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The worst of times

It’s easy to think about sunscreen when it’s a bluebird day and the sun is baking everything it touches.

July 20 at 6:00am
There are many choices in sunscreens. The key is to choose one with an SPF of at least 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection.

Sunscreen FAQs

Here are some facts about sunscreen, compliments of the American Academy of Dermatology.

July 20 at 6:00am

Tippets

July often brings diversity to coastal inshore fishing, as rivers fall and higher salinities prevail. Among the species that will get close to shore — or even inshore — are Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, cobia, bluefish and tripletail.

July 15 at 7:00am
Fishing in Southwest Pass means dealing with passing ocean-going ships because the pass is the Mississippi River’s commercial entrance.

Playing it safe in Southwest Pass

While Southwest Pass can provide some incredible fishing, it’s important to keep in mind that it is the main shipping channel leading from the Gulf into the Mississippi River.

July 15 at 7:00am
Gonzales pro Greg Hackney knows burning crankbaits, topwaters and spinnerbaits can deliver tremendous strikes.

Fast and furious gear

Quick on the handle — yeah, that’s the basic premise of burning baits. But the proper tools greatly facilitate this tactic.

July 15 at 7:00am
The fish are in trouble as members of the D’Arbonne Kayak Club head out for an afternoon of fun and fishing.

Find paddling opportunities in D’Arbonne Country Water Trails

Members of the D’Arbonne Kayak Club were instrumental in putting together the comprehensive small-boat tour brochuretitled “D’Arbonne Country Water Trails” to help paddlers find kayak-friendly waters.

July 15 at 7:00am
John Bradford and Stephanie Herrmann show the proof that you can catch bass in a little boat.

Tips for the Bayou D’Arbonne paddle trail

Monroe’s David Greene will be the first to admit that you can’t have a bad day fishing on the Bayou D’Arbonne trail even if you don’t get a bite because it’s one of the most scenic and interesting places he has ever kayaked.

July 15 at 7:00am
As Gulf water temperatures rise, working baits lower in the water column proves productive.

Keep the noise down when fishing

You want to know what really gets under Capt. Billy Walbaum’s skin? Excessive noise — particularly while he’s fishing nearshore rigs for trout and reds.

July 15 at 7:00am
Split grip handles are trending in, said Eskridge, because they reduce the overall weight of a rod.

Rating Duce rods

At the end of the day, Cade Eskridge asked the men to give him feedback on the Duce rods they had tested.

July 15 at 7:00am
The afternoon before the trip, while McLaurin and LeMaire cook, Zeringue and Hutson make Carolina rig leaders and store them on Tackle Buddies. Having pre-made leaders speeds up the process of re-rigging after a break-off while fishing.

The bone-a-fide fishing style

Shane Zeringue, Casey McLaurin and Lane LeMaire fish with very few artificial lures, although they admitted speckled trout where they fish can be caught with fakes.

July 15 at 7:00am
Casey McLaurin likes never having to measure speckled trout caught offshore.

Go south, young man, for better trout fishing

The Vermilion Bay speckled trout fishery is known for two things. First, it produces a lot of big specks. Second, it’s a highly seasonal fishery.

July 15 at 7:00am
A cold-worm tipped tube jig will catch crappie and bream such as bluegills, chinquapin (redears), and goggle-eyes equally well.

Langlois’ best Atchafalaya Basin fishing equipment

“I don’t have any fancy jig poles or expensive ultralights,” John Langlois growled. 

July 15 at 7:00am
Big, meaty goggle-eyes are common in the Atchafalaya and are willing biters, no matter how hot the weather is.

The best conditions for Atchafalaya Basin fishing success

While many factors come into play in successfully fishing the Atchafalaya Basin, what the Atchafalaya River is doing dominates decisions on whether and where to go fishing.

July 15 at 7:00am

Cover

It's time to head to open water for keeper specks this month, and we give you the hottest spots to load the boat.

July 01 at 7:00am
Walking topwaters like the Live Target Mullet along the Southwest Pass jetties will result in explosions from hungry bull reds.

Pass time — Redfish swam in Southwest Pass

About 20 years ago, former Venice Marina owner Dave Ballay told me, “If someone held a gun to my head and said I had to catch a fish, 365 days a year, I’d go to Southwest Pass.”

Pretty strong endorsement, and not one with which many would argue. This place is a fish magnet.

July 01 at 7:00am
The spinnerbait is probably the most popular

Bassmaster Elite Series pro fishing tips for summer bass

You know the deal: You’re chillaxing by the pool and some goober cannonballs the crowd — not once, but twice.

He’s climbing out to reload and, even though you really don’t feel like moving, you just have to lay down the law.

July 01 at 7:00am