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Gator trax mud boat stolen Sunday 1/13/19 from camp at Lake Catherine, Orleans Parish. 1754 with gator tail motor. Brushed blind and brush rail on boat. Vee bow . Aluminum trailer VIN 1E9BB2213CM480357. License plate L762629.
Boat Registration LA-4680-FZ.
Hull number LA Z10469C212
Motor serial G-5090
Minn Kota I Pilot painted green over stock white serial number P013MK01032.

Any information will be helpful. Thanks, Ross 985-290-0662

$500.00 reward for information that leads to finding the boat

January 14, 2019 at 5:31pm

Anyone want to make predictions for next year's coastal zone duck season dates?
Nov 12th first split opening?
Dec 24th second split opener?
I do not ever remember the second split opening on Christmas weekend, has that ever happened?

December 17, 2015 at 9:04am

Sorry to post a forum type question, but looking for help with teleflex steering. For the last year I have had to purge my system numerous times and able to get good tightness, but the next day or two it loosens up again to where you have to turn the wheel quickly to get a turn. If you turn slowly it does not move the engine. I changed the seals on the ram even though I did not think this was the problem and it did not help. Looking at the helm it does not have any leakage, but I ordered a seal kit for the helm unit anyway. I really do not think this will solve the problem. Any suggestions?

April 10, 2015 at 10:12pm

We caught some reds under the birds last week which were literally 'stuffed to the gills' with shrimp. Counted 21 shrimp and 1 croaker in the belly of a 20' red!
Redfish with shrimp étouffée on top!

November 22, 2014 at 2:19pm

Man, it seems like months since we have had a few days of east winds to push some salt into the lake.

I hope the hydrology expert from a TP article is correct in her assessment of the closing of the MRGO as not having any impact on salinity in Lake Pontchartrain.

Salinity is 17.5ppt at the Rigolets today which is really great. Hope it makes it to the west side of the lake. Prediction is east winds through Saturday! Water level is about 1.5-2 ft above low tide so hopefully the basin will fill to this level with the high salinity water. If so it should get our mid-lake salinity between 1.5 and 2 ppt by a rough estimate. That would be a good starting point for the usual Sept/Oct east winds and should support a traditional fall run. Fingers crossed.

August 26, 2014 at 6:10pm

There are lots of birds out there. It looks like a good season starting up, so much better than last year. Still some leases not doing well, but plenty plenty birds in SE LA.
Good hunt today.

November 19, 2013 at 8:25pm

It has been a month or two since I ventured into the lake unfortunately, but the wait was worth it. My wife and I did a late afternoon trip today mainly for a boatride since it had been so long. Anyway there were a few schools of reds working the shoreline which made for a fun afternoon.

August 22, 2012 at 6:33pm

It has been a month or two since I ventured into the lake unfortunately, but the wait was worth it. My wife and I did a late afternoon trip today mainly for a boatride since it had been so long. Anyway there were a few schools of reds working the shoreline which made for a fun afternoon. I will try to upload the video I took.

August 22, 2012 at 6:30pm

YOUTH HUNT STORY: 13-yr old Ormond LaSalle bagged this nice 8-point buck during a youth hunt this past weekend in West Feliciana PH. The buck weighed in at just over 200 lbs, a portion of its antlers still in velvet and had an inside beam measurment of just under 14'. Ormond was accompanied by his Father and two friends - David Smith & John Hodges Davis - during the weekend event

November 02, 2011 at 2:55pm

Made a run down B. Lacombe and into the Lake to try and catch a few fish holding at drains, but water was not falling very fast and did not get any hits. Went out about 3/4 mile into the lake to see if any salt water moving in and found a line of brown water meeting churned green water. Tasted the water and very salty compared to before Lee. About 5 PPT guess from my taste buds. Hopefully the fall will not be a total loss for the lake.
I took some pics, will try to post, but this MAC is a pain in the rear.

September 05, 2011 at 8:38pm

Last year at this time was a little different. We caught a bunch of fish in the cove, including this 8.25lb speck. Hope the salty water comes in soon.

July 10, 2011 at 9:42pm

Made a late afternoon trip yesterday to the Biloxi Marsh via Slidell. Went mainly as a scouting trip for birds diving and tripletail spotting. Got to Rigolets Marina with light rain and stiff NE wind, bought 20 live shrimp and headed out to Lake Borgne for the given objective only to be greeted with very heavy seas which looked like they had all day to build. Aborted trip and decided to head to unknown pass after about 3 miles out, but as looking at GPS I was only 5 miles from where caught a lot of tripletail last year, so decided to at least go there and see if anything. Well found a few traps, but waves were crashing over crab floats with muddy water so decided to head into the Biloxi Marsh since only a few miles away.
Got into Bayou Magil and water coming out and and extremely dirty, probably the dirtiest I have ever seen it for this time of year. Evidently the wind blew hard all day while it was rising. Decided to run into the interior marsh to find clean water. Ran about 5 miles in to an area which always has clear water and it was still stained, but fishable. Fished a while, but water had not started moving yet, it was now 6:30PM so decided to move back closer to Lake Borgne where the water was falling and hit a cut which usually had reds with a falling tide.
Hit the cut around 7ish and fished till 7:25. Started with spinnerbait, had a red on for a minute then he pulled off, made a couple more casts with bumps, but then with the sun going down broke out the live stuff. First cast in 6 inches of water big red grabs the shrimp as it is popping out of the water for it's life. I try to set the hook, but it was like a dog trying to hold on to a toy , I just drug it toward the boat and he held on without fighting, then he just let go. Next cast shrimp jumping around with red chasing in 6-12 inches of water, this time I waited till the guy swallowed and digested the shrimp and pulled him in. Since the hook was really deep in the first fish, I pulled out another rod and cast out with the same result. Cut the line retied and one more red. Next cast a speck. Made a couple more casts with only lady fish and needle gar, cleaned up the mess and headed home with 3 reds and one speck in a trip which looked doomed, but came home with something. Enjoyed the ride home as the lake calmed some.

Wanted to get through the Rigolets before dark because the parish is still waiting on some oil and tey have an area in the Rigolets blocked off almost completely obstructing traffic with barges and boom. So be careful.

August 24, 2010 at 7:33pm

I knew sportsman hated ethanol, but did not realize how much the environmentalists hated it. The more I read on this subject the more I see corn ethanol (which is what is in our fuel) has absolutely no support except with the Ethanol lobby. All of the environmental groups are harping on this non-stop, they hate corn ethanol because it does nothing to help the environment, but 5-6 BILLION dollars in taxes go to support it rather than real green energy. Every independent economist thinks it is horse manure and does not make economic sense. We send about $200,000 in tax money to the midwest (mostly Archer-Daniel-Midland Co.) for every job created (this is a very conservative estimate).

Bottom line is we need to group together and try to get the 'Ethanol Excise tax' to expire at the end of 2010 as it is currently slated. The politicians do not want to touch this because they know they cannot advance in politics without supporting corn ethanol, even though every economist, environmentalist, and the CBO think it is crap. So these guys could care less what is good for the country and they keep doing it. We need to let the pigs feeding at the trough know if they vote to keep the subsidies, they will pay at the ballot box.

I contacted Vitter, Melancon, and Landrieu. Vitter responded with some BS twice. But when I pinned him down to let me know where he stood on the vote, he did not reply. Melancon and Landrieu are already feeding at the trough and did not even bother to reply on the issue. It is time to get control of our legislators and I think the corn ethanol isssue is a great litmus test to see if legislators are corrupt or not. I am sure they know how to read, so all they need to do is google 'ethanol subsidies' and they will get feedback from both environmentalists and economists. So if they vote to keep the subsidies. there is only one answer, they are corrupt and do not care about the future of our country. That is the only answer. I have looked at this from every possible angle and that is the only answer.

Thank you for your time.

August 10, 2010 at 8:59pm

Well it looks like the Government finally settled in on a number for the flow rate for anyone interested in that stuff. They said at the wells maximum flow it was putting out 62,000 barrels/day plus or minus 10%. 70,000 barrels/day is what I had guessed a couple of months ago with a little research and deductive reasoning. Don't know why BP could not do the same.
Anyway a good summary of the spill can be found on wikipedia.

August 05, 2010 at 3:47pm

Just cooked my last Tripletail from the '09 season. Man that's good stuff.
Glad I can go get some more of them.

July 17, 2010 at 8:08pm

Can we get a thread to focus on the mitigations efforts at hand which will help to alleviate some of the uncertainties of this oil spill in an organized fashion? Mike has done a great job in keeping us up to date, but I know alot of us want to know more and have not been able to find up to date accurate information described with precision.

The most important information are the mitigation efforts at hand and areas shut down to fishing.

1)LMRP effectiveness- it is very hard to find any up to date information on this.

2) shoreline protection- barrier island progress, new containment methods,etc.

3)Area's shut down to fishing. It seems to change daily. Please keep us updated.

4)Forecasted oil trajectory.

If there are websites which anyone can recommend to get up to the minute information, this would be greatly appreciated.

June 05, 2010 at 8:51pm

Walked outside my house on the Northshore this morning and the smell of petroleum distillates was in the air. I could not beleive it, so went back inside and walked out again and same smell.

April 30, 2010 at 8:41am

It seems most of the guys in the May issue of LA Sportsman feel the river will be a big factor this year. Is there anything to support this belief?
Most of the areas I fish are pretty much in line with a typical year regarding salinity. My camp on Vermillion Bay has better salinity than most Aprils.
I looked up river to St. Louis and beyond and don't see much water heading our way. So for the next couple of weeks it will probably get better before it gets worse. So I would encourage everyone to get out there and get some fishing in.

April 25, 2010 at 10:09pm

Any estimate on when we will get electricity restored at Cypremort Point?

September 16, 2008 at 1:01pm
A comment titled: Re: Proposed teal limit reduction in response to a report titled: Proposed teal limit reduction

Absurd that these commissioners can come up with this recommendation without consulting their own biologists!
Their reasoning was that one of the commisioners talked to a few hunters?? WTF! are you serious?
Waterfowl limits are federally managed and set based on scientific data. I would think it is in Louisianas best interest to maximize our bag limit to be able to give our hunters the opportunity to get our share of birds. As it stands most seasons we don't have many birds that show up in Louisiana during teal season, so I don't see where we are even making a small dent in the bluewing teal population.
I really enjoy teal season and make at least 7-10 hunts and do really well, killing limits most hunts because the area we hunt has been loaded with teal the last few years. If the teal limit was reduced it would take away from my enjoyment of the season and it would have absolutely no impact on bringing in more birds to anyone else in our state. What will give hunters a better opportunity is the correct teal habitat and teal migration, neither of which are affected by a change in the bag limit.
The only reason I can think to lower the limit is so that more hunters can say they killed their limit. This a rediculous argument. What happens if we get a great migration this year and everyone has plenty opportunity and the bag limit is at 4??? Boy would we look stupid. And even worse there would be a group of idiots who would say the reason we had more birds this year is because we lowered the limits! Which is so absurd it makes my head hurt.
Why do we even have a set of commissioners and why would they be made up of non-biologists?

January 30, 2019 at 12:59pm
A comment titled: Re: Mudboat stolen in response to a report titled: Mudboat stolen

Yes, any info would be great. If he knows where the boat was found I can check that area.

January 15, 2019 at 10:57am
A comment titled: Re: 2016 coastal zone date predictions? in response to a report titled: 2016 coastal zone date predictions?

Thanks for the input. So it seems you think they will leave the split in the same spot, just move that first week on to the last week of the season.

Thanks for the input, that seems most likely.

December 17, 2015 at 3:29pm
A comment titled: Re: hydralic steering in response to a report titled: hydralic steering

Finally a good day to work on the boat. Went ahead and changed the hoses and got both hoses through first try solo. Surprised it went that smooth. I went with the least expensive helm pump which meant a change in the mount holes from my tilt steering, which added a little time. So new helm pump, new hoses, and new ram seals, so should be good to go.
No big frustration moments.
Test drove and much easier to steer. One of the reasons I decided to go with new hoses is I am thinking about going with power assist steering. With power assist you need 3 hoses, so I left one of the old hoses behind in case I go with power.
I do a lot of running in really tight sloughs with hairpin turns. 2 years ago I was fishing/hunting hard daily in tight sloughs and ended up with tennis elbow really bad from fighting steering. Sea Star has a power assist you can add on to your steering which is nice if you have ever driven a boat with power assist. It is like driving a car.
With the improvement in steering I got today, not sure if I am going to pull the trigger on the power assist, but it will be an easy add on if I do.
Hope this info is useful.

April 18, 2015 at 6:58pm
A comment titled: Re: hydralic steering in response to a report titled: hydralic steering

I called Sea Star (teleflex) and the tech girl, yes girl, said that the gunk consists of breakdown of the pump from water rusting the components. So this happened because of an unnoticed leak (probably outside seals on ram) which let water in and the salt water did it's thing probably over years for it too look this bad.
She said with the seal change I did on the ram and if the ram rod is truely not damaged then I should be OK with a new helm pump and the hoses cleaned out thoroughly. I am considering changing out the hoses, but I know it will be a bear as I do not have much space where the hoses pass.

April 14, 2015 at 3:47pm
A comment titled: Re: hydralic steering in response to a report titled: hydralic steering

OK, got the seal kit in, so pulled the helm pump, tore it down and what a mess. Sandy gunk, grime, rust, sticking valves can't believe it worked at all. Decided to forgo trying to salvage the pump and will get a new. I checked on a rebuild with new valves and springs and $350. I can get a new one for $415 in a couple of days, so thats a no brainer.

April 13, 2015 at 8:11pm
A comment titled: Re: hydralic steering in response to a report titled: hydralic steering

Thanks Capt.
An internal seal would make since if I do not see any leakage. Ok I have a little more confidence in changing the seals in the helm now. Also, I read where if a ball valve is sticking it could cause this problem. So either way I need to pull the helm unit and clean it, then put new seals.
Hope this works.

April 11, 2015 at 9:20am
A comment titled: Re: Later season pays off in response to a report titled: Later season pays off

I hunt the coastal zone, tidal marsh in SE LA. Our group had better numbers in the first split, including the youth hunt which was spectacular. So early is good, but we still have plenty birds, in fact when scouting I am seeing more birds. Historically, it seems we have plenty birds around in the later season, but these birds are smart, they find areas not hunted, tides are low and your ponds you have been hunting all season now suck. To kill birds in the tidal zones you need to adapt which most guys really don't want to do. I really think the fall off in numbers of kills in the second split have more to do with hunter issues rather than bird number issues.
Personally I like hunting late season because you get better birds in our area.

January 26, 2015 at 8:22pm
A comment titled: Fried breast in response to a report titled: frying a duck?

Yesterday I was making a duck gumbo and had some grey breasts I was browning to put in the gumbo. I used flour with liberal cajun seasoning to brown/fry them and the crust looked so good I decided to eat one rather than put in the gumbo. Man was it good! In fact I enjoyed eatting it more than the duck in the gumbo. I am sold, the next time I cook duck breast they will be deep fried in flour batter.
As far as frying the whole duck I would think it would work, but will not be as good as with a batter.

December 26, 2014 at 9:46am
A comment titled: Maybe better to use as bait in response to a report titled: Casino buffet

Tuffhuntin, you are right. A little crazy to eat something like this when we are blessed with so much. Probably makes more sense to use the shrimp for bait. But shrimp were so pretty I hated to see them go to waste. I ended up freezing the shrimp because did not have time to cook. But I gott at least try eatting a few.😉

November 24, 2014 at 8:45am
A comment titled: Plan on eatting in response to a report titled: Casino buffet

The shrimp are deheaded and in the fridge. I plan on eatting them Unless someone gives me a Good reason not to.

November 22, 2014 at 9:48pm
A comment titled: Irish bayou in response to a report titled: Dock

There is a nice launch at Irish bayou. They used to have live shrimp. I think it is after the second bridge. I would think Dockside's launch is open as I do not see any advantage for them to close it off.

November 11, 2014 at 8:19pm
A comment titled: dialed in in response to a report titled: Trout are on the move

I fished the same area where you caught and found an amazing amount of bait, especially around blind bayou with the marsh restoration project. Made a few castnet throws and caught at least 5 shrimp/cast and all the pogie I needed. My main focus was sight casting Redfish in nearby ponds which was a success, sighting at least 20 and tagging 7. I did make a short attempt at trout with no luck. Caught 2 flounder with live pogie on points with moving water (it is october, fish tacos with fried flounder filets, yum!).

You seem to have that area dialed in as I don't think other guys are doing as well on trout. Hats off to you.

October 08, 2014 at 8:13pm
A comment titled: Fresh water in lake in response to a report titled: DOCKSIDE CAVEAT EMPTOR!!!!!!

The salinity at the surface of lake pontchartrain is almost zero. What I have been doing to keep my shrimp alive in the lake is adding salt to the livewell and recirculate the water . Every hour or so I hit the intake to bring clean water in, then add more salt. This seems to work well for me.
I have not tried any dockside shrimp this year so cannot comment on the quality of their shrimp, but I did loose a batch of shrimp from another bait shop which I attribute to the fresh water In the lake.

June 04, 2014 at 9:30am
A comment titled: trout size getting smaller in response to a report titled: Lake P trout

I have been fortunate to be able to fish almost every day for the last 8 days in the lake in between work. The bite has been incredible, probably the best I have seen in the lake in a couple of years. Unfortunately I think it is winding down. The last 2 days have produced smaller trout which seem to be active all day long. There are still some bigger trout around, just not as many coming to the boat. Also, it seems the bigger trout are turning off. You will be catching big trout, then the big ones turn off and just small ones. The next few days should still be producing, but not for long. All the female have full egg sacks and I am sure they are heading out.

May 23, 2014 at 4:28pm
A comment titled: Agree potbelly in Biloxi marsh in response to a report titled: potbelly minnow lures?

We fished Biloxi Marsh this past Saturday and specks were filled with Potbelly minnows. I don't recall ever seeing this as the primary diet of specks this time of year.
It seems this year I rarely saw fish feeding on shrimp. Last year we were still catching fish under shrimp at this time.
As far as what the specks will bite on. It was very easy to get them to bite on anything. We went through the tackle box checking to see how many different baits would work. Pretty much anything slow worked best. Carolina rigged treble hook with a sparkle beetle hooked on worked really well on the bottom in a bayou with a lot of current.

November 19, 2013 at 7:16pm
A comment titled: where ya gonna go? in response to a report titled: biloxi marsh

I witnessed a guide doing the same thing at Rigolet's Marina. It really does not matter to me. I buy my shrimp at a local vendor and they treat me well with the shrimp size because I am a good customer. Buy more and you get treated like a good customer, otherwise you have the choice to not buy any if you do not like the size available to you.

September 30, 2013 at 7:54pm
A comment titled: good guys in response to a report titled: Nice Job

Thanks Capt Jason and Jimmy for your hard work on the trip. Capt Jason had to do a lot of running to find decent water after the storms earlier in the night, but he never gave up. We caught a ridiculous number of trout, but lots of undersized we had to throw back.
The ride home through the skinny marsh bayous was a treat. He really knows how to handle a boat.

July 08, 2013 at 9:40pm
A comment titled: Better on a boat than a car in response to a report titled: Lake Ponchartrain to Chandeleur Islands

We make that run at least once a year and it definitely is not for everyone.
Last Saturday we decided to make the same run you guys made. We left out of Slidell on the West Pearl and were greeted to rain at the RIgolets and across Lake Borgne. Decided to head a little west as the radar looked better that direction. Ended up in Eloi after going through Eugenie and Mud Flat trying to avoid the nasty east wind and rain. Well the wind did not let up, so we chugged to Central, caught a bunch of big reds, lots of breakoff big stuff and only one 4lb trout. Hit Gosier next which had pretty decent conditions, but arrived at the end of the bite and only picked up a few. Tried going to destination snapper at 100 ft curve, but turned back after a couple of miles with the wind white capping offshore in our little 22' bayboat.
Headed to Curlew for protection traveling on the west side of it northerly, then stopped at Freemason for a couple of hours to get our feet on dry land and take a breather.
Overall, we should have aborted with the stiff winds, but I knew this was the last chance for snapper this season.
It is a long trip, but I would prefer doing this rather than dragging a boat down to Venice and still having to ride a long way by boat. When the conditions are good, most of the ride through the Biloxi Marsh is protected and the islands, shorebirds, currents, smells, etc have so much more beauty than driving through New Orleans. We burned 49 gallons for 182 miles of running, so still cheaper than hotel in Venice plus car and boat fuel. Now even better is when I go with a buddy who has a seacat with a pilot enclosure! That's the way to go..

June 27, 2013 at 10:31pm
A comment titled: Borgne advice in response to a report titled: Advice on north side of Biloxi Marsh?

This time of year I concentrate on birds around Lake Borgne for trout. You can find lots of birds working about a mile north of Biloxi Marsh from B Biloxi all the way east to Nine mile. Some schools have small trout and some large. Most of my trips are in the afternoon this time of the year when I knock off of work.
In the morning most of the rigs hold trout. Some better than others and the ones that hold trout may only have trout on one spot on the shell pad, so you have to put in some time.
Inside the marsh there are tons of ponds. Just look for grass and bait. Also, you usually have a falling tide in the summer evenings so you can set up at drains and pick up reds there also.
Good luck.

June 27, 2013 at 9:51pm
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