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Awesome surprise last Friday on the PAC WMA. Based on the conditions we faced, my fishing partner and I expected to have a limit of redfish in no time as we left the boat ramp. We were rewarded with bass coming over the side of the boat one after another for about 30 minutes or so. The number of fish we boated was crazy for this area. Kept a few to fry, and returned almost all of them. We ended up with a mixed bag of Specks, Reds, and Bass. Just a reminder to the sportsman who use this area during this time of year, there are plenty of hunters in smaller surface drive boats on this WMA. I was reminded of this Friday as I turned a blind corner, only to be presented with a small boat tied up on the down stream side of the corner. Fortunately, I was going slow enough to react and avoid a collision. All in all it was a perfect day on the water. I have the fish and a sunburn to prove it. Don't forget to fill out a self clearing permit if you plan to use these facilities. An information station is setup at each of the ramps. Good Luck, Mudflat

December 02 at 1:54pm

Launched out of the Point-Au-Chene marina this morning to find an incoming tide with the water already flooding the marsh. We located the some fish within minutes of the marina. We could not convince them to take and then hold onto any of the artificial baits we were throwing. We did have lots of strikes, but it seems the fish were not aggressively feeding. Also noticed several kayak fisherman leaving the dock with us. Couldn't help but wonder how they were doing in these near perfect conditions. Winds were light all morning long, and the rain storms in the area seal the trip for us about 11:30. Even though the ice chest had 1 keeper in it, we still had an awesome time on the water.
Just one more cast dad, then we can go.

July 05, 2018 at 8:14pm

As previously stated by Mandevillian, I'm not sure where you live, but I can say you might want to check out the facilities in the Point-au-Chene area about 25 miles south of Houma. Lots of area to choose from on the wildlife management area as well as salt water marsh. There is also a business at the end of the road in Point-au Chene (Hwy 665) that caters specifically to kayakers. The owner has a small deli on site, as well as overnight accommodations with kayak rentals available. Do some research on the kayak rental shop at the marina for all of the details. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Good Luck and God Bless. Mudflat

December 02 at 1:25pm
A comment titled: Re: Dularge Redfish Area\'s in response to a report titled: Dularge Redfish Area's

If you are feeling adventurous, you may want to try the marsh area and shallow ponds on the northeast side of Bay Long for sight fishing. Consult your maps and you should see the area just to the east of main Bayou Dularge. It is accessible using many routes, but I prefer to use a pipeline canal that dissects the bay. I've had good results, although not recently due to work, using a spinner bait tipped with soft plastic at the mouths of the many cuts and openings where current has the baitfish moving. If you find any grass beds, just like any other location, I'd recommend a gold or silver weedless spoon. Good luck to ya, and post pictures of your catch if you can.
I do so love that skinny water fishing......
MUDFLAT

June 07, 2018 at 12:52pm
A comment titled: Re: Good Week Fishing with bad ending in response to a report titled: Good Week Fishing with bad ending

I hope the hand is better. Thanks for the reminder. I need to put some bleach in my boat as well.

May 18, 2018 at 10:34am
A comment titled: Re: Posting in Lafitte in response to a report titled: Posting in Lafitte

The canal I was speaking of is called Bayou LaBoute in Dulac. An oil company dug these canals years ago. These were highly traveled routes to access public land on the gulf side of the owners property. The land owner drove pilings to block access to and from side canals, and within a few months the pilings were removed. Yes, he does have had the right to restrict access to his property, but it seems he didn't follow the law in doing so. I have not been back in the area for a long time now, and don't plan to pay his fee for fishing privileges on his property.

November 17, 2017 at 3:14pm
A comment titled: Re: Posting in Lafitte in response to a report titled: Posting in Lafitte

I wonder if the land owner realizes he opens himself up for a law suit by erecting an illegal structure blocking water access without a corp of engineers permit? All it takes is the right lawyer and one aggravated fisherman. Last time I checked years ago, any structure built in the marsh had to have engineered drawings to receive corp approval. Yes, as stupid as it sound we could not build a simple boat dock at our camp without a permit. Then you had to wait almost two years to get an answer. Will this insanity ever stop? Several years back, one land owner in Dulac was forced to remove a series of pilings that blocked access to the marsh on the gulf side of his property. He did not have a corp permit. Hum! I wonder if that might be the way for Joe Q. Public to proceed? If the public is expected to know where the private property boundaries are without any posted signs, why not hold the land owners accountable for obtaining the proper permits to block water access over their land? I know this subject has been beat to death, but it still puzzles me how a select few can take away passage on free-flowing, Gulf of Mexico water. Think about it, if I own land on both sides of a street, can I stretch out plastic drums and stop traffic? Guess where I'll be spending time.
Just my two cents...

November 15, 2017 at 9:34pm
A comment titled: Re: Pointe aux chene in response to a report titled: Pointe aux chene

I've always called it the Point-Aux-Chene marina. It is owned and operated by a local family, and they can usually put you on some fish. Really don't know it by any other name. The Point-aux-Chene Wildlife Management area is also a good place to fish in the colder months. It starts approximately 4 to 5 miles before the end of the road. You will see the boat ramp to your left as you travel down highway 665 near the Game Wardens facilities. There is also a smaller business across the slip from the marina. These guys cater to the Kayak fisherman. You do have options once you get there. Good Luck, and post your catch if you decide to go. I'll be checking in on it. Google the marina for contact info and a few pics.
Good Luck,
Mudflat

August 22, 2017 at 2:34pm
A comment titled: Re: Pointe aux chene in response to a report titled: Pointe aux chene

1st off, Point aux Chene has its share of weekend fishing pressure. If you don't mind a lot of boat traffic this really is a good place to fish. I've already launched my 21 foot Critchfield Bay Boat and didn't even start the Optimax. That day while in the marina slip, we just simply eased the trolling motor over the bow and made our way across the bayou from the marina. Strong tides are fairly common here, and that day we fished the oyster reefs finding lots of trout and a few reds. The marina does have fresh market shrimp most days if you want to try that approach. I do need to warn you about the private lands southeast of the marina. The bayou you drove along side of on your way to the marina is actually the boundry line between Lafourche parish to the east and Terrebonne parish to the west. Land owners in Lafourche parish will ask you to leave if you happen to find your way into their inner marsh. You should be fine if you stay in the main canals (Cut-off Canal) around the marina.The Jean Charles canal has numerous cuts and points for you to focus your attention on. The inner marsh of Terrebonne parish to the west is PRIME sight fishing area for Bronze backs. If you choose to travel about 1 mile south of the marina in the Jean Charles canal, you will need to focus your attention to the western marsh areas. Grassy duck ponds do have their share of fish as well. If you enjoy crabbing and have a few ring nets, pick up some crab bait and set a line in the deep Cut-off canal. Just about two miles to the east of the marina you'll come across several water control structures. Crabs love this area. The first 3 pictures were taken in Bayou Jean Charles, and the last pic is actually looking Southeast at the marina.
Good Luck, Safe ride.
Mudflat!

August 21, 2017 at 9:10pm
A comment titled: Re: Crabbing in response to a report titled: Crabbing

I'm not sure if I understand this excerpt from an article on crabbing on this site,

'Elmer?s Island beaches across Caminada Pass from Grand Isle were, in the not too distant past, a recreational crabbing hot spot because of the ability to drive on the beach right to where one wanted to crab.
The area is now publicly owned and managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a refuge.While rod-and-reel fishing is allowed and welcomed, recreational crabbing is strictly prohibited on Elmer?s Island.Beach crabbers also should be aware that Louisiana prohibits the possession of glass beverage containers or bottles on Louisiana beaches.'
I would probably contact LaDWL&F just to make sure.
Good luck,
Mudflat

Thanks John, I did not see the older date of this article. Appreciate you picking up on that.
Regards, Mudflat

July 22, 2017 at 7:00pm
A comment titled: Re: Critchfield boats in response to a report titled: Critchfield boats

If the Windshield frames can be reused, most glass shops can easily swap out the glass for you with Safety Glass. If the frames are toasted, I'd try one of the boat shops in the New Iberia / Broussard area. I can remember seeing three of them along Hwy. 90. Shops like these may be your best bet for replacement parts / windshields. I'd also check the many marine dealers in the South Louisiana area. Having worked at a dealer years ago, we use to install walk thru windshields on the home-made boats our customers would bring in. You might get lucky and find a dealer with a NEW- OLD STOCK windshield in their storage room. You could always ride down the Bayou communities in the Houma area to search for what you need. I see lots of abandoned boats in peoples yards.
I did a quick search on the web, and found this;
http://greenbayprop.com/boat-windshield-67-wide-36-long-walk-through-aluminum-frame-5646
While it is not exactly what you may need, it may be possible to piece together the right windshield.
Good Luck,
MUDFLAT

June 22, 2017 at 8:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Critchfield boats in response to a report titled: Critchfield boats

As the owner of a 2001 21' dual console Critchfield, I can tell you that this boat is well built. I powered mine with a 150 Opti-Max. I bought the boat in 2004 from Ronald Delatte in Gonzales where the hull was his dealer demo at the time, and it has been an absolute jewel ever since. I primarily use it as a skinny water fishing platform, but I've had it out in the gulf numerous times with no issues, and a dry ride every time. I ended up putting a lot of bells and whistles on mine, because as it was stated, it is a no frills hull. So after an ATLAS 10' jack plate, SEA-STAR hydraulic steering, an 86 pound thrust MOTOR GUIDE, and an 8' Power Pole, it is now set up for comfort and convenience. Redfish don't stand a chance. Ha! I also had a local upholstery shop here in Houma fit the boat with a full canvas top that attaches to the windshield. My boat has a 43 gallon fuel tank under the middle section of the floor. As far as backwash goes, I really have never had a problem with mine. The self-Bailing scuppers will definitely allow small amounts of water to migrate back into the boat if they stay submerged for any length of time. I regularly fish shallow duck ponds all over southern Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. With 2 average size guys and myself (360 pounds) in the boat, it will jump right out of the water. The boat responds as expected when using the Jack plate and engine trim together. I can't say enough good things about this hull. I'm just really disappointed they are no longer made. About 3 years ago, I contacted Ronald to see about buying another one. That's when I got the bad news. Yes, it does have wood in it, but the only issue I've had in 13 years is a small area around the front and back seat pedestals. They were not sealed properly when installed. I actually pulled mine next to a Blazer Bay while at a gas station, and the hull lines are almost identical. It's a shame Blazer Bay doesn't offer a dual console. That would be my second choice if I were still shopping. I hope this info has been helpful.
Regards,
MUDFLAT

June 22, 2017 at 3:16pm
A comment titled: Re: dularge after the storm in response to a report titled: dularge after the storm

I find it takes a few days after the 'blow' for the water to come back closer to a normal tide range. The fish will more than likely still be scattered this coming weekend. Water clarity will probably be less than favorable as well. Like the old saying goes 'a bad day fishing is always better than a good day at work'! Good luck if you decide to make an attempt.

June 20, 2017 at 1:19pm
A comment titled: Water vs. Land vs Air in response to a report titled: Posted by stan thomas

It sure is good to finally see that I am not the only one who sees just how simple this problem is to solve. After reading most of the opinions and responses on this site, I feel like Mr. Thomas hit the nail on the head! Earthen dams will stop most, if not all of these problems. As I stated in a previous response, I have no problem staying away from privately owned LAND. But, when PUBLIC WATER, and the resources that swim in them are restricted, that's where I have a problem. I'm just curious to know just how many of these 'gates' are actually legal. I do know that there is a process for obtaining a permit from the Corps of Engineers before any type of construction can legally take place, on any bayou or marsh area. Some of the gates I have seen really cause me to wonder if the landowner has taken the legal steps to restrict access to his LAND! As far as public resources like waterfoul, it would be foolish to think that anyone could restrict the flight path of any wild bird. But on the other hand, we do have the technology to prevent public resources like fish, crabs, shrimp, from entering privately owned, man-made canals. It's called a earthen DAM. Their is no comparison, DAM or gate. It's just a matter of money! Money that most land owners don't want to spend! Just my 2 cents,
Respectfully,
MUDFLAT

January 10, 2005 at 12:10pm
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