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Around the Horn

There is a stark contrast between the launches that get you to Acadiana's hottest speck, flounder and redfish action.Read More...
July 28, 2004 at 2:38 pm

Studley Dudley an easy-to-work plug

Speckled trout had better run and hide this summer because, if they don’t, a new topwater lure is sure to give them a mouthful of steel and hard plastic.Read More...
June 01, 2004 at 10:54 am

Boys of summer are on the beach

Summer’s here. Surf’s down, dudes!

As summer goes on, the surf along the entire Gulf of Mexico becomes more consistently calm. That is, until tropical storms enter the picture. Since that’s not likely until August, seize the days and make them count.Read More...
June 01, 2004 at 10:48 am

Close-in at Cocodrie

You don’t see many camps with hot-tubs. Leave it to Doc Fontaine. And it’s not like his camp wasn’t ritzy enough without it.

“Roughing it,” just ain’t in Doc’s vocabulary — not since he got out of medical school, anyway. That sleeping out on the sand atop a beer- and rum-soaked blanket with filthy sneakers for a pillow was fine for Spring Break of ‘79 in Panama City out back of a place called Spinnaker.Read More...
June 01, 2004 at 10:46 am

When Bulls Fly

The sultry morning air enveloped the pair of anglers even before the 24-foot bay boat skidded to a stop. Both smiled as they realized that the small but intense rain squall seemed intent on keeping its distance a few miles offshore. Their full attention could be directed toward on jerking a few predawn speckled trout from the slowly rolling surf. Read More...
June 01, 2004 at 10:38 am

Pontchartrain’s Trout Circle

For most people, bridges are a means.
May 31, 2004 at 4:40 pm

Knee-Deep In Sand

On one of those impossibly beautiful speckled trout fishing days in South Louisiana, when the wind was low, the sun gentle, the friends good and when all was right with nature and the boat, I felt, around mid-morning, that familiar tug on my line, and knew we were about to improve on perfection.Read More...
May 31, 2004 at 4:38 pm

Manic May

May 31, 2004 at 4:26 pm

New Cork-Lure a saltwater rage

Taking the Gulf Coast by storm is what a soft-plastic lure from Bimini Bay Outfitters has done since it hit stores in February.Read More...
May 31, 2004 at 4:22 pm

Stars and Spots at Eugene Island

When the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico, Chris Hebert stopped fishing and just watched the day fade to night. No words were spoken because none could do this sight any justice. He just sat, rocking with the small swells, watching the beauty of a sunset unfold before him. Above and to the east, the stars started to trickle.Read More...
May 31, 2004 at 4:05 pm

Blind Bay Buffet

I once heard Frank Sinatra say, “A friend in need ... is a pest.”Read More...
May 31, 2004 at 1:37 pm

Beach Bums on Surf Safari

Many years ago a ladder stashed inside a 20-foot boat in coastal Louisiana waters could mean only one thing: a weekend of camp maintenance in a dwelling only accessible by water deep in the marsh.Read More...
May 31, 2004 at 1:29 pm

Barataria Bay’s Big Six

March anglers curse the wind.
May 31, 2004 at 1:27 pm

Under Exposed

“Uncle Johnny, you didn’t wrestle a bear,” my nephew Ryan McLellan said in a hunting camp a few years ago when I told him the story of the night I wrestled a 450-pound Canadian black bear and pinned him to the mat until the count of 10. “That’s a lie, or at best, it’s one of your tall tales.”Read More...
April 05, 2004 at 12:38 pm

Outer islands are a fly-rodder’s delight

Anticipation ran fever-high last April as we pulled out of Hopedale Marina in Rich Evans’ boat. Our destination was the lower Chandeleurs. Our quarry was speckled trout. Not schoolies, but those early season monsters that make a tsunami when they explode on your poppers.Read More...
April 05, 2004 at 11:47 am

Disregarded Reggio

“I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I’d be honest.”

—Rodney Dangerfield
April 05, 2004 at 11:45 am