The duck action was slow this morning. We still got limits, but it took a couple of hours to get our birds. Greenwing Teal, Bluewing Teal and one Pintail drake. It seemed that the birds just did not want to fly. We jumped hundreds on the way out of the pond. Hope for quicker action o the next trip. Good luck out there!
Light winds and cool temperatures this morning in the Mississippi River Delta. We crossed the Mississippi River and headed into a big pond that has been holding birds. The water was low due to last weeks artic front. Luckily, the tide came up last night and was just starting the fall as we got set up. Tried a different look with the decoy spread, put out scattered pairs thinking the set up might work with the light winds. Shooting hours arrived quickly and the teal were buzzing everywhere. My guests unleased and we quickly got limits of Bluewing and Greenwing Teal. We picked up and made a loop for Nutria Rats. We saw 3 and collected one. We saw 7 hogs along the way, more than I have seen in quite some time. We will be back out tomorrow. Good luck out there this week!
The Louisiana Duck Season second split in the West Zone opened this morning. The boat launch was a zoo this morning with a lot of hunters getting out into the Mississippi River Delta. The breeze was stiff out of the Northeast as we headed to the blind. The birds started working the pond well way before shooting time. The decoys were alive with the whistles of greenwing teal that had landed. As shooting time arrived, the big ducks were not working. We could see them up in the sky, but they were not interested. The bluewing and greenwing teal were buzzing everywhere. We waited and got a couple of Mottled ducks to commit and picked them up. A lone gadwall swooped in and stayed. We decided we better take what was available and we finished quick with bluewings and greenwings. We picked up the ducks and started to pick up the decoys and saw that the big ducks were starting to work the pond. Should have waited…Good luck out there this week!
The fog was back this morning with a vengeance. Had to putt down the bayou as there were alot of boats out and you could not see diddly. We finally arrived at our first spot to find conditions perfect. A strong falling tide was drifting our live shrimp on carolina rigs down the bayou toward hungry fish. We started picking up speckled trout until the bull drum crashed the party. We caught 4 in the 35-40 lb class until my guests arms got sore and we had to move. The fog finally lifted and we hit a shallow flat and tried live shrimp under corks. The tide was moving the corks so fast that it was ineffective. We switched back to carolina rigs and started picking up fish. It was large variety of redfish, sheepshead and largemouth bass. We kept at it until the tide waned and the fish quit biting. Good catch on a glorious day! Good luck out there.
No fog this morning was a welcome relief. The fish pattern changed today and we only picked up a few bass working our falling tide spots with live shrimp under corks. We changed up tackle and moved to deep holes with liv shrimp carolina rigged. This change worked as we started picking up speckled trout in the 12-16″ class. A bull redfish 32″ long crashed the party and we adjusted the boat slightly to take advantage of the waning tide. We got back on the trout until the bull drum moved in. we caught 2 in the 35lb class along with 2 sheepshead and called it a day. We will be back after them again tomorrow. Good luck out there!
Dense fog in the marsh this morning. Very difficult navigation so we started close to the dock. We got on redfish straight away on live shrimp under corks. These fish were 15-25″ with about 50% throwbacks. The fog lifted slightly and we moved further out to find a variety of fish under corks. We boxed more redfish, sheepshead, southern kingfish and largemouth bass. The action slowed as the falling tide movement slowed so we took it to the house early. We will be back after them tomorrow. Good luck out there!
Super foggy this morning. We delayed start time to compensate and left the dock as the visibility improved. We had a falling tide and tried a couple of perfect spots with limited success. We only hooked a bull redfish in the 30″ class, good fight and released to maybe catch again one day. We tried another spot and started hooking up on redfish on almost every cast. Unfortunately, not one made the box as they were all 14-15″. The reds wanted live and dead shrimp both carolina rigged and under corks. We kept at it and the trout turned on as the tide slowed. The trout wanted live shrimp carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes on 3/8 ounce jigheads. The tide faded and the feeding stopped. We bounced around a few spots with no action until the tide turned around. We found a point in a deep bayou where the water was flowing and found hungry trout. We did not limit, but had a nice box at the end of the day. We will be back after them later in the week. Good luck out there!
The duck action continues to the hot. The wind was ripping 20 mph from the Northeast after the passage of another front. We decided on a blind on the north side of a big pond. We could hear the birds moving before morning light. As shooting time arrived, the teal were buzzing by in large groups. We could see small groups of Gadwall, Pintail and Mottled ducks working us. We waited and started to get decoying shots on the big ducks. We limited on pintail quick. Then started picking up gadwall. We rounded out the bag with a couple of greenwing teal nd one bluewing teal. Lots of new birds on the property and we will be back after them soon. Good luck out there!