July 2008 - Volume 28, Number 7


Lake Bistineau takes anglers back to a chapter when summers were easy and fishing was great.

As a youngster growing up in Goldonna, the latter part of May served notice that I was on the cusp of something extra special. School was about to dismiss for the summer, which meant three months of sweet freedom was within my grasp as the last yellow bus of the school year disappeared in a cloud of dust down the gravel road.

The numbers on these Eugene Island rigs often match those in your ice chest this time of year.

Like a hyperactive schoolboy at recess, 66-year-old Danny Womack positioned his bay boat stern end to the rig, while instructing me to drop the anchor.

Think you need to be up at the crack of dawn to catch specks and bass? Actually, the bite near dusk is often the best of the day.

Normally, I don’t like receiving personal phone calls at work. I know that concept seems foreign today, since you’re probably standing in line right now waiting on a cashier to hang up so she can check you out.

Work lily pads more effectively this summer, and you’ll put bunches of bass in the boat.

It’s like a beach umbrella for bass — shelter from the swelter and a nice place to enjoy a semi-private siesta. Lily pads, those broad green leaves that grow on stalks and look like big pie plates, comprise one of the most fundamental bass habitats throughout many Southern Louisiana waterways.

Beat the heat this month by floating the scenic, fish-filled streams on the North Shore.

As we headed out the garage door with our poles, my son Robbie and I waved to Shirley, but she remained oblivious, gabbing away on her cell phone about the movie “Sex and the City.”

Learn to catch other species to make the most of this summer’s red snapper excursions.

Reports are that red snapper are teeming at virtually any rig off of the Louisiana coast. That would normally be good news except that snapper fishermen are facing a delayed, shortened season, combined with limits cut in half and fuel prices at the dock of more than $4 per gallon.

After being inundated with fresh water, Black Bay has roared back.

This was a brutal spring for anglers, guides and marina operators in Southeast Louisiana.

Catching trout and reds from kayaks is a sport that’s booming in popularity, especially now when anglers need a bank loan to fill up their fuel tanks.

Most people try to escape the corporate world by going fishing. Unfortunately, many in the fishing world are finding it becoming more and more like the corporate world every day.

Though many half-truths have been told about alligator snappers, one thing’s no lie: These tasty specimens have a storied history in our neck of the woods.

Macrolemys temminickii, a.k.a. the alligator snapper, has been the focus of more rural tall tales than any other critter.

Head south of DuLarge to catch speckled trout until your arms just can’t take it any more.

Imagine that you are fishing a coastal lake and there is only one oyster reef smack dab in the middle of it — no cuts, no canals, no points, just that one solitary reef.

There are ways to catch bass in the brutal heat of July. Just ask Rick Redmon and Mike Shelton.