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The 2016 Turkey Season

LDWF data indicate the turkey kill in Louisiana has been on the decline since 2009. I suspect the decline will continue this past season.

June 15 at 7:00am
The author with two typical sized trout taken on fly in the surf at Grand Isle.

Fly fishing tips

For CCA members hoping to place an entry in the STAR tournament Fly Rod Division, June is the best month to register a larger-than-14-inch trout. As summer wears on, and water temperatures rise, larger specks become more selective in their feeding habits — and less likely to eat flies.

June 15 at 7:00am
The best way to fish the Carolina rig is with a slow drag that keeps the weight in constant contact with the floor of the lake.

Why you should drag a C-rig sideways

Fishing a Carolina rig doesn’t seem all that difficult: Throw it out and pull it back in.

June 15 at 7:00am
During the summer low-water period, punching vegetation with short underhand casts is deadly effective for bass under vegetation.

Atchafalaya Basin bass-fishing calendar

Largemouth bass fishing is cyclic. Water temperatures, and with them oxygen levels, vary by season.

June 15 at 7:00am
Kevin Diez (front) and Gene Hoover have been friends for many years and love to fish in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The making of two Atchafalaya Basin bass-fishing experts

Kevin Diez is an old friend.

I first met him fishing. We were both belly deep in the water at Elmer’s Island, clobbering speckled trout and white trout.

We were the only two on the island and the fishing was easy, so we started talking.

June 15 at 7:00am
The reason for the occurrence of black blotches on largemouth bass, such as those on the head and gill cover of the fish being held by Kevin Diez, are a mystery to biologists.

What about the black blotches on bass?

With increasing regularity in recent years, fishermen have caught largemouth bass with black blotches on their heads, bodies or fins.

June 15 at 7:00am
Whether you’re flipping mats or cranking points, the right rod and reel setup will greatly influence your success.

The best post-spawn tackle

For flipping and punching presentations, tournament pro Nick LeBrun stresses the importance of rod-and-reel setup.

June 15 at 7:00am
Doc Waldo shows off a 1-pound Black Bayou crappie.

Why ‘Waldo?’

There is a story behind every angler’s online name. Here’s Mark Weldon’s.

June 15 at 7:00am
Mark Weldon’s must-haves include a pink headed jig, Hi Vis Gold line on a Tiny Deadbolt reel and one of his 250 crappie rods.

Rx for summer crappie

It’s lucky that Mark Weldon is a “doc” because there is something seriously wrong with him.

June 15 at 7:00am
Doc Waldo and his dad, Winfred, clean fish for the fish fry.

How you can learn crappie-fishing tactics online

Remember when fishing was just for fun? When you loved to hang out with other fishermen and swap baits and stories?

June 15 at 7:00am
Capt. Mark Munson hooks his shrimp through the tail because they last longer in addition to looking more natural.

The No. 1 way to hook live shrimp

Capt. Mark Munson doesn’t even carry plastics on his boat. 

Having spent so much time with the fragile crustaceans, Munson has figured out hooking the shrimp a certain way is far superior to other methods.

June 15 at 7:00am
Campo’s Marina in Shell Beach has a stocked store, ice, gas, diesel, and according to Capt. Mark Munson, the best live shrimp.

Campo’s Marina has best live shrimp, guide says

Capt. Mark Munson has a successful charter fishing operation out of Shell Beach. And every morning he has a charter, Munson idles his boat down to a marina to get live shrimp.

June 15 at 7:00am
Both redfish and speckled trout can still be found on the inside using live shrimp. Capt. Mark Munson targets points on rising tides, and cuts on falling tides.

Still plenty trout, redfish inside during June

For most anglers, Shell Beach is a pretty good hike. If you make the run, you want to be able to catch fish in different wind scenarios. 

June 15 at 7:00am
The playful Ruffin brothers, Jerry on left and Jimmy on right, each try to make their mangrove snapper larger than the other by holding theirs closer to the camera.

Why fish offshore of Louisiana?

Over a ritual pretrip supper with relatives at Leeville Seafood Restaurant in Leeville, Ricky Ruffin talked about his love affair with Louisiana fishing and cooking.

June 15 at 7:00am
Microfiber cloths do a perfect job of cleaning glass or plastic lens.

Offshore fishing tip of the day

Fishing without eye protection is a pain, especially in the high-glare offshore environment. But keeping sunglasses clean is the devil.

June 15 at 7:00am
While Ricky Ruffin looks on approvingly, Hayes Newcomb hoists two big red snappers he took on a chicken rig off a deepwater pipeline crossing.

Frekey’s snapper gear

Flipping tidbits of bait to mangrove snappers just beneath the water’s surface is an entirely different game than dredging their red snapper cousins up from the deep.

June 15 at 7:00am