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The youth turkey season is always a great chance to get an early jump on one of my favorite pass times and a cherished opportunity for some father/son bonding time. Sam has been hunting with me chasing the elusive gobbler for several years now. We have had many close encounters, but something has always precluded getting the perfect shot. Well things changed opening morning of the 2019 youth turkey season, when we struck up a conversation with an old tom. We had tried a couple of spots unsuccessfully that morning when we moved to another area and started walking down a dim logging road, stopping to call every 100 yards or so. We had walked half a mile when it all started. We heard a thunderous reply to our yelping pleas from deep in the creek bottom. We immediately found a good hide and started the game of cat and mouse with the gobbler. It was the classic chess match as we called, he called, we moved, he moved. The bird seemed to be content strutting back and forth through bottom and was reluctant to rush up the hill, so we kept getting closer as he would strut away. We finally made it to within 100 yards or so and set up again. My soft yelp garnered an immediate reply quickly cutting me off - O Boy! The bird drifted closer, hammering it seemed with every step. We could now hear the pop of the wings as he went into strut and the classic spitting and the low rumble of the drumming seemed to vibrate the ground where we were sitting. I could hear Sam's heart pounding right next to me as the bird was within 50 yards now, but not yet visible. Minutes slowly passed as we were intently scouring the area looking for the gobbler. He was too close to call and I did not want to give up our position so we waited. Finally Sam said, 'I see him through the brush'! He got in good position, gun pointed toward the brush and was ready. The old tom eased up 5 feet and stuck his head out to peek around a bush about 30 yards away. His blue head was magnificent and his waddles were beet red and there were no obstructions between us. I asked Sam if he was on him, he said yes and the boom happened. The bird dropped in his tracks without a flop. We immediately jumped up and rushed over to the trophy. It had finally happened, Sam had harvested his first turkey. I can't say that I have ever had a more rewarding turkey hunting experience! We got the bird tagged, back to the truck and back to the camp. The bird weighed 22 lbs, sported a 10.5 inch beard and had 1 1/4 inch hooked spurs. It was a true limb hanger as it sat outside the camp hanging from the limb of a sweetgum tree as we relived the moment over and over sitting on the porch swing. One of the best hunts of my life! Take a kid hunting or fishing as the memories you create are lasting. Captain Jeff J. Dauzat

April 09 at 11:02am

Son's 1st buck. Harvested Thanksgiving morning 2017. He is still wearing a smile!

November 27, 2017 at 11:52am

Light winds greeted us as we hit Breton Sound early today. We went deep to an old shell pad I have not fished in years. It was fish on as soon as we started with live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes. These fish wanted the bait slow twitched over the shells on the bottom. Nice trout but no big girls in the bunch. Squalls started building up off to the East and eventually skirted us both to the North and South. We only experienced a breif period of drizzle while we continued to fish. After the front, the winds followed and we headed to protected waters. Set up on a flat adjacent to an inside lagoon and caught more trout until the still threating rain finally ran us in early. The fishing remains good in spite of the West winds the last few days. The water color is dingy and really low, but the action is steady. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
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May 31, 2012 at 8:31pm

Got lucky with an early morning weather window before ther storms rolled in Saturday. Took advantage of it and headed out early, but stayed in protected water. The weatherman said look for the front between 8 AM and 2 PM. It was closer to 2 PM when it started raining, but we were back at the dock long before then. The fishing was good, but the tide was strange. It was falling hard till midmorning then a long turnaround and the tide rose for a couple of hours before starting to fall again. We set up on a flat adjacent to a deep pass. We worked the pass and the drop off with artificial cocahoes picking up speckled trout, redfish and flounder. When the tide started rising, we worked the adjacent flat for the same species. The trout were up to 3 lbs, but most in the 14-16' class. The reds were up to 27' and some nice medium sized flounders rounded out the box. I love to catch and eat those flat fish! The fishing is really good in the Delacroix area right now. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
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May 13, 2012 at 9:13pm

It was on Saturday in Delacroix. Everything was right and the fish really responded. We hit the sound early watching rain and several waterspouts working far East. We hit the submerged reef and found hungry speckled trout. These fish wanted artificial cocahoes slow rolled over the reef. We had live shrimp under a cork and caught a few, but artificials again ruled the day. The fish were in the 14-16' class and were almost all males. The winds were blowing out of the West then switched to the North and moved the boat out of position. We tried to reposition, but lost the bite. We were close to limits and my guests decided that we had enough trout and we moved to the outer bays to target redfish. We worked the windward shorelines and picked away at the reds up to 20' on live shrimp under corks. We also picked up more and bigger trout and a few flounder too! You got to love the variety! We hit a few spots on the way in for scouting purposes and found trout at every stop. Excellent news and those spots may come in handy in the near future! Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
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May 06, 2012 at 11:08am

Boy was it hot on Friday! Both the fishing and the weather. Little to no wind, gnats out in force and pushing 90 degrees made it feel like the middle of summer. The fish did not mind and we caught plenty of them. Speckled trout up to 3 lbs, redfish up to 26' and some medium sized flounder to top off the ice chest. These fish were caught in the inside deep water holes with adjacent flats, outer shallow water coves and over submerged reefs out in the Sound. The majority of the fish were caught on artificial cocahoes in the smoke color with 3/8 ounce jigheads. We had live bait, but the artificials were producing better. Inside, the fish wanted the bait slow rolled over the oysters up on the flats. The outer coves and the outside reefs produced with a steady retrieve and slow rolling the bottom. The tide was predicted to rise till noon at over 1 foot range, but we did not find any rising water. I guess it was due to the exceptionally high water in the Delacroix marsh right now. The salinities have returned to the inside, but the still seems to be too low for spawning fish around the islands. There are still fish to be caught both inside and outside. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
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May 06, 2012 at 10:33am

Windy day today in the Delacroix marsh. Got a late start on the morning and missed the incoming tide. First spot, first cast, Trout on! The trout were eating up artificial cocahoes on a 3/8 ounce jighead. We caught the trout in deep water winter time holes 10-14'. The fish were 12-17' and fat. The trout wanted the baits slow bounced on the bottom. Alot of small male throwbacks, but some nice 2 lb females mixed in. The females had eggs that looked to be a couple of weeks from dropping. Looks like an early spawn will happen this year. Thge water clarity was OK considering the wind and that storm that moved through last night. Looks to be alot of Mississippi River making its way into the system since Carnarvon was opened up to 8000 cfs. Good lock out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
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April 03, 2012 at 8:44pm

The turkeys were gobbling up a storm this weekend. My guest had non stop gobbling action till about 12:30 PM Saturday morning. We chased several different birds all over the property walking for miles in a featherless effort to bag a Tom. We did learn a ton about the gobbler's travel patterns in this area of the property which paid big dividents Sunday AM. We were preparing to roost the area Saturday PM and spied a full strut gobbler and a hen in an open field. The Tom was not gobbling, but he rarely came out of strut. We have a road that comes out into the field about 50 yards from the bird and it would be an easy ambush. I asked my guest if he wanted to take the bird and he quickly replied that he did not want to kill him that way. I was very impressed and replied that it would be turkey killing and not turkey hunting. We seperated to double our listening range and heard a couple of gobblers sound off and some close fly ups. With the location of some gobblers identified and partnered with the pattern from the morning, we formulated a solid plan for Sunday AM. We hit the ground early and were in position well before gobbling time. A moderate fog blanketed the fields, but the woods were clear. The magic time came around and the birds started singing from the treetops. We were positioned perfectly in between 2 or more gobblers. Unlike the day before, one bird went away and left the other one strutting back and forth on a hill top. At 8 AM, we could not take his incesant gobbling and he was not coming to us, so we worked our way close. We had to belly crawl the last 20 yards to get across a dim road and get to a hide tree. The tree had no cover around and was way less that ideal. I laid on the ground behind and started a quiet yelp string with a diaphram call. My notes were quickly drounded out with a booming gobble about 75 yards away. Well the silent treatment was too much for him to bear and after about 15 minutes the strutter appeared on the road at 52 yards. My guest was slightly out of position with his gun pointed parallel with the road. The staredown was on with us pinned down and moving to shoot out of question. My guest handled it perfectly and as the bird turned to walk back into the woods stepped behind a small tree and he repositioned for the shot. The shot sealed the deal on a long beard. The bird had a 9' board and 1 inch spurs. It was a great end to non stop action weekend. We will be at it again toward the end of the week and weekend. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

March 21, 2011 at 12:19pm

Windy windy the last few days in Delacroix. I had a three day trip, Wednesday through Friday, with two guests from Illinois. We were faced with some very tough fishing conditions. Strong East winds up to 20 knots wreaked havoc with the tides and made travelling to the fishing holes and adventure. Waning tidal ranges and slow tide turn arounds also were problematic, but Louisiana is the fishing capital of the world! Wednesday we braved the winds to work the edges of the Bays with plastics on the search for redfish. We hit points and windward coves to put some quality reds in the boat. These fish were 18-24' and put up a good fight. We also picked up a couple of flounder, a bass and a few trout to go with the reds. All fish taken with alvacado and smoke colored cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads.

Thursday we ventured out searching for trout. We hit inside lakes looking for the right salinity gradient. We fished deep holes with adjacent flats with a variety of different retrieves. We got into several good trout bites with fish up to 3.5 lbs. taking our plastic offerings. Most trout were in the 14-16' class. The hot colors were again the smoke and alvacado lures on 3/8 jigs. The tide was all messed up with the strong East winds overwhelming the fall and magnifying the rise.

Friday greeted us with rain at 5:30 AM and even stronger East winds. We waited out the pre dawn/dawn rain and headed out with our rain gear on. The water was extremely high and still coming up. My guests wanted to fish reds, but we decided to work trout instead because the elevated water would have the reds way back in the grass and inaccessible to us. We hit deep holes and adjacent flats inside with plastics. Our first hole had very little falling water and we only managed a handfull of small trout 12-14'. We kept the rain gear on as we experienced intermittent drizzle and rainfall. We headed a little further toward Point A La Hache and found some water moving from deep water onto a flat. The trout were staging on the flat awaiting bait getting swept up onto the flat. It was an interesting bite, but the fish were aggressive and a steady retrieve was all that was required. These were quality fish in the 16-20' class. This action continued until the tide quit following the same pattern. The fish were still there and the bite would come and go as the schools moved up and down the flat. We decided to wait it out and continue to pick away at these fish. The rain also came and went just like the trout bite. The ride back was an adventure. Water everywhere, you could have drawn a straight line home and travelled it with water covering the marsh. The high water had the animals headed to the high points. Nutria, mink and rabbits were all over any elevated grass patch. An interesting sight! The fishing is good and getting better. This should be an awesome season!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
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March 05, 2011 at 9:55am

I had to share this picture.

January 25, 2011 at 4:50pm

The Delacroix marsh yielded fish yesterday. The morning started out with little wind and we ventured into an interior lake that was hot on Tuesday. The spot did not dissapoint as my guests caught fish on two out of the first three casts. It was looking good as trout, redfish and flounder started getting cold in the fish box. Then they started flying around, landing on us and then sucking blood - gnats! Man those things are the scourge of the earth. The gnat bite was too much to bear and we had to leave the fish bite to get 50 mph relief. After a short run, we settled into a bend of an interior bayou to find that the wind had picked up slightly and sent the gnats packing back to the marsh grass. Welcome relief! The tide was diminishing quick and we only picked up one trout before the slack. We then headed out to try and catch the rising tide. We hit a flat adjacent to a deep river. The tide was just starting to spill onto the flat from the river. The spot did not have much time to make up and we only caught a few trout and reds. We hit a few move points on the way out to the exterior bays. The wind really picked up out of the South and started the dirty the waters. We would pick up a few at each stop, but never could get a sustained bite going. This ended up being the theme for the day as we caught enough fish to make a respectible box, but never really got them going good. The fish were of exceptional quality though. The trout were in the 17-19' class with very few throwbacks. The reds were perfect slot size and the flounder approached doormat status. The artificial was the best again today. The hot bait was a cocahoe in smoke color on a 3/8 ounce jighead. The water temperature was 78 degrees when we left our last spot. Things are looking better and the area is poised to break loose at any time. The trout had eggs that appear to be a couple of weeks from ripening. This weekend does not look good with strong storms on Saturday and strong winds on Sunday. Good luck and be safe out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

April 23, 2010 at 7:24pm

Great fishing yesterday in the Delacroix Marsh. Brisk NE winds greeted us which did not matter since we were fishing inside the protection of the marsh. It actually kept it cool and the voracious gnats at bay! We caught fish at every spot we tried except for one. Ironically, the only place we did not catch fish is typically one of my best producing inside spots. On the flip side, I learned two new spots and will be back to work them over in the very near future. We caught trout, redfish, flounder and black drum along with a few gafftopsail catfish and hardhead catfish. The artificial lure was king today. The hot bait was a cocahoe in smoke
color on a 3/8 ounce jighead. We did catch a few fish on live cocahoes carolina rigged. The trout were up to 17' with very few undersized fish. The reds were perfect grillers 18-22' with a few bulls up to 34' mixed in. We also battled two giant black drum in the 30 lb class. We fished the interior marsh working choke points and passes. The fishing is getting ready to bust wide open so get out there and get into the action!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

April 21, 2010 at 8:26pm

Delacroix Report:

No tidal movement today out of Delacroix. The tidal range was .7 feet and was supposed to rise until early afternoon, but we could not find it. I guess the water has been so high, that there is a head for the fall and it was at a standstill. We tried a few rising tide spots early with only a few trout to show for the effort. Fished both inside and outside and could not find moving water. Decided to find some artificial movement by playing the wind driven water. Set up on a point way South and drifted live shrimp under corks. The trout finally started to feed and we got into a nice mess up to 20" with no undersized fish. We also picked up redfish, flounder and black drum in the mix. It turned out to be a nice box of fish. When you are given lemons, you have to make lemonade! The tidal range for Friday looks like .2 feet rising till noonish, but it is anybodys guess as to what will actually happen. Good luck out there this weekend!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

September 17, 2009 at 5:40pm

Several thundershowers around Delacroix this morning. Reminded my guests not to forget the rain gear and we headed out. Stopped short to avoid running into one of the rain cells and fished a deep canal adjacent to an interior lake. The trout were eating up live shrimp carolina rigged. Trout 12-17" with many throwbacks mixed in. With a storm rapidly approaching, we had the choice to run around or donn rain gear and tough it out. We stuck it out and fished in the rain for about 15 minutes. We kept catching fish too! Once the rains cleared, nothing threatened again until we were done and cleaning up at the dock. It looks like the transition from outside to inside has begun. It is nice to be able to get on numbers of fish and only burn 6 gallons of gas! It should only get better from this point. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

September 07, 2009 at 8:12pm

Good trout bite this morning in Breton Sound. Little bumpy on the way out with the SE wind. Set the pole up current of a reef and started hauling big trout in the boat. The fish were 14-21". We measured and threw back 2 trout today. The fish wanted live shrimp carolina rigged. The artificials held their own, but could not keep up with the shrimp today. We burned through 200 live shrimp and were still catching on the artificials. A big rain cell formed SW of us and headed our way. We pulled and ran east to another reef, but it was occupied. We hopped around a couple of wells, but did not produce. Saw a window in the rain to get back to the marsh and decided to take it. Hit a couple of inside spots while waiting out a big cell over Delacroix. There were big cells behind us too. A very close lightning strike was the last straw and we headed for the barn. The outside bite is still strong. The weather for the weekend looks good. Get out there and catch some.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

August 20, 2009 at 5:32pm

Delacroix Report:

Had to run through a light rain this morning as we headed outside early. I hate getting wet on the ride out fishing. It was a good trout catch this AM though. Wer hit a close in Black Bay reef very early this morning. I set up half the group on live shrimp carolina rigged and the other half on artificial cocahoes. After the sun came up and you could see, I switched the shrimp group under short corks and then back to the carolina. The trout were hitting the shallow bait, but the hookup ratio was poor - should have switched to treble hooks. Both groups rod were bending with trout in the 14-22" class. The school had alot of 15" males to go with the 3 lb sows. It was fast and furious for a while and then it would slow, but pick up again. I guess the school was swimming circles around the reef. The live bait group was a little hampered from their festivities the night before and fished admirablty, but the artificial group was the clear winner. Alot of rain cells around us, but we did not get wet again. Hit a couple of redfish holes on the ride back to the slip. Picked up a rat red, but were really bidding our time as a big rain cell was soaking Delacroix. The cell moved off and we hit the dock to clean up. It looks like we may see some effects of a tropical system over the next few days. I stowed everything pretty tight at the slip just in case things turn sour with the weather. There may be a window in the morning, but significant chances of big bands of rain hitting the area are forecast. Good luck out there.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

August 15, 2009 at 8:58pm

Delacroix Report:

The excellent fishing contiunues out of Delacroix. We hit a reef in the bay early and were catching trout before the sun came up. The trout were hungry for live shrimp carolina rigged and fished 2' under corks. The live bait outfished the artificial cocahoes today. We were fishing in 10 feet of water and catching trout up to 22" on top and bottom at the same time. The reef was just swarming with trout. We finished with the trout and headed back to the marsh to chase reds. We hit the windward side of an island and got into redfish, black drum, sheepshead and flounder. A real mixed bag. The thunder bumpers started to build up so we headed back to the dock and barely made it in before the skies opened up. A good day on the water! The tides look good for the rest of the weekend and the weather should allow for some fishing time in the AM before the chances of rain increase in the PM. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

August 14, 2009 at 8:41pm

Good fishing yesterday both on the inside and the outside. Headed out toward Breton Sound yesteday AM and noticed shrimp jumping off a point in a lake. Stopped to check it out and my guests got into a good trout bite. We were throwing plastics and live shrimp to hungry trout. These fish were 13-15" with a few undersized throwbacks. The bite slowed and we headed out again toward the Sound. Easy boat ride with no wind to speak of. Hit the first rig to find big hungry sow trout up to 3.5 lbs. These fish wanted live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes slow rolled. The fish were off the rig well over a cast legnth. Repositioned the boat slightly and got them coming to the net quick. A storm brewed up to the NW and the wind started blowing from the East and it got rough quick. Decided to leave the fish biting and head back to the boat slip with as good box of fish. The fishing action is outstanding whether you are looking for inside action or outside action. That is one of the things I love about fishing Delacroix! The weekend looks like significant chance of rain and diminishing tidal ranges. Not the best conditions for fishing. Good luck out there this weekend!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

August 08, 2009 at 11:58am

The fishing this week has been steady. We have picked up trout both inside and outside. Inside, the above average tide has moved some of the fish well up on the flats, but most have moved into the adjacent deeper water. These fish are 13-18" with few throwbacks. We are getting them to bite artificial cocahoes slow bumped off the bottom in the deep water and a moderate retreive over the flats. Best colors have been smoke and alvacado, but the LSU color has had a presence. Outside we have been working rigs, reefs and wells in Black Bay and Breton Sound. Most are not holding the motherload, so we are hopping from one to the next until the box fills. These trout have been better size 15-24". The artificial and live are in a close race. Live shrimp and croakers carolina rigged have lured some lunkers into the boat! We have caught the most fish rig hooking to the structure and casting away. There have been alot of Redfish Cup boats in the area scouting for next weeks showdown. Be safe out there this weekend!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

July 24, 2009 at 8:19pm

Weekend wrap up. Good fishing this weekend in spite of weather. Rain on us several times Friday and all around us Saturday AM. Consistent strong westerly winds Friday and the wind started westerly moved to Northerly and ended out of the East on Saturday. We opted to stay inside on Friday and worked points and cuts picking up nice sized speckled trout, white trout, black drum, redfish and sheepshead. Most fish caught on artificial cocahoes, but some fell to live shrimp under corks and carolina rigged. Saturday we ventured deep into Breton Sound rig, well and reef hopping until we hit the river water. We stayed outside for several hours braving rough water and watching big storms work North, West and South of us. We caught fish, but it was extremely slow. The fish wanted live shrimp carolina rigged. The storms broke up so we worked our way back toward the marsh catching a few more big trout along the way. Stopped at an island and instantly got into trout action. These fish wanted artificial cocahoes on a fast retieve and live shrimp shallow under corks. We stayed on this steady bite until it was time to head home. The weather looks better for the upcoming week and we well be out there chasing them. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat
Fin and Feather Guide Service
www.finandfeatherguides.com
(504)818-2176

July 19, 2009 at 5:01pm
A comment titled: Re: Proposed teal limit reduction in response to a report titled: Proposed teal limit reduction

Don't let you guard down.

February 12 at 7:52am
A comment titled: Re: Proposed teal limit reduction in response to a report titled: Proposed teal limit reduction

According to the USFWS 2018 Waterfowl Status report:

BW Teal are 27% above the long term average.

GW Teal are 42% above the long term average.

daily bag limits should be set based on science.

January 17 at 2:40pm
A comment titled: Re: Youth hunting reports and pictures in response to a report titled: Youth hunting reports and pictures

Plenty of opportunities, plenty of shooting. Kids shooting a little rusty. More practice and try again.

November 07, 2016 at 11:20am
A comment titled: Speculizer! in response to a report titled: Speculizers are back

They still work! I found a few last week and tied them on. Kept up with live shrimp.

December 20, 2012 at 6:20pm
A comment titled: Turkey Season dates in response to a report titled: turkey

3/23/2013 all zones.

December 20, 2012 at 6:14pm
A comment titled: Jack's deer in response to a report titled: jeannedek

That is awesome and Jack's smile says it all!

January 25, 2012 at 4:12pm
A comment titled: Deer Fibroma in response to a report titled: Here is lumpy again.

The tumors are ugly, but do not affect the meat. This situation is not uncommon. Here is an example of a serious infestation

November 17, 2010 at 9:32am
A comment titled: Water Quality in response to a report titled: Business is a Boomin in Delacroil !!

Capt. Stan,

The BP Deepwater Horizon site has some info and the EPA site has some as well. Call me for more info.

May 17, 2010 at 12:42pm
A comment titled: Booming in response to a report titled: Business is a Boomin in Delacroil !!

Capt. Stan,

Great ideas! Your ideas are not new and have been suggested by insiders working within the Incident Command structure. The booming strategies you are now implimenting were generated by St. Bernard Parish not the scientists working within the IC. We plan to come behind the activity and make the necessary modification to hopefully protect our finest assests. If you need more info, feel free to contact me.

Captain Jeff

May 15, 2010 at 10:16am
A comment titled: Guide info in response to a report titled: Guides

The guides pay to support this site and make it free for all to post. Some guides post reports as advertisements for more business and some guides post reports that have very useful infomation in them. I try to give information that will be helpful on your next trip to my area. The information typically does not give specific spots, but it does give general areas to try. If you have not fished in a while it is good to know if the fish are inside the marsh, on the edge of the marsh or on the outside. This can save you alot of time and gas$. Sometimes you have to read in between the lines. I have always responded to requests for more specific information upon request. Posting on these sites opens guides up to criticism and web bashing, ie. I did not catch yesterday so the guides must be lying, etc.I would suggest that you request more info from the guides in your particular area. You may be surprised at the info you will receive.

March 18, 2010 at 10:17am
A comment titled: Fishing rods in response to a report titled: How crucial is rod selection?

I look for rods that have a few simply requirements:

Tip Sensitivity - This is critical to feel the light taps from speckled trout. I do not look at the price as a determining factor in the quality of the rod. I have rods that are well over $100 and rods that are in the $50 range. I feel that graphite rods far exceed the sensitivity capabilities of fiberglass rods.

Balance - You need to balance the rod with the reel. A well balanced setup will alow you to fish all day without discomfort.

Legnth and weight - The legnth of the rod should be considered to match your fishing style. Longer rods are better for casting distance and make popping corks much less work. Weight should be considered to make sure that the lures that you typically use are within the tolerances for the rod. If you throw verly light jig heads, then you need to select a rod with the appropriate lure weight range that includes that lure weight.

Good luck!

March 18, 2010 at 9:28am
A comment titled: Go devil in response to a report titled: Go devil Carb problems

The free flow of info from Sportsmen with similar interests is the idea of this web site forum. Glad to assist! I hope it works for you.

October 23, 2009 at 9:55am
A comment titled: Fuel pump in response to a report titled: Go devil Carb problems

Any small engine shop or auto parts store should carry these pumps. They are common.

October 23, 2009 at 8:46am
A comment titled: Fuel pump issues in response to a report titled: Go devil Carb problems

I just had a similar problem. Motor would scream without a load and bog down under load.I cleaned the carb thinking that I had bad gas/ethonol issues. It ended up being a bad fuel pump. Easy and cheap fix. These motors are notorious for loosing fuel pumps

October 23, 2009 at 8:36am
A comment titled: Go with the 28" in response to a report titled: barrel length

Your hunting buddies will appreciate it! BTW you owe a COB!

October 23, 2009 at 8:32am
A comment titled: Great picture in response to a report titled: Delacroix Reds with Capt. Jack Payne

That is a nice one! Great picture. Way to go Matthew!

July 24, 2009 at 8:23pm
A comment titled: Delacroix report in response to a report titled: good solo trip

Great catch and great story!

June 22, 2009 at 3:02pm
A comment titled: NWTF banquet in response to a report titled: National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet

Tonight is the night!

June 11, 2009 at 8:13am
A comment titled: Awesome in response to a report titled: Delacroix Report:

I am glad that you were able to get some tips from my posts. Obviously I cannot tell exact locations, but using the tips on boat positioning and casting will produce fish in your spots. Congrats on your limits! Posting reports on sites opens me up for criticizm so I am happy to know that folks read them and actually gain some info. Thanks!

May 22, 2009 at 8:53pm
A comment titled: Delacroix Report in response to a report titled: Delacroix Report:

Both are effective. As the water warms, the trout will be holding in the shallow water of the Lake. Drifting is the best way to find them if you do not have an idea of where they are. If you drift and get into a school, continue the drift through and mark the spot, motor around and set up on it quiet. You should be in for a good day.

The fish will also tend to be down current of some of the points in the lake. Set up to cast cross current or upcurrent of the spot and work it with several different retrievals until you figue out how they want it.

April 24, 2009 at 11:18am
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