Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald

Last minute shopping to do? Find the perfect sportsman gift with these outdoor tips

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GOOD KILL. Sneaky Rabbit of Waggaman is pictured with coots killed in Lake Cataouatche last week.
Photo by Bruce McDonald
GOOD KILL. Sneaky Rabbit of Waggaman is pictured with coots killed in Lake Cataouatche last week.
What to give a sportsman for who has everything for Christmas? Talk to my wife of 29 years, Gretchen, and she will tell you, "Bruce has everything he needs to venture into the outdoors."

Talk to me and I will tell give you a list of items needed for hunting, fishing, golf, hiking or just going on a vacation. Some items can double for outdoor needs as well as recreation needs. These are only my suggestions.

Most hunting items can be found in any local outdoor department store. Try purchasing the following items: rifles, compound bow, shotguns, GPS for the four-wheeler and truck (hand-held or mount type), personal life jacket (in camouflage for duck hunters), LED flashlights, LED cap clip light, wildlife cameras, boots, watches, standard maps, hand warmers, small propane heaters, knives, a knife sharpener (the Lansky Knife Sharpening System works the best), silk tops and bottoms - unbelievably warm, socks, gloves, binoculars (12x50 recommended), tree climbers, tri-pods (12 - 16 feet), deer cart to roll out the kill, rain coats, portable blind, decoys, a wench for the four-wheeler (1500 pounds minimum), scopes for the rifle, portable alarm clock, a digital camera, camoflague in the quad jacket and bibs (they are waterproof, wind proof, insulates, breathable), all gortex and thinsulates outerware, 2-way handheld radios, shooting glasses, ear plugs, Leatherman multi-tool, tire repair plugging system, jumper cables, 5-1 jumpstarter, spotting scopes, gun case or cabinet for the home, & last a new truck or four-wheeler

For fishing - rod and reels, sun screen, Power-Pro fishing line (8 to 20 pound test), soft tackle boxes, baits (this item range is unlimited), hooks, weights, electric filet knife or regular filet knife, GPS for the boat and car, personal life jacket, gloves, hats, shirts, shorts flashlights, cap mount LED lights, maps of favorites areas (standard maps are the best), ice chest (5-day coolers) , digital camera, jumper cables, 5-1 jump starter, home mount rod holder (some can be mounted on the ceiling in the garage or shed), grease gun, and last a new truck or boat and trailer.

Tents, sleeping bags, GPS, 2-way radio, flashlight, backpacks, folding chairs, fire rings, propane stove, light, and heater, table, folding chairs, rain coats & parkas, 5-1 jumpstarter (AC and DC outlet, light, power to jump start vehicles, air compressor), digital camera, and at last a new SUV and camper - are a few others.

Locally outdoors

Last week was a busy time for the Des Allemands, Lake Salvador and Cataouatche area. Around Des Allemands the catfish have been biting between the three bridges. Earthworms at 12 to 16 feet have allowed fishermen to catch good numbers of blue cats.

The sliding cork system will let you get down to the exact depth. Sac-au-lait, bass and bream have been hit and miss according to Russell Loupe.

The best canals to fish have been the Airplane Canal, Penrod, Humble in the Bayou, and the canals with wellheads in Bayou Gauche. Sac-a-laits like the blue and white, black and chartreuse, and red, white and chartreuse mini jigs. Bass have been biting on chartreuse, white, and orange and chartreuse spinner baits. The watermelon worm with red metal flake worms have caught bass. Texas rig the worm with a ¼-ounce weighted head and red No. 4 hooks.

Hunting in the Salvador Managements Area produced good numbers of deer and ducks.

Fishing in Lake Salvador allowed fishermen to catch limits of speckle trout and redfish.

Bay Badeaux has been the area. On calms days fishing with a gold spoon, 2-inch chartreuse, white-tuxedo cocahoe, and the salt-n-pepper terror tail on a retrieve or under a cork, will allow you to catch reds and specks.

Lake Cataouatche has been over run by the duck hunters and bass fishermen. Grays, redheads, teal, buffel heads, dos gris, coots, pintails, mallards, and widgeons have been the mix bag of ducks killed.

Areas hunted have been the Tank Ponds, the Netherlands, and the marshy area around the lake. Fishing for bass produced big-fished last week.

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