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Summer Trout in Winter

At the entrance of the open water, all thoughts and hope of a pleasant ride across the open water disappeared like last summer’s submerged oyster-grass islands. A strong will quickly gave in to an unmistakable force.Read More...
January 22, 2005 at 2:15 pm

Lead Pipe Cinch

Everybody likes to bet a sure thing. But a true “sure thing” is about as rare as a 10-pound speck.

Most of us haven’t retired with unlimited sources of time and income, so we have to try to use our days off to the best advantage. If we have the luxury of choosing our fishing days, we search the tide charts to calculate the best days and the peak times to ply the waters in pursuit of our favorite prey — speckled trout and redfish.Read More...
January 22, 2005 at 2:01 pm

Ky.’s deer system would work here

The nice lady on the phone who promised to send me a map and regulations pamphlet assured me that while I was hunting Kentucky, I’d feel like I was hunting God’s Country.

Boy, was she right.
January 22, 2005 at 12:00 pm

Ho, ho, ho — Santa’s got an Echo

If the excuse for not having a rod or reel on your Christmas wish list is because you’ve been waiting for the 2005 models to come out, then I’ve got some good news: I just saved a bunch of money on my insurance by switching... no just kidding, the good news is that most of the 2005 product lines are already out.Read More...
December 01, 2004 at 3:36 pm

Details, Details, Details

It took two trips to transport 54 dozen Farm Form decoys, and close to an hour to put out the spread of waddling full-bodies.

It may seem extreme, but if you are going to hunt America’s keenest migratory game bird, you better go all out. Rising from your slumber three hours before sunrise means you have to be serious about what you are doing, and cutting a few corners and a couple hundred decoys might get you skunked.Read More...
December 01, 2004 at 3:18 pm

Biloxi Blast

The Biloxi Marsh is truly one of our area’s greatest assets. I always look forward to any opportunity to fish the area, even if just to enjoy the scenery.

But if you love marsh fishing, you'll be hard pressed to find a better place to ply your passion, especially in the winter.Read More...
December 01, 2004 at 11:52 am

The soldier and the two that got away

As an enlisted nurse assigned to the Army’s 31st Combat Support Hospital, currently stationed in Iraq, Specialist Kevin Cormier loves to talk fishing with many of his patients. Nothing like stories of big ones that got away to soothe the mind of a wounded soldier or civilian.

After his recent leave back home, my older son now has a new tale in his repertoire.Read More...
November 24, 2004 at 11:17 am

Satellite Specks

Capt. Ronny Biddy of the Hackberry Rod and Gun Club, a guide on Calcasieu Lake for 11 years, shut down his big engine, jumped to the bow and lowered his Minn Kota.

We were slightly upwind of a productive oyster bed.
November 24, 2004 at 11:09 am

Thrilla in Leevilla

Sweet November! Ever been on a really bumpy plane ride? I mean the kind that tosses and bounces the airplane around like a yo-yo, jars open the overhead compartments, sends suitcases and stewardesses sprawling and has half the passengers screaming or spewing, and the other half praying.Read More...
November 24, 2004 at 11:01 am

Consistent Calcasieu

Drags screaming and rods bending mean bull reds diving for the bottom, a scene often interrupted by 5-, 6- and 7-pound trout exploding on surface lures that walk on water.Read More...
November 01, 2004 at 4:30 pm

World Series Trout

Game six of the National League Championship Series. Eighth inning. Cubs lead 3-0.Read More...
October 27, 2004 at 3:22 pm

Rigoletts Reds

When Hollywood hung the title “Red October” on a submarine movie some years ago, they had no idea how apropos it was for Louisiana anglers.Read More...
October 27, 2004 at 3:11 pm

Pre-Duck Trio

A stiff easterly breeze pushed the 16-foot aluminum boat briskly across the stunningly beautiful pond.Read More...
October 27, 2004 at 10:28 am

Welcome Mats

Flounder take a decidedly noticeable third seat in Louisiana’s inshore fishing preference.Read More...
September 23, 2004 at 1:51 pm

Sunup to Sundown

Southwest Louisiana has a special place in my fishing heart. There, on the border estuary of Sabine Lake, guide Chuck Uzzle introduced me to a large harem of speckled trout some six years ago. It was the biggest stringer of gorilla trout I have ever caught — nine fish over 28 inches were released that day.Read More...
September 23, 2004 at 1:45 pm

Fish on the Fringe

Blame it on the river.
September 23, 2004 at 11:18 am