|Nonprofits take different approaches to education
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While most of Louisiana’s coastal nonprofits get involved with beach cleanups, plantings and the like, nearly all of them dedicate at least part of their mission to education.
|Tips for a successful youth hunt
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Everyone wants to start blasting away when the birds are cooperating, but emphasizing the safety aspects of the hunt is critical.
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Often putting to use his resources as general manager of Honey Brake at the Louisiana Delta Plantation, Drew Keeth is a staunch supporter of the annual LDWF youth weekends. Each year Keeth hosts young hunters to this sprawling waterfowl wonderland near Catahoula Lake to provide a taste of early arriving birds.
|Manchac WMA best practices
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The Biologist, Christian Winslow, has some tips for prospective hunters:
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Stalking might be an ancient tactic, but the smart hunter takes advantage of modern technology.
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In stalking, a hunter’s height can actually work against him because visibility is sometimes better closer to the ground, especially when there are thick bushes in the targeted area.
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Speckled trout on fly? To quote Si Robertson, it’s on like Donkey Kong! A game plan for putting a nice mess of fish in the box starts off with poppers around sunrise, switching to weighted flies like clouser minnows and charlies under a VOSI around mid-morning, then finishing the day with poppers near sunset.
|Grand Gosier Island
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“I’ll fish Gosier two days after a front, when we have a bluebird sky and very little wind,” Bourgeois said. “The cooler November weather means you don’t have to start fishing as early in the mornings, and between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. is perfect for fishing reds on the flats at Gosier. It can be an incredible sight to see when huge schools of reds cover the shallow flats, and they hunt and hit baits very aggressively. Schools of big black drum do the exact same thing and hunt over the flats along Gosier.
|The West-side Run
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On the west side of the Mississippi River, Bourgeois has many options, with some good walkable islands with either shells or a hard sand bottom scattered from Barataria Bay to Timbalier Bay.
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“On days with wind, say a brisk north wind blowing 15 to 20 mph, I’ll fly out here and land in the cove, and we’ll have Breton Island all to ourselves,” Bourgeois said. “Boats won’t make that run from any port in those winds and seas. We can wade-fish the entire length of the bay side for trout and reds, and sometimes we’ll walk across the sandy island and fish the Gulf side for reds.
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“This island is just a long, beautiful stretch of shells, about a mile long,” Bourgeois said. “Once you step off the island into the water, the depth drops off fast and steep, so we don’t even wade in the water here. I land and pull the seaplane right up to the shells, and all you have to do is walk along the shells and cast your baits for both trout and reds.
|Ghost Minnows prove to be durable soft plastics
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The Ghost Minnow we used to catch trout on this trip was the same one Capt. James Wilson used to put together 30 straight limits of speckled trout.
|Clovelly Oil Field offers best of both worlds
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The particular area that produced all these limits of speckled trout for Capt. James Wilson is a part of the Clovelly Oil Field. The canal that comes out in the middle of Little Lake is a part of it, but the other part, where we fished, is the south end by Brusle.
|Tropical weather pushes trout toward Lafitte
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To say you’re hoping for a hurricane to blow through South Louisiana just to make the fishing better would be a tad bit insensitive.
|Boat launches for Lake Charles, Prien Lake and Moss Lake
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Lake Charles, Prien Lake and Moss Lake are extremely easy to access.
|Tips to identify white bass, stripers and hybrid striped bass
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Men, it seems — more specifically fishermen — like to mess with Mother Nature. North America is blessed with hundreds of suitable species for fishermen to catch, yet the pursuit of superfish for anglers to chase has led fisheries biologists to cross breed many naturally occurring species.
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