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Looking for advise. Hoping to get a houseboat spot at the wax for this season. Will be starting in dulac. Long haul... Boat is self propelled. My plan is to sail up the Houma Nav canal to the intracoastal. Then south at Calumet cut.

Several questions: has anyone gone through the locks at Amelia? Anything I should know or bring? I've got a VHF radio and GPS, that's about it.

Also, this would be my first time staying at the campground. Anything I should know ahead of time? I hear it's pretty safe, and that theft usually isn't a big problem. Is that correct?

Any input is appreciated. I'm very excited and a bit apprehensive about making the trip through the locks.


July 04, 2015 at 6:17pm

Wondering if anyone has ever snorkeled lake maurepas for catfish. Any info is appreciated. Need to know if the middle of the lake is desirable over the trees on the bank. Also, is there a certain time of year that is better to try it? Will be using small spearguns and pole spears. Thanks again. Not looking for any secret spots or honeyholes.

July 19, 2013 at 12:45pm

i'm in a bind here ya'll and could use some help. my friends and i had a dove hunt scheduled in north LA around the lake Bruin area and it was just called off by the landowner. i now need suggestions for places to go. i've found one place that was $200 per gun. i'm not too crazy about $200 bucks per gun. if anyone has any places to call or try i'd appreciate it.
while i'm at it, anyone have some decent places for teal? the guy we go with is no longer in business. thanks again and good luck to ya'll this season.

August 15, 2011 at 6:52pm

Anyone have any experience with the no longer manufactured (to my knowledge) Browning rolling block 45/70? I've only seen them at gun shows and they caught my eye as a beautiful breechloader that needs to be mine. Are they accurate? Reliable? Made in the U.S.A? Finish issues? Any input would be appreciated.

July 12, 2011 at 9:42pm

Anyone know where I can get bean bags in baton rouge for the boat? We're leaving tonight to Cocodrie and I would appreciate any advice. I tried wally world, toys r us, etc.

June 24, 2011 at 2:19pm

I was thinking about going to GI or Elmer's for some wade fishing. How did everyone do this past weekend? It looks like the winds should lay down a bit, or so the weatherman says. Any input or advice would be appriciated.

June 01, 2011 at 9:20pm

anyone fished the leeville area lately? i'm wanting to go saturday in the marsh for some reds but i dont want to donate 10 pounds of skin to the gnats. weather is supposed to be mild tomorrow so i'm kinda afraid. thanks.

January 28, 2011 at 12:38pm

anyone have any experience with the Remington 1100 in the 28 gauge? i don't know anyone personally that has one to ask. i've heard they may have cycling issues. i'd like to get one, i already have the 12 and 20 gauge, and a 28 would be a neat rabbit/dove gun. any advice would be appreciated.

November 20, 2010 at 11:34pm

Anyone been to the manchac prairie area for teal? Thinking about going Thursday but just seeing if any decent numbers were there. Thanks in advance.

September 15, 2009 at 4:16pm

anyone have a .38-55? been looking for a unique gun. i know the availability of ammo is an issue, but i won't be shooting that much anyways. i like the idea of the lesser recoil than the 45-70.
BTW, ruger used to make a model 1 in that caliber, talk about sweet.

August 24, 2009 at 3:23pm

just wondering has anyone ever tried to hunt the wax in a layout blind? i could see where it would work so long as the tide was going out or at least low. the season is nearing and i've already cleaned my gun and deeks so i'm trying to cope as well as i can.

July 20, 2009 at 10:23am

hey guys,
i was just given a gift card to cabela's and i'm thinking about the 30-30. don't know much about models, still debating over the marlin and the win 94. any help? i've always wanted that caliber, and i hunt alot of thick junk anyways. thanks for the input.

May 11, 2009 at 10:29pm

ya'll have any good deer roast recipes? how about some ducks? i'm happy to have the problem now of having two deer in the freezer and looking to cook some meat myself rather than bring it to the camp or mom. how about deer backstrap? thanks in advance.

January 24, 2009 at 5:46pm

ok guys, need some advise.

my muffler on my go devil surface drive is about shot, the cover plate rusted off en route to the prairie at manchac. now i see blue flames shooting out like a stock car. it sounds pretty cool, like i've had some work done on it. i'm worried that rain water could sit in there and do damage. also i don't think the air intake can take that kind of sustained heat. should i replace it with a stock muffler or go aftermarket? any performance increase? or should i leave it alone?

January 24, 2009 at 9:01am

can anyone tell me if i need a WMA tag if i have a lifetime license? i've been checked numerous times at the wax and i've never been asked to show a tag. thanks.

December 29, 2008 at 1:36pm

hey, ya'll,

i am looking for any advice for hunting the pearl. not looking to take anyone's honey holes, just best way to get there and what waterways to take. all i'm interested in is getting a hog or two. coming from I-12 from gonzales. i've got a go-devil surface drive so shallow water shouldn't matter much. any help would be appreciated.
ya'll take care, merry christmas (NOT "happy holidays").

December 25, 2008 at 11:24am

went sunday around the Rayne area despite high winds and ulgy clouds from Ike, apparantly, the teal didn't mind. we had 5 limits of blues down by 8. crappy dog so we lost a few in the rice fields. saw lots of big ducks, including those mexican whistlers, gotta get me one of those this year. the water was still rising fast due to strong south wind. hope ya'll made it out alright. anyone have any info on the wax? any birds (i'm sure there's a few) or bad damage?

September 16, 2008 at 4:14pm

anybody have any advice for a varmint gun? thinking about a 22-250 or a .223. how about brand name, not a fan of encore, don't want to buy extra scopes for each barrel. also, can you shoot nutria at the wax lake WMA? that would be a neat way to gear up for coyote. thanks.

January 16, 2008 at 6:00pm

anyone have any kudos or gripes about the gator-tails or the prodrives? i've got a go-devil surface drive now and i am not impressed one bit. i hunt the wax almost exclusively and i am tired of pushing that heavy ass boat out. the prop bogs the motor down even in soupy mud. i know i'm opening myself to a wide open debate but let's try it. i've heard mixed reviews about Prodrive having trouble with the gearboxes, then some owners tell me it's the best thing since shock collars. any advice is appreciated.

January 09, 2008 at 9:59pm

congrats on the beautiful pintail greenhead. i've been looking for one like yours for a quite a while. reading everyone else's reports about the rough times hunting the wax makes me feel better. it's been pretty difficult to get even teal to commit to the spread. most will work our spread then just drift off like they're not interested. had to get out of the boat-blind and just sit in a grass clump. we hunted saturday and went 3 hours before firing a shot, that sucked. did get my first speck though. still better than work.

January 09, 2008 at 9:34pm
A comment titled: Re: Houseboat mooring at the wax in response to a report titled: Houseboat mooring at the wax


July 08, 2015 at 1:43pm
A comment titled: Reds in response to a report titled: I Can't Catch Redfish!

All of the advise already given is great. I think it bears repeating what 2thebream said. Stealth is your friend in skinny water, canoe, kayak, whatever. If you're making ripples or little waves, or if your trolling motor bumps an oyster, that sound carries well over such shallow water. I learned (still learning) how to redfish in Leeville in a 14 foot Cajun Special. I was addicted soon thereafter but learned that noise is the enemy. I personally don't think it takes much for a red to bite, but shrimp def won't hurt. I find they like gold, and red. Good luck. Hope this helps.

March 15, 2012 at 8:20pm
A comment titled: Bump in response to a report titled: dove hunt


August 16, 2011 at 11:41am
A comment titled: Waders in response to a report titled: Rookie Duckhunter Seeks advice

In response to toulaboy, I'm not going to argue semantics. I never mentioned 'breathable' waders, only rubber. I do wear neoprene waders while riding, but only with a wading belt around. It doesnt matter why people drown, only that they did. The point is don't put yourself in a position to be swimming for your life. Wear your lifejacket, and put whatever waders you have on after the boat ride is over.

July 29, 2011 at 11:42am
A comment titled: Gear in response to a report titled: Rookie Duckhunter Seeks advice

Like the other guys said going with someone is your best bet for early success. For gun I'd go 870, cause it's cheap and ultra reliable, just keep your gun well lubed. I'd get some rubber chest waders, such as hodgeman, DO NOT WEAR THEM WHILE RIDING IN THE BOAT, many have drowned because of being ejected from the boat and waders filling up. Cheap steel ammo is good, I used hevi-shot and hevi-steel when I had more money and even though it's better, I can't justify the price now. Modified to improved cylinder choke at first, graduate to full as you see fit. I went out and bought a 16 foot surface drive mud boat, both for hunting and marsh fishing, so I was hooked from jumpstreet. I feel your pain. I grew up deer hunting and picked up duck hunting about 10 years ago. It can be the most fun ever, or the worst time ever, and hard work is always involved. I wouldn't trade it for anything. As far as calls, the most I'd do for now is a mallard drake call. That's a pretty easy call to pick up. I wouldn't get too crazy with decoys until you figure out where you're going, you need more at some places than you do others. Sorry if I'm long winded but there's a lot to cover in this great sport. Email me if you have any questions.

July 29, 2011 at 10:20am
A comment titled: Mudmotor in response to a report titled: Surface Drives...

This topic comes up about this time every year. If you search mudmotor's on this site you'll get gobs of opinions, which is exactly what they are. Each have their place. I went with the go-devil surface drive, no real regrets. I find it's a good performer in the 'all-around' category, meaning it's the best and worst at nothing. I found it's better balanced than all others, making jumping stumps easier. The terribly long handle takes up too much room, and the lack of reverse is a pain in my butt. If there is a cross current or high wind or a narrow canal, it takes me a while to load the boat on the trailer. I have a go-devil boat with rounded chines, and that doesn't help at low speeds. As everyone stated, take a wet ride in ALL of them, and make an informed decision, these things ain't cheap. And I would def use a mud boat, the transom is way more stout. Good luck.

July 19, 2011 at 3:07pm
A comment titled: Gun in response to a report titled: Browning 45/70

Thanks for the input guys. I didn't know they were made in japan, that hurt a bit. I know they're beautiful and all, but to me Browning (and Remington and Winchester and Springfield, etc) are freaking AMERICAN icons, not to be made by some guy who never played cowboys and Indians or watched Eastwood westerns.
Ok, I'm done whining. Still, those are some gorgeous rifles and I'll start looking for them more closely.
Just out of curiosity, what's the major difference between rolling and falling block? Also with high side and low? Thanks again, and please remember I'm not knocking the guns, just the decision to export origin of manufacture.

July 13, 2011 at 10:24pm
A comment titled: Superior bait in response to a report titled: Rod Repair

I second Superior. Mark is a good guy and will help you out. Give him a buzz.

July 04, 2011 at 6:13pm
A comment titled: Snapper in response to a report titled: Spearfishing Snapper City

That's awesome man. We're supposed to go on our first dive this weekend barring the bad weather. Last time we went out (2 summers ago) we passed on 15 lbs red snapper repeatedly. They're about as endangered as salvania in the swamp. Good job on the meat haul, those are some fatties.

June 20, 2011 at 8:52pm
A comment titled: Flesh eating bacteria in response to a report titled: Grand Isle 'CAUTION'

It is usually caused by a form of strep. It's called necrotizing fasciitis. It is fatal 100% of the time without treatment. Google it, click on images, and I hope you have a strong stomach. Cellulitis is the precursor to NF. I'm glad your outcome was positive, I used to work at St. Elizabeth in the ICU, cellulitis was a frequent cause of ICU transfers. I liked dr. Gertie, she's pleasant to work with and knows her stuff.
I carry a bottle of alcohol in the boat, the burn means it's working! Clorox must burn like you know what. I've seen a few shrimper's finger as well, that ain't pleasant either. Hope you have a smooth recovery and don't forget the alcohol, especially the rubbing kind.

June 14, 2011 at 4:23pm
A comment titled: Savage turkeys in response to a report titled: What have you seen?

I was in a deer lease with an old man that came back from a afternoon hunt beat up pretty badly. He was hunting over a food plot sitting against a big washout. He said all of a sudden he felt this thing hit him in the head, then proceeds to beat him about the head and face. It was a big ol' Tom, which landed on his head walking down the washout. That Tom beat him so bad with his spurs he broke his glasses and the birds right spur got stuck in his skin over his right temple, causing the bird to panic even more. That man looked like he got in fight with a pot, and Barry Bonds was swinging it. The bird was ok.

June 05, 2011 at 4:15pm
A comment titled: GI in response to a report titled: Desperate to wade Grand Isle

Went to GI last weekend. Waves were breaking 200 yards offshore. Fished about 30 minutes with 3 other guys using plastics and topwaters and live shrimp. Nothing, nada. Waves were so bad the shrimp drowned in 2 casts. Went to the marsh and did ok on the reds. Heard the specks were biting in barataria if you could find clean water. I don't have a big enough boat for that. Hope this helps.

May 26, 2011 at 11:28am
A comment titled: Peace in response to a report titled: Capt. Peace Marvel

My first offshore trip was with peace and a deckhand he hired I think just to crack jokes on. That guy was freaking intense. He had been fishing 18 days before us and had another 10 to go after us. When we finally hooked up on a tuna I thought he was gonna cut a back flip. He never stopped screaming at us and the fish when the bite was on. He made us recite a line I won't repeat here if we wanted the harness. The whole day was freaking hilarious. He stayed on that deckhand's rear end constantly, that crap was so funny I thought I was gonna pee my pants. Felt sorry for the guy, but still.... He had that glacier bay floored the whole day, despite 4 foot seas. Those motors were screaming like raped apes when we went airborne. I had to ask my other buddies if all capt's were like this, they responded,'heck no, and hold on!'. I'd schedule a trip in a heartbeat if I had the money. I've always heard great things about him. I can see it. After the trip, he was a laid back hippy and cutting jokes with us all, except the deckhand.

May 12, 2011 at 4:34pm
A comment titled: Hogs in response to a report titled: Morganza Floodway to Open

On a serious note I agree about the hogs. Let us on the levee, boat or pirogue in hand and go nuts on the hogs. No deer. Heck, Wildlife & Fisheries could charge $25.00 per man. I'd pay it all day long.

May 09, 2011 at 9:36pm
A comment titled: Flood in response to a report titled: Morganza Floodway to Open

Role dat brings up some good intel. I'm only begining to learn the area but I already love it as it seems to be a good place for ducks with VERY little pressure. I assume role dat is talking about Nettle's grass? That stuff sucks, I've carried a few beagles out that couldn't bear to walk a yard much less track.
We all hope and pray for y'all affected. Good luck and God bless.

May 08, 2011 at 9:19am
A comment titled: Grand Isle in response to a report titled: Specks In the Surf

Man I wish I could go..... Oh wait, I am. Good luck.

May 04, 2011 at 8:35am
A comment titled: Butterfly in response to a report titled: Building a stationary butterfly net.

Heck yeah build it! I'd make my money back in no time just not buying shrimp anymore. I'd set up a huge light over the net and watch the bag fill. Several ice chests would be involved. Good times.

April 28, 2011 at 5:02pm
A comment titled: Dularge in response to a report titled: Windy Day Trout Smackdown !!

That's WAY better than our box of fish. We got a late start as we had to wait on a snoozer. We started fishing with whitecaps in the lake. Not fun in a mud boat. Good job on the trout. We tried for redfish but couldn't force them to bite. We found very clean, clear water and threw all but a bullet at redfish while site casting.
Any advice on bait or what to look for? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Take care and contrats again.

April 17, 2011 at 9:52pm
A comment titled: Crawfish in response to a report titled: seasoning in boiled crawfish???

I had a buddy of mine in St. Martinville steam them, they were very good, but I'd rather the boil method. I don't care to have cayenne clumps on my fingers.
Someone mentioned steaming crabs, can you elaborate? Never tried that. Also what can I do to make my shrimp peel easier? I'm tired of buying boiled shrimp that dont peel without taking some meat off. Thanks!

P.S. Only in south LA would one have a detailed argument on seafood preparation. Thank God for that.

March 30, 2011 at 7:33am
A comment titled: Fourchon in response to a report titled: Fourchon Reds

Shoulda brought me! I would've at least caught some gnats. Sucks that I couldn't go with y'all. Me and pops went to the lease and baited the hog trap, so at least I was out in the pretty weather. I heard the bite was slow for everyone.

March 15, 2011 at 8:51am
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