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July 22, 2019 at 1:23pm

The crew had to work hard for the limit today. We landed 20 small fish for one keeper. We struggle to catch the last fish it took over an hour. The wind finally laid down gave us the opportunity to run out front and hammer the fish. The water was trout green, all the fish came off of live and matrix shrimp. It was a blast, hope the bite and consistent weather continues.

July 21, 2019 at 11:26am

I had a group cancel for this Sunday and the weather and tide are going to be awesome . If anyone is interested I have Sunday open. We have been running hard for the last month and producing good fish, the storm had minimal affect of the fish and the trout should be on fire. Give me a call or text Capt. Darrin Foster: 225-223-0880

July 18, 2019 at 7:11am

I had a group cancel for this weekend and the weather and tide are going to be awesome . If anyone is interested I have Saturday and Sunday open. It’s no Secret the trout are on fire. Give me a call or text Capt. Darrin Foster: 225-223-0880

June 25, 2019 at 9:41am

What a difference in weather this weekend. It’s no Secret that the trout and redfish are on fire right now. I must have hit 20 hot spots and caught fish at each location. Some spots held redfish and others held trout. We were greeted with clean green water and light wind, the water was supper clear west. It was a must to fish structure and have live bait, the beach side had birds diving everywhere. The crew ended up leaving the fish biting and filled the box. It was a parking lot at most of the hot spots so come have some fun jockeying for position. What a great time and doing again this weekend. Capt. D Foster

April 29, 2019 at 11:32am

Had the opportunity to fish Sunday out of Grand Isle , still running recon trips looking for the trout bite. The weather and wind has been perfect, the water was clean and slick with a good tide. We only observed a few trout at the cleaning stations, it should be any day now and it usually turns on like a light switch. I may have to run from Fourchon to Cocodrie next week and get on some of the action. Until the trout move in the crew has been having fun with the reds and heads. This has been keeping the fillet knifes busy. Running a Charter next weekend and making the far run west. Hopefully we score! Captain Darrin Foster Kick-Em-Up Charters

March 29, 2019 at 10:12am

It’s seems like we have the same weather and fishing transition every year. I ran the first scouting trip last week with high hopes of landing some nice trout. The weather finally cleared and we started the adventure before daylight , we fished hard from Grand Isle and traveled all the way to East Timberlier Island. The water was muddy with a good tide and slick conditions. We were armed with like shrimp and tried every style without a single bite. So just like every year before we hit the back up plan and headed to the fist set of rigs. We switched to jig heads with shrimp and right on time every drop produced a sheephead or a lucky red fish. The Rule is when you can close the fish box that is too much sheephead. If this is your thing now is the time to load the box every cast, I would also recommend a sawzall fillet knife. We are looking for a promising trout year and hopefully the weather and water clears. Captain Darrin Foster

March 11, 2019 at 12:24pm

I would like to share some expectations of the Sandy Hollow dove Youth Hunt, not many reviews so here we go. Me and my son hunt nothing but WMA’s so he brought a friend and we started out at 5:30am, The hunt doesn’t start till 12 o’clock but we were prepared for the crowds. We got there early and there was about 20 people already there. We hunted the Atherton Field, As we started to walk in the field we seen hundreds of doves in the first field close to the parking area. We got set up in the first field and it ended up being a mistake, we saw hundreds of doves before the shooting started. I set the dove Mojoes Up and doves were landing in them repeat before the shooting started. The crowd wasn’t bad they probably had about 30 to 40 people there. At 12 o’clock the shooting started and this is what I learned; all the doves move to the back field, we were seeing hundreds but nothing after the shooting started. About 2 o’clock the doves changed corse, the only problem they were a a mile high. We ended shooting a nice mess of dove but we shot over 200 shells for the small reward. There ended up being a lot of doves to shoot at but you better have a lot of shells due to the limitations of the steel shot. Also the Mojoes did not work after the shooting started the doves flared we had to turn them off. Guns of choice were our Stoeger M3500 with #7 low brass steel shot, not one malfunction with our automatics, I can consider this to be the most affordable all around 2 3/4 -3.5 gun.

Recommendations to hunt this field: Get their early only to get a good spot on the back field. Stay close overseeing a tree line. We brought a cart, you will need chairs and ice chest with plenty of drinks. Trust me you will need 100 shells per person or expensive high brass to reach the doves. we ran out at prime time and not sure if my shoulder can take much more. Any age youth will have a great time shooting all they want at the dove and practice in their shots .

Sandy Hollow is definitely worth the trip for the youth hunt. Invite a youth get on the best field and you can shoot with them. It a lot of fun and this will become an annual event. The field is nicely planted with dove treats and prepared.

September 02, 2018 at 10:11am

Been busy working and running a few charters. The fishing has been off the beaten path this year and defiantly not the usual holding patterns. It has been hit and miss on the beach and we are running and gunning to find the fish. Sometimes we hit five or six spots in a 20-mile Radis be four locating the fish. The key to our success has been clean water, moving water, calm winds and live bait. We have been catching our share on most trips but finding the fish has been a challenge. The other challenge has been live bait, but it has made the difference between catching a few to catching every cast. The last few trips have been great weather and slick calm; the fish are starting to stack up and it is a fish every cast. Preferred method shrimp under a bomber cork with 2 feet of fluorocarbon and #2 hook. It looks like the trout are late and we are going to fish into September.

Listed are the spots that we have been running and gunning to locate the fish: Yellow Rig, East Timbalier- west rocks, West Timbalire rock jetty, West Timbalire surf, West Timbalire The Wall, West Fallen rig, PB Island, Fourchon barges, Fourchon rock jetty and Elmers Island point.

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August 23, 2018 at 8:18am

Fished yesterday and the conditions looked perfect from the barges to west Timbalier Island. The tide was great and I haven't seen the water this slick in a long time. With all the bait and trash fish we struggled to find the specks in one spot, we continued to move picking up a few specks at each spot all the way to west Timbalier. Most of the fish came from the barges and Bell pass rocks but as I made a late move on the back side of west Tim we found the fish stacked tight and a trout every cast. The only problem we had was most of the live shrimp was used out front so we left the fish biting. Make sure you get live shrimp early even yesterday be four the crowds they we limited on the shrimp. Good luck this weekend and the people are starting to roll in and the carnival is about to start. This is a perfect weekend with the best weather conditions possible, somebody will certainly find the monster fish.

July 27, 2018 at 7:50am

This weekend was my second scouting trip running the backup plan. I made the decision to fish Sunday knowing that the wind was out the north with a two-foot sea but the tide and conditions were an 8 on fishing forecast. The weather fooled us with fog and no wind on the drive down, I made a bad decision and tried the front side of east Tim, the weather man was right this time with a 15-knot north wind and too rough to fish. Made the decision to head north but had to take the safe route, one hour and I was back in Timbalier bay. Reminder, if you are leaving east Tim use caution, may look like open water and you will lose your props or boat if not in a lane. First stop was Calumet Island, the water was muddy and no fish on all the hot spots, Second stop Casse Tete, same thing muddy water and no trout. Approximately 2 miles north of Casse Tete island the water went from brown to clear green. Here is the abbreviated list of three northern islands that are holding trout and clean water, Ph B island, PEL Island and Bull Island, birds were going crazy on all the points. All four corks flew out and disappeared! The trout were small with a lot of through backs, we ended up keeping 50 trout and one red fish. We left the fish biting due to late start and bad decision, a few things to look for; find clean water, birds and shrimp boats. The shrimp boats knew what to look for because they were stacked up loading their nets with shrimp on all three islands. Bait of choice; live shrimp under a cork with 14-inch fluorocarbon leader mandatory black hook, also I had some plastic junkies onboard that tried every plastic and produced 3 fish before switching to live shrimp. There is a lot of controversy around this topic but I will delay a trip if live bait is not available. I also keep 3 10 foot cast nets onboard just in case we have to convert back to old methods. Be back on the water when the weather and tide are picture perfect.

Capt. Darrin Foster

May 07, 2018 at 3:22pm

Is been a while since I posted a report, this weekend was my first scouting trip running the mail man stops. The first was Saturday evening, light wind and we ran the back side of Fourchon. Made a few stops first was east Tim and the water was chocolate milk but they still had trout. Made a move further west and the water went from chocolate to crystal clear. Hit all the hot spots on the back side of west Tim and loaded the chest with nice size trout. Now Saturday the front side of Fourchon and grand isle was a hit and miss, the water went from green to brown and I guess you had to be lucky. The beach was also hit and miss, the good news is when you found the fish they were nice size fish no measuring needed. They must have had 60 boats on the barges so I don't like crowds and stayed west. A little side note, all the boats left and the fish turned on late after lunch.
Sunday went west and we smoked the Reds and trout, the hard part was I made several stops even in dirty water and you had to be right on top of the fish. If you cast outside of the hole it was zero. We quit fishing around 11 and left the fish biting. You know it's going to be a good day when four corks fly out and disappear, is like a kid in the candy store. Here is a few of my mail stops that are holding fish without giving exact location. West Tim submerged rock pile, East yel rig, East Tim point submerged rocks, Bru Island PB Island, Barges, deer stand, CaL Island, Mud bottom Fourchon beach and submerged rocks Grand Isle.
I'll be running a few charters again this year, I do my best to run 20 charters and mostly take oil field workers. This is a part time passion that I love, I also spend a lot of time with my 16 year old son that deckhands for me, he also claims he showed me my 20 years of fishing Fourchon and Grand Isle all the hot spots.
Oh! bait of choic; live shrimp under a cork, bottom with weight cought most reds and bigger trout. Be back on the water when the weather and tide are picture perfect.

Capt. Darrin Foster

April 30, 2018 at 10:25pm

This crew was great, started off the morning with a few mechanical issues but worked through it and got us to the trout hole. It is fun when you lose count of fish, one of the guys at 9 o'clock thought we had 20 fish so I did a fish count and we had 99 trout. Two more cast and finished with a nice limit. We fished Fourchon beach with live shrimp under a cork. Well time for a break and a little boat maintenance. Had a great year and still have a few more weekends booked.

Capt. D Foster

August 19, 2017 at 4:50pm

Finally got the weather to corporate and we limited out at 930 with some huge trout. The crew ended up fishing Fourchon beach with live shrimp and smoked the fish. This morning we had calm seas, north wind and good tide. All you need is a popping cork and two foot leader . Great time and left the fish biting. I have a crew coming in the morning so I hope it's the easy.

Capt. D Foster

August 18, 2017 at 2:37pm

What a great day, woke up at 530am and looked at the radar. Storms were building over Fourchon so I knew we had to get the job done quick. I had the Hayden's and there 9 year old daughter Sophia, it was her first time in a boat inshore and first trout. I ended up lucky because the first two stops produced zip. I finally move towards the beach right in the breakers and bam.. it was a fish every cast. Sophia had a Zepco and she landed some quality trout by herself. We followed the proper initiation by a little slime to the face, you should have seen her expression. We was only able to fish an hour as the storm started to build and I had to leave them biting. Every two minutes the girls said lets go even as we were doubling up on quality trout. Good call because soon as the boat hit the trailer the bottom fell out. We fished with live shrimp under a cork and had the boat positioned in the breakers. Look for the bait and birds and anyone can load the boat up. Great time and Sophia has her first trout experience .

Captain D. Foster

July 09, 2017 at 9:08pm

Friday was a tough trip with 25 knot winds, the crew ended up catching 25 but it was painful. I still don’t have that magic location when the wind is howling.
We had to regroup Saturday and Sunday, my group canceled due to the 25 knot winds that were expected to continue. I woke up late Saturday morning and you should have known the wind was calm. I woke up the wife and kids to do some scouting, we got on the water around 9:30am. Pull up to the first hole and Bammm, we slammed the fish for two hours and called it a day. All fish caught on live shrimp under cork, best areas are points with oysters. My wife enjoyed fishing, my son said he is not putting more fish in the boat because he has help clean them and my daughter said she is never coming again and hates fish slime. Tough crew, Great time and video.

Capt. D. Foster

June 03, 2017 at 7:42am

I ran two trips this past weekend, I had the pleasure to fish with friends and we were very successful catching over 200 speckled trout and 15 bonus red fish. The first day I made the decision to go long and it payed off fishing the bay side oyster reefs. This day the water was chocolate milk on the Gulf so we ended up with a full box fishing shallow. On this trip we left the fish biting due to running out of live bait. With the fishing this hot my new live bait number is 75 per person minim.
Second day I made the decision to fish the Gulf side. The water was clear and I had good reports, pulled up and told everyone to cast, it’s on all rods bent at the same time. It was on fire and we filled the box. The only issue was the 20 boats that past by and decided to pull inches from our lines. Well that’s fishing, the bait of choice was live shrimp and style you desire.
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May 11, 2017 at 8:43am

Early trout scouting trip Saturday, this is our second trip with same conditions. We had a two hour fishing window and caught some good fish. Lucky Nick was able to catch our bait cast netting, live shrimp was the ticket. We got lucky as we fished a place that we don’t normally fish. I saw a few birds diving and decided to stop and make a few cast. It was game on until the wind picked up around 25 knots and the rain started. All the fish came off shrimp Carolina rigged on the bottom. We tried all plastics with no luck. Taking a break and this weather has to get reliable.

Capt. D Foster

March 13, 2017 at 3:10pm

Went to try out my new inshore sled yesterday at Fourchon, we only had a short 2-hour window to see if the fish were on the gulf side. To our surprise, it was on fire!!, it started slow using live bait, after making a switch to plastic anything with a Glow/Chartreuse Tail it was game on. The area we fished was deep water with under water structure and tight lining slow retrieve. We had to use ¼ Oz jig heads due to hanging ups, its early but the fish are there and no need for a measuring stick. It was a fish every cast until the rain ran us off, we ended the day with 50 nice fish. I’m out of the offshore business, and this was my first trip on the champion, it’s a beast with the twin power, nice smooth, dry ride, I was impressed.

February 18, 2017 at 6:41am

Just a little background, years of unsuccessful hunting before learning what we call the “Quick Draw method”. This started five years ago when I made a commitment of not lifting a gun on public land until my son made his first kill. Long story short, over that period my son missed 18 deer/9 hogs on public land including some nice mountable Bucks’. He would almost break out in tears when people asked what was wrong or after he missed, but the hard truth was you have to be fast with seconds to make decisions when hunting public land. To this very day we have not seen nor shot an animal on public land that was standing still, most of the kills the target was coming by like a streak of lighten and you had to lead the gun a football field distance ahead. Safety was paramount when learning the quick draw method, fist you have to be alert /ready at all times, second the target must be 100% identified, you have to make the decision to look in the direction of the leading gun barrel verifying a safe back ground and finally getting the bead on target. It is a fact that a few times we could not pull the trigger due to unsafe factors. Proactive safety methods we learned; Not walking next to each other and agreeing on the safe direction each of us can shoot, walking in separate ravines and walking or stand locations on the out skirts of the nasty thick stuff giving us opportunity to make 100% identification be four pulling the trigger. I found this style is a small answer to the equation hunting public land but other larger equations due exist like different animal species reside in 10% of the public forest and 10% of the hunters scout these places but that’s for another story.
This was preparation weekend to get the camper set up; I should have known it was going to be hard work involved. The hunt started Saturday morning deciding to make a one hour hunt close due to no 4 wheeler and obligations for 2:00pm. I sat down on my favorite hog log right before morning day light; I kept hearing noise but didn’t see anything. As I looked behind me, ten hogs were less than five yards, 22 mags swung to the left side. As they started to run I pulled the trigger and made a clean head shot. My son had the same thing happen and busted a hog on the run, that’s when the work started. Dragging a hog with no 4 wheeler over a half mile is no fun. We will be back Thanksgiving weekend preparing for the public deer party that takes place every year.

November 16, 2015 at 8:20am
A comment titled: Re: Sandy Hollow WMA Dove Review in response to a report titled: Sandy Hollow WMA Dove Review

Went back the following weekend on 9/8/18, the field was closed all week. Not sure what affected the birds but we only observed about 50 doves. We were able to take 12 doves but we prepared ourselves with high brass #6 and full chokes for long range shooting. All the birds were fly overs and once they entered the field it was like anti aircraft fire, not many birds had a chance. It was still a good time and lots of fun shooting. Make sure you are 100% legal, the wild life and fish officers are their to support the effort's and work hard to make sure no issues occur. A few things that you may want to check: Shot gun plug, steel shot less than #6, HIP stamp / small game, WMA card and correct species of birds.

September 12, 2018 at 7:39am

We pasted the water color change right past east Tim and observed that same red muddy water. We usually see that red water when the Mississippi is high, I have landed some huge fish where the red meets the clean water. Good luck and give me a call if you like to share approximate locations on water clarity and fish status. I’m operating a champion24 with twin 175.


May 01, 2018 at 2:56pm

Guess I could have given a few hints, I strictly guide out of Grand Isle and Fourchon. I stay in Grand Isle but all of my fishing is done out of Port Fourchon. This location is 20 miles out of Moran’s marina, I like to fish long distance to avoided the jungle.

June 03, 2017 at 8:18am

Easy explanation, I usually cast net or purchase 50 shrimp per person and this is good for a fish limit. But the last two trips we were out of live bait and the hammer trout moved in and I had to leave them biting. We had some stubborn fish because I empty the tackle box tossing matrix, voodoo, gulp and every color plastic and no takers. Found the last shrimp swimming in the drain and bamm... produced a huge trout. I guess my message for the day is make sure you have adequate live bait. It is costly but you can take the time and cast net all the live bait you need.

May 11, 2017 at 10:35am
A comment titled: Re: Early Fourchon Trip with Solid Trout, in response to a report titled: Early Fourchon Trip with Solid Trout,

Twin Mercury Verado 175, s is nice power for the Champion, it took me a while to shop around, I kept coming back to twin engines over a new boat. I can remember several guided trips were a twin-engine boat would have saved the day. Now with the new snapper regulations, I have no problem going in state water.

February 18, 2017 at 1:03pm
A comment titled: Re: Richard k yancey in response to a report titled: Richard k yancey

Bet your wallet it’s a $350.00 ticket, matter of fact that is the first thing a GW checks when you hit the trail coming out from hunting. Now, the only controversy is the law that states during open firearms seasons for deer, all other game may be legal if you have a good lawyer.

This is the law on WMA,
Discharging of firearms on or across, or hunting from designated roads, ATV/UTV trails, nature trails, hiking trails, and their rights-of-way is prohibited during open firearms seasons for deer.


November 16, 2015 at 9:23am
A comment titled: Re: Duck hunting in RedRiver Wma in response to a report titled: Duck hunting in RedRiver Wma

My personal experience has been lots of work locating the ducks at RY. We have been very successful with flooded timber; once you find the honey hole it’s not uncommon to see a few hundred ducks mostly wood ducks. As you drive along the levee start glassing the flooded areas, most of this area can be accessed from the road with a small boat or perigue, second option is the river and third is the ponds throughout RY. Every year we make a few selected hunts limiting out every time, I have never seen a person when duck hunting but!!! We work hard and go long to make sure that doesn’t happen. Good luck, also look at one of the Louisiana sportsman’s written articles on duck hunting RY from last year. Good information!!!

November 08, 2015 at 10:30pm
A comment titled: Re: Welcome to the Public Jungle, in response to a report titled: Welcome to the Public Jungle,

Thanks man, it took years to learn the pattern to be successful. On public land this usually means long walks and many hours of scouting. Sometimes I question what have I gotten myself into, but look back at the rewards of the hunts.

October 07, 2015 at 8:15am
A comment titled: Re: Welcome to the Public Jungle, in response to a report titled: Welcome to the Public Jungle,

Black squirrels are common in the Red River area, it is routinely that we see blacks squirrels on every hunt. Is my observation that they are located in premium timber close to the Mississippi River. The hard wood bottoms and low areas with big timber is what I recommend looking for black squirrels.

October 07, 2015 at 8:07am
A comment titled: Re: Overnighting Tuna style in response to a report titled: Overnighting Tuna style

Our playground resides in the Mississippi canyon due to fuel and lack of funds to invest in one of those high dollar, fuel packing, freeman fishing machines.

September 10, 2015 at 1:49pm
A comment titled: Re: Fishing Equipment Stolen in GI, La in response to a report titled: Fishing Equipment Stolen in GI, La

I left my pop up awning on the beach Friday –Sunday, Late Saturday night I noticed kids driving A TV’s on the beach. The next morning I went to load all the chairs, traps and awning up, well the sorry sun of guns stole the awning; they left ATV tracks and foot prints right up to the awning. I would love to sit on the porch with night vision and help spot a few thieves. They got away this time with my $300 awning, I hope that thing falls and takes one out. Sorry to hear about your event but for the most part its a few low lives that are causing problems.

July 20, 2015 at 10:32am
A comment titled: Re: “It’s Back” Grand Isle Rip. in response to a report titled: “It’s Back” Grand Isle Rip.

Cool video of drunk crew at the RIP

July 18, 2015 at 8:09pm
A comment titled: Re: Ripped Out in response to a report titled: Ripped Out

Cool Video of our 85 mile Trip

July 18, 2015 at 8:02pm
A comment titled: Re: “It’s Back” Grand Isle Rip. in response to a report titled: “It’s Back” Grand Isle Rip.

The rip was located 7 or 8 miles before MC 311. Well defined and birds as far as you could see.

June 30, 2015 at 11:18am
A comment titled: Re: Grand isle in response to a report titled: Grand isle

Was praying for a better forecast, hearing good reports in the bay around the bay islands. The sheep head are in full force so no one should starch out. The off shore snapper should be on fire, man lets pray the forecast is wrong!




March 31, 2015 at 1:51pm
A comment titled: Re: Need advice D.I.Y Colorado Elk Hunt, in response to a report titled: Need advice D.I.Y Colorado Elk Hunt,

Thanks for the information, we made the decision to go ahead and schedule the hunt in unit 54. I think your email confirmed that I will not be using an outfitter but studding maps and pin pointing locations. The plan is to get a hotel and wake up at 3 and start driving to locations, we may hike in one day and stay the night if the temperatures are decent. This should be a very inserting hunt for the kids involved. Last questions I need help with, are the public roads marked and do you have any preferences as to which road you would use to enter the elk wilderness.


February 11, 2015 at 10:51am
A comment titled: Re: Need advice D.I.Y Colorado Elk Hunt, in response to a report titled: Need advice D.I.Y Colorado Elk Hunt,

Thanks, read that information until I can’t read anymore; the information lacks information on places to stay within driving distance to hunting grounds or location of friendly access. Also the parks and wildlife planner couldn’t tell me much about the youth draw and how it works or planning for places to stay. Looking for someone to share information that has been with acclamations close to the hunting areas and selected youth hunt areas.

February 04, 2015 at 12:53pm
A comment titled: Re: sheephead fishing in response to a report titled: sheephead fishing

Usually at the end of February the sheep head stack up by the thousands around the short rigs out of grand Isle. All the rigs that you can visually see from shore are loaded, the bait of choice is a long shank jig head topped with bait shrimp. I make a few annual runs each year and can catch them with a bare hook, the amazing thing is you can pull up to the rig leg and see all the fish before you catch them. Wait for the perfect weather and sheep head fishing is a sure thing.
Hope this helps good luck.

February 02, 2015 at 8:50am
A comment titled: Congratulations in response to a report titled: Public land 10 point

That is a fine public land buck right there. One of the reasons we public land hunters hunt public land is the feeling after putting in all the hard work and successfully taking a nice trophy buck.

Nice work.

December 23, 2014 at 7:30am
A comment titled: It’s going to get inserting in response to a report titled: Richard K. Yancey, The good, and the Ignorant!

Was at RY boat launch this morning, three guys drove up, one was in a ghillie suite and had tactical gear, they said one was staying behind and waiting for the person that cut their tires the week before. The others went down river. I hope the GW does something soon it’s not going to be a good outcome. Yes crain2010 that must have been your trailer, we had to borrow a spare tire from someone in the camp ground. It was a pain; I hope they get this under control. We will be their weekend hunting until Tuesday, starting to see signs on the rut starting. Good luck.

December 22, 2014 at 10:41pm
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