Keeping your distance from a top and fishing it from the outside in helps you catch more crappie.

What’s a “top”?

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Leonard Kleinpeter keeps one hand on the trolling motor to position his boat carefully to avoid spooking the fish, while fishing with the other hand. Note the homemade pedestal seat mount.

The man and his boat

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Leonard Kleinpeter mounted this brass plaque in Crackerhead to commemorate a long bream fishing friendship.

The plaque in the swamp

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Leonard Kleinpeter applies vanilla extract from a pump spray bottle to keep gnats at bay.

Tip of the day

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Kayak anglers can rent mini-sheds at PAC Kayak Rentals and keep their boats on site, eliminating the need to transport ‘yaks for each trip. It’s proven a popular option, and additional sheds are currently being built.

PAC Kayak Rentals Revisited

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SeaDek foam traction pads offer stylish looks while making your kayak stealthier through noise reduction. They also reduce standing fatigue and make the deck cooler to the touch. The pads are easy to clean and resist mud and blood stains.

New gear reviews

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Thomas Dameron caught this nice redfish while kayak fishing in Pointe-aux-Chenes.

July’s Best Bets

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The weekends-only recreational red snapper season reopened today and will run until the allocation is reached. Through July 1, anglers had landed about 46 percent of the 743,000-pound allocation, according to LA Creel and the LDWF.

LDWF: Snapper landing estimates through July 1; weekend-only season reopens

Friday-, Saturday-, Sunday-only season reopened this morning at 12:01 a.m.
July 13 at 9:27am
Get out early, find redfish waking through grass flats and put gold spoons in the water to catch line-stretching bulls, according to Capt. Austin Plaisance.

Spoon-feed Delacroix's summer reds

Get out early to catch redfish on Delacroix's flats
July 12 at 5:22pm
The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a bipartisan bill - H.R. 200 - that addresses the challenges faced by recreational anglers in the current federal fisheries management system.

U.S. House passes Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill

Landmark fisheries reform legislation takes big step toward becoming law
July 12 at 8:57am
Instead of letting the crabs come to him, Josh Chauvin hunts them down during one of his recent 'sight-crabbing' trips.

Apex Predator goes 'sight-crabbing' for monster blues

He hunts down crabs — instead of letting them come to him
July 11 at 10:25am

Marsh Man Masson vid: Cranking up crabs with incredible underwater footage

Check out the feeding frenzy going on under the surface.
July 10 at 2:56pm