July 2007 - Volume 27, Number 7


Get out to the deep water this month, and use these techniques to fill your creel.

Across the Louisiana coast, captains often agree the No. 1 question those shopping for a tuna trip generally ask is, “When is the BEST time to catch yellowfin tuna?”

Modify the standard flour-and-water mixture to produce a bream bait that is irresistible.

We’ve all had our light-bulb moments. A challenge, dilemma or otherwise perplexing situation spurs our imagination and dips deep into the gravy bowl of creativity to bring up the tasty nuggets that make us shout, “I’ve got it!”

Fishing reds in this area will boost your confidence in a hurry.

“Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when you’re fishing in Cote Blanche Bay. I can’t wait to chunk in a lure, cause the fishing gets better each day.”

Redfish teem in the ponds and bays around this little Southeast Louisiana port. Here are some tips on how and where to make limits.

There was the faintest hint of the day’s dawn when Rusty “China” Helmer stabbed the Cajun anchor into the soft mud of the shallow pond just south of Plum Point. We had made the early morning run across Little Lake from Lafitte, and Helmer promised the skinny water held plenty of redfish.

Looking for hot speckled trout action? Then cast your gaze to the nearshore areas, where love-struck trout gather for their summer-long party.

Two terms come to mind when anglers think about South Louisiana saltwater fishing — inshore and offshore. That’s about the only two places you can fish isn’t it? If you’re inshore, you’re definitely not offshore. And if you’re offshore you’re definitely not inshore.

The Grand Isle area doesn’t look any more like it does on most maps, but the fish haven’t seemed to notice the change.

I was scheduled to meet Capt. Mark “Hard Times” Scardino (985-787-3529) at the dock of the newly renovated Sand Dollar Marina in Grand Isle at 6 a.m.

There’s no shortage of hotspots this month, which may be the best of the year on Calcasieu Lake.

It’s 5:55 a.m. on a weekday morning, and veteran saltwater fishing guide Erik Rue is heading out in his 24-foot Triton.

Sure it’s hotter than Hades, but that only makes the crappie bite better than ever — if you know where to fish.

As an outdoor writer, I have had the privilege of getting to rub shoulders with some of the best in the business in a variety of sports.

From humble beginnings, this team of young shooters from “down da bayou” has grown to produce some of the finest marksmen in the state.

“I hope you get one just like you one day,” my mother used to scream at me as I was doing such harmless things as knocking over our mailbox with the front bumper as she reached out the window for the mail or shattering the bulb under the ceiling fan in my room with nunchucks that were spinning in rhythm to “Eye of the Tiger.”

Often scorned by their cohorts, anglers who fish crankbaits may actually be the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Crankbaits have earned the nickname “idiot baits” because they are so easy to fish that any idiot can throw one out, reel it back and catch a bass. And, not to ruffle any feathers across the Bayou State, but these so called idiot baits work really well in Louisiana.

Many Louisiana bass anglers shun crankbaits - to their peril.