June 2007 - Volume 27, Number 6

Features

There’s no bad time to fish this Northwest Louisiana hotspot during June.

If Northwest Louisiana bass fishing guide Russ McVey were a character on television’s hit show 24, he would have been whacked several episodes ago.

It’s summer, and that means the fish have flooded into this perennial hotspot.

Spring sprung as suddenly as a wind-up Jack-in-a-box. For me, it sprung in the form of an alarm clock’s irritating buzzer awakening me out of a sound sleep at 3:30 in the morning.

Cocodrie anglers looking for quick limits and plenty of options need only head east to Lake Barre.

The wind was blowing out of the northwest as the sun peaked over the horizon, but it wasn’t terrible. Chad Chaisson was still confident the trout would be waiting.

Catfish are plentiful in Louisiana, and they’re easy to catch. Haul in a basket of them this month, and your taste buds will thank you.

Sometimes the best way to stay unnoticed is to go along quietly, minding your own business right in front of everybody.

Work your way toward shore when fishing a bluegill bed, and you’ll greatly increase your haul.

If you’re going to catch the most and the biggest bluegills from any bluegill bed, you have to pick bluegills just like you pick cotton,” said Nathaniel Davis, an elderly outdoor friend who helped me learn to hunt and fish many years ago. “You know how to pick cotton, don’t you?”

Head way offshore this month for all the tackle-busting tun action you can handle.

It was a case of the “Haves” and the “Have Nots.” Louisiana has them, Florida doesn’t.

If bluegills got to be a hundred pounds, no one would ever be safe swimming.

My family and I were on vacation one year soon after the end of school, and we headed to Lake Catherine in Arkansas, more to rest and relax than fish.

Records are made to be broken - especially when Noelle Avanzino’s around.

Noelle Avanzino’s bible verse for the week of Oct. 8, 2006, was Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

You can mow down largemouths each summer at lakes filled with greenery if you know where bass lurk in the weeds and how to catch them.

Largemouth bass love grass and so do bass anglers, just not the kind that requires mowing Saturday mornings or that Bill Clinton didn’t inhale.

Red snapper season gets off with a bang — but leaner days are on the horizon.

Tom Maher doesn’t consider himself much of a fisherman. In April, though, he joined the ranks of those who are “addicted to fishing” after leading a group of employees and customers on an adventure to Venice.

Think you need live bait to load a cooler this month? Think again.

Many anglers believe that successful summertime fishing for speckled trout demands live bait, but that’s just not the case.

The Causeway holds a few fish this time of year, but the action’s far better at the mouth of the Tchefuncte River.

Duck hunting, as I constantly explain to greenies, is mainly bird-watching.

Head on down Highway 624 to get all the fishing secrets you need to have a summertime slam.

It doesn’t take much effort to see what the primary occupation of the locals is when driving toward Hopedale. Signs advertising saltwater fishing charters hang out from waterside boat docks and piers like Spanish moss dripping from the Evangeline Oak.