January 03, 2013 at 8:28am
We were down Thursday thru Saturday of last week on PAL WMA. Thursday and Friday were very slow with just small pockets of ducks here and there. The front blew through Friday night bringing strong north winds (30-40 mph) and much colder temps. There were hundreds of ducks in areas where there were none the day before. We shot a 2 man limit Saturday morning in less than an hour. This was more than we had shot the previous 2 days. Previous days most ducks seen were teal. Our limit on Saturday was 10 greys, 1 drake wigeon and a drake pintail. A little more patience and we could likely have shot more pintail. Fishing had slacked off from the previous weeks reports but we still managed to catch easy limits of reds (16-18 inches)and a few white trout in the cuts off of the passes. Others were catching BIG reds in the intersections of canals off the passes. The jump was hot for trout the week before but a rise in the river pushed the cleaner water and fish closer to the gulf. No boats fishing the jump when we returned on Saturday. I did hear a report of the hunting being very good around the wagon wheel on Saturday morning. Talked to one hunter at Cypress Cove that said Baptiste Collette area had a lot of ducks, but they were mostly hanging out on the pass itself. This was my only trip down there this year. I was surprised to find a fair amount of grass in the areas we hunted, but not nearly what it would be on a hurricane-less year. If the ducks that showed up Saturday decide to hang around at all it should be worth a trip. Good Luck.