May 2017 - Volume 37, Number 5


Teaming up with other boats can pay big dividends in the marsh.

The weather looked lousy as Creighton Ward, part owner and first captain of Southern Exposure Inland Fishing Charters, launched his boat from an obscure launch just north of the old Buras Auditorium into the Mississippi River. 

It was overcast, threatening rain and worst of all the wind was honking. 

The water just had to be dirty.

Taking a page from your wintertime playbook can pay big dividends in May

As the sun started to make its appearance over the horizon, Larry Frey’s monofilament was already stretching on the first speckled trout of the day. He landed the fish and began working on filling out his limit, which he did.

Bass’ instincts can be their downfall in the spring

It’s like girls night out for new mama bass and dads are watching the kids. That’s basically the deal with a popular spring pattern we know as “fry guarders” — male bass round up recently hatched babies (fry) and keep constant watch for a host of predators from bluegill, to crappie to other bass.

Feed, feed, and feed some more to take down record number - and size - hogs.

The big guy sat down fluidly and easily in the ground blind with his Weatherby Accumark Custom rifle over his knees.

For his 275 pounds, he was nimble, if not spry.

Although channel bends can be difficult to locate, doing so can pay huge dividends.

More than 10 years ago, when I used to live in West Monroe, my local tournament partner Sid Havard and I used to look forward to May every year.

Trout not cooperating? Get on the big motor and get back on the bite.

Capt. Lane Zimmer’s text message was crystal clear.

“… left them biting yesterday,” the message read. 

I wasn’t sure what happened between yesterday and this morning, but Lane’s spot that was so productive just 24 hours before only gave up two trout.

Spring bream fishing beckons anglers off the beaten path

If you can fish it, they will come. 

No matter how long or rough the road, how far back off the beaten path or how tough the waters may be to navigate, the determination of fishermen is a perfect example of the old American phrase, “come Hell or high water.”

Each and every summer Toledo Bend consistently delivers slabs of gorgeous tasty fillets to anglers bent upon finding them. Read on about a family who finds great sac-a-lait success in these fabled waters.

May signals the beginning of the Toledo Bend slab-a-thon celebration.

Bass angling pursuits have somewhat diminished because the fish are postspawn, and many anglers now turn to fishing deep for the sweet slab fillets found on Louisiana’s state fish, the white perch (aka crappie and sac-a-lait).

When the trout aren’t cooperating, you might just need on stay on the big motor and cover more water.Photo courtesy Joel Masson.