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Surf rigs vary greatly, but this trio of setups will handle the majority of what you’ll encounter at the Gulf’s edge. Just vary the size of your tackle components to match the species you’re seeking.
Whether you reach your surf-fishing spot by car or boat, you won’t have all those storage compartments on the sand, so consider how you’ll transport your gear up and down the beach.
The VuDu Shrimp baits have taken this area by storm, and tackle shops are having trouble keeping them on the shelves.
• Sunset Point Fishing Pier (Mandeville) — Open 24/7, free
For anglers new to the area, Sabine Lake is an brackish estuary of stretching 23 miles long and nine miles that eventually pours into the Gulf of Mexico south of Port Arthur, Texas.
Sabine Lake locations targeted by Adam Jaynes and Robby Trahan are fairly traditional.
Anglers may fish anywhere on the border lake with either a Louisiana or a Texas license.
For coastal fly anglers looking for alternatives to reds and trout, July brings a variety of pelagic species to inshore waters.
There is a low-cost, effective method for keeping red worms, grass shrimp or other live bait cool and comfortable while still making them easy to get to in the heat of summer.
Bass fishermen aren’t the only ones with a wide variety of lures from which to choose. Bream fishermen do, too.
Ray Jones loves to catch bream in many ways, but his basic, go-to rig is simple.
• Black Bayou Lake is now part of the Black Lake National Wildlife Refuge ( www.fws.gov/northlouisiana/blackbayoulake/), and is located about five miles north of Monroe on Highway 165.
Just as there’s no one bait for every imaginable scenario, there’s no one color that works on every cast. Nevertheless, experienced anglers have their favorites for a reason.
Traveling the country on the Elite tour, Hawk and Hackney can easily become overwhelmed with the amount of baits needed to address the many scenarios they face.
Schilling’s main fishing reels are old-fashioned Abu Garcia 5500 Ambassadeur bait casters. They are used whenever he fishes with worms, frogs or flukes.
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