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Been many years since my last post and sadly not enough time to fish with kids in sports etc. Son and I just got kayaks and made trip to Port Sulphur. Plenty reds and a few trout and super easy. Pic of the boy with his first kayak red.

November 07, 2014 at 4:40pm

Hunter picked up 12 more yellows Wednesday and 6 yellowfins today (Thursday)..that with the 12 he had Tuesday makes 30 total..all fish in 30-40 pounds class but one 60 pounder from today..he also said they are seeing some oil 'riplines' offshore near 93 block..no huge spill like the media is telling you and no oil covered sea birds dead turtles, jellyfish or catfish floting out there..I fished the secret flounder hole today for an hour..got one flounder 12 reds and my first speck of the year on a topwater..nice 4 pound speck..will post the pictures the media doesnt want you to see. HEAR YE HEAR YE HEAR YE.'We are catching tuna offshore out of Venice' and lots of them..and They taste great and are safe to eat!

Hunter has not had a call for a fishing charter in a week..just calls from concerned friends a.k.a. regular customers..keep them coming..we appreciate you all checking on us..I'll post the pics of the other 18 yellowfins when I get the pics from Hunter..The lodge is likewise more than open..we have three groups who havent cancelled fishing trip or lodging arrangements between now and end of June..we have not 'picked up' an oil company lease tenant..guess I didnt get my plywood sign out to the road soon enough..anyway..we are a fishing lodge not a crew quarters..always will be..If you have a trip to Venice, planned or booked and your lodging provider has sold you out for a spill responder we would love to have your business this summer!

Hope to make it back out for some wade fishing before all the 'forced' closures go into effect in the 'sensitive areas'..had a fun time releasing spill free redfish today..

May 06, 2010 at 10:33pm

Hunter had his first trip back since the spillhysteria started..he ended up with 12 yellowfins in the 30-40 pound class..surprisingly no news crews interviewed him..I will post pics when he sends them..he has the same crew tomorrow..some of our oldest and loyal customers..with the flood of cancellations its nice to know you can count on your top 10% to bail you out! Hey Nancy Grace you cow check out our dolphin safe tuna!

May 04, 2010 at 8:41pm

Been sometime since I have visited the site..Capt Hunter had a group from Houston last week out for a tuna trip..funny things was the tuna were slack..they had one solid yellowfin in the box early but got covered up with sharks and kings for hours and went through one entire box of hooks..out of frustration they tied on a heavy wire leader and set the line and bait in the chum..it was picked up and the fight was on for 90 minutes before they decided to try and purposely beak the fish off..Hunter told me the line was rubbing onthe side of the boat several times but no one cared.for some reason the rodman wanted to hang in so they let him...the mood changed some ten minutes later when they could see a huge yellowfin circling below..I have only know a few guys who are good enough to magically transform a shark into a tuna mid fuight but Capt Hunter for sure has the ability..The fish was weighed the following morning at 215# and is the largest tuna to be landed on his new boat..enjoy this pic from last Wednesday of the 215# hammerfin tuna...

February 15, 2010 at 12:47pm

Angler, Bryan Goulart 6'0"; Mate, Woodrow Wilson IV 6' 2" - 103.8 pound wahoo 6'8"..Captain Hunter Caballaro not pictured.. Feb 12th 2009 caught right next to that low cloud over the angler's right shoulder

February 16, 2009 at 10:10am

Thanks to Capt William Wall of Pelagic charters for these shots..Will said he saw the thing get air and he quickly grabbed his camera and started snapping..anglers were Stephen Rickert Jr., Steve Rickert Sr., Scott Rickert, Jonathan Landry, Dutt and Slick..contact Capt Hunter at 504-610-1686 for the whole story or to book trip..February has been the mako month..what Steve failed to tell you was they had shots at 2 other makos that day..Crazy..enjoy Will's pics..

February 09, 2009 at 6:50am

Kenneth Avanzino with 200 pound sow he shot with .243 at 200 yards on a solo stalk..I hung back about 50 yards so that he wouldnt be tempted to give me the rifle..well I mean I wouldnt be tempted to snatch it from him..got it all on video..pretty cool

January 26, 2009 at 8:41pm

Pretty hilarious trip Saturday..best thing that happened was Ron cathcing this 90# (est) wahoo on a 30 pound outfit..it was one of three that combined for 200plus pounds..he is part of a crew from Biloxi that has fished with me Jan 10th the last 5 years and in every trip we have crushed the wahoo..where's the comedy? They always come for fresh yellowfin tuna but get the chef's wahoo special and the guy who fished with me the day before Eddy C. has fshed Jan 9th the last two years looking for wahoo and the bite goes off the following day each time..I havent had the heart to call him today but at least we found one 50# hoo for him Friday..Paradise Outfitters 504-451-7579

January 11, 2009 at 5:25pm

Does anyone remember the picture of the "Buck Wild" harvest that was circulating the net a few years ago..To look at the pic would intially make you furious but when you read the story it made perfect sense..think it was up Tensas way ..Hunting club was losing thier lease to landowners successors..basically the new owner wanted to boot the club after decades of strict managment and trophy rules..anyway..pic had something like 20 bucks and some does and 8 people or so in the background grinning..guess they sent a framed copy to the new owners..please post it or email it to me..

December 09, 2008 at 11:53pm

Ian King, Chevron "Blind Faith" Drilling team lead connected with this 100 pound warsaw grouper on November 14th. The fight took about 20 minutes once we got him off the wreck..It's a place that can only be fished on ultra calm days with no current and waves due to its size and depth..440 feet of water and 100x50ft target..I have fished there 3 times and we are 100% on warsaw grouper..this one ate a magnum mullet on the first drop..no telling how many warsaws are down there..it gets little to no pressure..

November 18, 2008 at 10:59am

Lane Stevens gets his revenge..trophy hunting isnt easy..this fish took 5 hrs to land..some just dont give up..weighed 170# on flat top scale..wasnt there when it was weighed and suspect soemthing was touching the ground..new record for me..fight time with max heat 5 hrs..we've landed 1000# marlin quicker..some just dont quit I'd guess..figured the meat was spoiled but it was cherry red..will be eating poki tonight..

October 22, 2008 at 4:35pm

Highlight of the week..this was the last of 8 yellowfins from Friday..we have been on them pretty hard this week..I was saying just the day before that we were due to see a mako and low and behold he latches on to our last fish of the day..it was a 100 pound tuna we had on the line for 45 minutes before it "gave up"..figured it was tail wrapped but when I sawe the tail was missing I left the fish in the water awaiting the impending arrival of our little friend here..in fact I let it swim up and grab on..it hung on for a few seconds while Bill was readying the mako set up..I could have pet it..anyway after 30 secnds of toying with it we pulled the bait and switch yanking the tuna out of the water and leaving a chunk with hook hidden inside..got 2 jumps out of him fought it for nearly 2 hours with everyone on the boat getting two turns including Bill and I..in fact Bill shot it between the eyes with his spear gun but it broke the 400 pound mono attached to the 180 pound bouy..we eventually gaffed roped and gutted him for the boat ride home..lots of tuna and cobia thuis week..full reports on our homepage at paradise-outfitters.com..

October 04, 2008 at 5:00pm

Enjoy this picture of the sailfish from Sunday on Scott Leger's boat..It would be nice if these things were as common in Louisiana as they are in south Florida this time of year..we catch red snapper here like they catch sails there and they catch red snapper like we catch sails here..very rare..glad to see this forum now has a separate section for college sports posts..geaux tigers..also important..just had a dozen plaquemines parish oysters tonight..surprisingly salty..in other news state higway 23 was open although into one lane for aboput 1.5 miles..no longer detouring on the levee..it will be nice to be fully on normal soon..wind means work..back to fishing next weather break..

September 22, 2008 at 9:47pm

Kind of a late report..last week I was able to get out Wednesday and Thursday for a tuna and grouper trip with a group who drove in from Houston. They were tired of cleaning up and were willing to make the trip happen at all costs. Glad they did..Bill was supposed to take them but the road situation into Plaquemines was still unsettled and at the last minute I brought my boat back down by water..Glad I did..Interesting things I saw along the way were the bulk cargo barge that slammed into the L/N train bridge at the Seabrooke canal.. The bridge was closed for repairs over the weekend when Scott Leger and Hunter tried to bring thier boats down by water but I made it through without having to reroute to the Rigolettes..I am told it will open from 7am to 6pm. I also saw a Nabors Barge drilling rig sunk in the MRGO near Hopedale and a few pilings amiss at Venice Marina including one I layed over at the end of Pier A.missed my props thankfully.I put a bouy on it so that others wouldnt make the same mistake but I think it has been pulled out..just be careful if you throw a net or try and back into open slips as many of the pilings were pulled out or over by the boats that were tied up to them for Ike and Gustav. Venice Marina is at full capacity..they even have live bait for the non purist inshore fisherman. Anyway the fishing report...last time James Oehlke drove over we had to wait 2 days for weather that never came and he went home empty handed..glad he made a second run at it, you never know how some folks will react to a weather cancellation..weather was great on day 1 which we had planed to target tuna..little wind and easy bait..we didnt see another boat all day aside form a commercial tuna fisherman who was "green-sticking" for tuna. We made several stops before we found what we were looking for..we ended up catching 8 yellowfins and a blackfin..three yellows were released because they were small but we ended up keeping 5 fat ones.all action came in 3 hours..weather turned on us for the ride in and contuinuted into day 2; we spent the day on the shelf in 3-5's releasing short jacks and the endangered red snapper..had to fish live bottom since the current was running 2 knots; jigs would get swept out at high angles so our only option was to back drift over patch reefs with live baits on heavy weights.any attempt to fish structure resulted in hangs..as further insult the current was running into the wind...worst conditions you could have..we did catch over 100 fish that day but only 2 fat scamps and an almaco came home with us..proably caught 50 amberjacks..all 20-28 inches..Had to use the convoy to get home Sautrday morning although I saw several large center consoles coming donw the southbound lanes with large 18 wheelers..The convoy was still in effect when Scott L and Ian left last night..they and Bill had trips yesterday..Scott had a sailfish and Bill a mess of yellowfin. Hope everyone is doing well..good to be back at it..Paradise Outfitters - 985-845-8006

September 22, 2008 at 9:55am

Talked to the guys who are renting our lodge this month..they had tide gauges set up near the mouth of batiste collette..they measured a max surge of 6 feet as of this morning..which goes with what Sheffir Hingle said."water was within 5 feet of top of levee...

AFTER CHARTERING A PLANE MIKE BUTLER SAID THAT "THEIR MARINA WAS FINE" - THE PARISH ISNT LETTING ANYONE IN..POWER LINES WERE STILL STANDING..

I DONT HAVE A TV RIGHT NOW SO I DONT KNOW ANYTHING OTHER THAN FROM TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS

ANY UPDATES WOULD BE GREAT..FEEL FOR THE GUYS WEST OF VENICE

September 01, 2008 at 1:39pm

Here's a pic of a fish that almost got away..Angler Brian Smith "BS" of Lake Charles fought this beast on August 8th.. about 20 minutes into the fight the fish tailwrapped itself..I could see it coming in backwards a few minutes later and rushed to assist the landing..by the time I made it out of the tower with about 10 feet to go I had made it to the gaff rack where I grabbed a second gaff which was a snapper gaff (just grabbed the first thing I could) by the time I turned around the fish about was halfway out of the water tail first..the mate, Rene Dandry (a duck hunter) sank the first gaff in it and I followed about a 1/4 second later just as the fish came back to life..fortuntaly I landed the point into the belly and as as the fish went deep pulling Rene's gaff out and him nearly overboard I somehow managed to hang on and stop the 120 pound fish and bring it to the surface with the fish doing a high speed arc motion back to the surface.the 60 pound leader had broken so I was the only thing between great elation and dissapointment....close inspection of the snapper gaff revealed damage to the hook it will only be used for gaffing snapper and jacks here on out.

August 14, 2008 at 11:13am

Hey John and Craig..here's one for the site! this is the second time in 2 weeks we have caught two fish on the same jig..last time it was amberjacks last Saturday it was scamps.. we were using vertical jigs over a wreck in 140ft of water..these two scamps are about an hour away from being fried in butter and topped with crabmeat..just thrilled TS Eddie is giving me much needed family time..with the close of snapper season set for tomorrow I think there will be lots of future family times..

August 04, 2008 at 5:07pm

The drawing for Fshing to Hear was yesterday..lots of familar names..Looks like E-man cleaned up!

http://fishingtohear.org/Buy_A_Ticket/2008_Winners.aspx

July 28, 2008 at 11:42am

Mary Danner Harmon's first marlin! I didnt approve of this pose but snapped the shot anyway..the fish swam off like a sprinter with a tag implanted in its backstrap..afterwards she voluntarily walked the plank as is tradition with the first billfish release..also taking the plunge were Meryl Alex and my lil sis..

June 22, 2008 at 10:04am

We too took our shot at the snapper opener..Initially we tried for swordfish for 3 hours last Sunday night but eventually took a chance on trying to find the endangered red snapper..we had been catching plenty on jigs as incidentals prior to June 1 so we knew where to look..seems to me those things are swarming and starving to death..took us an hour to get day 1 limit on way out and an hour to get the remainder on the way home..no swordfish bites..wind kicked up about midnight something fierce so we bailed early..snappers were pretty huge too..gearing up for a day trip this morning..

June 05, 2008 at 5:06am
A comment titled: I heard it spread west in response to a report titled: Dismal Report!

Lance told me he fished out over the weekend and saw the same thing you did..total bummer..I cant believe it made it that far west..

May 10, 2010 at 4:35pm
A comment titled: no oil seen Saturday in response to a report titled: 30 yellowfins in 3 days

Oh I forgot to mention..Hunter did not see the oil rip line they saw a few days before west of the SW Pass..apparentlly there was a slick of oil that extended from 93 to south of Fourchon a few days ago..it has been cleaned up or dispersed..

May 09, 2010 at 6:56am
A comment titled: 41 yellowfin in 4 trips in response to a report titled: 30 yellowfins in 3 days

The facts...

1-Hunter caught 11 more yellowfins yesterday..
2-Fishing is good..summer peak areound the corner
3-We are open for business..
4-1 lodge owner, 3 captains and 3 mates not in any lawsuit, not expecting any govt assistance and not taking any money from BP's claims adjusters, not talking to the media and still depending on charters to pay 100% of thier bills by charter fishing..
5-everyone betting on the survival and resiliancy of a fantastic fishery despite the so called 'experts' contentions and conjecture...

May 09, 2010 at 6:49am
A comment titled: I call BS too Gary in response to a report titled: LET'S GO FISHING WITH STRIKE ZONE CHARTERS

Glad to see you guys fishing too and taking advantage of the great fishing and great weather..I encourage others to do the same and blow thier horn loudly..It took a major campaign by the LA seafood dealers to draw attention to the state's renewable and tasty and sustainable shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish. It also took diligence and self promotion by marina owners and charterboat operators to draw attention to the awesome and sustainable offshore and inshore fishery we all love and enjoy so much.it only took a couple of weeks to completely destroy that effort and most ofthose who depend on those resources while angry and worried, were manipulated by a liberal media into making statements they will regret. I am not trying to downplay what is goin in..just point out how much doom and gloom news alters the public perception which politicians use to garner support for thier legislation and re-election and financial market makers use the panic for profit and market momentum..in short bad news creates opportunity..what is different from before this happened..liberal left currently controls policy..public on natl level is against fishing and oil and gas exploration..media fuels the fire..so called experts go on tv and make comments they have no basis, no precident and no qualification to do so and because someone said it on TV it becomes the gospel truth..ask some of these captains how they have had to defend thier catches..Jeff Fuscia said it best to one guy..he got an email froma guy in North Dakota telling him he should be ashamed to allow his customers to keep 25 trout and 5 redfish..Jeff replied..the fishery is that good..we can whack the fish and we dont see any reduction is stock.you coldnt do that anywhere else in the US..the fishery is that strong.It has probably been that way long before any human walked the earth..as long as we are good stewards of it the fishery will survive..now the govt is involved..red snapper? obamas 30 day ocean taskl force? what is different? nothing..The green groups want the nets and hooks out of the water no matter what..they make the majority of comments on public comment pages so policy is dictated by what the majority wants..the system sucks..the media is thier tool..and they all band together..dont believe the hype and dont fuel the fire..call them out..go fishing, eat the fish blow up the internet boards..dont expect to see that on natl news..it goes against thier plan to shut you down...

May 09, 2010 at 6:40am
A comment titled: you said it in response to a report titled: 30 yellowfins in 3 days

Sandly no one wants to read about that..it doesnt sell without sex, death or disaster these days..it's sick!

May 07, 2010 at 7:55am
A comment titled: no oil seen in response to a report titled: Thread locked, but discussion can continue

I am not going to say where I was today wadefishing but I dd not see any oil in an area where it was alleged to be according to that graphic..maybe it was there at one one or a few days ago..no sign or smell either..no dead birds, catfish or dolphins...some reports of oil riplines offshore near 93 block..

May 06, 2010 at 10:39pm
A comment titled: smart.. in response to a report titled: So Far so Good

smart..well said..you can't kill the LA marsh unless you allow erosion of it..you cant kill the resolve of the people of this region with anything I know of..survival is an attitude!

May 03, 2010 at 9:17am
A comment titled: NO WINNERS in response to a report titled: Oil Spill Catastrophy

Remford.thanks for the plug.I am out of the full time guidng business but still own the majority share of the lodge we built in Venice so my lodging bookings could be adversely affected for years. I trust God to provide for me and others and to comfort the broken hearted. Took many years to build up a loyal following and lodge bookings tied solely to the people who fish with us. We dont have a sign or storefront b/c of the associated hassles of having one. Our regular customers are a loyal bunch..in fact Hunter has aregular bunch tuesday and wednesday booked and hopefully he smashes the fish so we can get back to reporting about fishing trips..what concerns me is that I dont openly advertise for the lodge so I havent been booked with oil spill related lodging since this started. Hopefully that will change so that we can offset the cancellations for May and June which is the 'high season'. I worked offshore for 3 years before guiding and currently full time with a samll O/G exploration company in town so I feel qualified to make a comments on these issues. Actually worked on a BP contracted rig for 2 months. The safety 'crap' was borderline nuisance but I clearly see why we were drilled with it because one day it could have saved our life. I am not talking out of both sides my mouth on behalf of oil company or fisherman. merely stating the obvious..media is aligned with a liberal left which uses smoke and mirrors to sway public opinion..no doubt this will be used by those opposed to oil and gas development. Media is very successful misleading the american public...manipulated by politicians/marketing experts and market makers who use them like a tool..think of the Katrina coverage..I still have people give me sympathy over Katrina..I tell them what I saw..in my neighborhood we cut down and hauled our own trees and trash..there were no police or looters..we got fuel, ice, water and food from afar and shared it with the elderly, single moms and widows..we thanked God we werent worse off..since we had moved our boats out of the way before the storm once we got things stabilized at home we hauled the boats to Cocodrie so we could fish..and when we did we reported it nationally..I am done making speeches..God is still on the throne and He takes care of me and the rest of His children..He healed John L. didnt He? check out 2 Chronicles 7:14 if you want to know of his Promies for the current situation! It'll give you the chills!

May 03, 2010 at 9:10am
A comment titled: dont believe the hype!!! in response to a report titled: Thread locked, but discussion can continue

I dont trust the media, the Federal Govt and I damn sure dont trust personal injury lawyers..the hype is what is bad for business..its shamelful that bad news sells and creates panic which creates momentum in the markets..get ready for 100$ oil..

I am always weary of a media that continues to measure all spills in gallons ignoring the industry standard which is a barrel (42 gallons)

Beware of a media that equates the size of the spill to the size of the sheen...these dopes will be waiting into next week for any spill to make it onshore..I have been hearing it was supposed to be onshore within the hour since 600pm last Wednesday. I doubt very seriously the thick gooey residual we associate with oil spills covers the size of Peurto Rico too..go drop a teaspoon of any hydrocarbon in an olympic pool and see how big the sheen gets with any kind of wind to distribute it..then do a comparison of the volumes..solution to pollution is dillution..the ocean is very vast..and thankfully the fish I like to catch/release or eat have tails and swim deep and fast..

Beware of a media that quotes uneducated experts who have lawsuits pending settlement..I have to admit that I am getting a kick out of the familiar names I see in AP articles..same jerks who left their boats in the slips before Katrina hit only to collect insurance settlements while the rest of us honest jerks got to absorb it in increased premiums..I dont care what they think of me, I have integrity..never cheated on my taxes or pulled insurance scams when I guided full time.

It is terrible that 11 people died..but are we going to stop new drilling because of a 1 in a billion accident? Every 5 minutes someone dies on a US Hwy or US rd are we going ot close the roads? When I worked for Schlumberger they told us the most dangerous part of our job was driving our cars to the dock..

Its a shame we take a reactionary position to accidents as smart as we are to overengineer things..No doubt this will take a multi billion dollar company down..Same company that absorbed Amoco and fired a bunch of people..I got no love for them..

Lest we forget how durable this area is and how tough its people are? According to some old timers the beaches from Cameron to Grand Isle were black with oil the early part of WW2 with littel cleanup effort after German Uboats sunk 50 plus oil tankers leaving TX and LA ports?...

The river is at a high stage right? I doubt very seriously the ecosystem there will be inundated with oil and if it gets in the grass all we have to do is burn it and within weeks the marsh grass will grow back..the only way to kill the marsh is to erode it! I doubt any of the interior bays so vital to reporoduction will be as adversely affected as the tree huggers say..1 bird covered with oil and I got to see a team of people washing duck decoys?

Let's also not forget the source is 52 miles off the nearest pass..Loop current from WSW taking it away from LA..by the time it hits land the majority of the VOC/Aromatics will have evaporated leaving a tar like residual and emulsion..

I think it sucks the passes are closed and areas are shut off to fishing..that alone hurts the charter fisherman and commercial fisherman..they will have a legitimate claim..beware of slick talking lawyers though..they got a lay up case and still want 40% continguiency fee? I had one jerk from Baton Rouge call me at 3:05am to try and sign me up..I love the fact a team of them were down in Venice dressed like fisherman trying to collect signatures..a couple dopes appearently signed the papers without reading them...

Dont expect a huge settlement if your lawyer pal passes you down the trough cashing out in the process and leaving you $5.15 in a multilevel class action settlement in the end 10 years from now..

And dont expect to get closer than 1 mile to a floater in the future..

All this doom and gloom is bad for business and the way we went about harvesting renewable and non renewable natural resources..Ambulance chasers and liberals are the only winners here..I shut the TV off a few days ago after seeing the dog and pony show for myself in Venice last week..I took the whole week off to kill as many flounder as I could because I love the taste when fried in butter and topped with crabmeat. Hope I get to do it again soon!

May 02, 2010 at 6:08pm
A comment titled: John L. is the man! in response to a report titled: Oil Spill Catastrophy

I dont trust the media, the Federal Govt and I sure dont trust personal injury lawyers..the hype is what is bad for business..its too bad that bad news sells add space and creates panic which creates momentum in the markets..get ready for 100$ oil..

I am always weary of a media that measures all spills in gallons ignoring the industry standard which is a barrel (42 gallons)

Beware of a media that equates the size of the spill to the size of the sheen.these dopes will be waiting into next week for any spill to make it onshore..I have been hearing it was supposed to be onshore within the hour since 600pm last Wednesday. I doubt very seriously the thick gooey residual we associate with oil spills covers the size of Peurto Rico too..go drop a teaspoon of gasoline in an olympic pool and see how big the sheen gets with any kind of wind to distribute it..then do a comparison of the volumes..solution to pollution is dillution..the ocean is very vast..and thankfully the fish I like to catch/release or eat have tails and swim deep and fast..

Beware of a media that quotes uneducated experts who have lawsuits pending settlement..I have to admit that I am getting a kick out of the familiar names I see in AP articles..same jerks who left their boats in the slips before Katrina hit only to collect insurance settlements while the rest of us honest jerks got to absorb it in increased premiums..I dont care what they think of me, I have integrity..never cheated on my taxes or pulled insurance scams when I guided full time.

It is terrible that 11 people died..but are we going to stop new drilling because of a 1 in a billion accident? Every 5 minutes someone dies on a US Hwy or US rd are we going ot close the roads? When I worked for Schlumberger they told us the most dangerous part of our job was driving our cars to the dock..

Its a shame we take a reactionary position to accidents as smart as we are to overengineer things..No doubt this will take a multi billion dollar company down..Same company that absorbed Amoco and fired a bunch of people..I got no love for them..

Lest we forget how durable this area is and how tough its people are? According to some old timers the beaches from Cameron to Grand Isle were black with oil the early part of WW2 with littel cleanup effort after German Uboats sunk 50 plus oil tankers leaving TX and LA ports?...

The river is at a high stage right? I doubt very seriously the ecosystem there will be inundated with oil and if it gets in the grass all we have to do is burn it and within weeks the marsh grass will grow back..the only way to kill the marsh is to erode it! I doubt any of the interior bays so vital to reporoduction will be as adversely affected as the tree huggers say..1 bird covered with oil and I got to see a team of people washing duck decoys?

Let's also not forget the source is 52 miles off the nearest pass..Loop current from WSW taking it away from LA..by the time it hits land the majority of the VOC/Aromatics will have evaporated leaving a tar like residual and emulsion..

I think it sucks the passes are closed and areas are shut off to fishing..that alone hurts the charter fisherman and commercial fisherman..they will have a legitamte claim..beware of slick talking lawyers though..they got a lay up case and still want 40% continguiency fee? I had one jerk from Baton Rouge call me at 3:05am to try and sign me up..I love the fact a team of them were down in Venice dressed like fisherman trying to collect signatures..a couple dopes appearently signed the papers without reading them...

Dont expect a huge settlement if your lawyer pal passes you down the trough cashing out in the process and leaving you $5.15 in a multilevel class action settlement in the end 10 years from now..

And dont expect to get closer than 1 mile to a floater in the future..

All this doom and gloom is bad for business..Ambulance chasers and liberals are the only winners here..I shut the TV off a few days ago after seeing the dog and pony show for myself in Venice last week..I took the whole week off to kill as many flounder as I could because I love the taste when fried in butter and topped with crabmeat..

May 02, 2010 at 6:01pm
A comment titled: blowouts in response to a report titled: Deep Water Horizon

there are many redundant syatems these days in the oilfiled and many of the contingiencies are worked out well in an advance...engineers and planners have been doing this long enough to know and assess and predict the risks..like any distaster it always takes a combination of minor failures to equal disaster..when I worked offshore the BOP or blow out preventer was tested daily..I am assuming them BOP failed or wasnt engaged in time..there are warnings at the surface.though more eyes are watching while the well is being drilled..I have never been on the floor when a casing crew is at work so I dont know what or who is watching the wellbore or returns.typically you have blowouts when you are drilling not running casing or completing a well..blowouts occur when you are underbalanced force down less than force up..occurs when formation gas enters the well bore and 'cuts' or reduces the density/weight of the 'mud' or fluid inthe wellbore, reducing its density and thereby the pressures exerted downward...if they were running production casing at the time then it is likely gas 'leaked out' of the formation cut the mud and therefore the upward forces exceeded the downward forcees and the well 'kicked' or began to flow..at that depth (18000ft) if they had been using seawater (8.4 pounds per gallon) and the sediments or rocks were at normal pressure then the downhole pressure would be 7862 psi..BUT it is likely the pressures were abnormal (higher) and they were using a mud with density greater then 18 ppg thus downhole pressure was more like 17,000 psi..as long as the mud was 'heavy' enough to hold the gas and fluids in the formation everything is fine..I suspect that gas entered the wellbore cut the mud and there wasnt time to engange the shear rams on the blowout preventer ot the compressed air or hose lines they use to send the 'signal' to close the annual and shears rams on the BOP failed..once the gas gets past the BOP and enter the riser or surface they expand rapidly and flash..the gas is compressed at depth and under 17000psi.very different vloume at surfce..you have seen what happens after that..it was only a matter of time before the steel buckled and the rig sank..if it landed on top of the riser or BOP at the seabed it could be a while before they can get to the BOP and 'kill the well'..might have to drill a relief well with another floater..these types of things are tough to control when you're at the surface..these guys have to deal with robo subs at 5000 feet of water column and no telling what the BOP looks like..at this point they will have to hope the formation that has gouged itsell out into a cave by now collapses on itself and shuts the flow off or that the pressures in the formation at 180000 ft will eventually equal the pressure exerted by the seawater or force downward by the column of water I calculated above 7800 psi..very sad..loss of life, loss of property, loss of revenue..for the record the industry standard is barrels and 1000 cubic feet..not gallons or ounces..fires are rare offshore..most accidents caused by collisions and during testing..guys are drilled weekly on the rigs..usually when you are in the middle of a nap..very scary and very sad..

April 23, 2010 at 6:40am
A comment titled: never gets old in response to a report titled: BIGFISH on BIG FISH

wow..now I am pissed I got bumped..I never et tired of mako pics..thats the best one yet..oh yeah..didnt you catch a wahoo too?

February 25, 2009 at 7:49pm
A comment titled: cloud or fog in response to a report titled: 103.8 pounds

Not sure what that cloud or fog bank was covering but given the increased popularity wahoo fishing is getting these days I'd hate for the bird dogs to gain any advantage..my boat has never seen a wahoo over 101 pounds

February 16, 2009 at 5:37pm
A comment titled: awesome fish in response to a report titled: what a day

I was there to cut the jaws out for you..congrats on the fish..what a spectacle..hoping to see the pic of the fish that will took of it in the air..

February 08, 2009 at 9:16pm
A comment titled: LIPPED BAITS ARE FOR OLE MISS FANS in response to a report titled: Bomber "WTF"

PITMANN YOU GOON..STICK WITH THE LINEUP WE PULLED THAT DAY WE HAD 30 BITES..HOW MANY FISH DID WE PULL HOOKS ON THAT DAY? LOOKS LIKE YOU'VE GONE TO THE 93 WELL 2 MANY TIMES!

February 03, 2009 at 7:57pm
A comment titled: what a joke in response to a report titled: red snapper

the council should have no problem meeting thier goals of eliminating the effort by sportfisherman then - that is the true goal of this effort..lets stop kidding ourselves..red snapper are as healthy as I have ever seen them..we are catching red snapper at the rocks at sw pass in 20 ft of water like we are catcing redfish in the bays..we are catching red snapper while jigging for amberjacks in rigs in 350ft of water..try and catch a hardhead at any rig in the Gulf from 40-250 ft..just try it..you come up red snapepr everytime..and I dare the council to say this reduced limit is the reason for it..dont even let them pat themselves on the back because it was fine before the limit went from 4-2 and we had 6 months to fish for them..its an absolute f-job by the council and the anyone calling him or herself a scientist studying the red snapper stocks..the limit could go to 7 fish and 365day season like it used to be and I doubt you'd see any adjustment in the stock..certainly we dont have enough days with the weatehr to do any major damage..I am sure the commercial fisherman are thrilled..job got easier not that it was easy to begin with but the green groups behind all this BS will pit the recreationals against the charterboats and commercial fisherman next. the goverment and the political party system that puts these bozos in office is killing this country..write all the letters you want..cry all you want..seems like its 10% vs 90% everywhere you go..but the 10% has thier way..I am proud to say I dont even know anyone in favor of these regulations..do any of you? in fact I dont even know any liberals..where are these jerks hiding? other than in political office? give me a wah burger to go with my french cries..now I am starting to sound like one of these protester dorks..

February 01, 2009 at 12:55pm
A comment titled: Video in response to a report titled: Turn 'em loose

I posted video of one of the stalks we made on the video page..when they sensed danger they ran right into an ambush..it was the stalk right before this kill..

January 29, 2009 at 7:08am
A comment titled: congrats in response to a report titled: Kallie's 1st buck

It is really nice to see a post where the pride in the accomplishment is focused on someone else's trophy, catch or accomplishment..this story teaches your wife and the rest of us about the rewards of patience and diligence..wait another 15 years or so when your kids harvest thier first trophy! talk about pride! more words of wisdom from the 40 year old-fart.."the family that fishes, hunts, eats and prays together stays together!" be blessed and congrats!

January 18, 2009 at 8:45am
A comment titled: Video in response to a report titled: sharks

I have a home video I'd like to show wobblerite privately but I dont know know to block out the faces or garble the voices so as to protect the guilty..I dont think you'll ever see it on the internet either..it all went well considering the stupidity of the act and the subject of the video weighed 289 pounds gutted..about half hour later the entire boat was covered with a film of slime and blood..use your imaginations

January 18, 2009 at 8:36am
A comment titled: Bads news..it would be illegal in response to a report titled: sharks

It is against the regulations to spear or harpoon or gaff a mako shark that hasnt not been played on hook and line...dont tell Eddie Frekey

January 17, 2009 at 6:58am
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