Got these pics at my lease in Mississippi. It appears the deer does not have use of a hind leg. I don't see any wounds like he was shot. I suppose he could have been hit by a car and it didn't heal right. But I'm guessing maybe he was born this way? He appears to be healthy otherwise
Anyone use the Reggio Marina lately? Is it open? What kind of shape is it in? Thanks
Anybody use Reggio Marina lately? Is it open? What shape is the back down in? Thanks
Last minute trip this evening 10/11 with my boy. Launched at 4:30 pm and ran to Lake Catherine. Tried here and there with no luck. Running through the middle of the lake trying to figure out next move when my son spotted a bird diving in the distance so we headed that way. Pulled up around 5:45 pm to shrimp jumping everywhere. For the next 45 minutes to an hour we hauled in trout after trout, every cast. They were even hitting our corks. Have not seen a feeding frenzy like this in a really long time. Unsure of the exact count but we ended with around 20 speckled trout 14 to 18 inches and kept about the same in decent sized white trout. We could have sunk the boat in 10 inch white trout no telling how many we threw back.
Anyone have any experience with Camp Beauregard WMA? Any access issues being a military installation? Nearby campgrounds? ATV/UTV access? Any info regarding the area would be greatly appreciated. There's a youth deer weekend Nov 7-8 and I'd like to take my son. The regs state youth hunt on designated portion only but the WMA map does not show the designated area. Thanks
Great afternoon with my boy kicking off the season with some public land doves.
Went back to the Rigolets this morning 8/7 With my son and his buddy hoping to repeat last weekendÃ¢â¬â¢s success and we were not disappointed. Weather this morning was really nice. Boat ride actually a bit cool. Found them deep right where we left them. We started fishing around 6:45am and by 8:30-9am the bite completely shut down. Bounced around several other spots but couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t get anything going so called it a day with 27 speckled trout, 3 white trout and 2 nice reds
Unknown Pass Sunday morning 8/2 with my wife and son. 17 speckled trout 12 white trout and 3 reds. Live shrimp on the bottom deep ledges. Left em biting at lunchtime to beat the heat. Good time with the fam
A good morning on the water in Hopedale. Started sticky and muggy but as the sun came up it wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t bad with overcast skies and breezy. Im guessing the haze was the desert sand making its way around. Either way it was pleasant most of the morning. I was surprised not to see armada of boats on road heading down early morning. Not sure if the Ã¢â¬Åsand stormÃ¢â¬Â kept folks away or if they expected rain but was nice not having a crowded marina or traffic on the water. Especially for Saturday. Found stained water in Bay Eloi but fishable and the fish agreed. However they needed convincing. Had to work for every bite and soft plastics flat out did not work at all for us today. Fortunately we had live shrimp. Ended the morning with 49 trout, 2 reds and 6 sheep heads.
IÃ¢â¬â¢m a bit late getting this info out there. Meant to do it much earlier but forgot. After fishing Bay Eloi this past weekend we were headed back in around midday and came across a really big log about 25 ft long in Half Moon Pass. I was cruising around 40 mph and didnÃ¢â¬â¢t notice till I was just a few feet from it. Managed to steer clear of it but was definitely a wake up call. No way I would have seen it on our way out that morning under low light conditions and must have missed it by sheer luck. Anyway if your out that way be aware and stay safe
My brother and I took our sons to Hopedale this morning for our FatherÃ¢â¬â¢s Day get away. (albeit a day early). Headed straight to Bay Eloi at first light and it was game on all morning. 64 trout 4 reds and14 sheep heads. Caught mostly on live shrimp under cork and a few on soft plastics. Good times!
My boy and I loaded up this morning 6/5. Just shy of a 2 man limit of trout and my sonÃ¢â¬â¢s biggest sheep head to date. The marina was not as crowded as I was expecting so headed straight to long rocks. Since typical crowd wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t there we had stretches of rocks able to troll along. Picking off a fish here and there using rattle shrimp under cork. After an hour we never found them stacked up so headed to Bay Eloi. Hit a couple spots only finding throwbacks. 3rd stop and every other cast we were putting fish on ice using a mix of live shrimp and rattle shrimp. They didnÃ¢â¬â¢t want anything to do with any other plastic I had. Anyway by 11:30 wind picked up so bad anchor wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t hold so left them biting and called it a day
Fished Bay Eloi, Pretty much non stop action all morning. Tons of throwbacks but enough keepers mixed in. Live shrimp and Matrix under cork
My boy wanted to go fishing for his birthday so IÃ¢â¬â¢m down in Shell Beach for a few days with him and his buds. Lots of trout this morning 5/20 on live shrimp and soft plastics under cork
Thought it would be a good opportunity to see what others have caught. Its not everyday you see really big trout much less catch one. So I'll start it off. My biggest weighed 7.5 lbs and was caught in the summer late '90s in Violet. We always did good there but never caught any real big trout. We'd been catching on live shrimp and salt water assassins. I tossed a very small shrimp and cork went straight down. Thought it was a red til we got it in. She had no eggs but prob would've pushed 8 lbs if she still had. Everything you read about trout says bigger ones primarily feed on fin fish which is why something like a top dog catches mostly bigger trout. That tends to be true but they're also opportunistic and will not pass up an easy meal. I'm also a firm believer in luck when it comes to fishing, I just happen to be in the right place at the right time. I can't say that about most of my time on the water but do know others that seem to be way more lucky than good LOL!.So what say you? Post a pic of the biggest trout you caught and story behind it. And to all the haters, please keep negative comments to yourself. . . .
Here's a situation I've been in more times than can count. Make long run to outside early morning in summertime. You only got couple hour window before heat kicks in and shuts bite down. Maybe its somewhere in Black Bay or maybe Breton Sound. Point is you made long run cause that's where the fish have been. You get out there and locate trout. Your catching steady in say 2-3 ft water by an island or maybe 8-12 deep by a rig. Your catching 14' to 16' trout on live bait, shrimp or croakers. You either run out of bait or loose bait cause aerator failed, etc. You throw the tackle box at them but can't get anything going. You located the fish which is half the battle and know they are there which is so frustrating. Every passing minute is precious that time of year cause many times by 8-9 am the bite is over. Aside from giving up and heading in or locating some bait and using cast net to replenish your lost stock, what would you do? What lure or technique would you say without a doubt could pick up where the live bait left off? .
WhatÃ¢â¬â¢s your favorite summertime bait for speckled trout? Personally I go armed with soft plastics under cork (typically Matrix line of plastics) and live bait ( typically shrimp, sometimes croakers for bigger fish). First thing in the morning IÃ¢â¬â¢ll try top waters if conditions warrant. No matter what artificial I throw in the summertime, live bait will usually trump everything else for me and consistently fill my box with trout. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s my experience. IÃ¢â¬â¢d love to hear others. What fills your box with trout in the summertime?
Fished Thursday 5/7 with the kids and my 78 year old mother. Wind blowing hard all morning. Waited till 1:30 pm to launch at CampoÃ¢â¬â¢s . Windfinder app had it right and winds steadily died down all afternoon. Hit the long rocks and put a few in the boat right away then nothing but throwbacks. Moved into Eloi and started plucking away rest of the afternoon. Mix of specks and sheepsheads. All on live shrimp under cork. CouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t get a single hit on plastic. Beautiful day on the water with great company
49 trout 1 red at the long rocks in Hopedale Saturday morning 5/2. Live shrimp and Matrix Shad under popping cork
Me and my boy finally able to make it on a morning with little wind. Really was a beautiful day to be on the water. 28 specs and 1 white trout Lake Robin area. At least 3xÃ¢â¬â¢s that many throwbacks made for pretty good action all morning. Everything caught on various colors of Matrix Shad. Mostly 2 ft under corks but some tightlined as well on a 3/8 oz jig head
Purchased a Polaris Ranger 800 xp new in 2009 and have been very pleased with it. Still running strong to this day with around 1800 hours on it. Of the features the newer ones come with, I would gladly take power steering and position of the engine. On my model the bench seat is directly over the engine. After running for a while heat from the engine creeps up from under the seat. Polaris solved this by moving the engine further back. Its not bad in the winter, acts like a heater. But can be uncomfortable in the summer. No longer a problem since they moved the engine further back. Also for what its worth I had two separate friends that bought Honda SXS last couple years. After spending a weekend with me in the Polaris they both traded in their Hondas for Polaris 900's. They were both loyal Honda customers but in their case it was the seating arrangements that made them switch. At the time Honda was only offered as a two seater where as the Polaris came with a bench seat. Since we all bought SXS's in the first place to be able to shuttle our kids mostly, having a bench seat made more sense. I don't know how their seating arrangements are offered today but worth considering. No matter which SXS you choose, I highly recommend purchasing a windshield. Makes a HUGE difference in the wintertime. And I would get one that canters open or flips down for summertime use. Another thing I would consider a must is a roof. I'm pretty sure a lot of the SXS's come with a plastic roof now a days. Whether it does or not, I would upgrade to a metal roof. I can't tell you how many times I use the roof to stand on. Filling up corn feeders just as an example. You can't do that with the plastic roofs. Good luck with your purchase. Both are fine machines, I'm sure you'll be happy with either. That said, get your checkbook ready for all those add on purchases. They are all so tempting and endless
Bought an Ã¢â¬Ë06 about 25 years ago and shot many deer and hogs with it and never had a single animal go more than 10 yards. That said I bought a 270 about 5 years ago for my kids to shoot using the managed recoil rounds. TheyÃ¢â¬â¢ve shot quite a few deer with it these last few years and love the managed recoil rounds. They prefer it over their 243. They shooting Remington core lokts 130 grain in the 270. HavenÃ¢â¬â¢t lost any deer with it but some do go as far as 30-40 yards before piling up. To sum it up I think the Ã¢â¬Ë06 has more knock down power but the 270 is a sweeter shooting gun and more versatile given the fact that you can shoot managed recoil rounds or regular rounds through it
Great job on your first deer Parker and a really good one at that. Hopefully the first of many more to come. Congrats!
Great job Kari, that's a nice buck you got there. Keep knocking them down! And well done to you Marshaltravis for taking her.
Thanks. Haven't been there since last winter. It's a shame how that marina has been neglected.
Thanks for the info fellas. Much appreciated
I used to hunt the area regularly with my father before Katrina and always faired well. Deer, squirrel and wood ducks. We learned as much as we could about a certain area and stuck to it. Never really mattered how crowded it got with other hunters we learned over the years the deer never left the area they just avoided hunters. So weÃ¢â¬â¢d set up in a way to where the other hunters moving through acted as drivers and would consistently push deer in our direction. After not hunting pearl river for many years IÃ¢â¬â¢ve been back in there these last couple seasons with my son but everything changed so much IÃ¢â¬â¢m having to learn it all over again. Just about any of the trails you can get to by car will give you access to woods that have potential. My best advice is just pick an area and learn it. Stick to that one area. The place is so big it can be overwhelming to jump around. Also donÃ¢â¬â¢t be afraid of walking. 90% of others will walk within a mile of the parking lot and sit right off the main trails. Find some thick stuff that most people wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t walk through and get in early and stay late. The place is littered with hogs. I see some just about every time I go. That said hogs are nomadic and my be all over an area this week or season then a different area next time. Good luck. I donÃ¢â¬â¢t mind helping out if you have more questions
Thanks for the reply Delta Duckman. Your answer is pretty much what I figured and is what I would do if I were in my boat at night. And good luck to you this fall with fish and ducks! Looks like everything is lining up to be a good season for both
Delta Duckman, being that you have a camp with a lighted pier, what do you consider proper etiquette regarding boaters fishing your lights? For the record, I haven't night fished in years. When I have it was always from a camp we rented with a lighted pier, never from a boat. I ask because the thought crossed my mind as we were picking up yesterday just after dark. Three boats were launching and headed out to fish that night. I didn't ask where they were fishing but can only assume they were going to fish the many lighted piers along Lake Catherine. Thanks for any input you may have.
Yeah Capt fall canÃ¢â¬â¢t get here soon enough. Rigolets are getting right
Love fishing St. Bernard but man the Rigolets are so much closer to home for me. Shorter truck ride, fewer gallons burned in the boat and no crowded marinas! Now the trout moved into the Rigolets looking forward to the coming weeks. The specks we caught ranged from 14 to 20 inches and were some of the fattest trout for their length I've caught in a while. Not one throwback. Each trout had at least 2 or 3 shrimp in their gut. I tried plastics throughout the morning without a tap. Finally switched to live after watching my wife sling one after another over the side. Also noted we hit the North Western shoreline of Lake Borgne first thing and spent 2 hours fishing drains, pockets and cuts on the tail end of a falling tide. Water temps in the mid 80's and shallow water did not produce for us. Fish were deep in 15 to 20 ft of water. As long as I've been fishing I still have to remind myself in late summer to fish deep like its wintertime. Also, after catching several reds, my son hooked into what we believed to be another red. After several intense minutes of him getting pulled from one side the boat to the other it finally exploded on the surface, leaping 4 ft into the air. We then realized it was a 3 ft shark. As it leaped vertically next to the boat it spit the hook and was only inches from my wife. Scared the crap out of her! My son was so thrilled he had a shark, couldn't wait to tell all his buds. The way it exploded out the water and seemed to defy gravity gave me a good dose of adrenaline!
Was having issues getting pics to load. DonÃ¢â¬â¢t know what that was all about but here ya go.
Thanks for the video. Brought back lots of memories. Used to catch limits of speckled trout right there by those locks back in the Ã¢â¬Ë90s. My PB trout also caught in the Ã¢â¬Ë90s just across the MRGO from there by the castle. Had several friends with camps there on the horseshoe. Lots of good times. Thanks again for sharing
Thanks for the report. Hoping to get back on the water this weekend.
Your absolutely correct. Everyone who gets on my boat knows a PFD is worn while under way. That stretch of water from Halfmoon Lake to Lake Eloi is littered with PVC pipe marking oyster reefs. Running through there IÃ¢â¬â¢m typically most concerned with looking out for and avoiding those pipes. What alerted me to this log as I approached was the ripples on the waterÃ¢â¬â¢s surface looked odd. Instinctively I avoided it. What scares me is thereÃ¢â¬â¢s soooo many new boaters out there that wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t have had the instinct to alter course. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s the last thing youÃ¢â¬â¢d expect to find floating around out there. Can only imagine it was brought in by the tropical storm or flushed out from when the spillway was open.
Thanks Capt. I knew you looked familiar that morning just couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t put name to face. we had a blast with our boys. We stayed the night right there at MarkÃ¢â¬â¢s place. It was at times chaotic with fish, bait, lures, hooks and tangled lines flying in every direction. Just the way I like it. We also had a 2nd boat in our group with my buddy, his son, father and uncle. Their first time out and followed us. They came in with 60 trout as well. Already planning next trip
ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s whatÃ¢â¬â¢s itÃ¢â¬â¢s all about
Depends on what you after. I fish Delacroix/Reggio/Hopedale/Shell Beach. The speckled trout bite has been real good in Hopedale/Shell Beach. You can also do well with teds there
Been a long time but we used to fish dead/live shrimp on the bottom. I personally never did all that great from the bridge. But did ok few times mostly on white trout with a couple specks here and there. That said I have friends that used to do very well there at times. Use a crab net or similar with long enough line to reach the water from the bridge. Once fish is hooked lower crab net, persuade hooked fish onto the crab net and pull up. Good luck and let us know how you do.
Mandevillian - I wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t able to fish the rest of that year following Katrina because of work so I canÃ¢â¬â¢t really comment on that. However in the late Ã¢â¬Ë90s when Hurricane George came through it was September and during teal season. My father and I were in Delacroix 2 days before the storm came through. Water was really high and in the marsh that afternoon. We went to our duck ponds less than 10 minute boat ride. Marsh was covered in teal. More than weÃ¢â¬â¢d ever seen before or since. I positioned my flatboat in a small cut that separated one of our ponds from a section of flooded marsh thousands of teal were holding in. We sat there in my flatboat in the open watching all these birds fly over head as we caught not only our limits of trout and reds but bass as well. WeÃ¢â¬â¢d brought our hunting gear and intended on getting into one of our blinds for the evening. We realized we didnÃ¢â¬â¢t have to and shot our limit of teal from the boat as we sat. Never experienced anything like it before or since