Any tips on blind river catfish?
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Any tips on Blind River catfish? I would like to go catch some cats and don't know anything about this river. What is good for bait? What places are best? Should I bottom fish or fish under a cork?
Both places have squirrels. Maurepaus has more squirrels, but the terrain is swamp that will require hip boots. You will also need a boat to get to most of this management area. Sherburne is accessible by car and is easy walking. There are squirrels, but they are harder to find and kill.
There are deer in the South marsh portion as well. I've seen several hit on HWY 90.The Pearl River WMA used to have some very good hunting years ago. The area was heavily managed by game wardens which helped prevent poaching. Katrina really hurt the area as well. The area lost a large number of mature hardwoods and the underbrush went wild. I don't hunt that WMA much as it appears over ran by hunters. I hunted it a few times last year by boat and there were stands everywhere I looked.
Stalking works. The key is to move slow and watch at a distance. On opening weekend you will do better to slip off in the deep woods and let other hunters spook the deer in your direction. I wouldn't get too excited about the Pearl River WMA though. There was only 4 reported deer kills for 2016-2017. I'm not sure how many were not reported. Hunting by pirogue is very effective in certain areas. You can slip right up on deer pretty easily. I would advise bring two paddles. When you see your game just lay it down in the water to avoid hitting the boat.
In my opinion they are as safe as eating them from anywhere else. You would be surprised of the contaminants that show up in every body of water in the world. The people complaining Mississippi River fish aren't safe will head to the spillway and load up an ice chest. It is the same exact water, but it diverts off the Mississippi about 50 miles North of where I fish the river. They are safe. I would recommend eating fish in moderation as most of them contain harmful substances extracted from the environment.
LDWF has admitted to sightings in Louisiana in recent years.
It is against WMA rules to leave your climber on the tree. It can be left on the ground in the area. However, I find deer stands everywhere attached to the tree on WMA's.
Ruger Single Six with CCI ratshot.
The lake is open to boat traffic. I was there last weekend and the bite was slow. I fished from 6AM until 12 and only had 8 or 9 bites. I landed 2 catfish.
Cut around the rib cage on reds and your knife will last much longer.
The fishing has always been tough there. Try fishing the channel in the right fork of the lake towards the creek head. It is hard fishing but fish can be caught this time of year. You will need a depth finder to find the channel. Also, this time of year you will see a lot of bass spawning in the shallows but they are impossible to make bite.
I lived in that area most of my life. Found out the best thing to do is to take everything out of your car and leave the doors unlocked. Did this happen at the small launch on middle river or by the green bridge? Anyway there is a lot of low lifes in the area who will steal anything for crack money.
The canoe will draw less water due to the wider bottom. A canoe will float in 2-3 inches of water. A pirouge will draw 5-6' if not more. I have used both in shallow water with good success. Loads need to be balanced to minimize draft. Canoes aren't much good on windy days. They get blown all around. I do agree the canoe would be hardest to pole in a no water situation due to the wider bottom.
The one with the larger bottom keeping all else equal. It has the potential to displace water. For shallow water a canoe works much better than a pirogue.
We broke the shaft on an outboard while shrimping in the ship channel in Lake Borgne. We tied a tarpe across the front of our rigging and made a crude square sail, while using the outboard as a rudder. We sailed a few miles to the mouth of the east pearl where we were towed in by another shrimper.
The marsh area is real bad about it. In the marsh there is no bottom and you sink up to your knees immediately if you stand where there is no grass. If your stuck real bad you can always lay down and crawl out. I only recommend it as a last resort that stuff is a beast to get off and it stinks terrible.
I haven't been over there in a while. The whole area was really tore up during Katrina. After that the underbrush became really thick. How is it now?
I think that may be a mangrove snapper. I've heard of people catching them inshore when the salinity is high.
Cottonmouths will always have a wide head, fat body, and short skinny tail section. Older snakes will usually be black and without markings.
I'm not really fond of fishing noodles. However, I many try a few just to get some dinner. I really like to catch fish on a rod. I was hoping to go and fish for a couple of hours and catch a few nice cats for dinner.
This is an unfortunate accident. It was not a gun failure in my opinion. Most rifle's have a vent hole on the side of the chamber in case of a ruptured case. It directs the hot gasses away from the shooters face. Unfortunately it appears his thumb was over the vent hole when this happened. The resulting case rupture could be from a plugged barrel or an over charged round. It is possible the previous fired round was a squib load which the projectile didn't exit the barrel. When the next round was fired the pressure had to go somewhere since the barrel was plugged. The case ruptured and vented. Squib rounds are common in 22lr.
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