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David Simoneaux caught this huge catfish on a tree line last week. It bottomed out a 50 lb scale, so we did not get an accurate weight.

January 29 at 5:00pm

The large population of hogs on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA is very evident. Seeing hogs and hog sign on the peripheral islands has been common for a long time, but in the past few years they are really taking hold on Big Island. On a recent scouting trip I watched this big hog rooting at 10:30 am. You can see the damage being done as they root around. That said I have yet to take a hog on Big Island. I have taken many on the smaller islands. Maybe this will be the season to get my first one there.

September 10, 2018 at 5:44pm

I made my second scouting trip to the Atchafalaya Delta WMA this morning. Watched a beautiful sunrise on the way down the river. As expected the vegetation has overtaken most of last season's trails. Quite a bit of work to move around right now. The game wardens were out cutting the main lanes as usual for this time of year. I plan several more trips down the river before shutting it down in advance of October 1st.

August 27, 2018 at 4:35pm

The LDWF recently completed construction of a new wharf for the cul-de-sac on Big Island. This was sorely needed as the pre existing wharf was often full and guys had to park on the bank where they could, which is quite difficult when the water lilies move in.

August 27, 2018 at 4:29pm

We have caught over 330 catfish on our last 8 trips to the Atchafalaya River. My wife Ana, daughter Brooke Allen and her husband Sam and grandkids Ava, Baylor, Reese, Emersyn and Tuesday all have contributed. I mainly play the parts of chief deckhand, bait changer and photographer. Haha! Lots of fun for all.

July 24, 2018 at 4:36pm

We have caught over 330 catfish on our last 8 trips to the Atchafalaya River. My wife Ana, daughter Brooke Allen and her husband Sam and grandkids Ava, Baylor, Reese, Emersyn and Tuesday all have contributed. I mainly play the parts of chief deckhand, bait changer and photographer. Haha! Lots of fun for all.

July 24, 2018 at 1:27pm

We have caught over 330 catfish on our last 8 trips to the Atchafalaya River. My wife Ana, daughter Brooke Allen and her husband Sam and grandkids Ava, Baylor, Reese, Emersyn and Tuesday all have contributed. I mainly play the parts of chief deckhand, bait changer and photographer. Haha! Lots of fun for all.

July 24, 2018 at 1:24pm

We have caught over 330 catfish on our last 8 trips to the Atchafalaya River. My wife Ana, daughter Brooke Allen and her husband Sam and grandkids Ava, Baylor, Reese, Emersyn and Tuesday all have contributed. I mainly play the parts of chief deckhand, bait changer and photographer. Haha! Lots of fun for all.

July 24, 2018 at 1:20pm

This past spring I was fishing down at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. I caught a few normal size catfish in an area where we sometimes also catch red fish and back drum. Suddenly I had a hard bite and when I set the hook, I knew that I had something really big on. I immediately thought bull red or bull black drum. I had 17 lb test mono, so I did not want to try to horse the fish in any way. When it would run, I would loosen the drag a little and it went on like that for a little while. As it tired, I was able to get it closer to the boat. I got a glimpse of the huge head and then it ran off again. Now I really wanted to get that big thing in, knowing it would be a personal best. I had brought my gaffe along just in a case I hooked up a bull red and now it was time to put it to use. I eased him up along side the boat in gaffe range and it was over. It was a huge catfish that filled up my ice chest. He weighed 18 lbs. To that point, the biggest catfish that I had ever caught on a rod and reel was 13 lbs and that also was at the Delta. My next biggest was maybe 5 lbs. So this one was special.

June 26, 2018 at 6:35pm

With the recent catfish bite on fire, I took my wife Ana, daughter Brooke Allen and granddaughters Ava, Reese and Emersyn Allen for a quick afternoon fishing trip. Within the first five minutes they caught 6 fish and it was on! These girls knew what they were doing pulling in one cat after another. The one deck hand onboard (Me!) had a busy afternoon removing fish, baiting hooks, rinse, repeat! Haha! It really was a fun trip with the girls who brought home a nice bunch of fillets for the freezer.

June 26, 2018 at 6:20pm

My buddy David Simoneaux took me and my 8 year old grandson Baylor Allen frogging recently. I was amazed at how well Baylor was able to grab those big bull frogs. With his small hands he did miss a few, but that only made him more determined. No matter how big, fat and fast they were, Baylor was even faster. We had blast. I caught a bunch and even though David was expertly navigating us with his Pro Drive, he jumped out to get few that tried to escape on the bank. If you have never tried frogging, you really should at least once, as it is quite an experience. Gar fish, snakes and alligators everywhere!

June 26, 2018 at 6:05pm

These monster catfish were caught on bush lines put out by my good buddy David Simoneaux. I helped out on the larger one. For size perspective I held him up next to my granddaughters Reese and Emersyn.

June 26, 2018 at 5:54pm

My buddy Nelson Dupre's grandson, Brendon Bourg shot his first buck this year on a hunt in north Texas. Nelson told that 'Brandon and his grandma Hazel Dupre were sitting in a box stand looking over a wheat field. Around 4:00 the deer started coming out. There were deer everywhere on the field. There were a couple of good bucks out and then this big 9 point steps out across the field. His grandma told him this was the one. They waited until it walked closer and he shot. The deer never left the field. It ran about 20 yards and fell. He made a great shot.'

December 31, 2017 at 8:14pm

Nelson Dupre was using artificial bait fishing for specs, when he hooked up with this monster bull red. That was his first fish of the day.

December 30, 2017 at 9:53pm

This dude looks like he has some bad intentions...Haha! He showed up several days in the past week on one of my game cams.

December 30, 2017 at 9:47pm

My grandson Baylor Allen caught his first few bass recently near Lafayette. Using a beetle spin and other baits, he caught a few bass and a ton of big perch. I believe his smile says it all!

November 21, 2017 at 7:29pm

My cousin Travis and his daughter Leigh shot this big boar and a cow horned spike in Texas on their lease.

November 21, 2017 at 7:21pm

I took my grandson down to Bayou Dularge for some bull red fishing recently. He caught some nice ones and a very nice sheepshead. Of course they were some monster black drum to complete the day. Fun day with my little buddy.

November 21, 2017 at 5:23pm

Recently I took my grandson Baylor Allen to the youth hunt hosted at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. Also attending was my friend, Torrie Eaton and her daughter Avery. We all had a blast and the details of that experience will be featured in my blog Public Ramblings in the next few days.

Avery, the only female hunter, took the biggest deer of the weekend.

Torrie recaps Avery's thrilling hunt here:

This is the story of our hunt from the 1st day- The 1st evening, we got on our stand at around 4 or so. It was very HOT and the sun was beaming on the back of our necks. The mosquitos were horrible!!! Of course Avery couldn't keep still but luckily, I brought her Nintendo DS. We sat for a while with no action, except for the coon that walked right by our stand and the two or three rabbits that were in the lanes feeding.... UNTIL...... 5:25. Then, we saw a small fawn come walking down the lane. I remembered what they said about fawns, to make sure there were NO SPOTS, so I wanted to be sure. Avery was so excited and ready to shoot, but I had to make sure, so I looked at it through the scope. I saw a lot of white, but it was a little too far to really see, so I told her we wouldn't shoot it and of course, she was disappointed. She practiced aiming at it and looking at it through her scope, and then it laid right down at the end of the lane. It bedded down, chewing it's cud for about 15 minutes and then got up. It kept walking off, then re-appearing. So this went on until around 6:15 or so. Then another one came out. It was it's twin. They ate and walked around until around 6:30, then the mama came out. I told Avery, 'there is the Mama.” They eventually walked away. She was so disappointed! She cried! We heard several other gunshots around and every time she would slap her leg with a very disappointed look, like 'Aww man, why not me?' I was upset that she didn't get a shot on the doe, but I'm glad because it was a little too far for that .223 in my opinion. They were about 120 yds away. So after they walked off around 6:45PM, I looked in the opposite direction and just as it was getting dark, I saw a bigger deer walk across the lane. It didn't stick around, and if I had to guess, it had to be a buck! So we saw 4 deer that evening.  Anyway, that was day one. October 14th, evening hunt.
       The next morning, we were on the stand for 5:30 AM. We watched some ducks fly by as the early morning light started to filter through the trees. At around 6:40 AM, I looked to my left and saw a huge black boar hog crossing the main right away. I picked Avery's rifle up to get her in position and checked the scope. It was all fogged up. I hurriedly wiped it off with my vest and by the time I got it up and got Avery in position, it had already crossed. So we sat in anticipation for a few more minutes as I encouraged her to keep quiet and hang on and not to give up, things were moving and it was still early. So we waited until around 6:55 A.M. ,then I looked to the right and saw a cow horn spike walking up the lane. Slowly he walked, not even having the slightest hunch we were even there. He fed, then walked a little. Then when he got about 60 yds away, he turned as if he were going to walk in the woods. I had the gun up and Avery was ready to shoot as I whispered, 'You got him in your crosshairs, is it behind his shoulder?' 'Yeah, she whispered.' 'I got him.' I told her to squeeze the trigger and not jerk it. She kept telling me it wasn't going off, but we realized she wasn't squeezing hard enough. I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest!!! Talk about buck fever!! I don't think I get that nervous when I'm shooting at a deer with my bow! Talk about an adrenaline rush!! So again, I told her to squeeze the trigger. With nerves shot, she tells me, 'Mama, it's not going off.' The deer started to walk away and I told her, 'If you don't shoot now, he's going to get away.' So I plugged my ears again for the 3rd time, then finally, POW! The buck did a mule kick and I knew she had made a kill shot! We sat there excited and I told her 'Good job my love, Mama's proud of you!' ' Good shot,  you got him!!' Of course she wanted to go look for it right away. We sat there until around 8:25, then at around 40 yds, the same two spotted fawns that we saw the night before came out, feeding in the morning dew with the two rabbits they had to share their breakfast with. We watched them feed as Avery practiced aiming her gun on them again, but of course I told her we weren't going to shoot them. It was a good thing I held off the night before because at 40 yds in the daylight, I could see they both had spots. They were sure pretty though, and helped the time go by as we anticipated the find of her cow horn spike she shot earlier. Then we heard a grunt. I knew it was the mother doe calling her babies. We thought she would come out, but she never did. We heard her several times grunt at her babies, but they just fed along, ignoring their mother's calls. After that, we heard a loud crash, like a tree was being cut down, then a loud squeal. It was some hogs, rooting around nearby. I picked Avery's rifle up again and aimed it in the direction we heard the sound and told her to get ready, but here again, nothing came out. So the two fawns were still there feeding, but it was nearing 9:00, so I decided to get down to start looking for her deer. We got up and the two fawns looked up at us and with flags up, gave their infantile snorts as if to announce something's weird here. It was so cute! They took off as we got down from the stand and we started our hunt for the blood trail, only there wasn't one to be found! I was really scared we weren't going to find the deer, but luckily, I went down another trail I thought he could've went down and saw a big, white belly laying there. I told Avery, 'I see a white belly Avery!!' She got all excited and ran over. 'You found him Mama?', she said excitedly! 'Yeah!', I said. Come get with your deer. And the endless picture taking started. I drug the deer to the end of the right away and we heard the side-by-side coming closer. They stopped just as I was getting to the end of the right away, and was shocked to see me dragging the buck down the lane. The game warden started taking pictures of me and Avery, sweaty and horrible as I may have looked, nothing could replace the sense of pride I felt as my little girl got her first horned deer(not her first deer, because she got a button buck a few years before). I was so proud of her and was sorry my husband couldn't be here to share in the moment. I couldn't wait to talk to him and tell him the story. I just hope Avery has the passion for hunting like her Mama does. That would make it all worth while for me!! There is nothing more satisfying or rewarding than seeing one of your children successful at something that you are so passionate about. I was so glad I got to experience that with her! Thank you Lord for a successful hunt, endless action, and most importantly, for the learning experience and the memories we made together that weekend!

October 30, 2017 at 9:16pm

Sam Allen and son Baylor with a nice bull red caught at Halter's Island.

October 30, 2017 at 9:12pm
A comment titled: Re: Double bucks in response to a report titled: Double bucks

Some great memories you two made that day for sure! Great hunt, great story.

October 23, 2018 at 9:38pm
A comment titled: Re: Catfish are on fire! Part 1 in response to a report titled: Catfish are on fire! Part 1

Frozen river shrimp caught in the Atchafalaya River.

August 03, 2018 at 3:57pm
A comment titled: Re: Catfish are on fire! Part 1 in response to a report titled: Catfish are on fire! Part 1

Yes I do. Many years ago I watched a fishing report with Frank Davis on WWL TV. He said most people throw those back and that they were actually very good fried or grilled. I tried them and have been keeping them ever since. I have served them mixed in with the regular channel cats at my house for years and have had nary a complaint. But give them a try yourself and see what you think.

July 26, 2018 at 6:14pm
A comment titled: Re: Catfish are on fire! Part 2 in response to a report titled: Catfish are on fire! Part 2

Mixed some of both types.

July 24, 2018 at 4:29pm
A comment titled: Re: Catfish are on fire! Part 3 in response to a report titled: Catfish are on fire! Part 3

Berwick boat landing.

July 24, 2018 at 4:27pm

Thanks for the input Scooter.

July 22, 2017 at 1:31pm

Yeah I tried to Enbed the video so you guys could see it without having to go to the link, but I was not successful.

As to the Vegan guy, he definitely wanted to provoke the fishermen to further his cause. If they would have tossed him over the rail, of course they would have been arrested and he would have won. so kudos to them for not 'taking the bait'. When the guy threw that fish back in the water, I am not sure how I would have reacted. Probably not in a way that would have been appropriate for my family to view, I am sure!

July 17, 2017 at 7:07pm
A comment titled: Re: Huge snake in response to a report titled: Huge snake

I was told it is a rat snake.

June 28, 2017 at 3:57pm
A comment titled: Re: More cat fishing... in response to a report titled: More cat fishing...

Coubie, we threw back the 2 cats in the last pic, but Baylor wanted a photo, since it was his first ever double catch. He thought that was pretty cool! Haha!

June 12, 2017 at 4:03pm
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June 12, 2017 at 1:00pm
A comment titled: Re: Any Catfish Spots?? in response to a report titled: Any Catfish Spots??

Jed, we are catching a few in the Atchafalaya River between Candy Fleet and the Mr. Charlie rig. Also at Fool's Point 5 minutes from the Berwick boat landing. Nothing great, but enough to eat or put some in the freezer. River shrimp is the bait.

June 05, 2017 at 2:20pm
A comment titled: Re: Feral Hog Cleaning Method in response to a report titled: Feral Hog Cleaning Method

Thanks for that demonstration. I will definitely try that technique out on my next hog. Seems much quicker than the way we do it now.

April 11, 2017 at 4:42pm

Sow I agree they are out of control, but in my opinion they are putting the cart before the horse. Is it worth the risk of possibly getting even one person sick from this stuff? Or having other animals die while experimenting with the poison? Not to me. Of course I am a hog hunter, anyone that has read any of my reports well knows this. I also only hunt on public land so I do not own any land that hogs could invade. However my bias does not cloud my thinking. Putting a poison into our woods that is not one hundred per cent safe for other animals and us is not acceptable to me. We will have to agree to disagree on this matter.

February 23, 2017 at 1:25pm
A comment titled: Re: Decent 8 Pt in response to a report titled: Decent 8 Pt

That is what I call persistance. You should inspire many hunters with your comments. I am very happy for you brother!

February 02, 2017 at 10:12pm
A comment titled: Re: Basin bow kill in response to a report titled: Basin bow kill

Great job! Congrats on the nice buck!

February 02, 2017 at 10:07pm
A comment titled: Re: Grandson\\\\\\\'s first deer in response to a report titled: Grandson's first deer

What a thrill! I will bet we will see Brendon's pic again very soon with deer number 2. His grandpa is a very good hunter and he will help guide the way.

October 02, 2016 at 12:31am
A comment titled: Re: Please identify in response to a report titled: Please identify

That is one of the funniest things I have ever seen on this website! Haaaahaaaa!

August 23, 2016 at 8:53pm
A comment titled: Re: First ever fish in response to a report titled: First ever fish

We were fishing at a friend's house in Oak Harbor subdivision. He has a nice covered wharf and the fishing has always been very good there.

August 02, 2016 at 9:11pm
A comment titled: Re: Bayou black in response to a report titled: Bayou black

Glad you boys are finally getting along! Haha! No reason to get so testy. Opinions are exactly what we want here. if they were all the same, it would be very BORING! More many days 'til deer season???

June 15, 2016 at 10:02pm
A comment titled: Re: The \'MAN\' is back! in response to a report titled: The 'MAN' is back!

Here is the 'initial fish' before he released it.

April 26, 2016 at 3:39pm
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