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Trips to The Pen a breeze

Many things may have changed about The Pen over the years, but the one thing that has remained the same is how conveniently located it is.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Stick with south and east banks for best bite

Being such a large lake to fish, The Pen can be somewhat intimidating for anglers who have never fished it before. The question of where to start can lead to second-guessing if the fish don’t immediately respond.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Z-Man offers something truly different

Louisiana anglers, by and large, hate soft-plastic baits that tear up quicker than wet toilet paper.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Live shrimp makes things a little easier

Believe it or not, live shrimp are often still available in Delacroix for much of this month.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Everybody’s working for the weekend

Delacroix is less than an hour from New Orleans, and about two hours from Baton Rouge, so day trips there are easy.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Tackle up

West Monroe’s Jim Dillard throws his jerkbaits on a long rod of 6-foot-10 to 7-2, but nothing too heavy.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Suspend in the salt

When winter pushes trout and redfish into deeper canals and inner marsh arteries, suspending baits often earn the attention denied to sinking and faster-moving baits.

January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Jerkbait enhancement

With any jerkbait, a suspending posture at rest is usually what you want, but some days find the fish most interested in falling baits.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Chatter baits vs. swimming jigs

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be that much difference between where and how someone would fish a chatter-type bait versus a swimming jig.

Upon close examination, you’ll notice that the only difference between the two is the chatter bait has a blade in front while a swimming jig doesn’t.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Best Caney Lake chatter bait colors

It’s hard to get me to believe that lure color makes much of a difference.

Do you really think a bass waiting on top of some coontail for something to eat looks at a chatter bait and decides to pass because it’s green pumpkin instead of black-and-blue?Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Cold fish — Winter fishing tips for Biloxi Marsh trout, redfish

According to the Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation, the Biloxi Marsh is an estuary network of 210,000 acres of coastal wetlands. That network was crushed by Katrina, and battered and bruised by countless hurricanes and tropical storms before and since.

It was injured by BP, and given a severe thrashing for years by the greatest debacle in the history of the Corps of Engineers — the MRGO.

Yet, marvel of marvels, that marshland survives, and even thrives. Crisscrossed by bayous and canals, dotted with innumerable lakes, bays, ponds and lagoons, it provides a rich variety of habitat that offers for some of the best coastal fishing anywhere on earth.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

The more things change — Fishing for trout, bass, redfish at The Pen

Change is inevitable in coastal marsh.

The tide gives when it rises and takes away when it falls.

Land piles up in some places while washing away in others.

Fish that you couldn’t stop from biting one day cease to exist the next.

Nowhere is this change more evident than in The Pen. One of the most-famous fishing holes in all of Southeast Louisiana, this Lafitte hotspot once wasn’t even a lake.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Back and Forth — Top winter fishing tips for Delacroix trout

If you live in the northern tier of the United States during the month of January, you’d better really like your wife.

The weather is remarkably consistent, and it’s consistently horrible.

The snow doesn’t come down in nice, pretty, little flakes that float back and forth on gentle pillows of fluffy air. It storms from the heavens in torrents that make Hurricane Sandy seem like a summer shower.

If you don’t have one of those fancy snow blowers or a fast-shoveling 12-year-old son fond of child abuse, that lovely combination of ice and air will collect in minutes into massive drifts that will completely hide your home. Open your front door, and you’ll be faced with a wall of white with a cute little indentation where your doorknob once was.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Suspended Animation ­—Jerkbait tips for wintertime bass fishing

Cold water, shallow water, clear water; plenty of situations make it hard to get fish to bite. For largemouth bass, one of the biggest mistakes anglers make in these conditions is fishing too fast and pulling baits through the strike zone with only a brief window of opportunity for predators to make their move. 

January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Caney Chatter - An unusual Caney Lake tactic for winter bass fishing

The last thing that comes to most people’s minds when thinking about Caney Lake is a chatter bait.

Kenny Covington isn’t most people.

He is a bassaholic who isn’t afraid to buck conventional wisdom.

When fishing magazines instruct him to head to deep water during the middle of winter, what does Covington do?

I’ll tell you what he doesn’t do. He doesn’t fish deep water.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Scorpion Marine Coatings

Scorpion Marine Coatings provide a durable, high traction, non-skid surface for your boat deck, dock ramps, storage compartments or platforms. It functions as both a tough outer surface and as a moisture barrier, adhering to virtually any material including wood, metal and fiberglass. Special UV inhibitors also ensure the coating will last for many years in direct sunlight. Scorpion Marine Coatings come in black, grey or tan and can also be customized.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Yes, buffalo are fish

Actually, buffalo are three species of fish rather than one. No one knows from where the odd name for the creatures is derived. But their scientific names are almost certainly taken from their common name.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Lowrance introduces new touchscreen unit, custom contour mapping service

Do you have a favorite fishing area that isn’t mapped as accurately as you’d like? Now you can do it yourself with any Lowrance HDS multifunction unit, including new models with touchscreen control.Read More...
December 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

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