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Grand Lake Triple Play

Down here in the Deep South, we don’t really get to enjoy four different seasons like folks do farther north. I always heard that each season — spring, summer, fall and winter — had its own unique characteristics, and up north, those folks actually get to experience them.Read More...
November 27, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Launch Sequence

Generally, when anglers think of fishing the Lafitte area this month, they automatically think redfish. And for good reason. Lafitte is well known for its production of the hard-fighting bronze brutes throughout the fall and winter months, and October is considered the normal kick-off of the season.Read More...
September 28, 2007 at 4:26 pm

Rattle and pop for fall speckled trout

Flyrodders have enjoyed an unusually good summer for speckled trout, mostly along the beaches and in open waters like Breton Sound, Big Lake and Lake Barre. But I’d bet my dog — whose more valuable to me than my house — that speck fishing is going to be better now that fall is here.Read More...
September 28, 2007 at 4:02 pm

Calcasieu in the Fall

The pink rod made a question mark as the MirrOlure She Dog vanished in an explosion on the surface. When the line knifed through the water, my guide, Kirk Stansel, one of the owners of Hackberry Rod and Gun, and I both wondered aloud, “Speckled trout or redfish?” Read More...
September 28, 2007 at 3:55 pm


The party at Doc’s French Quarter bungalow was an impromptu affair. So an unscheduled visit by Neidermeir (Wesley) and Yoko (Priscilla) caught us off guard.Read More...
September 28, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Four to Know

It was so early in the morning, I couldn’t even see the fluorescent-orange cork that my fishing partner, Eric Dumas, had threaded onto my braided line. I knew it was out there somewhere, but it was well-hidden amongst the inky shadows at the base of the train trestle in eastern Lake Pontchartrain.Read More...
September 28, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Shell Game

The last time I pulled into Capt. Anthony Randazzo’s Paradise Plus lodge in Buras was about two months before Katrina’s infamous visit. The storm’s wash-through left little more than a shell of the log-frame building. How ironic that for this reunion trip, my host would choose to fish over a bunch of bivalves.Read More...
August 22, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Rebounding and Recovering

Going on two years after Hurricane Katrina, fishing in the Amite and Tickfaw river basins is still in recovery mode — notwithstanding a countryside fish-restocking scheme set in motion by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries even while department personnel were heroically engaged in search-and-rescue missions in flood-stricken New Orleans.Read More...
August 22, 2007 at 12:27 pm

Mississippi River a September hotspot

My No. 1 pick this month will be the Venice region because usually at this time of year, the Mississippi River’s down, the water has greened up and moving water will be at the edges of the passes. My favorite places to fish out of Venice are South Pass and Pass a Loutre, and I also like Caddo Lake this month.Read More...
August 22, 2007 at 11:35 am

Winds of Change

Al Nissen sighed as he hung up the phone. His third fishing buddy just turned him down on an offer to go try their luck on some specks and reds early the next morning.Read More...
August 22, 2007 at 11:12 am

Custom-Made Autumn Action

September is the beginning of the oft-dreaded “transition” period. We call the “transition” that in-between time when fish are moving out of their summer haunts but not yet established in their winter patterns. That means they are roving, moving, constantly changing locales, and that is what poses the challenge to anglers seeking to find them.Read More...
August 22, 2007 at 11:04 am

Circle of Life

T-John Thompson got off his school bus at 4 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2006, and without even changing out of his school uniform, grabbed his rifle and headed for his tree stand. At 4:30, he was back at his house asking his mom for help bringing in the deer he had just shot.Read More...
July 30, 2007 at 12:36 pm

Out of the Gulf, Part I

Louisiana sportsmen are truly blessed with a variety of landforms that God seemed to have made specifically for the myriad fish and animals we enjoy pursuing.Read More...
July 30, 2007 at 11:26 am

Hook ’Em Hard

Set the hook hard, son!” the salty old man told me.Read More...
July 30, 2007 at 11:06 am

Grand Isle Fish Fest

Darkness was closing in as we breached Grand Isle’s city limits, and Pelayo slowed down. In seconds, he slammed the brakes with a force that would have launched us through the windshield. Good thing for seatbelts, I thought while rubbing my neck.Read More...
July 30, 2007 at 11:03 am

One man’s trash another’s treasure

Some see a glass with water at the halfway point as half-full. Others see it as half-empty. Still others see the glass and ask “Where’s the ice?”Read More...
July 30, 2007 at 10:58 am