I have my all around light mounted on top of my mud motor and it is way too bright!!! Any suggestions on legally reducing the brightness?? What about tapping the front of the light cover??
Over the past 5 years I have seen severe changes in our hunting. While populations of waterfowl have increased thet are here today gone tomorrow. Why is this happening??? It is occurring due to pressure!! What do I mean by pressure??
We have pursued the ducks to the farthest reaches of their habitat. We are going places only a select few have gone before. I remember pushing across water and mud where I left a trail behind me to get to better hunting. Working so hard that I would be down to just a sweatshirt in 30 degree temps due to the amount of body heat I was generating. My hunting partners back then would have nothing to do with this type of hunting. During the later part of the season in the 2nd split when we had very little water many would stay home. It was too hard!
What I learned was we did not pressure the ducks in their sanctuary and they did not leave.
The birds no longer have sanctuaries( places to not be disturbed) to get away from the hunters. They are constantly pressured from human interaction. I have hunted from pirogues since I was 10. I have pushed thro mud to try and get to ducks in the past just like many others on here. I have also in the past said \'those ducks are safe there and no one can bf of these in particular I heard for 10 minutes as it passed by. It at one point had to be 2 miles away from me and was still very noticeable.
Maybe we are past the point of returning to the older ways of hunting? To believe that the noise from these air cooled engines and the ability to get to tidal flats are not scaring the ducks is turning a deaf ear..
I am all for ease of hunting now at age 56 but I am willing to go back to hunting from a pirogue if it is for the betterment of duck hunting. Surface drives should be held to noise standards and an emphasis should be made to reduce the noise levels. Outboards do not produce 1/5 of the noise of air cooled engines. I thoroughly enjoy my duck hunting and have definitely noticed how the noise affects ducks. The areas of open water in Delacroix and Hopedale where no one would venture in an outboard during winter tides no longer exist as a haven for ducks..
So think seriously about reducing noise rather than increasing your horsepower and speed. How fast does one have to go if it is harm full to our sport??
I would love to hear from others on this subject.
What is the verdict on the eatability of diving ducks? I have had plenty opportunities to shoot Bufflehead, dosgris, ringnecks and a few others. Please respond on the eadable status of ducks other than Mallards, greys, widgeon , teal and Pintail.
If you have a good recipe for the divers please let me know. Could have filled limits with the divers but do not like to shoot something I am not going to eat.
I would like to start a post in regards to the just expired Teal Season. I personally had my worst teal season ever. I do think it was entirely due to Issac. I had a similar season after Katrina in 2005. I did not hunt near as much as in previous seasons but there just were not many birds in the Southeast part of the state.
I hunted anywhere from private leases to WMAs. I had one hunt where 3 of us limited ouit to my last hunt where I did not shoot my gun( I even stayed in the blind till 8:30 which I never have to do).
I would expect the comments for SE Louisiana to be consistent with bad and the further west to be much better.
I am looking forward to our big duck season and making a youth hunt with my son in early November.
How was your Teal season?
Looking for a good duck hunting video game. Please reply with your thoughts on a game you have and any pros or cons about it. Looking preferrably for something associated with Wii and that also includes a shooting gun of some sort.
The 1st split was very good to us. Limited out 6 out of the 8 trips with at least a 2 person limit. Our bag consisted of 85% greys and the rest GW Teal. We are mostly in a salt water marsh and we see mostly greys.
I am looking for feedback on the Escort shotgun line + or -. I looked at a 12 gauge 3' auto yesterday and for the price it seems like a great deal. Would prefer to hear from people that own one. I have had every shotgun I used malfunction at some point and time. Just want to see if there were any things to be concerned with.
Thanks in advance
Looking for a place to hunt doves on a regular basis or not. I live in New Orleans and would have 2-3 adults plus boys age 11-15. All have hunted before. Please contact me with locations and costs.
Need some help from the experts oput there. Having limited success with the Mangrove Snapper. What is the best technique to fish them? Bait? Gear and set up? What is the best position of the boat? Should you get up current and chum into the rig? I have my drag as tight as it will go and still can not stop the fish from pulling into the rig. I am using 50lb power pro an 50lb flourocarbon leader.
Thanks for any help
Great day on the water with David Discon, Barry Dennis and David Landrieu. David wanted to break in the new boat and smear it with a little blood.
The plan was to head offshore out of Hopedale and go after some Snapper and Cobia. At 2:30 Saturday morning it was blowing 15 knots out of the WSW but was forecast to drop later in the morning. This has been the weather pattern for most of the summer due to these high pressure systems moving in from the west.
We arrived at the launch for the prescribed time of 4 AM launched the boat and made our final plans for the day. We picked up some live croakers for the Mangroves and secured everything for the bumpy ride. We had planned to stop on the way out to catch a few trout and ladyfish for bait and chum. The winds were not blowing at the launch but were still showing to be stiff according to the sea buoy reports. We headed out thru the spoil canal and did not have a breeze until we hit the sound. The further out we went the harder it blew. By the time we stopped to catch our bait it was blowing 15 knots or more. The wind was whistling as it blew around the stretched lines of the poles in the rod holders on the t-top. We positioned ourselves on the lee shore and dropped anchor. Before the anchor line was taught big trout were jumping in the boat. They were chasing pogies all around the boat. In a matter of 15 minutes we had 25 nice fish in the boat along with a few ladyfish which we had decided to use for snapper bait.
It was now 6:30 AM and the wind seemed to be picking up. The discussion know was to call the offshore part of the trip and to be happy with the great trout bite we had. By 8 we had our 4 man limit of fish and noticed the wind had slacked up a bit. We decided to sit back and enjoy the morning and eat a little breakfast.
By 9am there were 10 boats around us and a few were catching fish and some were not. We then got what we were looking for, a break in the winds. That quickly they died down to a slight breeze. We fired up the motors and headed southeast. The first 5 rigs produced nothing except for 1 trigger fish. The water was very dirty with plenty of seed on top so we decide to head away from the river. After about 10 miles we found some nice water and what looked like an older rig. The baits were dropped and immediately the poles were in action. The first fish up was a nice trigger fish and then the snapper got in on the action. My son David had hooked up with something that had the pole bent over and the 60 lb mono pushed to the max. 10 minutes later he threw a 11 lb Mangrove in the boat. On the next drop he was hooked up again and 10 minutes later a 20lb Red Snapper hit the deck. Not bad for his first Mangrove and Red Snapper, both bigger than any I had ever caught. In no time the limit was done and our focus turned to getting on the Mangroves that were present. The bad news was our croakers had died and we had no other bait. Just then 2 big Cobia decided to give us some entertainment. We hooked both of them but somehow threw the hooks after a brief battle.
It was now getting late in the afternoon and we had a 63 mile ride back to the dock and plenty of fish to clean. What a great day on the water with my youngest son and 2 good friends.
Have a great day
We sometimes take for granite what the fishing is all about. It is not always about limits and size of the fish that we catch. It is about the memories from a trip that it is really about.
This past Sunday I made a late afternoon trip with my good friend Mike McMahon and his 3 boys Michael, Matthew and Christopher(Shark bite). My son David was not able to make the trip due to a prior commitment with his mom.
We saw Glenn at the launch by Breton Sound Marina and he made the observation that the wind was blowing. Glen was right as we already knew the conditions were not great this past Sunday afternoon. Winds were steady out the SE 12-20 MPH and wave heights were 2-3 feet in the sound. The normal places to fish were going to be very difficult to handle in such conditions. Wind blowing one direction and tide moving the opposite way make for very tough conditions. We tried a few of the normal spots at a few rigs but we were able to produce only a few fish. The wind seemed to be picking up even more. We then made a decision to hide behind some of the barrier islands to elude the wind and get a break from the bouncing and slamming of the boat.
The water was nice and green and there were signs of fish everywhere. Slicks were starting to pop up so we made the decision to get in the water and see what we could find. This was the first time these boys had ever surf fished but there was no hesitation to jump in the water. No net, 1 stringer and 3 newbie's all hit the water in seconds. From that point on it was slow but fairly steady of catching nice trout. We lost almost half of what we hooked due to the net issue(someone decided to leave the surf net in the back of the Suburban).
We fished for about 2 hours steadily adding fish to the lone stringer. The sun was now getting low in the horizon and it was time to start heading back. Reluctantly the boys started getting out of the water and we made our way back to the launch. On the way home in the car one of the boys asked me this question,' while we were in the water did you see anything(sharks) that you did not tell us about?'. My reply then as it still is now was no.
I wish my son could have been there with us for a great evening on the water. The pictures attached need no explanation just look at the faces.
Fished early Saturday morning in Lake Pontchatrain with a couple of friends. Very little tide and just a little wind out of the North.
Started the morning throwing topwater in search of big trout. The area we fished has been showing the conditions for this bite. More tide would have made the situation better.
We stuck at it for an hour before the first blowup happened around 7am. The trout missed but it was a big one. 2 casts later another big one engulfs the top dog and does a fierce head shake across the water trying to shake the lure. The fish is successful and breaks off and continues to try and shake the lure that is stuck in its mouth. The trout looked to be in the 6lb range. We are now throwing with alot more energy and working the baits hard.
Another half hour and no luck so we try some different baits. I tie on a catch 5 that looks like a pogey and on my 3rd cast I got a vicious strike. The fish immediately surfaces and tries to shake the lure. He is not able to shake it and submerges and starts pulling drag like a red. He surfaces 2 more times before we get the net under him. What a beautiful fish to add to my top ten biggest trout. The fish measured 26.5 inches and was starting to show a little belly.
Ended the morning with 2 fish and a couple of misses on a day with just okay conditions.
Come on full moon and east winds.