August 2009 - Volume 29, Number 8


The hottest summer days do nothing but turn on the fish at these Lake Borgne-area destinations.

Here in the Gulf South, August is traditionally the hottest month of the year. We’re all hoping this year will be the exception because our summer heat has been blistering and record-setting so far.

The West Delta, Grand Isle and South Timbalier blocks hold unbeatable cobia action this month.

Put some whiskers on a cobia, and there’s no doubt it would be more like a cat than a catfish. I mean, toss a string without a hunk of stink-bait on it in front of a catfish, and watch what happens. It would probably be as exciting as watching grass grow during a drought.

Sure, it’s hotter than a coal snatched from hell’s fireplace, but by the time noon rolls around, you’ll be back in your truck with a limit of Lafitte redfish.

Catching redfish out of Lafitte during the summer is a little like dancing the Cotton-Eyed Joe during dollar-pitcher night. You’ve got to be able to go forward. You’ve got to be able to go backward. And you’ve got to be able to bump into other people without getting knocked off your feet.

If a buddy goes to this August hotspot and tells you he didn’t catch any fish, he’s probably not telling the truth.

What is it about a place where lots of anglers go to catch fish, and none of them want to admit where they’ve been going? By lots of anglers, I mean so many going there that it looks like a four-lane bank drive-thru on payday afternoon.

Scout out exposed structure during drawdowns to increase your catch for years to come.

It was one of those perfect days for catching white perch — cold, overcast and a light wind.

Swimbaits undulate in the water like an Olympic swimmer, making them irresistible to reluctant redfish.

We were working a large cove off Delacroix’s Bay Shallow, when the redfish gave its location away with a swirling turn much too large to be a mullet.

Got a small tract? So what? Put some time and effort in this month, and you’ll increase your deer haul this year.

Last deer season, I learned that the thrill of the hunt for me is more in the preparation and the chase than the kill. Preparing food plots, selecting stand sites and positioning feeders in perfect places were the rising action that led to an anticlimactic ending when I finally pulled the trigger.

There’s nothing artificial about the hot action you’ll enjoy this month at Lake Pontchartrain’s newest fishing sites.

The gaudy neon lights of the Treasure Chest Casino dominated the pre-dawn darkness at the Williams Boulevard Boat Launch in Kenner. Except at the casino, absolutely nothing moved in the oppressively humid night air that wafted in from Lake Pontchartrain.

From its unrefined beginnings, the Red River has emerged as one of the best recreational waterways in the country.

When the Freeman-Custis Expedition explored the Red River in 1806, it became apparent that the river’s odd features hampered its commercial potential.

The rocky history of Toledo Bend Reservoir’s construction has been largely forgotten in the last 40 years of incredible fishing. However, the lake’s inception was a herculean effort that “took a miracle.”

“An almost forgotten historic site near Many (the Civil War’s Sabine Breastworks) is on its death bed. It will die slowly as it gives way to progress and surrenders to the waters of the giant Toledo Bend Reservoir.”

— Norman Richardson, The (Shreveport) Times

In August, seas are flat, bait is everywhere and cobia move in close for the feast. On terra fima, seer hunters start to make serious plans for rapidly approaching seasons.