Fishing News and Information

Why corks work for speckled trout

“I started fishing with corks while I was perch fishing in lakes and ponds around my house when I was growing up,” chuckled Kerry Audibert. “And when we fished at my family camp, they all fished with corks unless they went outside to the rigs. Corks attract fish with their splash and their rattle.

“More important, you can cover more water more effectively with a cork than by fishing tight-line, I feel that speckled trout are suspended most of the time. You can adjust a cork to whatever level in the water column the fish are in by trial and error.”Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Catching Cocodrie trout all about timing

Speckled trout show a fairly dependable annual cycle. Most (remember that I said most) spend winters in low-salinity, interior waters — lakes, bayous and canals.

The hot months are spent in big bays and coastal lakes, and beaches and nearshore/offshore waters.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Fly-fishing a great Wilkerson Canal redfish option

Capt. Dave Marino’s other passion is to fish the same areas with a fly rod.

“I used to wonder why people fly-fished, until I tried it,” he said. “Now I love it. And a lot of my business is taking customers fly fishing.”Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Sweet tea-looking water up north still salty

Anglers used to fishing the near Baffin Bay-looking water of Calcasieu Lake might be surprised to find Breton Sound-looking water the father they venture into the city limits of Lake Charles.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Slow your bait down to catch sluggish specks

There is no question speckled trout have to eat during the winter, but that doesn’t mean they eat the same way they do during the summer.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Get light baits deep quickly with fluorocarbon line

As much as some folks have settled on braided line for much of their saltwater fishing, Nick Poe said a guy fishing deep in Lake Charles and Prien Lake may have a tough time getting down to the trout.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

The Fourchon Freeze — Kayaks are perfect for catching redfish in Port Fourchon’s fish-filled waters

The Port of Fourchon is not the frozen tundra that Green Bay Packer fans so fondly depict their hometown as being. Nor do the surrounding waters of the port freeze, as some of those seen on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.”

But, that doesn’t mean this region doesn’t get downright cold, which just happens to impact the way anglers fish in the winter there.

When Kajun Custom Kayak’s Corey Coghlan invited me to do a little redfishing with him in one of the company’s kayaks at the Port of Fourchon, the idea of “freezing for fish in Fourchon” (note: something hard to say three times as fast as you can), was something I was willing to try.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Corked! How a popping cork could save your fishing trip

Scrunch, Scrunch, Schrunch! The heavy frost on the vehicle’s windshield wasn’t yielding easily to my efforts.

“Man, it’s cold. What am I doing going trout fishing?” I asked myself. The day before, young-gun guide Kerry Audibert Jr. told me that he needed fish (read speckled trout) for his freezer.

December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

In the Zone — Keep catching specks this month in Cocodrie

So I asked him, “What’s the best speckled trout spot on the central coast in December?”

Before he answered, he fixed his lazer-like eyes on me with a look on his face that said, “Everyone knows the answer to that.”

He exhaled slightly and said “Lake Mechant! Lake De Mechant! Lake Mechant!”

“When are we going?” I responded.

I was talking to Bryce Michel, who amongst other things is the owner of Topwater Charters and Lodge in Chauvin. The business employs five charter boats, and the lodge is really two lodges, side-by-side, that can sleep 24 people.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Wilkerson’s Wonderland — Myrtle Grove’s Wilkerson Canal offers great redfishing options

Maybe you’ve thought of Myrtle Grove as a mere blip in the road, a tiny hamlet somewhere between Ironton and West Pointe a la Hache, a place you whiz by on your way to more notable destinations, such as Buras, Empire and Venice.

But it’s time to think again.

Certainly, many old timers remember Myrtle Grove as an outstanding wintertime bank-fishing destination, where you could pay a small fee and pull your car or truck up near the edge of Wilkerson Canal and fish for trout and redfish.

It was well known for producing excellent catches of specks and reds in the most inclement weather. It actually seemed that the colder and more bitter the winter weather was, the better your chances of catching fish.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

City Limits — Lake Charles, Lake Prien full of winter speckled trout

Capt. Nick Poe just knew back in June he would be having one of the most hellacious fall and winter fishing seasons he had ever experienced on the Calcasieu estuary.

“We got a big rain in June,” the Big Lake Guide Service (337-598-3268) captain recalled. “I mean, it rained here almost every day, and I figured it would flush anything and everything, especially up north around Prien Lake and Lake Charles.”

Poe normally wouldn’t be all that concerned about fishing that far north during the winter because all the water is just so much deeper than Calcasieu Lake.

However, he discovered this past fall that there are a lot of fish up there.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Mojo Sportswear

The Weather Buster is a sleek new soft shell jacket from Mojo Sportswear Company that traps body heat while venting extra moisture. It features a full zipper front, an elastic drawstring lower closure, secure zipper closures on all pockets and Velcro closures at the cuffs. The Weather Buster is perfect for an active angler, allowing for the widest range of motion possible and keeping you warm and dry without the bulky layers.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Magellan eXplorist

Featuring easy-to-use menus, a built-in camera and a 3-inch color touchscreen, the Magellan eXplorist 510 Marine Edition provides boaters with navigation charts and data for thousands of U.S. lakes. It combines Magellan’s rugged, waterproof handheld eXplorist 510 Outdoor GPS device with data on 5-foot contours, tides, currents, wrecks, port plans, marsh areas and marine services.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Don’t knock whitey

There are lots of reasons to fish. Some fish for food. Others fish strictly for the pull. For those who love the fight, but could care less about the table qualities of their catch, the Good Lord put jack crevalle’s on earth. They get big and they are mean.Read More...
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Yellowfin hotspots

Dear Capt. Paul,

Can you give me the GPS locations of the Blind Faith and Thunder Hawk rigs and any other coordinates you may have for areas to fish yellows out there?

TV
December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Evinrude debuts new 135-hp outboard in E-Tech line

On Nov. 27, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) introduced the newest horsepower model available in the Evinrude E-TEC outboard engine line-up, the 135 HO. BRP dealers have been authorized to accept orders with delivery beginning in January 2013.

Featuring a lightweight design at 418 pounds and more low-end torque than competitive 150 HP 4-stroke outboards, the Evinrude E-TEC 135 HO is tailor made for flats boats, bay boats and other hulls where the shallower draft of lighter weight and superior bottom-end power are required. It is also well-suited for any application where a superior power-to-weight ratio is a benefit.
November 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

New Orleans men caught with 40 more reds than legally allowed, LDWF says

Two New Orleans men were cited Saturday (Nov. 25) after they were allegedly caught with five times the number of redfish they could legally during a Port Sulphur fishing trip, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries reported.Read More...
November 30, 2012 at 7:17 am

Lake D'Arbonne crappie limit cut in half

The daily bag limit on crappie has been changed for anglers fishing D’Arbonne Lake in Union Parish, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries announced today (Nov. 29).Read More...
November 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm