EDITORS NOTE: This is the 11th installment of a 12-part series exploring the best bass-fishing areas in the Bayou State.
While watching the TV announcers trying to fill time during the lightning delay in the LSU-Mississippi State game, I heard one of them say, Things arent quite the same around these parts, but you can tell its coming back because you can see these people doing what they do.
The birds turned at the blat of the call, pinwheeling in flight and heading straight for the spread of decoys set just outside the blind. They stayed slightly out of shotgun range and made a pass by the setup, continuing on behind the hidden hunters.
Did you ever have a craving for a certain thing? You know what I mean; sometimes you just crave something in particular, like Chinese food or Mexican food. Or ice-cream. Or a Snickers bar or an Almond Joy.
And once that craving gets a foothold, its hard to get it out of your mind until you satisfy it.
It didnt take long for Capt. Cade Thomas and me to get tired of hauling water at the Jump at Venice. Our ice chest, void of any speckled trout, reminded me of a sign I saw leaving a lake one day that read, Cuz, you should have been here yesterday.
With another successful recreational red snapper season under his belt, Capt. Tommy Pellegrin quickly adapts his methods to concentrate on the mixed bag of other species that swarm the platforms and reefs near his home port of Cocodrie.
That 10-foot surge of salt water from Katrina over our marshes wasnt enough it seems. As lagniappe, this year we get a low river and drought just in case some grass might have even thought about growing back.
Aaron Toups had laid claim to the stretch of woods around him by nestling in his tree stand long before the first rays of dawn vaulted over the horizon, but he saw something that would make most hunters cringe as the forests around him brightened.
Hunt smart, and you'll let other hunters push public-land deer to you.