Clayton Shilling combined this nice 42.25-inch bull red with a 14.125-inch trout to win first place in the IFA kayak fishing tournament in Grand Isle.

‘Yak tournament tactics

September 15 at 7:00am
After Chris Holmes landed a small bass, this young brown pelican swooped in and tried to steal a free meal. The bird wasn’t successful — but it didn’t give up easily, circling around and eventually landing on the kayak for a quick free ride.

September’s best kayak fishing

September 15 at 7:00am
Trout begin transitioning back into coastal marshes this month, so you can catch some specks in the same bays you’re targeting redfish.

Intersect incoming trout

September 15 at 7:00am
If you don’t find reds at your usual spots, it’s time to venture out and look for new areas.

Don’t make this mistake

September 15 at 7:00am
A Duce Echo paired with a Daiwa Tatula provide plenty of power to boat hard-fighting bull reds.

Best tackle

September 15 at 7:00am
Tradition cleaning Step 1: Using a spoon as a tool, scrape all the scales from the body of the fish and rinse it thoroughly.<br />

How to clean bream the Francois way

September 15 at 7:00am
Old River offers excellent sac-a-lait fishing, as well as bream fishing, and Padra and Gene often “combo fish” for them.

The Old River bream cycle

September 15 at 7:00am
Francois always begins hooking her crickets through the tip of the abdomen, what she calls the “butt,” rather than under the collar behind the head.

Little things

September 15 at 7:00am
Fishing rafts are never out of sight on Old River.

Old River rafts and raft courtesy

September 15 at 7:00am
The three lures that Lavigne used on the river are, from the top, a Humdinger spinner, a Whopper Plopper topwater plug and a Lunker Lures buzzbait.

Keep lure choices simple

September 15 at 7:00am
Joe Lavigne is best known for his speckled trout fishing skills, but his first love is bass in small rivers.

A heck of a place for a Trout Master

September 15 at 7:00am


September 15 at 7:00am
Capt. Lane Zimmer was catching a few speckled trout inside before Gordon's surge. He expects to see that trend accelerate in the coming days.

Gordon gives Lafitte the nudge it needed

Slight surge does good things for region.
September 14 at 10:38am
Mike Malone shows off a couple of nice flounder - he and a buddy caught seven on a recent night-fishing trip out of Hackberry last weekend.

Night-fishing kayak trip in Hackberry produces

Swimbait near lighted dock was the ticket
September 13 at 3:48pm