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What is everyone opinion of Sportsman boats? looking at the 247 bay. I know its not as some call 'top tier' but any major issued or concerns from first hand knowledge I should be concerned about?

February 11 at 8:26am

I am looking to replace our bulk head in Cocodrie as it is starting to fail. Does anyone have any recommendations on contractors? Thanks

February 06, 2017 at 3:20pm

Anybody recommend a good boat detailer in the Baton rouge Area...looking for a good wash and wax.

February 10, 2012 at 9:39am

I swiped this from another forum...thought you might find it interesting, looks like they are trying to put a damper on some summertime AJ fishing

FYI for all my gulf fisherman

Reef Fish Committee is meeting as we speak. Here are some updates on the hot topics. Please remember that committee decisions are not final. Council meets on Friday to make final rulings on all committee suggestions.

Amberjack- The reef fish committee motioned to carry the Grater Amberjack regulatory action as is. That would establish a recreational seasonal closure from June 1st through July 31st. Council will take final action on Friday, and decide if they want to pass the motion.

Gag Grouper- A recent stock assessment update revealed that there needed to be a 71% reduction in gag removals for 2010. Reef Fish Amendment 32 (and the gag stock rebuilding plan) are still under development so an interim rule is being considered to address the overfishing of gag until that amendment is implemented. The reef fish committee passed a motion to suspend the harvest of gag in the beginning of 2011 for both recreational and commercial sectors. The motion still needs to be brought to council for the final decision. Because of size distribution discrepancy and a discrepancy in the logbook discards and the observer discard data, the Committee moved to reconvene the gag assessment panel. The Southeast Fishery Science Center will re-run the gag assessment and provided updated information to the Council during its February meeting so they can move forward with Amendment 32.

Red Snapper- A report from NOAA estimates that approximately 2.3 million of the 3.4 million pound quota remains for 2010. Using summer effort numbers NOAA estimates that the remaining quota can be met in 39 days in a supplemental fall season. No decisions have been made, the committee hasn’t even begun speaking about snapper yet. The full document including this information can be found at on the bottom left corner click FTP server. Click the August 2010 briefing book, and then find tab B-14(a). ] .

August 18, 2010 at 2:38pm

Anybody got any trout reports from south or east of Cocodrie? I got an itch for the weekend!

Tite Lines...

July 29, 2010 at 7:35pm

Got this via email yesterday...don't know any details other than what was in the email...

37' 2010 Contender

Check out this Contender that 'ran aground'. Boat was only 6 hours old.
Operator claimed he was doing 28 knots. Both people on board were 100%
sober. Cost him $10,000 to have Tow Boat US pull him back to the water.
4 tow lines parted in the process. MSRP on the boat ranges from $300,000 to
$400,000 depending on options.

June 24, 2010 at 10:26am

Just a little Skit at BP expense

June 11, 2010 at 9:31am

Andy / Mike,

Anyway we can get a more detailed map uploaded showing the closure? Maybe similiar to the one in this month's magazine? Maybe even put it in sections for different parts of the coast. In my opinion the Map's WLF is issuing leave a lot to the imagination.

May 27, 2010 at 7:58am

I am a Cocodrie fisherman and very rarely will venture past coon toward the picketts and mardi gras rigs.

However enlight of the current situation I am thinking of dragging my boat to the 'DU' and launching there and fishing the areas to west and south of it. My question is, how hard is the naviagation from Dularge to the gulf? Markers? Straight Shot?

Any input would be appreciated.

May 21, 2010 at 5:00pm

anybody have any update on the upcoming fishing tournaments?

Houma Oilmans
GI speckle trout
GI tarpon?

May 12, 2010 at 11:00am

In retrospect to all of the bad news on the oil spill and fisheries closing on the east side of the river it appears the wind may finally give us a break this week and give us the opportunity to chase a few fish. I think it might be time to use a few vacation days and get on the water.

May 02, 2010 at 5:59pm

I sit here nervous about what the future of this oil spill holds for our wonderful state and great fishery. Like many of you I have more time and money invested on the coast of louisiana, than probably most financial advisiors would recommend, however I did because I love it. I was looking at this some forums and came across these predictions from NOAA and was almost sick to my stomach. At this stage I think we can only hope and pray the amount of damage is as minimal as possible.

April 29, 2010 at 7:46pm

Not sure if this has been posted already, however got this email from the Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries concerning some potential new hunting seaon changes.... Sure would be nice...espically as late as the rut has been in the Woodville area the past couple years.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) continues its support of HB 1282 as it moves to a vote in the Mississippi State Senate. HB 1282 passed the Mississippi House of Representatives with an overwhelming majority. Now is the time for sportsmen to contact their senator in support of this bill. “We appreciate the support of the sportsmen,” MDWFP Wildlife Bureau Chief Larry Castle said. “It’s the support of these sportsmen that help us to progress and move forward.”

If HB 1282 becomes law, the deer season structure for 2010-11 would be:

Archery October 1 – 31

Archery / Crossbow / Primitive Weapon
November 1 – 19

Gun with Dogs November 20 – December 1

Gun without Dogs December 2 – 23

Gun with Dogs December 24 – January 19

Gun without Dogs January 20 – January 31

Archery / Primitive Weapon February 1 – February 15 (Zone 2)

HB 1282 is not taking opportunity away from archery hunters. Archery hunters still have 123 days of hunting opportunity because they can choose to hunt with archery equipment during the gun seasons. “HB 1282 will empower landowners and hunting clubs to harvest deer earlier in the season with a more efficient weapon,” Chad Dacus, Deer Program Coordinator. “This earlier deer harvest is needed on some properties across the state to help reduce the deer herd in areas with high numbers of deer vehicle collisions, crop damage, habitat damage, and out of balance buck-to-doe ratios.”

If you are in support of HB 1282, contact your Senator at (601) 359-3770. For a list of senators, visit

February 27, 2010 at 8:21pm

well fellow sportsman, I am offically bored and having withdrawls...sitting here on Saturday night with actually nothing to do (that won't involve me sleeping in the dog house)
1. Hunting Season is over, meat is in the freezer, guns are cleaned and put away.
2. Taxes Done!
3. Boat Maintenance Done.
4. Rod and Reels cleaned oil and spooled with new line Complete

I am in desperate need on some decent weather to head to the coast....

February 27, 2010 at 8:17pm

Anybody made it to the Baton Rouge Boat Show at the river center? Is it worth going?

February 25, 2010 at 7:33pm

I need some feedback...I'm getting my boat back from the shop Wednesday and want to go run it before I tow it back to the coast. Fred's on the Amite is by far the closets place for me to go...however I have never launched there or ran the Amite. Can you run either direction or do you have to go south? Is there some boat traffic on the river just in case I still have a problem? The boat drafts 2' of water and has a t-top so i can't just go anywhere.

Thanks for any imput...

August 24, 2009 at 6:29pm

Anybody been fishing Cocodrie lately? Its been over a month and thinking I am going to give it a try this weekend. Any opinions or advice out there?

August 20, 2009 at 6:28pm

I have a camp in Cocodrie, and looking into my insurance options..I currently have insurance, but its not very good. Was wondering what coverages other owners are finding out there?

July 16, 2009 at 10:40am

I am headed to grand Isle state park Friday morning to spend the weekend at the in-laws, and was looking to get into some fishing Friday after lunch, and was thinking of renting a kayak. If the weather is cooperative, is there any good kayak fishing areas around grand Isle state park? I am experienced fisherman, but novice kayaker...any opinions thought etc..would be grealty appreciated.

June 03, 2009 at 11:02am

Grand Isle Surf....

I am headed to Grand Isle State park this weekend to do a little camping and relaxing...This will be my first trip to the island in about 8 years and I am not bringing my boat. How is the wade fishing around the state park? Any tips for wading around there? any help would be greatly appreciated...Tite Lines to All..

May 28, 2009 at 7:51am
A comment titled: Good Work in response to a report titled: REEL LIFE FISHING

I saw you busting out of the pass Sunday Creeping Southeast! Got a late start?

Good Work Captain!

August 12, 2011 at 4:44pm
A comment titled: Math and legality in response to a report titled: snapper fishing

Capt. Tom Hilton put together this letter to NOAA and I am sharing it with you as what they are doing is not mathmatically supported but apparently illegal.

Mr. Strelcheck (NOAA Fisheries),

According to your analysis;
'An important dynamic in the recreational red snapper fishery that can affect season length is the ability of the recreational sectors to compensate for reductions in season length by compressing their effort into a limited season. This dynamic has been observed in other fisheries, such as the red snapper commercial fishery prior to implementation of the Individual Fishing Quota program, and is commonly referred to as ‘effort compensation’, ‘effort stuffing’, or a ‘derby fishery.’ The term ‘effort compensation’ includes the dynamics of more anglers on the water during the open season (rather than spreading their effort across the year), and the ability of individual anglers or for-hire vessels to run multiple trips in a day.'

'Based on an average weight of 5.9 pounds, the season length is estimated to be between 39 and 48 days. The shortest season is based on effort compensation continuing to increase as the season is shortened, while the longest season assumes effort becomes saturated and anglers cannot compress any additional effort into the open season as the season becomes shorter. Based on methods used historically to project the red snapper season and an average weight of 5.9 lbs ww, the season is estimated to be 46 days. It is estimated that each day the red snapper is open, an average of 72,000-88,000 lbs of red snapper are landed.'

The problem with what you are claiming is that you are totally discounting your own numbers from years past in an obvious attempt to set the stage for the justification of catch shares via the 'derby fishery' argument;

2009 - Since the rec TAC of 2.45 million pounds (MP) was reduced by the supposed fishing overage of 1.22 MP in 2008, the balance became 1.23 MP. Once all the figures came in, y'all claimed that the rec sector overfished its quota by 1.7 MP in 2009. So, 1.22 MP + 1.7 MP = 2.92 MP / 76 day season = 38,421 pounds caught per day. 38,421/5.0 pounds per fish = 7,684 fish caught per day.

2010 - (projected) Since the rec TAC of 3,403,050 pounds was reduced by the supposed fishing overage of 1.7 MP in 2009, the balance became 1,703,050 pounds, which your office then computed to be caught in 54 days. 1,703,050 / 54 day season = 31,538 pounds caught per day. 31,538/5.34 pounds per fish = 5,906 fish projected to be caught per day.

2011 - Since the rec TAC was NOT reduced by any overages from previous years, it supposedly was to provide full value of 3,520,650 pounds. If you assume, and you do in your analysis, that effort remains constant at 2009 levels, and compensate for the larger size projected for 2011 to be 5.9 pounds; 7,684 fish caught per day x 5.9 pounds = 45,336 pounds caught per day. 3,520,650 pound TAC / 43,336 = 81 day season.

What is troubling however, is that your office is somehow estimating that each day the 2011 red snapper is open, an average of 72,000-88,000 lbs of red snapper are landed...(more specifically, 3,520,650 / 48 days = 73,347 pounds projected to be caught each day). If you take the TOTAL COMBINED poundage caught per day from the previous 2 years, it totals up to be 69,959 pounds (38,421 + 31,538), yet your office is now claiming that the recs are going to somehow catch 73,347 pounds, or 12,432 fish per day? Really?

That directly contradicts your OWN figures. It looks as though your office is part of the problem here, as since you have repeatedly demonstrated a severe bias and discrimination against the recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico. An example of this clear discrimination is the commercial sector is enjoying an increased bounty year/round while the recreational sector is barred access to the fishery using biased, discriminatory, and distorted reasoning. Another glaring example of your bias against recreational anglers was the sector separation presentation at the last Gulf Council meeting. By your own admission, if the private recs got 54%, and the CFH got 46% of the allocation, then there was no reduction in either group's seasons - however, you apparently and arbitrarily determined that the private recs did not deserve a 54% allocation and therefore should be penalized in 11 out of the 12 scenarios presented. Did I mention that you have refused to add the 1,000,000 pound under-fishing credit from 2010 to this year's quota, when you are surely quick to DEDUCT any overages from the next year's quota? Clearly discriminatory, and not something that the American Public should expect from its public servants.

Any reasonable person can clearly see that your actions above are in direct violation of National Standard 4, which states;
'Conservation and management measures shall not discriminate between residents of different States. If it becomes necessary to allocate or assign fishing privileges among various United States fishermen, such allocation shall be (A) fair and equitable to all such fishermen; (B) reasonably calculated to promote conservation; and (C) carried out in such manner that no particular individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of such privileges.'

This 2011 48 day red snapper season is clearly not justified, by YOUR OWN documentation of past effort/landing results, and needs to be revisited to provide Fair and Equitable access to the fishery for recreational angling community as dictated by law. The Gulf Coast communities, fishermen, and businesses deserve a Fair and Equitable determination of our Red Snapper Season, which we view to be in the neighborhood of 81 days, especially when considering the recent disaster of 2010 in the Gulf and its devastaing effects on our collective livelyhoods and economies.

Capt. Thomas J. Hilton

Hopefully, if we can expose the failed logic being employed here which is resulting in loss of access to our fishery, loss of economic opportunities, and loss of our freedoms, we can get some Congressional relief which I believe is coming our way.

'An important dynamic in the recreational red snapper fishery that can affect season length is the ability of the recreational sectors to compensate for reductions in season length by compressing their effort into a limited season. This dynamic has been observed in other fisheries, such as the red snapper commercial fishery prior to implementation of the Individual Fishing Quota program, and is commonly referred to as ‘effort compensation’, ‘effort stuffing’, or a ‘derby fishery.’ The term ‘effort compensation’ includes the dynamics of more anglers on the water during the open season (rather than spreading their effort across the year), and the ability of individual anglers or for-hire vessels to run multiple trips in a day.'

Two things stick out here;

1) If 'effort compensation' is really a problem, then the NMFS itself is responsbile for causing the problem due to their unjustified truncated seasons. Simply set the seasons based on fair and equitable parameters, such as illustrated by the more reasonable 81 day season scenario, then that solves the 'effort compensation' problem. Voila! Simple.

2) This is a thinly-veiled squeeze play by Crabtree and Co. to try to justify the implementation of catch shares - plain and simple. As mentioned in the effort compensation gobbledy gook, this dangerous 'race for fish' or 'derby fishery' was the justification for implementing the commercial IFQ system about 5 years ago. This, coupled with NOAA Fisheries' recent announcement that they want to alter National Standard 10 to include CFH and Headboats, echoes the same agenda - instead of catch shares being an 'option', if they alter N.S. 10 then catch shares would be 'required' due to the safety requirements as required by 'law'.

NOAA Fisheries needs a serious flushing, as this smells to high heaven.

April 30, 2011 at 8:17am
A comment titled: Recreational Closure in response to a report titled: Amberjack Closure

This closure would be a gut shot to everyone involved from the recreational fisherman to the local charter captains to marinas and fishing towns.

February 09, 2011 at 6:40pm
A comment titled: well in response to a report titled: I'm Looking for You

Whats the story?...Rumor Mill is a stirrin.. I heard 500 lbs

February 09, 2011 at 5:53pm
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Camp Break-ins

I haven't been to the camp in 2 months and had not heard this.

We actually had this conversation this summer that crime would pick up. Before BP brought all of those workers down there, no one really ventured that way. Its a shame.

January 16, 2011 at 7:30pm
A comment titled: 870 super Mag in response to a report titled: Remington 887 nitro mag

I bought an 870 Super Mag from Cabela's last year and fired it twice and it never fired again. The pump was not cocking the firing pin. Rynerson's fixed it however have not shot it since. They said the threaded O-ring on the pump action was not properly threaded. Sounds like Remington has some Quality Control Issues.

November 08, 2010 at 8:18am
A comment titled: Congrats in response to a report titled: Another big trout taken, this time in grand isle!

Nice fish

August 12, 2010 at 9:33pm
A comment titled: Cocodrie in response to a report titled: Cocodrie Launch(s)

Launch: The launch at trade winds (Former Bayou Bait and tackle) is open and I was told that the one a Harbor Light Marina at the end of the road is open as well. If you are a camp owner and/or staying with a camp owner at Coco Marina, you can launch there (but its a chore with all of the BP mess).

Wine Island is still there but there is not much left. Excercise caution as the rocks are out a good ways from the small peice of land you see.

August 01, 2010 at 8:48pm
A comment titled: Weekend in response to a report titled: Trout Report

Well when we woke up Saturday Morning my crew asked me what I thought. With a stiff NW breeze I said lets go take a look. Glad we did...Ran out into pelto and bounced around early but as the day when on the bite got better
Today we had a slow but steady bite and didn't have to do a lot of running.
Had 92 trout and 3 reds for the two days... Not a bad weekend overall.

August 01, 2010 at 8:35pm
A comment titled: weekend in response to a report titled: Trout Report

I am headed down to the camp as well...I will be burning fuel if nothing else

July 29, 2010 at 11:03pm
A comment titled: House Training in response to a report titled: House Breaking

A couple things to try
1. Take her to the restroom as often as possible..bring her out every hour or two when you are home and awake..I would bring mine to the grass...she figured it out very quick.
2. I used to get up once or twice a night and take the puppy her out
3. Put a divider in her crate/kennel. Make it a smaller space. this will help

I got mine at 7 weeks and cannot rememeber her using the restroom in the house.

Good luck!

July 08, 2010 at 9:00pm
A comment titled: Best Friend in response to a report titled: Rex

sorry for your loss....they truly are our best friends.

July 02, 2010 at 2:07pm
A comment titled: Donkey in response to a report titled: Here Fishy Fishy

Thats a nice Rig Donkey

July 02, 2010 at 2:04pm
A comment titled: 4th in response to a report titled: Immediate fishing closures announced

so much for my 4th of July activities!

July 01, 2010 at 1:28pm
A comment titled: Real or not? in response to a report titled: Hold my beer and Watch this

I got the email yesterday and don't know with 100% certinainty that the pictures are real or fake, however:

a. I don't think the boat would flip in a soft ground
b. the tide could have been higher when he ran aground
c. look at the picture of this prop, the starboard prop is clean, leading to me to beleive it was sliding listing to the port side.

June 24, 2010 at 1:31pm
A comment titled: Feds in response to a report titled: pickets

It would sure be nice if the Feds would move the Federal closure line to the west to match the States! This would give us a lot more options.

June 10, 2010 at 4:20pm
A comment titled: Light house in response to a report titled: Snapper Trip

Damn..I didn't realize the light house was still standing...You fish it about 10 years back for Trout

June 10, 2010 at 2:27pm
A comment titled: Good Luck in response to a report titled: Gone fishing tomorrow

The way I see the map, Calliou Boca is closed. What is open is everything North of it. The pickets, mardi gras etc, is all closed as well.

May 27, 2010 at 7:04pm
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: More Detailed Map

No problem. I understand the hectic-ness of the situation.

May 27, 2010 at 9:17am
A comment titled: Last Hooray in response to a report titled: 'REEL LIFE' Fishing

Well after the closing tonight, i guess you will have run about 70 miles out of Whiskey Pass to enjoy that again!

May 25, 2010 at 8:24pm
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