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Does anyone know when the Louisiana Hunting & Fishing Expo will be this year. I'm talking about the big one at the Lamar-Dixon Center in Gonzales. I can't find any info on the web.
Thanks in advance!
Hope to see ya'll there.

January 03, 2009 at 12:12am

Here's my Outdoors Christmas wish list
Posted by Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune December 03, 2008 11:34AM
Categories: Bob Marshall, Fishing, Hunting
Economists tell us we're in the beginning of a deep recession. They say Americans are cutting back -- or cutting out -- gift-giving this holiday season. But that doesn't mean we can't compile our annual Christmas wish lists. Just realize they will be more wish than reality.

So the tradition continues. All I want for Christmas is . . .

For Gov. Bobby Jindal to make coastal restoration his No. 1 priority, and become a constant and vocal leader on the issue. After basically ignoring the problem during his campaign, Jindal has since made good appointments in critical agencies, and issued strong statements about the urgency of our crisis. But he needs to do more, and quickly. Two years ago, scientists told us if we were not actively building land along the southeastern coast within 10 years, we would lose the fight in that area. Although Jindal didn't create the problem, he's the quarterback for the team in sudden death. If we don't get the job done, it will be on his record. . . .
I'd also like. . . A new strain of speckled trout that reach 10 pounds in three years. . . . A GPS unit that shows what our marsh really looks like. . . . A 12-month duck season . . . The institution of Sportsman's Savings Time, during which sunrise is at 10 a.m. That way the true heroes of our culture (hunters and anglers) can have a leisurely breakfast, wait for the traffic to clear, then still make it to the hoist or the blind by sunrise. We'd have enough energy to hunt daily without feeling pooped. And we wouldn't have to rush home after the outings. . . . Self-cleaning anchors . . . Stainless steel that doesn't rust . . . Trailer bolts that don't come loose.

I'd also like. . . President-elect Barack Obama to fill our resource agencies with administrators from hunting, fishing and environmental groups. President Bush, like some chief executives before him, stacked agencies that manage our public property with people from the industries they are supposed to regulate. It's time to give our public property back to the public.

I'd also like. . . To see a headline that reads: "Gnats going extinct." Listen, I believe in biodiversity, but what role do gnats play in our ecosystem other than driving outdoorsmen crazy? I'd rather spend a day in a dentist chair than hunt or fish when the gnats are out. Besides, a species whose name starts with a silent "g" will never be missed. . . . One outdoors show that doesn't have country music as the sound track. How about a little Led Zeppelin with the next sunrise opening? . . . Decoys with anchor lines that retract by remote control -- after they swim back to the blind. . . . LSU to get a research grant for the development of corn that grows in salt water. Then coastal sportsmen could hunt like our colleagues in the midwest: sitting in flooded fields surrounded by ears of corn as wave after wave of greenheads surround us.

I'd also like. . . The state school system to make environmental education a mandatory part of the curriculum beginning in grammar school, with a focus on wetlands that includes frequent trips beyond the levees. For a city and culture that owes so much of its history and any chance of its survival to the wetlands around us, it is always shocking to learn how many people have never been on the other side of the levees. It's like living in Denver and not understanding the role of snow in your life.

I'd also like. . . Tuna in Lake Pontchartrain, Florida-strain largemouths in the 17th Street Canal, wahoo in City Park's lagoons, tarpon at Lafreniere Park and a one-day hunting season on squirrel, ducks and doves in Audubon Park. . . . Waders with zippers. . . . Spoons that don't result in line twist. . . . A week when the fish only feed on the bank away from the sun. . . . An autumn that lasts 12 months. . . . A population of 40-inch redfish that live in 1 foot of water. . . . Some way to carry 15 rods on a 19-foot boat without catching them on my back-cast. . . . Topwater baits that cost $1. . . . A day when the tide falls at a steady pace from sunup until sundown, but the marsh never drains.

I'd also like. . . . A mountain range in southern Louisiana. Think about it: the 12,000-foot Boudreaux Range just 80 miles to the north filled with elk, mule deer, grizzlies, grouse, rainbow and cutthroats. The nation would save on energy because all the crazy Cajuns who drive out west to hunt, fish and ski could now get there by bus. And we'd have a much shorter drive during hurricane evacuations. The government is looking for large public works projects, how about this one?

I'd also like. . . A national government that won't let the recession and low fuel prices make global warming a secondary issue. Anyone living on a coast -- especially in Louisiana -- should be among the most concerned citizens on the planet about the rapidly melting polar ice. Sportsmen in northern states already have seen impacts on game and fish, but coastal residents face removal from the map.

I'd also like. . . Short-sighted mallards that feed on saltwater marsh grass. . . . Blind gobblers . . . A season when blue water moves right to the coastline, bringing tuna, wahoo, marlin and dolphin to Grand Isle and Empire. . . . One duck call that does everything - mallard hen, feed, comeback, widgeon whistle, teal and gray duck. That way I don't have to drop one and feel for the other. . . . An entire year when the breeze is never more than 5 mph (this is after gnats become extinct). . . . A return of the disease that wiped out hardhead catfish a few summers ago. . . . A cold front that freezes every drop of water between the North Pole and the Yucatan -- except for my pond. . . . Slow teal. . . . A gun that never misses.

I'd also like . . . A personal injury liability exemption for landowners who allow public hunting and fishing on their property. States like Kansas that have such laws have seen participation in outdoor sports spike in recent years. This is urgent. The number of outdoors folk continues to decline in real terms, as well as a percentage of the total population, and one of the major reasons listed is always "lack of access." Such exemptions can help reduce that issue.

I'd also like . . . A way to give every local resident a chance to hover about 1,000 feet above the city during any high tide to see just how close the Gulf of Mexico has moved to our doorsteps. . . . A way to give every kid a chance to hunt, fish, paddle, ride, hike and camp. . . . Some way to spend more than 365 days outdoors. . . . A dog that lives forever. . . . Another year like this one.

Tags: Bob Marshall, Fishing, Hunting, Outdoors

December 05, 2008 at 11:44am

Has anyone ever tried putting the rice bran in a feeder? I was just wondering if it would throw correctly or would just run out the botton. Maybe it could be mixed with some corn? I know it needs to stay dry to keep from caking up. Just wondering if anyone has tried this?

November 18, 2008 at 2:12pm

If anyone has any tips on surf fishing, please help! I have a vacation planned for Thurs in Gulf Shores, Ike willing, and would like to do a little fishing while I'm there without my boat. I tried one time before, but didn't have any luck. I have two surf poles. Last time I tried a 3 oz. pyramid sinker on the end of my line with two jig heads tiped with market shrimp about 12 and 24 inches up from the sinker. I then tied a float about two feet above that. I didn't even get a nibble. I can fling the sinker about 50 yards off the beach with this rig. I am doing anything right/wrong?
Any help is appreciated. My three year old little girl would love to land a fish.
Geaux Tigers

September 07, 2008 at 11:42pm

I have an 18' Pioneer Bay Boat. I am considering putting a T-top on it. I have two questions:
1) How much does it affect fishing/casting room and is it worth giving up the room for the shade?
2) Who do you recommend for an after market top. I need on that will fold out of the way so it will fit in my garage?

July 25, 2008 at 11:28pm

Where can I get my hands on some of these LSU chubs I hear so much about? I have looked at Academy and Puglia's but haven't seen them. Are they just dark purple and chartruese or are they truly LSU brand chubs?
I mostly use the black and chartruese deadly dudley but am willing to try anything once.

June 27, 2008 at 11:08am

I am looking for a hunting club or lease looking for a new member. I am 30 years old, and have a two year old so I don't get to hunt every weekend during the season. Usually go 3-4 weekends during the season. I have a bow, rifle and black powder, so would like someplace that allows all types of weapons but not mandatory. Willing to "pull my weight" with the planting/prep work. Would like something within a 2-3 hour drive of New Orleans.
e-mail me with any info

June 25, 2008 at 12:12pm

Has anybody ever used the US Boat tow service. I am thinking about signing up with them, but was wondering if anyone has ever gotten a tow from them. Also what areas do they cover. From the web site it looks like they will only tow around lake Pontchatrain and Borne. I fish all over the S.E. part of the state and don't want to waste my money.

June 23, 2008 at 10:31pm

I took my wife, sister-in-law and a friend to Bayou Bienvenue Sat. We couldn't catch a cold. We had live shrimp and when that wasn't working I threw pretty much every other thing I had in my tackle box at them and not even a bite. Am I wasting my time in that area? I usually fish Buras/Empire, but it is so nice to drive 20 min from the house and run 5 min in the boat and be on the fish, especially with gas where it is. Sat. couldn't have been better weather wise, untill about 12:00, then it looked like the Spanish Armada heading for the launch. We even had good tide movement.
If anyone has any tips for that area or the lake, please let me know. I'm not looking for trophies, just like to put dinner in the boat

June 22, 2008 at 9:51pm

Does anyone know if you are allowed to fish the lagoons in City Park. I love to go out on the boat, but it would be nice to fish the ponds with my little girl in the afternoons after work. I see people fishing there sometimes, but heard once you needed a special permit along with the regular license.

June 10, 2008 at 2:42pm

Does anybody know if Bait Inc. has live shrimp yet? Thinking about going down to the Parish with the wife this weekend. Is anyone having any luck in the area, if so where?
Thanks for the help!

June 04, 2008 at 4:48pm

Does anybody know the area around French Settlement? My in-laws just bought some property on the Amite River in French Settlement but I have never fished around there. I prefer saltwater, but they are building a nice summer home up there, so I will be spending some weekends. It's close to the Diversion Canal/Three Rivers Area. Any help is appreciated!

April 07, 2008 at 8:41pm

I am finally going to pick up my new boat on Tues. This is my first "real Boat". I have had a few small flat boats with trans. mount trolling motors, but this is one to be proud of. I would appreciate any help/pointers any of you old guys, I mean experts, out there would be willing to give me. Any gear you have found to be handy or a waste of money. Any maintenance, launching and/or trailering do's and don'ts. The boat is an 18' Pioneer, center console bay boat with a 115 4 stroke. I will be fishing primarily the Shell Beach/Hopedale/Venice/Buras areas. Thanks in advance.

March 27, 2008 at 9:50pm

I am gettin ready to purchase a new boat. I am looking at the 175 Pioneer Bay Sport. This will be the first boat, other than a flat w/ trolling motor, I have owned. Does anybody have any experience with this boat? Any help would be appreciated!

March 15, 2008 at 12:36am

Planning on a trip Sunday around Bayou Bienvenue/ot Water Canal. Anyone having any luck around there? Taking my Dad and one of his friends, so it would be nice to put some fish in the boat!

February 22, 2008 at 3:07pm

I am looking to book a charter trip for my employees sometime this spring. I have 12-14 guys that I will be taking. I would like to fish for Reds and Trout in the marsh, preferably somewhere closer than Venice, but location is not that important. I was thinking of someone that has a few boats that we can split up on. Most of my guys fish and hunt and have there own tackle, but a few may not. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know. We want to have fun first and catch fish second.

February 21, 2008 at 5:21pm
A comment titled: Grilled Tuna in response to a report titled: tuna Grilling

Marinate the steaks in some Italian dressing for 20 min and throw them on the grill! Grill them for no more than 2 min on each side, depending on thickness. You want then to be red in the center. Squeeze some fresh lemon over the top as soon as they come off the grill and enjoy!

August 04, 2010 at 11:48am
A comment titled: Tires in response to a report titled: Interco Swamp Lite ATV Tires

The Swamplites are an o.k. tire. If you are looking to do any mudding, I would recommend a more aggressive tread pattern. Look at the Zillas, Outlaws, Silverbacks, etc. The tires you are looking at will fit the rear rims, but not the front. Stock rims are only usually 9-10' wide on the front. When you put 12' tires on the front, you usually end up with a rubbing problem when you make a turn. If you are looking for a tire to ride from the camp to your stand and back, then I would go for it.
Hope this helps!

August 02, 2010 at 3:44pm
A comment titled: Ski Daddy in response to a report titled: Funniest Launch

I was at the launch in Bay St. Louis a few years ago picking up after a morning skiing with a buddy of mine. Well these two guys pull up with a brand new boat. They spend some time taking the plastic off the life jackets and the new ski rope and skis. After about twenty min. they get the boat in the water. Well one of te guys decides he is going to ski off the dock, so the guy in the boat hands him the rope handle and skis. The guy in the boat looks back and asks "You ready ski daddy". "Ski Daddy" gives him the thumbs up and the guy in the boat nails it. Well after 100' of ski rope uncoiled from the stern, the guy standing on the dock was jercked out of the skis. I don't know how it didn't dislocate both shoulders, but he was doing some cursing when he finished swimming back to the dock.
I've never laughed so hard in my life!!!!

March 10, 2009 at 3:11pm
A comment titled: Take it easy on the old girl!!! in response to a report titled: Old Dog

I would talk to the vet. I was a Vet Tech for about 7 years. When I was working we use to give arthritic dogs Rymadil. It is a mild pain/anti-inflamatory don't give the dog ibeprophen what ever you do. It is like poison to dogs. They can can take asprin, but talk to the vet for he proper dose. I think you can get the Rymadil on one of the on-line pet med sites and save a few bucks. Good luck and remember, she is the equivalent to a old lady. Let her retire gracefully. Hope this helps!

November 06, 2008 at 10:06pm
A comment titled: Your Opinion in response to a report titled: WIDOWMAKER'S SMACKDOWN # 3....08-09

I feel that everyone on this site is entitled to thier own opinion. In mine, the three deer that I have seen Widowmaker post should have walked. I know that when you hunt Louisiana public land if you don't shoot, someone else will. That doesn't make it right. I have hunted In LA, MS, AL and Texas and the quality and quantity of deer are much better in other states. This is due to proper herd managment. If Widowmaker was an 8 year old making his first hunt, this wouldn't be an issue. He is not! The title of his post is Smackdown # 3. He obviously has meat in the freezer. To all those people out there saying he is trying to provide for his family, that is a joke. It is much more cost efective to go to the grocery and buy meat that it is to hunt for it.
As hunters and sportsman we need to shoulder the responsability of conservation. If we want to continue to hunt and fish in this great state we need to be more reposible in managing our resources and not just shoot every thing that walks. I think LDWF needs to institute some antler restrictions in our state. I'm all for killing deer, but I also would like to be able to shoot a nice buck every couple of seasons without paying to go out of state to hunt on private property. I like to eat venison but I let the ones that lost thier spots the day before walk!!!!
Just my two cents!!!!

October 27, 2008 at 3:02pm
A comment titled: Boat papers in response to a report titled: Need Some Help!!!!!!!!!

I went through a similar situation. After Katrina my brother bought a house in Lakeview. The house next door to him was owned by an elderly woman who drowned in the storm. Her late husband had a 1952 mahogany boat. It is similar to a Cris Craft (it's a Thompson). After some discussions with her nephew who inherited the house, he gave us the boat. We are in the process of restoring it now. We have tried, on several occasions to get a salvage title on the boat, but are told Louisiana doesn't have the capabilities to do that. We will probably end up registering it as a kit boat.

September 18, 2008 at 12:23am
A comment titled: Clover in response to a report titled: CLOVER FOOD PLOT

I have used the clover for several years. The biggest problem is that the deer eat it to the ground as soon as it sprouts. This allows weeds to pop through. When they have another good food, like a strong acorn crop they seem to let it get a little thicker before they destroy it. If you have a way to keep them out of the plot for about a month you should be good to go!!

September 18, 2008 at 12:08am
A comment titled: Stand Location? in response to a report titled: Box stand tiedowns

Where is this stand located. I figure I can look on Google earth and see it from space!!!
Seriously, post some pics of this thing. I gotta see this!!!

September 09, 2008 at 11:18pm
A comment titled: Law enforcement and guns in response to a report titled: Bow hunting with side-arms

Cops do not have any more right to carry a side arm than you do(as long as you have a concealed carry permit). By law you are allowed to carry your weapon, in places that allow them with out a carry permit, as long as it is not concealed just like the police. That being said, you can not go waving your gun around in public, but legally the police can not stop you for having a visible firearm. If you want to conceal it, then you need a permit. Law enforcement officers take the same or similar course to be able to carry a weapon as you and I.

August 18, 2008 at 11:26pm
A comment titled: Browning A-Bolt in response to a report titled: searching for perfect deer rifle

I have a Browning A-Bolt in 7mm WSM. It is a great gun. I have always shot brownings, so I am a little partial, but for the money I think it is the highest quality out there. The short mag shoots a pretty good bit flatter and has more velocity than standard 7mm. The only problem I have is the price for ammo. I enjoy shooting, and it is costing me almost $1.50 per shot. I have the BOSS system on mine so the recoil is not terrible, more than my BAR 30-06, but it's still not bad.
Most important thing is a good scope. I prefer Leupold (4x9x50), but there are many good scopes on the market. You can have the best rifle on the market, but if your optics suck you won't hit the side of a barn.
Just my few cents.

August 07, 2008 at 11:07am
A comment titled: Red Fish Recipe #? in response to a report titled: Redfish recipe

I like to "de-bone" my fish by taking the head off and butterflying it. Then you can get the guts and backbone out. Once you have the fish cleaned, coat the inside with olive oil, and the seasoning of your choice (I like salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and a little red pepper). Then stuff the inside with fresh herbs (parsley, time, basil) and some lemon slices. Put a few pats of butter and close the fish up. Wrap the whole thing in foil and put it on the grill for 35-45 min depending on size. Unwrap, scoop out the meat and enjoy.
This method works great and the fish does get dry.

July 29, 2008 at 1:13pm
A comment titled: T-top in response to a report titled: Some advise

No Tim, I didn't win it. I have the note to prove it. I saw that LA Sportsman was giving on away but with my luck I didn't stand a chance. It's a great boat though, congrats to who ever did win it.
I may look into the bimini tops, I just like the way the t-top looks alot better. I was worried about casting room and ya'll, once again, gave me the advise I was looking for.
MoJo- I live in Lakeview (New Orleans)

July 26, 2008 at 10:13pm
A comment titled: Pioneer in response to a report titled: Looking for a new bay boat

I looked at almost every manufacturer before I purchased my boat about three months ago. I got an 18' Pioneer Bay Sport. Since I got mine they have come out with a 22' version. I love the boat. It has an extremely deep v but only has a 11" draft. The boats come with a lot of standard features that are options on most boats. The hull design and shape is very similar to the Blackjack, but the price is not as steep! Talk to Tim's marine in Violet. They were great to deal with.

July 21, 2008 at 11:38am
A comment titled: Seabrook Harbor in response to a report titled: Little rigolets JOSH/ DAMION SEABROOK PIER GUYS

I was just wondering if Seabrook harbor has a backdown or hoist that is open to the public? I live in Lakeview and it would be nice to drive 5 min. and put the boat in the water. I know Bonnabel is not that far, but Seabrook is closer to where I fish. I am always nervous aboout launching at the Seabrook bridge and leaving my truck unattended.

July 15, 2008 at 8:43pm
A comment titled: Trout recipes in response to a report titled: Speckled Trout Recipes

I like specks pretty much any way you can cook em. I have come up with two pretty easy ways to do them for a fast dinner.
1) chop some pecans in the food processor or crush in a large ziploc bag with a small pan. In a bowl beat 2-3 eggs, salt & pepper and hot sauce. Dip fish in eggs then coat with the pecan.
Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a pan on high heat unit it stops foaming. Pan fry the fish in the melted butter and serve with some dirty rice.

2) Make a pouch with foil or parchment paper. Put fish, lemon slices, fresh herbs(basil, parsley), some white wine and a pat of butter in the pouch and cook in the oven for 15-20 min on 400.

* I use those mirowave pouches of rice( you can get all flavors). And they only take 90 seconds to cook for an easy side dish.
Also the ziploc microwave steam bags work great for fresh steamed veggies. If you want an easy/healthy side.
With the pouch methods you have very few dishes to wash after a long day of fishing!

July 10, 2008 at 10:38pm
A comment titled: Bait prices in response to a report titled: bait

Don't know about Campo's but Bait Inc. wanted 0.28 each for shrimp last weekend. I'm sure it pretty close across the board.

June 25, 2008 at 11:56am
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Need Help!!!!!

Thanks Jim. I will give you a call today!

June 23, 2008 at 11:21am
A comment titled: Waiting in line!! in response to a report titled: Need Help!!!!!

I know what you mean about getting a good soaking!!! I would also like to comment about people not using the common sense the good lord gave em'. We were headed in through the marsh where it gets pretty narrow close to Paris Rd. There waas about five boats, following one behind the other and one a-hole decides he is going to gun it and go around everyone to get back to the launch first. He almost hit the guy in front of me and almost side swiped a barge in the canal trying to get around someone else. Then when we got back it took him 10 min to get his trailer backed down the ramp.

June 22, 2008 at 10:12pm
A comment titled: Benefit Ideas in response to a report titled: Fundraiser/Benefit Ideas or Help

A good friend of my sister-in-law has bone cancer. They have had several benefit/fundraisers for her. The most sucessful one raised several thousand dollars. They got two saints tickets, a hotel room and a gift certificate to a restaraunt donated. They then raffled the tickets for like $100 each.
They also bought a large plasma tv and raffled that off.
I'm sure through your many contacts,you can scronge some people that would be willing to donate.
Let me know if I can help in ny way!

June 16, 2008 at 9:19pm
A comment titled: Broken rod in response to a report titled: Tip of the Day

I don't know what Falcon's warranty policy is, but I think I would try to get a new rod out of them. I broke a Cast Away about a year ago and they replaced it, no questions.

June 12, 2008 at 3:02pm
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