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De Nuck and Futz Duck Bustas added Buddy to today's trip and used intelligence gleaned from yesterday's hunt to dictate where to go and paid off,though shoulda been much better hunt,had Buddy and I cashed in on gift flock of greys that shoulda been decimated,failed to drop one.Highlight of trip,besides relatively short paddle to killing blind,compliments of higher-than-typical water levels,was real gift set of two huge greenheads that had no idea we were hunkered down in extremely fine Roseau blind(saw ducks pitching down in pond with Roseau stand in perfect spot on yesterday's hunt)and saw enough to guide next few hunts,though getting to sweet spot takes some effort.Guess with the few ducks and in no way concentrated,pays to spend time paying close attention to not only where ducks emerge at first light but also where they work during shooting hours and set up accordingly.These greenheads decoyed like fools and my personal opinion is the flocked-head Highdon Magnum mallards looked way too realistic for these ducks to resist.Only wished we woulda broken down more cane to allow much greater visibility for us as greys surprised us and had we waited em out,they mighta decoyed just as nicely as the mallards did.Oh,well,not bad way to wrap up extremely frustrating and disappointing First Split.Might scout Joyce WMA for back-up and hunting partner for today used to shoot plenty of woodies in Joyce many moons ago!!!

Mandevillian

December 02 at 5:46pm

After looking at decent radar pic early this am,de Nuck and Futz Duck Bustas decided dey needed some dat duck bustin' therapy and we each managed two ducks,he got beautiful drake mottled duck and equally impressive drake grey.I am kicking myself for not opening up on 4 mallards that were a tad high but very possible,just do not like sky-busting and these mallards were up there just a tad.I did get burned by fine drake green wing,somewhat redeemed self with hen green wing and later had missiles headed my way,in the form of pair of scaup and took three quick shots,downed one missile and had to put another shell in duck to finish it.Have Abita KC buddy joining me tomorrow and taking his fine 18 60 G3 with 90 Yammie on rear,should get us on de spot sponto,as long as fog aint too bad.Gonna hunt just tad W of where I hunted today and saw fair number of woodies,one flock had greenhead mixed in with them and he wanted no part of my spread.They wanted down in another pond and I aint about to question why just gonna go where,makes perfect sense to me!!Hope to wrap up very disappointing First Split strong,at least I will bust it to get to dem wary ducks!!!

Mandevillian

December 01 at 2:59pm

With Ole Southfork getting new upper carb done,the Nuck and Futz duckbusters decided a paddle-in hunt to an ole stand-by was in the cards and Futz musta dealt himself a rotten hand as not much wanted to work area and Nuck was on de proverbial'X' big-time and he got his 6 while Futz struggled mightily to get two and we emerged with 8 nice greys,got a drenching-waterproof jackets and insulated waders made de trip easy and our paddle was a great aerobic work-out.Not sure where we gonna hunt Wed/Th kinda depends upon when Southfork ready to pick up and get her back in de game!!Did not see much of anything,save for some teal rockets early and smattering of greys!!Hope springs eternal and hoping greys show up as difficult to fool mottled ducks,mallards do work and woodies sometimes cooperate!Hope other hunters managed a few and love mid-week hunts,nice to not have inordinate amount of hunting pressure,though having hunters spaced strategically helps keep wary ducks from rafting up!!

Mandevillian

November 25 at 2:35pm

Unfortunately,de ole Southfork still not up to par,even with new set of plugs and chatted with boat mechanic,Chuck Evans,and think she gonna need new upper carb,no big deal since she is such a beast when running right and we had to putt putt to our hunt location this am,had an Abita KC buddy following us and he had his grandson with him,not sure how they did.Me and a dear Medicare Client went one way,Bayoubob another and we set up on tiny island(they are killer,especially for wary ducks like black ducks and mottled ducks)and I had just told my hunting partner to get prepared for some fine and tasty mottled ducks and sure enough,we had beauty of a pair come in,two shots,one from each of us,dispatched fine and big pair of mature mottled ducks(they had absolutely no idea where we were hidden,we were that well-camo'd up with about 20 giant palmettos) and I burrowed out the marsh grass so the 2-man Chapman would sit as low as possible.Saw very few ducks today,not sure where we gonna head tomorrow and luck of all luck,got flat tire on way home and Bayoubob took me to Wal Mart first(spare rim was bent and tire not looking too good)and all they had was white painted rim,opted to head to Academy,got galvanized 4-spoke rim and now de ole Southfork got new shoe on driver side,think passenger side feeling tad neglected!!!Did see some birds working specific areas,gonna head in general direction tomorrow-Happy Turkey Day to all and me and Medicare Client have fat mottled ducks to clean and prepare!!!Attaching pic of incredible blind,gotta be stealth to fool mottled ducks!!!

P.S.Thanks,St.Nick for generous contribution towards new tire and rim!!

Mandevillian,never growing tired of relatively MT Skies!Dem ducks know where de feed is and so do I!!

November 21 at 4:02pm

Got a few reports from buddies that hunted different spots in Coastal Zone-two from the Delacroix area and one from Venice and all three were excellent reports with one lucky hunter getting their limits by 6:30(not sure if all teal or mixture)and a Venice hunter reported 2 shy of a 5-man limit and another Delacroix/Hopedale hunter getting mosty greys.I fished/scouted with a Medicare client and only managed a fine,though rat red,had four spots-two on each side,and we saw very few ducks,mostly bluewing teal and heard zero shots for the Sat Youth Hunt,not great news for the East Zone Opener next Sat!!Hope folks that had their Opener yesterday fared fine,can't wait for our Opener next Sat!!!

Mandevillian

November 11 at 7:30am

Had very slight window of opportunity and seized it,hit favorite oak-filled slough in Honey Island and only emerged with two fat tree rats(ole trusty Beretta Extrema acting up-think hammer spring weak)and she would only give me two shooting opportunities and I got both tree rats I was able to get shots at.Had gun professionally water-transfer dipped over year ago,going on two years and my gunsmith was checking her out and noticed some rusting near piston on trigger,said de original Berettas had some issues with dual-piston hammer mechanism and he will go over her(thank God this happened about two weeks prior to opening of duck season)!!!He showed me built-up powder residue in two distinct spots in barrel from 3 inch and 2.75 inch shells(rarely use 3.5's)and he went over barrel with wirebrush and will get barrel mirror-smooth and get trigger mechanism done as well!!At least I emerged with two tree rats,saw at least 6 and only got firing opportunities on the two I nailed(2.75 #5 lead knocks em dead)!!!

Mandevillian

October 31 at 12:18pm

Been chompin on de bit for this article for quite some time and Abita KC buddy sent me pic of black duck I shot probably about three seasons ago,in local marsh,spot non-disclosed for obvious reasons!!Can't imagine how proud I was that particular day and almost equally proud today,though Wifey said we have not yet gotten our November issue(Can't wait)!!Lady Luck was on my side but luck is often only a small portion of the duck equation as I had to camo better than ever that day and make my spread as realistic as possible(blacks not exactly the dumbest of ducks)and Kevin Hines did a superb job on trophy mount and kudos to John Manion for writing the article,again can't wait to read it.Working harder,scouting smarter,etc is not luck,preparation and luck often meet in opportunities like this hunt and I hope to get some trophies like this one this coming duck season.Good luck to all!!!

Mandevillian

October 24 at 4:35pm

Got an ole Chapman pirogue,possibly one of first ones crafted by Ron Chapman,and I replaced the rotted cypress gunwales about 23 years ago,fashioned out of 2 by 4 pressure-treated and cut down to size a tad thicker than original(Steve Geraci,shop foreman,commented on how well-built my second gunwales were)and the second ones finally bit the dust and my older son and I built these and I actually ran outta marine 5200 adhesive before I could finish!!Take a look and these are gonna last another 20 years,I will be about 80,hope to still be duck hunting by then!!Want to completely repaint her with duck boat green and camo-stencil her-use her for very stable and mobile duck blind(put about 20 giant palmetto branches around her).Hope them big ducks start showing up and have heard from Lacombe buddy that the doggone blue wings are out in full force vs very few in teal season!!

Mandevillian

October 22 at 11:32am

Abita KC buddy and I had trip planned for this am,outta Cane,but when we went to launch my Southfork,Cane was extremely high,not unexpectedly and we then turned our attempt to launch at Lake Road(what an appropriate name,today)and our last stop was at Mandeville Harbor where we had some curious looks from two ladies walking dogs(guess they thought we might have been Nuck and Futz trying to fish in hurricane-high Lady P)!!!Launched de ole Southfork,actually had enough water to spin her around and head bow-first down launch(when does that ever occur!!)and we were greeted with gorgeous,though high conditions in Lady P.Started chunking spinner baits in a trenasse,,almost got stuck as water and bayou not easily distinguishable but we cut through thick grass embedded onto prop and made our way back towards mouth of Cane,where I nabbed fine lil bass dat spit Bomber Spinner Bait before I could land him and KC buddy landed fat marsh bass and we worked the pristine shorelines and spotted fine red about to gobble Bomber,let him run for a while before setting hook and netted fine pumpkin of about 23 inches,caught few more bass and we were about to call it quits and saw my line starting to take off,let fish have line then cranked Lew's baitcaster(probably finest and smoothest baitcaster I have ever owned)and had fun with multi-spotted 24 inch red,to go along with three bass and rat red I released.My buddy was taking his grandson to DMV to secure government-issued ID(for hunting/fishing license purchase)and we quit shade before 11 coming home with nice lil box of fish.Bomber and Redfish Magic did de damage and might head back out before end of week.Fun stuff with salty and pristine water,though much higher than normal,hint,hint,and reds might attack once tides recede!!

Mandevillian

October 10 at 12:54pm

Not sure who has seen what but I have personally scouted the areas I plan to hunt(fish as often as time allows)and I have seen very few teal and noticed the next full moon will be towards the end of teal season and have been told that the major migration of teal typically occurs during a full moon so do not be displeased if your favorite area lacks teal this week end,be patient and hope for the best possibly closer to the end of this teal season.Have three diehards going this week end(might tag along a baitcaster to toss spinners at grass-bed reds)and hope to see at least a teal or two but would not be at all surprised if we are greeted with MT skies!!!

Mandevillian

September 13 at 10:01am

Had a Medicare Client wanting to join me on redfishing trip and today turned out to be much better than yesterday's trip.Launched fairly early at Cane,emerged at mouth and we were greeted with very smooth seas,made our way towards thick grass beds and started chunking Bomber Spinner Baits at reds or whatever else wanted to play and all we managed to entice strikes from were ladyfish and plenty of them til we hit paydirt in form of fine red,then a rat red and second keeper red was one I sight-casted to,he swiped at lure,missed it and I cast it right on top of his nose,cranked reel maybe twice and he nailed Bomber,thought he had free meal til Zo-Zuri Hybrid 15 lb test caught up with him and we dropped him into box to join another fine red.Both reds were in excess of 20 inches,perfect grilling sized reds and we did spook bunch of fat alligator gars and saw way more reds today vs yesterday(Tuesday was an extra-special day,getting solo limit in shade over 2 hrs)and we spotted a few puppy drum,saw signs of increased redfish activity and hope to get on some reds,possibly next Sat/Sun after chasing blue wing teal!!Think my client had awesome time and promised to get him back out for some fun sight-casting to nice reds in pristine water.Got deer food plot work staring me in de face and plenty more Medicare Training and will take short break this week end and hope weather and water conditions improve ahead of next trip!!

Mandevillian

September 07 at 4:29pm

Had Abita KC buddy wanting to get in on de consistent redfish action and we had every intention of nabbing some fine reds but dey had other plans and we tossed,tossed,tossed spinner baits and gold spoons at non-existent reds,at least today,but we did emerge with decent bass,on Bomber Spinner Bait and water was mostly very dark and not nearly as pristine and clear as pretty much all other trips,guess ole Gordon disturbed Lady P,at least for time-being.Going back out tomorrow,hoping to redeem self and have client joining me and hope he and I sight-cast to some fine reds!!!Water getting a tad of salinity to it and hope to do some blast-and-cast trips with teal season starting next Saturday.Did steer bass fishing guys towards grass beds but do not think they managed anything!!Hope others fared better than we did and have deer food plot chores ahead of us and most likely will concentrate Mon and Tues on deer food plots.I do have tickets for NShore Delta Waterfowl Banquet(Oct 11th-Tchefuncta Country Club)and just call or shoot text and I will do my best to get tickets for those wanting to attend.Singles-$75,Couples -$100,Sponsor Ticket $300,Sponsor Table of 8 -$650,VIP Sponsor Table of 8-$1200,VIP Gun Table of 8-$2000,early bird(purchase tickets by 9-22-18-entered to win new gun).

Mandevillian

September 06 at 3:11pm

Was planning on taking John C back to de scene of de crime where we nabbed some fine shallow-water reds this past Friday but got late text notification dat John gonna be lending hand to shrimper with boat I believe in Lake Borgne so I had nice solo trip on my hands,scoped out tidal expectations and wind speed and direction and when I emerged from mouth of Cane Bayou I could not believe how accommodating Lady P was.Quickly hit protected cove,nabbed fat marsh bass and was headed back towards Lake when I felt distinctive thump on Yum Swim n Dinger,black and sapphire,initially thought I had trophy bass except dis bass not wanting to surface,turned out to be beauty of 18 inch red with at least 4 spots on each side,made my way to thick grass beds and sight-casted to 4 beautiful reds,played catch-and release with one fine red of about 26 inches and thought about trying for four more just to see if I could catch-and-release some fine reds but ended up hooking monster that thankfully spit Bomber,hooked a few more that somehow managed to spit hook and spotted at least 5-7 pairs of fine black drum,presumably they are spawning as I saw pairs but they are no where near as reckless as their redfish cousins and spook easily,even though they do chase dat Bomber Spinner Bait almost as aggressively as reds,they just do not close de deal!!!Sight-casted to what kinda looked like big red,turned out to be big alligator gar and I hated donating my Bomber Spinner Bait,tossed him in chest(Abita KC buddy of mine showed me how to clean em).Got drenched in Cane after limiting in about shade over 2 hrs and taking short break tomorrow,back at em Th and Fri,tide was a shade higher today and reds were even closer to shore vs previous trips but there are plenty of fine reds out there,ranging from about 18 or so inches up to beasts over 28 inches.Today I had one over 27,one right at 27 and rest 18-21 inches plus fat marsh bass,not a bad trip no doubt!!!Funny story-think gar musta swallowed Bomber as my older son and I cleaned him and I searched in his toothy mouth for lure and it ended in his belly,along with big mullet,they are no doubt one of the culprits causing 'synchronized mullet dances'!!!

Mandevillian,never getting tired of sight-casting to fine reds

September 04 at 9:04pm

John C and I have been in contact trying to get together on redfish trip out in good ole Lady P and today was certainly a memorable trip!!Met at Cane around 1:00 pm and chatted with Matt and Kevin with Canoe and Trail and they only had a few yakkers out today.Showed Matt pics from Wed and in retrospect,shoulda taken precaution to strip a few feet of Yo-Zuri 15 lb Hybrid Line(doggone ladyfish have nasty habit of chowing down on fishing lines).John C and I took our time to make our way to best grass beds out there(had strong E winds to contend with)and John was chunking Matrix Mullet and Rapala(did not get name or type of Rapala)and I was chunking favorite Bomber Spinner Bait and John C hooked beast of a red,estimated at over 28 inches(once we netted beast was 30 inch brute)and I had fish snap off my favorite Bomber(looked to be very nice red,judging by how he hit and fought for all of about half a second before doggone line snapped!!).Thankfully,I had the foresight to pick up exact Bomber lure from Bass Pro this past Wed and I simply tied on Bomber and attached copper-colored soft plastic minnow with chartreuse tail(think Marsh Minnow).John C and I casted and casted and emerged with 3 nice reds,each of us had one approaching 27 and he had big beast and thankfully,he donated fish to his captain!!Want to get with him on Delacroix trip(he knows that area quite well)and I did forewarn him that we might emerge with NADA,but dat certainly was not de case.John C,fun fishing with ya and can't wait to hit dem reds again.Think I am gonna rest a bit(fished 4 of last 5 days)and have tons of Medicare Training to catch up on and predicted weather more conducive to shutting self in vs chasing reds,though tough call,especially with the quality of today's catch!!

Mandevillian

August 31 at 7:05pm

Did not have nearly the window of opportunity that I had been having due to attendance at an Aetna Medicare Meeting yesterday.After dodging monster rainstorm and having excellent lunch with Group Health Insurance Partner,hooked up de Southfork and picked up big bag of ice(good fish measuring device),made my way to Cane Bayou with all her nasty salvinia clogging up the upper portion and ran into Matt and Kevin with Canoe and Trail,they questioned my sanity due to weather conditions(showed Matt my I-Phone radar showing huge Metairie storm basically making a bee line for the Causeway-thankfully it behaved nicely!!).Started looking like it was gonna be a skunkeroo of a fishing trip til an undersized red and his even smaller buddy decided they liked the looks of Bomber Spinner Bait,changed Keitech glass minnow soft plastic to copper colored Marsh Minnow(I think that was the brand)with chartreuse tail.Chunked and chunked dat Bomber(changed the soft plastic due to darker than typical water with the sun hidden and water still gin-clear)and ran into stretch of grass beds that musta been de ticket as I nabbed three reds on almost 3 consecutive casts(sight-casted to two)and kept keen eye on SShore storms.Think tide movement started to really stop around 5 as I did not raise a single red,even though I spotted at least 5 big ole stingrays and did spot huge log of a red,esrimated at over 25 lbs,he is no doubt one of the culprits causing serious and huge bait explosions!!!In process of slowly casting and retrieving,spooked at least 8 fine reds,the water is so extremely clear and I sampled water,to my delight,detected very decent salinity,no doubt the reason the stingrays are hanging around and one of the reds I cleaned had a belly full of crabs.They tend to feed in exact same areas as stingrays and for anyone wanting to scoop crabs,now is definitely prime time,also prime time for soft shells!!Have Peoples Medicare Meeting today or I would be back at it,tossing Bomber to willing and accommodating reds!!

Mandevillian

August 30 at 8:47am

Been way too much fun tossing Bomber spinner bait to grass-bed reds and soft plastics to bass and had decent window of opportunity today to chase both bass and reds.Launched at Cane,navigated thick matted salvinia and knew I had only a few hours before predicted big ole thunderstorms would roll in from S Shore.Made my way to protected cove,tossed Yum Swimming Dinger,black and sapphire and nabbed two bass,let first guy go(he was a tad small)and hit thick grass beds,tossing Bomber Spinner Bait and tangled with two fine reds,when I nabbed second one,he had at least three similar-sized reds cruising around like they typically do.From bow of Southfork,easy to see exactly where ya need to place lures and I did spook a few reds just before huge,predicted(WUnderground)thunderstorm started rolling in.Have absolutely no doubt I woulda nabbed close to solo limit had the storm not chased me in!!!Have meetings tomorrow and Th or I would return and chase more fine grilling-sized reds with no need to measure a single one!!!They hang out in grass beds,along with the mullets and stingrays and today I spotted at least 5 big stingrays,never a bad sign!!!Probably accidentally spooked at least 5 nice reds,the water is gin-clear where I target them!!!

Mandevillian

August 28 at 12:35pm

Had some decent time on my hands,scoped out predicted tidal conditions and wind speed and direction and launched outta Cane,again not the first angler at launch and chatted with older fellow and his wife in small flat with trolling motor only as their means of propulsion and for anyone not familiar with the clogged first section of Cane,it can be a nightmare getting through the thick salvinia that is about the consistency of oatmeal,mixed with plenty of chopped-up vegetaion,roots,etc.Joked with them about following in de wake of my Southfork with 50 Johnson chopping away at dense salvinia and vegetation!!!Made my way to protected cove,emerged with two decent bass,missed good one and saw ton of not only extremely healthy gators but huge alligator gars!!Had 6 single-ring crab nets and tossed them,baited with chicken wings,in deeper water and tossed and tossed Bomber spinner bait,emerging with three nice reds,sight-casted to one and the other two attacked lure with plenty of gusto!!!Did spook very nice red or my take mighta been 4 and saw at least 4 stingrays,great sign and they and decent reds feed in exactly same areas and did spot fine alligator and had huge alligator gar take half-hearted swipe(thankfully)at Bomber and this beast no doubt woulda been quite the challenge to fight and not lose extremely effective spinner bait!!Crabbing was a bust and I did see excellent signs for future trips and I make tons of mental notes and have found a decent pattern for sight-casting to feisty and no-need-to measure reds.All three made the 16 inch mark quite easily and I no longer measure reds til after putting em on ice(have excellent visual measuring skills)and most of the reds I have been nabbing have exceeded 16 inches by a minimum of 2-5 inches!!!Headed back tomorrow,hope to nab a few and made my way to Sportsman's in Slidell for some soft plastics and jig heads to attach to Bomber.

Mandevillian

August 27 at 8:29pm

Been wanting to get BayouBob on some sight-fishing redfish and hit some of my favorite grassy shorelines this past Saturday in search of some fine reds.Started our trip in one of my bass magnets,only thing was we only emerged with two bass and chatted with a regular who has been scooping plenty of nice soft and hardshell Lake P crabs(hint,hint)!!Made our way to about exactly where I have been getting quite a rush watching reds emerge from shallow grassbeds,chasing down Bomber Spinner Bait with nice soft plastic threaded onto small jig head lure came with.Did nab a feisty,though small bass and tossed him on ice,made our way to Big Bridge for all of about twenty minutes of frustration,made our way back near mouth of Cane Bayou and musta made a lucky cast as folks with Canoe and Trail on yak trip saw me nab fine 21 inch red and dat was all she wrote for our Sat trip.Got word from a buddy that he and his fishing party busted up specks and white trout,all tight-lining soft plastics,my absolute favorite way to catch specks(Bomber for reds is quite the rush)!!!Going tomorrow and possibly Tues hoping for repeat of trips a few weeks ago where reds much more prevalent.The water is extremely clear and tagging along 6 nice single-ring crab nets,hoping to catch nice mess of extremely fat Lake P crabs while tossing spinner baits to reds!!

Mandevillian

August 27 at 12:04am

Was initially gonna have Abita KC buddy join me on what I anticipated to be decent sight-fishing redfish trip but he was unable to join me and I went solo.Not typical for me to get beat at Cane Bayou launch and today there was one tow vehicle ahead of me and I did run into the fisherman,bassing from a flat and I advised them to target some healthy reds,feasting on Bomber Spinner Baits!!Got to mouth of Cane and had serious executive decision to make-head W to Big Bridge or E to protected cove and opted for E towards protected cove.Lady P was glassy calm this am and made for easy ride to protected cove where I initially tossed Zoom Speed Worms,June Bug red,and emerged with two decent bass and nice blue catfish.Made my way towards thick grass beds all along shorelines from Goose Point to Cane Bayou and beyond and had nada to show tossing Bomber Spinner Bait(did have few Ladyfish attack lure,not necessarily a bad sign as they tend to favor saltier water-did spot at least two shrimp jumping,awesome sight).Made my way to Big Bridge for all of about 15 minutes with definitely nothing to show and went back towards mouth of Cane,slightly to East,closer to Goose Point,and had fine,multi-spotted red crush Bomber and I made cardinal error of trying to rear back and set hook,he missed first swipe,grabbed lure on second swipe but not hooked very well and spit hook as I was reaching down to net him(had at least 2-3 spots on each side,gorgeous fish).Not too long after,spotted shrimp jumping,presumably to escape jaws of 8 inch red that I tossed Bomber right to and he grabbed it,looked fine with 4 spots,two on each side-looking like a pair of Wayfarer Ray Ban sunglasses on each side of him!!!Not long after,14 inch red gobbled up Bomber and it looked like I was not gonna emerge with keeper red til almost 21 inch red inhaled Bomber!!!Fun being out there,trying my best to sight-cast but water not nearly as clear as last sight-cast trip.Spotted handful of stingrays(always great sign,especially for reds),flock after flock of mottled ducks,zero teal(they never seem to invade my teal hunting spots til Big Duck Season).Came away with 4 fish,two decent bass,nice blue catfish and shoulda had two fine keeper reds but one self-released and two were undersized.At least enough for dinner!!!Taking BayouBob this Sat,hope the stained water clears up a tad and water was extremely tannic near drains,not at all unusual.Cool seeing shrimp jumping and did spot at least two bait explosions,most likely big reds,possibly sharks!!!

Mandevillian

August 22 at 3:44pm

Wifey and I thoroughly enjoyed our very last day in the absolutely breath-taking Ozarks,eating nice breakfast,loading up truck and heading for the world-renown little city of Cotter(locals call it trout capitol of the world,for very good reason).We met a young fellow and his almost 4 year old daughter and he was tossing white PowerBait,watched me nab quite a few fat rainbows that slipped outta my hands(they are incredibly strong and slimy)and they were crushing Rebel crawfish crankbait with a vengeance and I did not have too much arm-twisting to convince him to tie on Rebel he had in his tackle box(never used)!!Wifey and I took all of about two hours to manage to nab ten fat and feisty rainbows and I woulda taken pic of last day haul but needed to gut em and pack em on ice for long haul home.We thoroughly enjoyed our annual Ozarks trip,this may have been best ever and we did try pristine Mirror Lake one day,not any luck at all and much more challenging and fun nabbing wild rainbows in world-class White River.They absolutely crush crawfish crankbaits,makes perfect sense since crawfish big part of their diet and there are tons of big crawfish plying the banks of the White River.We met some absolutely gems of folks and want to possibly get us a piece of the Ozarks to call our own!!Might try deer hunting there as we met a fly-fisherman(on his very first fly-fishing trip)who advised that Arkansas has estimated their deer herd at over a million(no reason to dispute that,based upon the quantity of deer we saw)!!Probably headed back next April,possibly sooner and the gent we met with his daughter caught close to a two-person limit as well!!

Mandevillian,never will forget the thrill of watching smallmouths and rainbows crush Rebel crankbaits!!

August 16 at 12:02pm
A comment titled: Re: 2nd Split Opener in response to a report titled: 2nd Split Opener

Made a tactical error,not realizing how strong the WSW winds were at the mouth of Cane Bayou and quickly decided an angry Lady P not be be messed with,at least not today,and by the time we re-launched and navigated our way to second spot,we were a tad late o a pair of mallards that might have come closer had we been totally blinded up but the saw us and veered off,just like a pair of mottled ducks did(how often do mottled ducks decoy like fools-not often)and we will re-convene for tomorrow!

Mandevillian

32 minutes ago

sillyphillay,Maurepas definitely sounds like a viable option and I would love to explore is as well as nearby Joyce WMA.Good luck and there are tons of woodies in Pearl River WMA not far from the main entrance off I-59!!Hope we find some mallards tomorrow in NShore Marsh!!!

Mandevillian

Yesterday at 1:45pm

sillyphillay,Not sure about what effects high Pearl have on areas you are referring to but can most definitely tell ya from personal experience dat S portion is extremely tidal,way more than other WMA's and Federal Land I typically hunt and just plan ya hunts accordingly as it is tough sledding when tidal range indicates hard falling tide before ya hunt wraps up,trust me,we have had tough sledding getting out with Southfork flat!!

Mandevillian

December 13 at 1:47pm
A comment titled: Re: Pre 2nd split aerial in response to a report titled: Pre 2nd split aerial

Funny ya should ask as I know some hunters that fly their own survey using a drone and do not rely of State for intel-maybe I should as ole St.Nick for fine drone.On much different note,me and a Medicare Client took a road trip to Joyce and Maurepas WMA's and also went to harvest some very fine giant palmetto branches,essential to my way of blinding up Chapman pirogue and can't wait for Second Split.We luckily did not get rained upon til we were headed home and saw rafts upon rafts od beloved Dos Gris on Lake P.Hope we see more than that flying this week end!!!Saw some promising sloughs in both Joyce and Maurepas and might head there on days when we can't hit NShore Marsh!!!Did get local scouting report and unfortunately was a bummer of a report but I am not the least concerned as where I typically hunt Second Split NO ONE ventures!!!

Mandevillian

December 13 at 1:43pm
A comment titled: Re: 1st Split in response to a report titled: 1st Split

Not sure how the SW part of LA faring out but my wife just picked up very nice Medicare Client whose family owns a campground in Venice and he is not a duck hunter but knows a lot of die-hard Venice hunters and when Venice duck hunting is way off,guess what that means for the rest of us-pretty dismal!!!I always hold out hope for Second Split,especially where I hunt as that is typically when I shoot more mallards than ever and we sometimes get decent migrations of our bread-n-butter greys but often they only show up very sporadically and I take what Mother Nature gives me,other than a bunch of spoonies and scaup.I will seek some mallards this week end and hope to shoot some teal and possibly woodies as well and again never count on greys as they have not been consistently showing up and have definitely changed where they do show up and are seeking very secluded ponds vs big open water,at least where I typically hunt.Time for putting on de paddling gloves and push poles and slogging to secluded spots,well away from open water!!!

Mandevillian

December 12 at 1:07pm
A comment titled: Re: 1st Split in response to a report titled: 1st Split

Thanks and hope Santa comes early(he already has dropped me off some fine new dekes-Rogers has Avian X Topflight coming to me Fri-hopefully with enough time to rig em up)!!!Love the ultra-realistic Battleship Higdon mallards and just yesterday,celebrated my 60th birthday and our St.Jane de Chantal coffee group met for Christmas breakfast and I was serenaded with nice Happy Birthday(now I only need $5 for all my licenses,except Fed Duck Stamp)!!!Can't wait for Second Split to hopefully harvest some mallards and whatever greys may have migrated(never count on dat,just capitalize upon familiar year-year pattern-plenty tree-line ducks,hard to get to em!!).Ask ole T.Wayne Brewster(he sent me private e-mail last year and we exchanged stories)!!!Gotta know where to go and gotta go to know!!

Mandevillian.never stopping in quest for non-pressured ducks!

December 12 at 9:20am
A comment titled: Re: 1st Split in response to a report titled: 1st Split

CalcasieuLaRoux,Wish we could replicate de success you have had-we have been lucky to get about one duck per hunt,terrible results but I aint for one complaining as most of what I ended up shooting and my buddies as well were good ducks with a Woodie,3 greenheads,3 mottled ducks and handful of greys and teal and thankfully,only one scaup!!Hoping that Second Split gonna be better as where we hunt,the water levels typically tremendously limit not only where we can get but also where the ducks can get and do have a few aces up my sleeve(just ordered 6 new Avian X Topflight greys,to go along with fine Higdon flocked-head magnum mallards and new Higdon widgeons-love the foam-filled decoys as when the water gets tad rough,they do not un-naturally bounce around like hollow decoys typically do)!!Plan to scout limited access portion of Joyce WMA for possible woodies and mallards(have die-hard hunter that hunted Joyce way back in de day)and where I intend to hunt this week end most likely gonna not only be de 'X' but also ridiculously hard to get to(limits pressure big-time and I love dat)!!!Good luck Second Split!!

Mandevillian

December 12 at 8:20am

Might wanna wait til deer season ends and be cautious as there are plenty rattlesnakes out there.Should be plenty bushy-tails.For me,love Pearl River but will only go mid-week and avoid deer hunters!!

Mandevillian

December 04 at 10:10am
A comment titled: Re: 1st Split in response to a report titled: 1st Split

First Split extremely disappointing,ended First Split with two greenheads and whiffed on gift flock of 6 greys and only had two shooting opportunities.Few ducks where we hunt,though found some willing participants in certain remote locations,chore and a half to get to em!!Hope to get after some quality ducks Second Split.Second Split cannot possibly be worse than First!!

Mandevillian

December 03 at 5:04pm
A comment titled: Re: Transmitter and Banded Mottled Duck in response to a report titled: Transmitter and Banded Mottled Duck

Have hunted about twenty years,hunt with a guy who has at least double my hunting career and neither of us has a band under our belt.Buddy hunting with me yesterday has way more than either of us,more like 60 plus years of hunting and comical story is he shot mature drake pintail with band and his doggone taxidermist took band!!!How's dat for a hunting buddy!!!

Mandevillian,in search of not only banded duck but mature drake pintail!!

December 03 at 9:41am
A comment titled: Re: Transmitter and Banded Mottled Duck in response to a report titled: Transmitter and Banded Mottled Duck

Delta Duckman,The duck Gods indeed smiled upon you and your buddies!!I have yet to shoot a banded duck and how bout de odds of not only downing a banded duck,mottled duck at that,and having a transmitter to boot!!Me and my hunting buddy of today were blessed and cursed on the same hunt,blessed with two greenheads that came in together,decoyed perfectly and got cursed by small flock of 6 greys that musta been wearing Kevlar vests,do not think we cut a feather!!!Our first split been bout as weak as I have ever experienced in over 20 years of chasing ducks,but hope springs eternal as I have seen fairly consistent pattern last few years and gonna do my best to capitalize upon field observations.gotta put on de paddling shoes and hump it to get to remote locations where ducks have rarely been pursued and areas that they emerge from at first light and work while we are hunting appear to be holding the only bands of ducks in our area!!!Congrats!!

Mandevillian

December 02 at 8:46pm
A comment titled: Re: Bass fishing in response to a report titled: Bass fishing

Saw bunch of folks nabbing fine marsh bass in Bayou Lacombe,need to give shoulder a rest(first split ends tomorrow)and want to scout Joyce WMA for both woodies and mallards and hunting buddy of mine suggested we tag along some fishing poles for possible slab sac a lait!!Nice catch!!

Mandevillian

December 01 at 7:12pm

Gaddie,I do indeed find it quite humorous that someone wants to 'charge' for what should be free,free,free kinda like where I hunt-Federal Land that is totally free,free,free just sometimes gotta put in decent effort to get to de 'X' and not de stinking'Y' like I was Sunday as in why am I not getting greys to even give me a look!!!Hoping to find some willing partiicpants tomorrow and Th and just got de Southfork back,gotta load her up with cover,pirogues,decoys,etc,kinda pain to load,unload,etc but hope effort pays off not in spades but greys!!

Mandevillian

November 27 at 2:12pm
A comment titled: Re: Thanksgiving Weekend Report in response to a report titled: Thanksgiving Weekend Report

Delta Duckman,I checked pics from last year and compared to this year,far fewer ducks and we do our best to not shoot scaup nor spoonies and so far I have not shot any spoonies or scaup and the greys might have started trickling in,based upon Sunday's hunt.Getting my Southfork back,hope she is rearing to go but there are some paddle-in spots where I hunt well worth the time and effort!!Good luck this last week end and I love mid-week hunts!!This year a greenhead and two fine mottled ducks and Woodie,teal,8 greys have been taken for the season,not stellar but the mottled ducks and the greenhead decoyed like fools!!

Mandevillian

November 27 at 6:27am
A comment titled: Re: Blinded to Perfection 11 21 18 in response to a report titled: Blinded to Perfection 11 21 18

Thanks!!I really love the thicker pressure-treated gunwales I custom-made as they make this pirogue rock-stable and I painted her extremely dark green and will paint the inner surfaces,once the weather gets right as that oil-based paint takes a while to dry if the temps too cold.Was lotta fun fooling some big ole mature mottled ducks and headed back tomorrow,though will not have the use of Southfork flat as Chuck Evans will be installing new upper carb,probably sometime Fri am,hoping to get her back but I used to routinely make over hr paddle one-way and that put me way away from crowds and the ducks were so damn fooled-had 5 yard shots!!!Hoping the local Marsh gets a replenishing of already-thin population of migrating ducks and targeting woodies and mottled ducks relatively tough!!Good luck and the Chapman folks did see my first version of gunwales and they liked em!!

Mandevillian

November 21 at 6:16pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck Hunting Close Call and Saftey in response to a report titled: Duck Hunting Close Call and Saftey

Proud Pop,Glad to hear everything turned out ok-duck hunting has its share of perils and fire aboard a boat aint a welcome sight and good thing ya had fire extinguisher handy-just replaced mine towards end of last duck season.Worst day of my life was about maybe ten or so years ago when fishing the Causeway with a buddy,got call from buddy fishing near Cane Bayou-he spotted flatboat going in circles and there was a drowned person attached to boat via nylon rope tied around his ankle and when I got there,Coast Guard had jumped aboard and loaded body onto their boat and we made the trip to Mandeville Harbor so we could see if we knew this individual,very sad situation!!!

Mandevillian

November 20 at 4:04pm
A comment titled: Re: 2018 East Zone Season Opener in response to a report titled: 2018 East Zone Season Opener

Gotta add pic of my wing-man,Bayoubob,with same pair of ducks.We had just started hunting together and I used to make well over an hour paddle(was much thinner back then)!!!Hope to have recent pics like these and ya gotta go to know!!!

Mandevillian

November 20 at 9:39am
A comment titled: Re: 2018 East Zone Season Opener in response to a report titled: 2018 East Zone Season Opener

Turns out my boat issues nothing more than burned-out plugs,guess de ole boat getting more use than I suspected and my trusty mechanic took care of dat issue pronto and got ole Southfork back home,loaded her up with de Chapmans and fine lil yak one of my Medicare clients uses to get to blind with!!Getting excited bout possible additions to local marshes and hopeful dat future hunts might bring results like me and Bayoubob had when we both were beard-less and I,for one,much thinner,guess all dem long paddles I used to do!

Mandevillian

November 20 at 9:32am
A comment titled: Re: Second Weekend Duck Report in response to a report titled: Second Weekend Duck Report

Don't feel like de Lone Ranger as I saw the same thing hunting Big Branch Sat and Sun and there are not many greys in the first place and from reports I have gotten from other folks hunting East Zone,greys by them already in mid-to-late season form,disappointing to say the least!!Good luck the balance of your season and I hunt about exclusively Public/Federal land and the biggest advantage is that I can move on a whim,set up where the ducks want to be and mobility critical on Public/Federal lands.Hard to rely upon mottled ducks,mallards,woodies for local hunts but will gladly alter tactics to take advantage of what species might be hanging around.Good luck and feels great having trusty ole Beretta Extrema rolling whatever ducks make de fatal error of getting close enough!!!

Mandevillian

November 19 at 4:43pm
A comment titled: Re: 2018 East Zone Season Opener in response to a report titled: 2018 East Zone Season Opener

Our East Zone Opener and Second day went about like yours did.Heard a ton of shooting but saw very few ducks,suspect most folks were targeting coots,though I did spot a few nice bands of teal,few mottled ducks and mallards and some greys!!Goofed big-time Sat as I heard a snow goose calling,heard my hunting buddy mouth-calling,then the calling stopped,dummy me started texting another hunter and lo and behold,solo snow goose about took my head off and I had no chance as my trusty customized Beretta Extrema was not in my hands!!!Saw a few more birds Sunday and one of my hunting buddies got fine greenhead(I called it before he even fired as that drake was coming my way,saw his deke spread and circled and I knew where he was,quite calling,texted him and blew his mind that I knew what he shot before it fell!!).Good luck and got e-mail wanting to include info from our hunts for DU migration reports!!

Mandevillian,always mobile looking for new ducks

November 19 at 6:31am
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