October 2010 - Volume 30, Number 10


Fishing the eastern Lake Pontchartrain area has similarities with football this time of year.

Fall is falling, and that means football season is under way. Fans are excited about the prospects of a good season as they pull for their favorite teams at the high school, college and professional levels.

Keep your deer herd from getting nervous, and they’ll traipse around without a care in the world.

There comes a time in everybody’s life when some big lesson finally makes sense. It’s as if the light bulb going off above our heads is surrounded by a hundred angels all singing halleluiah.

The Atchafalaya usually gets to its lowest point this month, which means the water in the Basin is clear and its bass are stacked up.

The Choctaws called it “Atchafalaya” (ha-cha-fa-lia) for Long River, and, indeed it is long, winding through the center of a 930-square-mile region of bottomland hardwoods, with pristine backwater lakes, bayous and seemingly endless tupelo and cypress swamps in between.

Leave the spinnerbaits and round-billed crankbaits in the box this month if you’re fishing wood on the Red River.

Bass anglers old enough to remember Huey Lewis’ hit single, “It’s Hip To Be Square” from 1986 probably didn’t realize just how much awesome advice was encapsulated in those lyrics.

If you don’t care a lick about what a deer has on its head, you definitely don’t want to hunt in areas with big-buck sign.

Pelayo was up ahead, hunched over next to a little live oak that grew along the creek branch. He was staring at the ground and nodding. Then he started walking in a little circle, still focusing downward.

The ridges of Tunica Hills WMA are the closest thing Louisiana has to the Smokies, but the woods there hold a deer population that is one of the best in the state.

Chris Davis had put in his time, scouting the rugged Tunica Hills to narrow down the options, and he had found what he hoped was the perfect set-up.

It seems like everyone and his brother fishes this Terrebonne Parish hotspot, but there are still secret spots to be found on it.

Who doesn’t want to know some secret spot where you could find a trout feeding frenzy around the rim of some isolated island - a spot where you could fill our ice chest without so much as having to look at another boat?

It’s not hard to fill a fish hold with amberjack and a host of other species this month.

The barrel-chested man’s face was florid, and he was sweating profusely. With two hands, he thrust the violently bucking rod into the grip of one of his fishing partners.

Incredible habitat draws ducks to this Central-Louisiana paradise.

I could hear the zooming wings of greenwing and bluewing teal just above my head as they glided into our decoy set. Mallards roamed the water, quacking away and the pintails whistled. This chorus of ducks talking reminded me of a church choir tuning up before a performance with all the singers checking their voices and chitchatting before the conductor took the stage.

If you can keep your deer herd from getting nervous, you'll have much greater success this season.