With a full waterfowl season under our Xpress Bayou 18 V’s belt, which is powered by a GTR 35, I can honestly say it’s been a pleasure driving and hunting out of it. Our season consisted of timber, marsh flats, open water and river hunts. The boat handled more than great in every situation.
It’s been a long cold winter, but finally the light at the end of the tunnel can be seen and spring is on its way. This means that it is time to get back into the swing of things and prepare for the upcoming tournament season.
Old man winter has set in on the bayou and the fish are in place! The Trout are in the winter holes and there ain't no running them out! If you can brave a short chilly boat ride it's easy picking on most days.
It's that time of year, north winds howling, water temps dropping and water levels falling. Not a bad thing for us in Bayou Dularge just a little bit of transition period, fishing goes on here year round.
Saddest time of the year is here... When the boat gets put away for 4 months (for us unfortunate souls that have to put up with freezing temperatures for a quarter of the year). At least there are ducks and deer to chase around. There are about a thousand articles about how to winterize motors but very few about winterizing boats so I thought I'd post a little about what I do every late fall.
I did manage to get a few trips in during August and did pretty good but, most days the weather was too wet for pictures. I mostly worked the coast line and also had the Xpress out to the islands a couple days. Handles the chop well, allows me to fish up close to the beach without getting out of the boat and gets me back in on very little fuel, gotta love that!
Transition time is here, been practicing for the final super-tournament (two-day) for BASS Weekend series on Sam Rayburn, currently in 19th place in standings for the year, looks good for qualifying for regional at Wright Patman in Texarkana.
Just fished the BASS Federation Nation Northern Divisional. Created quit the Buzz. Had a lot of guys at the ramp want to see what the front looks like because during the tournament they only got the see the back. And team Iowa won for the second year in a row.
Well Debby didn't hit Dularge but, it sure did cause it to be too windy to get out and drove the water to 3 ft above normal. The way it was looking by Saturday night I made the call to re-schedule my trips, I didn't want folks being caught at the last minute trying to cancel flights. Well Debby moved on and the fishing is great!
As summer is here and most everyone is fishing or boating, it's time for me to start preparing for duck and goose calling contests. I usually start off by trimming reeds and replacing corks in my duck calls and shaving reeds in my goose calls.
Summer habits are definitely here for bass! Last tournament on Rayburn was won on deep brush piles...sure sign. In our part of the country you have to be able to fish deep for bigger stringers from late June through early September. We are fortunate to have the quality fisheries that you can catch them shallow all year long, but when it's hot you have to get deep for stringers of quality bass.
We have been experiencing high east/southeast winds for over a week now and have not been able to fish the islands and platforms on the coast which is where the Trout are this time of year. A couple days ago I decided to fish the marsh and just look for Redfish and what do I find, Trout!
I am pleased to announce that my partner and I were able to pull off the win at the National Guard College Fishing Northern Qualifier this past weekend on Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. Changing weather conditions and heavy fishing pressure provided for a very close finish with less than one pound separating the top four, we only edged out the second place team of Ohio State by a single ounce.
BIG trout today in Bayou Dularge! Double rigged Cocodrie Cocahoes did the trick for some monster trout. Beautiful green water is yielding some of the biggest Speckled trout of the year. Two bounces in 4 feet of water and hold on! An hour and a half, and we were headed in. As good as it gets in south Louisiana!
Fished Thursday, Friday and Saturday, last week, in preparation for BASS Weekend Series this Saturday. Fishing has been really strange on Sam Rayburn as we have 4 to 5 feet of new water and the fish are scattered everywhere. We are experiencing a typical post-spawn pattern however with way more water than there has been in a year.
Today I am beginning my preparations for my first tournament of the summer, the FLW National Guard College Fishing northern qualifier on Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. When preparing for tournaments I like to focus on the two most important tools you have as an angler, your boat and your game plan.
Coming this week, Xpress Boats is adding a new addition to its website, "Xpressions". Xpressions will host Breaking news about new and existing dealers, blogs from some of our valued pro-staffers, Xpress Boats family members, and relevant Xpress product tips and updates.
Ron has tournament fished for more than thirty-five years and now retired and able to fish in a wide variety of environments as much as he wants. The Xpress boat offers Ron a much more of a complete package for his needs. "I wanted lower maintenance, lighter weight, less overall expense to trailer and operate, with all the features and benefits to fish tournaments without sacrificing any performance".
Jesse is a full time mechanical engineer with a Bass addiction. Having an option to run any boat on the market made a decision long ago to run an Xpress. The performance, comfort, space and most importantly durability is the reason, is there really any other reasons to buy, operate and enjoy a boat?