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?
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!!
Just a couple more pictures from the good old days at Manchac.
Just looking through my pictures from the good old days at Manchac, Joyce and Maurepas Swamps. Boy do I miss it!!!
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.
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!!!!
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!
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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
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!
Has anyone had any success on the Joyce WMA? Any tips/pointers on how or where to hunt it?
Has anyone hunted Manchac lately?
Stephen Raggio caught this nice bull red under a popping cork at the end of the MRGO. Way to go,Stephen!