April 2009 - Volume 29, Number 4


Sampling last year showed a drop in 14-inch trout, but that was compensated by an increase in those fish hovering around the 12-inch mark. That sets up a season of lots of schoolies and fewer big trout, but Gustav and Ike raised questions that will be ans

Hurricanes, with the associated torrential rains and storm surges, didn’t seem to affect the trout fishery last year. And, indeed, the fishing seemed easier in many instances.

This port’s oyster reefs hold trout and reds in April.

March has the reputation of being “kite-flying weather.” It might not be the best month for fishing, but it’s perfect if you want to get that kite airborne. You won’t even have to run to get some air under the kite. Just hold it aloft, and the winds will do the rest.

Anglers overlook these smaller bodies of water, but they hold some really big bass.

One of my platoon sergeants when I was in the Army stood maybe 5 1/2 feet tall after putting on his boots. At first glance, there wasn’t much to this fellow, a Fiat on a freeway full of Ford trucks.

However, it didn’t take me long to learn that there was more to this man than met the eye after he picked me up from my initial processing into my new assignment at Baumholder, Germany.

Little dog syndrome, little man syndrome — whatever you want to call it, my new boss for two years had it. Whatever he was lacking in size, he tried to cover up by physically asserting his presence, and he was good at it.

The northern horseshoe of Barataria Bay makes a lot of anglers look extraordinarily lucky this month.

How difficult would you find it to talk about fishing without saying the word luck?

Head down to this Atchafalaya Basin hotspot, and you’ll spend much of the day looking down at your hand.

Maybe it was dense fog. Or maybe it was the moisture of the fog’s water droplets that dampened my jacket, where the breeze generated by the boat’s movement gave me a chill.

This time of year, floating saltwater baits rather than retrieving them offers practical and strategic benefits.

If the pun police and the cliché cops can look aside for a moment, we need to point out that a popping cork is the fishing world’s ultimate example of bait-and-switch.

As director of the STAR tournament, Sam Barbera is ineligible to win its prizes, but that doesn’t stop him from fanatically targeting monster trout along the Causeway.

It’s a shame when a grown man starts shaking like this,” said 40-year-old Sam Barbera as he idled his fishing partner’s boat out of the Mandeville Boat Launch. A glance at his hands revealed that they were indeed shaking in anticipation.

The biggest problem facing Leeville anglers this month is selecting among so many great options.

Every now and then, I’ll walk through the room while my wife is watching HTGV and see some property virgins making a $500,000 offer for a three-bedroom house.

Black drum fall short in looks, but they bring plenty of game and tasty fillets.

They are the unsung heroes, those by whom much responsibility is borne but to whom little credit is ever given. Understudies, back-ups, stunt doubles — these are the one trained to stand in for premier performers when illness, injury or contract clauses prohibit the big names from doing their jobs.

This versatile rig appeals to bass in multiple springtime scenarios.

It may look like you’ve snagged a piece of debris, or maybe you forgot to reset your bait after the last strike, but the truth about wacky rigs is undeniable — these seemingly random arrangements catch fish when many other lures fail to impress picky bass.

The best bass fishing of the year is still in full-swing, and speck season if just kicking off. It's all too much fotr the heart to hold!