Volume 33 Number 2 - February 2013


Dutch Prager in the fighting chair, doing what he loved most. Ed Hawkins is directly behind Prager, coaching him. A labor of love — How the New Orleans Big Game Fishing Club began
Birthing the New Orleans Big Game Fishing Club wasn’t a whim — it only came about through a lot of work and the dreams of one man convinced that Louisiana offshore waters could be famous.
Louisiana is blessed in all things that come from the water. Its reputation as a seafood-producing and consuming state is unequaled.

The first European explorers of what is now the state were amazed at the quality and quantity of ...

Jerald Horst

According to Capt. Gordon Matherne, the topwater action is best when the air and water temperatures are at least in the mid-50’s. Cold on top — Catch winter specks on topwater baits
When the sane folks gang up around deep holes in Pointe-aux-Chene’s sulphur mine, this fishing guide heads to the shallows to catch topwater trout.

Yogi Berra is credited with saying, “It’s like deja’ vu, all over again,” which was precisely what I was thinking on a recent frigid morning as I stepped into the parking lot at Basson’s Boat Launch in Galliano. The ...
Rusty Tardo

Finding a rub like this one in February frequently leads to finding another rub nearby, which can lead to finding a line of deer sign that points directly to a big buck. Connect the Dots — Deer scouting in February can lead to success next hunting season
Don’t wrap the 2012-13 deer season until you do some scouting this month. It might provide a picture that leads to success next fall.
My imagination would not allow me to complete connect-the-dot books.

The problem wasn’t the scattered array of dots; they presented a nice little challenge. Instead, it was the parts of the picture the publisher had already filled in ...

Chris Ginn

West Monroe High School 10th grader Kendall Haygood was all smiles after she killed a massive 16-pointer that has been green scored at more than 200 inches. Deer of the Year
The 2012-13 season didn’t seem to be as productive as the past couple of years in terms of trophy bucks, but there were still some monster deer grounded. Here is a rundown of some of the biggest.
The 2012-13 hunting season opened with real promise, as the past couple of years produced dozens of absolute hammer bucks.

Almost 50 of these trophies hit the ground during the 2011-12 season ­— and that’s just the ones we found out ...

Andy Crawford

Since he knows a lipless crankbait is capable of producing giant bass, Havard typically throws one all day long. Dogged Determination — How to catch big Caddo Lake bass during the winter using Rat-L-Traps
It might be bordering on stupidity to throw a lipless crankbait all day long around Caddo Lake’s grass beds, but it’s the perfect tactic to catch big, wintertime bass.
Lipless crankbaits are not for the cowardly.

With all those exposed treble hooks, the faint-hearted have a hard time seeing past the snag waiting to happen.

On the other hand, the lion-hearted are able to look past ...

Chris Ginn

Sheepshead meat is white and firm with low oil content — delicious in a wide variety of dishes. Fourchon Meat Haul — Catch boxes of sheepshead by fishing the rigs just off Louisiana’s coast
Why tough it out in the marshes trying to catch reds and specks when you can head just off the coast for no-limit fishing for sheepshead, which your grandparents considered to be one of the best fish in the Gulf?
The call to Doc Fontaine seemed perfunctory, a mere formality — almost pointless. After all, traditionally, mooching a Grand Isle camp for a weekend in February ain’t too hard.

It’s not exactly the height of the tourist season.
Humberto Fontova

Most saltwater versions of spinnerbaits use tail baits (plastics) as trailers. The usual rule of thumb applies — use darker colors in stained and muddy waters... and lighter colors in slightly stained or clear waters. Good Vibrations — Spinnerbaits offer another option to catch speckled trout
When most anglers pick up a spinnerbait, they’re likely to be trying to catch redfish or bass. But these anglers know trout will also fall for the bladed baits.
After picking up the third speckled trout in a row on a spinnerbait, I looked at Ken Chaumont and said, “This ain’t coincidence anymore.”

He, too, was surprised but not shocked, as the angler was working spinnerbaits for marsh reds — ...

Chris Berzas

Bassmaster Elite pro Greg Hackney finds big prespawners by pitching heavy jigs around the edges of grass lines. Prespawn Patrol ­— Tips for bass fishing success during the prespawn
The prespawn can be maddening, as cold fronts roll through and impact the bass bite. Here are some tips from the pros to help fill out your stringer, even when things get tough.
Pickles and ice cream, donuts with lots of sprinkles, Cheese Whiz and anything with chocolate — pregnancy cravings are a fact of life, for a soon-to-be mom eating for two (or more).

Expectant bass might not crave anything odd, but ...

David A. Brown

The author was amazed at the beautiful redfish Dularge had to offer. Rip Dash Rocked — Spend time fishing with this local rock legend
Bill Davis is best known as the guitarist for the band Dash Rip Rock, but when he’s not on the road touring he spends his time fishing in Louisiana’s marshes.
Roughly 15 hours of every day of my childhood were spent fishing in Southwest Florida. In my late teens, I put aside the rod after picking up the guitar.

For the rest of my life, all my friends would be musicians. This pool of ...

Michael Patrick Welch

Glynn Lavergne of Savoy holds up a hefty white crappie taken in the Grimmett Canal during a one-day trip to the area. Lavergne has a knack for figuring out techniques of catching crappie even in waters away from his home lakes of Chicot Lake and Miller’s Secrets of a sac-a-lait master - How to catch more crappie
Want to catch bigger and better numbers of crappie? This veteran crappie angler has it all figured out.

He called it "venture fishing." I called it a few choice words I can't write here. But before me lay an extremely, thick tangle of small, long branches sticking atop the water from a submerged, major artery of a tree. The trick of the moment was ...
Chris Berzas

  It's time to brush the dust off the boat and catch some fish! Learn where and how to catch bass, speckled trout, crappie and more. Also learn about the stories behind biggest deer killed during the 2012-13 hunting season.  


Ask Captain Paul
GPS recommendations and mapping for kayak fishing

Captain Paul Titus

Creature Feature
Cobia: The curious fish

Jerald Horst

First Cast
How much are you worth?

Andy Crawford

Fly Lines
Sweet-tooth sac-a-lait

Catch Cormier

Game Warden
Law supersedes tradition

Keith LaCaze

Grunts & Gobbles
Turkey hunting in 2013

Dave Moreland

Happy Trails
In-season feeder surveillance

Bill Garbo

Lure Review
Bass Kandi’s Coastal Crippler

Don Shoopman

Marine Electronics
Is there an electric outboard in your future?

Allan Tarvid

Paddles 'N Puddles
Sheep herding

Chris Holmes

The Shootist
Repeating Derringer...

Gordon Hutchinson

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