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I'm looking for a mechanic that can get a Suburu engine running on one of the mudboats. It has set for 3-4 years and had issues before it sat up. We can't remember what the problem was but I think it was a fuel issue and a slight cooling issue. I'll go through the engine and check the electrical side out and weed out anything in there. I'm also contemplating pulling the engine and putting a brand new one.

Any suggestions would be helpful. I am located in Thibodaux but will travel for a good mechanic. I know about Kirk but have not spoke to him yet. Someone said he no longer does mechanic work unless it is one of his boats.

Will be selling my other boat soon.

14 Ft fiberglass with a 23 Kholer straight drive. Runs 22 mph and has a trailer. Asking around 1500-1200 not sure yet. Papers on everything.

September 13, 2016 at 1:04pm

I thought this was pretty interesting since we usually do not see many pintails around here.

Last week, I saw around 30-40 Pintails in the Schriever Overpass Lake. It was mostly drakes from what I could see. Definitely the first time I see any of those around the Thibodaux area. Besides wood ducks, I can't think of any other time that I saw ducks in there. I tried to pull into the cane fields to get some pictures, but it was a little too muddy..

A few weeks ago I had a pretty long talk with a duck guide from Arkansas. He said this was the worse season that he could ever remember. They had multiple hunts where they would not see a duck in the sky. That's a bold statement especially for someone hunting Stuttgart. We started talking about next season and he said that it should be great since the harvest numbers were very low for most states. I have been really thinking about that statement, and here are some things I thought about. I would like to hear some input.

1. Low harvest numbers = more ducks for next year....Everyone will be happy

2. My concern is the breeding grounds. From what I read, It's a fact that more ducks will be returning to the grounds this year than most. I worry about the carrying capacity of the grounds. What if they can't support this amount of ducks? What does that mean for next season?

3. Let's say the grounds can support this huge migration. I would think that competition is now higher for the grounds. What if ducks fight too much for grounds and start nesting too late? Or even worse could be that some ducks will not breed at all.

I just think that's lazy thinking to say since this year was horrible next year will be better. I don't think it works like this.

February 16, 2016 at 10:41am

Does anyone know if or when Cannons boat launch will open back up? Any contact information? I called the number listed online and it has been disconnected. I went two weekends ago and it was locked due to the saltwater. I would like to go launch Thursday and go get some blinds brushed.

November 03, 2015 at 11:22am

I found a knife with a sheath this weekend in Lake Dautrive. The knife was on a trail by some of the public land. Email me with a description of the knife and I will return it to the owner promptly. It is a little rusty, may have been there for quite some time.

October 13, 2014 at 12:30pm

I have heard from two different people that a new law was being discussed about life jackets. They must be worn by all occupants while the boat is under power by the main engine(s). This applies to all boats under 26 ft.

Whether this is true or not, what are your thoughts?

I am on both sides of the ordeal. Saves lives, but can become a hassle.

I can also see (big time) this as a new way for the LDWF to get more money. You move 30 feet to a new spot, and forget to put your life jacket on, boom, ticket.

Thoughts?

September 26, 2013 at 12:47pm

In the past i had a connection with getting corn right from the barges. I would get middled, but i didnt mind it because it still came out cheaper than buying from Academy. Anyways i lost that connection over the past few years and have just been buying the corn from feed stores and other places. I just got some new land this past two months and want to see whats out there so this year i plan on feeding very early and plentiful so im wondering if anybody out there can give me some help with finding barge corn and soybeans. Im completely oblivious to all of this, so you may just be able to go and get it yourself. I dont know thats why im asking.

I do undertsand it is dirty and filled with debris. I still have my filter system laying around somewheres. Dosnt bother me. If anybody wants the design of that, let me know. Ill be able to post some pics.

Thanks

April 16, 2013 at 5:30pm

Been doing a lot of thinking lately about all you guys and how much fun an actual fishing tournament would be. if there is one put on by the sportsman, i am unaware of it.

If i or a volunteer were able and had the time to organize something in the warmer months in grand isle, would anyone be interested in that?

I dont know about prize money and all of that stuff. A lot of details would need to be worked out, but its just a thought.

I chose grand isle because i think that would be the funnest place IMO.

Anybody got any input or ideas to throw around?

December 06, 2012 at 1:35pm

Iv'e searched the internet for this question and really didnt find much information about it. I was wondering if anyone knows about how many does dose the average, healthy, mature buck breed in a season? It may sound like a far fetched question for some, but i know there are a few people on here that do research on deer herds. If you have your own place and manage it well, it just seems like a waste to take a big buck early in the rut.

November 12, 2012 at 10:56am
A comment titled: Re: Waterfowl FEED TAG Your thoughts?? in response to a report titled: Waterfowl FEED TAG Your thoughts??

Maybe I'm a die hard. Idk. Even if it were legal, baiting a pond seems wrong.

You can't outsmart ducks if there are no ducks to begin with. That is the main problem I have seen/experienced the last 5-6 years. Ducks are not where they used to be. Leases that were top notch are now ghost towns.

Things are changing. Change with it.

Years ago we would smoke limits every weekend. Last season we would get the shakes when 3 ringnecks would fly over. Keeps you humble at least.

Time to move West IMO.

October 02, 2017 at 9:11pm
A comment titled: Re: Team Persuasion Serial Number in response to a report titled: Team Persuasion Serial Number

The most common places I've seen them is on the back of the stern. Top left or right.

May 19, 2017 at 7:21pm
A comment titled: Re: First time hunter in response to a report titled: First time hunter

I'm more of a duck hunter than a deer hunter. I chased them hard for a long time and will back up what the guy above me said. Usually hunters will flash their light at you if you are getting too close. If that happens, walk away quietly and try to disturb as little as possible. I never messed around with Joyce but sherburne can get pretty rough.

December 15, 2016 at 7:34pm
A comment titled: Re: First time hunter in response to a report titled: First time hunter

How old are you? Would you consider hunting other areas besides the ones you listed?

December 14, 2016 at 4:59pm

Here's a different view. I used to complain about hunting flooded fields until I really out some thought into it. Regardless if these fields are purposely flooded or not, the ducks will still land there for grains or whatever else the pond is holding. I know of some people who put corn stalks (with no corn) around their ponds. The ducks fall out of the sky for it. They are conditioned to it. I rather see someone shoot at these ducks and keep them moving. As far as this becoming illegal, that will simply never happened. There is wayyyy too much money involved for farmers for this to just go away.

Moving the season back seems to be the common complaint from most including me. There are multiple problems with this.

To my understanding It's a federal law that duck season can not extend past January. Name one congressman that would argue this on the floor.

Ducks start to pair up around this time. This means quite an extensive study would need to be done to make sure the species will not be harmed. Probably would take years??

You still have a solid amount of hunters that are happy with the current situations.

This would also mean completely redoing the dates for every flyway.

December 09, 2016 at 7:53pm

I think everyone agreed that last year opener was entirely too early for the coastal. Many hunters including myself would like to see a much later opener than we currently have for the coastal. The problem is that there are just as many people that oppose it. This was evident last year from my understanding when they discussed season dates. I would like to see the season run until the end of January or start toying with theidea of extending the season past January. A lottt of things would have to be considered and laws changed, but Sweating in a duck blind is never a good omen.

December 06, 2016 at 7:05pm

Our area has been complaining about snails for years. Nothing was ever really done by officials that I know of. I know they made plans and did s little research.
We have a good amount of feed this year. Plenty of ducks in the area just nothing comes around us, the neighbors, or the next lease. We are contemplating moving the houseboat to a new lease in Bayou Black if we find one.

November 14, 2016 at 2:50pm
A comment titled: Re: Louisiana Ariel survey in response to a report titled: Louisiana Ariel survey

Bump...Just so I get an email when there is a response.

November 06, 2016 at 1:07pm
A comment titled: Re: Let's see them duck blinds in response to a report titled: Let's see them duck blinds

I'll be out there again this weekend and let y'all know what I see. I saw a prop plane last weekend flying really low. Believe it or not I'm seeing more ducks now than I saw last year at this time. But I think it will be a very slow opening day. Last year it was a very late push for the first split.

November 03, 2016 at 5:06pm
A comment titled: Re: Let's see them duck blinds in response to a report titled: Let's see them duck blinds

I spent the last 3 weekends in Bayou Black. We saw whistlers, woodies, teal, and greys. At least around our lease, the woodies and teal are all over. Could have shot limit after limit of woodies. I didn't have a shirt on and there is zero brush around the blind and they were still landing. I have a feeling that is all we will kill opening day. Duck season needs to be pushed wayyy back. Changing shirts mid-day due to sweat is not exactly duck hunting weather.

November 01, 2016 at 8:35pm

Posts on this site have taken a huge hit since the update. Not sure what to say about your problem. Good luck at any boat launch in south Louisiana. It gets crazy. I've sat at launches for over an hour waiting my turn. Make sure your running lights are working. Lots of idiots flying through the marsh without lights. Maybe request that the hotels call you if there are cancellations.

October 26, 2016 at 10:15am
A comment titled: Re: Mudboat Mechanic Issues in response to a report titled: Mudboat Mechanic Issues

Still looking.

Also having issues with another inboard. 27 vanguard. Sat up for three months. Needs a new starter for sure and the pull rope still won't start the engine. Might be as easy as a new fuel pump. I do not have the time to deal with it right now.

October 13, 2016 at 7:10pm
A comment titled: Re: New Hog Trap in response to a report titled: New Hog Trap

I'm not sure if you ever shot them out of these traps, but kill them from a distance. I made the mistake of walking up to the trap to kill them and they go absolutely crazy. Definitely increases the chances of them breaking the trap and evening the odds against you.

October 01, 2016 at 11:35am

I'm not saying it was deleted but I did look long and hard for a thread from last year about this guy. It went 20-30 comments deep of people having terrible experiences out there. I never found it.

I suggest if it is found that the title on the thread needs to be changed to something relevant. That way it will be returned on the first page of a Google search of the business.

He has negative reviews going back to 2003. This guy needs to be shutdown.

September 28, 2016 at 1:29pm
A comment titled: Re: Basin duck hunting in response to a report titled: Basin duck hunting

Basin is hard work when it comes to duck hunting. You can scout a hole that is filled with mallards and the next day they are gone. Quality decoys, solid calling, and good spreads is key out there. Everytime I've gone I was with people that knew the area and knew what to look for. Google Earth is very useful to find some good holes.

September 22, 2016 at 1:19pm

There has been multiple threads on this site about this guy. i can't imagine that the Sportsman would still consider him a reputable service. It may have been a mistake. They 86'd Pro-Ride trailers to my knowledge due to unhappy customers.

September 21, 2016 at 7:58pm
A comment titled: Re: Battery Troubles in response to a report titled: Battery Troubles

Using a regular charger is not bad for them in theory. On paper you end up with an AGM battery that never reaches a full charge. AGM's need a 3-stage charging cycle which is: bulk stage, absorb stage, and float stage to be charged properly. All of this is done with a 3-stage charger.

7 volts is a bit low and I think that the electrolytes in the Mat are dried up. This can be caused by overcharging but that's not an old battery. If it is not a sealed battery, try adding one ounce of distilled water to each cell. Let it sit for 2 days then try charging it with a good charger. Really nothing to lose at this point.

September 12, 2016 at 4:13pm
A comment titled: Re: No Teal in response to a report titled: No Teal

There were a group of guys a few years back that would post fake reports with misleading information about certain areas. No ducks or lots of ducks. It was always the opposite.

I am absolutely certain I will not fire a shot this weekend. But I just want to put some camo on, throw out decoys, kill mosquitoes, and have some good scotch.

September 08, 2016 at 7:09pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal Sightings in response to a report titled: Teal Sightings

Jjoojj

We have a decent amount. Not at all what it USED to be. The apple snails have hit us pretty hard. I would say easily less than half of what we used to have. If this keeps up, I don't see us staying out there too much longer. It will only get worse, and I think Apple snails were ignored by officials for the most part. Maybe there isn't a solution??

Last season was also the first year we saw grass carp in the ponds. They were always by the houseboat and in the canals but never in the ponds.

One of our ponds is doing great with vegetation but whatever reason (it's the biggest and cleanest of all the ponds) we never and I mean never do good in there. I've hunted it five times that I can remember and never fired a shot. All while at the same time the front pond is smoking ducks. Now 5 times isn't much but the two ponds are 400 yards apart. Something is odd.

September 06, 2016 at 9:01pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal Sightings in response to a report titled: Teal Sightings

Dularge is reporting 0 teal sightings as of yesterday. I think most of these areas are holding birds but the high water keeps them out of the ponds and puts them in pot holes deep in the marsh. Dautrive on the other hand has some good numbers but that is a big place. Next to impossible to determine where they will end up.

Ill be in the Orange Grove area from Thursday to Possibly Sunday and I will report anything I see. Possible teal sightings this weekend. The guy wasn't sure but described them as flying low and hauling ass. Sounds like some Rice Rockets to me.

September 06, 2016 at 10:18am
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