March 2008 - Volume 28, Number 3


Conventional lures fished in very unconventional ways often deliver the goods.

Several years ago, during a Louisiana Bass Federation State Tournament on Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville, I was paired up with an angler who had some crazy ideas. We were out on the channel fishing Carolina rigs, and he was absolutely smoking me.

Find the cleanest water in a dirty-water area, and you’ll find the mother lode of redfish.

His questions seemed genuinely inquisitive rather than rhetorical. He actually listened to the answers, calmly and earnestly. He smilingly admitted much ignorance on several subjects. His tone of voice and facial expression were utterly free of cynicism.

Here’s a look at some more trophies that were dropped during the 2007-08 season.

Big bucks continued to fall as the 2007-08 season drew to a close. While the rut seemed to be extremely late in many areas this season, that didn’t stop these hunters from bagging genuine trophies.

Early inhabitants of the land that would eventually be called Louisiana had to get creative to harvest the abundant wild game.

Bob was excited as he made the predawn drive to his hunting lease. The previous day, he discovered where a deer was bedding on a small hammock near a slough. Within bow range was a leaning post oak tree that made a perfect ambush spot.

The new scent-impregnated baits are a hit with anglers because they’re an even bigger hit with redfish and speckled trout.

Do you remember how that wine glass shattered when Ella Fitzgerald hit the high note in a Memorex commercial several years ago? Then, to make you really think hard about their new audiocassette, the producers recorded her same note to the tape.

This group of hunters is fanatical about chasing down giant, wild-eyed boars in the marshes of South Louisiana.

Over the roar of several airboat engines, the bay dogs could be heard barking at the top of their lungs. The catch dogs were released, and suddenly, the piercing squeal of a dog-caught wild boar was added to the mix.

Throw suspending baits this month, and you’ll catch the biggest trout in the area.

You’ll be making a big mistake if you write this month off. I know how frustrating it can be to fish in March. After a cold and dreary winter, most of us anglers are happy to see sunshine again, and we’re eager to get out on the water chasing specks and reds.

Across Louisiana, bass have moved their beds to deeper water to escape detection from anglers.

Like a commercial I saw on an outdoor channel recently, Caney Lake bass used to put up their little white flags when they saw me coming. It wasn’t so much that they knew I was going to catch all of them as it was their realizing I was about to pester the heck out of them for the next several hours.

This destination in south-central Louisiana keeps bass anglers’ rods bent this time of year.

As a boy, perhaps, 7 or 8 years old, I used to sit with my elbows on the table with my face in my hands staring at the adults playing the board game “Scrabble.”

Follow these steps, and you’ll make the most of your turkey hunts on tiny tracts of land.

You don’t have to be an expert turkey hunter or have sole access to thousands of acres to kill a bird during the spring season. Many of us are forced to hunt on considerably smaller acreages. We can still get our birds, but modifying the way we hunt a bit may increase our odds.

Will AMOs keep red snapper stocks from plummeting into oblivion? We may soon get the chance to find out.

The Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery has become the poster child for fishery management failure in the United States. Fisheries management experts paint an ever more-gloomy picture for the recovery of the fishery.

Hone your wing-shooting skills and bag more birds next season by giving sporting clays a try.

Many ranges use remote controlled traps, which allows machines to be placed in the distance and in front of the shooters, allowing for endless variety and realistic hunting scenarios.

Even the cagiest veteran turkey hunter can learn a lot from Northwest Louisiana’s Tommy Smith, who has more than 200 birds to his credit.

“You need to park a little way down the road and walk to the tram; you don’t want to drive in too close because you never know where one might be roosted.”

March is arguably the most-underrated month of the year when it comes to speckled trout fishing.