May 2010 - Volume 30, Number 5


Head to the rigs waaaaaay out in Breton Sound if you want easy specks this time of year.

You don’t see many houseboats with hot tubs.

“Leave it to Doc Fontaine to break new ground,” Pelayo said as he, Chris and I clamped up the stairs to the houseboat deck. And it’s not like his two-story Venice houseboat wasn’t ritzy enough without it.

This is the month for Barataria Bay anglers to bring their binoculars and fish where the action is.

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

— Ancient proverb

If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, what is a Bush at hand worth under the birds?

Can’t catch reds out of this popular port? Follow this guide, and you won’t be buying hamburgers and hot dogs for the barbecue pit.

The sign from a long-departed marina reads, “Welcome to the End of the World,” but for redfish anglers, Delacroix looks more like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Trout and reds bloom in the soil of this annual hotspot.

Spring is finally in full bloom. Winter has released its icy grip for another year, and the birds are back to singing their merry tunes. Bees are buzzing, grass is growing and the gardeners among us are glad to get their fingers down in the soil again. It’s hard not to be happy in the spring.

Fish any of these lakes this month, and the stringer of bream you bring home very well may be longer than your fishing pole.

Most of the time you’ll find bream not as big as crappie and not as heavy as bass or catfish. You may have to clean quite a few, especially if you fillet them, to feed a family for a Friday night fish fry.

An American hero gets some respite – South Louisiana style!

Remember in The Deerhunter when De Niro, after barbecuing the commie with the flamethrower then perforating him with his own AK-47, gets knocked down by a spate of explosions? Then he and his handful of dazed chums get up, look down groggily through the smoke, and see a horizon full of commies charging their way?

These spots are close, convenient and fish-filled in the month of May.

Folks in Louisiana are used to “passing a good time,” and of those folks wanting to pass a good time on the water this month need to hook up the boat and drive down Highway 315 in southern Terrebonne Parish until the pavement ends.

Leave your boat at home, and fish by foot at this incredibly productive Louisiana jewel.

If you look up “spunk” in the dictionary, you might find Keitha Broussard’s picture illustrating the entry.

Do you have trouble catching fish at the bridges in Lake Pontchartrain? It’s probably because you’re not using this technique.

Capt. Greg Schlumbrecht believes that the old 80/20 rule is no more evident anywhere else in the world than it is at Lake Pontchartrain during May. His theory is that 80 percent of the anglers catch 20 percent of the fish, while 20 percent of the anglers catch 80 percent of the fish.

Just about anything can and will happen when anglers set out to win big cash and high honors in kingfish tournaments.

The strongly built man leaned against the heavily bowed rod. Rivers of sweat poured from under his sun visor and ran down his face. His green fishing shirt was soaked. His muscles burned with pain.

The state’s best speck anglers give inside tips that are sure to put fish in your boat this month.

Louisiana speckled trout fishermen are a dedicated bunch, for the most part fishing year round. But May seems to be a special month, heralding the onset of summer and its hot speck fishing.

The month of May was made for speckled trout and bream fishermen.