September 2007 - Volume 27, Number 9

Features

In most part of the state, the offseason conditions couldn’t have been kinder to deer, squirrels and rabbits — and the hunters who pursue them.

There’s no end to the news from wildlife management areas from last hunting season and, more importantly because it’s that time of the year again, going into the 2007-08 hunting season in a true Sportsman’s Paradise.

Customhouse Bay is just one of several Venice hotspots during September, which is normally thought to be an off month for inshore fishing.

September is the beginning of the oft-dreaded “transition” period. We call the “transition” that in-between time when fish are moving out of their summer haunts but not yet established in their winter patterns. That means they are roving, moving, constantly changing locales, and that is what poses the challenge to anglers seeking to find them.

Head out after sunset, and put your skills as a marksman to the test while you fill a cooler with redfish and sheepshead.

A cooking show broadcast in Kansas was planning on featuring a redfish recipe, and they were looking for the most unique way of acquiring the main ingredient in their dish.

A group of anglers from all over the world spent four days way offshore to see what might hit their jigs and poppers. The results lit up internet chat rooms.

It was just after midnight. The boat was drifting calmly more than a hundred miles offshore. Lights from the largest truss and spar oil platform in the world cast an eerie glow across the water.

Not a single one of the state’s hunters should feel left out in the cold as one of the most enjoyable days of the year fast approaches.

Joe DiMaggio once said of opening day, “You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.”

Nature has taken many years to delicately handcraft the perfect Sportsman’s Paradise.

When many Americans think of Louisiana today, they visualize a swampy morass covered in cypress trees and Spanish moss.

Florida Parish streams and rivers have historically offered some of the best fishing in the state. Will they ever again?

Going on two years after Hurricane Katrina, fishing in the Amite and Tickfaw river basins is still in recovery mode — notwithstanding a countryside fish-restocking scheme set in motion by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries even while department personnel were heroically engaged in search-and-rescue missions in flood-stricken New Orleans.

Hunt trout over Buras oyster beds, and you won’t be disappointed.

The last time I pulled into Capt. Anthony Randazzo’s Paradise Plus lodge in Buras was about two months before Katrina’s infamous visit. The storm’s wash-through left little more than a shell of the log-frame building. How ironic that for this reunion trip, my host would choose to fish over a bunch of bivalves.

These hunters expect to see limits of teal every day of the season.

Having heard more than my fair share of empty boasting and even emptier promises, it was with an exhausted ear that I listened to what my buddy Dennis Tietje was trying to get me to understand over the phone.

The ritual of blooding a hunter after his first deer kill has its roots, believe it or not, in the Church.

As I dabbed my index and forefinger in it and streaked it across my cheek, I remember it feeling warm and having a distinct but not unpleasant odor.

Jesse Brumfield’s never caught or killed anything that he hasn’t earned.

I thought I had it easy when I was growing up in the 1970s and ’80s. Boy, was I wrong. Young people today have it made compared to any of the generations that came before them.

These fish will make your day when nothing else seems to be biting.

When Mike Muhlbauer’s line came tight with an abrupt strike, we were certain it was bull red time. A couple of Florida boys with a lot of ambition but just a little time, Muhlbauer and I had determined that we’d fare best at the perennial redfish magnet — Southwest Pass.

Let the air flow tell you where to fish during this transitional month out of Delacroix.

Al Nissen sighed as he hung up the phone. His third fishing buddy just turned him down on an offer to go try their luck on some specks and reds early the next morning.

Don't have a high-dollar lease to hunt? No problem. The state's WMAs are looking like really good options in 2007-08.