August 2016 - Volume 36, Number 8


When the oppressive heat of August beats down on the Louisiana coast, head to the upper Biloxi Marsh to catch specks and reds.

This goes down as one of my very best summers — ever.

June came in with intense heat and sweltering humidity, and an abundance of speckled trout. At least it did where I was fishing — in and around Bay Eloi.

When you think of trophy trout, what lake instantly comes to mind? It’s likely Sabine Lake isn’t it, but this guide knows it holds monsters — and he has the inside track on catching them.

We could be launching into a lake on Mars for all that most Louisianans would know about this place. There was enough daylight at the ramp to reveal that every vehicle already on the lot carried Texas license plates. 

But in Louisiana we were, at a small, no-frills boat launch set off the shoulder of Highway 82 where it crosses the lower end of Sabine Lake, the border lake between Louisiana and Texas.

Sure, you can go out and catch a box of trout this month. But if you really want to have some fun, head to that waters around Plaquemines Parish to battle redfish — big redfish.

Gary Abernathy was sure he saw a fish move off the tip of a grassy point on the south side of a little cut between islands.

The key to summertime crappie fishing is catching your limit and getting off the water before the blast furnace really kicks in. And this angler knows just how to make that happen.

Trolling crankbaits has exploded onto the crappie fishing scene in the last few years. And, while there is bit of a learning curve, the tactic can be highly productive in terms of filling the freezer with fillets.

Brett Preuett cut his teeth fishing the Ouachita River, and the Bassmaster Elite Series pro shares the secrets to catching bass on the winding waterway.

Louisiana’s Brett Preuett is living the dream. Or should we say, “Fishing the dream.”

But don’t worry: Even when somebody pinches him, he’s still there.

“There is no doubt about it: This is a dream come true for me,” the 23-year-old Monroe angler said.

August is the most-dreaded month, but these anglers know the Toledo Bend bass bite can be as hot as the air temperatures. And they share their secrets to success.

Bass fishing in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees is not for the faint of heart.

But those willing to brave the sultry temperatures know August can deliver sizzling bass action — especially on America’s No. 1 bass fishery.

The son of renowned Louisiana angler J.B. Salter is continuing his father’s work. Here’s how to use the Salter Jiggin’ Pole to line your freezer with fish.

The cork slowly went under.

I knew it was a crappie: It didn’t swim off like a bass, twitch like a bream or disappear with a snap like a catfish.

It just eased down, down, down.

Louisiana beaches fill with speckled trout this month, providing plenty of action for those willing to wade into the fray. And these accomplished surf anglers share their expertise.

Aggressive, abundant and readily available to those willing to enter the warm summer surf — speckled trout present the perfect wade-fishing target.

Heavy stringers of fat specks await along the beaches from the Cajun Riviera’s Holly Beach on the state’s southwestern coast to Grand Isle’s pristine sands, and eastward to the Chandeleur and Breton islands.

August means long runs to catch fish in the ‘big water,’ right? Well, not if you launch out of Shell Beach. Just follow these anglers to boxes full of fish, just minutes from the landing.

“And all my rowdy friends have settled down!” Artie yelled while making his grand entrance through the back door to Doc’s Shell Beach camp, which was strangely dark and quiet.

But Artie’s rendition of the famous Hank Williams Jr. song had nothing of Hank’s laid-back tone and low volume. Instead, Artie seemed hell-bent on using the famous tune to top the best bellows from Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Axl Rose, Bono — even AC/DC’s Brian Johnson! 

The summer heat is on, and that means specks are patrolling the beaches in search of easy meals. Learn everything you need to know to build hefty stringers of trout.