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Pitching a jig with your off hand is key to being ready for instant hook sets.

Pitch with the other hand

If you pitch jigs using your dominant hand, you’re putting yourself at a huge disadvantage, accomplished tournament angler Ken Sherman said.

August 16 at 6:00am

Tippets

August is the last full month of “SweatFest 2016,” the festival no one likes to celebrate. The hot water and plethora of bait makes for tough conditions, more so for fly anglers.

August 15 at 7:00am
In the interest of avoiding shark interactions, netting a trout is better than pinning the fish against your leg.

How to avoid Mr. Toothy

Capt. Theophile Bourgeois said to keep this truth in mind: You’re in Mother Nature’s yard.

August 15 at 7:00am
Robbie Trahan and Mark Driscoll are from different parts of the country but talk the same hunting and fishing language.

Fishing forges friendship

Robbie Trahan and Mark Driscoll couldn’t be more different — in almost every way.

August 15 at 7:00am
Trahan said to always use a dip net rather than a bare hand to retrieve croakers from a livewell.

Trahan’s croaker tips

Capt. Ricky Trahan specializes in fishing with live croakers. Here are his tips to getting the most out of the bait.

August 15 at 7:00am
For fishing on the oyster-lined bottom of Lighthouse Cove, Trahan hooks his bare jighead though the tails of small croakers.

Sabine’s summer trout cycle

Ricky Trahan said the live croaker pattern in the Sabine channel holds from May through September of each year.

August 15 at 7:00am
Robbie Trahan left Johnson Bayou after Hurricane Ike, but he is looking forward to moving back.

Johnson Bayou’s history

 It felt like I was passing through a whole ’nother country on the drive down to Johnson Bayou. It was wide-open space, like the high prairies of North Dakota — Louisiana’s own “Big Sky Country.”

August 15 at 7:00am
A reciprocal agreement between Louisiana and Texas allows fishermen licensed by either state to fish the entire lake.

Sabine Lake fishing regulations

Border waters are tricky to fish. Which state’s rules apply where?

Don’t turn to the internet. Neither state had anything definitive on the rules for Sabine Lake fishing.

August 15 at 7:00am
Good bass like this are helping Louisiana’s Brett Preuett make a big splash on the pro circuit.

The making of a pro bass angler

Being flexible and determined are necessary for success in fishing, but to understand how Preuett has developed those traits, a little background is necessary.

August 15 at 7:00am
Lake D’Arbonne produces good numbers of bass and has seen an increase in big bass over the past few years.

Preuett’s pick four for summertime bass

The Ouachita River might be Brett Preuett’s go-to home water for the summer, but he has plenty of other North Louisiana lakes on which he likes to hone his skills.

August 15 at 7:00am
Summer pop-up storms are no joke, so keep watch for sudden weather hazards.

Summer fishing weather warning

I have never fished the Mississippi Delta during the summer months without getting chased off a spot by a pop-up storm.

August 15 at 7:00am
Step 1 - Push the point of a jighead hook through the small hole in the wide end of a stick guard (aka weed guard).

How to prep a crappie jig

Everyone who knew J.B. Salter Sr. agrees he was a particular man.

“He wanted you to do things 100 percent right at all times, and if you didn’t he let you know you were doing things wrong,” Jeremy Gremillion said.

J.B.’s son Blaine agreed.

August 15 at 7:00am
In this classic photo from the early 1980s, still found on front of the brochure with every pole sold, J.B. Salter in his old banana bass boat is working out the then brand new fiberglass version of his jig pole.

J.B. Salter and his signature fishing pole

The late James Blaine “J.B.”Salter Sr. didn’t set out to be a fishing pole maker. Rather, he was a businessman who loved to fish — but still a businessman first.

J.B. and his brother Weyman operated an automobile service station in Erwinville, which they inherited from their father Josey James (J.J.) and mother Eloise.

August 15 at 7:00am
Step 1 - Loosen the nut on the reel and strip line out the length of the rod, plus 1 foot. Grasp the rod with the thumb stuck in the reel to control it and with the rod butt braced under the forearm.

Learn the Salter jigging technique

Watching Blaine Salter passionately teach people jigging technique at the Louisiana Sportsman’s Show is entertaining.

August 15 at 7:00am
Mike McNerlin hangs a nice crappie after trolling over the edge of a creek channel.

Follow the bait

Cranking is productive on any lake that has a healthy crappie population. Cypress Bayou/Black Bayou Reservoirs, Toledo Bend, Caddo Lake, Lake D’Arbonne, Bayou D’Arbonne, Caney Lake, Poverty Point Reservoir, and Larto are just a few of the good spots.

And cranking veteran Clark LaBorde said there is no great secret to finding crappie on these lakes. 

August 15 at 7:00am
Trolling crankbaits through schools of feeding crappie sometimes results in a double.

Getting it right

One of the more daunting challenges for novice crankers is learning how to keep their crankbaits at the proper depth.

August 15 at 7:00am