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I need help! Looking for a cover for my pickup truck bed. Torn between retracting or folding. I think if I go with folding it'll be a BakFlip. If retractable, don't really know - maybe ReTrax or Pace Edwards.

Can anyone offer some first hand experience and recommendations?


September 27, 2018 at 5:03pm

Wednesday morning, 43 degrees, wind from NW at 17-25mph. Perfect conditions in so many ways! We only saw 3 ducks the entire morning! Anyone know of any good timber hunting anywhere in south or south central LA on public land?

December 27, 2012 at 8:49pm

Sooo glad we didn't let the wind keep us home! Took off work today to fish, hit the causeway and even with high winds, took home 34 beautiful trout! Rattletraps with B-2 squid trailers or matrix shad clear? (don't know the name of it). About half hit the trailers, half hit the 'trap. Had to really slow it down which meant trolling into the wind today. What a great day with my oldest son! Will try to get his pics posted.

March 02, 2012 at 9:03pm

Thought someone might enjoy the slideshow. Wonderful memories of the glory days of Maurepas Swamp, Joyce WMA and Manchac. Made some great memories with good friends and my boys.

Here's another attempt at the link to the second slide show, this should play on iPhones. Couple of more pics of Tatoon's, Sarpy Deer Club area, etc.

January 07, 2012 at 12:03pm

Thanks to Capt. Jack and Cindy for a great afternoon yesterday. Jack was really helpful in pointing us in the right direction, and Cindy had the live shrimp ready for us when we arrived.

Had a dead battery on my truck when we got back. No sweat. Capt. Jack had us stay in the boat while he jumped it for me and backed the trailer in. Thanks!

August 28, 2011 at 1:30pm

Here's a picture of a nice alligator snapper I caught a few years ago while conducting a swamp tour. The folks were from Austria, and boy, did they get a kick out of this! Boy, do I miss it sometimes!!

January 26, 2011 at 9:26am

Just a couple more pictures from the good old days at Manchac.

September 10, 2010 at 10:56am

Just looking through my pictures from the good old days at Manchac, Joyce and Maurepas Swamps. Boy do I miss it!!!

September 10, 2010 at 10:17am

Eric, Thanks for a great day on the water! Never seen someone work as hard for their clients as you did, and two gallon-size bags of fillets ain't too shabby.

April 12, 2010 at 11:02am

Mixed box of fish Friday. Against my better judgement, let some folks at the launch early Friday morning sway my opinion about how rough the lake was, so instead of plan A we went to Bayou Bienvenue to launch. Original plan was to fish Seabrook early, but instead launched at B.Bienvenue, fished the lock for a minute, then went to Seabrook to find perfectly fishable conditions! Tried our regular spot, nothing. Made a move at 8:00, then it one trout after another, then, like flipping a switch, it was over. Hindsight is 20:20, but if we'd stuck with original plan and been fishing 2 hours earlier, we'd have had a bunch of trout. Wanted to go back and get em today, it would have been killer. I'm sure everyone did well Saturday - gonna hate reading the reports! Oh, well, a Friday fishing is better than being at the office!!!!

May 30, 2009 at 5:20pm

Called my son this morning, he had 7 nice fish in the boat, told him, "Come get me!" Met him at the Bonnabel launch, we went out, got 3 or 4 more, biggest was right at 3.5 lbs. or so. Seems like lemon drop was what they wanted. Didn't want to come back in, but had to go to work!

Seas were pretty nasty, but it didn't stop the fish from biting. Just had to pay a little more attention to the line, keep the slack up.

Also, thanks to John Cortez for the bag of ice! Hope you did well!

May 08, 2009 at 4:25pm

Fished this morning at the trestles, along with a hundred other boats! Caught 10 beauties, biggest at 4 pounds. Seems like everyone had 5-10 fish, no one really killing them.

Missed 15 or so good hits, can't figure out why ... I mean, they hit it HARD, but just wasn't quick enough setting the hook, I guess? Also lost several good fish at the boat.

Thanks to Kenny Kreeger for his advice and the jig heads! Gotta admit, it was frustrating to watch him pull in those beautiful fish while we were beating our heads against a wall.

May 03, 2009 at 2:32am

WOW! What a ride today! I've always felt my 21' Champion was a great riding boat, but today not only proved what a great ride it has, but also how seaworthy this boat is. If the hull design hasn't changed when it comes time to buy another, I know what boat I'll be buying.

I launched at Bonnabel Boat Launch today (Saturday) at 2:20, with the intent of checking out a fuel line problem I had fixed. Needed to run wide open to see if I'd fixed it, so decided to head to nearest calm water - Seabrook. It was rough, but mostly a following sea, and nothing any worse than I'd ever experienced.

I was anticipating some nasty stuff at Seabrook, and boy, was I right! I was greeted by the meanest waves I've ever seen. Still had a following sea, but man, you talk about some wicked stuff. Well, got into the channel and past the bridge to calm water, ran her wide open for a while to find my fuel line issue was fixed, and pointed her toward Lake P.

This was, by far, THE most exhilarating boat ride I've ever had, and that includes some pretty rough trips in the gulf. The combination of strong current and high winds whipped up stuff similar to the standing waves you see on the white water trips. These waves had to be every bit of 6', possibly higher, and there was more than once where I thought, "Okay, this is the one! Let me tell you, there were times when the bow may have been 4 or 5 feet higher than my head, and I could see nothing, no horizon, no lake in front of me, only boat. What was cool, was that after cresting the wave, instead of slamming down into the trough, it was almost as though we'd ride back down with the wave, not really backwards, but as in sliding back down the wave as it "died". Several times, the boat felt as though it was standing on it's tail, not straight up, of course, but it had to be pretty darn close to it! I'm telling you, this was an awesome experience.

I gotta tell you, this ride was so exhilarating that even though I was by myself, I was hooping and hollering after I got past the bad sh#*t after Seabrook. Only wish I had someone with me to experience this, and to have gotten some photos of the boat performing would have been awesome. Can't say enough about this boat, and about the ride today. It's 11:00 at night and I'm still pumped LOL!!

February 28, 2009 at 11:47pm

Just a few more pics. Also, was looking at my journal form Jan 15th, 2001, and thought you duck hunters would enjoy the "story". Here's my notes:

January 15th, 2001. 11:00 to 3:00. Me, Blake(12), William (12) and Stephen (10). Today's hunt: 2 GW Teal. Season total: 185 Weather: rain, high of 55 degrees, wind 10-12 knots.

"Kids are great. Take 'em out in the rain, make them expend enormous effort, have them sit and wait in the steady rain for 3 hours with little or no action, and they tell you what a great time it was! William shot his first duck, a green wing teal, and had a great time. He and Blake missed a few shots a teal ... who could blame them?

The ducks flared when they got within 75 yards of us. We could not get but 3 ducks to decoy, perhaps they saw us, perhaps the Wonder Duck spooked them. the mallards (200-300) we jumped returned, but only to light about 300 yards north. Stephen shot the .410 at a teal on the water - it escaped. He push-poled the entire way back to the tracks - made me walk! All in all, we had great fun, and the kids want to go back tomorrow!"

That season we ended up with 245 ducks. Boy, do I miss it!

January 10, 2008 at 12:37am

Hey guys, just thought y'all would enjoy some pics of the Good Old Days. I really miss 'em, and don't see it ever coming back in this (Manchac) area.

By the way, don't miss out on those photo opportunities just because you don't have a third person to take a picture of you and your son(s). The photo of my son and me with the ducks on log was taken with the aid of a tripod and the timer on the camera. You can pick up a good enough tripod for anywhere from $50 on up to several hundred. The one I used was a Slik brand, and I never left home without it. So, go fork over the money now!!!!!
Who cares if it's planted in 2 feet of mud and a foot of swamp water?! That photo of me and my son is, to me, truly priceless.

January 09, 2008 at 11:42pm

Hey, guys, anyone have any FIRST HAND experience with and can recommend any good depthfinders? Looking to buy a combo GPS/Sonar, color, large display (6"?) for my 21' bay boat, thru hull transducer or not?

Specifically, looking for advice from someone who has used the Sonar to find and catch fish, not just using it for finding contours and ledges, etc.

Thanks in advance!
Pics from Friday, Rigolets Area

October 01, 2007 at 8:00pm

Daniel Raggio and friend caught a dozen or so peacock bass this weekend near Miami, FL. Way to go, Dan.

The photos are identical, except that one had a little work done to it. Used the clone stamp tool in Photoshop to "copy" the roseau cane and "stamp" them to where the buildings are (were). A neat and easy way to remove ugly distractions from a photo!

July 30, 2007 at 12:39am

Has anyone had any success on the Joyce WMA? Any tips/pointers on how or where to hunt it?

November 27, 2006 at 5:41am

Has anyone hunted Manchac lately?

November 27, 2006 at 5:39am

Stephen Raggio caught this nice bull red under a popping cork at the end of the MRGO. Way to go,Stephen!

August 30, 2006 at 1:50pm

Thanks, hadn’t thought about the amount of weight it’ll support. Good point.

September 29, 2018 at 11:30am

Thanks, appreciate the info!

September 28, 2018 at 12:01pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks Ice Eaters in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

For the non- believers, here's what a quick search for waterfowl property turned up, WITHOUT putting in anything about ice eaters. They're out there, for sure.

**The main lake on the property presents several different blind locations for different winds and also has enough timber and brush to hold some of the big bottoms whitetails that the area is known for. With electric running on the backside of the property there is opportunity to run ice eaters or aerators to keep the only open water in the area once everything freezes up.

For more information or to schedule a showing, call or text Jared Heller (217) 440-6713**

January 15, 2018 at 12:18am
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks


Back in the mid 80's, there were over 40,000 mallards on Lake Maurepas alone. If you could quantify the loss, how many fewer birds have we now in the Maurepas/Pontchartrain Basin, west to roughly Sorrento, south to the end of freshwater line, and east to Lafitte, then back north to, say, Mandeville? This may as well be pavement, considering the loss of habitat to flotant and salvinnia.

One pic attached shows the bottomland hardwoods area that's now rice/bean/crawfish farms, that's got to have an effect, though I hear there's fewer birds there now. The other shows the freshwater cypress tupelo swamps lost to salvinnia and flotant.

I looked at some property on the west side of White Lake a few years ago - completely covered in Salvinnia, so even that area is now being lost!

Can you compare the numbers or counts in the 70's, 80's to early 90's in this the Maurepas, Pontchart train basin as well as freswater swamps south, to what the counts for the last 15 years? Ain't there no more!


January 14, 2018 at 11:52pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks Habitat Loss, Larry? in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

Larry, any comment?

January 14, 2018 at 11:46pm


Back in the mid 80's, there were over 40,000 mallards on Lake Maurepas alone. If you could quantify the loss, how many fewer birds have we now in the Maurepas/Pontchartrain Basin, west to roughly Sorrento, south to the end of freshwater line, and east to Lafitte, then back north to, say, Mandeville? This may as well be pavement, considering the loss of habitat to flotant and salvinnia.

Can you compare the numbers or counts in the 70's, 80's to early 90's in this area to what his has been for the last 15 years?


January 08, 2018 at 8:32pm
A comment titled: Camera in response to a report titled: Banded with a tracking device

You know, I was joking about the camera, but you never know. Wouldn't that be cool.

December 23, 2013 at 1:46pm
A comment titled: Edward Snowden? in response to a report titled: Banded with a tracking device

I believe you are right, they'll come to you LOL! You should expect a call from the NSA shortly. Did you notice the tiny camera on it? I heard they are training ducks as drones - a little less inconspicuous than a motorized version.

That is some pretty habitat you're hunting - how has the season been?

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2013 at 12:58pm
A comment titled: Too Many Mallards in response to a report titled: Let's hear it, Give your comments.

Coot, I had to laugh about your comment on shooting only mallards. One season, my friend who hunted near Gramercy called and asked me what I'm shooting. Told him nothing but grays. Tells me he'd love to come make a hunt with me, was tired of shooting nothing but greenheads. Boy, those were the days. I remember we'd have flocks upon flocks of wood ducks, and pass on them waiting on mallards or pins.

Have a good, safe and fun season, and Merry Christmas to all of you.

December 22, 2013 at 8:17pm
A comment titled: Maurepas in response to a report titled: Let's hear it, Give your comments.

Bighead, did you hunt St. John HC, Tatoon's? Coot, whereabouts did you hunt back there? That was legendary back in the day, wasn't it? Never saw so many ducks in one place in my life. We used to hunt Tatoon's in the tall cypress, and sometimes come in from Hwy. 51 down the Sawmill Run and hunt Sarpy land, thanks to Mark Trepagnier. A surreal place to hunt, for sure. If you didn't have black water, then it was solid duckweed.You'd have a hard time finding anything now other than solid salvinnia or flotant. Afternoon hunts, simply find some feathers on the water and hunt there, guaranteed! Coming in or leaving in the dark was a trip, navigating through the cypress with no left or right bank, only by remembering odd looking trees and other landmarks could you find your way. No Google Earth, no GPS, Hell, no cell phone, either. Took a solid 45 minutes to godevil in, hauling ass. We woulda died back there had something happened!
But I do thank God I have some wonderful memories of great hunts (when I say great, I include many hunts where we killed less than limits, and some of the most gorgeous hunting a man could hope for, too).

December 22, 2013 at 2:11pm
A comment titled: Geese in response to a report titled: Ducks?

Plenty of geese

December 20, 2013 at 3:34pm
A comment titled: South end of Causeway in response to a report titled: Southshore causeway fishing

Yes, you never know where they'll be. Check out my report March 2, 2012. All fish caught within 3 miles of southshore.

Good luck!

October 07, 2013 at 5:23pm
A comment titled: Sunday Bad, Too in response to a report titled: Who Would Have Thought?

My friend hunted Manchac WMA this morning, said they may have seen a total of 30 ducks! We need Southern Arkansas to freeze over, it looks like, before we'll get any new ducks!

December 31, 2012 at 12:40am
A comment titled: Nice Catch! in response to a report titled: 06/14/2012 Lake Pontchartrain Report

Nice catch John. Do u think it's worth trying live shrimp
On the causeway? I'm on the southshore, don't mind running 12 miles out if I have to.

June 14, 2012 at 1:31pm
A comment titled: Nice Trip in response to a report titled: St. Patricks Day Fishing

Nice trip! There's nothing quite as fun as catching reds on a spinner bait! Gonna taste good on the grill, eh?

March 18, 2012 at 4:21pm
A comment titled: No GPS? in response to a report titled: Causeway Fishing

If u don't have a GPS, then go as slow as you can. If you're moving you're lure is moving, so don't think it's too slow. If you're going as slow as you can, and not getting em after a while, then it's time to speed up. But we're talking less than 1 MPH faster. Bring two five gallon buckets with a few holes in em and that'll slow you down, u may only need one. And let up to 50 yards of line out. Try different things ....

March 15, 2012 at 7:05pm
A comment titled: Troll or Cast in response to a report titled: Causeway Fishing

Don't worry about your setup if it's rodholders you're talking about. You can hold the rod if you don't mind, and it's kinda cool to feel the strike instead of grabbing the rod out of the rodholders, and you can work the bait by jerking the rod forward as far as you can, then pointing the rod quickly to the lure which lets it stop and fall a little, giving somewhat erratic movement. We caught several last week like that when the trolling slowed down. Yeah, you may get a little tired of holding the rod, but you can do it. Or go buy some rodholders that clamp on if you have rails.

If u don't wanna troll, then pick anywhere and begin casting to the pilings. search this site for some videos showing the technique - you've got to let the lure reach the bottom, and you've got to keep the line right on the fall, and you've got to watch your line for any movement, no matter how subtle. If you catch, then it's most likely you'll catch the rest of you're fish with the exact same presentation, though sometimes (rarely) you'll catch them every which way.

You've gotta troll slow with a lot of line out. 1.8 miles or slower. Good luck.

March 15, 2012 at 4:53pm
A comment titled: Too roug! in response to a report titled: Windy Pontchartrain

Well, he just pulled the boat out after venturing
A few hundred yards out. It's nasty on the south shore this morning! Hope you have better luck!

March 10, 2012 at 9:50am
A comment titled: We'll see what Saturday brings! in response to a report titled: Windy Pontchartrain

My son's going after 'em again Saturday! Only problem is we're on the south shore and the wind's gonna be out the NE most of the morning, so he may be rockin' and rollin'. We'll see. Glad you got 'em. Were you north or south?

March 09, 2012 at 9:45pm
A comment titled: Thanks, Holy Mack in response to a report titled: Windy Pontchartrain

Thanks, I was wondering about that. I was toying with the idea of trying some trolling in MRGO, too, because of the wind but opted for the shorter car ride (2 miles to Williams boat launch) instead and it paid off.

I remember hearing Blackie Campo talk about trolling MRGO, and may try that next time I'm down there if jigs aren't producing. I'd love to pick your brain about fishing Delacroix, only been a few times but my wife enjoys the peacefulness of the marsh over the constant sound of tires slapping the expansion joints of the Causeway. And would live to restock my redfish fillets, too.

Thanks again,

March 04, 2012 at 9:16pm
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