Made the trip to the lease, water just coming back up to runnable levels SSE winds blowing a bit to add more water to the lease, end results 3 GW Teal, 1 BW Teal, One Spoon, should have had the limit while not a large influx of ducks, more than pervious hunts which was good to see and an increase of shooting in the area as well. If Mother nature doesn't blow the place dry I'll try another with this winter storm and ice north of us just to see, need a few more for Duck & Deer Sausage Gumbo!
After cleaning up the camper lot and getting set up finally Opening Weekend, Fired 8 shots killed six ducks for both days, Mix of birds Dogs, Grays three boats hunting everyone faired about the same, One Member ventured back out that Monday and Tuesday and faired better for those two days with near limits, Buffelheads, Dogs, Grays Molted Ducks, Female French, very few Teal seen. Took off to deer hunt two does in the box!
Videos of Delacroix Hy and Shell Beach about 1.5 Hrs Old
Made opening weekend than a quick pack up to get the camper out of Delacroix and shut everything down on the lot, 1 Blue Wing Hen on Saturday, loads of whistlers passed looking at the spread couple of big ducks looked as well, seen a few bands floating around which was great to see, weather held off till we were back at the launch, Sunday knocked 4 down 1 in the boat 3 to the saw grass, definitely more birds floating around on Sunday whistlers still buzzing the decoys with a pair of grays that gave the spread a couple of high slow passes which was good to see, water super high, couple of great sunrises mother nature painted up for us that morning. Watched one small gator stalking the mojo in the spread. Not that many hunters out for either day I'd say 15 to 20 trucks at the launch did hear a reasonable amount of shooting. All in all a great weekend in our wonderous South East Louisiana Marsh
Lord Bless Southwest Louisiana and Texas these folks are going to need it, sure hope everyone evacuated the area
Friend and I made the plan to check the lease out, routes open only had to grind out in one spot, run it a bit more and won't be a problem, grass beds look great, not as many Lilly's, saw a few teal and squealers floating around all we need is more birds for the opener
Couple of quick bass trip Spanish Lake Area with a life long friend in the mud boat, two limits by 08:30 plenty more caught and returned to fight another day for both trips, entire area is on fire for bass fishin, both morning was anything in watermelon color, great day to be on the water, saw a few whistlers floating around no teal seen. Grass beds all over doing very well. Had fish pictures wouldn't up load played with phone camera and file size and got this one to upload, kind of after the fact but it uploaded.
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.