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This screen shot shows Furuno’s Target Analyzer engaged and indicating two red targets approaching. The Echo Trail feature shows the shadowy paths of the moving objects to help avoid the vessels.

Furuno’s new small-boat radar

Ask three fishermen what they like most about their radar units and you might well get three different answers.

The most-experienced user might tell you it ties with sonar as his most valuable fishing tool.

4 hours ago
Fuel up the boat and make runs to the east of Grand Isle to find plenty of trout action this month.

Head to the Gulf for Barataria trout

Capt. John Pounders takes every shot the weather gives him this month to chase speckled trout in the big water. 

“July is a great month for us to burn a little fuel and head to the outside to catch specks, said the owner of Eccentric Charters (504-382-2268). “I will target them around Coup Abel, Four Bayous, Cat Island and the Bay Long area on the edge of the gulf.

20 hours ago
J Lynn Vidrine shows off a nice mangrove snapper during a recent  offshore trip out of  Grand Isle. Her husband, Tommy Vidrine, likes to use a Carolina rig to deliver live croakers or pogies to whatever depth mangroves are suspending around the rig

Top 3 tips to mop up on mangroves

Every summer, when July and August roll around and Tommy Vidrine can tear himself away from catching hammer speckled trout at Grand Isle for a while, he heads offshore in pursuit of another hard-fighting fish.

He's after mangrove snapper, and he says now’s the best time of the year to catch them.

20 hours ago
Josh Chauvin shows off a frog he arrowed during a recent daytime public lands trip with his recurve bow. It's a lot more challenging than nighttime frogging, but Chauvin said it's a great way to get in some bow practice before deer season.

Apex Predator: Daytime frogging with a recurve bow

Recently I found out about an entirely new way to hunt with my bow in the offseason — and also get in some good practice in advance of deer season: Frogging with archery equipment during the day. 

23 hours ago
Creature baits are great for plucking Atchafalaya Basin bass from active drains.

Basin run-outs light up

When the nation’s last great overflow swamp is done taking its annual bath and the water level starts falling, Atchafalaya Basin bass anglers can have a grand time.

A veteran angler who has fished the Atchafalaya Basin since he was old enough to hold a fishing pole saids one of the bassing hotspots will be Grand Lake.

Yesterday at 10:08am
The recreational greater amberjack season in the Gulf of Mexico will not reopen as scheduled on Aug. 1 because NOAA says the recreational harvest of 1,034,442 pounds has already been reached.

Recreational amberjack season in Gulf will not reopen in 2016

If you were planning on making an amberjack trip in the Gulf of Mexico when the season reopened on Aug. 1, make other plans.

July 22 at 4:22pm
Capt. Britt Ordes fishes deep with live shrimp for big speckled trout this time of year.

Fish Hopedale trout where they cool off

Go to Blue Bayou Water Park on a scorching hot Saturday and you’ll likely be waiting more than an hour to ride the water slide.

July 22 at 11:43am
Planning, practice and preparation paid big dividends for retired LDWF Major Ronald Morris .

Get an early start on planning and preparing for hunting season

Not long after July 4, I’m pretty well burned out on fishing and already starting to think about hunting season.

July 22 at 11:00am
Wait until you feel the weight of a bass instead of setting the hook when he hits a topwater.

Be patient and catch more bass on topwater

The fog is lifting off the surface of the calm lake, and the sun still hasn’t peaked above the tree line. These are perfect conditions for working a topwater plug near the shore for bass. Nothing is more exciting than calling a bass up to smash a lure on the surface.

July 22 at 10:40am

18th Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo set for July 28-30 out of Venice Marina

The 18th Annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo is set to roll next week out of Venice Marina, and this year’s event features a brand new five-fish red snapper stringer division made possible because the state waters line has been pushed beyond the old 3-mile boundary.

July 22 at 10:02am
The author packs his camera field bags with all the gear needed to set up successful camera sites.

The summer doldrums

Here in the Deep South, if the calendar says July would anyone in their right mind argue against the conditions outside being referred to as anything other than the hot and humid “summer doldrums?”

July 22 at 9:00am
Jeremy Croucher, left, and Capt. Frank Lawson show off the pending No. 7-ranked tripletail that Croucher landed on July 14 in East Bay out of Venice. It weighed 31.28 pounds, and measured 32 inches long.

Pending No. 7-ranked tripletail caught last week in East Bay

It’s hard not to do a double take when you lay your eyes on the monstrous 31-pound tripletail caught last week in East Bay.

July 21 at 10:24pm
Even in the heat of summer there are bass that remain shallow, and frogs will get the bites.

Hoppers call in summer bass

Bass fishermen have a lot of different lures to choose as their go-to baits at different times of year and for different fishing situations.

July 21 at 10:00pm

2016 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo scheduled for July 28-30

The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo — billed as the oldest fishing tournament in the United States — will get underway next Thursday, July 28, at sunrise.

July 21 at 3:16pm
Although he expects waterfowl breeding population estimates on the prairies to be lower this year than last, LDWF's Larry Reynolds said Louisiana hunters might actually see more birds this season if we have a colder winter.

Biologist expects lower USFWS waterfowl breeding population estimates this year

Don’t freak out if waterfowl breeding population estimates from the prairies of Canada and the Northern U.S. due out next month are lower than what they’ve been in recent years.

That’s the message to the state’s duck hunters from Larry Reynolds, waterfowl study leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, who pointed out that despite great population estimates last summer, crazy weather conspired to make the 2015-16 season one lots of folks would like to forget.

July 21 at 11:06am
Starting with the rig straight is the first key to successfully backing up a trailer.

2 tips for backing in a boat

The pickup truck sat jack-knifed with its trailer on the boat ramp, driver’s side window rolled down, with a woman’s head sticking out.

July 20 at 5:08pm

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