Buras Duck Hunting – 1/2/2020

The duck action is heating up at the mouth of the Mississippi River Delta. After going through a lull in the action late in the first split, the second split has provided lots of opportunities. The Mississippi River is still high for this time of the year and has provided plenty of water in the ponds. The daily bag still is primarily Bluewing and Greenwing Teal, but the last few hunts more Gadwall, Mottled and even a greenhead found their way into the boat. There is another front headed out way now and hoping more birds will ride the winds down to the Louisiana coast. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting report – 11/18/2018

The excellent hunting continues in the Mississippi River Delta. We had hunts Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each hunt had full limits for the group. The species composition has shifted to more GreenWing and BlueWing Teal in the bag. We are still harvesting Pintail, Gadwall and Mottled Ducks too, but they seem to be more skittish right now. The weather has been good with the recent cool down and the winds have kept the birds from rafting up on the big open water of the Gulf of Mexico. The property is still in great shape as the ponds are full of feed and we have been moving to different ponds each hunt to limit pressure in any one area of the marsh. The Mississippi River is high and still rising. It looks like a small weather system is scheduled for tonight and into tomorrow morning. Might move more birds into the system, time will tell. We are back at it in the morning and will report. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Delacroix Report – 11/17/2018

Beautiful weather on Saturday! Light winds out of the East and cool temperatures made for a nice ride out and pleasant day on the water. There was little to no water movement which makes catching tough, but my guests were determined to make every cast count. We hit a couple of windward shorelines targeting redfish with live shrimp and dead shrimp carolina rigged. It was slow at first as the water temperature was hovering just above 55 degrees. Once the water warmed, so did the fish and the catching got better and better till we ran out of bait. We got into a redfish bite that was very strong. The fish were 14-29″ and good fighters. We tired of throwing back redfish as the bull reds were coming in 2 and 3 fish at a time. We moved down the shoreline slightly and got into the Black drum with some nice speckled trout mixed in. The drum were perfect size between 16-20″ and the trout were between 16-18″. We also had a few Sheepshead, Largemouth Bass AKA “Green Trout” and a flounder hit the shrimp. All in all a very good day on the water. It looks like the trout are starting to show up again which is a welcome sight. It has been a tough season on my usual target species. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

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 – 11/1/2018

Great morning for the kids! This past weekend was the opener for youth hunters in the Mississippi River Delta. The winds were light, the ponds full of groceries and the ducks are down. My guest on Saturday was treated to a pond full of un pressured ducks. It did not take long for a limit to hit the water. The bag consisted of Bluewing Teal with one Greenwing Teal. We saw alot of other species too including gadwall, pintail, mottled and shoveler. Good times and can’t wait to do it again. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck Hunting Report – 11/17/2017

My guests faced less than ideal conditions this morning at the Mississippi River Delta. Little to no wind and super low tides made for very challenging hunting. We set up in a small pond hoping that the birds would want to get away from big water and find some safety and security in the small waters. Not the case as there were few birds around at first light. A few stragglers started to appear and we got a few to commit and enter the pond. My guests shooting was good and we started to get a few into the bag. The bag consisted of Mottled, Greenwing Teal and Ringnecks. We could hear a boat or two running in the big waters to our North and thousands of birds filled the sky. The birds circled around a time of two and went straight back down in the same spots. It can be frustrating when you know that the birds are down, but they just would not move. The water kept getting lower by the minute and we called it off while there was still an inch of water left in the pond to allow for escape. I guess that is why they call it hunting! We will be back at it again this weekend. Good luck out there!

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