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The question of the month is, “rainbow or rainbeaux?”.

For fly anglers in and around New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Lafayette, Hammond, Chalmette and Monroe, it’s “rainbeaux trout” time.

January 15 at 7:00am
Sam Roberson can’t pass up spending some time around bridge pilings or the ridges and deep spots around them.

‘Don’t pass up a bridge,’ crappie angler says

There’s one piece of structure on Lake D’Arbonne — or any lake, for that matter — that Sam Roberson said you don’t need a depth finder to locate.

January 15 at 7:00am
Two trademark deep water slab crappie caught by Sam Roberson.

Seeking more than a crappie

Years of fishing success has led Sam Roberson in what he said is a more important direction.

January 15 at 7:00am
Sam’s favorite round jig heads and sickle hooks produce regularly on his favorite color plastic jigs shown here.

Gearing up for crappie success

Sam Roberson’s cost per catch ratio is pretty amazing. He doesn’t spend a whole lot of money on fishing gear, but he has some tried-and-true favorites on which he depends for crappie fishing in deep water.

January 15 at 7:00am
“Black liquor” released into the West Pearl River by the Temple-Inland Paper Mill led to the deaths of thousands of fish in 2011.

The black Pearl — Pearl River fishing recovers from Temple-Inland Paper Mill spill

A black pearl is one of the rarest of gems. But in August of 2011, Louisianans found their beloved Pearl River became black.

But it wasn’t a gem. It was a stinking mess. 

January 15 at 7:00am
Blue Strike King Hack Attack jigs with sapphire blue Zoom Ultra Vibe chunks were effective fish-getters all day.

The many Pearl rivers

The Pearl River where it separates Louisiana from Mississippi isn’t just the Pearl River: It’s a bunch of rivers.

Crossing the Pearl River basin from west to east on Highway 90, bridges span the West Pearl River, the Middle West Pearl River, the Middle Pearl River and the East Pearl River. 

January 15 at 7:00am
All four rivers rise and fall at their own pace. Move until you find the river with the right conditions.

Top 11 bass-fishing tips for the Pearl River

Here are Chase Morse’s Top 11 tips for catching more bass on the Pearl River system:

January 15 at 7:00am
Inserting a toothpick into a plastic trailer enables you to hang it, rather than thread it onto the hook.

Nip and tuck — Bassmaster Elite Series pro shares jig rigging tips

Flipping a jig in cold water comes naturally to Bassmaster Elite Series pro Todd Faircloth, but jig performance takes some concentrated preparation.

January 15 at 7:00am
Harold Schoeffler is especially alert for feeding slicks that indicate the presence of a school of feeding speckled trout in open water.

Say alert when trolling for speckled trout

While trolling can seem monotonous, it’s just as important to stay alert with this fishing technique as with others, Harold Schoeffler cautioned.

January 15 at 7:00am
Harold Schoeffler uses Mann’s Sting Ray Grubs for both trolling and casting.

Top trolling tackle

Just because Harold Schoeffler uses simple gear such as homemade marker buoys and bamboo pole depth sounders, don’t be fooled into thinking he isn’t particular about his tackle.

January 15 at 7:00am
The 36os is a bigger version of Cape Fear’s great line of <br />
center-console fishing machines.

Cape Horn 36os

The Cape Horn 36os is the excellent big brother of the company’s legendary 31-footers. One look is all it takes to realize mighty oaks grow from acorns and those acorns usually sprout right beside the family tree. The 36os is a boat for fishermen who have a passion for fishing big water and want to do it in comfort and style. And there is a lot of both, plus many built-in features.

January 15 at 7:00am
The Bulls Bay 2300 CC is a wonderful, no-frills center console that will fit a  lot of anglers’ budgets.

Bulls Bay 230 CC

Carolina Composites of Walterboro, S.C., make no bones about its Bulls Bay line. Several classic hull designs that have been popular for a while have been located, retooled and modernized to produce a line of affordable boats with the features needed for comfortable and successful fishing. The 230 Center Console is the latest addition to the line and continues the tradition well.

January 15 at 7:00am
The Tideline 235 Hybrid is a catamaran that is at home offshore or in skinny water.

Tideline Boats 235 Hybrid

As the only catamaran, the Tideline 235 Hybrid is the odd boat out in this review. Don’t take that to reflect anything negative; it may be a strong positive. The hybrid designation of the 235 is different, too. It was designed from the beginning to fish inshore and offshore equally well. Some boats make similar claims but are found to be lacking at one end of the spectrum; this one isn’t.  

January 15 at 7:00am
The Shearwater 260 was two years in development before production began.

Shearwater 260

The Shearwater 260, the newest boat in Shearwater’s line, is a product of two years of development to establish a new standard in bay boats. Built by American Marine Sports in Groveland, Fla., the 260 includes more fishing-friendly and creature-comfort features than any other bay boat.

January 15 at 7:00am