after 63 years I have a chance to fish Toledo Bend around Many. Any pointers would be appreciated as we have never fished sac a lait in a deep water lake only shallow water and have no clue. Thought about a guide but who. Will be there april 21-23 2017 Thanks, Ray
Looking for any info for fishing Toledo Bend around the Many area. Never been there but getting a chance for my 63rd birthday. Bringing my boat but know nothing about the lake or how to fish it. Any assistance would be appreciated and if u are kind enough to give up a spot or two we would very much appreciate that also. Come on and help a couple of yound at heart elders out. Thanks Ray
Went to Rollover last week to cast-net. Weir is removed on the left with 2 barges in the canal and a tug. All the weirs on the right are closed I guess for duck season to keep in the water. Caught 6 doz med crabs that were not full. Go on to Joesph's Harbor to throw your net.
The spring shrimp season will open may 21st in zones 2 & 3 from the mouth of the Atch River to the LA/Texas border Good fishin', Ray
This article was originally published in Pravda.RU on November 21, 2008. Since then illegal immigration all over the world has only gotten worse. The author has made a few changes and additions to reflect current events.
'Why Americans donât want illegal immigrants'
NRA official: Obama wants to outlaw guns in 2nd term
By Sean Lengell February 10, 2012,
A top official with the National Rifle Association said Friday that President Obama will move to 'destroy' gun rights and 'erase' the Second Amendment if he is re-elected in November.
While delivering one of the liveliest and best-received speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said the president's low-key approach to gun rights during his first term was 'a 'conspiracy to ensure re-election by lulling gun owners to sleep.'
'All that first term, lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment during his second term,' he said.
'We see the president's strategy crystal clear: Get re-elected and, with no more elections to worry about, get busy dismantling and destroying our firearms' freedom, erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution.'
Mr. LaPierre said the president's two Supreme Court appointees â Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kaganâ are 'two of the most rabid anti-gun justices in history.' He also accused Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of being a foe of gun rights.
And with the possibility of two or more Supreme Court justice positions opening during the next four years, the NRA official warned that gun ownership would be in jeopardy if Mr. Obama stays in office.
'If we get one more like those three, the Second Amendment is finished,' he said. 'It'll be the end of our freedom forever.'
Mr. LaPierre, who said 'there is no greater freedom than to own a firearm,' predicted that gun owners will rally en masse to defeat Mr. Obama in November.
'All of what we know is good and right about America, all of it could be lost if Barrack Obama is re-elected,' he said. 'It's all or nothing.'
Fisherman not happy about being linked to illegal dam in Atchafalaya Basin
Henderson â Jody Meche, a commercial fishermen and vice president of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association â West, is threatening to sue the state for linking his name to an obstruction in one of the Basinâs natural bayous.
Meche and others complained about culverts blocking Brown Bayou in Iberville Parish to the Atchafalaya Basin Program (ABP), which operates within the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. The culverts were installed to build a road that the fishermen and Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Dean Wilson, say was not properly permitted.
Not only does the road block the fishermen from the swamps at high water but it also stems the life giving flow of fresh floodwater in winter and spring, they say.
Meche says the state agency ignored their complaints until 2010 when the culverts became so rusty they began to collapse and needed to be replaced.
By that time, ABP, which for decades had spent millions on tourism projects outside the Basin, had begun to concentrate on projects to improve water quality in the Basin. When the agencyâs officials asked for suggested projects in a public meeting, Meche proposed the state remove the culverts from blocking the bayou.
âThe Atchafalaya Basin Program changed my proposal to read âchange existing culverts in Brown Bayouâ instead of removing the dam,â Meche said. âBy doing that they are planning to use public funds to remove the dam, place new culverts and rebuild the dam again for the land owner for free, and legitimizing the landownerâs illegal activities.â
Adding insult to injury, he said, DNR refused to remove his name from of the âproposed project by Jody Meche.â
Meche said he will sue in civil court to have his name removed from the project.
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Fight for the Atchafalaya Basin
Fight for the Atchafalaya Basin centers on sloppy permitting
by Ken Grissom
9 days ago |
Basinkeeper Dean Wilson (by big cypress in background) explains the problem of damming in the Basin
Dean Wilson, the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, is fighting the destructive practice of building dams across natural bayous and stemming the life giving sheet flow of floodwaters into the swamps.
Wilson is part of the Waterkeepers Alliance founded by environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and several on-the-water activists whose histories stretch back to the battle for the Hudson River in the toxic â60s.
With the significant reforms of the federal Clean Water Act in the 1970s â and locally the somewhat grudging recognition that east-west spoil banks and other boundaries are destroying the natural bounty of the Atchafalaya Basin â one might not expect the damming practice to still be going on. Wilsonâs message is that it is happening right now right under the noses of the government regulators.
Case in point is a culvert lying on the ground near a branof Brown Bayou in Iberville Parish. The hunting club that leases the land from A. Wilbert & Sons LLC apparently has the intention of building a road across the east branch of Brown Bayou, locking commercial fishermen out of the swamp during the spring flood and retarding and eventually blocking sheet flow and fish migration.
Wilson says he cannot find a permit for this work but adds that he does not find this surprising. This isnât the first unpermitted de facto dam built across the Dallas, Texas, familyâs property in the Basin.
âIn June 2000, on the same piece of property, Bridas Energy applied for a general permit to âlay boards on an existing road, and to excavate and place fill to install and maintain a ring levee, drill site and appurtenant structures to serve the A. Wilbertâs Sons Well No. 3.â The permit also asks for the replacement of existing culverts,â Wilson said.
âIn reality, there was no existing road and no culverts,â he said. âThey ended up building a 2.6-mile elevated road from east to west, forever blocking the natural north to south water flow through the wetlands, and damming Brown Bayou. Brown Bayou is a state-owned water bottom. The well was dry, but they never removed the structures after they finished. In addition, they used the dam and the road to bring in heavy equipment to cut down wetland cypress forest.â
In 2007 Bridas Energy applied for another general permit to build a ring levee and to lay boards on an existing logging road for another well, Wilbertâs Sons Well No. 1, Wilson said. âAgain they built over a mile of elevated road using tons of limestone to make it permanent, and blocking three bayous and the natural north to south water flow of the wetland system.â
Wilson describes the modus operandi he has uncovered:
âThey applied for a general permit and gave false information to get it,â he said. And instead of âlaying boardsâ they elevated the new road and paved it with limestone.
âThey built dams and elevated roads, but since they had applied for a permit, in the eyes of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it becomes a permit violation instead of a Section 404 violation (under the Clean Water Act).
âIf there is no action from the Corps for over four years, the Corps wonât take action against them after that time. If they get caught, enforcement will give them a cease and desist but it will be considered a lack-of-compliance issue and will be referred to the Permitting Department where they most likely will get an after-the-fact permit,â Wilson said.
âIt would have been very hard, maybe impossible for them to get a permit if they would have tried to do it the right way, applying for a regular permit giving the accurate facts,â he said.
In this latest case involving the hunting club, Wilsonâs informants tell him the club has been told not to worry about the permit, to go ahead with the work.
And to top it all off, Wilson said, the landowner received over $1 million in federal tax dollars for an environmental easement to âpermanently protect wetlands in the Atchafalaya Basin.â The easement includes a provision not to build any permanent structures on the land.
Wilson said that he sent the Corps a full report last year detailing the 2000 violations of the Clean Water Act and Rivers and Harbors Act, the fraudulent permit application, and the violation of the environmental easement. The Corps responded that since it had been over 10 years since the incident took place and the Corps would not taking any action.
Waterkeepers, of which there are now some 200 across the globe, network through the Alliance but are otherwise individual non-profits dependant upon local memberships, donations and fund-raisers to operate.
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St. Martinville â After years of official eye-rolling, scoffing, and even chiding, it appears that the State of Louisiana is conceding that local commercial fishermen might know a thing or two about the hydrology of the Atchafalaya Basin.
With the considerable help of state Sen. Fred Mills Jr. and state Rep. Sam Jones of Franklin, Mike Bienvenu and Jody Meche, president and vice president of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association - West, all but hijacked the Atchafalaya Basin Programâs annual planning program and redirected it where they have been wanting to go all along: opening up the natural bayous.
At the close of a nearly four-hour hearing in St. Martinville Aug. 17, all sides had agreed to âlaser-focus,â as Mills put it, on opening from top to bottom and down to its historic depth one bayou as a model project, possibly Bayou La Rose in the Cocodrie Swamp area east of Catahoula.
Mills vowed to call all stakeholders, including and maybe even especially the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, into a meeting to address the issues of opening up one natural bayou choked to insignificance by channelization and the spoil banks of pipeline and well location canals.
âWe need to choose one bayou and laser-focus on opening it up,â Mills said. âWe need to hit one home runâ which could serve as a model for future projects, he said.
ABP acting director Stephen Chustz suggested the Cocodrie Swamp Project, for which $1 million in funding is authorized for this fiscal year.
âWe shouldnât be spending taxpayersâ money to unplug these bayous,â said Bienvenu, noting that the standard permit issued by the Corps of Engineers for dredging states that the permit-holder must bear the cost of re-opening navigable waterways impacted by the project.
Bienvenu said the job could be done with the type of excavator used by Parish Government to clean out drainage canals along with compact track loaders to remove the spoil.
âI could open up five or 10 bayous with a million dollars,â he said.
Parish President Guy Cormier pledged his support to what he called the âperfect projectâ to test the fishermenâs theory.
Jones, who represents lower St. Martin Parish, said there also needs to be an examination of how the Corps enforces its dredging permits.
Earlier, Meche, who is also a member of the Henderson Town Council, expressed his frustration at the Corps apparently issuing an after-the-fact permit to a private company to lay a permanent road across Brown Bayou, in the Bayou Des Glaises unit. Originally an access road to a well that went dry, the road now sprouts hunting camps, said Meche. Plugged with culverts, dirt and shell, the bayou no longer carries its traditional flow and navigation into the swamps via the bayou has been curtailed.
Another natural waterway to the north, Bristow Bayou, is on the verge of being similarly plugged up, Meche said.
âWhy do we have to follow the rules and (oil companies) donât?â Meche demanded.
The atmosphere at last weekâs hearing was vastly different from those days when the Atchafalaya Basin Program was laden with money, much of it federal, which then-director Sandra Thompson funneled into tourism projects like the Duchamp Opera House and Uncle Dick Davis RV park instead of water management projects. These annual project review meetings back then were crowed with happy local officials who, for the most part, did not welcome the intrusion of the crawfishermen crying for better water quality.
Even when water quality came into vogue, the simplistic concept of simply reopening old bayous was pooh-poohed by the administrators and engineers alike as hopelessly archaic. Meanwhile some of the projects designed to take the place of natural bayous have tended to fill the swamps with sediment instead of flushing them out with floodwater.
Since becoming secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, St. Martinâs own Scott Angelle has placed a high priority on water management projects and early-on sought the advice of the fishermen in how to proceed.
Another factor in the fishermenâs new-found gravitas has been their political clout, which they sometimes wield like a maul.
âI can get 10,000 votes,â Bienvenu warned. âAsk (former state Sen.) Craig Romero and (former Sheriff) Charles Fuselier what I can do.â
There are still plenty of non-water-management projects on the ABPâs list, like the Catahoula community center, parks in Belle River and Stephensville, and Morgan Cityâs Lake End Park, but money is a lot tighter nowadays and the emphasis has definitely shifted toward keeping the Basin a healthy habitat for its native species.
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Cocodrie Swamp Project Meeting scheduled for August 31st 2011 @ 4:00 pm @ the St. Martin Parish Council Building in St. Martinville. Discussions regarding possible project design. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND!!
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Obama Justice Department Orders Gun Registration: Wayne LaPierre Denounced Action and Unveils NRA Lawsuit
Does anyone know of a place around Lafayette/Abbeville where I can purchase a pair of leaf springs for a 1500 lb Easy Loader Boat Trailer. I broke one in half and it caused the fender to blow out a tire, due to our great roadways and saltwater. Tried Tractor Supply but they only carry the spring with both ends closed while I have one end closed and one end bent in a U shape. Thanks Ray
ICE agents warn Americans 'to brace themselves for what's coming'â¢June 23, 2011 9:04 pm ET
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LOUISIANA: Hunting Included in Plan for Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan that will direct the management of the Atchafalaya Refuge for the next 15 years. The 44,000-acre Refuge is one of 8 refuges managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Three options for managing the refuge are addressed in the plan. Alternative A is the current management plan and serves as the basis for comparing Alternatives B and C. In all three options, hunting opportunities will continue and be managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as part of the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area.
The public comment period for the plan is open until June 23rd and comments may be emailed to email@example.com. The plan is posted online at: http://southeast.fws.gov/planning under “Draft Documents.” For further information, you may call Ms. Chouinard at 731-432-0981.
With the floodgates open shouldn't the areas flooded show what the normal high water mark is and what's under water determine State Water Bottoms, I was always told the normal high water mark was around 21 ft at Butte LaRose Landing?
NRA Warns Against New Gun Control Push ... From EPA Environmental agency ponders whether lead in bullets is poisoning wildlife
The National Rifle Association, already on high alert over gun control rumors, has gone to battle stations to fight a new scheme before the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict hunters and anglers from using lead bullets, shot and sinkers.
Chief NRA lobbyist Chris Cox charges in a letter to the EPA that the effort amounts to 'a vehicle to implement gun control' and could end hunting by most who can't afford the higher priced alternatives to lead.
At issue: lead, the most widely used material for making bullets, shot, and sinkers. The Center for Biological Diversity says in a 100-page petition that lead used by outdoorsmen and women can be blamed for causing deaths in some 130 species of birds like eagles. 'Lead-based bullets fragment on impact, distributing toxic lead particles widely throughout carcasses, and making it impossible for scavenging animals or humans to avoid ingesting lead along with meat,' says the center, joined on petition by the American Bird Conservancy, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and two other groups.
The NRA counters that claims lead is causing a horrific toll on wildlife is bogus. The proof, they say, is the population explosion of American Eagles around the nation, including some inside Washington's beltway.
But more importantly, says the NRA, the EPA is barred from regulating ammo or fishing sinkers under the Toxic Substances Control Act. But the ammo foes think that they have found a way around that by asking the EPA to regulate elements of ammo and the element they want banned is the lead.
Cox said that would counter what Congress has intended in previous laws. 'Put another way, if Congress exempts a cow from regulation, one could hardly argue that it nevertheless would allow for regulation of the hide attached to the cow's body,' said Cox.
Despite the opposition from the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearm and ammunition industry, the EPA is considering banning lead. It is seeking public comment until Halloween.
Monday, August 2, 2010 2:16pm PDT
Cheating scandal at U.S. Open rocks bass-fishing community
By: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com
A professional angler found to have stuffed lead sinkers down the throats of fish he submitted for weigh-ins during a prestigious bass-fishing tournament has been banned for life from that and other competitions in a scandal that has rocked the tight-knit and passionate bass-fishing community.
Everyone must read this article about the 100 most useless things our millions of stimulus dollars were used to fund. I can only dream of the jobs and hi-ways that could have been created???
Monkeys Get High for Science (Winston-Salem, NC) - $144,541,
Ants Talk. Taxpayers Listen (San Francisco, CA) - $1.9 million and
Studying the Effect of Local Populations on the Environment...in the Himalayas (Ann Arbor,
MI) - $529,648
BEIJING â China's largest reported oil spill emptied beaches along the Yellow Sea as its size doubled Wednesday, while cleanup efforts included straw mats and frazzled workers with little more than rubber gloves.
An official warned the spill posed a 'severe threat' to sea life and water quality as China's latest environmental crisis spread off the shores of Dalian, once named China's most livable city.
Urge Senator Mary Landrieu to Cosponsor Important Pro-Gun Reform Bill
S. 941, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) Reform and Firearms Modernization Act, represents NRA-ILA's latest effort to pass legislation that will make it easier for lawful gun owners and dealers to comply with federal law and regulations, while ensuring that those who break the law are punished accordingly. This bipartisan bill also serves as a vital step toward modernizing and improving BATFE's overall operations. The bill would roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors, and codify longstanding congressional policies in the firearms arena.
Of highest importance, S. 941 totally rewrites the system of administrative penalties for licensed dealers, manufacturers and importers of firearms. Today, for most violations, BATFE can only give a federal firearms license (FFL) holder a warning or totally revoke his license.
S. 941 would allow fines or license suspensions for less serious violations, while still allowing license revocation for the kind of serious violations that would block an investigation or put guns in the hands of criminals. This prevents the all-too-common situations where BATFE has punished licensees for insignificant technical violations-such as improper use of abbreviations, or filing records in the wrong order.
Currently S. 941 has 32 cosponsors, including Senator David Vitter. To see the current cosponsor list, click here. For more information about S. 941, please visit: www.nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?id=251&issue=28.