May 2018 - Volume 38, Number 5

Features

Lose the skirt — and thread a frog onto your buzzbait to catch some big-time bass.

Kenny Covington was watching a bass tournament on television a while back when he noticed something he just knew he had to incorporate into his own fishing.

Forget the expensive marketing gimmicks, and get back to the basics. Here are some simple methods you can implement right now to provide supplemental feed for your deer herd.

These days, a deer hunter wears many hats — mechanic, butcher, biologist and farmer. The latter can take up just as much time as hunting does, and some folks dedicate thousands of dollars to growing food for their deer herd. 

Get the most pop out of your corks by employing these guides’ tactics when targeting specks and reds.

Sometimes it’s the noise, other times it’s the approach. Either way, popping cork rigs are a must-have tool for your inshore arsenal.

While many anglers release sharks and gar, this Lake Pontchartrain guide actually targets the teeth. The fight is a blast — and the meat haul is even better.

The kraken (pronounced KROK-in) is a legendary giant sea monster said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland.

The business card on the counter of Bayou Adventure in Lacombe couldn’t help but catch my eye. An orange-skeletoned alligator gar with a gaping mouth full of fangs slithered sinuously down the black card’s face.

Even if you’re just competing for weekend bragging rights, these insights from a couple of successful tournament anglers will help you put more reds in the boat.

For even the most casual inshore angler, it’s hard to miss the redfish tournament craze that happens every spring and summer.

Bigger isn’t always better — a down-sized finesse jig might be just the ticket for days when bass are playing hard to get. Here’s how the pros rig up to take them down.

When you ask a specialist to design a tool, they’ll likely give you a prototype with the details that matter most. That’s what Bassmaster Elite Series pro David Walker did for Z-Man when he designed the Cross EyeZ Power Finesse Jig.

Putting in some time on the computer before you hit the water could pay off big — if you can locate underwater reefs, shell pads and pilings in Lake Pontchartrain. One guide shares some tips that will help you catch more trout.

Homework and studying are some of the biggest complaints from high school and college students. They go to class all day, then come home and have to hit the books again. 

Much of the fishing in this legendary Lake Pontchartrain hotspot is concentrated in about a 1-square-mile area, so you might think location isn’t important. But you’d be wrong. Two certified trout masters share their plan of attack.

The New Orleans metropolitan area is ranked in the Top 50 cities in the country, with a population of about 1.3 million people. And situated in the middle of Orleans Parish, the waters surrounding the Seabrook Bridge (recently named the Senator Ted Hickey Bridge) make it one of the top inshore saltwater fishing areas located within the city limits of any major metropolitan area in the United States.

Each year, the general public has the opportunity to participate in Louisiana’s annual alligator harvest. Here’s what you need to know if your name gets pulled.

It’s a long boat ride down the Calumet spillway to the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area’s Wax Lake Unit. It’s also a straight run, which makes it a perfect time for reflecting. In other words, once you push your throttle forward and get your boat heading south, for the next 30 minutes or so you have time to go over mental checklists or anything else that comes to mind.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Bernie Schultz landed this hawg on a recent trip to Grosse Savanne Lodge in Cameron Parish. Find out how you can land some big bass of your own with a buzz-frog, starting on page 38. Cover photo by Patrick Bonin.