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I am located in St. Amant, 30 min from Baton Rouge, and I'm looking to get a pond dug. Does anyone know of someone in the area that will dig for free or at a low rate in exchange for keeping/selling the soil?

Thanks in advance!

July 09, 2014 at 10:29am

Last weekend we had a small Silverfin(Asian jumping carp) jump in the boat while we were riding, so I decided to keep it and see for myself if they had any food value. I was careful to keep the fillets clean and away from the skin and internals due to their strong fishy smell, and there is also an annoying row of bones to work around. I've heard that they're ok if you prepare them the right way, but i wanted to see if they're edible when just fried. I used Zatarain's Seasoned Fish Fry with a little extra Tony's and prepared them just like any fried redfish or trout. The flavor was very good, and they were a little soft like white trout fillets. Overall, they ended up very nice and I'm planning a bowfishing trip to expand the research. I'd also like to see if they have value as offshore cut bait next summer.

November 15, 2011 at 7:28pm

I believe '1hour ago' is just when I posted the comment... I didn't write that.

If you're looking for one in the $300 range for a youth, I'd go with the raptor for it's smaller size and less weight, because it shoots as well as the quad 400

July 22, 2017 at 7:21pm

The quad 400 does shoot VERY well for its price range. The cons are that it is large, heavy, and loud. A friend of mine has one and has taken a few deer at over 60yds. I shoot a Stryker 380 and I'm confident with it out to 85 yds, and it is compact and light. With a dampening kit the noise isn't bad, but it is a little expensive. One bow that I have some experience with is the Barnett Raptor. It shoots almost as well as mine, very cost effective, and is compact and light. It is, however, quite loud.

If I were you, I'd consider a model that offers a cocking crank. Even as an adult capable of cocking the crossbow with my bare hands, there have been instances where I'd like to have had a crank.

July 22, 2017 at 4:38pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck identification in response to a report titled: Duck identification

Black-bellied squealer

December 08, 2015 at 10:20pm
A comment titled: hmmmm in response to a report titled: City girl

subway should serve a backstrap sandwich...

October 03, 2012 at 9:18pm
A comment titled: age in response to a report titled: How old do yall think he is


October 03, 2012 at 9:16pm
A comment titled: Joking right??? in response to a report titled: A RARE MOMENT

YEP, fawns these days are born 30 pounds, spotless, bone dry, eyes wide open, with a keen interest in corn(or whatever that is in the pipe) rather than milk, and birthed by a doe that didn't even bother to stop eating...

P.S. If you can't see the fawn's legs, please don't drive a car anymore because you won't be able to see the road either.

September 26, 2012 at 9:17pm
A comment titled: Sonris in response to a report titled: Map of public land for the basin

Use the map at this link:

You can go to imagery and enable an aerial photograph, and then go to reference layers and enable 'state owned lands'

August 29, 2012 at 3:07pm
A comment titled: Trap design in response to a report titled: hog trap design

Ours are 4'x4'x8' overall. The frames are 1in. angle iron and the walls, floor, and tops are cattle panel fencing. I've tested a swing door vs a vertical sliding door side by side and because the sliding door design is open initially it did much better overall. So, if you buy or build a swing-door trap make sure it's one that does have a latch and trip system so that it's initially open.

August 22, 2012 at 11:48am
A comment titled: Matthews/AMS in response to a report titled: Bowfishing Bow

The AMS bows are made by Matthews. Either the AMS fish hawk or the Matthews Genesis will do fine, but you may pay more for the AMS

August 20, 2012 at 3:16pm
A comment titled: 2 cents in response to a report titled: Raffle

My dad and grandfather both at one point owned 700's. On one the safety broke, and the other had accidental firing issues. The only other 2 people I hunt with that use the 700 had accuracy issues... just my observation. I'm sure there are similar stories about all guns, but an 0/4 recommendation will keep me away from the 700's.

July 31, 2012 at 6:09pm
A comment titled: It is the same in response to a report titled: Cobia in a Bass Boat?

Just because something is unsafe for you to do, that doesn't make it unsafe for everyone. I've had many more close calls fishing fresh water rivers than I ever had offshore, regardless of the size of the boat. People can call me whatever they want, I'm not doing something I think is unsafe for me. I'm not saying anyone can hop in a small boat and head 25 miles offshore, but I CAN. The same exact way some people can climb mountains, ride motorcycles, and wrestle alligators, and I can not.

July 31, 2012 at 6:01pm
A comment titled: JB in response to a report titled: Cobia in a Bass Boat?

In that case JB, look at all those people who thought they knew enough about driving cars before they became 'a statistic'. 14 people die a year from being struck by falling coconuts, do you make sure to avoid walking under palm trees? Sometimes things just happen no matter where you are or what you're doing. If you're cautious and you know what you're doing, trips like one from this post can be just as safe as a day of bass fishing.

July 31, 2012 at 5:38pm
A comment titled: FYI in response to a report titled: Cobia in a Bass Boat?

FYI drew, we caught a limit of red snapper and some mangroves, almacos, chicken dolphins, croakers, and white trout. As for the snide safety gear comment, we did all have life jackets. I also carried a 4 person life raft, 2 MREs, 3 flares, 1 air horn, and 1 EPIRB plus whatever was already on my buddy's boat.

If you think it was 'stupid' that's only because it would be 'stupid' for you to do it. In truth, I carried more safety gear than you sarcastically listed in your little petty remark.

July 31, 2012 at 2:20pm
A comment titled: Safety first in response to a report titled: Cobia in a Bass Boat?

I went 25 miles out earlier this summer in a 16' aluminum boat. We had a storm crop up and went around it. Later we had 2 different 4-4.5' crew boat wakes blindside us. Also, no one on the boat had more than 10 years of boating experience. The fact is that if you carry the right safety equipment and if you know what you're doing you'll be just fine. Looks like an awesome catch btw!!

July 31, 2012 at 11:39am
A comment titled: yes in response to a report titled: disking/planting food plots

I usually fertilize, disk, plant, and cover in the same day. Works very well for me.

July 30, 2012 at 2:06pm
A comment titled: ok in response to a report titled: Shotguns...

So that's a yes. Particularly because you were dead wrong in this case and would have HYPOTHETICALLY hunted with an unplugged gun, gotten a citation, fought it, and lost because you were too pompous to listen to the LDWF agent who already told you that it was illegal.

July 30, 2012 at 2:04pm
A comment titled: Rye in response to a report titled: Rye Grass

I'll have to disagree with 'deer don't eat it' in regards to rye grass. I planted a small plot in the basin and it stayed perfectly mowed from November thru February with pics of deer feeding at nearly all times of the night EVERY night. Maybe they just don't eat it where you are for some reason. For whatever reason they absolutely will NOT touch corn where I hunt... I've never seen a deer turn down corn in other areas in LA, in AL, AR, or TX

July 30, 2012 at 2:00pm
A comment titled: Insanity in response to a report titled: Shotguns...

Mr. Drew-b, are you insane? The exact people who would issue you the citation are not the best source for citation inquiries? I believe common sense would beg to differ. Even if they are wrong, they would still issue you the citation which you would have to hassle with for days.

July 30, 2012 at 12:31pm
A comment titled: plug in response to a report titled: Shotguns...

In MS and AL the plug only has to be in for migratory birds. Last year I spoke with 2 LDWF enforcement agents that told me that in LA the plug must be in for any hunting. I'm not sure if there are exemptions for hogs, but I'd suggest you call the LDWF and have them put you through to an agent in your parish so that you can ask them directly.

July 30, 2012 at 12:28pm
A comment titled: ? in response to a report titled: Trout take a back seat to spadefish in my skillet & bayou juglining

Chris, are you saying AJ season is closed until next year also?

July 25, 2012 at 10:35am
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