Got the call from a life long friend on the bass running, knock the dust and bees nest off the Gator Tail, 3 limits by 9am, two boats, Chug Bugs and Speed Craws bait of the day, Spanish Lake Area, Cruised the area a bit, not a lot of boats out and about, Gator Tail preformed flawlessly, Great day to be out and about in the marsh.
Wednesday evening run, Fished lower Borgne results 3 Reds in the box, lazy evening trip. One lost at boat, couple of undersized returned to fight another day, Thursday run, Breton Sound couple of trout couple of large sheep head slow morning, Breton Island lots of boats no fish couple of small croakers and hard heads, End of long rocks Large Drum returned to fight another day. Bay Eloi School Trout 101! managed to boat 10 keepers, lots on 10' to 11 7/8' fish fun to catch, we drown 100 live shrimp, plastic Gulps white and chartreuse, Lots of boat movement most of the day, Hopedale Marina was packed and launching was run like a well oiled machine, they had live shrimp! Good trip with a good friend lots of fine Louisiana scenery, enough fish for a fry.
Decided Wednesday morning to hit Delacroix, ran to Lake Campo and Four Horse, eastern edge of Four Horse produced 5 keepers and a number of throwbacks, Campo produced 0 wind was up and dirtied up, threw plastic , white and chartreuse produced that evening, Focused on Campo Thursday morning, Late Start not on the water till 06:30, one fish on plastic water calmed down and water looked better, threw Live Shrimp and a variety of colors each place, hit Campo, Four Horse, Lake John and western side of Lake Robin no takers, lots of boats running around, had enough fun about 11:30 with enough fish for the wife and I called it a day. Sweetwater wasn't packed up with boats and had live shrimp Thursday Morning. One other note with the water being way up some of the crab trap's lead lined are too short and floats running just below the surface between Four Horse and Campo.
Reports on RodNReel that Mike Lane has passed away at 70 years young
Was headed to Delacroix to fish for a couple of days, Got the call 16/20 Shrimp in, worked 2-60Qt coolers to put up, pretty shrimp.
2017 Harvest Count-278, 2018 Harvest Count -318, 2019 Harvest Count -160, 2020 Harvest Count -100 2019/2020 Season was a 38% reduction from last season, like in 2019 very late migration arrival of birds, birds that where here where hit and miss hunting depended on the day you where there. Did notice a considerable reduction at the lease launch this season of hunters, Still not seeing large rafts of Coot or Grays, Teal are still the main stay of the lease with the occasional big duck, all in all I'll count our blessings for what we did harvest birds in the freezer and hunts with good friends with all of the wonders that Mother Nature has to display in our Southeast Louisiana Marshes, Look forward to next season! I'll nose around the lease in a couple of weeks to see just how many birds have shown up, last year when this was done there were birds everywhere, I'll finish up Deer Hunting than Fish!
Hit the lease today, put 5 Teal in the boat lost 3, worked some grays for a bit got them to drop twice then off they went, water coming up with the east wind, windy cloudy day but saw a few birds, 2' Gator out and about checking the decoys out, not that many folks at the launch today.
Lease Report: Friday: Two Hunters ( I didn't hunt this day), Gray misty day 12 Teal all Blues. Saturday: 3 Hunters, another Gray Misty Day, 15 Teal, Should have had the limit, 3 lost, all Blues one full dressed Green Wing Drake. What was seen: A good number of teal flying and few big ducks flying around couple of 3' gators out with the warm up chased a few birds up on the way back to the launch. Friends hunting this morning I had to skip today, I'll try on Monday if the water holds up.
Saturday no water no hunts, Sunday water came back up, 3 hunters, Boat 1 me saw a few Teal didn't fire the gun, Boat 2: 2 hunters, 2 Teal less 1 that the resident eagle decided he or she needed more that they did, the one thing I can say is Larry Reynolds report on the 4 NOLA/Caernarvon Lines that they flew is true. One report from down the river and they shot birds, early limits. Still enjoyed the trip with friends in our Southeast Louisiana Marsh
Saturday: Opening Morning 2 boats, Boat 1, 2 hunters, 9 Ducks 8 Teal 1 Ring Neck, Boat 2 ( Me) set up 200 yards from coot and grass beds and watched a fair amount of Teal hit the coot raft, 1 Teal Sunday: 2 Boats, Boat 1: 3 Hunters 4 Ducks 4 coot, 3 Teal 1 Spoon, Boat 2: 2 Hunters, Moved 200 Yds 6 Ducks, 4 Teal 2 Spoon Bill. One Group a Grays worked calling but wouldn't commit, worked 2 Whistlers got 2 passes out of them, not a lot of bands of ducks seen. Definitely wasn't great but we shot a few ducks, all in all a great weekend in the Southeast Louisiana marshes
Gave it a shot, ran down Friday and looked around the lease late afternoon, no teal or any ducks seen, Hit the lease 30 min early opening morning set up ready to go, saw 1 pair about 200 yards in front of the decoy spread and that was it, some sporadic shooting in the area, the no surprise is the Teal have not migrated into Southeast Louisiana yet. First shot looking west early morning love that time of day, next shot looking east with storms ready to dump rain and rain it did, still a great day in Southeast Louisiana marshes witnessing all the scenes mother nature had to display, it was definitely a light show to the south once the thunderstorm moved across the marshes.
Cleaned up and inspected the mud boat, I try to keep everything in good shape, after checking everything out, greasing, charging batteries, cleaning etc. had the 37 EFI running at idle, engine just SD no apparent reason, Troubleshooting reveled the HP Fuel pump had failed, Terrebonne Marine had the pump in stock, Life Long friend made the Houma run and picked it up, back in action to cut routs into the lease, religious about clean fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer and running every so often to keep the injection system active, only other issue was the trailer plug one of the light pins broke off, It would have been a long day stuck in the Lilies had the per checks not found this.
2 boat run, made the run to the lease cut in thru the Water Hyacinth, 2 routs open, couple of gators down on the lines, vegetation looks good, saw a couple of 10 to 12' gators cruising the ponds, no teal seen but we left late morning and with the amount of noise and cutting in we made didn't expect to see any. Couple of boats with gators when we got back to the dock buyer loading up as we left.
Made the run Friday, Hopedale Marina New yellow line for double pull up to launch, Owner getting folks to pull up to yellow line and double park till you can launch, worked pretty well, this might be new or it's new to me. Sound was runnable at about 25 to 29 MPH tabs down a bit, reasonable ride a bit bumpy at times, hit a couple of spots pulled 32 nice trout with about 10 to 12 undersized returned to the Sound for another day, started 06:30 and they shut down at 08:00 like a switch was turned on, all on live shrimp, hit a couple of more platforms and no takers, made the run to Breton Island, 4 or 5 boats there 5 or 6 folks wade fishing didn't see a fish caught but we were late getting there. Back at the Launch 1 PM.
2017 Count: 278, 2018 Count: 318 2018/19 Count: 160 just about a 50% reduction in harvest #'s vegetation in the area was good, water levels did pose access issues but that's coastal hunting been that way for the last 52 seasons I've hunted it. No large migration #'s seen this season, large rafts of coot were no shows, Teal season was a bust but was sure glad the Teal that made it down hung for most of the big season, while this season was a 50% reduction in numbers harvested still great hunts with good friends, birds in the freezer and great SE Louisiana sunrises in the marsh, ya just can't beat it. Time to finish off the deer season and get ready for fishing. We'll be at it again next season to see what mother nature sends our way.
Solo Hunt, Lot of folks at the launch this morning, routes to the lease good , heard a reasonable amount of shooting in the area, water levels good, shot 6 teal by 08:00 ( Thank God For Teal!) 5 Blue Wing 1 Green Wing, I'll count my blessings for the 6, not a lot of ducks seen during the hunt or the ride out, water rapidly draining out with the SW and West wind which was blowing at lease 15 to 18, no big ducks seen, very few coot seen. Still a great day to be in a Southeast La marsh.
Friday Report 23rd: Boat 1, 2 Hunters, 9 Teal downed, 1 Cripple and 2 lost 6 picked up water levels high. Boat 2: 2 Hunters, 1 Teal, 2 Buffelhead, 1 Fulvous Whistler
Monday Report 26th: Boat 1, 2 Hunters 11 Teal, 1 Gray knocked down 10 picked up, Boat 2, 2 Hunters, 9 Teal, 1 Ring neck. NW wind kicking water levels dropping thru out the hunt, I believe the Sunday/Monday Front moved a few birds to the area
Couple of hunts in between by Life Long Friend produced similar results,2 Grays, 1 Female Red Head, 5 Teal
At 08:30 everything stops moving, hopefully we get a few more fronts to move fresh birds in, all in all good hunts with great friends
Friday made the trip to check routs into the lease, routs in good, no ducks seen that afternoon
Saturday Morning Our boat 2 hunters, 2 man limit of teal with 2 ring neck mixed in, Boat 2 3 hunters, 12 teal which the local otter helped him self to 5 of the teal
Sunday Our Boat 3 Hunters 12 ducks mix of Teal and 1 Gray, Otter helps him self to another 5 ducks LOL Boat 2 2.5 Hunters One young man first hunt 7 Teal and 1 Gray
Not the best opener ever but still a great hunt and sunrise, Fair amount of shooting in the area, Next front should push more ducks down ( We Hope), One report from Venice area early limits produced
We'll count our blessings for the 2017/2018 season, 4 hunts with only 1 to 2 birds harvested, 14 days of super low water made our area inaccessible during the end of the second split, rest of the season was good, harvest numbers for last year were 278, this year's increase in harvest numbers was due to Dos Gris migration all over SE LA. Teal were steady during the regular season which wasn't the case for the Teal season they were a no show for September, what wasn't see this year large rafts of Coot and Grays in open water in our area, no Black Ducks seen this year, No Mallards harvested this year, All in all a good season with good friends and we had a good time, loads of SE LA marsh sunrises that ya can't beat. Time to fish
2017/2018 Season- Total 318
41 Dos Gris ( We Held back on Harvesting These Birds)
3 Red Heads
1 Ring Neck