Fishing News and Information

Best Lake Pontchartrain trout baits for fall fishing

Capt. Eric Dumas is a big fan of Deadly Dudley plastic baits. Bay Choveys are his favorite body style, and he fishes predominantly two colors: slamming sammy and opening night.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

The good, the bad, the ugly and the dangerous

Whenever hurricanes or big tropical storms blow through our area the fishing action often increases.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Dularge redfish get even thicker during December

While October may be a transition month for redfish moving from deep bayous to shallow lakes, Absolute Fishing Charters’ Capt. Marty LaCoste knows there is another transition redfish go through later in the year.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Isaac’s contrasting wind directions delayed Dularge fish recovery

The earth is a resilient thing. It has a way of cleansing itself after it inflicts its own devastation, and there’s probably no better example of this than how quickly fishing picks up along the coast of Louisiana after a hurricane.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Highway robbery: Catch plenty of reds and specks within minutes of Highway 1

There are some pretty cool perks to being an outdoor writer. One is that opportunities sometimes present themselves to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

For example, Corey Coghlan, co-owner of Kajun Custom Kayaks, offered to take me kayak fishing in the marsh around Grand Isle last October. I had been going down to Grand Isle for a couple of years to fish the beach but had never tried kayak fishing.

Of course, I jumped at the chance.

Surprisingly, Coghlan told me to meet him and his partner Andrew Chidlow at Moran’s Marina in Fourchon at 8 a.m. instead of the crack of dawn. When I mentioned the late start (not that I was complaining), Coghlan explained that tidal movement was more important than time of day.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Home Run Trout: Head to Lake Pontchartrain’s Causeway bridges for trophy specks


The sound that a white ash baseball bat makes in the dry, crisp October air is unmistakable. It’s not the hollow ping from the aluminum bats used in college and high school.

The best of the professionals put the wood to the ball every October during the Major League Baseball World Series. But they’re not the only pros at work during this beautiful month.

In Louisiana’s biggest lake, some of Louisiana’s best speckled trout anglers are hitting home runs with big speckled trout. “World Series Trout” are what Lake Pontchartrain fishermen call them. Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Haunted Graveyard: Head to Lafitte’s Indian Graveyard for hot fall redfishing action

So, when the voice on the other end of the phone said we’d be fishing in a graveyard, I’ll admit it took me aback. The call came a short time before Hurricane Isaac struck, so we weren’t talking about fishing a flooded cemetery.

“Where are we going to be fishing?” I asked for clarification.

“Indian Graveyard,” the voice answered. “It’s a big area of ponds and canals down between here and Grand Isle.

“And it should be loaded up with redfish right now.”Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Tale of two weeks: Bayou Dularge redfish action goes crazy in October

Three days after Hurricane Isaac raked across coastal Louisiana, Capt. Marty LaCoste launched his 24-foot Blue Wave Pure Bay from Jugs Landing at the end of Highway 315 below Houma in Terrebonne Parish.

He knew what he was looking for, but he wasn’t sure he was going to find it.

Turns out, after making a loop from Lake Mechant into Sister Lake, down to the coast, up Pelican Pass and on into Bay Junop and King Lake, he found no birds and no clear water.

His catch for the day included a couple of redfish, a black drum and a freshwater catfish.

Things were a lot better for him two days later.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

82 Options: Fishing locations abound along Highway 82

Highway 82 in Vermilion Parish is a paved corridor through some of the finest natural areas in the state. During the fall, the wings of autumn buzz highway travelers on 82 while alongside the scenic highway, camo-clad hunters start getting their camps and leases ready for the coming duck and goose season.

This is where the flyway ends, and the first fronts of the fall signal hunters to the coming gun season.

To many, though, one season remains ever in play: Fishing takes no back seat, as the angling action remains hot when the chill winds start to blow.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

A mullet by any other name is still a mullet

The striped mullet is a fish of many names. By one count, it carries 21 English names and at least 144 in other languages. It is “jompo” in Malagasy, an appropriate-sounding name for this most airborne of fish. In Dutch it goes by “diklipharder.” You figure that one out. Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

The Bird Island that once was

Dear Capt. Paul:

Do you have the coordinates for Bird Island in Barataria Bay near Grand Isle?

Andre
October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Bayous Lacombe, Liberty offer great trout action

When I was young, I could not wait until teal season each September. Hunting was not the plan, but fishing around Bayou Lacombe was.

Each September brought a change in the weather and the trout along the shoreline and bayous around Lacombe and Slidell. Not much has changed, except there is less grass in the lake. As cool fronts pass through and the hunters boom away at the teal, the trout simply stack up in Bayou Lacombe and Liberty.Read More...
September 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

2013 Central Opens include stop on the Red River

The 2013 Bassmaster Central Open tournament circuit opens with a stop at the Red River out of Shreveport on April 25-27, B.A.S.S. announced.

This stretch of the Red River was home to the 2009 and 2011 Bassmaster Classics, as well as a number of other Bassmaster tournaments over the years.Read More...
September 27, 2012 at 9:14 am

Three men busted with 62 redfish after leaving The Pen near Lafitte

Three Jefferson Parish men were cited Friday (Sept. 21) for allegedly keeping more than four times their legal four-man limit of redfish during a Lafitte fishing trip, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries said.

The three men were cited with possessing 62 redfish, the LDWF said.Read More...
September 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Web site created to help Shell Beach marina rebuild

Until a week ago, John James of New Orleans had never been to Shell Beach.

But James caught the tail end of a radio interview of Robby Campo conducted by local personality Kaare Johnson. Campo was discussing the complete annihilation of his family's marina caused by Hurricane Isaac.Read More...
September 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

Body of missing Ouachita River angler found

The body of a 64-year-old Monroe man who was reported missing Thursday (Sept. 20) was found Saturday (Sept. 22), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries reported.

LDWF enforcement agents and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies had been searching for Charles Trascher after he failed to return from a fishing trip, the LDWF said.Read More...
September 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

What the heck is trolling motor navigation?

A July press release from Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics begins, “Continuing the evolution of GPS trolling-motor navigation, Minn Kota’s i-Pilot Link utilizes GPS technology and ethernet connectivity to achieve new levels of boat control.”

Having attended a webinar on this new system, I was already thinking about how much that opening sentence is going to mean to fishermen.Read More...
September 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

Amberjack, blackfin tuna thick out of Cypremort Point

Catching amberjack and a deck full of blackfin tuna always makes for a successful meat haul to the outskirts of the continental shelf.

Loading up on those blackfin is usually a breeze, but getting down to monster AJs and grouper, skipping over pesky out-of-season red snapper, is what any serious angler wants to do during his September bottom-fishing time.Read More...
September 19, 2012 at 10:51 am