When the winter-spring floodwaters fall out of the Atchafalaya Basin, everything that swims bites.
Unless a fisherman is a single-species snob, a day’s catch can include, largemouth and spotted bass, white bass, yellow bass, two species of crappie, three or four species of bream, blue catfish, channel catfish and the odd flathead catfish.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Day, is probably the best-known shopping day of the year. Stores everywhere advertise their merchandise at sharp discounts and anxious shoppers sometimes camp out overnight in front of their favorite store to be sure they don’t miss the bargains.
The first time I ate crabs was way back in the summer of 1984. I’m not talking about those Alaskan king crab legs that are rapidly processed, quick-frozen and shipped to a chain restaurant or grocery near you.
It certainly wasn’t good old Louisiana blue crabs.
“But nobody actually fishes for TAAAW-PON during the Grand Isle TAAAW-PON Rodeo!” Artie roared.
“Yeah!” Doc laughed, as a baffled Anthony (Trisha’s Floridian brother-in-law) frowned and looked around. “So who’s the wise guy who named a fishing tournament in a place famous for its seafood eatery after a fish NOBODY EATS!”
Everyone loves a hot Delta bite, but you can expect the action to cool off when the weather heats up.
OK, if you don’t mind wading through the pun puddles, this is actually a straightforward premise: When summer’s swelter has the inshore fish languishing in lethargy, you’ll find your brightest opportunities where the warm-season discomfort has minimal impact.
It's time to head to open water for keeper specks this month, and we give you the hottest spots to load the boat.