiting for the trout bite to bust open. I think this weekend will be it if the wind does what it is suppose to. I'll be fishing both days and will post a report. Good Luck to everyone this weekned, should be a good one!!!
Made a trip down to Port Sulphur on Sunday in hopes the wind would die down and we could go chase some specks but it wasn't meant to be. We caught a few trout early, but the wind just got too brutal for us, so we decided to head into the marsh and fish for reds. We worked for them but me and my buddy ended up with our limit of reds, 2 drum, and 6 specks. Whenever this wind lays down the trout fishing should bust wide open. We noticed plenty juvenile shrimp in Lake Washington which is a really good sign of things to come. We also made a redfish trip last week in the Gator Trax and came home home with a very respectable box fishing ponds off Grand Bayou and around Bay Laneux. Good luck this weekend, I hope this wind will give us a break!!!
Fished last Thursday and Sunday and both days were pretty tough. We fished hard Thursday and ended up coming home with 12 reds, 2 drum, 2 trout, and a flounder. Fished ponds off Grand Bayou but never did find a really good concentration of fish, a few here and a few there. Sunday was a better day for kite flying than fishing, and we couldn't find any clean water. The fish apparently had lock-jaw and we only had 1 red and a couple drum to show for our efforts (really a rough day!). What really sucked about Sunday was that we had the girls with us, and we really wanted them to catch a few reds. Oh well, that's why it's fishing and not catching. We did have a good time though and they didn't complain at all until about 3, and by that time even I was ready to throw in the towel. I promised to take them back out when we have more favorable conditions. Hope this wind lays a little for next weekend and lets the water clean up some.
Can anyone tell me where I purchase a casting deck for my boat. I have a 22' Blue Wave and would like to buy a platform that secures to the bow. Couldn't find much on the internet, so any information would be greatly appreciated. Looking for someting in the 200-400 dollar range. Thanks a lot, Jason.
Made a few trips down to Port Sulphur on Sunday and Monday and had mixed results. On Sunday we made our way into Rattlesnake to sight fish for reds and had perfect conditions, clean water and light winds. Only problem was the reds just weren't feeding on anything we threw at them. We probably saw 30 or so fish and only hooked 3. It was pretty frustrating but still awsome to see redfish clear as day in the water and pitch baits to them. I have never had that many reds totally ignore a gold spoon pulled right past them. Not accepting defeat, I was determined to try something different on Monday. I made my way to Academy and bought some 20lb Power Pro and a few packs of 3' Gulp shrimp. Went back Monday morning by my lonesome and saw that the tide had come up some since the day before. I dedided to stick to some ponds off Grand Bayou and found a few that held clean water and finally some hungry reds. I fished for about 5 hours and landed 12 reds and saw many more reds and sheephead. The ponds that had snot grass in them had real clean water and those are the ones where I saw most of the fish. Didn't try for specks but I suspect by mid April it should start picking up.
Can anyone recommend a good dog trainer around the New Orleans area that is reasonably priced? I have a 9 month old lab that I would like to have trained for duck hunting. Any recomendations would be appreciated, thanks Jason.
Been tied up the past 3 weekends remodeling my house and it's been killing me not to be able to get on the water. Been hearing some good reports from Delacroix but don't really hear about Port Sulphur too much. Anyone been fishing out there lately? Last time I was out there we caught tons of sheephead and rat reds. Not asking for any secret spots just want to see if I'm missing out on anything. Couple weeks and I'll be back at it.
Well, no more sleep deprived work days, 4 am wake up calls during the week, or fingernails that just look dirty all the time. Time to start catching up on honey do's and housework that was neglected since mid November. I was fortunate enough on Sunday to watch the sun set on another successful season for both birds and memories. Every season seems to be more enjoyable than the previous and this one was no different. I was lucky enough to make some new hunting buddies this year and make 9 hunts with my good friend who's 75 years old and can still shoot and drink with the best of em. It still hasn't hit me yet, I don't think, that I'll have to put up my duck calls and decoys till next September. My work schedule allowed me to make plenty duck hunts this season and here is our final tally for the year (Big duck season only). We made 33 hunts and killed 352 ducks. That averages out to be 10.6 birds/attempt. The first split was very good as we really didn't have a single bad hunt. The second split was more hit and miss with the water level being a major determining factor for success. When the big fronts came in and blew the water out, we were hard pressed to kill ducks. But when we had water, like clockwork the birds would move back in. Most of our season was spent hunting in Caernarvon shooting blue and greenwing teal with an occasional spoonbill or mottled. I hunted both opening weekends on our lease in Delacroix and we limited out both but our success steadily declined thereafter. Our bags out there consisted mostly of teal, with some dogris and a handful of grey ducks and mottled ducks. Overall we had another fantastic season with plenty of laughs, missed shots, and some great pictures for the album. Time to go catch some reds and bay snapper until it warms up.
Made a good hunt this morning in Caernarvon shooting a nice 3 man limit of blue and green wing teal. Overcast and a light breeze made for good conditions and the birds cooperated nicely this morning for us. I was happy to return the favor to a buddy of mine who took me on a nice hunt to his lease last week. No more sleep deprived work days next week, but that only means one thing for me, last weekend of duck season is here. Gonna go the next three days hoping the water stays up for us. Good luck to all this weekend, hope everyone ends on a good note.
Woke up this morning to dead calm winds and heavy fog, but we had to give it a try, so off we went. Headed to Caernarvon in hopes that the water would be higher than it had been the previous 3 hunts, and to our luck it had come up just enough to get into our ponds. The birds were never coming in fast and furious but I had a couple dead eye's on the boat this morning and most of what gave us a look never left. After or past 3 hunts which have been really tough due to low water, it was nice to get finally get some good shots in. We ended the hunt a little late (9:00) but the final tally was 16 teal and a mottled that we knocked down but couldn't find. Luckily our shooting was on point this morning because there wasn't much flying and we made the most of our opertunities. Gonna make another hunt Thursdsay as the end of the season is approaching quickly.
Duck hunting's been pretty tough the past week or so, and this weekend wasn't much different. I was lucky enough to get an invite with a friend to his lease on Friday, and we managed 4 dogris, 3 buffelheads, and 1 teal. Not bad for a day where we didn't couldn't get much to come in. The prize of the day for me was a nice drake buffelhead I shot towards the end of the hunt. On Saturday we opted to go fishing down in Port Sulphur which proved to be a wise choice. The water was extremely low and I was glad we decided to fish out of the mudboat instead of the bay boat. We started off in a deep bayou with an oyster bottom and could have sank the boat with sheephead. Not being to proud we boxed 11, and 2 drum before deciding to go in search of reds. The tide was coming up hard and we got up in some ponds for some exciting sight fishing. We hooked 11 reds and landed 7 before deciding to call it a day with a box of fish. We made a hunt in Delacroix on Sunday and didn't do much at all shooting only 2 ducks. Not many birds at all around our land in Delacroix, so we are going to Caernarvon tommorow morning.
Made a solo hunt before work this morning and it really didn't turn out as I had hoped. Weren't many birds flying where I was at, and the worst part was that my new gun wouldn't even shoot! About 2 weeks ago, I broke down and bought a brand new Max 4 Benelli Supernova. I did my research and saw nothing but good reviews, so I decided what the hell. I noticed on my last hunt that a few times I pulled the trigger and all I got was CLICK, no shot. I chalked it up to maybe some bad shells, but I had a new box this morning and had even more problems. Didn't get many shots at all, but about 7 am here comes a nice grey right over the decoys. I stand up, pull the trigger once CLICK, twice CLICK, the bird winks at me and flys off! This continued throughout the morning, VERY VERY frustrating. It would fire about every third or so shot but I couldn't take it any longer, so I headed in around 8:15. Has anyone else had a similar problem? I'm going back to Puglia's on Saturday, maybe they can help me out or they may have to ship it off, I really don't know
After 2 consecutive rough hunts (only shooting 1 bird in 2 days), our luck changed with the push of high water on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday gave way to easy access to our ponds and overcast conditions both days. With these 2 factors
working togethor we got plenty shooting oppertunities and shot our limit both days. I'm going back tommorow before work, just hope the plug hasn't been pulled and we have a little water. May have to pull out the big jacket tommorow cause its gonna be a cold one! Good Luck to all and be extra careful wtih these freezing conditions.
After our fast paced duck hunt on Tuesday, I was quite confident we would knock em out again but it was not meant to be yesterday. I called a buddy who's been having a pretty tough season, and told him to get cause we gonna go bust up some ducks in Caernarvon. Well, needless to say he made a liar out of me, and we only shot one duck all morning. I couldn't wait to get out and shoot my brand new Benelli Super Nova, but I only fired the gun 2 times, and my friend never even shot! I just can't understand it, here one day and gone the next. The only consistency that I seem to notice (and have been for years) is that when the water gets real low where we hunt the birds leave, does anyone else notice this? We have also been having a subpar season in Delacroix compared to years past, but we have shot a few mallards the past few weeks. Gonna give Delacroix a shot tommorow and hunt some big water with a 6 dozen decoy spread and see how that works. Good Luck to all this weekend, but I must admit that seeing all the good fishing reports is making me think about hooking up the bay boat instead of the mudbuddy! But like most duck hunters, when it comes down to it, sometimes we're just gluttons for punishment.
Made a quick morning hunt before work and had a nice shoot killing a 3 man limit of teal and dos gris. We woke up to a nice overcast sky and a light mist in the air, making for good conditions where we hunt. Good shooting made for an early day and we were done by 8:15. I noticed that the dogs we shot were a lot bigger than the ones we normaly see and instead of purple they had a green tint to the head. My friend had his duck ID pocket book with him, and we sermised that they were greater scaup. There are a few slight distinctions between the greater and lesser besides the size difference. Gonna try and get on em again later this week if I am able.
Made a good hunt in Caernarvon Friday shooting a 3 man limit of teal, mottled, and spoonbill. We saw the most big bands of teal flying that I have seen all year, 40 and 50 at a time buzzing through the pond. We stayed a little after we were done and just watched em fly, it was quite a sight. Funny thing is that when we went back on Sunday, we didn't get many shots at all. We ended the hunt with 2 mottled ducks and 3 teal. Going back tommorow am before work, hoping the birds moved back in. We have been seeing some Mallards and Pintail flying around so maybe they'll give us a chance tommorow.