September 19, 2011 at 8:56am
Hunted Catahoula Lake Sunday. Checked the water level on the automated internet site. Don't trust this. It showed the level to be the same as the level when I hunted last year. Left in the dark and headed to the same area I hunted before. After running about 600 yds. in the open Lake I noticed the lack of water. Tried to make a turn to get out but that shut me down dead. Decided to just put out the decoys and make the best of it. Had 5 come into the decoys but my gun wouldn't fire. Took about 30 minutes before I figured that the ring that holds the pump forearm on had backed off and kept the barrel from seating, keeping the reciever from locking and thus the trigger from firing. No more birds. Hung in until 9:00am before noticing that the water had dropped more. Luckily my step son and I were able to push the boat with just mud coming out behind the transom. Had to abandon my waders and wear my hiking boots as the mud kept pulling my boots off. Automated systems can be great when they work but right now it showed another spike of over 20 feet(malfunction) and has the gates open draining what little water is left. I talked to another group who had hunted the evening before and said the water was down at least 6 inches from the evening before. With the low water I was amased at the lack of birds. Maybe this front will bring more down before this weekend. Good luck to all.