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A friend of mine, Ory Mendoza, in Plaquemine builds cypress putt-putt boats but got bored and decided to do an Atchafalaya Special Edition pirogue to feature some of the wildlife we all see in the basin from time to time. He had me print some pictures and he sealed them under 1/4' epoxy which really set them off. Here's one shot, but to see all 20, go to my Facebook album at

August 12, 2013 at 6:48pm

In case you've been hearing about trailer inspections, I spoke with out locals and they feel the same way as the State Police do. The following is from my Facebook page:

Louisiana State Police
Boat Trailer Inspection Stickers:

There has been chatter in social media regarding an enforcement initiative by State Police on boat trailer inspection stickers. There are rumors of Troopers issuing hundreds of citations at boat launches in South Louisiana. Hopefully, the information below will clear up a few things.

YES - State law requires every trailer to have an inspection sticker. Revised Statute 32:1301 states in part: Every motor vehicle, low-speed vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, and pole trailer registered in this state shall bear a valid safety inspection certificate issued in the state of Louisiana.

NO - The State Police has not begun a boat trailer inspection sticker enforcement initiative. This is not to say that you couldn't get a citation should a Trooper make a traffic stop and notice a registered trailer without proper inspection. However, our focus remains on safety violations (DWI, Aggressive Driving, Speeding, No Seatbelt, No Child Restraint, etc.) which directly contribute to fatal and injury crashes on Louisiana's highways.

Don't believe everything your read on the Internet. If you have a question, let us know. Send us a message or post to Facebook. You can also email us at We do our best to respond to every inquiry.

Hope this clears it up for a while.

July 11, 2013 at 11:25am

Went to the LDWF meeting this morning and they removed the 14' size on bass. For 2 years there will be a 7 bass creel limit and after 2 years it should rise up to 10 per day like the rest of the state. Here's the link:

June 06, 2013 at 6:16pm

Finally got back on the water today. Haven't been since before Isaac. Awesome morning and we were the only boat in the area. At times it was 'ear ringing' quiet!
Water is low in Sorrel. We caught a ton of dinks and only 2 keepers. Also caught about 11 bass. Of course, all 12-13'. Imagine that. We talked to some guys at the launch and they all did about the same. The most keeper bass was 2.
Water was really pretty. Just the right amount of clarity. We couldn't find any deep water so I don't know where the big ones were hiding. Saw my first otter in the spillway today.

October 25, 2012 at 6:12pm

Shell cuts in Bayou Sorrel Saturday. Sacs and bass had lockjaw, but the bream were hungry. Ran out of crickets and left them biting.

June 25, 2012 at 7:29am

Anybody have a report on the Henderson I-10 ramp? Been hearing some horror stories about how low the water is.
Also along those lines, how safe is it to run? Don't want to lose a lower end or worse.

June 16, 2012 at 5:05pm

Fished the Turner tourney in Stephensville Saturday. When we got back to the dock, this was sitting there. Couldn't get much info, but learned that it collided with a Ranger somewhere. The Ranger was upside down in a canal somewhere and nobody got hurt. That's amazing and says a lot for safety equipment. And it attests to how they build these expensive boats.
BTW: We only weighed one fish but missed a couple of nice ones. And there were some boats that didn't weigh any, so we don't feel so bad. First tourney since 1978 for me and my son's fist one. Had a blast, though.
My cousin won it with almost 19lbs on 5 fish. Congrats Brad Bouy.

June 10, 2012 at 8:31am

Just curious. Anybody fishing the Turner Industries tourney in Stephensville Saturday?
Good luck and be safe.

June 05, 2012 at 7:39am

Anybody know where I can find grass shrimp in the Baton Rouge area?


March 22, 2012 at 10:30pm

Anybody have news on Ramah? Heard a rumor last night it might be picking up.

March 02, 2012 at 1:46pm

Put in at Sorrel and went to the south end of Pat's Bay after work with youngest(26) son. Grass has taken over and couldn't get in without outdrive so we fished the grass along the canal. We threw jigs, beetle spins, crank baits, spinner baits and top water poppers in all colors. Caught one small bass and missed another something.
The trees were tall and had lots of shade, a cool breeze blew down the bayou and didn't see another boat. Real peaceful afternoon and we didn't even hit the ice chest. What a glorious afternoon!
We had a 3 1/2-4 ft gator follow us everywhere we went. Like Justin Wilson used to say, 'He had a big curious.' Excuse the quality of the pics but all I had with me was a cell phone.

August 24, 2011 at 10:58pm

I haven't seen a single word about Bayou Corne posted here. Is anybody fishing this area and if so, what cha catchin'???
Also, we're going to Indigo Bayou Sunday. Anybody catching there???
Thanks everybody.

August 11, 2011 at 11:09pm

Turning on.

July 02, 2011 at 10:11am

Hang in there baby.

July 02, 2011 at 10:10am

Almost there

July 02, 2011 at 10:07am

Just about right.

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June 24, 2011 at 5:27pm

Bayou Pigeon 6/24/11

June 24, 2011 at 5:25pm
A comment titled: Pics in response to a report titled: Fishing Pic's

Dang Dobe, y'all ain't picky are you? You'll catch anything that swims! Nice box of fish.

September 12, 2013 at 6:21am
A comment titled: wall hanger in response to a report titled: Something a little different

A lot cheaper than some paintings I've seen on walls. And a lot better looking in my book. LOL

August 14, 2013 at 7:49pm
A comment titled: boat in response to a report titled: Something a little different

That would really look awesome. It's a working pirogue but I'd never put it in water. Too stinking pretty.

August 12, 2013 at 7:12pm
A comment titled: Something different in response to a report titled: Something a little different

I think you have to be a friend to view my FB album, so here's a link to my website. This will work, I promise:

August 12, 2013 at 7:05pm
A comment titled: Bass in response to a report titled: Not Bad

Ann said to tell you there'll be no more carrot cake until you give up the spot!!!! LOL
She wasn't aware you posted here until I showed it to her today.
You know if you catch 2 at a time, you only have to cast half as much....

August 05, 2013 at 11:43am
A comment titled: pigeon landing in response to a report titled: Bayou pigeon launch

La 1 south thru Plaquemine. Turn rt on Hwy 75(Belleview Rd). There's a McDonald's and Popeye's on the corner. Go til it dead ends at Jack Miller's Landing on Grand River. Turn left and stay on road thru Bayou Sorrel and then on to Pigeon. Cross the bridge and turn right. It's just up the road.

July 22, 2013 at 10:37pm
A comment titled: Launch in response to a report titled: Bayou Pigeon Landing

Hey guys:
I've been following this thread for a few days and figured it's time to put my 'two cents' in.
I'm turning 62 in a couple of weeks and I guess in my old age, I've decided to just slow down a little. I've rushed all my life and it's usually caused more harm than good, now that I look back on it. Now, I choose not to run my boat at full throttle but back it down 500-600 rpms and just enjoy the ride and the scenery. I get to see that big gator on the bank or the eagle in the top of a tree and even that partially submerged stump that I might have hit if I were going faster. After all, I'm out there to enjoy myself. It's not a job or a race. It's supposed to be fun and relaxing.
I've never commercial fished, but have family and friends that do. I realize that is their living and that time really is money for them. It's hard work and I appreciate that. That being said, there's no excuse to be rude to anyone. There's always 'one' in every group so just live with it. For the most part, these guys and gals are hard working and hard playing people with families to support. Away from the landing they are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet and will do most anything to help someone out and are generous to a fault. If you're really in trouble on the water, they will be one of the first ones to stop and help also. As an added benefit, if you take time to talk to them, you might just find out where they're biting today.
As a side note, YouTube is chock full of things not to do a landings. Some are hilarious (to us, not the owner) and some are downright dangerous. But we could all learn something from watching them. In fact, when I bought my boat in 2011, I took the Safe Boating Course as a refresher since I sold my last one after Andrew. Come to find out, I wasn't as smart as I thought I was. Maybe EVERYONE should take it. Education is the key to any success.
Slowing down at launch time might just keep you out of trouble later on. Like making sure the plug is in and that all the batteries are hot, etc. What's another 10 minutes? You're not punching a time clock!
So if someone (anyone) cuts the line, just relax and watch. Chances are if they are in that much of a hurry, they've forgotten something and you might get a good laugh out of it. And if they're really good at it, you might even learn a few tricks to make it easier to launch and retrieve yours.

July 07, 2013 at 9:40am
A comment titled: seat repair in response to a report titled: Boat seat repair near Baton Rouge?

I've used Mark's Upholstery since I was in high school when they were Mad Man Marks on Scenic Hwy.
They do excellent work. I've never been disappointed. 11760 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
(225) 273-6464

July 05, 2013 at 6:14pm
A comment titled: bayside in response to a report titled: Bayside ramp, Pierre Part

I live in Plaquemine and Kyles Express (the old Dickies) by the bridge in Plaquemine sells non ethenol gas and bait too.
I've heard the catfish are doing good in the lake on jug lines. Big, pretty catfish. Mostly 4-5 pounds with the occasional huge one. They are using mostly cut shad for bait.
If you go south, I'd try Crackerhead canals. If you go north, I'd go into Buoy 7 canal and work my way back towards the bay.
As hot as it is, work the shady side of the canals 1.5-2 ft down.

June 28, 2013 at 10:51pm
A comment titled: catfish in response to a report titled: Where's the catfish biting??

A friend went to Verret last weekend with his kids and mopped up with jug lines. All his were 2-3 pounds and really pretty and clean looking. A guy near him pulled one in about 50 pounds! Ugly sucker. The fish....not the fisherman. LOL

June 21, 2013 at 7:38pm
A comment titled: Size limits in response to a report titled: Bass size limits

Looks like the rule was changed just for me!!! And no, I didn't keep it. The fish in my aquarium are bigger than him.

June 19, 2013 at 10:13am
A comment titled: size limit in response to a report titled: Bass size limits

I've got mixed emotions on the ruling. I've read everything I could get my hands on and firmly believe what the biologists are saying that the spillway can't sustain a population of large bass. It's just to dynamic and too many outside influences.
As for me, I plan to take some meat. I said SOME meat. I don't plan to keep anything under 12' as them and the the 13s are the best eating anyway. And I'm not looking to load the freezer either.
If I get a bigger one now then, so be it. If I catch that mule, it'll be pictures, measurements and release. I haven't seen many real mounts that I actually liked. And all they do is collect dust!
What bothers me is that there will be those that will take ANY size home. I have seen some boxes with fish smaller than what's in my 10 gal. aquarium at home! What are you going to do with that? You'd need 30 to make a meal and how do you clean something that small? I hope they lose count and get busted every time they go out. That's just being greedy and a waste.

June 06, 2013 at 10:33pm
A comment titled: Henderson swamp map in response to a report titled: Henderson swamp map

Here is a link you might want to try. And it's free.

Quadrangles for the whole state.

March 05, 2013 at 9:29am
A comment titled: 12' boat in response to a report titled: Fishing in a 12' boat

The GOHSEP site states as of 10/22: No market or recreational hunting or fishing in restricted area.

The site updates daily. Here's the link:

Hope this helps.

October 23, 2012 at 6:25pm
A comment titled: 12' boat in response to a report titled: Fishing in a 12' boat

Bayou Corne and most of Grand Bayou are closed because of the sinkhole. If you have a motor, you can launch at Pierre Part Bay and go into Grand Bayou from the lake. You can probably go as far as Bay Alceed. Go to Google Maps and print some out or bring a GPS. You will get turned around with all the canals, but some GOOD fishing to be found.
You could also try the Shell Cuts out of Bayou Sorrel. Not far from the landing and lots of good spots to fish. But you DO need a motor.

October 23, 2012 at 3:36pm
A comment titled: My 2 cents in response to a report titled: What happened to my post ??

I fish out of a 16.5 Alumacraft and it moves a lot in wind and wakes. The last time I was in Pigeon, I almost got seasick because of all the traffic. But I was in the main channel, so I moved.
Personally, I'd rather you blow by if you have the room and I usually wave boaters by.
If I see you in time (not hidden), I start slowing early so there won't be any wakes. Sometimes I get waved on and I respect those wishes. I like idling by because my 4 stroke is so quiet, I get a chance to chat and find out what's working, etc. And to wish them luck as well. It doesn't hurt to be friendly.
As with everything, you'll find a few knuckle-draggers who think the canal belongs to them only. That's what those boats with the blue lights are for. There's just not enough of them to go around. I don't break the laws (intentionally), so I welcome seeing them.
I go for the enjoyment, not for the fish. I don't even like eating fish too much but it is fun catching them. My 26 year old son is still amazed at some of the sights we see and we have FUN. That makes it worth every dime I spend on gas.

October 21, 2012 at 10:05am
A comment titled: motor problem in response to a report titled: Boat motor problems

I don't know too much about outboards, but I do know that an engine needs 3 things to run. Fuel, fire and compression. And all 3 have to happen at a certain time. (Timing).
If you find one piece of the triangle missing, you've found your problem.
Hope this helps.

August 20, 2012 at 8:13pm
A comment titled: Most views in response to a report titled: Lucky people

Inquiring minds want to know.
Have any posts ever hit 10000 views? And if so, what's that number?

July 04, 2012 at 9:36am
A comment titled: Pigeon in response to a report titled: Bayou Sorrel/Grand River

I don't know what it is, but I NEVER catch in Pigeon. My friends do really good. It must be a curse. LOL
I do good in the Shell Cuts in Sorrel. I always catch there. Bass, sacs and bream. Bass like spinners, sacs like blk/char jigs and bream like crickets. See my post titled: Spillway a little further down.
Good Luck.

June 26, 2012 at 8:12pm
A comment titled: bayou black in response to a report titled: Bayou Black?

I talked to a game warden at Bob's Marina a few months ago and asked him the same question. There is NO 14' slot at Bayou Black. He told me I could keep an 8' bass if I wanted to. (Which I don't!)
Hope this helps.

June 21, 2012 at 11:06pm
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