July 2013 - Volume 33, Number 7


In the summertime, these Hackberry fishing guides anchor in the Calcasieu Lake Ship Channel to catch trout after trout. Here’s how they do it.

During the summer, the vast majority of Calcasieu Lake anglers will be fishing under birds for the small school trout in Turner’s Bay and other areas south of this point.

When winds die down and Breton Sound turns to glass, head to Breton and Gossier islands for some of consistent trout action.

Sometimes you just have to drop whatever you’re doing and go fishing. Call in sick, take a vacation day, cancel the dentist appointment, postpone that emergency appendectomy (well, OK, maybe not that), but do (almost) whatever it takes to break loose and enjoy some aqua-therapy.

While most offshore anglers hit rigs and artificial reefs for a few red snapper and perhaps some AJs, this captain heads to natural hard bottoms and fills his box with a wide variety of species few would recognize.

Our boat was drifting on a cobalt-blue sea about 220 over a limestone-capped, coralline-encrusted “mountain.” We were out to catch what our skipper, Tommy Pellegrin, called “Cocodrie exotics” — a term he uses to describe the big variety of reef fish he catches from natural bottoms.

Covering water and watching the speed limit are keys to success when crappie scatter during the oppressive summer heat.

Thoughts of summertime crappie tactics often center on reaction-bite strategies — crankbaits, vertical jigging and the like.

Consistently showing up in the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo standings isn’t easy, but this trout angler has it down to a science. Here’s how he snags those lunker specks.

There are fishing rodeos all across south Louisiana, but there is only one International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

Popping corks are nothing new to coastal anglers, but this Delacroix captain has some thoughts on the best ways to fish them.

Momma didn’t raise no fool: I’ve always been a quick study. And Hopedale/Delacroix fishing guide Capt. Ted DeAgano has always been a teacher.

Lafitte’s redfish action can be as scalding as the weather this month — but just how hard you have to work to limit out is dependent upon the spring weather far up the Mississippi River.

Storm clouds loomed over Capt. Jason Shilling’s head as he idled away from Seaway Marina in Lafitte with the intention of heading toward Lake Salvador.

You could switch to soft-plastic lures and flip cover when the heat rises this month — or you can adjust your approach to fishing topwater lures and watch bone-crushing strikes.

So I’m sitting in the middle of the lake with Bassmaster Elite Series pro Terry Scroggins as he chats boat-to-boat with a fellow tournament pro, when the telltale flipping, splashing and ravenous commotion signalled schooling bass even before we turned our heads for visual confirmation.

When summer heat makes a day on the water seem almost like work, the cool waters of the Florida Parishes streams offer some relief — and some great fishing.

The weatherman called for a scorcher as Artie called for another beer. But the keg balked — coughing and sputtering and foaming.

Weather should settle this month, making it easy to fill boxes with trout.