June 2008 - Volume 28, Number 6


The fish are swarming offshore, but with cinched-up limits, most of them are there just to tease anglers.

Capt. Kerry Milano eased his sleek 34 Contender up to the rig as his deckhand, Eddie Cerise, Jr., readied the rig hook.

The Mermentau River was dealt a near-death blow by Hurricane Rita, but its bass population has bounced back stronger than ever.

Nobody would ever confuse the Mermentau River with a sprawling reservoir that attracts bass anglers from all across the nation.

If you want to catch school trout, get out in the middle of Calcasieu Lake, but if you’re after the famous lunkers, there’s no better place to be than the shorelines.

As the Mister Twister Exude RT Slug twitched and darted just under the surface, I saw an explosion. Instantly, I set the hook and listened to my drag sing the sweet music of hooking up with a monster trout. My pink rod curled under the hard-charging pressure of the big fish.

Oil, gas, new construction and highways — and oh yes, trout, reds, sheepshead and drum.

I have to admit that my recent drive down Highway 1 and then along Fourchon Road was eye-opening.

Anglers burn with passion over the seasonal movement of redfish to the jetties south of Calcasieu Lake.

We weren’t expecting what greeted us as we approached the ends of the Ship Channel rock jetties below Lake Charles.

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?

Before discussing the technical aspects of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Generic Offshore Aquaculture Amendment, it may be useful to look at world fisheries trends and why offshore aquaculture is even being considered.

Sit down in your desk and heed the advice of these yellowfin experts.

Do you believe the economy is bad just because somebody on TV tells you it is? Or do you find yourself financially flourishing when you are supposed to be suffering?

Many of our fishing techniques in Louisiana originated with our Indian anchestors.

Natchitoches has long been a popular destination for tourists. One such visitor was André Pénicaut, who traveled all the way from France to experience Louisiana.

Capt. Bruce Baugh caught this 10.6-pound speck and another 10-pounder during a five-day span on Calcasieu Lake in late April. The fish hit Super Spooks.