Fishing

Catfish lurk in the shadows of large structures like boats, docks and bridges where they hide and ambush prey. Kayak anglers tucked into these areas and used a sliding cork to get the bait near the hull of this anchored boat.

Bayou catfishing

Catching really big fish — in a really small boat
January 18 at 9:00am
Yak Gear Ambush Kayak Duck Blind

New gear reviews

January 18 at 9:00am
Robyn Bordelon drifted a chunk of mullet just above the bottom to catch this nice cat. Balloons or sliding corks work great to keep the bait off the bottom and free from snags as it moves with the current.

January’s Best Bets

January 18 at 9:00am

Marsh Man Masson vid: Part 2 of one-boat fish-off

Mid-day lull broken by fast bite
January 17 at 11:25am
When targeting big reds under birds in Lake Pontchartrain, time is of the essence — so don’t approach them like you would a school of specks. Move into casting distance quickly when you see a bird dive, throw to that spot and then prepare for battle.

Be aggressive when targeting Lake Pontchartrain reds under birds

Speedy approach trumps stealth, angler says
January 15 at 2:00pm

One boat, two friends. It's a FISH-OFF!

All-day competition results in hefty catches
January 15 at 11:49am
Steve Porter, who created the Super Sally, holds a hawg he caught with one recently on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee.

The Super Sally

One of bass fishing’s best kept secrets
January 15 at 9:00am
When Capt. Joe Dimarco’s seeking winter reds, the various drilling structures throughout the marsh earn a lot of his attention.

Cold weather considerations

January 15 at 7:00am
Ron Braud’s Stippled Poppers are as much artwork as they are functional lures.

Tippets

January 15 at 7:00am
This little bass won't win any rodeos, but it reminded the author that having an open mind and trying new tactics can not only help you catch fish — but also maximize your enjoyment out on the water.

Inshore insights: What one dink bass taught me

Learning new techniques can stoke your fishing passion
January 12 at 10:55am
According to Capt. Devin Denman, the Matrix Craw is a great all-around tool for targeting redfish — either retrieved quickly as a search bait, or bounced along the bottom like a jig.

Inshore insights: Top 3 redfish lures

Changing marsh dictates changes in lure selection
January 12 at 10:42am
If you prefer buying your fishing/hunting license from a retail location, do it before Jan. 30 — or wait until April 2 while a new vendor gets equipment installed and staff trained. Licenses can still be purchased online or at select LDWF regional offices

LDWF transitioning to new hunting/fishing license sales system

Training period means no retail vendor sales Feb. 1 - April 1
January 12 at 9:47am

Marsh Man Masson vid: The 8 most-common fishing googans

If you see one coming, run
January 11 at 10:25am
Luling angler Tim Bye found Lac Des Allemand-area sac-a-lait pulled tight to the banks Jan. 9 in dead-end canals with clean water.

Des Allemands sac-a-lait staging for spawn

Weather systems dictate where to find crappie
January 10 at 4:14pm