The state’s recreational red snapper season will close on Dec. 31, but the opening date for 2015 has not yet been determined, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
A Texas bass angler’s bid to get back to the Bassmaster Classic depended heavily on a soft-plastic creature bait that few, if any, others had in their arsenal when they fished the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Nov. 6-8 on the Ouachita River.
“I’m all about live bait,” veteran redfish and speckled trout charter guide Herk Bergeron said. “The catch ratio is much better with live bait, especially for bigger fish. Most of the winter, I use cocahoe minnows. I start with shrimp in April. From mid-May into August I use mostly croakers. In September, I shift back to cocahoes.
December usually delivers our first blast of really cold weather. We start getting cold front after cold front beginning in November, and by increments our weather changes from fall to winter with each passing front.
Unlike the warmer months, when scattered crappie create the opportunity to pick one or two here and there and piece together a decent day, Toledo Bend guide Dennis Tietje said the late fall/early winter period calls for a higher level of discernment.
When cooler temperatures have those crappie biting lightly, strike detection becomes paramount. That can be challenging on a good day, but in windy conditions it’s critical that you don’t let the blow rob you of opportunities.
Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited seven men in the last month for alleged oyster fishing violations on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation in Terrebonne Parish, which is closed for the 2014-15 oyster season.