August 2015 - Volume 35, Number 8


These brothers love to tangle with one of the hardest-fighting fish in the Gulf. Here’s how they make quick work of amberjack.

I had never caught an amberjack before, and I must say that I vastly underestimated their brutality.

Sometimes referred to as “tuna on steroids,” I soon found out these brutes can take you for a wild ride early on in the fight, even though they quickly tire into submission.

If you’re looking for a natural bait catfish and bream just can’t ignore, look no farther than the nearest catalpa tree. Here’s how to use pungent catalpa worms to load the boat.

Living on the shores of Lake D’Arbonne has many advantages for Ron Manning.

After growing up in the area, he spent 30 years traveling the world as a member of our armed services. But when he returned to Northeast Louisiana with his wife Carrie and moved to lake property left him by his father, it was a dream come true.

It’s hard to beat jugs when targeting catfish, and this Southwest Louisiana angler has it down to a science. Discover the tricks he’s learned.

I grew up beside a catfish pond.

The simplistic pleasure of watching a cork getting pulled under stuck with me.

Head to the Cameron jetties to find all the right conditions to result in easy limits of redfish. Here’s how this guide catches them on the rocks.

Redfish have an uncontrollable hunger.

Rocks harbor an unending buffet of bait.

I’m not much of a rocket scientist, but it seems to me anybody looking to catch a redfish ought to consider fishing rocks.

Pick out the best trees in these flooded forests to build hefty stringers of bass — even when summer temperatures top out.

It’s the mall food court — the beach umbrella with that cooler full of snacks. For bass, we’re talking about cypress trees.

Dodge the armadas launching from Venice and Pointe a la Hache by heading to the midway point to find trout and reds that rarely see lures.

The whole-fried “cigar trout” from the Easter bash made quite a hit. Nana Fontaine (Doc’s Mom) raved loudest, of course.

Scorching summer temperatures make Dularge redfish predictable. And this veteran guide knows exactly what that means — easy limits.

The redfish took off with the piece of crab on my line 30 feet below the boat. In that instance I set the hook. 

The Atchafalaya Basin and its associated waterways are full of fish, but there other creatures draw this couple out night after night. Learn why they love frogging and how they maximize their efforts.

“Now that’s a hammer there,” rumbled the 35-year-old man as he closed the boat in on a turbo-sized bullfrog sitting on a rare piece of exposed bank. 

The amphibian was so big it looked like one of those concrete frogs city folks use to decorate their lawns.

Young Anna Olinde nearly lost her battle with leukemia — until hunting and fishing gave her something for which to look forward. Now she’s on the mend, and loving every minute of her time outdoors.

The distinctive shriek of a turkey echoed across rolling hills, meant to act as a bid of courtship to nearby hens. But instead, the gobbler’s vocals worked as a beacon, notifying a nearby hunting party that it was in the area. 

Don’t let the oppressive heat keep you off the water. Instead, head to these proven Breton Sound hotspots for plenty of trout action.

Welcome to the dog days of summer. The next few weeks are typically considered the hottest days of the year in the northern hemisphere, a time when men and beasts stew in sweltering heat and humidity.

Reaching the northeastern stretches of the Biloxi Marsh requires long hauls from Louisiana ports, but it’s less than 12 miles from Pass Christian. Here’s how to catch limits without burning a lot of fuel.

I arrived at the small-boat harbor in Pass Christian, Miss., 15 minutes before our 2 p.m. appointment — as storms just to the north of the coast broke loose.

So the next hour or so was spent visiting with Capt. Ronnie Daniels and the father-and-son fishing team of Dana and David Sanders while the rains passed.

Tucked into the wilderness of Southwest Louisiana is a small stream that offers beautiful paddling opportunities — and it’s packed with aggressive redeye bass, aka spotted bass. Here are some tips on how to catch them.

The sign set off the road read, “Welcome to Oberlin, Gateway to Canoe Country.”

Canoes and tumbling creeks and rivers of clear water are the last things many Louisianans would think of as being part of their state.

Yet, here it was.

Fishing options abound throughout the state, with speckled trout and redfish swarming coastal waters, and bass just waiting for you to put a bait on their noses.