Whats up guys, its been a while, I used to be all over this website until they changed the format, but just checking in to see how many of my Dularge/cocodrie people are looking forward to the trout bite thats about to blow up. Shouldn't be long until we can go offshore to the islands and rigs. Has anyone been out to raccoon point, the pickets, or mardi gras recently? just seeing if anyone knows what the water looks like as of the past few weeks.
I just got this Minn Kota Copilot for my boat and after getting some work done to it, I mounted it on the boat and it worked fine last weekend down in Fourchon. Had no issues and was very impressed with it. Went down to the camp in Dularge this weekend to do a little fishing. Got to the first spot, plugged it in and heard the normal 'BEEP' it always gives then started to use the remote and everything was fine until I lowered it into the water and it worked for a few seconds then just quit on me. I messed with the trolling motor as much as I could on the water and nothing was happening it just would not work. Pushed the 'test' button on the trolling motor and it showed full battery. It was working fine and then all of a sudden nothing.... no beeps no nothing.... Has anyone ever had this issue before?? I am hoping it is just a dead remote battery because all of my connections seem to be fine. any help is greatly appreciated because it put a huge hamper on the fishing trip.... can't do much sight fishing without a trolling motor
Had the first trip of the year south of dularge at the rigs and islands. Fished with Zebco's and jumbo frozen shrimp from Rouse's on the bottom and slammed 95 nice trout. Sure was a good feelin' getting back out there!
Hey guys I've got a camp in the middle of the marsh that is essentially a metal shack kinda like a quanza hut on posts 10 feet off of the water. We noticed how unbearable it is to be in the camp during the summer when it is so hot even with two air conditioning units and in the winter when it is very cold it is impossible to keep the heat in from a small heater. We sprayed foam insulation all over the metal walls and thankfully the camp is only about 20 feet long and 15 or so feet wide but we came up short on our spraying. There is probably about a 5th of the metal wall on the camp that needs to be finished sprayed. We also walled in the front and back walls with the pink roll up insulation and covered with plywood. We have noticed a huge difference in keeping the cold air and warm air inside from the insulation but still when the sun comes out, it is noticeable that the remaining metal walls warm up the inside of the camp a good bit. I was wandering if you guys knew of a cheaper alternative to finishing the spray insulation other than spending another 500$-600$ on another purchase of spray insulation because we just don't need that much more. We would probably only us a 1/5th of that purchase to finish the camp. And being that we are in college the cheaper alternative is almost a must. If you guys know of anything else we could do or find a smaller amount of spray foam insulation please let me know!
I've always used just the average decoy spread with groups of big ducks and other groups of teal on the outsides spread out accordingly around the blind with a few landing strips in front of the blind. What decoy spreads to ya'll throw out in the marsh? Im sure ducks have to get used to seeing the same ol thing and i think i'm falling victim to this at times with gray ducks getting smarter and smarter with no fronts pushing new birds down. I'm looking for some ideas for a game changer guys lemme know what ya'll think
I'm heading down to the camp this weekend with a few friends to do some fishing and hang out. I have been fishing around mud lake, deer bayou, and lake merchant recently with little luck. I am going to wake up saturday morning early and go try some new areas. My first move is heading straight for Taylor's Bayou, Bayou D'west, and fishing areas in there. Does anyone have any advice for this area? I'm going to be fishing it hard around Mudhole Bay, I've never fished out here before so any input is greatly appreciated thanks and god bless
Been a while guys but I got a chance away from school and made a quick fishing trip Friday down to Dularge in search of some trout and reds in the marsh. I've heard some good reports the past couple weeks of trout showing up in good numbers in the marsh and lakes in Dularge so I had to go give it a try. We started fishing some reefs and cuts in Lake Merchant picking up a few fish here and there but most were small school trout. As the day went on we moved down to Sister Lake and Bayou Saveur with very little luck. We then made the move to some of my spots in Deer Bayou and started pecking away at some nice trout, reds, flounder, and bass. Even though the day was slow over all I still saw some good signs of the fish moving in. I guess the warmer weather and small tide had things messed up a little bit, but we ended the day with 15 nice trout, 1 red, 1 bass, and 2 flounder. The water looked nice and all the ponds are loaded with grass so I've got high hopes for this duck season. Saw some nice flocks of teal but we've still got a month and some cold fronts to push down those big flocks of gray ducks. All the fish were caught on matrix shads either tightlined or under a cork. Hopefully I can get back down there next week sometime cuz its only a matter of time until they start showing up thick. Anyone else been catching lately?
Hey guys I've got a question about my Boat and motor so if anyone else has a Honda 225 four stroke please feel free to chime in. I've got a 22 foot Triton LTS bay boat with a 225 Honda Four stroke on it. Since I have gotten the boat three years ago it has treated me very well. I always go easy on the boat never pushing it above 30 to 35 mph but I have a question on how many RPM's I should be pushing at that speed. Running the boat at 30 Mph my boat runs at about 4300 RPM's and at about 4800 RPM's the boat runs at about 33 to 34 mph. Is this normal? I know the Triton is a heavy boat and the top end speed of the four strokes isn't very fast, but I am hoping that running my boat at 4700 RPM's all the time isn't putting too much strain on the motor. I have only pushed my boat wide open maybe a handful of times and it goes about 47 mph, but speed is not my concern. 30 mph gets where I need to go safely and just fine to me. My question is, what is the safest RPM's to be running my motor while cruising to my fishing spots for the motor's sake? Is 4500 RPM's on average normal to be running these motors? The reason why I am asking is because I am just a college kid trying to prolong the life of my motor as long as possible. Thankfully our good Lord has blessed me with no issues with it so far, but if anything catastrophic were to happen to it then I would definitely be in a serious bind financially, which is why I am searching for a little advice. Any input is greatly appreciated. Also what RPM's for these big four strokes is the most fuel efficient? I have been searching online trying to get answers but not finding much. Thanks guys in advance for the any help or input ya'll have. God bless and happy fishing fellas
What's happening guys, I am looking for some advice on bringing back the color of my fiberglass bay boat. it is a red and white triton bay boat and the red coloring on the boat is faded pretty badly. I am trying to bring back the color myself. What would you guys recommend to get the faded oxidation spots off of the red paint on the sides of the boat and also on the center console? I have tried buffing it a while ago with a cheap chemical i bought at academy but It didn't last very long. Is there more I need to do to restore the gel coat other than buffing that liquid onto it?? thanks guys and god bless
For those of you that have camps out in the marsh or even anywhere in the swamp, how Do you guys go about disinfecting and cleaning out a little camp that hasn't been used in 3 or 4 years? We have been sleeping in it fine but still I would like to get it a little more sanitary. It is just one open room
I'm heading offshore out of dularge and planning on hitting a section of rigs in about 50-55 feet of water around 35 or so miles out because I'm limited to a small gas tank in my bay boat. Can anyone give me any information on what kinds of fish we could possibly catch in 50 feet of water around these rigs? We've caught cobia out there before but just interested if there is anything else out there worth fishing for
Haven't been down to Dularge in over a month due to some issues that have been going on back here in Baton Rouge, but with all those settled and solved I decided last friday was a great day to get back on the water. Myself and two friends from home picked up my boat and got caught at the bridge by Falgout's opening twice.... So we got a late start, didn't start fishing until 7:30ish. We headed out to Lake Mechant and were greeted with perfect warm weather, calm seas, and beautiful water so my hopes were high. We bounced around almost every reef I know of in Mechant and Mud Lake and only managed to pick up a few trout at every stop. Surprisingly the water was extremely low but very clean. We managed catching 17 nice trout on Matrix shads but nothing like I had hoped. We would pull up to a reef, catch a few real quick then it would die down. Did not see a single flock of birds diving in the lake and didn't see a single shrimp popping. There was a falling tide all day with great conditions but I guess everything is about a month late due to the late, cold winter. I am still waiting on the shrimp to show up in the lakes then it should be game on. Before we left we did a little sightfishing in the shallow ponds off of Mechant and managed 9 quick reds and a nice bass. All of these were caught on spinnerbaits right next to the boat. With the low water the reds were a little more spooky than usual, but there's always some willing to eat no matter the conditions. I am hoping to get back down there this weekend to catch a few fish. Has anyone else been fishing down there lately with any success on trout?
Made another one of my frequent fishing trips down to dularge this morning because I had to drop my boat off at Pellegrin Marine in Houma this afternoon to get its annual service. Headed down early this morning with 3 friends from Baton Rouge, Elliot Diel, Corey Holmes, and Logan Messina from Dallas. We launched the boat at 6am and we were off to fish the bayous and marsh on the northeast end of Lake Mechant. We started off fishing the same spots we have been fishing since duck season ended that have been producing a bunch of redfish and occasionally some good trout bites. Today was all trout, by 9 am we had 40 in the boat then I decided to go try an area that I bass fish during the summer. Found a good canal with plenty current flowing through it with the incoming tide and plenty of cuts leading into the marsh. We started catching nice 16 inch trout consistently in the deeper water using green hornet matrix shads bouncing them off the bottom in the middle of the canal then made our way to the cuts leading into the marsh. It was game on from that moment on. I switched over to a green tsunami swim bait and we all began hammering the trout every cast in the shallower water. With 10 fish left to fill our 4 man limit I hooked into the biggest trout I have ever caught personally and just as my buddy Corey got him in the net the bait flew out of his mouth. God must have answered my prayers this morning when I woke up haha the trout was 25 and a half inches and anywhere from 5 to 6 pounds. Had a great trip out there today and can\'t wait for this weather to warm up and hit the lakes for some fast trout action. In a matter of 10 minutes I caught a bass, redfish and a 5 pound trout.... Nothing better than the DU! Ended the day with 100 trout, 2 reds, and one bass
Good luck out there and go get on those trout while this weather allows
Had a great time fishing beside Captain Rob Dupont and Captain Marty Lacoste early in the morning, they're always feeling Froggy lol Marty take care of my spring break glasses
Fishing in Dularge lately has been very good recently with the cold weather and now with some warmer weather approaching I am excited about what Spring time has to bring for down there. Most of the fishing I have been doing has been on the Eastern region of Dularge. Launching at Jugs and fishing bayous and canals anywhere from the Eastern end of Lake Mechant, mud Lake, and around the Bayou Saveur area. I do a lot of sightfishing for redfish during the late summer around Lost Lake and Lake Carencro in the surrounding duck ponds. I always see far fewer boats in these areas when I am out there. I have to think that these areas just don't get as much fishing pressure especially this time of year. I am fishing saturday and am planning on trying to find some good canals on the south end of Lost Lake.
Do any of ya'll have any experience fishing this area during the winter months and early spring like it is now?? I am hoping to find some good canals for trout fishing. I am going to start at Rice Bayou, and make my way East fishing areas such as Eagle Bayou, Eagle Lake, and Lake Pagie. I have never fished these areas before But I am just looking to explore a little and hopefully find some new areas with not as much fishing pressure. Very happy with the results we have been having lately around Lake Mechant but I'm eager for a day of exploration. Let me know if any of you guys have any experience fishing these areas this time of year
Made a trip yesterday with a couple of my buddies from Baton Rouge that normally join me down in the DU. On the way down we were excited about the warmer temperatures outside and the rising water temperatures. We were hoping so smack the trout like we did last monday but things didn't exactly play out that way. We launched at Jugs and were on our way for another day of fishing. We hit a number of canals from around Bayou Saveur, Mud Lake, and Lake Mechant with the same results. Picking up a few trout quick then everything would die off. The water was very clean and the tide was falling all day but for some reason the trout just didn't want to cooperate. After finally realizing the trout didn't want to bite for some reason we headed for the marsh around noon. Fished for a couple hours in shallow duck ponds and managed 18 redfish to salvage the day. All fish were caught on tsunami swim baits, H&H swimbaits and green hornet matrix shads in about a foot and a half of moving water outside of the grass lines. The sun stayed behind the clouds all day so sightfishing wasn't a possibility but we still managed to fill up the Yeti. Had a great time as always on the water even though the fishing wasn't amazing. Biggest surprise of the trip was when my buddy caught a tagged redfish that said Call this number for a reward! Going to call it in today and see what that has to offer. First tagged redfish caught out of my boat and hopefully many more to come
Now with duck season over I decided to get the dust and cobwebs off of the bay boat and take her out for a day of fishing in dularge. We left Baton Rouge at 4 am and got on the water around 6:30 and we were off for another amazing day down in paradise. We hit a few holes where the reds were biting extremely well towards the end of duck season and we didn't manage a bite the entire morning. The tide wasn't moving very well so we decided to make the move further south around Bayou Seveur and still nothing for a couple hours.... Then finally the tide started moving right around noon when we were thinking about heading back to Baton Rouge and we found a cut with good water movement and it was on. Started slinging in reds consistently for the next hour and a half until we finished our 4 man limit. We also managed to catch 4 nice trout and a flounder amidst the school of redfish. I had my buddies from Dallas with me who don't ever get to do much saltwater fishing so they wanted to try and get on some big fish before we went home. I went into a deeper canal and we just let the matrix shads sit on the bottom until something came along and picked them up. Sure enough we got two nice bullreds in about 15 minutes and then we called it a day. Great way to get the bay boat geared up for the long fishing season ahead of us. Every single fish was caught on either the green hornet matrix shads or the tiger bait matrix shad.
It is amazing how many ducks I saw down in dularge yesterday. Driving through Lake Mechant and Mud Lake I was jumping thousands and thousands of birds all day long. I guess the ducks are smarter than us, they know when its safe for them to finally make it down. Perfect timing....
All in all I can't really make any complaints for the past duck season we just had in Dularge. The season most definatley had its ups and downs but I got to go on some great hunts with some of my closest friends and whether you are killing or not we all know its almost always a great time in the marsh. I made a total of 39 hunts this year and we ended duck season with 396 birds. Kind of wished we could have broken the 400 mark but beggars cant be choosers. Of course the most success was had hunting the days of the front down in dularge but we also had some outstanding hunts on those calm sunny days. The secret to hunting this year for us was to hunt mid day and hunt smaller ponds where those grays have to fully commit to the decoys instead of landing 30 yards outside of them. I don't have the exact numbers on me but of those 396 birds it wouldn't surprise me if 300 to 320 of them were gray ducks. The rest were mainly teal with 3 pintails, 1 green head, 1 wigeon, and a couple redheads, dos gris and canvasbacks mixed in. Did anyone else this year notice the significant decrease in the amount of dos gris that made it down to the marshes?? last year it seemed as if we couldn't keep them off of us and this year we seriously may have killed 5 or 6! The second split was by far better for us than the first split but the last week of the season was about as slow as it gets. Thank goodness for redfish to salvage the day because the birds must have caught on to our 8 decoy spread in smaller potholes because they wouldn't come near us last week. Im sure some people had great seasons and others had bad ones but I hope ya'lls season was as enjoyable as mine. I didn't get to make hunts this year with my friends Capt. Marty Lacoste or Capt. Chris Venable but we will for sure be going on a few next year. Taking a few weeks off to concentrate on school and then time to get the Triton ready to go for fishing season.... also that means time to really empty out my wallet on gas
So far this season has had it's ups and downs but things are looking great for the rest of the year down in the DU! Hunted the front this morning with my buddies Dylan Fellipe and Elliot Diel and we had flocks of 10 to 15 grays coming in the decoys non stop all morning. We finished at 7:30 with our 13 gray ducks and 5 teal. Should have passed on the teal to shoot some more big ducks but hey beggars can't be choosers. Taking the day off tomorrow and Wednesday but we'll be back at em from Thursday morning on. Good luck to everyone and enjoy the last couple weeks of the season, it goes by quick!
I made another one of my random weekday trips down to Dularge last Thursday, 10/17/13 with a couple friends from Baton Rouge and my cousin from Alexandria. Our main goal for the day was to chase trout and we had what I would call an average day. We made great time getting down to Jug's and launching at around 6:15 then heading off to our first spot in Lake Mechant. Headed to a cut that has been producing for the past couple weeks and for the SECOND time in a row another boat beat me to the spot. So we stayed about 150 yards away picking up 15-20 nice trout while watching them catch nice keeper fish two at a time on double rigs and under a cork. The fish definately congregate right on the points with moving water flowing around them. I couldn't take it anymore so off we went in search of some more trout on a few reefs that I know of and picking away at the birds. Birds are all over Lake Mechant and Sister Lake right now but the fish haven't been very big. For every 30 or so trout you catch one might stretch to be 12 inches. Right as we got on a reef that was producing the bad weather rolled in. Strong winds, rain, and some colder weather shut the bite down so we retreated deep into the marsh to do some reliable redfishing. All summer reds have been thick and easy in the ponds on the north end of lake merchant, but with bad weather and clouds blocking the sun, it made sightfishing almost impossible. Surprisingly we still managed 6 beautiful bronze reds and 3 bass only fishing in the marsh for 30 minutes or so then my friends wanted to go chase more trout. The skies cleared up and weather was beautiful from 10:30 on and made fishing very relaxing. Capt Marty and Capt Chris Venable led me in the right direction so We fished some new spots further south on the southeastern end of Sister Lake and every single small bayou or cut opening up to the lake produced 3 or 4 nice trout. By the time we made it down there the tide had stopped but we still caught some good fish. All the fish in the cuts wanted either a DOA or a TKO shrimp under a cork, none of them wanted the trusty Ol' Matrix Shad double rigs on the bottom. Any bayou or canal right now down in Dularge has specks hanging out in them if you hit several cuts a day with water movement you are sure to put together a nice box. On the way in I talked to Captain Marty Lacoste and he had already limited out 75 trout, cleaned the fish, cleaned his boat, and took a 30 minute nap on the big Blue Wave by the time I pulled up to his dock to say hello haha those guys no what to do even on bad weather days with minimal tide movement. Last year I booked a trip with Chris Venable at this time of the year and he showed me all around upper dularge, its amazing how much you can learn with one of these guys in only one day on the water. Every trip since then I have either loaded the boat or came home with at least 30-40 trout this time of year. I would highly suggest booking a trip with one of these guides if you want to start fishing Dularge. It's well worth the money.
Good luck out there, with duck season right around the corner I won't be fishing as much but I'll be out there at least once a week hopefully. Didn't see very many ducks at all down in DU the past couple weeks hopefully these next few cold fronts pushes some birds down in a hurry with the Coastal Zone starting a week early this year
Made two trips to dularge this past week, on wednesday and friday and the weather was amazing. Wednesday i fished with three friends from Baton Rouge and the conditions were perfect. 65 degree weather with no wind and a falling tide all day long. We busted up the reds sightfishing in the ponds and after we got our 20 fish limit we played catch and release on 10 or so more fish. Then we moved onto the trout in Lake Mechant on the south end of the lake picking up 60-70 keeper fish with a good amount of throwbacks. We fished cuts in the lake with moving water with corks and TKO shrimp in the creole color with the chartreuse tail about a 2 feet under the cork. We caught fish under the birds but most were dinker throw back trout. Friday I fished with two friends and we just targeted trout all morning. What a difference two days can make.... warmer weather with some wind and rain and minimal tide movement only yeilded 26 keeper trout. All in all it was a fun day but we didn't even target redfish because I just felt like the fish were going to turn on at any point in the day but it just never happened. The trout are definately in the lakes but havent moved into the winter holes in the marsh just yet. With this big cold front coming through next week it should push some more fish into the marshes in the deeper holes for a few days. If you are heading down to dularge pick up some TKO shrimp from Jugs and also we caught some nice fish on the new Vortex Shads. Great baits cant wait to see how they do in the winter time. Wish I had pictures to put up but Im having trouble getting them off my phone. good luck out there and god bless