The first five days of the special 16-day teal season are in the books. According to the report, some of the pages in that “book” are blank.
Others, like the ones being written in the Welsh, Roanoke and Lacassine areas, are replete with stories of success, but that’s about the only places that are flying banners this week.
“We’re getting mixed reports,” state waterfowl biologist Larry Reynolds said.
Reynolds said he and his son stayed in their blind in the Creole area (Cameron Parish) until 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and took eight teal opening day and 10 Sunday. That would have been limits in any other year, except that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service upped the daily limit from four birds to six last year.
“We saw more birds this year than last. Because it was cool and the wind was blowing, we stayed in the blind later than we usually do,” Reynolds said. “And we learned hunting was very good in the rice fields in the Welch and Roanoke areas (west of Jennings) and in a couple of spots in the marshes south of (La.) Highway 82.”
Reynolds said hunters in the Cross Lake area west of Shreveport reported limits this week, but Catahoula Lake held a half-limit average for hunters on opening weekend, then “not much after that.”
With rain dominating the landscape in the southwestern marshes this week, it’s certain there will be more water in the rice fields, but with east winds predicted for the weekend, marsh hunters will have higher water levels in the southeastern and southwestern marshes.
On the ‘Hack Attack’
Gonzales pro bass fishermen Greg Hackney begins his quest Thursday to become the first Louisiana angler to win the Bassmaster Angler of the Year in the B.A.S.S. AOY Championship off Lake Michigan. He holds a 15-point lead going into the three-day event that ends Sunday. The 50-angler field will take a day off the water Saturday.
Hackney and Pierre Part touring pro Cliff Crochet, also in the AOY field, are assured of a berth in February’s Bassmaster Classic along with Louisiana-Monroe student Brett Preuet, who won the berth set aside for the collegiate champion.
Live weigh-ins begin at 3 p.m. and can be seen on the B.A.S.S. website: www.bassmaster.com
The latest weather from Escanaba, Michigan, calls for strong southerly winds through Friday’s second day with a cold front moving in late Friday or Saturday.
Tip from the IFA
Florida panhandle angler Fred Myers, Madisonville’s Dwayne Eschete and Metairie’s Eddie Adams ran from Slidell to Venice — a little more than 100 miles one-way trip each day — to take the top three places in the Pro Division of the IFA Redfish Challenge that ended Sunday. Myers rallied on the final day to overtake Eschete and Adams for first-place money of $27,000.
Myers came in with two reds weighing 15.12 pounds Sunday for a 44.47 total, while Eschete’s final-round 12.62 pounds left him just a tad over four ounces shy of the win with a 44.19-pound total. Adams finished with 43.37.
Eschete and Adams said a Berkley Gulp! was their top producing lure either worked on a jighead, under a poppin’ cork or on a spinnerbait.