With a radar app on every smartphone, it's a lot easier now to slip out on the water between rain showers than it was just a decade ago. My son Joel and I did that on Friday, motoring our bay boat over bumpy seas to a grass flat we hoped would hold some topwater-munching speckled trout.
Spring is coming this month, and kayak anglers welcome the warm weather and hot fishing action. Kayak fishing continues to grow in popularity, and it’s a great time to be in the market for your first kayak — or to upgrade from an entry-level model. Many exciting new fishing kayaks are available to suit any angler’s needs. The mild weather also provides a great opportunity to get on the water and sample some great new kayaks at the many available demo days.
Making pre-rigs is Tommy Pellegrin’s answer to the nettlesome task of trying to put together a new rig in the middle of a hot bite. Every moment spent fiddling with lines, corks, sinkers, and hooks increases the chances of speckled trout losing interest in the area and moving off to hunt elsewhere.
This month, redfish enthusiasts welcome the return of thick grass in coastal ponds. The grass not only attracts small crabs and baitfish, it also maintains clarity. And that means great sight-casting opportunities.
Having spent a lifetime eating my way across the watery landscape of Louisiana, I’ve eaten a lot of fish that were delectable, a few fish that were really close to inedible and quite a few fish that were good if you knew what you were doing in the kitchen — and bad if you didn’t.
This episode of Sportsman TV will be sure to get bass fanatics fired up for the spawning season. Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney and Gator Tail owner Kyle Broussard got together for a fishing trip in the Atchafalaya Basin and despite less than ideal conditions, the duo put together a nice bag and a very informative show.