June 2009 - Volume 29, Number 6


The Baton Rouge area offers plenty of public ponds that present anglers young and old the opportunity to fill their stringers.

By now the excitement of the latest video games has begun to leave the kids bored, with limited options to occupy their time before schools kicks off again. After all, the hot summer temperatures are in full force, forcing most to curtail their outdoor activities to the early and late portions of the day.

Federal officials have said for years that Gulf of Mexico red snapper are overfished, but tell that to the anglers catching and releasing dozens to build limits around Louisiana’s offshore oil rigs.

Current red snapper regulations seem ridiculous to anglers who have spent any time probing the hundreds of oil rigs off Louisiana’s coastline. Make a pass around almost any of these structures, and just watch the fish finder: Fish are everywhere.

Snapper season opens this month, and it surely won’t be open long. Here’s how to get the most out of your trips to the big water.

You think red snapper fishing requires heavy fishing tackle, a ton of lead weight and messy, stinky natural baits to be successful?

The shoreline of East Cote Blanche Bay is a redfish wonderland. And don’t be surprised when other species take your bait.

Going east is 180 degrees from what Horace Greely had in mind back in 1865 when he quoted John B. Soule in his New York Tribune editorial.

There are no guarantees in fishing, but the South Pass jetties are about as close as it gets.

First-timers fishing Venice without the services of a guide often feel a sense of impending doom when they reach Head of Passes.

What’s biting this month on the Lower Pearl River? A better question is: What isn’t?

Howling winds forced us to cancel the Buras trip at 5 a.m. with a quick phone call. By 9 a.m., I was climbing the walls and also noticed that the grass needed mowing. Worse, Shirley also noticed that the grass needed mowing. I noticed her contemplating the issue from the front porch, and ran into the bathroom with my cell phone before she saw me.

Kepler Lake is tough to find, which means anglers who fish there have the most underrated bass fishing in Louisiana all to themselves.

I have dipped a lure in the waters of virtually every lake in North Louisiana. As an outdoor writer, I feel it necessary that I familiarize myself with the waters where my readers hang out.

Beat the crowds out of the Lafitte docks, and you’ll beat them back with a box full of specks.

The summer trout bite happens quickly in Barataria Bay. Spend too much time at the coffee pot, and your chances of putting up big numbers goes down with every stir of your spoon. Be on them when the sun comes up, though, and you have two, maybe two and a half hours to put trout in the boat.

Not getting any bites on your new-fangled speck lures? Then party like it’s 1969.

Capt. Allen Welch reached toward the top of his console to retrieve a tattered sparkle beetle. It felt familiar as he threaded it onto his hook, but it had been years since he last fished one.

The month of June offers calm winds, moderate temperatures and lots and lots of bites from bass and speckled trout.