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20 Feb

Bayou Bandits Outfitters

Redfish, trout come get in on the action down here in Hopedale la. Giving winter deals on charters. Call for more information5049151884

20 Feb

rough start to season

fished  for  wahoo   my  first  trip    this  year    very disappointed   seas  were   3 to 5   cold  windy   no  bites  no  fish   we  did  manage  to  get   a few  deep drop  fish   and   of  coarse  red snapper  that  were   released    we  lost   some   big  ajs  60 to  80 lbers   just  to  have    a   pull     got  winded  out   on  the  last  day  fishing  with  6 to  8 to  seas     going   back   in   a few  weeks   hope  to  do  better   the  tuna   should  show  on  the  lump   any day now    tj  cold tired wind blown  and  out

19 Feb

Safe Floor of Louisiana completes deck for Capt. Jody Donewar

Safe Floor is excited to say we re-did the deck on Capt. Jody Donewar’s 24’ Ranger today. So why would a busy charter captain take the time to have the Safe Floor team come do this job for him? Easy! Adding Safe Floor provides him piece of mind that his charter will enjoy their experience on his boat with little to no concerns about slipping on his deck even when it’s wet or covered in fish slime. Additionally, Safe Floor will reduce the noise, heat and glare associated with fishing in south Louisiana. Important to Capt. Donewar also is that Safe Floor makes keeping his boat clean much easier and will really dressed up his boat and give it a fresh new look.

If you’re interested in upgrading your new or used boat, consider giving us a call for a free
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19 Feb

Friday night trip/BIG DOG Bowfishing

Windy and high water was the conditions Friday night. We still managed to find fish and the guys from Jena La, had a great time. Still have a few opening in March. Give us a call to get in on the action.



BIG DOG Bowfishing
Angie DeBlieux-Bryan 
Booking Manager
(985) 637-6074 or (818) 371-5407 cell

Thanks and GOD Bless! 

CAPTAIN DAN BRYAN, “BIG DOG” has 30 years experience as a licensed  Captain with the Coast Guard and licensed Fishing Guide with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

Capt. Dan started out entering Bass Tournaments and selling his hand made fishing tackle in the LA, AR, TX and MS. In 2000, he then moved to Leeville, LA near Grand Isle and opened his own charter guide service, Dan Bryan Guide Service, LLC. and started his own day fishing business.  Capt. Dan would day fish and then night bowfish. In 2014, he started BIG DOG Bowfishing, a division of Dan Bryan Guide Service, LLC.

Growing up in Northeast Louisiana (Downsville, LA) on a family owned catfish farm (Bryan’s Catfish Farm), fishing in tournaments, plus making and selling his own lures has given Capt. Dan plenty of experience and knowledge about fishing.

Capt. Dan also owns B&B Boat Lifts, LLC. He sells, installs and services boat lifts for all Louisiana and the Central Coast of Mississippi. www.facebook.com/bbboatliftsllc.

Book a trip with Big Dog Bow Fishing TODAY!

19 Feb

Bull Redfish bite Cocodrie LA

The Redfish Charter Company

Hi Folks just a quick report with a few photos from the Bull Redfish bite in the Chauvin Cocodrie area of South Louisiana. We’re catching them consistently with a falling or rising tide on cracked crab and market shrimp along the passes. When the wind cooperates we can sight fish them off the front deck of the Skiff and they’re pretty easy to spot in 2 foot of water. Bull Redfish look like a big bronze submarine when they annihilate the bait and it gets pretty exciting after that happens trust me. Check out the photos from this weekend and if would like to please look us up online to book your next fishing charter.
Capt Damien Melancon
The Redfish Charter Company


18 Feb

Weather not right/ Road Trip

2-18-19 Team Jo-Jo Road trip south

Big Andrew & Oneofthepack planed a road trip for today, just wanted to see others areas of our fishing opportunities, (both salt & fresh water fishes) and see how the other half fished & lived. We had no route plan, but we did have a final destination we wanted to accomplish and that be the end of Hwy 57 / Hwy 56 junction and the surrounding areas.

Our round trip journey even out at 242 plus miles, started out at 8:30 AM made it home for 4:00 PM, the FORD transporter made the trip without and mishaps or interruptions of the various conversations that Big Andrew & Oneofthepack where discussing, of which 98%, (other 2% X-rated and on a need to know bases)  of the conversations was that of fishing, past 1960 years, 70’s years, 80’s, 90’s 2000’s, present days, and more important future days.

We went over the evolution of Silverwonders size limit & quantity limits, from when there was no limit, than 50, than 25, we even discussed the possibility of lower the quantity limit, but me think we both agreed this not a good idea. As being told / wrote we know the average fisherperson only catches 7 fish, don’t think that ratio will hurt the stock.

As for the Redworries, not sure how size & limit came about, for as me know it has been 16” with a limit of 1 over 27” and a total of 5 per person. Was the Redworries every 10 per Peron? Me did not fish reds that much in 1962, relay just started to focus on that species in the last 2-3 years.

Our conversation moved on to areas we fished. Big Andrew was a Pointe a La Hache area fisherperson, with Oneofthepack being out and about the Delacroix area, our boundaries intertwine, and we both have seen the marsh slowly change & disappear over the years. Areas, cuts, canals, drop offs are gone and or have been filled in by the various storms. We talked about each of our hots spots that no longer resemble what they use to, and that they do not produce like they use too. It is getting so it’s like you starting all over again, and having to learn a whole new environment / new fish pattern, new underwater terrane, new hot spots to fish / catch your quest of the Silverwodners & Redworries.

We got into a conversation of today’s world, and what is impacting the Silverwodners in both our areas, seems we both agree. The number one was/is the Caernarvon siphon, (my diary indicates 1993 it came into operation) this one of the major contributors to the pass / present water conditions (re: salinity) we also feel it has contributed to the loss of marsh by the constant flow of river water when siphon is open full bore, (Me fuzzy math @5,000 cu ft/sec equates to 54,000,000 gallons every 24 hours) and to the growth of Salvinia & Hyacinths in our areas.

Next up we exchanged thoughts on Mardi Gras Pass, this Mother Nature made, (me think) and is dumping more river water into both our fishing areas, it has no control at all 24/7 365 days a year it saturates both areas with river water, don’t know if anyone can quantify the amount of river water being introduced through Mardi Gras Pass, but me guess would be 10 times or more of that of the Caernarvon Siphon

One other contributor me think is the dam built in the MRGO by Hopedale (Bayou La Loutre) me think this somehow is effecting the flow / circulation of water in and out of Delacroix. When tide falling it goes out, when it comes in, same water comes back in, water components / composition does not change , basically same water in & out, just me thoughts on this.

Anyways we had a lengthy conversation on all the above as we travel to our destination which took us through:

  • Bayou Cane
  • Houma
  • Dulac
  • Chauvin Hwy 57 4-6 miles of a two lane Hwy through the marsh, would love to know how they built that on top of the marsh.
  • Made a stop at Cecil Lapeyrouse store (Est. 1914 junction Hay 57 & 56) this was the highlight of the trip, because this store had it all from antiques to food, fishing gear, & hardware items. In talking to the owner he indicated to us it was their off season, as we did not see much activity in the area. Also indicated they not doing much with Silverwodners either, but the Redworrier where around at this time of year.
  • Continued our journey on to Montegut, made a stop at Big Al for some seafood, Big Andrew craving crayfish, (we called 2-3 restaurants) but none where to be found , me had oyster sandwich he a sausage sandwich, we both had the turtle soup, all was pretty good.
  • On the way back me asked Big Andrew if he be in a hurry, no says he, let’s take a side trip, me had went fishing (50) yeasr ago, (we in a truck with flat boat in back just riding around looking for places to fish) in a place called Karemer Louisiana, me and me partner stopped in at a bar, but our reception was not what we expected so we high tailed it out of there, bar still their but vacated and run down, drove around the little  town and then headed back to Hwy 90 to complete our ride home.

Our journey was great, scenery & conversations was of interest to both of us, we both agreed we may never make our way back down to the little towns we explored and passed through, but it was one more bucket list item we could check off, and we looking forward to our next road trip, Big Andrew gets to pick this one.


Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

18 Feb

Bayou Bandits Outfitters

Trout trout trout. U want to catch trout give me a call. 5049151884. Book soon why they are still around. This was the last four days.


18 Feb

Bayou Bandits Outfitters.com 5049151884

Another awesome day on the the water. 75 trout on high water lures black and chartreuse lures was the ticket. Dirty water high winds. Didn’t matter. Check out my website for more details.


Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

4601 Hopedale Hwy Saint Bernard Louisiana


Bayou Bandits Outfitters

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

4601 Hopedale Hwy Saint Bernard Louisiana





17 Feb

Don’s Outdoor Debacles

Lucy’s Nephew Justin looking for a trip, and we looking to rebound in our boat, so we set out today with little confidence, but plenty of will.  With the fairly clear conditions (as it initially appeared), we set out for the N/S pipeline, 3/4 of the way across Little Lake some of the thickest fog I’ve encountered was moving in.  Me and a few boats around us turned around and headed back to safer waters until the thick stuff burned off.  I got a bit disoriented on the way back in (thanks to the crew we met in Alligator Pass) that helped re-orient us.  Sat at the edge of Bayou Gentilly until it burned off around 9:30 or so, and caught a nice red and a few other small fish.  My emergency fog spots work better than my regular spots.  Fished our spots in Oak River and found a few fish here and there, nothing stacked.  Tied into a Oak River monster twice only to have it pull pole straight down and run away.  Wind was a beast closing in on noon, 20+.  Mercury crap machine acting up.  The wettest roughest ride I’ve had in my boat on the way back.  Tough day that accidentally turned into a good trip.

What hit the boat:

4 Redfish (11 throwbacks)

1 Sheepshead

1 Drum

1 Sail Catfish

1 Stingray

3 Shells

16 Feb

Not so Don’s Outdoor Debacles


Me was informed last night me had to vacate, (cleaning lady coming) our abode in the AM Saturday morning, me had many activities to choose from on how to spend me Saturday.

Up at 3 AM, back to bed, up at 6 am, checked our RNR to see if they had any post nothing, saw a post on La Sportsman about fisherperson catching 40 Silverwodners in Four Horse area, now me awake for sure.

Shower up, load the FORD transporter up and me off, but before me leave me text Big Capt Don, he already out fishing and has a few reds & bass in the box.

Next up me text (Just leaving house 4 Delacroix solo call me if u like a challenge”) Big Don, took all of 30 seconds for him to respond “On My Way”.

We met up at Waffle House in Chalmette, this when me find out me text interrupted a late Valentines encounter, but me first mate called a time out if you will and took off to meet me at Waffle House, now that be a fisherperson who likes fishing.


  • Great trip with Big Ronnie Friday
  • Good night sleep for a change
  • Late start left the house around 7:27
  • No wildlife sightings long Hwy 11 or 90
  • Had a few boats on the Hwy and in the gas stations, Saturday guess weekend worries had to get out the house too.
  • Had breakfast at Waffle House for Big Don to show up, he was about 15 minutes behind me.
  • Passed om McDonnel & Last Stop food store, did not even stop for biscuit
  • Check point Able water level down 12-14”
  • Check Bravo tide falling in Reggio canal
  • Home of the Bay Flat Sr had a little activity, we loaded up pretty quick
  • Yamaha Dream Machine fired right up
  • Made at stop at Lionel’s for some go juice and dead shrimp.
  • Off to…..very slowly spot # 21 to start our day.


  • Perfect
  • Wind W.S.W 3-4, then S.E. 8-10 mph, perfect wind day for us
  • Fog, Fog, Fog, lifted around 10:30 AM
  • Cloudy with a little sun light than back to cloudy
  • Mild temps, took jump suite off, but put it back oin for ride back in.
  • Water Temp 66.1 F
  • Water level down 10-12”
  • Tide end of a falling tide, water started to come in around 1 PM
  • Water clarity on a scale of 1-7 was a 2 minus, not good
  • Had 8-10 boats running around the area we fished
  • Some staked up at Oak River & North / South pipeline
  • One boat was collecting old crab traps, he had a boat load of them



  • Be safe
  • Have fun
  • Put some run time on Bay Flat Sr. and Yamaha Dream Machine
  • This be me daily therapy for ALL me aliments
  • Gather Intel for future trips, and to share with fisherperson, (on rodnreel.com) to help assist them in their choice of areas to fish, lures to use and presentation of same to the elusive Silverwonders.
  • Try to have Big Don catch a fish, it has been awhile, he been out in his boat a number of times and not much happing
  • Continue to learn how to fish with bait
  • Learn the patients it takes to fish with dead bait
  • Learn hot to catch in all that dirty water
  • Practice technique to sue dead bait in various ways, & presentations
  • Find a spot # with the seven fundamentals / criteria of catching:         
  • WIND AT YOUR BACK: (We found a couple of spots to fish with wind at our backs, but could not fish THE SPOT we wanted in some areas, wind was a little challenge)
  • MOVING WATER: (Falling than came in, perfect it be)
  • WATER CALRITY: (Still the same, this be the one criteria me cannot conquer, it be what it be)
  • HOLDING FISH: (# 25 (16)r
  • PATIENTS: (Needed some, slow action day, but both of us never put our rod down for a minute, we just love to fish the challenge of making it happen)
  • SKILL: (Decided to change it up and go to Lake John, but fog had me concern, so me asked Big Don to flip a coin, heads we go to Lake John, tails we go look for reds, reds it be. Based on Friday trip decided to think outside of the box, and try areas me have not fished for a long time, spot # 25 be one of them.)
  • LUCK: (Making it through the fog safely)
  • Anchor up cast & retrieve slowly along the bottom, with a twitch every now and then, tight lining…………………………………DID NOT TRY
  • Drift with the wind cast & retrieve (DWWC&R)……………DID NOT TRY
  • Oak River Troll (ORT)………………..DID NOT TRY
  • Reverse Oak River Troll (RORT) ………..DID NTO TRY
  • Oak River Skim (ORS) ……………DID NOT TRY
  • Cork ……..DID NOT TRY
  • Lake P Troll (LPT)…………….N/A
  • Live bait…………………NONE


  • 3” H&H Purple Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head with gold hook…………….NOTHING!!!!!!!
  • 3” Chartreuse Glow Beetle, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook………….DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H ¼ oz. round white head w/gold hook……………NOTHING!!!!!!!!
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 3/8 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with H&H 1/2 oz. round white head w/gold hook……………DID NOT TRY
  • Matrix Shad Lemon Drop, matched up with 3/4 oz. round lead head ………DID NOT TRY
  • Marker 54 hard plastic shrimp……….. DID NOT TRY


Spot # 2A, 21, 60A (5)R, MOVED ALL AROUDN  60A, 22, 23, 24, 25 (16)R, 21 (3)R, 2A, stopped fishing at 3:350 PM turned the Bay Flat Sr north for a quick smooth ride back to the slip.


  • Lived to fish another day
  • (0) Silverwonders
  • (24) Redworries, 20 Ratworriers
  • (1) Sheepsheads
  • (1) Fresh water cat
  • (3) Crabs
  • (2) Oyster Shells
  • (2) Bottoms
  • (2) popped lines
  • (3) bushels of grass
  • Fishing, fishing, fishing
  • Big T-Doc and his crew (Delacroix)
    • (2) NMR Silverwonders (this be a very good sign)
    • (60) Redworries
    • (1) Drum
    • (1) Sheepsheads
  • Big Capt Don and his crew (off ICW):
    • (9) Redworries
    • (20) Bass
  • Spending the day on the water with Big Don, he be the man to give it up for a fishing trip.
  • Best fishing trip of my life, until the next one.


Big Pablo, he caught 2 and missed an 18” NMR Silverwonder, that be the best news me hear in long time, a Silverwodners caught in one of our spot numbers.


For the last few trips the combination for the Redworries has been areas with a good oyster bottom and in water 3- 3 ½ feet, we fishing bottom no corks, tight line.


Being catch less is merely anger without enthusiasm.


Why is it called tourist season if we can’t catch them?

TEAM JO-JO’S future stratagem:

May be Lake P in the AM

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack