Duck hunting report – 11/11/2018

Still windy, but much less than yesterday made for a better trip across the Mississippi River this morning. Winds were still high out of the Northeast, but were doable in the dark. We hit another blind set up for a NE wind and were set up and ready for legal shooting time. My guests shooting was not quite as fine tuned as Saturdays bunch so it took a little longer, but limits were achieved quick. We bagged Gadwall, Pintail, Mottled, Bluewing Teal, and Greenwing Teal. The action was non stop as thousands of birds passed through the pond. The birds were slightly more wary as the pressure of the opener was fresh on their minds. Nasty weather is predicted for early in the week and it should send even more birds down our way into the Mississippi River Delta. We will be back after them very soon! Good luck out there and be safe.

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting report 11/10/2018

Tough weather conditions for the big duck opener this morning as we faced 30 mph winds blowing into our face as we arrived at the launch. The Mississippi River was raging to say the least. It was just too rough to face in the dark and we decided to wait till daylight to see what we were facing and where we were going. I am glad that we exercised caution because a boat capsized downriver at 5:30 AM and one of the passengers is still missing. The Mississippi River is nothing to play around with. We were able to make it across just after daylight and pulled up into a brushed blind just right for the strong northerly winds. We set out a small spread of decoys and pulled into the cover of the boat blind. We had thousands of ducks screaming through the pond and birds landing 5 feet from the blind – incredible! Great shooting and we were limited out in a very short amount of time. Our bag included Gadwall, Pintail, Mottled, Bluewing Teal and Greenwing Teal. The season is off to a bang up start. More reinforcing weather is predicted for the upcoming week and the hot action should continue. Good luck out there this week and please, please remember to wear your PFD.

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting Report – 11/12/2017

Back in action again this morning. The conditions were very similar at the mouth of the Mississippi River Delta. Brisk winds and cool temperatures. Perfect duck hunting weather! We hit a small pothole with a perfectly set up blind for the conditions. As daylight broke, the birds started to pour into the pond. My guests shooting was top notch and limits were achieved quickly. The bag consisted of Pintail, Gadwall, Bluewing Teal and Greenwing Teal. We saw big flights of migrating ducks up high in the sky all morning. It is on is Southeast Louisiana! Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting report – 11/11/2017

Near perfect conditions for the opening day of Louisiana’s Coastal Zone. Brisk winds 15-20 knots out of the Northeast and cool temperatures in the lowers 50’s had the birds migrating South. My property was loaded up with ducks and my guests limited out in mere moments. We bagged Mottled, Gadwall, Bluewing Teal and Greenwing Teal. The brisk winds and the pressure on the larger bodies of water had the birds diving into the small pothole we set up in. Looking forward to a banner year! Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Buras Teal Hunt – 9/30/2017

A beautiful morning in the Mississippi River Delta! The skies were clear, the wind brisk out of the Northeast and relatively cool with low humidity. The Blue Wing Teal were a blur as they darted through our pond before shooting time. We hunted a small pond next to some broken marsh that was just flooded. The birds wanted into the broken marsh, but had to pass over the pond to get there. Big mistake! My guests let them have it and we finished up with limits shortly after we started. We got to see 5 drake Pintail try to land on our decoys. It was early for them and they passed on through. Another great Teal season is now in the books. We are looking forward to a great big duck season which opens 11/11/2017. Good luck to all!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7/23/2017

We hit the water a little earlier this morning to try and beat the crowd to spot “A”. Well, we did not win the race. We passed by the spot and there was already another boat. The boat was not on the spot right, but was too close for me to slip in. We decided to head outside to work some submerged reefs that are typically good this time of year. The West winds were marginal for going out, but doable. We set up to take advantage of the rising tide across the reef. The West wind was complicating, but we were able to pick up some nice sized speckled trout, white trout and sheepshead. The fish were caught using live shrimp Carolina rigged and artificial cocahoes. The wind picked up to the point that it was overpowering the tide and we lost the right boat position so we headed back inside to check on spot “A”. It was again occupied by another boat and would not allow us a chance at it so we ventured further in and worked a point in large interior lake. We slammed the redfish, must have caught 30, but not one was over 14″. Good fun, but the fish box was getting lonely. We hit another spot on an adjacent large lake and hit speckled trout gold. The trout were smashing both live and artificial baits as quick as we could get them into the water. In scanning the skies, there was a significant storm closing in on us and the trout must have sensed the change in barometric pressure and turned on. We stayed as long as we could and took a slight beating getting across the lake. We made it most of the ride home in the dry, but it rained for the last few miles of the run. My guests put on rain jackets and I hid behind the center console and we took it like men. Proud of them! Good day again in spite of challenging conditions. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7/19/2017

Early start in the Delacroix marsh this morning. We left the dock before daylight to cover much of the run before available fishing time was spent travelling. Good move as we hit the spot right as it was light enough to cast to the point. Not as much bait moving around as yesterday, but the action was soon hot. The trout were not quite as big either, but numbers count too! The fish did not want corks today and would only respond to live shrimp carolina rigged in the current. We worked over the specks until the skies started to loom dark and close. We decided to head out a little earlier this time to try for some redfish before we got soaked or run in early. We hit a cove with a small little cut that leads to a marsh pond. It typically holds a few reds. We worked the cut with live and dead shrimp 3 feet under corks. The redfish responded and we caught a pile of reds just over 18″. The weather moved in and finally we called it for a run back to the dock. Great day in a magical place – Delacroix! Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 7-13-2017

Perfect weather for a fish fry this AM. Cloudy, light winds and a reasonable tidal; range. We hit the same area where I have been catching speckled tout. The fish are still there and it was slow at first, but got much quicker once the spot set up. My guests were good fishermen and started to fill the box with specks. We were throwing live shrimp Carolina rigged on the bottom. We ran out of live shrimp and kept catching on artificial cocahoes on jigheads. The tide quit moving as the winds picked up from the West and the bite quit. We tried several other spots to find no water movement and no fish activity. We decided to head in early as the black storm clouds started to build up and we could hear the rumbling of the thunderbusters. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Wild Turkey Hunting Report 4/8-9/2017

Tough hunting this weekend. My guests were treated to good weather although a little windy during the day. We marched 9 miles on foot Saturday trying to strike a bird to no avail. Only heard one gobble. Saw plenty of tracks, but did not lay eyes on a turkey until 7 PM. A big Tom, 700 yards away on the neighbors property. Sunday morning had us out early to try and catch a gobble while the birds were still in the trees. We heard 5 or 6 different gobblers going off all around us! We took off after the closest bird and stared working our way into the area. The bird hit the ground and never made another sound. We tried to get it going and pulled every call that I have in my vest out to try and strike it up, but could not. We moved to another area and saw a gobbler in a food plot about 200 yards away. We tried a sneak attack, but must have spooked him on the way in as he eased off the plot and into the woods when we got close. That was the closest that we got as the birds did not want to play the game this weekend. We still had a good time and will be back at it again next week. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting report – 1/22/2017

Back to the Mississippi River Delta today. Supper foggy this morning and made it quite challenging to get to the blind. We arrived in a big pond close to the river and got set up. It was slow at first due to the fog and intermittent rain. The weather cleared up a little and the birds started working the pond. I had 2 kids in the group and they were taking all of the shots. Very impressing shooting by the 11 and 14 year old boys. The action was hot and we started to fill the duck strap with Gadwall, Bluewing Teal, Greenwing Teal and Mottled ducks. The wind started picking up to 20 mph and unleashed rafts of floating water hyacinth. These rafts started to take out our decoy spread and we had to chase and reposition the decoy spread several times. We kept taking ducks, but the wind continued to pick up and water started to splash over into the boat from the waves. Time to get out while we were still good to float out. We were short of full limits today, but it was a great shoot and a great way to end the season! The Coastal Zone is done for this season, but we will be working the Eastern zone for another week! Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff