Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Gear Made By Me...

With all of the bad weather we had for the first part of the new year, it left plenty of time open for some sewing projects that have been floating around in my mind. A few online transactions later and a number of hours measuring, cutting, stitching, and re-stitching later there are a few creations of my own hand in my gear arsenal. I like how i'm finally getting around to posting about his crap in april now that I have been spending a bulk of time outdoors again.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Dun Sprung...

South Louisiana finally has the monkey of old man winter off of her back. Water temps across the state have risen and stayed above the "sit still to stay alive" zone. Strong march winds and work have kept me from fishing a lot but I have made a few trips lately. My buddy Scott and I made a trip to and he enticed two gator trout to eat some supper. The big female is still swimming today.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Yak Attack CellBlok...

For the past few months i've been toying around with the idea of using a fishfinder on my kayak. Fishing this brutally cold winter for speckled trout magnified the advantages I would have by using one. Having absolutely no idea what I was looking at made me take to the forums and internet to gather some intel on what I was getting into. I was tired of pouring over the Louisiana water data sites to try and find current conditions and such. It was time to invest in another piece of gear that would accompany me in open water.

Having no previous experience with fishfinders, I took in all the advice from the guys in the club and plugged them into my brain. I reached the conclusion that I did NOT want a GPS or chart-plotter. Not having this would extend battery life and simplicity. The Lowrance Elite 4x DSI was the middle ground on price, quality and it didn't hurt when I found it on closeout/open boxed item at Academy. So the fishfinder was a go but now I had the problem that almost every kayak fishermen struggles with. Fishfinder mounting....

My biggest beef with mounting was I could not find a simple, clean, and easy way to mount the fishfinder to go between the Slayer Propel and my Revo13. If you have only one boat you are going to use you can rig a transducer in a few different ways including a shoot through, or a scupper mount transducer. The cost of buying all the accessories twice and having permanent hardware and wires was not happening. An over the side mount seemed like the right way to go but there was still the cost of double ram balls, rails, battery boxes, wiring, blah blah blah. I could not think of a way that I could do it cleanly and easily. Then as if Luther Cifers received a transmission from my brain, I stumbled onto the beta testing of a new product from Yak Attack called the Cellblok.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Nothing But Bulls...

After weeks of unseasonably cold weather the tides finally turned and warm weather moved in. This past weekend was the first tournament for the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club in Cocodrie Louisiana. This was our version of the "minimalist" tournaments. Doing more with less and putting the skill of the fishermen to test. And if you read on you will see just how much everyone was tested.

Friday me and my buddy Scott did a little bit of prefishing in some pretty fierce SW winds. Steady blowing 17mph was not ideal but I managed to find a slot redfish in a cove tucked behind some tall roseau cane. Did a lot of pedaling around in a few hours time and wasn't impressed by what I was seeing.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wild Azalea Loops...

So enough about duck hunting and the utter lack of fishing we've had this winter. I still love getting out in the woods with Ruthie for a weekend. We'd planned to hike for a few consecutive weekends but these "polar vortices" have kept us away. We made the commitment to hike a loop on the Wild Azalea in the Kisatchie National Forest no matter what the weather. It looked favorable going into the weekend with slight chances of showers but generally warming from friday through sunday.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Duck Gear. Part 2: The Rest...

This is the second installment and opinions from a rookie duck hunter blabbing about the gear he used.

1. Decoys and Robos
A dozen mallards. Yup, that's what everyone tells you to start with. This, my friends is not the stopping point. Wood ducks, teal, motion decoys. The dozen mallards may work well if you're inundated with flocks of greenheads but in my limited expereience, variety is defenitely the spice of your spreads life.  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Duck Gear. Part 1: The Necessities...

This will be a small series to talk about and review what did and did not work for me through this duck hunting season. Enjoy.

1. The Gun!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Duck Season is Over...

Duck season 2013-14 is officially over. All wintered ducks that were smart or lucky enough to evade decoys and flock shots are now safe to roam about before migrating north again. For me, it was a huge stepping stone in learning the high art of waterfowling.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Old Man Winter...

I'm starting to hate that old, bitter man winter. These cold spells keep getting longer and these north winds relentless. Every year at the end of a hot, humid summer, I curse the name of the one that makes it hot and miserable. I now sit and stew over the glory days of summer and the windless afternoons.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014


Everyone who has a suspect memory like mine learns to write everything down lest you want to forget it. So i've compiled a list of goals for myself to work towards in the outdoor sector for the new year.

1. Big Trout 
Trout were more of a mystery fish for me last year. If I caught one it was more of a by-catch than a targeted species. After a lot of listening, reading, learning and fishing, I'd like to target more of these speckled beauties and make a concerted effort to catch a few big ones for the CCA Star Tournament. There are a large number of good ol' boys that target big trout like they won't breathe without it. I'm sure those trophy hunters will still put in the work and take home the cake, but I'll make a good effort this year to hook a few gator trout. And get a few for the skillet.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Ducks, the Hard Way...

Duck season in our state is quickly coming to a close. With these freezing temperatures all across the midwest and through to  the gulf coast, we can only hope those birds up north fly a little further south and end up in our marshes and bayous. We've done things the hard way, wading through the mud at ungodly hours to throw out decoys and hide in the marsh grass. Paddled pirogues and kayaks around in freezing temperatures only to miss a few gimme shots on some blue winged teal flying right at us. All I can say is that I love it. I love being there for sunrise and watching the morning flights of birds. It's a different kind of satisfaction to give a flock of birds a quack and see them all turn and dive right in on your decoy spread. I'm going to scout a few more spots before our season closes for the year. I'm going to miss these mornings when they are gone. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Spent a nice weekend in the woods in the Homochitto National Forest in Mississippi. One sub-freezing night and 2 nice days for a hike. Everything worked perfectly and the whiskey was just right for the fire at night. Defenitely miss the woods and nights spent in a sleeping bag. I hope 2014 has many more like this for me in the future. Don't forget to get out for some woods therapy before the mosquitoes come back!

Friday, December 20, 2013

The North Winds...

Catching those warm days in winter and chasing redfish has been a good time. Duck hunting has been great, duck killing has been another story. They way I see it is i'm getting all my bad days out of they way up front and paying dues to the duck gods. Be careful of those north winds. What once was healthy marsh and cruising redfish is nothing but gator-tail tracks and mud. You can tell winter is here when the kayaks are having a hard time finding enough water to float in. The good news, any shallow water you find is usually much warmer than the deeper holes and is slammed with redfish in the afternoon hours. They are hungry, lethargic and stupid enough to gobble up anything presented properly. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Excuse The Mess...

I will be tweaking and twerking the layout of the blues until I arrive at what I want. In between bbqs, duck hunts and cold weather marsh and trout fishing trips. Until next time, enjoy the upcoming holiday season. And Mr. Catch Cormier, thanks for the shout out in the latest issue of Louisiana Sportsman.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanks Given...

What more can be said about a weekend were you go to an LSU game, fish your favorite marsh and top it off with a morning duck hunt. Add in a meal with family and friends, a night of camping with a few beers as cold as the air around us. Crawling redfish eating brown crab flies on tides so low that there was nothing but mud. Running down to the coast on a few hours of sleep at 4am with a car full of decoys. Muddy waders and only one shell fired at some waterfowl. I am thankful for all of that, but I wish a few more ducks would have flown into out spread. Can't wait for more blast and cast weekends to come. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

It's Like Christmas...

Every so often a wave of gear that has been on the market for awhile finally finds its way across my computer screen and my inner gear nerd takes over. This starts a chain reaction of mental upgrades. Usually followed directly by a selling of all the old gear that hasn't seen the action I had hoped for. This is a post for someone with more time than things to do.

1. Luminaid: This is this one of those humanitarian effort projects in the same vain as buying a pair of Tom's shoes, but I think this one is pretty slick. A solar chargeable light bag that provides ambient light and never needs batteries. Do go on. I can see this as a nifty tent light for setting up in the dark or to read a map or book. This can also double as a lantern for night fishing or paddling. As much as I deny it i'm still a sucker for things like this. Immediately after things like the recent typhoon in the Phillipines the relief effort kicks up to help those in need. I bought one of these through the "Give Light, Get Light" program. I hope the person on the receiving side of this program really needs this product. It would certainly make me feel like less of a gear mongerer.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Out, About & Trout Lately...

Catching speckled trout has never been a strong point for me. Must be something about locating fish in open water. I've always felt more comfortable in a tight marsh poling around in a few inches of water chasing redfish. Nonetheless trout fishing in the fall and winter is near and dear to a lot of anglers in Louisiana. Cypremort Point is the nearest jump off point for those of us that live in Lafayette and i've been frequenting the state park as of late. Slowly putting together the pieces of the puzzle for those yellow mouthed beauties. It feels like learning to fish all over again!

Sunday, October 27, 2013