July 2017 - Volume 37, Number 7

Features

Cajun ingenuity and know-how tempts fickle summertime sac-a-lait

The tiny cork bobbled ever so slightly.

“Bream,” I asked?

Find eroded, underwater islands to save the day

Planning the attack

“I’m telling you; it’s like finding sunken treasure. To me it’s like striking gold!”

Hit four rivers in one day for the trip of a lifetime

In the heat of the summer, bass fishing on Louisiana’s reservoirs and lakes can be downright sluggish.

Bass, bream, sac-a-lait make for hot fishing in the summer

Clint Ward dropped his 1/32nd ounce jig into the water. Attached to it was a multi-colored curly tail plastic, tipped with a little piece of Berkley Gulp Earthworm the size of a small snow pea added for enticement. Nowhere in his rigging was a float. What’s more, the lack of a cork gave me pause mainly because I was accustomed to using one where panfish are concerned.

Why the rod you use matters

Most rational people don’t swat a fly with a sledgehammer, but the equivalent of such overkill happens every day. On the water, the sledgehammer is the rod and the fly is either a speckled trout, bass or redfish.

There’s a summer bass party in the City of Lights.

Logan Mount moves his boat down the thick patches of Zizania grass lining the Cane River bank in Natchitoches as if he’s piloting a John Deere combine harvesting summer grain. But he isn’t harvesting wild rice. He’s taking advantage of the summer to reap a crop of largemouth bass.

Cooler water plus lots of structure equals fish magnets

When calm days allow easy runs throughout the Delta’s nearshore rig, anglers in skiffs and bay boats will find a wide array of light-tackle action on structures of various size and design. More than a day-saver, or last-ditch option, Capt. Billy Wallbaum of Boothville’s Paradise Plus Guide Service views these towering structures as downright priorities. In fact, some of his business is summer-rig driven.

A mess of trout live in the summertime surf. Here’s how to catch them

When most folks from Louisiana want to spend a little time at the beach, they pack up their SUVs and head east toward Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

Yellowfin test tackle and resolve — but are worth it

When Brian Evans left Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras around 6:30 a.m., he knew he’d spend about 10 hours in the Gulf of Mexico. He probably didn’t expect to spend 15 percent of that time fighting a single yellowfin tuna — one that went 110 pounds.

Nearshore rigs provide a cornucopia of fish in the summer months. See page 37 for how to make the most of them.