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The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, shares his favorite gar patty recipe, and also demonstrates how to clean a gar in about five minutes using only a machete.

Video: Apex Predator cleans gar with machete in five minutes

Homemade fish patties have long been a favorite food of mine.

10 hours ago
A gobbling bird can draw poachers onto private land.

Poachers on private property

It was a beautiful morning, a perfect time to be in the woods. The spring gobbler season was underway, but the only birds making any music were the cardinals and blue jays.

12 hours ago
Ray 'Rooster' Ledet and his daughter, Rae, pose with the 15-foot mudboat he made that will be raffled off on Oct. 30 to benefit Children's Hospital of New Orleans. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online through the link in the story.

Handmade mudboat raffle to benefit Children’s Hospital of New Orleans

Sometimes in life, out of great tragedy comes great triumph.

12 hours ago
Sgt. Nicholas Guillory, center, receives the 2015 Officer of the Year award from Gulf Council Chair Kevin Anson, left, and Patrick Banks, assistant secretary for LDWF's Office of Fisheries.

LDWF agent selected as Officer of the Year

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council honored a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent as its 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for rescuing eight people from three different vessels in distress last September.

21 hours ago
Capt. Curtis LeNormand with Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras shows off a nice Breton Island speck fooled by a Z-Man TroutTrick lure last weekend.

Specks still biting on Breton Island

Capt. Ross Montet had a great trip out to Breton Island late last week, easily bringing back four limits of speckled trout on a day when the fish smashed lures as soon as they hit the water, seemingly on just about every cast. 

Yesterday at 1:57pm
Staff and friends of Louisiana Sportsman helped feed more than 1,000 flood victims this weekend in Baton Rouge with funds raised from the Sportsman Store, where 100 percent of all proceeds from our Sportsman Paradise T-shirts will go to flood victims.

Sportsman Store proceeds feed BR flood victims

With your support, proceeds from the Sportsman Store were used this weekend to feed more than 1,000 flood victims in Baton Rouge.

Yesterday at 8:33am
Ride the Bull VII gets underway this Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 a.m. at Bridge Side Marina. Online registration ends at midnight Tuesday, Aug. 23, but you can register on-site this Friday and Saturday.

Ride the Bull VII ready to roll Saturday

After a quick 7 a.m. safety meeting this Saturday, hundreds of kayakers will churn into Caminada Pass in pursuit of a redfish big enough to win the seventh installment of the Ride the Bull tournament on Grand Isle. 

August 22 at 5:22pm
Gary Abernethy shows off a big bull red he caught recently with a LiveTarget hot pink rigged shrimp near Baptiste Collette Pass on the east side of the Mississippi River near Venice.

Now's the time to battle Baptiste Collette bulls

This time of year, schools of bull reds begin making their annual move back to inshore waters to spawn, and on the east side of the Mississippi River one of their favorite gathering places is at the mouth of Baptiste Collette Bayou near Venice.

August 22 at 9:13am
An iPad allows the author to check trail cam pictures and make real-time decisions on camera locations.

Have your sights set on a buck before the season even starts

Where in the world did the summer go? Here it is August, and the respective opening days for SEC football season and hunting season are just weeks away.

August 22 at 9:00am
You can catch crappie throughout the summer, if you know where they’re most comfortable.

Find the thermocline for more crappie

With August here, the first step to catching most species of fish is to find the thermocline, which is the depth in the water column where the temperature is most comfortable and the most oxygen-rich.

That’s where the crappie will be.

August 17 at 9:30am
The four hours or so before sunrise are the best times to catch bass during the heat of summer.

Get up extra early to beat the heat

August temperatures can be pretty rough on fishermen, and not just because of the heat. Lakes and rivers are full of recreational boaters, which can be as big a headache as 95-degree days with 80-percent humidity and no wind.

August 16 at 5:40pm
A look at a marina parking lot shows the various methods and vehicles that can be used for kayak transport. From the roof of a car to the bed of a truck, kayaks are lightweight and can easily be carried back and forth to your fishing location.

’Yak transport

One of the appealing aspects of kayak fishing is a ’yak’s light weight and ease of transport to fishing destinations. However, there is more that goes into getting your kayak from home to the water than meets the eye.

August 16 at 4:00pm
Ken Sherman always points his boat into the current, moving forward slow and easy to ensure he doesn’t prop-wash where he’s fishing.

Be wary of trolling motor prop wash when fishing

Ken Sherman is a perfectionist, paying close attention to every detail involved in catching fish. And one of the things he says many bass anglers overlook is the importance of boat handling when approaching a log jam or tree.

August 16 at 9:00am
Pitching a jig with your off hand is key to being ready for instant hook sets.

Pitch with the other hand

If you pitch jigs using your dominant hand, you’re putting yourself at a huge disadvantage, accomplished tournament angler Ken Sherman said.

August 16 at 6:00am
Private boaters dubbed the

'Cajun Navy' rescues hundreds from record flooding

As water poured form the heavens and swamped the greater Baton Rouge area, a group of St. Bernard Parish surface drive boaters quickly organized and headed west to help with rescue operations — eventually saving hundreds of people stranded by waters too fast to allow them to get to out.

"We remember when people came to help us (after Hurricane Katrina)," said Violte's Jared Serigne, who became the de facto admiral of the so-called Cajun Navy.

August 16 at 1:28am
Ken Sherman said letting a jig sit with slack line is one of the keys to consistency with the lure.

Top 5 jig-fishing tips to catch more bass

Jigs were once thought of as primarily cold-weather lures, but anglers have proved over the past decade or so the baits will produce bites even in the heat of summer.

But a lot of fishermen struggle to master jig fishing. Baton Rouge’s Ken Sherman, on the other hand, won lots and lots of money with that lure tied to the end of his line before giving up competitive fishing.

August 15 at 3:22pm

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