Volume 33 Number 3 - March 2013

 FEATURES:

The Sherburne Complex in the Atchafalaya Basin has always been productive for turkey hunting – until the historic flood of 2011. Wild turkey numbers there were significantly reduced, and there were no jakes observed during the entire 2012 season. After the flood — Keying in on Sherburne WMA turkeys
The Sherburne WMA complex was swamped in 2011, and turkey hunting took a hit last season. Follow these tips to claim your gobbler this season.
Brandon Trahan remembers walking down a long, winding trail in Sherburne Wildlife Management Area and hearing a gobbler sound off at daybreak.

Accompanying him was a youth hunter, Matthew Matherne, and the youth’s father. The younger ...

Chris Berzas

After finding deeper bass with search baits, Pittman likes to slow down and mop up the area by fishing a Texas rigged worm. Bullied Bass — How to adjust when largemouths aren’t spawning in the shallows
Have you noticed bass aren’t in spawning as shallow as they once did? That might be because they’re tired of being hit with baits. The key for anglers is to know how to adjust.
So much emphasis is placed on bullying in schools today that students can spot a bully much more quickly than they can spot an action verb.

How they learn to deal with those tyrants will go a long way in determining how successful ...

Chris Ginn

You may know Duck Dynasty’s John Godwin as being serious about his duck hunting, but he’s just as passionate chasing white perch. Company Move — Catching crappie as simple as moving to find fish
Staying where you aren’t catching fish seems dumb, but we all do it figuring the fishing will turn on. These crappie fanatics load up their boat and head to more-productive waters — and always come home with fish.
Moving is a hassle.

Whether it’s cushioning the china in newspaper, bearing the weight of heavy boxes or figuring out what to do with the furniture, nobody likes to move.

But the eternal optimism of better opportunity ...

Chris Ginn

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Greg Hackney is a big fan of the Strike King Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub on his signature Hack Attack Jig, but he won’t hesitate to flip it on a Texas Rig. Flip that Switch - How to coax bass to bite on tough fishing days
When bass lock down and refuse to bite, subtle changes can trigger strikes from testy bass. Here are some tips on how to round out your limit on these tough days.
You know they're there, but the bass just have a bad attitude and they're refusing to cooperate. Persistence is certainly an admirable trait, but repetitive casts are only one tactic for getting the job done.

Often, bass anglers have ...

David A. Brown

Capt. Adam Jaynes gets another bite from a Big Lake trout. Hard Times — Turn to hard-plastic baits to catch lunker trout this month
Sure, you can fight the crowd and load the boat with dink trout. But when you want to catch big fish, it’s time to find solitude and pull out topwaters and suspending lures.
At the mouth of the cove on the southwestern portion of Calcasieu Lake, Capt. Adam Jaynes slowed his Haynie Bay boat way, way down.

“All of this is a huge flat, and in several places there are some real nice reefs in here,” the ...

Chris Berzas

Clayton Ricks with a Hopedale speckled trout. Mediocre No More — How to catch speckled trout and redfish during the transition month of March
There’s more to March than great outdoor shows. Head to Hopedale’s inside lakes and bays to put together boxes of specks and reds.
If you’re a fisherman, “mediocre” is a good word to describe March. Webster’s says it means “average, ordinary, unexceptional, low in quality, second-rate and inferior.”

Pretty harsh.

To be sure, it’s not horrible, ...

Rusty Tardo

Chasing down and blasting nuisance nutria from an airboat is now legal. Rat Race — Nutria hunts provide a great way to extend the shooting season
Take a break from today’s hectic pace to chase down some of the Louisiana coastline’s mortal enemies — the lowly nutria. They’re a blast to shoot, and they taste good, too.
Revelry raged around him, but Artie looked morose. Doc’s uptown bungalow rocked with the traditional St. Patrick’s Day lunacy, but Artie remained oddly oblivious to the festivities.

Not even the stroll to Parasol’s helped.

Humberto Fontova

Chink Sumas, on left, and Doc Weiss are good friends and master Lake Pontchartrain trout anglers. The Odd Couple — How a pair of polar opposites catch speckled trout all year long
These two angles seem like polar opposites - but they share a love for all things trout fishing. Here’s how they continue to catch fish before Lake Pontchartrain turns on.
The big, fair-skinned, bluff man looked at me level in the eyes as he spoke.

“The worse the weather is, the better the fish bite,” he said. “We never have found it too cold to catch fish there — period!”

I couldn’t ...

Jerald Horst

The author carries his prize eastern along the road beneath a canopy of upland hardwoods. Turkey Whisperer — Proven turkey-hunting tips
Follow this 40-year veteran of the gobbler wars, and you just might find a big gobbler strutting in front of your blind this season.

Sitting dejected with my chin touching my chest, the realization of blowing it started to sink in. Replaying the whole affair in my mind it seemed surreal. It happened way too fast for me to grasp and was something totally unexpected. After ...
John Flores


During March, wahoo are frequently found under just about anything that is floating in the Gulf of Mexico. Wahoo Wonderland — How to catch more wahoo in the early spring
The weather should finally lay this month, and packs of wahoo are waiting just offshore. This ’hoo expert shares his secrets to success.
Offshore anglers know winter offers some of the best wahoo fishing of the year.

Unfortunately, winter is a difficult season during which to head offshore.

That’s why offshore charter captains like Tommy Pellegrin with ...

Chris Ginn

 
  Springtime is here, and that means bass fishing breaks out across the state as fish move to the shallows to spawn.
Photo By David A. Brown
 

COLUMNS:

Ask Captain Paul
Finding and fishing the Midnight Lump

Captain Paul Titus

Creature Feature
Cocahoe is another name for ‘bait’

Jerald Horst

First Cast
Doe days just don’t make sense

Andy Crawford

Fly Lines
Life of Pond

Catch Cormier

Game Warden
Operation Game Thief

Keith LaCaze

Grunts & Gobbles
Time to do the math

Dave Moreland

Happy Trails
Field judging bucks in the real world

Bill Garbo

Lure Review
Bass Trap back in action

Don Shoopman

Marine Electronics
Super portable GPS

Allan Tarvid

Paddles 'N Puddles
Kidyaking

Chris Holmes

The Shootist
The safety bullet

Gordon Hutchinson


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