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