Hope everybody out there is doing okay. We were fortunate to not have any damage, just still without power. I know there are people out there in much worse shape than us. Keeping all of them in our prayers. On a side note, glad the Gulf Greens has extreme fuel capacity so we donât have to wait in line for hours at the gas stations to hope we get fuel. Tapped 30 gallons out of her, today. Good luck and God speed to everybody. Hereâs a few pics of my setup. Bypassed the fuel filter and used the primer bulb to prime my 12v fuel transfer pump. Pumps right around a gallon per minute. Two 60 gallon tanks in my boat. Both were full before the storm. Hopefully, weâll get power back, soon. Still need to get down to Lafitte and see how the houseboat did. But, going to wait for things to settle down a bit.
Well, I finally had the opportunity to put the Gulf Greens in the water. Thought we were going to have a disaster before we ever left the house. Figured it was probably about time to change the batteries in my trolling motor remote control as it seemed to be acting up the last time I used it. Pulled it apart and one of the AAA batteries had leaked juice all over the printed circuit board. Cleaned it up best I could and put fresh batteries in it. Thought to myself, I better go check this out. Glad I didâ¦because, it was not working. This was 6:30 PM the night before we are supposed to leave my house at 4:00 AM! Well, I pulled a rabbit out of a hat and managed to get my hands on a temporary replacement! So, next morning, a friend from Church and I were leaving Prairieville at 4:05 heading to Fourchon, We met and picked up one of my uncles along the way in Matthews. I was originally going to launch at the Fourchon Marina and throw a handful of croakers in the bait well for âjust in case.â Well, I overshot the turnoff and made the executive decision to just launch at the public launch without any live bait. We set a course for the rock barges where we spent 20 minutes or so circling one barge not even getting a nibble throwing Vudu Shrimp, Matrix Shads, tight lining, under a corkâ¦.NOTHING! We made a move and headed west to East Timb. Must have been where the fish were out there on the submerged rock piles and obstructionsâ¦.you could have walked across the guide boats out there. We slowed down and watched but didnât see a lot of action. We pulled into the abandoned structure that used to be on the islandâ¦.the island that is not there anymoreâ¦There was a guide boat there and they were catching nice size specks with live croaker on bottom. We were tight lining Matrix Shad and working Vudu Shrimp under a cork around the structure and picked up a few decent specks, half a dozen channel mullet and broke off two big reds. The guide boat called his buddies in and now there were three guide boats. So, we made the decision to pick up and continue west to West Timb area. We pulled into a nice looking washout where the water was really moving out. Water was crystal clear beautiful and no wind. We got into a mix of specks that were either just shy of size or were really nice two pounders. It was a lot of action. We picked up a couple keeper reds and a just legal black drum. The sharks were pretty brutal and ended up with a handful of trout that we were reeling in. I donât know if I actually hooked the shark or if he just didnât let go of my speckâ¦but, we made two trips around the boat before breaking offâ¦and we didnât see any more after that. Maybe he didnât like the way that speck fought back? We called it a day around 1:30 or so and headed back with 23 specks, the 2 reds, the one drum and that half dozen tasty channel mullet. We didnât set the world on fireâ¦but, it was a good day with good people!
Well, I haven't posted a good fishing story in a while....so, I think I'm overdue! We were supposed to make the trip to Delacroix before the butt-crack of dawn on Saturday morning. But, as luck would have it, I was checking tire pressures Friday evening on the boat trailer and found a nail in one of my tires. Wife clearly stated, 'We are not going anywhere with a nail in the tire!' So, I was first in line at Discount Tire on Saturday morning getting the trailer tire fixed. We made the long drive, stopping at Today's Ketch for a dozen boiled crabs and finally making it to Delacroix. Water was really low. I normally like launching at Serigne's...especially when there is a tournament going on at Sweetwater. But, the water was extremely low and I wasn't sure about how far I could back down at Serigne's with the big 24' Gaudet. So, we opted for Sweetwater. By the time we got the boat in the water, bought some live croakers (marina was out of live shrimp) and made the trip south to Black Bay, it was noon. I figured it would be okay since there was a late tide change. Tide had been on the rise all day but was still very low. It was brutally hot and not much wind. So thankful for a bimini top! We had a nice lunch which included some of those boiled crabs and then finally began fishing! Water was clear in the bay and baitfish were jumping everywhere. No 'reel' fish, though. We fished a few cuts here and there and managed a fish here and a fish there. We saw a lot of gar fish in the water and not many reds & specks. I was hoping the tide change would turn the bite around. But, it really didn't. We did manage to bring in a nice little haul of fish to bring home. Ultimately ended up with some croakers, redfish, speckled trout, green trout and hooked one of those long-tailed flounder. My wife enjoyed the day and had a good time. Our dog, Spot, enjoyed overseeing all of the activities. It was good to be out fishing; and, we all know, a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of ___________ (you fill in the blank!).
Spent a lot of time last Friday and Saturday photographing and videoing several doe/yearling pairs and two 1.5 year old spike bucks. Caught a short video of the two spikes sizing each other up. It was nice to finally be able to get out and see some animals....besides hogs! https://flic.kr/p/2kv1mHj <a data-flickr-embed='true' href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/191691978@N05/50867719196/in/dateposted-public/' title='MVI_5502'></a>
Thanks to Hurricane Zeta, we did more work at the camp than hunting the week leading up to Thanksgiving. But, we managed to get my 10 and 12 year old nephews out in some stands where they each got to shoot their first hogs. As 2020 would have it, we didn't have any stands back up in time for them to hunt the either sex weekend. They both got to see deer from the stands....but, they were all flat heads. I was with the older nephew when he shot his hog using my AR-10 in .308. The younger nephew was with his dad and shot his hog using a Ruger American in 6.5 Creedmoor. We got the older nephew's shot on video. The younger nephew got a 'post shot interview' from his dad which is well worth the 3 minute watch!
Looking forward to the Youth Weekend! Did some preliminary scouting, Sunday! Going to be a good season, this year!
Looking for comments from BayCraft owners...preferably the dual console 23 feet models. Anybody have any experience or issues with the heavier, V6 4 strokes?
Thinking about powering one with a Suzuki DF250AP V6 4 stroke that tips the scales at ~640 lbs. just worried if this is too heavy hanging off a 4 inch setback jackplate? Worried about water backing into the cockpit through the self bailing drain openings or past the scuppers becoming an issue with always having water in the cockpit while at rest.
Needing to locate somebody that will make boat windshields similar to the ones in the pictures. Dual console boats were the standard way back when. Seems like there has to be somebody that made these type windshields or has to repair them, rebuild them, etc. In the process of making a dual console and want to add windshields similar to these....not the aluminum plate type windshield frames - like on a Hankos or Scully - the extruded aluminum (or stainless?) framing material, hinged walk through, mounted on the consoles.
I know of the one place on the Westbank - Windshields by Lawrence. Any place else to check and get prices?
I Googled a particular boat the other day and one of the search results came up with an expired LAS ad that had 'expired six days ago.' This was a couple of weeks ago. I've been running an ad in the classifieds trying to find the owner to see if it's still for sale with no success. So, thought I would post it here in hopes somebody knows who owns this boat and can have him/her get in touch with me as I would like to take a look at it, if it's still for sale.
I'd appreciate any help I can get. The ad claimed it was in the Baton Rouge area. SOMEBODY has to recognize this hull/motor combo! There aren't that many dual console rigs running around.....they kind of stick out! LOL
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I have had this boat for just over a year now. I don't think there is a thing I would change about the set-up! It may not be the fastest mud boat out there. But, I designed it and had it built for comfort and versatility. Looking forward to hearing more news about what Prodrive is doing with their new lower unit design and the EFI add-on kit for the B&S Vanguard power supply.
The video was taken in the Biloxi Marsh WMA area. Prop has quite a bit of wear on it. But, I am pretty much maintaining the same speeds I achieved with similar loads when it was new...except now with the prop wear, I am turning up more RPM's where when the prop was new, I maxed out around 3950'ish RPM's and was steady on the high end of 25, low end of 26 mph.
Duck season finally arrived for Mississippi! Here in the upper state, the ducks have been holding up in the Corps of Engineers lakes by the thousands! It was very easy to be selective on the birds if you wanted...or if you weren't too picky, you could easily limit out in a matter of minutes. Hope they are still here next weekend for the second split!
Well...it's a record for my pond! Previous record was 9 lbs. even. Son's friend (13 years old) landed this 10 lb. 12 oz. largemouth using a blue/black worm Carolina rigged with a small split shot. (Trick I taught him LOL) He had it weighed at the nearby 'catch-all' convenience score which had a certified scale for selling cold cuts. No doubt, an excited young man who can't wait for the fish to go...and come back...from the taxidermist!
Just had a custom aluminum center console boat built with a Prodrive surface drive motor and put it through the rigors at Grand Isle after picking it up.
The 24' sides made crossing the bays nice when the weather turned bad. The flat bottom was nice for getting through the duck ponds on falling tides. BIG reds and even BIGGER drum were holed up in the duck ponds working oyster beds. They were pretty tight lipped at times. But, easy to spot against the edges and tailing in the middle of the ponds. When they weren't tight lipped, they were hitting spinner baits. When they were tight lipped, a live cocahoe minnow usually pried their jaws open. Hardest thing about this trip was getting fish in the boat under 27'! The second hardest thing was keeping the fish from breaking me off on the oyster beds!
It is always so nice to get one of these on a hook! Now living in upper MS, it is not that often we get back to South LA to enjoy the redfishing we miss so much. But when we do, we certainly make the most of it!