Fishing

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. 

Yesterday at 1:57pm
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
The four hours or so before sunrise are the best times to catch bass during the heat of summer.

Get up extra early to beat the heat

August temperatures can be pretty rough on fishermen, and not just because of the heat. Lakes and rivers are full of recreational boaters, which can be as big a headache as 95-degree days with 80-percent humidity and no wind.

August 16 at 5:40pm
Ken Sherman always points his boat into the current, moving forward slow and easy to ensure he doesn’t prop-wash where he’s fishing.

Be wary of trolling motor prop wash when fishing

Ken Sherman is a perfectionist, paying close attention to every detail involved in catching fish. And one of the things he says many bass anglers overlook is the importance of boat handling when approaching a log jam or tree.

August 16 at 9:00am
Ken Sherman said letting a jig sit with slack line is one of the keys to consistency with the lure.

Top 5 jig-fishing tips to catch more bass

Jigs were once thought of as primarily cold-weather lures, but anglers have proved over the past decade or so the baits will produce bites even in the heat of summer.

But a lot of fishermen struggle to master jig fishing. Baton Rouge’s Ken Sherman, on the other hand, won lots and lots of money with that lure tied to the end of his line before giving up competitive fishing.

August 15 at 3:22pm
Capt. Jakamo Laboureur said avoiding the midday heat in August and heading out on early-morning or late-afternoon trips will be key to catch speckled trout this month out of Shell Beach.<br />

Late-summer heat means early start for specks on MRGO rocks

August typically features some of the hottest temperatures of Louisiana’s long summer, and for Shell Beach guide Capt. Jakamo Laboureur that means it’s time to get an early start to beat the heat to catch speckled trout.

August 15 at 1:57pm

Weather cancels CCA’s Specks and Spots Tournament at Cypremort Point

Heavy rains Friday morning and an ominous weekend forecast prompted officials to cancel CCA Louisiana’s 5th Annual Specks and Spots fishing tournament scheduled for Saturday at Quintana Landing at Cypremort Point. 

August 12 at 10:05am

Three arrested for oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested three men on Tuesday for alleged oyster and boating safety violations in St. Bernard Parish. 

August 11 at 10:09pm
After the current Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's shoreline restoration project is completed, no vehicles will be allowed on Elmer's Island beaches, according to the LDWF.

LDWF: Vehicles now permanently prohibited on Elmer’s Island beaches

Anglers arriving by vehicle to fish on Elmer’s Island better get some comfortable walking shoes.

Even after construction is completed on the current beach restoration project being conducted by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, no vehicles will be allowed beyond the existing public parking area.

August 11 at 10:53am
Buckley Kessler got pulled overboard by a big yellowfin tuna Friday night 120 miles south of Grand Isle when the harpoon failed and the deckhand released the line as the fish broke free.

Video: Big yellowfin pulls angler overboard when harpoon fails

Everyone knows that accidents can happen anytime you head out on a fishing trip. 

But when you’re 120 miles offshore — fishing at night — your margin for error dramatically decreases.

August 10 at 10:35pm
A largemouth bass caught by Curtis Little Sunday afternoon in the lower Amite River near Bayou Barber was completely missing its upper lip — likely the result of a predatory injury when the fish was younger, according to a LDWF biologist.

Livingston Parish angler lands freaky bass in Amite River

On a bass-fishing trip Sunday afternoon on the lower Amite River near Bayou Barbary, Curtis Little took "ripping a lip" to a whole new level.

August 10 at 1:56pm

Four cited for shrimping violations in Plaquemines Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited multiple boats in Plaquemines Parish last weekend for alleged shrimping violations.

August 09 at 11:39am
Zachary Bergeron, 17, of Marrero, shows off a redfish with a 'smiley-faced' dot pattern on its tail caught near Sable Island out of Buras in late July.

‘Smiley-faced’ redfish caught near Sable Island

It doesn’t take much these days to have a very pessimistic view of life.

The oilfield is in a big slump and lots of folks are out of work. It feels like it’s 105 degrees outside with 1,000-percent humidity right now. And to top it off, we’re all about to endure non-stop attack ads from a presidential election featuring two candidates with the highest negative ratings ever. 

August 08 at 8:27pm

Fall shrimp season opening dates announced

The 2016 fall shrimp season from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel buoy line eastward to the Mississippi/Louisiana state line will kick off at 6 p.m. next Monday, Aug. 15, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

August 08 at 1:20pm