My good buddy Jimmy Jeansonne came in on leave from the Chevron rigs in Argentina to take his daughter, Jennifer, fishing with me yesterday(Sat). We launched on the East side out of Lloyd's and proceeded to ease our way thru the cut as the Ostrica Locks, after more than 5 years, are still not operational. Lowest water I have ever seen in my 28 years here!! The land was out of the water 6 to 8 inches on both sides of the pilings leading into Quarantine Bay. My intention was to go to Sable Island with the SW light wind. As I turned into Quarantine, the big Triton started hitting bottom in the normally 4' open waters. I then elected to go the long way and come into the back side but decided to stop along the way and check some of the well-heads that I knew were on shell bases. First stop yielded 20 really nice trout to my surprise! Second stop at another well-head after the tide stopped yielded 45 more, filling the cooler to the top with no more room!
All fish caught on the LSU Bayou Chub fished titelined on a 1/4 unpainted jig head.
Great trip with great friends and only burned 2 gallons of gas to catch a box slam full of beautiful trout!
Could some of you Baton Rougions please tell me where ya'll came up with that substitute team you let Les Miles coach last night. I have no recolection after watching all the other 5 games really closely, seeing ANY of the players that were there last night against Florida. I'm thinking that some of the NBC EVENT people have sent a team to Baton Rouge, and if that is so, can any of you tell me if they are going to remain there for the rest of the season????
Quite a few of you readers who are committed customers of the JLT Lodge know just how committed I am to having the best in food here and know just how dedicated I am in the types of foods I personally choose to serve my 'special guests'. Downhome Sausage, although quite hard to find below the preverbial Cajun Line, is always somehow on my table due to what I think is the fact that it is the best.
This last trip up to purchase a new truck from Wray Ford, I stopped back by Downhome in Stonewall to pick up some more sausage for the Fall season and to get some extra for a request to sample it at Fremin's Supermarket in Port Sulphur. If they like it anywhere close to what I and my many customers do, I am certain all of you cooks down this way will be thrilled to have it available for purchase. We'll see how that goes!!
Also, please note how you will be received should you go to pick up your sausage order above. I don't know how they dress at the place YOU go, but at Downhome Sausage in Stonewall, the Matriarch of the business is dressed to the 'T' each and every day!!! It's worth the trip by there just to see what she comes to work in each day!! OMG!!!
Trout can be caught one day and for the next 5 you cannot find one for some reason, but the reds are there all the time on either side of the river here in Buras! Had 4 trips out this week and all were medium successful with great customer fun! Ain't that what it's all about??
BTW:FYI: I am NOT participating in the Vessels of Oportunity everyday program with BP and am booking fishing charters for the Fall season now. I have 4 very capable boats available for showing you and your customers a fabulous time of fishing, food, accomodations and fellowship, so get on the email or phone and give me a call down here in Buras. I know there are a lot of you guys that have been fishing with other guides down here that can no longer take you this Fall due to their commitments with BP, so let me fill that gap.----Thanks, JLT
It's that time again, and I will be introducing my new lab, Dru to the Gold Point Plantation's annual Dove Hunt in Dixie, La. this weekend. Got a call from Col. Adger and he tells me the power lines are almost bowed to the ground and the planted sunflower/wheat/milo has been bushhogged and burnt. He estimates that there are between 6 and 10 thousand birds in the one main field alone!
First timer, Dru is going to have a time of his 8 month old life if he can put up with the rapid fire of the Baretta next to the lake!
Hope everyone else that is opening up the hunting season this weekend has an equally great time and all come back safely without bird shot in their eyes. Please wear your sunglasses, especially kids, which we make sure of after all parents sign waivers prior to the massive hunt starting at 2pm Saturday.
8-26, 800hrs update on Capt. Brian's condition since getting blown up in his boat working for BP in the VOO program.
Son Patrick tells me that Brian is doing well and is responsive although he does have a 'pain button' on his IV there at West Jefferson hospital. They set his smashed ankle yesterday with pins and a plate and will begin facial reconstruction sometime today to repair 5 facial fractures. Again, despite all this, Brian remains positive and smiling as you all know him to be---yes, a real trooper!!
He thinks all of your prayers have been a great help in the way he is feeling and hopes the prayers continue as I know they will!
His boat has been recovered(what was left of it) and BP has taken it down to Venice where it will be scrutinized to find the cause of the explosion, but as of now, there are no answers other than the speckulations that the boat was at idle when it exploded.
Don't know how hot it got yesterday at your place, but at 2:30 Monday afternoon yesterday this is what my indoor/outdoor thermometer was showing with the out lead on my porch.
Would love to be reporting on how well the fishing is right now, but---------------
Here is a video of how Boots and Coots is going about killing this well with Class and precision.
This is a BP technical briefing on the progress of the relief well. You will see a guy named John Wright from Boots and Coots, He is in actual control of the well drilling, however there is a team of directional drillers also involved, Transocean supplies the workers, Various other specialized teams are there as well. BP evidently
co-ordinates the teams.
A very impressive look at a deep water drilling rig. Great Photography by the way.
The Gulf Smells
4 Weeks before the BP blowout Obama builds an alibi---âI am opening offshore drilling off of all the Coastal U.S.â Goldman Sachs dumps nearly all of its stock 40%+ in BP, a profitable winner. Days before they dump the rest.
BP ignores the advice of all the drilling contractors on making the well safe. British Petroleum had a manager directing drilling who had never been on an offshore rig before that purposely ignored all safety warnings. BP ignores TransOceanic warnings about a problem with the blowout preventers. BP ignores repeated warnings on numerous problems from numerous sub-contractors.
The well explodes under suspicious circumstances, but BP does nothing immediately to control it. Why? The Dutch offer to have it controlled in 48 hours. They are ignored.
Obama fires his National Intelligence Director (a Navy Admiral) who cannot comment on intelligence, or the reasons he was fired because of Federal Laws.
BP top fills the well but it fails as predicted in advance by numerous oil professionals causing downhole damage to the well which has caused a massive pollution of the southern U.S, mostly Louisiana. The way they bungled everything, the Gulf will be dead for decades!
Obama now declares ALL drilling is suspended in the Gulf and makes numerous PR trips to the Gulf to look like he is outraged.
John Podesta is Obamaâs man that built his cabinet, and all his Czars
John Podesta is also head of George Soros âCenter for American Progressâ (a socialist organization dedicated to killing capitalism in America and for building, according to Soros, âA New World Orderâ)
John Podestaâs brother is the lead lobbyist for British Petroleum, whose services are now in huge demand.
Soros was a huge contributor to Obamaâs campaign
Soros invested $900 million in Petrobras, the Brazilian government controlled oil company that plans on drilling offshore in Brazil, yet cannot get the deepwater rigs operating in the Gulf
Days after Soros investment, Obama grants $2 billion to Petrobras with U.S. taxpayers dollars to drill offshore in Brazilâ¦.the company nets over $15 Billion annually.
U.S. drilling companies must do something with their now idled rigs and are planning on moving them off to South America----to Petrobras which will supply the oil to the U.S. as an Import.
Obama gives a patsy White House Oval Office speech on the disaster, but also during the speech he states the need for Carbon Taxesâ¦.Cap and Trade.
The carbon tax exchange will be based inâ¦You guessed itâ¦â¦.Chicagoâ¦.and called the CCXâ¦..The CHICAGO Climate Exchange
The Joyce Foundation
A private U.S. foundation which provides funding and support to initiatives focusing on education, environment and employment in the Great Lakes region. The Joyce Foundation was established in 1948 by Beatrice Joyce Kean of Chicago. Since its inception, the foundation has made grants of more than $600 million. Some of those grants include $1.1 million to Richard Sandor in 2000-2001 to create the Chicago Climate Exchange. Former Board of Directors' members include President Barack Obama (1994-2002) and Valerie Jarrett, his top adviser.
Who will benefit from the Chicago Climate Exchangeâ¦.You guessed itâ¦..Obama and his buddies, Goldman Sachs and the Chicago crew.
Who will benefit from Obamaâs shutdown of drilling in the Gulfâ¦â¦You guessed itâ¦â¦Obama and hisbuddy George Soros
Who benefits from Obama sending $2 Billion of taxpayer dollars to a company that Nets $15 Billion per yearâ¦..You guessed itâ¦â¦.Obama and his buddies.
Barack Hussein Obama is intent on the total destruction of America. He does nothing to stop the Illegal invasion from Mexico, he does nothing to fix the banking problem, he does nothing to stop the blowout, he DOES NOTHING to stop the downfall of America while he plays golf, travels to Ohio for 10 minute speeches at a cost of $750,000, listens to Paul McCartney concerts, and goes to baseball games in NY. What do you expect from someone that never produced his Birth Certificate, has gone around the world Apologizing for Americaâs past actions, and bowing to the head of the Muslim World.
Do you think all this time BP and others have used the utmost latest equipment to try to stop this oil leak??
Check this out-----www.wimp.com/oilspills/
Excuse me for breaking my silence on here but I must get this straight for you Obama fans---------
It doesn't matter how many letters, petitions or emergency notifications you send to Washington or Salazar--the overall plan is to shut down the rigs, which in turn shuts down the workers, which in turn allows up to and possibly over 80,000 workers to look to the Government for assistance as they will be out of work.
When they do that, the strategy will be almost comlplete with Your Presidency--to have the Gulf Coast vote for HIM in 2012.
Secondly, the moratorum will be placed back on no matter how many block maneuvers come from high courts all over the South, The Government(who has hated the oil companies from day one) will then gain total control over the rest of the drilling and complete the cycle of control without firing a shot! Total Marxism. This was the long term plan of Obama, but with the blow-out, it brought the factual take-over much earlier than thought and they are taking full advantage of it to both control the Gulf Coast Vote and Control of the Oil Companies as I have been credited in saying to the news media two weeks ago! Just watch what happens as this all just slips by peacefully while we watch the already totally controlled media. Think about it: How can OBAMA gain votes enough to win the Gulf Coast states in 2012?
How can OBAMA nationalize the oil companies?
Seems impossible, huh??? Think again!
JMHO and HTDOA
Can't say too much cause I get in trouble, but look out for EARL. Coming to your neighborhood soon! JMHO Hope this didn't offend anybody(HTDOA)
Good customers from East Texas booked last year and have been steadily calling me to keep abreast of the closures leading up to their scheduled trip, but I kept assuring them to hurry on down. They did and were certainly not disapointed today as I set anchor at the first stop and my group of 3 caught their 15 reds and my 5 for dinner tonight-----turned around in the boat and caught their 75 trout without having to pick up the anchor!! Best thing about all that is, we were through by 8:30 and spent the rest of the day just riding around in the big Triton even went up past Port Sulphur and back in Whisky Bay!
Stopped a shrimp boat up there and bought a box full of 16s right off the boat!
A great day for a great group of guys. Capts. Jay and Matt equaled the limit of both only took them a little longer(I had the spot)!
Most all fish were caught on the new Hendrix Purple Haze Chub titelined. Certainly no need for anything live to attract the catfish!!
Pretty Boy, John Dean brought his son, John, and his grandson, Drake down to sample in person how well the new Chubs are performing and to load me back up with some needed replacements.
They also caught 68 trout and 3 reds while doing so!!
Have any of you wondered where the Hollywood celebrities that give of their talents and time to support Haiti and other desolate nations with disasters are. Aren't there a handful of them living right here in New Orleans? Where are the millions of dollars in aid pouring in from the Government for relief efforts? Are other nations that are so very poor they can't even control their own more important than the people and businesses of Louisiana??
SAVE THE GULF RALLY this weekend at the Superdome with Nicolas Cage and Sandra Bullock-----NOT!!!
Fred Bowlin and friends, family and grandbabies came to sample what's left of fishable marsh.
They were extremely rewarded as the gals caught more redfish and trout than they have ever caught before!
Thanks for a great day Captains Jay and Matt
And to let you know I am keeping up my end-------
President Obamaâs Order Halting Work on 33 Exploratory Wells
in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
The Presidential Order does not affect the 4,515 shallow-water wells, and it does not affect 591 producing deepwater Gulf wells.
Roughly 33% of nationâs domestically produced oil comes from the Gulf of Mexico, and 10% of the nationâs natural gas.
80% of the Gulfâs oil, and 45% of its natural gas comes from operations in more than 1000 feet of water â the deepwater (2009 data).
Suspension of operations means roughly 33 floating drilling rigs â typically leased for hundreds of thousands of dollars per day â will be idled for six months or longer.
$250,000 to $500,000 per day, per rig â results in roughly $8,250,000 to $16,500,000 per day in costs for idle rigs;
Secondary impacts include:
â¢ Supply boats â 2 boats per rig with day rates of $15,000/day per boat - $30,000/day for 33 rigs â nearly $1 million/day
â¢ Impacts to other supplies and related support services (i.e., welders, divers, caterers, transportation, etc.)
Each drilling platform averages 90 to 140 employees at any one time (2 shifts per day), and 180 to 280 for 2 2-week shifts
Each E&P job supports 4 other positions
Therefore, 800 to 1400 jobs per idle rig platform are at risk.
Wages for those jobs average $1,804/weekly; potential for lost wages is huge, over $5 to $10 million for 1 month â per platform.
Wages lost could be over $165 to $330 million/month for all 33 platforms
Secondary impacts: Many offshore workers live in Louisiana. The state is going to see a decrease in income taxes and sales taxes that would normally be paid by those employees. (The state does not collect a sales tax on oilfield supplies and equipment used offshore.)
Oil Companies Impacted -
Shell has seven (7) exploratory wells that will be impacted
Noble Energy (2)
Eni US Operating Co. (2)
ATP Oil & Gas (2)
Petrobras America (1)
Kerr McGee (1)
The 33 gulf wells where operations are suspended were the ones inspected immediately after the Deepwater Horizon blowout (per Interior Secretary Ken Salazar); in those inspections, âonly minor problems were found on a couple of rigsâ. Salazar believes âadditional safety measures can be taken including dealing with cementing and casing of wells and significant enhancements and redundancies of blowout prevention mechanisms. Although these rigs passed the inspections, we will look at standards that are in place.â
Longer term impacts include -
Idle drilling rigs in the Gulf could mean that they will be contracted overseas for work in other locations, and if/when the halt is lifted, rigs will not be available for completing the work in the Gulf.
Loss of tolls on LA Highway 1 resulting from loss of traffic related to deepwater operations; tolls go directly to retiring the bond debt for construction of LA Highway 1 improvements, and if those tolls are lost, the state of Louisiana â as the other responsible party on the bonds - will have to pay to retire that debt, meaning loss of funding for some other programs in the stateâs budget.
A 6-month halt in new drilling would defer 80,000 barrels/day, or 4% of 2011 deepwater Gulf of Mexico production. (Wood MacKenzie)
Higher drilling costs might jeopardize exploration in frontier areas. More immediately, estimates are that seven current discoveries could be rendered sub-economic, putting U.S. $7.6 billion in future government revenues at risk. Proposals to increase the cap on oil companiesâ liability for oil spill damages to U.S. $10 billion could exclude U.S. independents from offshore Gulf of Mexico activities. (Wood MacKenzie)
Since these wells are not yet producing, there is no decrease in the available oil supply. However, it could lead to a decrease in the availability of domestic oil, and it is hard to tell how commodity speculators are going to respond over the next six months; there is the possibility for driving oil prices to levels well over $100 per barrel.
Prepared May 28, 2010, based on most recent data available; will be updated as needed.
Yes indeed, I truly hope you that voted in this president have figured out by now that most probably you made a huge mistake-------
As of yesterday, ALL offshore(deepwater) wells will cease drilling for at least 6 months. NOT new permits for new wells like you would think, but ALL wells drilling in over 500' of water must cease releasing back into this fabulous economy thousands of very hard working rig crews with families to feed.
YOUR government doesn't understand that if you shut off drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the big boys will be forced to go to South Africa, Africa, the Sudan, Argentina and other places to drill leaving a work force here in America to come home to already 10% unemployment.
Still happy with YOUR president????????????
Heaviest Element Yet Known to Science Discovered
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has now identified with certainty the heaviest and most useless element known to science.
The new element, Pelosium (PL), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
Pelosium is inert, and has no charge and no magnetism. Nevertheless, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A tiny amount of Pelosium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.
Pelosium has a normal half-life of 2 years. It does not decay, but instead, undergoes a biennial reorganization in which a portion of the
assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.
Pelosium mass will increase over time, since each reorganization will promote many morons to become isodopes.
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a critical
concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Pelosium becomes Senatorium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Pelosium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.
Just a lowly Charter Captainâs take on the BP Oil Spill disaster---------
1) Serious mistakes were made to get into the situation â very serious and could have easily been prevented â this to be sorted out later
2) BP is doing everything they can to rectify the problem now that it has occurred â their companyâs existence is definitely at stake here
3) This particular well is surely going to be a very difficult well to kill and will probably take 3 months or more to kill
4) I didnât think the top kill would work but it was worth a try. The relief well stands the best chance to kill it.
5) If they can at least run the next funnel cap and capture a large portion of the flow it will be a big help until the well is actually killed â that is the best we can hope for in this case
The major oil companies will be feeling the implications all over the world in extra documents, paperwork and procedures demanded by the host countryâs governments as a result of this.
Also, I have heard that the US Government is now actively shutting rigs down that are working with current valid permits â that is a much different case than not approving any more future permits. . I have heard that this will affect 30-40 rigs and will further devastate the economy of the Gulf Coast as these people will be laid off, which will drastically increase unemployment along with raising the price of gasoline to unacceptable levels.
Lots of people will not agree that BP is doing everything they can to rectify the situation but they are. They have absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose at this point, or really ever since it started. Money is no object. They will spend without worry whatever it takes to kill it and clean up after. People must understand that it is not easy to kill this well once you have let it blow out. All these hair brain ideas I see expressed are by people who have absolutely no clue of what it takes to kill it or the difficulty involved. One can compare this most difficult work next to NASA and space travel. Imagine if something catastrophic happened at the space station. Could you even get there quickly much less handle it quickly? Think about it!
JD, go with the new Talon. Not only is it much cheaper than the Power Pole, it will give in rough water as it has a shock absorber. And call me today!
To go to 24volt from 12 volt, all you have to do is get another battery and jump wire it in series. That being, put a jump wire between the positive post on battery one and jump it to the negative post on battery two. Now just connect your existing wires to the other posts left open. You don't have to change any plug or any other thing but that!
FYI: Strike King does not make Rattle Traps. However, the rest of your post is correct, as redfish do really go after Traps and they are my favored lure when the river gets low like it is right now. A rattle trap will go over the rocks and intice strikes without getting hung up too much.
It was nice to get back out! The oil spill and the economy have really put a damper on our business over here, and I am missing a lot of quality time on the water.
Really like the 90 degree tails on the new Chubs. Is that what you guys are using now??
I think it goes like this, Admiral-----The pleasures of life of a coonass man. He got his first big cat when he was 14, now he's over 40 and still thinks it keen!
You should shoot open chokes with slugs. It is my opinion that a full choke is too tight for a slug to pass effectively and could cause damage of your full choke.
You are so right! That's the craziest thing I have seen in a very long time! You would think that if you watched long enough, you'd turn to stone!!
I believe Conoco will let you brush up some of their small T-tops in the Sandy Point rigs area but you have to take it down when you leave. You can also put a floater out behind the Green Monster if you tie it off at 100 feet from the rig. I always found it fairly tough to set decoys in the 28 feet of water, but well worth it once you get them set! Plenty of dogris!
Looks like to me that the couple thanked you for letting them borrow your camera. Most people that trespass usually take the camera and you never see it again. I'd personally try to find out just who these people are and go calling. Maybe you can strike up a new friendship with them. JMHO
I have both and the only gun to have any problems has been the Benelli which has broken the ejector twice. No problems with the Beretta. Less recoil also.
I carry both when shooting out of a blind. I shoot the Beretta with 3' #5 shot at the ducks and keep the Benelli loaded with 3.5' #BB for any geese coming close.
How ya like the new Chubs, Capt. Bill? Especially the Orange Crush. Just wait till they send you the JIMI (Hendrix)!!
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Thanks Fred and MO
Any by David Allen Coe or Rodney Carrington would be an excellent choice IMHO !
Well, Capt. Bill and I always knew you were good with your hands, but we only thought it was in the privacy of your own home!! Good job on the truck!
It has also been my experience over the many years that fish weights are generally well over stated, especially on here. That drum you are holding, although 33' long, is probably under 20 pounds. A Bull Redfish 33' long will weigh just over 20 pounds but you'll see them on here weighing close to 50 pounds. I have a 'WALL OF FAME' here at the JLT Lodge with pictures of many many monster Reds and Drum along with their actual weights. The biggest on my wall are 3 that were caught at the same time off the beach that were over 40' long with massive girths and weighted 31.8, 32.0 and 32.7pounds.
Keeping an accurate scale in the boat is common practice for some of the more popular guides as they like to give thier customers a more realistic 'true' weight of thier big catch on the spot, so maybe they will be persuaded to release it to fight again another day with another well pleased customer. JMHO
It has been my experience over the many years of deer hunting in TX, ARK, MS, AL and LA to leave the calls at home and be quiet on the stand. Again, JMHO from 40 years of hunting.
First of all, there is NO limit on wood ducks during Teal season and shooting just one is in total violation of the law. The game warden can come to court with the boy (as he will have to) and maybe put in a good word for him, but he will most assuredly recieve a hefty fine including a fee to 'replace' the duck.
When you go to federal court, the rules are much different that you are probably used to from viewing a civil court. The Feds play NO GAMES as you can find out by asking most of the commentors to this post! Looks like most of them have been before a federal judge before.
The fine will probably be in the $500 range but with the game warden's help in court, it is unlikely that he will lose any hunting rights or guns taken away. JMHO
And to agree with Hopper---it is quite easy to tell between a teal and a woodie, and to agree with another---in case of an accidental shot, the preverbial 'foot wedge' is always in order!
I shoot 150 grain Core-Lokts in my 30/06, 7mm mag and 180 in the Whelen. Also have a 45/70 that I wish I had some 180 Core-Lokts for!
I know you wlll definitly find that these are the bullets you want to carry into the woods come November!
Those that let EGO rule are soon to find out that with all the hype in ballistics, it all comes right back to Remington Core-Lokts as the preferred ammo used by most all of the 'experienced' hunters on here and throuout America. JMHO with facts and endorsements