May 2008 - Volume 28, Number 5


Largemouths had just about evaporated from Lake Cataouatche in the 1990s, but now the lake is more productive than ever.

Anyone who thinks I’ve got an easy job should have been with me on the morning of my Lake Cataouatche trip. Thunder and gale-force winds woke me at 3 a.m., and it rained all the way to meet Gonzales angler Jamie Laiche for the trek to New Orleans’ West Bank.

This government project didn’t exactly work out, but that’s quite alright with Pearl River-area bass anglers.

It’s hard to imagine that the Florida Parishes don’t have some type of freshwater reservoir to attract anglers. The land is similar to that in North and Central Louisiana, which have sprawling reservoirs within a short drive from anywhere in those parts of the state.

Many anglers overlook this annual springtime hotspot. They do so at their peril.

Gasoline is well over $3 a gallon and the peak of the fishing season has not even arrived. What if you could still have a great fishing trip and spend a lot less on fuel for both the truck and the boat? Lake Borgne may be exactly what you’re searching for.

Mother Nature threw Plaquemines Parish a curveball this year, but May is the month speckled trout anglers should hit it out of the park.

The mouth of the Mississippi River has been an absolute mess this year. If the relentless wind wasn’t bad enough, old Mother Nature made it even worse by pounding the upper Mississippi River Valley with more rain than the river could contain.

There are almost too many options this month for anglers out of this popular port.

The problem anglers face in May is not whether to go fishing, but where. The action turns on all over the state this month, and virtually any area you pick will be a winner.

This is the time of year when bluewater fishermen catch the monster yellowfin that fight harder than anything Tyson ever threw.

Kevin Carter resembled a marathon runner trying to sprint up the last hill to the finish line at the end of a race. Drenched in sweat from head to toe, his muscles rippled. Only pride kept him from complaining about fighting the 140-pound-plus yellowfin tuna, which gave him a steady dose of soreness and exhaustion.

Using the real stuff will increase your offshore bites. Here’s how to get rigged right.

Traveling to Venice from Hawaii, John Guinan and his dad were anxious to sample some of the world-class bluewater fishing they had heard about just off the Louisiana coast.

The concept of offshore aquaculture is growing in popularity as wild fish stocks get scarcer. But will the practice cause irreparable harm to Louisiana’s game fish?

Offshore mariculture: Is it going to be the end of traditional recreational and commercial fishing, or is it a progressive, scientifically based step into the 21st century?

What’s fiercer than a man-eating shark? Perhaps a Rat-L-Trap-chomping redfish in this south-central Louisiana hotspot.

You ever get those calls at work in the afternoon that you hate and know would tick off your boss?

This is the month when trophy trout go crazy on Calcasieu Lake.

Size matters. If you don’t think so, stand at any of the number of boat ramps around Calcasieu Lake this month and ask anglers what they’re going after. I’ll bet you a dollar against a doughnut most of them will hold up their arms with hands spread wide and affirm, “We affa dem big trout.”

You’ll love the sweet music coming from the end of your line this month while fishing school specks in this Cocodrie hotspot.

The 25-foot Grady White fueling up at the dock looked perfectly normal for this setting, and the elegant brunette on the stern with the killer tan, bikini top and orange wrap flapping around her waist and thighs didn’t look out of place either.

Anglers tried of winter's chill and spring's windy, muddy mess couldn't be happier that May's finally here!