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Wife and I headed out to Trestles in Slidell this morning to break the Coronavirus isolation routine. Got right on some Reds early, had one 30” Red break my wife’s line right at boat, then another one right after that. She eventually boated a nice 17” drum and an 18” Red, all on V&G Terror Tail by Deadly Dudley in Blue Chartreuse. Water was calm and a little dirty with some algae bloom starting to show up at Trestles. Mississippi River water from Bonet Carrie Spillway quickly muddying up Lake Pontchartrain.😕 Later in the morning the wind picked up and tide starting moving and I got one nice 17” trout in cooler and missed several nice ones that got off before I could net them. Once wind started pushing up some white caps after lunch we headed in. Beautiful day on the Lake today!

April 21 at 5:31pm

Nice limit of Reds there Mande! Especially on hand made artificial lure! Got to be very gratifying! I’m up here at duck camp in Arkansas cutting grass and getting prepared for upcoming duck/goose season. Farmers up here in southeast Arkansas are discing and planting beans, rice and corn now, after being delayed for several weeks due to extremely wet fields from all the late winter, early spring rains. Caught a mess of channel cats on Lake Chicot yesterday evening, made a fine fish fry last night. I will be back on Thursday and would like to go chase some of those Reds with you!

May 12 at 10:49am

Happy anniversary to you and the wifey. Looks like y’all made a nice haul of crabs there at Bayou Lacombe. Always great spot to fill a chest up full of blue crabs! Enjoy your boil!

May 05 at 7:33am

Glad to hear you got your boat motor humming again. Me and the wife were out at the Trestles yesterday, surprised I didn’t see ya. Not many boats out yesterday for such a beautiful Friday morning. We caught 2 Sheepshead, 3 undersized Reds and one beautiful flounder, which made a wonderful dinner last night, stuffed with lump crabmeat and baked in the oven. Along with some fresh sautéed Kale and squash from Covey Rise Farms, who has been selling veggie bags and fresh cut and packed Chappapela Farms pork from their refrigerated truck behind Abita Cafe on Wednesday mornings. True farm to home table dining last night. Thanks to the guys at Covey Rise Farms in Husser, who normally sell all of their local farm raised vegetables and fresh pork to local restaurants around the Gulf Coast area. Due to the virus and most of their customers closed for now, they are selling their goods from back of their trucks at designated areas for now. Go out and purchase a bag of their veggies, you will be surprised at all the variety of fresh vegetables they are harvesting right now that they put in their “veggie bags”! Also, local farmer markets have some great produce available now and upcoming weeks! Support your local farmers! Hope to see you out in the waterways soon Mandevillian!

May 02 at 11:14am
A comment titled: Re: Delacroix Fishing Journey in response to a report titled: Delacroix Fishing Journey

Now that’s a fishing report! Thanks for all the info and details. I’ve only fished Delacroix a few times and that’s with guides. Been wanting to take my boat down there but I don’t know my way around.

April 29 at 9:14am
A comment titled: Re: Troubled Trestles Trip 4 27 2020 in response to a report titled: Troubled Trestles Trip 4 27 2020

Wife and I spent a few days at her family camp on shore of Lake Pontchartrain off Jerry Cane Canal at mouth of Tangipahoa River this past weekend. We awoke yesterday to 2-4 foot waves and 15-20 knot winds crashing into the shoreline. Wasn’t expecting this, had baited up trot lines in lake but couldn’t get my boat out to check them. Will have to come back this week to run lines, catfish been running good in lake now that it is basically a fresh water Lake thanks to the Bonnet Carre Spillway! I couldn’t imagine trying to fish Trestles yesterday. Glad you made it back to launch, nothing worse than getting stranded out in the Lake.

April 28 at 7:58am

I’m like you Mande, this isolation boredom has led me to plow up a garden spot here at my home in Abita Springs. Surprisingly, it is thriving, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers and bell peppers all doing well. Those heirloom tomatoes you gave me as young sprouts several weeks ago are now growing quickly in containers. Been fun watching garden grow and spending time tending to plants.

April 23 at 2:39pm
A comment titled: Re: Day 1 at PAC in response to a report titled: Day 1 at PAC

Awesome video blackfishmatt! I’ve never fished from a yac before, looks like a blast. Great job videoing your solo trip.

April 23 at 11:28am

Dang Mande, that’s a heck of a farming operation you got going there in your namesake community! The seedling Pink Heirloom and Cherokee Purple tomatoes you gave me several weeks ago are thriving here in containers at my place in Abita Springs. Rest of my garden is doing amazing as well. You right, gardens are hard work, but very rewarding at harvest time. During these “work from home” times, I’ve been spending time in my cucumbers, squash, zucchini, bell pepper and tomato garden every evening! Not only good way to pass time, but also provide delicious fresh veggies for the family soon!

April 02 at 8:36pm
A comment titled: Re: Do Not Need No Stinking Gyms in response to a report titled: Do Not Need No Stinking Gyms

Mande, My Cherokee Purple and Pink Heirloom tomato seedlings you started in your greenhouse and gave me that I planted in my garden here in Abita Springs are thriving! Thanks again, I will keep you updated on growth.

March 30 at 8:31pm
A comment titled: Re: Virus and fishing in response to a report titled: Virus and fishing

I hope they keep us outdoorsman able to enjoy the things we love to do. If they keep us from towing our boats to our favorite fishing holes that would be a bummer. Me and the Mandevillian fished the T-Funcky couple of days ago and we were able to easily fish safely distanced from each other on my boat. Arkansas just announced that they have suspended all resident and non resident fishing licenses until further notice to promote the outdoors to kids and families that have been adversely effected by the CoVid-19 Pandemic. Why can’t Louisiana do the same to help us go out and enjoy the lakes and rivers we have here to go out and catch fish, crabs and shrimp for our families during this uncertain world we have been thrust into?? Let’s go fishing!

March 22 at 8:42pm
A comment titled: Re: Tip of de T-Funky Iceberg 3 12 2020 in response to a report titled: Tip of de T-Funky Iceberg 3 12 2020

Good job Mande! Looks like our local river getting right for slabs! Crossed bridge on I-12 earlier and water looks perfect right now. Tired of listening to Coronavirus news and ready to get the boat on the river soon! Thanks for sharing the report.

March 13 at 11:46am

Sounds like you gave it a good shot Mande! If they didn’t bite all those goodies you presented, water must not be quiet ready to produce a nice box of slabs yet. I’m hoping to make my first trip of the year on the T-Funcky next week. Still putting up decoys, waders and cleaning Super Black Eagle II from duck season. Ready to get the Alumaweld 2072 ready to hit the river!

February 26 at 10:35am

I’m really impressed with your trout catching techniques. What! To catch a chest full of specs and reds on a dang piece of nylon rope with a hook in it? Not only are you the Wizard but a fishing genius also! Nuck and Futz duo been up here duck hunting with me and my buddy Al in Arkansas and when he showed me your post I thought it was joke? On a nylon rope? You Da man, hope to fish with you sometimes.

January 29 at 7:54pm
A comment titled: Re: Sad End to Sorry Season 2020 in response to a report titled: Sad End to Sorry Season 2020

Although the Nuck and Futz duo had a tough season in da north shore marsh, I salute you guys for the relentless pursuit of waterfowl bliss. I’ve enjoyed reading your post this season and every day I kept hoping to see a successful hunt with lots of ducks and smiling faces. Look forward to having you guys up here at my Arkansas camp this week. Can’t wait to hunt with you guys!

January 25 at 9:22pm

Great job guys! Finally, after all the hard work and frustrating results all season long, the Nuck and Futz duo comes through with a great hunt!

January 19 at 7:14pm
A comment titled: Re: Yet another Big Branch Bust 1-1-20 in response to a report titled: Yet another Big Branch Bust 1-1-20

Mandy, I have enjoyed reading your posts all season long and I feel for your passion for chasing those duck dreams of skies full of greys and mallards. I used to hunt Big Branch, only 15 miles from my house, but gave up and joined southeast Arkansas duck lease few years ago. Although it is a 4.5 hour drive and is not cheap, it is a whole different world of waterfowl adventures. I would love to have the Nuck and Futz duo up to my place for a couple of days of hunting. Season ends on 1/31/20. Respond back to me if you are interested. No cost, just buy your Arkansas license.

January 02 at 8:59am
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April 29 at 6:48pm