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Took my son fishing out of Cocodrie this morning and came home with 43. Fourty-three of the fifty cocahoe minnows we bought. Started off at West Timbalier no birds no bait activity then worked our way west to Pt. Mast, several rigs, Last Island, reefs in Pelto. No specks to be found, only managed to catch a few sailcats on artificial baits under birds. No bites on live minnows. People we talked to said what trout they caught were caught at daylight and the bite didn't last very long.

June 25, 2016 at 4:49pm

Going to Grand Isle tomorrow morning and will be launching at Bridgeside Marina. New to fishing Grand Isle any suggestions appreciated beaches, east, west, north of island, ???

June 23, 2016 at 3:42pm

Since retiring a year ago living on a fixed income I can't fish near as much. I have a boat and I'm seeking someone interested in splitting expenses and helping launch and pick up the boat. I had a camp in Dulac and fished Dulac Cocodrie area for years. Now that I no longer have the camp I'm starting to fish Grand Isle Fourchon area so I don't have to travel ten or fifteen miles by boat to reach the gulf and depending on wind direction I'll have more options to fish front or back side of Islands without having to cross open water to get there. Contact me if interested.( I would rather fish during the week if possible.)

June 07, 2016 at 6:56pm

Can anyone tell me where the Tracy Macy is located? Are they in Cocodrie or Calliou Bocca?

July 09, 2015 at 4:36pm

On my current and previous boats I aligned the cavitation plate on the motor even with the bottom of the boat. Today I purchased a Blue Wave boat and the transom doesn't go all the way down to the bottom of the hull. Do I align cavitation plate with bottom of transom, bottom of boat, or somewhere in between? I appreciate any help.

April 05, 2014 at 11:18pm

I am not a scientist or hydrogologist I have a GED diploma and am a heavy equipment operator by trade. What I do have is experience working on jobs seeing what water can do and the memories of what the marsh and lakes looked like 30 plus years ago.
Once the levees cut off the sediment that built our solid ground near the river, which transitions to tree filled swamp then praries and marsh, the only land that continued to build is the delta at the mouth of the river.
I also witnessed the never ending erosion caused by digging of numerous oil production canals, the MRGO, and the Houma Navigation canal and the exagerated destruction from hurricanes they caused. These man made openings allowed saltwater to flow in and out of our marshes and to eat away at what we have. The smaller canals slowly ate away at the marsh, but the MRGO and the Houma Nav allowed massive amounts of water to travel further inland and to affect every bayou and drain in the marsh accelerating erosion.
Today we find ourselvs with years of destruction and we need a way to STOP it before we think about getting back what we lost.
There is a huge debate about diversions for and against. Some argue about what we will lose (salinity) affecting oysters fish and shrimp. Others say sediment will rebuild marshes.
I live near the Bonnet Carre Spillway and when it is opened the river overflows its banks it deposits sediment between the river and the Airline Hwy just as it did before the levees were built. This only happens between the upper and lower guide levees of the spillway because if not for these guide levees, the water would flood the surrounding communities. That being said Why not remove a portion of the guide levee north of the hurricane protection levee on the New Orleans side of the spillway allowing the water to filter through the swamps and marsh of the Labranch Wetlands depositing nutrients before entering Lake Pontchatrane just as it did before the levees were built, this would ease the problems of algee blooms in the lake. (I guess it would be too easy and cost effective.)
The example of the Bonnet Carre mimics what mother nature did before the levees, sediment deposited adjacent to the river nutrients filtered through marshes. This being said many small diversions along the river into fresh or brackish marsh would supply nutrients and fresh water to reverse the effects of salt water intrusion. Sufficient sediment fron a diversion will not travel far enough to rebuild marsh in the lower portions of the estuary.
Now for the costal marshes which I will compare to a man whose arm was torn off and eaten by a bear. It is gone and you are not going to get it back the most important thing to do is stop the bleeding! In addition to dredging to rebuild the barrier islands we also need to build up the outer fringes of the marsh to stop erosion from wind and waves. While using dredged material to build up the marsh some of the massive openings caused by years of erosion need to be filled in to slow future erosion from tidal flow.
The dam in the MRGO addressed that problem now the Houma Nav needs work. I know it will not be closed but a set of locks or structure to narrow its opening and reduce amount of water flow near Cocodrie would slow the erosion process to areas to its north.
In Plaquemine Parish massive amounts of sediment dredged from the river to keep the channel open could be piped northerly to build up what remains and to hold on to what we have.
As I said at the beginning I have no scientific degrees only memories, years of observation, and like everyone else an opinion.

August 04, 2013 at 12:13pm

Launched out of Four Point Landing in Dulac at 5:30 this morning and bought 20 cocahoe minnows (just in case). Rode out to the end of Bayou Sale and started fishing in Bay Blanc with plastics then tried minnows and caught hardheads. Headed out to reef in Pelto and after no bites with plastics threw out a minnow and caught a speck. Fished a while longer, couldn't get anything to bite. Pulled up anchor and fished a couple rigs and along the back side or Last Island and only caught hardheads and a couple small oyster fish. At 10:45 stopped back at reef I fished earlier fished plastics a while then fished with minnows and caught 2 white trout then I started catching specks and at 11 specks I ran out of minnows. Started fishing plastics again and had no bites. I saw a small crab swimming next to boat so I caught it with landing net, broke it in small pieces and put on hook with plastics and caught a big sailcat so I stopped using crab and started catching few specks on bayou chub purple w/chartruse tail. Soon the bite picked up I was catching them 2 at a time top bait was matrix shad green hornet. The fish I caught on plastic were bigger than the ones I caught on minnows. At 12:50 when # 25 came in the boat I counted again and had to release the last one I caught.

June 22, 2013 at 11:03pm
A comment titled: Re: gps help in response to a report titled: gps help

After looking into different brands and models of gps/ff units, it seems all need an additional map card for any detail in maps. Some models, for a higher price have Navionics, or C map loaded (appears to be geared to contours of inland freshwater lakes), not our constantly changing coastline. If you choose a gps without this add on the savings can be applied to a detailed map card. Wanting a google earth type background map, I Iooked at standard mapping's website and only Lowrance, Simrad and Raymarine seem compatible (Lowrance Hook -2 units are not compatible, and because of slow processor the map lags on Hook models) With my budget in the $300 range I chose the Lowrance Hook 7 without the C map(saving $50). Next faster model would have nearly doubled the price. Also purchased a micro sd card of central LA (Grand Isle to past Dularge) made and sold by someone on this sites classifieds. Just like looking at google maps.

August 17 at 9:50am
A comment titled: Re: Tide Chart for PAC in response to a report titled: Tide Chart for PAC

Tide tables for Pelican Island and Cocodrie Terrebone Bay are pretty close.

June 20 at 12:46pm
A comment titled: Re: Shrimp Trawl in response to a report titled: Shrimp Trawl

License for up to a 16' trawl is $25 and allows 100 pounds shrimp per day. License for over 16' up to 25' cost $80 and allows 250 pounds shrimp per day.

June 19 at 11:17am
A comment titled: Re: Land owner rights in response to a report titled: Land owner rights

The land owner lets an oil and gas company dig canals across his land (marsh) to collect money from mineral rights.$$$$$$$$$

These canals drastically accelerated erosion washing away the land, now they want to claim state resources (tidal waters and fish) that cover what is left of their land. Some even want to lease the right to navigate the states waters to catch the states fish. $$$$$$$$

Now we are in greater danger of flooding because they exercised their rights and did as they pleased with their land and it washed away the buffer between the gulf and populated areas. Now we who didn't benefit at all from their exploits are fortunate enough to spend $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to clean up their mess to try to save our homes.

If as you say, its your land and you don't want anyone there, dam it off or at the very least, instead of pipes or cables, put up a fence with holes small enough to keep the fish out and you'll no longer have problems because the fish will then be in waters above state lands where everyone with a fishing license can catch them.

April 18 at 11:23pm
A comment titled: Re: Corps of \'engineers?\' in response to a report titled: Corps of 'engineers?'

DMAN1968: You are correct, the spillway was not designed to build marsh. In fact, during each opening, most sediment is deposited south of the ICG Railroad (first railroad from river), then some noticeable sediment deposits between ICG and KCS Railroad (second railroad from river.) When the spillway has settled,after this next opening, go take a ride in the spillway from River Road to US 61, and unless it's different from every other time it opened, you will see what I'm talking about. The previous opening of the spillway water scoured a hole 26 feet deep under railroad trestle at the lake near center of spillway (it was on the news railroad shut down for repairs). Every time spillway is opened there are algae blooms in lake from excess nutrients in river water.
However, if as bullcoon suggested, the east spillway levee is opened north of the hurricane protection levee diverting river water through LaBranch wetlands, nutrients will be filtered from the water in the marsh where it's needed before entering the lake lessening impact on lake. Facts, opinions, who cares? We know what happens to the lake each time the spillway is opened. Maybe it's time to try something different.

March 07 at 12:17pm
A comment titled: Re: Boat buying question in response to a report titled: Boat buying question

Bought a 2005 Blue Wave a couple years ago and couldn't get boat loan because they don't give boat loans for boats over three years old. Had to get personal loan to buy the boat. No titles were necessary. Might be an option for you depending on price as higher interest rate may not be feasible on newer boat with higher price.

March 05 at 7:00pm

Installing u origin ad blocker has helped with these issues not only on this site, but stops ads for items previously viewed other sites from popping up on headers and sidebars.

January 21 at 2:01pm
A comment titled: Re: Boat in response to a report titled: Boat

Google I Boats boating forum. Scroll down to engine repair &maintenance and click on Mercury & Mariner. There are numerous questions on various year and hp models answered by knowledgeable mechanics that might give you ideas or to post your own question you will have to create a username and password. If you have some mechanical ability these guys can help you diagnose your problem rather than throw parts at it.

September 24, 2017 at 10:25am
A comment titled: Re: Captain in response to a report titled: Please slow down your boat

Over the last thirty years respect on the water has gone away just as fast as the marsh. There are a lot more and bigger boats on the water and maybe half will slow down for boats not under way, and of those that slow down half of them draw larger waves than if they kept going. I don't understand how someone can throttle back just enough to double the size of their wake and smile and wave at you as they go by. Can't figure if someone can be that dumb or just an A**hole. Idle means idle boat level no waves not quarter throttle with the bow up in the air.

July 17, 2017 at 9:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Dularge in response to a report titled: Dularge fishing and crabbing

Sister Lake Shows as Calliou Lake on Google Maps.

July 09, 2017 at 9:52am
A comment titled: Re: Gelcoat/fiberglass repairs in response to a report titled: Gelcoat/fiberglass repairs

Tri Parish Fiberglass. They are a site sponsor and do great work.

May 06, 2017 at 8:44am
A comment titled: Re: Lady P Results SShore 5 2 17 in response to a report titled: Lady P Results SShore 5 2 17

Powerlines run east west in southern Pontchatrane and then north from near Bonnet Carre Spillwat to Manchac. Each metal tower sits on two concrete poles about four feet diameter.

May 04, 2017 at 10:02am
A comment titled: Re: Shooting deer from boat in response to a report titled: Shooting deer from boat

Shooting deer from a boat with motor attached in run position unlawful unless hunter is disabled missing limbs.

January 29, 2017 at 3:50pm
A comment titled: Re: Looking for some new spots in response to a report titled: Looking for some new spots

If you decide to fish the spillway you can go to their office on River Road on Norco side of spillway and get pamphlets and maps of ponds and roads in spillway. Because of condition of dirt roads some ponds are more accessible than others especially after rainy periods. Some areas require 4 wheel drive rain or not due to ruts caused by people mud riding. If by chance or (like me poor decision) you get stuck there are usually enough people riding around you can get help getting out. Having your own tow rope or chain increases your odds of getting a yes when asking for help.

December 18, 2016 at 11:32am

If you go on wildlife and Fisheries website and click on boat registration you can read up on what is needed and print out forms if needed.

December 16, 2016 at 8:56am

If my memory is correct, in previous reports on this site people stated it is better to get separate bill of sale for boat and trailer if coming from another state as you will be dealing with LDWF and Ofice of Motor Vehicle. (Separate bill of sale with amount paid for each item = each agency knowing how much tax they can get.) If you go on LDWF website you can read regulations and print out forms if needed.

December 15, 2016 at 9:15am
A comment titled: Re: Outboard Motor issues... in response to a report titled: Outboard Motor issues...

Check that each cylinder has fire. I had issues with a 1996 88spl turned out to be bad connection where power pack wires connected to the coils. While cleaning one connection I noticed the insulation cracked and wire inside looked green (corroded.) Being it was the original power pack I replaced it.

December 02, 2016 at 2:57pm
A comment titled: Re: Outboard Motor issues... in response to a report titled: Outboard Motor issues...

Don't think rectifier affects how motor runs as rectifiers convert AC power from alternator to DC pulsing to charge battery. Suggest you check rectifier, there are videos on U Tube on checking rectifiers. Also tach may not work properly as one leg on rectifier powers tach. Possible with dead battery stator not putting out enough power at full throttle (when fuel mixture is densest.) Charge battery fully and try motor again. If motor does same thing try pumping primer ball to see if it eliminates problem, (if it does then fuel pump probably bad.) Be sure tank vent is open/clear and fuel filter is clean.
On old Evenrudes: When stator went out it was out and had to be replaced.
Had power packs drop a cylinder and motor would run just not full power.
When rectifier went out I was trawling at night, When I got back to launch I shut off motor and when I tried to start it to drive boat on trailer battery was dead.

December 01, 2016 at 11:15am
A comment titled: Re: best method for traveling crabs in response to a report titled: best method for transporting crabs

Put ice in bottom of ice chest and a sack over ice then crabs to keep them out of ice and water and cool.

November 17, 2016 at 10:27am
A comment titled: Re: Jon boat places to fish? in response to a report titled: Jon boat places to fish?

Maybe so Chew.

October 23, 2016 at 9:04am
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