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High-Cotton Crappie

The only thing more consistent than a cold-water crappie bite is the speed at which news of the bite spreads.Read More...
December 27, 2006 at 3:11 pm

Fishin’ Fools

Crazy things often happen when anglers spend time on the water, and fishing guides become spectators at the comedy club of recreational fishing.Read More...
December 27, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Delacroix Delight

Another in a series of cold fronts had blasted through several days before, and the frigid north winds left the marsh almost dry and the temperatures way too cold for comfort.Read More...
December 27, 2006 at 2:04 pm

Bank-Bound Stringers

James Waldon loves to fish, but, alas, he doesn’t own a boat. Before you begin feeling sorry for Waldon, a 67-year-old retiree from Louisiana Tech who lives in Ruston, his dilemma is not the same as if he loved to hunt but didn’t own a firearm.Read More...
November 27, 2006 at 2:51 pm

Health Club Ducks

What’s more exasperating than watching flock after flock after flock of ducks (mostly greys) land far out into the open water 300 yards away from your decoy spread, which was lovingly placed in a sheltered little cove and strategically set out from 20 to 35 yards downwind of where you huddle, perfectly hidden, in a grove of marsh alders blowing yourself hoarse on a duck call? Read More...
November 27, 2006 at 10:39 am

Mellow Yellow

Frigid cold fronts and blustery north winds signal that it’s time to head to one of the most famous Louisiana wintertime trout hotspots — Yellow Cotton Bay in Buras. This area, which is comprised of deep holes and shallow flats, lies just to the west of Highway 23 in lower Plaquemines Parish.Read More...
November 27, 2006 at 10:29 am

Hot and Cold


The cold air cut through me like a Ginsu as I steered my flats boat out of Delacroix’s Bayou Gentilly and into Little Lake.Read More...
November 22, 2006 at 11:45 am

Inverse Relationship

I remember a funny song Jerry Reed used to sing titled “When you’re hot, you’re hot…”Read More...
November 22, 2006 at 11:20 am

West zone duck opener offers hope

The beginning of the 2006-2007 duck season got off to an incredible start in the west zone on Nov. 11. Reports with hunters happily holding their ducks were already being posted to before noon on the 11th, and a lot of folks were giving high marks to the beginning of what looked to be a promising season.Read More...
November 15, 2006 at 11:38 am

Trout bite around MRGO 'goofy good'

If the fishing on either side of the MRGO has ever been better than it is right now, Capt. Barry Brechtel with Big Fish Charters (504-610-6914) doesn’t remember it. His charters have caught their limits of speckled trout 13 out of the last 15 days.Read More...
November 10, 2006 at 9:09 am

Wheat’ll do when Ritz are gone

News of a disturbance in the Gulf can leave most folks around here tropically depressed, especially after last year’s Hurricane Season From Hell.Read More...
October 25, 2006 at 9:18 am

Fly Away Home

The dawn broke early.

A week prior at this time, I was just crawling out of bed to go through the same routine that I had just endured for the last hour.Read More...
October 25, 2006 at 9:15 am

Trout, reds love new Shrimp Cocktails

Give one of Louisiana’s veteran saltwater fishing guides a popping cork and a Shrimp Cocktail made by Bass Assassin, and chances are good he’ll limit out while fishing around Lafitte, Lake Salvador, Bay Round, Barataria Bay and Little Lake.Read More...
October 25, 2006 at 8:55 am

Reactive Reds

It didn’t take long for Capt. Cade Thomas and me to get tired of hauling water at the Jump at Venice. Our ice chest, void of any speckled trout, reminded me of a sign I saw leaving a lake one day that read, “Cuz, you should have been here yesterday.”Read More...
October 24, 2006 at 4:26 pm

Fall Flounder Factories

Flounder are often seen as more of an afterthought than the targets of an angler’s obsession. That was certainly the case the first time I caught a mess of flatfish.Read More...
October 24, 2006 at 4:20 pm

Trout biting at Bay Rambo

It’s never good to say that any thing associated with fishing is easy, but catching speckled trout around Bayou Rambo to the east of Leeville is as close to easy as you’re ever going to get.Read More...
October 23, 2006 at 9:18 am