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Sportsman Survivor

Time travel is a scary proposition.

For one thing, you never know if the portal you slide down is two ways. I mean, really, when you’re vaporized from one era and reconstructed in another, is there any guarantee you’ll be able to get back to where you started?

And even more importantly, do you really know where you’re going to end up?

Kirk Douglas didn’t.
February 28, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Marsh Olympics

It was still dark in the pre-dawn hours of a Thursday morning when I shook hands with Capt. Chad Dufrene and we sat down for breakfast at Rose’s Café in Golden Meadow. Rose’s is one of those colorful local eateries that offers good food (especially breakfast), hot coffee and lots of local banter.Read More...
February 28, 2006 at 3:00 pm

The Great Bait Debate

Those fish aren’t gonna hit that plastic,” my fishing buddy said emphatically more than a decade ago.

All morning we’d caught speckled trout, some weighing 6 pounds. We almost had our limit of these gorilla-sized specks when we ran out of live finger mullet, mostly 4- to 6-inches long, only slightly longer than the middle finger of a man’s hand.Read More...
February 28, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Catfish Lake Consistent Despite Cold

In typical Louisiana fashion, Captain Jim Thibodeaux of Fish Tales Guide Service (985-696-1801) has faced three entirely different weather scenarios the past three days. The weather ranged from cold and rainy to warm and breezy. It’s been enough to make Thibodeaux wonder how to dress and the fish wonder whether they should be deep or shallow.Read More...
February 21, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Patience Key To The Pen and Salvador

Captain Mike Daigle with Cast-It Charters (985-331-8548) doesn’t expect to find too many trout in Lake Salvador during the winter because they are usually gone before it gets too cold. However, things are different this year, and he’s been finding pockets of trout throughout the lake. Read More...
February 01, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Reds on the Rocks

I hope it’s going to be cold, with a good stiff wind blowing from the northwest,” Papa Joe Bush said, about the fishing trip I planned. Read More...
January 31, 2006 at 3:00 pm

DuLarge Gravy Train Still Rolling

January 21st wasn’t supposed to be a day fit for man nor beast according to the local weather forecasters. The predicted squall line made more than a few anglers decide to stay on the dock rather than risk the weather. When Captain Olin Rodrigue of Coastal Charter Services (985-856-6494) got to the ramp at DuLarge, he noticed that his customers weren’t the only things missing. The parking lot was vacant.Read More...
January 25, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Blackfin and Wahoo Dominate Lump Action

It’s pretty easy to forget about the offshore fish willing to bite and put up a fight with all the excellent inshore fishing that so many are experiencing this winter. Anglers looking to graduate from a two-pound speckled trout to a 30-pound blackfin tuna should keep in mind that January through March is the time to be out on the Lump.Read More...
January 18, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Louisiana Sportsman TV Debuts

A year ago, Louisiana Sportsman joined forces with GeauxFish TV to bring you the very best the magazine has to offer through the cable connection in the back of your television.Read More...
January 10, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Pipeline Canals Producing When Sulphur Mine Crowded

All the limits of speckled trout reportedly coming from south Louisiana’s bays and bayous has caused the fishing report boards to buzz lately with postings from anglers that think the trout limit should be reduced and with those believing things are all right just as they are. Whichever side you are on, there’s no doubt that the limits of trout are there for the catching – or taking.Read More...
January 10, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Causeway Giving Up

Captain Greg Schlumbrecht of To Fish Charters
(985-960-1709 or moved to Tampa, Florida immediately after Hurricane Katrina due to initial reports that Lake Pontchartrain would quickly become a steaming cauldron of sludge stew. Three weeks ago, he came back.Read More...
January 05, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Jump Start

A blustery cold front roared through, bringing some welcome crisp air to the delta as three anxious anglers pulled up to Venice Marina.Read More...
December 25, 2005 at 2:14 pm

White Christmas

Alligators have absolutely nothing to do with goose hunting. Nonetheless, it was during the commercial alligator season when my co-duck-oholic friend, Shane Wiggins, and I talked about hunting geese during the upcoming season.Read More...
December 25, 2005 at 12:30 pm

Formerly Known as Delacroix

No one can deny it’s Larry Frey’s name on the deed.
But he doesn’t own this land.
November 24, 2005 at 2:30 pm

Back to Normal

Like most everybody else in Southeast Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, my family and I spent our days assessing damage, clearing downed trees and just generally looking after other folks. Normal seemed such a long way away. It still does.Read More...
November 24, 2005 at 2:04 pm

Oodles of Options

Big Lake has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding speckled trout and redfish angling in its wide-open 52,000 surface acres.

But October provides an outstanding opportunity for fishermen to stretch their wings to other regions north of Calcasieu Lake.Read More...
October 19, 2005 at 11:31 am