Fishing News and Information

Amberjack’s family tree

Dark-brown backs, white bellies, a faint golden stripe running nose to tail and a distinctive dark line that reaches from the eye to the anterior (front) dorsal fin are some of the defining marks of a greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili).

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Best amberjack fishing gear

Capt. Hunter Caballero’s amberjack gear is no joke: stout, 7 ½-foot rods with Penn 30-wide reels carrying 200-pound braided line.

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Philosophy of a predator

“I try to think like a fish,” said Tommy Vidrine, dark eyes burning fiercely. “A predator like a trout is different than a redfish. They will be a predator and a scavenger. Speckled trout are always predators.

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Vidrine’s speck calendar

Tommy Vidrine’s speckled trout fishing calendar is broken into three segments, and how and where he fishes is different for each period.

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Tippets

Ask any veteran fly angler and they’ll tell you that August is perhaps the toughest month of the year for fly fishing in Louisiana — with three very notable exceptions.

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Find your catfish

Sonar expert Doug Vahrenberg offered a few tips for leveraging the perspective of subsurface imaging for effective catfish targeting.

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Lake Maurepas is a big, little-known lake

Lake Maurepas is a big lake — actually the second-largest lake fully in Louisiana after its big brother Lake Pontchartrain, which lies immediately to the east of Maurepas.

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Swamp studz?

The lean and tanned 24-year-old had just graduated college with a degree in engineering technology, but you would have to talk to him a long time before that turned up in the conversation.

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Gearing up to spearfish catfish

For all the “cool factor” in what Jacob Griffin does, his sport is decidedly low-tech.

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Spearfishing catfish stump strategy

While Jacob Griffin munched on peanut butter-filled cheese crackers between dives, he chattered about the fish he loves to chase.

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History of Claiborne stripers

Lake Claiborne was completed in 1967. Even before that time, Hood’s father had property on the lake, and the two of them have actually walked all the way across what he calls the Little Lake area of Claiborne, which is the large open area north of the Big Lake but still south of the two large arms that extend far to the north of the spillway almost all the way to downtown Homer in Claiborne Parish.

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Eat, sleep, fish

Whoever came up with the “Eat, Sleep, Fish” T-shirt must have been from Louisiana. That’s because usually everywhere you find good fishing, good food can’t be far away.

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Four seasons of Claiborne stripers

Persistent fishermen can catch striped bass on Lake Claiborne pretty much all year long. The four seasons of Claiborne stripers vary a little bit from traditional “seasons,” as Donny Hood outlined below.

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Best gear

If you want to hear the cry “striper on” often, here’s the gear Captain D recommends.

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Tackle for Black Bayou black crappie

Weldon’s Black Bayou setup is four 12-foot Outlaw crappie poles with 12-pound high visibility Stren gold monofilament line.

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Where to go on Black Bayou Reservoir

Black Bayou Reservoir (not to be confused with Black Bayou Lake near Monroe) is a 600-acre body of water located eight miles north of Bossier City near the town of Benton.

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Hide-n-seek for crankbait bass

Deep water alone offers no promise of bass. Opportunity level, however, increases with the presence of fish-friendly features like ledges, humps, deep stumps, etc.

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Fishing deep-diving crankbaits for redfish

In some parts of the country, redfish are called “channel bass.” Reds and largemouth bass hail from different fish families, of course, but these two species share more than a common nomenclature — they share an interest in crankbaits.

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