Capt. Gene Dugas' Rather Be Fishing - Hunting Adventures
4602 Hopedale Highway
Hopedale, LA 70085
Contact: Gene Dugas
Phone: 985-863-7563
985-640-0569

Cell: 985-640-0569
Email: captgenefishing@bellsouth.net
Website: http://www.ratherbe-fishing.com

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12 Months
7 days a week

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Capt. Gene Dugas' Rather Be Fishing - Hunting Adventures  - CAPT. GENE DUGAS

Come experience the best saltwater/light tackle fishing for specks and reds in Hopedale, LA. Fishing from fully rigged Bay Boats. All tackle, bait, fish cleaning and packaging included. Several boats available for large/corporate groups. Guaranteed fish! No hidden charges!

Ask about our Duck hunting and our Cast & Blast trips.  Hunting in the AM, Fishing in the PM.  Hunting Private ponds & blinds.  We offer Quality marsh hunting.

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Waterfowl and Duck Hunting

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

TEAL TIME!
RATHER BE FISHING & HUNTING ADVENTURESrn It is almost time for the little blue wing rockets. Great reports from the breeding grounds forecasting plenty of bluewing teal for the teal season. Our marshes look great with ponds full of grass plenty of feed for the ducks. Now booking for the September teal season Sept 13-28 and up coming duck season Nov-Jan. I have several open slots still for teal season both morning and afternoon hunts open. It gets dark late you can make an evening hunt after work or come in for the early morning hunt either way they are both good hunts. BLAST and CAST combo trips ducks in the am and fishing in the PM. Check out our website for details and pricing.rn Dust off those guns call and book a hunt and get your season started early on those teal!rn Itís not too early to book a hunt for the big ducks too before the rush!rn SO CALL AND GET IN ON THE WINGED ACTION!rn CAPT. GENE DUGAS 985-640-0569rnwww.ratherbe-fishing.com

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

hopedale trout and reds
Kim Wade Caslese and Fallon had great day fishing in the rain

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

TROUT TIME IN HOPEDALE
The trout fishing in gear and full throttle. Live Campo shrimp is the ticket under corks and on the bottom. The fish have really turned on this last week and the weather is cooperating. Fishing traditional summer patterns Reefs points and rigs.rnrnCAPT GENE DUGAS 985-640-0569rnRATHERBE FISHING & HUNTING ADVENTURESrnwww.ratherbe-fishing.com

Joan Joe and friends Ann and Bob with limits of trout and nice reds
Old School Gang\r\nBob,Bernie,Emanuel,and David limited out on the specks
Joanne Jody and Mike with limits of trout and some redfish for the grill. Great day on the water

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

hopedale trout and reds
Skip Phillip and Moe. Had great day catching up there limit of trout along with reds and flounder. Looks like the trout are starting up.rnrnCapt Gene Dugas. 985-640-0569rnWWW. Ratherbe-fishing.com

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

hopedale report
Walter and Dave enjoyed some beautiful weather and put some trout reds and drum on the box.

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

hopedale report
Weather starting to get right. Last few trips mostly redfish and drum with trout in the mix. The trout fishing getting better it wont be long and solid trout catches will be the norm. Dead shrimp under corks for reds and drum plastics under corks and titeline for the trout.rnCAPT GENE DUGAS 985-640-0569

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Blast and Cast
Did some duck hunting and fishing this past week. Ducks started off good but slowed to a crawl. But the speckled trout fishing is good. slow presentation on the bottom plastics and live putting fish in the boat.

Waterfowl and Duck Hunting

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

2nd Split Report
This past week duck hunting and fishing has been good. Started the second split opener of duck season Saturday and Sunday good duck hunts and limits of speckle trout. Monday and Tuesday The ducks left the marsh so we went fishing Cold water made slow fishing Monday but temps rose and Tuesday put together a good catch. Thursday Friday same slow on the ducks they flew away hopefully this next front will bring some more birds down. NO DUCKS GO FISHING! Speckled trout biting slow presentation on the bottom with plastic and live shrimp did the job. rnHad some regulars and a couple of new folks all good people and a great time in the GREAT OUTDOORS.rnCAPT GENE DUGAS 985-640-0569 www.ratherbe-fishing.com

John Tim Jake Jason

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Winter trout whacking and stacking
The Speckled Trout fishing is wide open right now in Hopedale. The last several trips have been great with limits or near limits of trout and some nice reds too. Live bait still working but the plastic is just as good. Some days they are deep when it is cold but come up on the flats as soon as it warms up.rnGot you boat ready and waiting to go just dial the phone and come catch them.rnCapt Gene Dugas 985-640-0569

Waterfowl and Duck Hunting

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

First split pretty Good Ready for the second half.
The first split was up and down with some really good hunts and some slow ones but all good times. Love duck hunting you gotta go to know. We had lots of high tides scattering the birds but it looks like the low tides and mud flats are coming for the second split should be better hunting just gotta deal with the mud. rn If you want to get on duck hunt for the second split give me a call. CAPT GENE DUGAS 985-640-0569rnwww.ratherbe-fishing.com

Waterfowl and Duck Hunting

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Duck hunting
So far so good duck hunting has been good to great depending on weather. Having to keep on the move with the ducks from hopedale reggio and Delacroix to keep the guns firing. More cold weather will make things better and we need the tide to fall to normal or low levels. Right now the marsh is flooded ducks have too many places to land and can not feed in the deep water. I have a couple open mornings and several evenings the first split and more in the second split. To get in on the hunting call Capt Gene Dugas 985-640-0569

SGFD crew cold and windy Wednesday\r\nReagan ,Brandon, Daniel, Al, Gene
Tony Garcia and tommy good hunt Sat am 10 big ducks
Rainey Monday Morning for John Foley and Mickey  Daum but a strap full of ducks

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Fall Fishing Is On!
Its been a good week the trout and redfish are in the marshes and the cooler weather has dropped the water temps putting them in the feeding mode. Live shrimp from Campo's is still the best bat around but I have been getting the action on the plastic too. Fishing is going to only get better. And The DUCKS are showing up too should be a great duck season healthy marsh with lots of grass feed for the ducks.rnrnIf you would like to get in on the fish catching or shoot some ducks or do both give me a callrnrnCAPT GENE DUGAS 985-640-0569rnRATHER BE FISHING HUNTING ADVENTURESrnwww.ratherbe-fishing.com

Tom and David had a nice catch on a no tide windy day
Birthday trip for little Burt 8 yrs old  with dad Kevin and Paw Paw\'s Gerry and Less.\r\n100 trout
Joe Joan Bob and Ann good day fishing

Waterfowl and Duck Hunting

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Duck hunting
DUCK SEASON almost here!rn opens Nov 9 thru Dec 1rn Second split Dec14 thru Jan 19rn Call and get on the books for some great duck hunting and fishing this fall. I have been seeing flights of ducks every morning while fishing rn 985-640-0569rnwww.ratherbe-fishing.com for info and rates

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

fall fishing begins
Two boat trip yesterday the cold front really had the fish in the mood.trout and reds in the marshes. Steady action all morning loaded the dock with fish. Also saw some ducks. Ready for some Blasting and Casting.rnCall to get in on the great fall fishing and duck huntingrnBooking up fastrnCapt Gene DugasrnWWW.ratherbe-fishing. Com

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

fall fishing begins
Two boat trip yesterday the cold front really had the fish in the mood.trout and reds in the marshes. Steady action all morning loaded the dock with fish. Also saw some ducks. Ready for some Blasting and Casting.rnCall to get in on the great fall fishing and duck huntingrnBooking up fastrnCapt Gene DugasrnWWW.ratherbe-fishing. Com

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Custom Built Duck Boat
Just Finished Custom duck boat.

17'6'x52' with huntdeck hull and floor.125 gauge alm.

Tapered chine and transom

Open floor plan dbl gun boxes

DBL Front deck enclosed storage for Feul tank, gear and decoy box will hold 3 doz dekes

Perfect boat for duck hunting our marshes. APROX SPEEDS WITH 35HP SD 25 -30 MPH

WILL BUILD TO YOUR SPECS ANYTHING YOU WANT.

DUCK SEASON WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. GET STARTED ON YOUR BOAT NOW.

CALL MITCH @ 504-452-9377
Phone: 985-863-7563

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Joanne Jody and Mike with limits of trout and some redfish for the grill. Great day on the water
Old School Gang\r\nBob,Bernie,Emanuel,and David limited out on the specks
Joan Joe and friends Ann and Bob with limits of trout and nice reds
John Tim Jake Jason

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