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Capt. Jay Auseve will be patrolling the beaches around Grand Isle this month because he knows that’s where big trout and reds will be feeding.

Grand Isle beach bonanza

Hook’em Fishing’s Capt. Jay Auseve (985-637-7142) said bull reds and lunker specks will be roaming the Grand Isle beaches this month.

August 26 at 11:21am
Capt. Tristan Daire enjoys putting his clients on solid numbers of redfish in the outside marshes this time of year.

Sight-fish for reds in Pointe a la Hache

Technology has come a long way in the fishing industry, including methods of transportation. It is often remarked that only small boats can go shallow-water redfishing, but fly-fishing guide Capt. Tristan Daire said that couldn’t be more wrong.

August 26 at 7:39am
Focusing on wood in the current of main bayous is the key to catching Atchafalaya Basin bass this month.

Best bets for Atchafalaya Basin bass

The long-awaited drop in the Atchafalaya River happened in late June, and that meant it was easy to catch bass in the Basin.

August 26 at 6:43am
Eric Muhoberac catches bull redfish out of his kayak with ease. He said having enough anchor rope is one of the keys to success in the tournament.

Saturday's Ride the Bull offers redfish battle royale

Ride the Bull has been around for six years, and last year 732 paddlers participated.

The bull redfish tournament is based out of Bridge Side Marina in Grand Isle tomorrow morning, when all of the kayaks leave the marina and paddle out to Caminada Pass on a quest for bull redfish.

August 26 at 6:15am
Nick Poe holds a speckled trout caught at Johnson Bayou Rigs.

SW rigs load up with specks

Leaving Calcasieu Lake for near-offshore oil-field structures pays off with speckled trout in the ice chest when conditions are favorable this month.

No one knows that better than Jeff Poe, a veteran saltwater fishing guide who frequents those structures as much as he can this time of year. One of his favorite destinations is the Johnson Bayou rigs approximately 7 to 8 miles to the west of the Cameron Jetties.

August 26 at 6:01am
Michael Garcie caught his personal best — this 8.33-pound beast — at Toledo Bend. He used a Zoom craw topped with a punch skirt made by his best friend, Aaron Pousson with Pousson’s Punch Skirts and Custom Tackle.

Toledo Bend tactics for the dog days of summer

As of the next‐to‐last week of June, Toledo Bend still was a little over full pool stage, water was getting hotter and, as you might imagine, the daytime bite for bass was decreasing dramatically. 

August 26 at 5:33am
A female nilgai — Asia's largest antelope — escaped from an unknown pen and was shot Thursday morning on Richard K. Yancey WMA. Samples from the animal are being tested to confirm it didn't pose a threat to the state's deer herd.

Escaped Asian antelope shot on Richard K. Yancey WMA

An escaped exotic Asian antelope was shot on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area Thursday morning, and blood and tissue samples are being sent off to ensure the animal was not carrying any diseases potentially harmful to the state’s deer herd.

August 25 at 3:37pm
Lactation rates in does harvested last fall dipped below 50 percent in some areas of the state, raising red flags for LDWF biologists concerned about poor recruitment during the summer of 2015.

Deer lactation rates ‘major concern’ in portions of the state, LDWF report says

While the deer harvest increased statewide by 12 percent during the 2015-16 season, fawn recruitment and poorer than expected lactation rates in certain areas of the state were a major concern noted in the annual Deer Report prepared by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

August 25 at 1:43pm
Healthy bass like this are the norm on Concordia and St. John this month.

Concordia, St. John - Double the bass fun

Pardon the old TV chewing gum jingle, but if you are looking for some summer bass-fishing action in east central Louisiana, there’s one sure way you can “double your pleasure, double your fun.” 

August 25 at 7:40am
Ray 'Rooster' Ledet and his daughter, Rae, pose with the 15-foot mudboat he made that will be raffled off on Oct. 30 to benefit Children's Hospital of New Orleans. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online through the link in the story.

Handmade mudboat raffle to benefit Children’s Hospital of New Orleans

Sometimes in life, out of great tragedy comes great triumph.

August 24 at 2:55pm
Sgt. Nicholas Guillory, center, receives the 2015 Officer of the Year award from Gulf Council Chair Kevin Anson, left, and Patrick Banks, assistant secretary for LDWF's Office of Fisheries.

LDWF agent selected as Officer of the Year

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council honored a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent as its 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for rescuing eight people from three different vessels in distress last September.

August 24 at 6:11am
Capt. Curtis LeNormand with Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras shows off a nice Breton Island speck fooled by a Z-Man TroutTrick lure last weekend.

Specks still biting on Breton Island

Capt. Ross Montet had a great trip out to Breton Island late last week, easily bringing back four limits of speckled trout on a day when the fish smashed lures as soon as they hit the water, seemingly on just about every cast. 

August 23 at 1:57pm
Staff and friends of Louisiana Sportsman helped feed more than 1,000 flood victims this weekend in Baton Rouge with funds raised from the Sportsman Store, where 100 percent of all proceeds from our Sportsman Paradise T-shirts will go to flood victims.

Sportsman Store proceeds feed BR flood victims

With your support, proceeds from the Sportsman Store were used this weekend to feed more than 1,000 flood victims in Baton Rouge.

August 23 at 8:33am
Ride the Bull VII gets underway this Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 a.m. at Bridge Side Marina. Online registration ends at midnight Tuesday, Aug. 23, but you can register on-site this Friday and Saturday.

Ride the Bull VII ready to roll Saturday

After a quick 7 a.m. safety meeting this Saturday, hundreds of kayakers will churn into Caminada Pass in pursuit of a redfish big enough to win the seventh installment of the Ride the Bull tournament on Grand Isle. 

August 22 at 5:22pm
Gary Abernethy shows off a big bull red he caught recently with a LiveTarget hot pink rigged shrimp near Baptiste Collette Pass on the east side of the Mississippi River near Venice.

Now's the time to battle Baptiste Collette bulls

This time of year, schools of bull reds begin making their annual move back to inshore waters to spawn, and on the east side of the Mississippi River one of their favorite gathering places is at the mouth of Baptiste Collette Bayou near Venice.

August 22 at 9:13am
You can catch crappie throughout the summer, if you know where they’re most comfortable.

Find the thermocline for more crappie

With August here, the first step to catching most species of fish is to find the thermocline, which is the depth in the water column where the temperature is most comfortable and the most oxygen-rich.

That’s where the crappie will be.

August 17 at 9:30am