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I just found out that the Louisiana National Guard supported Tournament at Spring Bayou will be on March 21st. It is an open tournament to all, payout is good and it supports a good cause. Actually, it is a good family day event and is held at the WMA landing campground area. I will try to post a screen shot of the flyer shortly if I can get it to work.

January 24, 2015 at 12:19pm

Well, now that turkey season is winding down, its time to start fishing down South...We'll be hitting Boothville/Venice in the next several weekends for some REDFISH and TROUT action...

Here are a few pics from the turkey pursuits this season:

April 19, 2009 at 4:18pm

please post info on venice boothville--any flooding ????

September 02, 2008 at 9:34am

Today 2/6/08, three friends and I went to Lock and Dam No. 1. We got out there at 7:30 am in the morning and we were trying to snag some fish. We also did some tight lineing. Not 20 minutes into it, my friend decided to go a ways down and hooked up with a 45 inch spoon bill. The fight was on for about 25 minutes. The day turned out ok as we caught at least 25 catfish. We had one that went 20 pounds or so, and one that pushed 28 pounds. Most important, we had a good day.

The above is an edited version, as the original report, spelling errors and all, was by Brody Laiche, my 11 year old son who wants to post like the rest of us...He used my LA Sportsman account, so he and I have edited the original to read a bit clearer. I am nontheless proud, as his interest is enjoying hunting and fishing is most certainly father, like son, and I am thankful for that....Good fishin' guys.

February 06, 2008 at 7:28pm

Considering a development of CAMP LOTS in Empire/Boothville/Venice area and wondering if anyone would be interested. I am considering developing lots WITH EACH HAVING A 15 X 40 or 50 x 14 high BOAT SHED ON THE LOT. The community would have 10 to 12 lots total and be set up for you to put up to a 16 x 80 single wide mobile home. May do RV spots in an area. The entire area would be secured with a high fence and there would be 2 electronic gates. One on Hwy 23 and one on River Road. The lot and boat shed would be leased on an annual lease, monthly pay would be ok on the annual lease, but I would give a discount for annual pay. This will be a nice place, secure and controlled entry only. the lots would be 100 x 100 or 100 x 125, and each boat shed would have a private fish cleaning patio with sink and cleaning table. Garbage pick up would be at Highway 23 in an estabished bin. Comments, thoughts are appreciated.

September 16, 2007 at 9:16am

Hit the beaches out of South Pass and eastward on Sat and Sunday. Did great on Saturday with a limit of reds with 4 of us fishing. Caught 23 tout with several between 18 and 24 inches, and only one we had to measure. Suday was a bit s-l-o-w-e-r, but stil has 12 nice reds, and on 35 incher on a popa dog. Also had a few nice trout, bit the bite was slow.

Had friends Chris and Adam Armnd with us and it was an enjoyable trip. The heat was tough, but we came in mid day to get out of it. Good luck and good fishin' to all.

August 12, 2007 at 8:19pm

saw post and went to Hornady web site for info--looks like the company had problems getting the powder used last year and the end result is a new powder with a 175 FPS decrease--I have not sited in yet--so, no big deal--but if you sighted in with last years ammo and buy a new box (with different powder) I think u should check your zero--just wanted to put the word out to all u 45/70 users. good luck to all this season

July 29, 2007 at 11:42pm

As most know, Simmons Sporting Goods in Bastrop, La is in the mist of the annual tent sale...we made the trip today and hooked up with 2 more 45/70's for the Ms muzzleloader season...BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THERE ARE A FEW POSTS SELLING THE H & R 45/70 in the clasifieds section here for much more than Simmons is selling then new in the box...they are only $ 199 at Simmons for the wood stock version..I think the synthetic version is $ 239.00 (not for sure)...As usual, spent more than I planned, but picked up great deals on steel shot shells, ATV ramp, ladder stands, camo, etc... Hunting time is around the corner---GOOD LUCK TO ALL THIS SEASON.

July 29, 2007 at 9:06pm

Anyone heard that a 9 lb trout was caught in the Breton area this past week??? I was told it was a fellow out of Gulfport or Biloxi. Have it on a reliable person and also the the fellow was not entered in STAR. Any one hear this???

July 22, 2007 at 8:51pm

Did ok on Sat morning-42 trout- 2 reds, then went work on our camp; A few good trout, 4 + lbs--Mainly on live--even made the long run to Freemason to see what was goning on out that way--I saw several boats--not sure how folks did in the early morning, but our bite was s-l-o-w by mid day--Sunday, got a late start, and dodged a big thunder storm-did not do as well, 39 trout and 5 reds. The tide was just not right this weekend-- Hopefully, next will be better in terms of the numbers.

June 24, 2007 at 10:40pm

Been out on vacation for a few weeks. Missed reviewing the posts. We did the "Disney World" thing and came to a conclusion: Fishing is cheaper and there are more "Princesses" then I ever realized(but my 4 year old daughter knew each)!!!!
We did take a guide for Bass fishing in "Bay Lake" (the main Disney World lake)-- we smoked them on a 2 hour trip-60 + bass with several nice fish--one 5 1/2 pounder--schooling fish on Pop R and live bait--The place is catch and release and guided trps only--it is loaded with bass--If you go, book a trp a it was just plain fun catchng top water schoolig bass.
NOW, BACK TO THE FISHIN' GROUNDS--VENICE--Any recent reports on Venice/Breton/Black Bay/Central Rig areas for trout would be appreciated. Trying to head down ths weekend!!!!!!!!!!All jump starts are always appreciated.

June 12, 2007 at 8:42pm

We all need to remember those brave AMERICANS who gave all to their country!!!! We enjoy great fishin' and huntin', live free, and have so much ......... thanks to those who put their country first. Thanks to all our soldiers, past and present!!!!

May 28, 2007 at 9:59pm

My crew had a good trip even in spite of the wind!!!! The numbers were not there-only 26 trout on Sat, but it was still fun. Good thing was, these were all 2.5 + pound fish. We ran west to Sandy Point and a few spots further west. This was an attempt to get out of the wind and find good water. The trout were hitting on the incoming tide. Can u say "electric-chicken", because that was the ticket. Corks, but a few tight lineing.

Sunday was a different story, but I consider it scouting. There is little, if any at all, clean water on the East side (out Baptiste Collette and North)where we have been catching for the past several weeks. The break line is just West of Breton Island (what is left of them). We ran out there Sunday for a change and to have a "look see" and took home a few (12) nice trout on the "wade". It was the 1 st wade trip and they had 8 other anglers out there. Everyone seemed to be catching a few, and trout were good size. Hopefully, things will pick up out there.

To all, Good luck and Great Fishin'

May 21, 2007 at 6:28am

Headed down at weeks end? Any reports would be appreciated.

May 15, 2007 at 10:37pm

Any one made the run?? How was the trout bite?? big trout?? where?? Any reports are apreciated as I am thinking about it???

May 13, 2007 at 8:55pm

It's Mothers Day-so only time for a quick report. Sat and Sun we had late starts. But, Team Stolen Monkey came through again. Not with the BIG TROUT we were looking for, but a great trip nonetheless. Got live on Sat, but did not really use/need them. Went out Baptiste Collette and North both days. Picked up 28 trout and 4 nice Red Fish by 12:30 and headed in. Trout were 12" to 22"-no really big ones. Sun, 34 trout, all 12" to 16" and we had 1 30" Red. Left early for Mothers Day. Good luck to all, and stay safe out there!!!

May 13, 2007 at 8:01pm

This is a really good tournament and a fun family event. I have been a sponsor in the past and will be again this year, and I will fish it this year. The proceeds go to support a great and worthy cause. Spring Bayou fishing, including the bass fishing, has gotten much better in recent years due to the efforts of Spring Bayou Restoration Team. The SBRT and the LDWF put in a new floating dock at the landing. Check out their face book page, Spring Bayou Restoration Team News. For out of town folks, Marksville now has great hotel accommodations, including the Casino. Hope to see you at the tournament !!

January 24, 2015 at 12:31pm
A comment titled: Re: punching mats in response to a report titled: punching mats

Please give us a report. I am anxious to start punching mats myself, but just waiting on some better weather.

January 24, 2015 at 12:08pm
A comment titled: Interesting in response to a report titled: Flounder on a String

I can see how it can happen. As long as the filets look good, go with it.

December 15, 2014 at 9:34pm
A comment titled: How many motors needed?? in response to a report titled: How many motors needed

Like the Potterfield guy from Midway USA says...'At least one more!!!'

September 04, 2013 at 9:51pm
A comment titled: flats boat in response to a report titled: Flats Style Boat. Louisiana?

go to and look at the scooter boats used in Texas. I really thing it would work well in the Louisiana marsh, and with flotation, its likely unsinkable. I will own one soon as they are simply fishable. the deck space is great for fishing, more than any other boat. With a jack plate, you can run super shallow. Plus its an aluminum boat, wont rot and easily repairable. Good luck in your selection.

March 10, 2013 at 11:25pm
A comment titled: go south in response to a report titled: New Orleans

go down to Venice. The choices from there are many.

January 08, 2013 at 6:07pm
A comment titled: bump in response to a report titled: Monday

I keep looking at that biggg trout, and am having anxiety attacks because I cannot go to venice this weekend!!!!!!!

April 01, 2010 at 9:41pm
A comment titled: weight and measurements PLEASE! in response to a report titled: Monday

Man, that is what we are waiting for....GREAT FISH!!!!

March 29, 2010 at 9:55pm
A comment titled: drum in response to a report titled: Drum or Redfish

it is a black drum and the "spots" are parasites/growths on the fish. It's ok to notknow or be wrong, as there are a lot of folks here to steer a fellow in the right direction... It is certainly a big one, and I agree, likely worm infested!!!

March 29, 2010 at 9:40pm
A comment titled: How does the water look?? in response to a report titled: Capt. Owen Langridge-Big "O"

How does the water look down that way with the high river ??? we are headed down this thursday for some action on the reds. First trip of the year!

March 21, 2010 at 5:37pm

A new mayor, super bowl this is way over the top.....

February 07, 2010 at 9:41pm
A comment titled: Names in response to a report titled: Dogs names

My black lab/female is "Misty-Backwater Queen"
My yellow lab/male is "Charlie-Backwater King"

October 21, 2009 at 9:27pm
A comment titled: LifeTyme in response to a report titled: Life Tyme Bay Boats

I have fished with the 24' that was custom built for me, with extended 2' motor platform. It is a great boat, I really like it. I installed a big T-top and hung a 250 E-tech on it..They make a quality boat and it rides well..I fish Venice and we run in the open water all the Bodie King and go by his place in Jonesville for a look

August 24, 2009 at 11:58pm
A comment titled: great seat in response to a report titled: Millenium Tree Stands

man, i love mine. i have several and extra is a good stand fr saying in the tree for several hours, made well....the receivers make for great mobility, and fairly easy set up..get one, u will like it!!!!

August 19, 2009 at 10:10pm
A comment titled: garmin in response to a report titled: Please reccommend a Hand Held GPS

Garmin 60 CSx

August 19, 2009 at 4:43am
A comment titled: Great hunting areas.... in response to a report titled: BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU HUNT !!!!!

I think I should book a trip myself.....any openings??

August 17, 2009 at 7:49pm
A comment titled: Do like the rest of us.... in response to a report titled: TENSAS REFUGE Ruined- Camp for sale

Head up to hunt Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, etc...Louisiana and Mississippi just do not get the concept of quality PUBLIC hunting...its not all about huge bucks, quantity and seeing deer is important...the public areas are on a real decline due to too much pressure and silly regulations....a camera most certainly promotes a quality hunt effort, and that is what they should be trying to 2 cents...

July 22, 2009 at 9:06pm
A comment titled: hunt for the conditions in response to a report titled: TIPS FROM WMA/PUBLIC LAND BOWHUNTERS

i used to go crazy, worring about scent, wash soap, sprays, etc..just hunt the wind and learn where deer are moving to/from...that said, it is very hard on public ground as u do not have the ability to control others hunters access or methods..

June 01, 2009 at 6:02pm
A comment titled: say what??? in response to a report titled: Largest Whitetail ever raised?

How de QDMA boys say dat???..."let him go, so he can grow !"" My answer: I'll tell you as soon as he's loaded up on my 4 wheeler. Wow, what a deer!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 06, 2009 at 10:43pm
A comment titled: it is a great product in response to a report titled: Power Pole

i have the 8 foot on my 26 foot bay boat. it is a dream tool if you coastal fish for trout and reds

May 06, 2009 at 10:18pm
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