September 2011 - Volume 31, Number 9


Self-proclaimed river rat Corey Crochet has a disease for which he wants no cure.

In remote Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa, the natives often suffer from river fever. The disease is caused by being bitten by a bug — the spotted mosquito.

You’ve heard of fishing under the lights at night, now try fishing over them.

So there I was, walking the crowded aisles of the New Orleans Convention Center, looking at the displays of tackle, baits, boats and all things pertaining to fishing, during the week of the Bass Classic. I remember saying it was like a toy store for fishermen, and I was soaking in as much as I could.

2011, ironically, featured record floods and parching droughts. Here’s how the meteorological conditions will impact hunting this season on the state’s public lands.

By mid-June, Louisiana’s outdoorsmen were aware of either too much water because of flooding or too little water because of an extended dry spell accompanied by unseasonably high temperatures, even for the Sportsman’s Paradise.

Running a line of crab nets is still just as relaxing, fun and productive as it was when you were a kid.

Although the memory is a little fuzzy, one of the first outdoor experiences that I can remember as a kid is crabbing. As I can best recall, my dad, brother and I were dropping crab nets from a bridge in Shell Beach in hopes of bringing up some fat blue crabs for a boil that afternoon. I can’t quite remember how many we caught that day, but I do remember how much fun I had.

Fancy techniques aren’t necessary if you know where to fish at the mouth of the Atchafalaya River.

The Atchafalaya Delta has to be the foggiest place on earth, certainly in Louisiana. I was sitting in the dark at the Wax Lake Boat Landing at Calumet, waiting for the fog to lift for the run down to Wax Lake Delta to fish for redfish.

Few hunters go through the trouble of planting dove fields, but everyone loves to hunt them this time of year. Here’s one option.

With one hand holding my hat on my head and the other holding onto the bed of the pickup truck, I prayed our driver — whoever he was — wouldn’t hit a bump or rut on the gravel road.

Word is, a Louisiana hunter can easily shoot his share of doves on this WMA, particularly if he has a young hunter in tow.

Dove hunting is one of our most popular small-game hunting activities, and opening day is almost upon us. According to surveys last year, Louisiana had approximately 36,000 dove hunters and harvested 665,000 doves.

This angler and his two buddies fish the east side of the river because it has an endless number of quality spots.

I’ve got to admit that when Allen Dupont called to tell me to meet him and his two fishing buddies at Breton Sound Marina at 4:30 a.m., I thought that we would sit around and shoot the bull until it got light enough to run.

Hardly anybody fishes this chunk of Delacroix marsh. They don’t know what they’re passing up.

The beast thrashed at boatside splashing us with warm water as Pelayo held on for dear life shouting: “Choot him! Choot him!”

You've waited all year for it, and now it's here: the 2011-12 Louisiana Sportsman WMA Forecast.