Buras Duck Hunt – 12-29-2020

The duck action has slowed down in the Mississippi River Delta. We hit the marsh this morning to great conditions, cool and breezy. We quickly discovered that the water is super low and the tide was still falling. Only one of my blinds was huntable as the rest were dry holes. We were able to get into the pond and we set up a big spread of teal, gadwall and pintail decoys. Sunrise came to relatively empty skies. Nothing moving at all and very few hunters around to stir them up. Soon enough a pair of gadwall decided we looked good and dropped in for a visit and never left. The teal then started buzzing around and a few large flocks of 25-30 banked close to us, but we did not get a shot off. Another group approached and we got 1 Green Wing Teal. Then the action slowed to nothing and the decoys started to lay on their sides as the water was still falling out hard. We decided to get out while we still could and call it a day. While we did not get limits, it was the best hunt until the next. We have some weather expected toward the end of the week and it may bring some new birds in to the area. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Buras Duck Hunting – 12/19/2020

Great duck hunting in the Mississippi River Delta this weekend. The water table is very low right now with only a couple of my blinds hunt able, the rest are inaccessible as they are sitting in nothing but mud flats. A stiff breeze out of the North East had the birds looking for some small water protection. We set up in a medium sized pond that had enough water close to the Mississippi River. We set out a small size spread of teal with a couple of Pintail on the leeside and a half dozen Gadwall on the windward side of the blind. As the legal shooting time arrived, shots were raging in the distance but it took a while for the birds to start moving around us. Then slowly they started pouring into our pond. A pair of Gadwall decided to take a look a little too close and it was on from there. The Green Wing teal made an appearance in a flock of 30 plus and several more ducks made the bag. A few more Gadwall and we finished up early with the rest being GW Teal. My guests shooting was fantastic today. The Green Wing Teal were the dominant species today, but we saw Mottled, Pintail, Mallard, Shovelor and a few Dosgris. Best hunt until the next! An artic front is expected to approach south Louisiana later in the week and may bring another influx of birds, but it may also reduce our water level even further. Fingers crossed on both. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 12/11/2020

Great fishing weather this week in the Delacroix marsh. The tides were just the right range and the fish were hungry. The only complaint is that the water level is extremely low right now. My guests were treated to a gentle SE breeze this morning as we headed to inside spots in the Delacroix marsh. We worked deep holes adjacent to flats with live shrimp carolina rigged, dead shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. We were rewarded with an ice chest full of a variety of species including – speckled trout, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, white bass and largemouth bass. There were also plenty of freshwater catfish caught, but all were released to bite someone else’s line. Interesting, but we did not catch a trout until the tide switched from a falling to a rising tide. It is not yet cold enough for the trout to gang up in the deep holes yet, but it is coming soon. Good luck out there this week and be careful as the water table is super low right now. We watched people grinding up their props in the oyster lined mud all day. Don’t be that guy!

Captain Jeff