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Had spectacular hunt Saturday AM. #18 hit the water at 7:15. Sunday different story. Started morning off running trespasser of my lease who set up in exact location we did Saturday. Then we only had 2 opps and killed 2 teal. I believe that group of poachers hunted my lease Saturday evening and ran all the teal that were holding out. Hopefully we get more birds down soon.

September 17 at 10:07pm

Does anyone recommend a certain duck blind material over another for a boat blind? We have used Avery RealGrass and its OK, but looks beat up as the season goes on. Was thinking about the Avery KillerGrass stuff, but not sure if it would look natural enough. I thought someone made a synthetic material that would not fade, crack or rot out? Any ideas guys? Thanks.

August 23 at 12:23pm

Can anyone tell me what the tides are doing in Delacroix at daybreak? Fished last Saturday and on paper, I was expecting and incoming tide. But it was already real low and falling all morning. We managed to do what we set out to do; catch reds, but I was not expecting the water to be so low and falling at daybreak. Not asking for any fishing info; just what kind of water conditions should I expect upon arrival. Thanks and tite lines to all.

June 07 at 12:48pm

Had decent hunt Saturday for the second slit opener. Took 10 GW and 2 Grays btw 3 hunters. Probably should have limited on Teal; but missed a few. Could have shot Dogris but refrained. Seemed to do better than average that day. Not many good reports.

December 19, 2017 at 3:34pm

The second split has been; let say 'a challenge'. I didn't hunt this past weekend based solely on the negative reports I got from all last week; no ducks. I realize our local conditions were not ideal, but there was a major ice storm that covered large areas north of us. And the weekend before last it was perfect duck hunting conditions (North wind 20-25mph, cold (25-30 degrees)) and we still only managed 6 GW teal that Saturday. I'm just wondering if everyone else is experiencing the same results.

January 16, 2017 at 3:07pm

Has anyone been to Delacroix area this week since the conditions have improved? I went deer hunting last weekend but heard those that went duck hunting struggled and had nut high water. Just wondering if I should take advantage of the great deer weather this weekend, or try to chase the birds before split closes. Thanks.

December 03, 2015 at 10:48am

Does anyone know how high the tides got with the storm surge? I was praying we didn't get any storms or crazy high tides before duck season. The marsh looked perfect in teal season. But I usually experience with storm tides is the SAV's all wash up and settle on top the marsh grass. Essentially matting the marsh grass down and killing it. By mid December the marsh looks pancaked and desolate. Did anybody go down there yesterday or today? Was it up over the dock at Serigne's? Thanks.

October 26, 2015 at 12:38pm

Fished Biloxi marsh yesterday. went pretty far into the heart of the area and a saw a total of ZERO teal. They are not here yet; but as we all know they could show up today and be gone by tomorrow.

September 08, 2015 at 9:06am

Have not been to lease since Thanksgiving near Lake Lery. Just wondering if anyone has been hunting and doing well last weekend and this week in the Delacroix marsh. Winds predicted light tomorrow.

December 05, 2014 at 2:45pm

Hunted this am and the ducks were gone. Did not see many and only had mostly divers where usually shoot all teal. 2 guys finished with 3 redheads, 4 dogris and 1 mot. Water very low.

November 19, 2014 at 2:56pm

While taking in a beautiful sunrise yesterday in the Biloxi marsh; I did manage to see 2 flocks of teal. About 30 birds collectively. I was fishing and not scanning too hard, but those two flocks were the only ones I saw.

September 08, 2014 at 11:14am

Does anyone know a guy in Mandeville that does boat cover repairs? I used him in the past and cannot find his name and #. I believe he lived in Beau Chene. Thanks.

April 16, 2014 at 12:20pm

Two part post: First, can anyone recommend the best value boat cover for a 19' Pathfinder? I got one from Academy last summer and its rotted out already - garbage! What's best material for our SELA climate; acrylic, polyester? Or if anyone knows a custom fab shop locally, that might be the best bet. Thanks.

Now for lame fishing report: Took boat out yesterday afternoon to give it the shake down and test all functions before going on a 'real' trip when the weather straightens out. Hit Bayou Bonfuca and tried the grasslines for bass. Only caught 2 small ones and 1 big perch on plastic worm. I use this fishery as a back plan when its too windy to marsh/lake fish. Its usually spot on for 10-15 knotheads; but this year its been off the 2 times I tried. And the grass is crazy thick; blocking some of the most productive canals. Good luck and tight lines.

April 07, 2014 at 2:52pm

Well, after getting all ready to make a youth duck hunt this past weekend; we were stonewalled by a Fall baseball tournament! We didn't get to go and I did not hear a whole lot from anyone that did go. A friend did fish Little Lake complex on Saturday and said he didn't see any ducks other than Motts and did not recall hearing any shots either. Can anyone report, specifically from the Delacroix interior (Lake Lery, Lost Lake, etc..)on their youth hunt and amount of ducks down? Still sounds pretty thin considering the regular season open this coming Saturday. Thanks.

November 04, 2013 at 10:56am

I fished the Biloxi marsh last Sunday and did a good bit of running around. I saw a total od 2 Motts and one band of UFO's way out in open bay on fringes. Was shocked at the lack of any ducks on the interior. Youth season opens in 2 weeks! Hope they are coming soon!

October 17, 2013 at 11:01am

Does anyone know of a boat launch that is available near Dudenheffer's in Hopedale? I know that Pip's still have a makeshift backdown but I also hear its not too legit, especially on lower tides. Hazardous if you go off the ledge. I am willing to pay to launch at any private launches along the hwy, just for duck season, as my lease is near that area. Thanks and good luck.

September 24, 2013 at 11:19am

I just picked up a recurve 175# crossbow. It came with short aluminum bolts and said that carbon 20' bolt with 100gr broadheads are recommended for hunting. I got a few carbon bolts and was wondering what makes the broadheads different for crossbows. I have plenty broadheads that I use for my compound bow and wondered if I could just use them on the X bow bolts? The x bow supposedly shoots at 240FPS, so, its not rocket fast. Any advice would be appreciated.

August 14, 2013 at 1:25pm

We caught a small Mangrove Snapper while fishing the Rocks on the MRGO last weekend. I have caught quite a few on the rocks in the intracoastal near Boh Bros. pre-K; but none since the MRGO closure. I hear they are catching striped bass and even black bass in the hot water canal and industrial canal post-K. I wish it would have been 12', cuz his happy arse would have taken an ice nap! Fun seeing them show up though. The week before I caught a bluefish and a grunt (not pinfish) on the Rocks too; strange indeed.

June 11, 2013 at 10:25am

I have fished the tressles 3 times so far this past few weeks. Every trip was evening. We have caught a total of 3 specks, 1 white trout and almost boated a small flounder. We go 100% plastic, no sea crickets (saw people with live still not catching). I cannot put a finger on why we have not at least caught a few more. I know how to jig the bridges, but we cannot find a bite! I will say that the water does not seem to have any salinity what so ever and yesterday there was some green, plankton looking stuff all in the water. Other than that; I don't know why the fish aren't there. The tide was incoming on 2 trips and falling yesterday. Must be the freshwater?

June 03, 2013 at 11:42am

I have fished the tressles 3 times so far this past few weeks. Every trip was evening trips. We have caught a total of 3 specks, 1 white trout and almost boated a small flounder. We go 100% plastic, no sea crickets (saw people with live still not catching). I cannot put a finger on why we have not at least caught a few more. I know how to jig the bridges, but we cannot find a bite! I will say that the water does not seen to have any salinity what so ever and yesterday there was some green, plankton looking stuff all in the water. Other than that; I don't know why the fish aren't there. The tide was incoming on 2 trips and falling yesterday. Must be the freshwater?

June 03, 2013 at 11:39am
A comment titled: Re: A New Duck Season Officially Begins in response to a report titled: A New Duck Season Officially Begins

We had an exceptional hunt Saturday with a pocket of teal that just wanted in where we were. It was crazy, we had continuous shots and my lease partner set up 600 yards away only got a few opps and killed 2. We had 18 on water at 7:15. Went back Sunday only to find poachers/trespassers set up in the exact spot we hammered them on Saturday. Ran them off without resistance since the knew they were trespassing. But they probably heard us Saturday AM and went back there Sat evening and molested them. Needless to say the pocket of teal were gone and we only killed 2 yesterday. Sick and tired of trespassers. It will probably get worse this year with the Plaqumines issue.

September 17 at 9:55am

Vid was Dope. Keep it up Baw!

June 16 at 10:41pm
A comment titled: Re: Delacroix morning tides in response to a report titled: Delacroix morning tides

Well, for the record: it was extremely low tide in the AM at Delacroix this weekend. Tide was once again barely still falling at daylight, and gave way to incoming by 7:30-8 both days. My trailer scraped the ramp on entry and pick up on Saturday. Used SW on Sunday and did not scrape concrete. Hit the reds and a few green trout Saturday and Sunday. It was hot, was on trailer by 11 Saturday and by 9 on Sunday. VuDu shrimp under cork and chartreuse spinnerbaits did all the damage.

June 11 at 1:04pm
A comment titled: Re: Delacroix morning tides in response to a report titled: Delacroix morning tides

So following your thought: the low tide at Delacroix marinas should be about 3am Saturday? And tide should be coming in at 6am, but only .5ft and should peak at 1pm?

June 08 at 10:07am
A comment titled: Re: Delacroix morning tides in response to a report titled: Delacroix morning tides

I guess really what I am wondering is if the water is still real low at daybreak. I do not like throwing to an exposed mud bank if I can help it. I believe the tides were 'below normal' last weekend from the W/SW winds. Just wondering if the tides have returned to 'normal'. thanks.

June 07 at 2:16pm
A comment titled: Re: Not to good in hopedale today in response to a report titled: Not to good in hopedale today

The W/SW wind did a number on all the marshes. It was tough conditions, non-conducive to catching trout! Good luck next trip.

June 04 at 9:41am
A comment titled: Re: Delacroix \\ Hopedale in response to a report titled: Delacroix Hopedale

I noticed a nice pier in Delacroix during Duck season and again last weekend fishing. It appears to be a public place open to public use. However, I was told by the launch people that no fishing is allowed on the pier. Kinda doesn't make sense, build a pier but not allow fishing. Not too many ppl want to drive to Delacroix to have a picnic on the water but not be allowed to wet a line.

June 01 at 10:59am

It is hit and miss. We went 2 weekends ago and caught a few in dirty water. I heard a report from 3 day prior and they did good. If water conditions are good, you should do well. If the water is off or the wind had any westerly hint, it will probably be a bust. good luck and please give a report if you go.

June 01 at 10:49am
A comment titled: Re: Gentlemen\'s Request: Eloi/MRGO in response to a report titled: Gentlemen's Request: Eloi/MRGO

Thanks for that link. I agree with the lack of bait theory and low salinity. I also agree that the armada is not the root of the lack of fish. It's just more lines in the water chasing WAY fewer fish than past seasons.

My honest opinion is that the eco system has been rapidly changing from traditional brackish marshes that nourished saltwater species to a totally freshwater eco system. I mean we were in Bay Gardene and Oak river Bay last week and still picking grass off our lines every cast. The amount of freshwater has completely changed the game. We all need to get used to it.

I remember countless summers fishing Black Bay almost every weekend, slamming the trout everywhere from Snake Island to Belle Island. You never hear about these areas anymore. Because they are too fresh to support speckled trout.

Just my 2 cents.

May 29 at 10:59am
A comment titled: Re: No Fish in response to a report titled: No Fish

SW wind started to blow on Thursday. And continued through the weekend. I had exactly the same results in the Hopedale area. Guys were crushing the trout M-W and then the weekend warriors hit off conditions and low catches. Any kind of Westerly influence is dismal for areas East of the River. I knew that going into the trip, but it was my only opp to hit the water. So, I went and as usual; I was sorely disappointed with my catch. Damn west wind!

May 22 at 4:47pm
A comment titled: Re: Hopedale 4lb 12 ounce trout in response to a report titled: Hopedale 4lb 12 ounce trout

The only issue for weekend warriors is that the tide is weak (.25) on Saturday. Might have to stick and move to get a box going.

May 10 at 10:02am
A comment titled: Re: Plastics for reds in response to a report titled: Plastics for reds

I concur all the advice of easing into the ponds very slowly and using trolling motor as sparingly as possible. That said; if you spot a fish, try to cast in front of it at least 3'. Also try to use a bait that will create as little disruption upon hitting the water. I also agree that on some days, reds just turn their noses up to any and all offerings. On those days, I pitch a DOA/TKO shrimp tied directly to my main line. If its not windy and I can get away with it, I take the black belly weight out of the bait. If you position that DOA in front of a cruising red, it's almost impossible for him to dismiss it. Cast it past the fish as with any offering, and lightly bump the shrimp bait past his nose. It's a subtle retrieve; do not rip it through the water. just light twitches works best. I have actually been cruising a flat and came up on a pair of reds and simply lowered the DOA in the water in front of them and was able to 'canepole' one. Talk about exciting! I have done this on more than one occasion, but it is rare to be able to get that close without spooking them. As I recall, those 'canpole' days were dog days of summer when water is very warm. Good luck!

April 10 at 12:45pm
A comment titled: Re: Bayou Sauvage paddle access in response to a report titled: Bayou Sauvage paddle access

You need to go the the website: The only areas open to 'youth duck hunting' are the areas in red on that map (outside hurricane protection levee). And that large section off HWY 90 and Bayou Sauvage and Straight canal are CLOSED for the marsh restoration project that is going on until September of 2018. The only section that is OPEN and accessible via pirouge is the very Northern tip off I-10 (there is a small launch there). You would basically be hunting a giant open lagoon with plenty other ppl (when I pass in early AM I see plenty trucks there unloading pirouges). I'd hold off till next season when that Hwy 90 section reopens. You can launch at Lombards and hit Chicot lagoon, plenty options after you are in that complex. Save yourself some grief; check the regs before you go. They patrol pretty hard and do issue citations.

January 11 at 4:05pm
A comment titled: Re: Big Branch Marsh Boat Access in response to a report titled: Big Branch Marsh Boat Access

You can run a traditional water cooled outboard on the entire refuge. Having said that: you should proceed with extreme caution as to where you run it. The tides are very important to pay attention to. Try to engage hunt on a rising tide if possible so you will at least be able to push pole your way out if you get stuck.

December 19, 2017 at 12:44pm

I would say that the SD motors are not the reason we have very few ducks this year. It is way more complicated that that. I believe the migration patterns have been and are, ever evolving (changing). Weather has a lot to do with; some content farming practices also contribute. IDK; but I will say that the use and MISUSE of SD rigs directly contributes to the disbursement of however many ducks do migrate to SE LA. I hunt Delacroix and it seems that 4 out of 5 duck hunters use SD rigs. The very technology of the SD rig affords the operator to abuse its capabilities. Many abuse the technology. There is no doubt in my mind that the SD rigs have had a strong effect on my property and it's ability to attract and hold birds. We usually have plenty ducks after fronts, but 2 days later they have mostly bugged out. I have a lot of poaching/trespassing every season and I can only imagine that a lot of it is going down when I am not around (i.e. evenings and weekdays). I can only account for the brazen ones that show up 30 minutes after daylight to see if you are hunting that day.

What I have noticed also is that ducks don't act like they used to, maybe 10-15 years ago. It is a rare event to get Greys to work into a decoy spread anymore. They all tend to circle out of range and eventually land out in the open water 100+ yards away.

Now I can attest to great hunts with picture perfect decoying ducks on a certain NWR. Coincidentally, they do not allow air cooled propulsion; limit hunting to W, Th, Sat, Sun till 12 noon only.

I think we would certainly have more successful hunting (if we actually have birds around) if SD rigs were not allowed. The guys arguing that outboards run all over just as much as SD rigs have obviously never tried to traverse Delacroix post K. Maybe the southern end (4 horse, Lake John, etc.); but the interior marsh is basically inaccessible without some form of mud drive (Lery, Carnarvan, etc. ).

December 19, 2017 at 12:30pm
A comment titled: Re: December 2017 and 2016 Survey Numbers in response to a report titled: December 2017 and 2016 Survey Numbers

Mandevillian, looks like you have plenty water and SAV. It is a totally different tale in Delacroix; but hopefully the NE blows in some H2O tonight. Should be a good shoot! Good luck to all! Be Safe.

December 15, 2017 at 5:38pm
A comment titled: Re: December 2017 and 2016 Survey Numbers in response to a report titled: December 2017 and 2016 Survey Numbers

Wow! Half a million Ringnecks in SE? I keep hearing reports of plenty Dogris (Scaup) in the Delacroix area. I told my buddy that I bet some of those Dogris are probably Ringnecks (we shot some on youth weekend). I am hoping that most are indeed Ringnecks, as they are good eating birds compared to the lowly Dogris? Water levels will be extremely low tomorrow, please everyone be safe and wear a PFD. Even if you normally do not Hoping for Hot Barrels across the marsh tomorrow; good luck Gents!

December 15, 2017 at 2:35pm
A comment titled: Re: Strange openiong weekend in response to a report titled: Strange opening weekend

I'll take a Spoonie all day over any Dogris. In fact, when divving up birds, I never shy away from a spoonbill. The meat is always a pinkish shade and very similar to teal breast IMO. They get a bad rap as far as I am concerned. Maybe the Spoonies in my area just eat better groceries! Ha Ha.

November 13, 2017 at 12:19pm
A comment titled: Re: Strange openiong weekend in response to a report titled: Strange opening weekend

Our hunts were a lil different too. Saturday we took a 3 man limit of 1 ringneck, 1 grey, 2 widgeon (haven't killed a single widgeon in Delacroix since before Katrina), and 14 mixed BW and GW teal. Sunday we have 16 mixed teal and 2 Motts. We saw a few Greys but couldn't get a look from them. Also saw some Pintails, but no takers there either. Last Sunday on the youth hunt we did see a single Greenhead. All strange sightings for what we consider normal at my lease in Delacroix.

November 13, 2017 at 10:06am
A comment titled: Re: 35HP Long Tail vs 35 HP Surface Drive in response to a report titled: 35HP Long Tail vs 35 HP Surface Drive

I concur with most that the advantages of the SD motors far outweighs the LT. I can also attest to the SD motors not liking shallow water with a hard/sandy bottom. I hunt Delacroix and as a direct result of the Lake Lery shoreline restoration, my lease has severely silted in and I have basically lost access to half my lease. We were out there last weekend for the youth hunt and I had to run across some of the silted areas and I struggled to get out with a modded GTR. BTW: if you buy new, there is only one option IMO: Gatortail with reverse, neutral and power tilt. Freaking beast!

November 09, 2017 at 6:06pm
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May 23 at 10:11am