Volume 34 Number 3 - March 2014


Robert Shamblin with a Breton Island bull red. Barrier Bulls — How to catch bull redfish at Breton Island
Big reds swarm the barrier islands this month, and here’s what you need to know to get in on the action.

So, I’m at this media event, at Theophile Bourgeois’ lodge in Lafitte. Bourgeois invited all his sponsors and a few media guys to spend a couple nights at his place, where he’d provide food and lodging, give us all a chance to ...
Rusty Tardo

Dirk Matherne hauls in a big bull bluegill from his mudboat. Bream busting in Boeuf — Tactics for bream fishing in Lake Boeuf
Lake Boeuf north of Raceland is famous for its panfishing — and for being difficult to fish effectively. Here’s how some old-timers catch boatloads of fish.

One hundred-thirty years of experience.

That’s what my friend Dirk Matherne, no spring chicken himself at 58, had fixed me up with. It was a little intimidating, listening to the two silver-maned old lions comparing notes with Mike ...
Jerald Horst

Luke Fears with a big largemouth caught punching grass. Marsh Punch-out — How to punch grass mats for big bass
Grass mats might drive some anglers crazy, but anglers in the know understand that big bass hide in that vegetation. Here’s how to drag them to the boat.

Back in 2009 during the Bassmaster Central Open held in the Atchafalaya Basin, Elite Series angler and local favorite Cliff Crochet punched grass mats to earn his first trip to the Classic.

The Pierre Part pro proved the technique, when ...
John Flores

The author scored on this tom near Folsom, La., on 150 acres. The turkey had an 8-inch beard and weighed 18 pounds. Small Tract Toms — Turkey-hunting tactics for small properties
You don’t need large acreage to score a big gobbler, if you know how to manage your property and employ the right strategy.

My return to turkey hunting after a 15-year hiatus was truly haphazard.

I had recently leased a 150-acre tract of land near Folsom for deer hunting and was scouting for deer sign in late winter trying to learn the lay of the land. What I ...
Capt. Steve Himel

Running a small mud boat allows Marty LaCoste access to shallow areas big boats just can’t reach. Small-boat DuLarge — How to catch reds, specks with a mud boat
Bay boats are great plaforms from which to fish, but this DuLarge guide also has a mud boat on hand to reach trout and reds big-boat anglers can’t this month.

Marty LaCoste likes things a little quiet.

According to my son, it’s so he can whisper to the fish exactly what he wants them to do.

When things get a little bit too loud, those trout can’t hear him as ...
Chris Ginn

A well-placed spread allows trolling anglers to easily lift and boat their fish without disrupting the other rods. Spread out — Using multiple baits for crappie fishing
Dragging multiple baits is the best way to up your odds of crappie when the bite gets tough, but there are some tricks to the trade. Here are the thoughts of two experts.

Any chef worth his salt understands the phrase mice en place, which means “everything in its place.”

This wisdom of order and placement also benefits crappie anglers seeking to cook up a hot day of slow trolling ...
David A. Brown

Nooch Duran and Mark Fonseca (holding turtle) show off their alligator snapping turtle minutes after its capture. The Cajun and the Beast — How to catch snapping turtles
Lake Des Allemands is full of more than bass, crappie and bream. These two locals know snapping turtles also lurk beneath the surface — and provide incredible table fare.

The huge, scaly beast — its massive body partially supported by the water — swim-crawled its way along the soft, mucky bottom. Its bear-like, long, black claws stirred up clouds of half-decayed vegetation and silt.

Bubbles of ...
Jerald Horst

Mike Laviolette targets the outer edges of any kind of visible cover. The jewel in the city
New Orleans’ City Park is a popular jogging area, but this angler knows the lakes hold a lot of bass ­­— lunker bass. Here’s how he goes about dragging them to the banks.

I was in the heart of the urban jungle.

It was 4:30 in the morning.

The neon sign on the Morning Call coffee shop in New Orleans City Park blazed brightly, so it seemed open. But everything was dead quiet — no cars in ...
Jerald Horst

Big bass taking topwater frogs on Toledo Bend were found where various vegetation come together, as in this photo where lily pads and emergent grasses were adjacent to each other. Toading at Toledo — Keys to fishing frogs for bass
There’s more to spring bass fishing on Toledo Bend than picking lunkers off their beds. It’s also the perfect time to fish with plastic frogs, and these experts tell you how.

In Grimm’s Fairy Tales there is a story about a princess who made a deal with a frog who had secured her lost golden ball from the depths of a well.

All the frog asked in return was for the princess to love him, entertain him and ...
Chris Berzas

Top-shelf Tackle Top-shelf Tackle
Are you ready for your time on the water? Here are some of the best fishing products being offered this year to help you maximize your efforts.

They haven’t invented any new fish that we’re aware of, but the fishing industry never lets us down in terms of new products to help us catch all those fish that we know and love.

So if you’re looking for new gear to ...
David A. Brown

Nutria hunting helps save Louisiana’s coastal wetlands from erosion. Wetland Warriors — Battling coastal erosion by hunting nutria
Nutria damage thousands of acres of Louisiana’s fragile coastal marshes each year, and here’s how you can help minimize that damage — one rodent at a time.

“The coyotes ate all the rabbits! The ducks got short-stopped! And the squirrels all live in woods leased by deer clubs who hate squirrel hunters! So how’s a kid supposed to scratch his hunting itch nowadays?” 

Artie ...
Humberto Fontova


Toledo Bend already has turned out a number of double-digit bass, and Sulphur's Johnny Walker -- who has several lunkers to his credit -- tells you how to get in on the action.



Ask Captain Paul
The Freeport Sulphur Mine near Garden Island Bay

Captain Paul Titus

Creature Feature
When a mullet is king

Jerald Horst

First Cast
Don’t be stupid: Wear a PFD

Andy Crawford

Fly Lines
Fishcation planning begins now

Catch Cormier

Game Warden
Contest fraud stinks

Keith LaCaze

Grunts & Gobbles
Will you kill a gobbler this spring?

Dave Moreland

Happy Trails
Preparation meets opportunity

Bill Garbo

Lure Review
Chikara crankbaits

Don Shoopman

Marine Electronics
Garmin catches up (and then some)

Allan Tarvid

Paddles 'N Puddles

Chris Holmes

The Shootist
Turkey patterns and cleaning tips

Gordon Hutchinson

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