I made a trip to the Pensacola area over the weekend to do some kayak tarpon fishing off of the beach. Friday morning was dead calm with lots of activity. After quickly catching about a dozen Leatherjacks and a couple Thread-fin for live bait bait, we began trolling just outside of the second bar. We literally saw hundreds of tarpon, but they were pretty finicky and just wouldn't eat. My friend jumped one off and I connected with a nice one that stayed hooked for a 30 minute battle. Saturday was marked with storms everywhere and rough seas. Totally different day with only a few fish spotted in the rough seas. A friend broke one off and that's the only action we had.
Unfortunately, we don't have but a coupe of places close enough to reach tarpon in Louisiana, But they are as close as the panhandle area of Florida and even the Gulf Shores Alabama area off of the beaches. They are on their way now and will be along the beaches throughout the summer.
On a trip to Hawaii last year for vacation, I found out that they had year-round hunting for wild boar, and free range goats and Black Hawaiian sheep. We hiked about a mile up and old volcano and glassed the valleys. Once we spotted some nice rams, the stalk was on. I got this one crawling uo to the edge of a cliff and took him about 100 yards down in the valley. Cool country and great hunting opportunity. We also dis a bike and hike up to the active lava flow coming close enough to touch the flowing, molten lava.
Made a trip to the marsh in Hopedale last week and found some nice reds and a bunch of small trout. Reds were along the grass lines and hammered the weedless gold spoon. Found schools of small trout around Lake Ameda, but most were undersize. Avocado sparkle beetle and chartreuse Gulp about 18' under a popping cork was what they wanted.
I've caught lots of big fish from the kayak, but a sailfish remains on my list. My friend Morgan Promnitz caught this one in Baja Mexico a while back. It was nice to be there to see and film it, but not quite the same as catching one yourself. One day...
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has made a proposed change to the 2019 - 2020 teal seasons to include a bag limit reduction: 'Reducing the daily bag limit of teal from six to four for the early September teal season.'
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through March and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to email@example.com until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
LDWF will also collect public comment at public hearings to be held Feb. 25-March 2 throughout the state. The locations and times for those meetings include:
â¢25 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula.
â¢26 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette.
â¢27 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden.
â¢28 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Drive, Monroe.
â¢March 1 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3 rd Street, Alexandria.
â¢March 2 (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
I know we have many Louisiana residents that deer hunt in Alabama (I'm one). You should know that due to CWD regulations, if you kill a deer in Alabama, you cannot transport the meat through Mississippi back home to Louisiana unless it is deboned. The other usual CWD rules apply, no spinal material, no brain material, etc.
Even though Louisiana allows deer quarters with the bone in to be brought into the state, it is illegal to bring it in and/or transport it through Mississippi.
If you hunt deer hunt (elk too) out of state, you need to debone whatever you kill, wherever you kill it.
I just wanted to give a heads-up for those that may not know.
*This also applies to deer killed in Mississippi
(Pic for attention, this deer was killed in Texas and deboned before travelling back to Louisiana)
You can now get your lifetime hunting/fishing license, hunter education and boater education added as endorsements to your drivers license at no cost when getting/renewing your license. No need to carry anything except your drivers license as proof.
You need to bring your cards with you when you get the license. If you have lost your hunter education and/or boater education cards, go to the LDWF website and you can have replacements mailed to you.
Mine above shows Combo (hunting and fishing lifetime license), hunter education and boater education.
I've seen unconfirmed social media reports that a duck hunting boat flipped in the river near Fort Jackson this morning in Plaquemines Parish. Reports are that two have been rescued, but one is missing. Praying for a safe recovery.
Trying to get in a few last hogs before the mosquitos and heat gets unbearable in the marsh. We got these over the last few days. Steve Neece put down this nice boar with a base of the ear shot. No tracking necessary.
We hunted last week in southeast Kansas. My buddy shot a nice 8 within two hours of getting on the stand for the first evening hunt. (Don't pass up on the first day what you would shoot on the last...)
There was no sign of any rut activity. Bucks were invisible during the day, but camera cards showed nice ones visiting every night. All I saw was does and yearlings up until the last afternoon. I put in 60 hours on the stands in five and a half days. I could smell the skunk getting closer by the minute.
At 5:20 on the last afternoon, after and all-day sit, I had two does come in. One had her tail flipped up flat on her back displaying like an adult film star. I knew something was finally up. A buck busted in and scattered the does. Before it could start the chase, it presented a shot and I took it. I could only see that it had a rack, no time for size judging. It certainly isn't a Kansas giant by any means, but I'll take it.
No matter how close the skunk gets, you just can't quit.
I was hunting with my new Ravin R9 crossbow and that thing is a beast. I had to thread the needle in a small hole between two trees and it was pin-point at 25 yards. I drilled the buck and it went less than 50 yards before dropping cold. This thing is as close to having a rifle in your hands as it gets.
If you ever took your gators to the carwash-- you might be a Louisiana coonass.
We always come to ICAST a few days early. Vicki Guillot Holmes goes to the theme parks, while I play in my own Disney World. You know it's going to be a good day when you're greeted by flat seas and this Atlantic sunrise. We were fishing near Cocoa Beach.
I was again with Alex Gorichky of Local Lines charters.(Merritt Island, Fl) I fished a half day with Alex before ICAST last year and landed my first caught kayak tarpon. However, the fish went bat-shit crazy on the handoff for pics and got away with no photographic proof.
I was determined that wasn't going to happen this year. Alex threw the cast net off his Hobie Outback and got a load of feisty menhaden (pogie). The bait was thick all over.
A little slow trolling was all it took. Spanish, bonito and tarpon were easily seen in all directions. Fish-on about 7:00 a.m. It was nothing pretty with a jump here and there, but mostly just a tug-o-war dog fight with the typical gulps for air to recharge and make another run. Yep. An hour and a half later, Alex laid across the bow of my yak and made the grab. This time the handoff went smooth and we got a few good shots. The hook literally fell out by itself. We saw a bunch more tarpon while battling this one, but by the time we were finished, they mostly disappeared. I don't know if I really wanted to catch another one anyway--until tomorrow.
Thanks again Alex Gorichky for a great trip. All the coaching during the fight, passing a bottle of water, and hanging on to my kayak to put more pressure on the fish.
If you want one like this, give Alex a call.
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I fished with a friend on Saturday for the Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association's 12th Annual kayak fishing tournament held in Gulf Breeze, Florida. We got blown out of our first spot by unexpected wind and made a move, but missed any early morning bite. Things were real slow with only a few small trout just before mid-day.
At 11:30 a.m. Vlad Moldovaneau hooked into a beast trout that measured 29' and weighed in at 7 pounds even. A half hour later, I landed one that was just under 29', but was much skinnier. Mine weighed in at 6 pounds even. Vlad also went on to add a keeper red and flounder to round out his slam
Vlad's slam won him 1st Place in the tournament and my trout won 1st Place in the trout division. What started as a sucky day turned around quickly.
There are many ways to be a Sportsmen in addition to hunting and fishing. Enjoying nature is what we do.
This is a video from a recent vacation to Hawaii where we did a nighttime snorkel with giant, gentle, manta rays in the Pacific ocean.
It was a bucket list experience.
Steve Neece made his first ever hog hunt with Elite Airboat Hog Hunting, LLC in St. Bernard Parish.
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I have one of these and really like it. They are having a Thanksgiving/Black Friday sale.
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On Friday we took a seaplane trip out to Breton Island with Captain Theophile Bourgeois. We had a weather delay for about four hours due to a low ceiling. Once it cleared, we had a smooth flight to the island and had fish on within minutes of landing. We waded throwing topwater, suspending baits and tight-lined plastics and put together some great stringers of trout. It was so nice to jump in the plane for the ride back after a long day on the water. This is truly a bucket-list trip and the experience of a lifetime. From the lodge and food to the hospitality and fishing, Captain Theophile and staff run a first class operation. www.neworleansfishing.com
I'm guessing we're going to be seeing a lot more of these in the Pontchartrain Basin following this unprecedented early opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. I've seen them before in the Lake and also Delacroix and Caernarvon. The pic is from the Atchafalaya Basin.
The Fort Pike Volunteer Fire Department is again having a great gun raffle for 2016. They will give away one gun each week for the whole year. (53 weeks = 53 guns given away) The raffle ticket cost $50.
The winner will be determined each Saturday by the Pick 3 lottery numbers drawn for that week. You have the chance to win multiple times throughout the year. See the photo info on how to buy tickets and what guns they are raffling. Only 1000 tickets will be sold and they have been going fast. - (000-999) The raffle starts the first week in January.
The Pick 3 is simply the mechanism to select the winning numbers each Saturday. There are ONLY 1000 possible combinations of numbers that can come up. Therefore, with ONLY 1000 tickets being sold, someone will win each week.
There is no limit to how many weeks your ticket could win. It's all luck of the draw.
It is also a great way to ensure that all the winners are fairly selected. No one controls what Pick 3 combinations come up.
Great raffle for a great cause.
For more information or to purchase tickets:
Fort Pike Volunteer Fire Department Board