Is the bridge open to two lanes of traffic yet? If not does anyone have any idea of when it will be completed?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA/NMFS) has had its funding of Amendment 40 AKA Sector Separation cut off in fiscal 2016 probably (appropriations bill not law). Amendment 40 is the amendment that takes half of the recreational red snapper allocation and reserves it for use only on charter boats.
What it means: Right now the red snapper season is again closed in federal waters. It is closed even though a significant portion of the recreational fishermans 49% share of the gulf allocation has not been met. Next year it looks as if the recreational season will not closed until all of the federally mandated recreational limit is met.
Or maybe until 80% of it is met since they are only allowing 80% of your allocation to be filled.
The really good news that I take away from this is that the mismanagement of the red snapper fishery has gotten so bad and so corrupt that the US congress is taking steps to fix the situation.
We all know the old phrase 'It takes an act of congress to...' Well congress is acting and that alone should let everyone know just how bad NOAA/NMFS management has been with regard to red snapper, even if you don't follow this issue closely.
I am here to announce that it is Thanksgiving! So Happy Thanksgiving to all! Keep it clean... your plate that is!
This will be a first for me, unless my eyes are playing tricks on me. Does this picture look like it is of a goat? Never seen one in the woods before at this spot and I have hunted there for decades.
Yesterday was opening day of bow season at my land in Mississippi. Made the drive up early. Saw nothing on the hwy the entire drive up (2hrs)... until I turned on to the gravel road leading to my place. Saw six (4,1,1) deer on that last mile in!
Did I kill anything? Nope. Didn't even bring my bow. Did all the work I was suppose to do a week ago when I was sick. It was a good trip I think. Swapped out windows on the camp/shooting house with my new and improved windows. Have them hanging from the inside. Swing up and hook to open. Quiet and quick.
Sealed up the door to the place a bit. I think the sealing up is now about as good as it is going to get.
Took a too dull machete to the trails to my motel 6. Spiders every freaking where. I don't see how there are any insects alive in Jefferson County. Come to think of it, I didn't have problems with horse flys and deer flys.
Tried to swap cards on my trail cam near motel 6. oops wrong card. Fits the old trail cam, not my new one.
Anyway I brought it all home and had a bunch of pictures. But only one buck on the entire card. A small 4 point.
Did have a couple of coyote pics, rabbits, dillos, fox, coons, a turkey and a bobcat.
Not a lot of picture each day. Averaged around 3 per 24 hours. But deer can move either side of the camera without being seen so that spot is still going to be pretty good. With a rifle I will be able to shoot in areas not even near that camera.
Stocked up a little on food and drink in Motel 6 so I won't have to carry that stuff in during hunting season.
Moved some ladder steps from one spot to another. All I need to do is hang the lock on when I want to hunt it and it will be set for the season there.
Did a few other things and made the long drive home.
Good luck. There is a virus going around. Puking out of both ends and then just weak for a long time after. Hope you don't get it. Trust me it sucks.
OK. Number 1. It is freaking HOT.
Battery died this morning and had to delay Toni and I's departure till I could get jumped off and get a new battery. Planned on leaving before five but ended up leaving at 5:45 am. So much for the early start.
As we were approaching my neighbors (hunting club) gate that I have to go through before I even get to my land. I see a bigish deer crossing the dirt road up ahead. There were three. The second one was a beast. It was about 100 yards ahead of the truck and about 200 yards from the gate.
All I could make out was a monster rack but not how may points. I just know it was tall and I am sure it must have been at least a 10 point judging by the lack of air in the rack. Looked like one big palmation like a moose. Obviously not, but with it being in velvet and all that brown it couldn't have been on a couple of points up top.
It wasn't all that hot today on the weather forcast... but oh man by 9:30 my camp/shooting house was already at 100! I know because I installed a thermometer today.
Worked a bit on the door and the windows and put in two earth anchors to hold the structure down in high winds.
Oh man. Door didn't seal exactly the way I wanted so I will be tinkering with that next time I go up. Probably just make do with another can of expanding foam and call it good.
Windows I am still not happy with so I will make a couple at home to replace the ones up there when my mod didn't work out.
Man it is like a jungle out there. ladder was completely covered in vines since my last trip.
Went and cooled off in Coles Creek for awhile and then high tailed it home. Saw a little doe run across the road on the way out. Of course that one was closer to my property instead of the beast we saw in the morning.
Had almost 200 pics on my trail cam before the batteries gave out. But of course I forgot the replacement card so I replaced the batteries and just left the card in. So didn't get to see any good pics.
Made my first trip offshore in awhile. I don't think I have been more than a handful of times in the last 8 years. I think that is going to change.
First my brother stopped going, then my dad stopped going then lost all my gear in a house fire so I stopped going almost completely after that.
But after this last trip which was far from awesome, I think the fire has been rekindled.
Funny how things work. I though we were going for specks and maybe some close in mangroves. But the calm seas and the lack of an immediate response from the specks had us hitting the rigs right off early.
Boxed a number of snapper. But man we should have done much much better. I was the only one not using braid. Those mangroves wouldn't look at their baits.
Also we ran out of sinkers and tackle due to sharks. We also got cut off in the rig numerous times due to inadequate tackle.
I promise next time we will be better prepared. But it was so fun and we did manage to put some fish in the freezer. Can't wait for the next trip!
Have you heard the news? ALL... I repeat ALL of the gulf states have basically told the NMFS to go take a flying leap!
All gulf states are currently noncompliant with the federal gulf red snapper season.
I cross my fingers and hope an prey that the next step is for all the gulf states to get together and make Red Snapper a game species like was done with Redfish many moons ago when you couldn't hardly catch one.
The states are fighting back and together we (gulf states) are stronger than when we are divided.
Just read about this. Thought I would pass it along.
The scum at the NMFS who have been doing everything they can to push recreational fisherman out of the Red Snapper fishery have fired off their latest volley.
The latest volley comes as a response to the push to up the recreational side of the fishery to 75% from the 49% that rec's are SUPPOSE to get but never do despite NMFS saying we keep going over our allowance.
How is the NMFS fighting back? By changing the numbers with a simply key stroke on a key board. In an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of everyone they have arificially bolstered numbers of the commercials economic impact due to fishing in our waters by simply adding imports to those numbers.
These numbers are reported annually and in an effort to make the numbers worth while they have (in the past) only contained fish caught in OUR waters. But now that there is a push for reallocation the numbers mysteriously get changed to include numbers that are not relevant to the discussion. And NMFS also saw fit to stop updating the online queries that would allow you to see the figures without the imports.
Various websites have already picked up on the new figures and are running stories about how the economic value of our commercial sector far outvalues that of the recreational side. Which is a reversal of the truth.
Just thought you should know.
My middle daughter Carley is in the hospital. Three trips to the emergency room Saturday,sunday and Monday and I had to complain to get her admitted.
Gastroparesis is what it is.
What is it? Food does not leave the stomach properly or at all. With her right now it is not at all. Food just sits until you vomit it up. The muscle at the end of the stomach isn't working.
Cause? Lots of potential causes. One GI doctor here has a strong hunch on the cause for Carley. We have taken her off of the potentially offending medicines and finger are crossed that things return to normal soon.
If not the list of treatments is fairly broad and many are not what you would want to deal with. One such option would be to live with a feeding tube the rest of her life... bypass the stomach.
Hopefully it doesn't end up coming to that. Thanks for the prayers.
This question is directed to any recreational fisherman that fish for red snapper.
NMFS cut the season to 11 days and that will likely get shorter because of further actions due to noncompliance. This latest cut is the result of a lawsuit brought by a number of individuals.
Would you knowingly do business with any of them?
My answers is No! What is yours?
Ok need a little help. Some trespassers vandalized my bushnel trail cam. The stole one battery and pulled the wires from the battery bank to the camera. Figured it would be an easy fix.
First try at fixing it failed. wires going to batteries was pulled off and broken. So I reconnected some of my own wire to the batteries and have the proper voltage at the end of my new wires. But when I TRY to hook them up to the old wires coming from the camera I don't get any power. I hooked up my multimeter to the camera and with it turned on I can't establish continuity. Should I be able to establish continuity on a bushnell trail cam?
Here is the confusing part! The wires they used are extremely small. I can't get continuity by touching on bare wire one inch apart on the wire that leads to the camera. I am confused about that! These wires are much smaller than speaker wire. Any ideas/thoughts?
Oh and the camera was cable locked to the tree. So stealing the camera would have been difficult. But you can open it up. Card not stolen.
Ben nearly a month since I have been able to make a deer hunt. yuck. But I finally made it back into the woods.
The rut is happening now in SW Mississippi. Saw four bucks yesterday.
The first was a super tall spike. About 10 inch spikes that were straight as an arrow. Never have I seen anything like that. I have seen tall spikes but they always have a curve to their antlers with no extra points. This was like the typical 3 inch spike except about 10 inches long. Hope it was just a super spike and could have potential. It wasn't an old deer.
Got a good look at it to. I was doing some calling while sitting on the ground around 11 am. He walks in and passes by me at only 10 yards.
Merry Christmas! Hope everything is well with you and your family.
OK, we all know cougars aren't suppose to be in Mississippi and only a very few have recently been confirmed in Louisiana.
Normally a sighting occurs in the woods with only one or two people catching a glimps of it. But this time it is a little different and I was hoping someone could help me clear this one up one way or the other.
I got a report from late last night of a cougar eating a deer on side of the road near Natchez. So with Central having played in WM surely there were a number of people making the treck back home through natchez and might have seen this animal eating a deer on side of the road.
If you saw such a thing, what did you think it was. Can you confirm it as a cougar or did you see a dog or a coyote eating a deer Saturday night?
Two new bucks on camera. One is a young ratty 5 and the other is a big eight. I continue to get a bunch of pictures of a young eight and he even showed up once during evening shooting hours.
Little 5 will get a pass. Hope the big eight shows up first because I am not likely to pass on the smaller 8 point if he is the first buck I see. I am just not the disciplined.
Went deer hunting today and I didn't kill anything but it was good just being out there and seeing deer. Most of them running as I scared up quite a few while moving around doing work that should have been done last spring.
But it was a decent hunt and I saw something I have never seen before. I was walking out from my morning stand a bit early (9am) so I could do some work. As I walk out I hear something falling out of a tree. Sounded like a huge limb at first for some reason but as it fell I could see it was about the size of your fist.
Why I marked never took my eyes off of it as it landed (looked like a rotten piece of tree with no bark I don't know. And why I walked over to it (it is just a chunk of wood) I don't know. But I am glad I did.
What fell from the very top of a very tall ratty tree was nothing other than the old weathered shell of a box turtle! Bleached pretty good. Wierd. I guess a hawk left it up there at least a year or two ago.
Saw a racoon, deer, squirrels and a live box turtle. Not bad.
But also I got to see some trail came pics for the first time in a while. Lots of deer and only one buck. But I got his pic multiple times. All at night of course. It isn't a wall hanger. Just a young eight point. But narry a nother buck... not even a spike! At least I don't think so. Some of his pics weren't real clear and could have been a similar size buck but I doubt it.
Also got move pictures of foxes than I have in almost a whole decade of trail came pics.
Hmmmmm... I have caught plenty of these but I have never seen one with the pink on the side like this one has.
Sorry for being absent the last few days. My oldest daughter was in an auto accident and has been in the ICU with a broken collar bone, broken ribs, breathed in water almost drowned, bruised lung and other things. We expect a full recovery. Just wanted to let everyone know what's up!
Seat belt probably saved her life. Probably here looks as well.
Not wanting to preach here but I am going to say it anyway. Wear your seat belt. One argument I have always heard is if you go into water you don't want to be buckled in and drown because you can't get out. That argument is not consistent with what happens in reality.
Reality is you either get thrown from the car and usually crushed by the car or you get bounced all around inside the car and are more broken up and unconscious and not going to wake up for anything anytime soon.
Well Hailey car was upside down in a ditch with the car filling up with water. Her head was underwater. This is what I believe happened. She is strapped in unconscious. When she breathed in water and started to drown it shocked he back awake. She stuggled to get out of her seat the seatbelt was holding her head underwater. She was able to get out of the seatbelt and live to see another day.
People always worry about this exact situation but had she not had the seatbelt on she would have possibly died in the wreck or at best been severely injured, possibly dead or likely pinned under the car in water over her. Even if she had not gone through the windshield she would likely not have gain consciousness and probably would have drowned.
This is the second family member that a seatbelt almost certainly saved their life.
What part of 'Thou shall not infringe' do you not understand?