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A recent tournament proved that Hurricane Isaac didn't end bass fishing in the Venice area.

Venice bass are back following Hurricane Isaac

It is hard to think of catchy line to announce the news about Venice: Bass fishing is making a comeback. Several club tournaments and reporters are beginning to see an upswing on Venice bass.

Hurricane Isaac did a number on the lower Mississippi Delta, but Mother Nature has a way of repopulating an area. Immediately after the storm, reports were dismal to total devastation. But never underestimate the power of the mighty Mississippi and the amount of sediment, food and fish she moves in a few short months.
November 21, 2012 at 3:00pm
Fishing guide Capt. Robby Trahan shows off a Sabine Lake redfish he caught during sight-fishing trip last week.

Redfish piled up in Sabine Lake

“That’s what’s so fun,” Capt. Robby Trahan said as he reeled in the chubby marsh red. “You can get so excited just watching them when you see that wake.”

And that’s the gist of the outing we had when sight-fishing some prime eastern Sabine Lake marshes on Friday (Nov. 9).

As we arrived through the cut into the first pond, redfish scattered everywhere.
November 15, 2012 at 7:00am
The Howard Hill Southeastern Classic provides traditional archery shooters a chance to fellowship and compete.

Traditional archery is a growing sport

It wasn’t too many years ago that if you shot a bow — a compound bow — you were among a select group of hunters who loved the pursuit of that extra challenge. It seems now the trend is even going one step farther. More and more archers are taking up the sport of traditional archery.

No release, no rest, no sights, just bare bow and instinct. The challenge and, consequently, the reward, doesn’t get any better than that.
May 31, 2012 at 2:01pm

Pre-season tactics for bow season

It’s August, and bow season is only several weeks away for most of us. If you’re like me, it seems to take forever to get here, and the next thing you know, you barely have enough time to get ready.

For me, pre-season scouting is important for a few reasons. Of course, the most obvious of which is to look for deer sign, but another is to reacquaint myself with my old stomping grounds. There’s nothing more depressing than sneaking stealthily to your favorite spot on opening day, only to find that you zigged when you should have zagged, and now you’re walking around in circles, getting hot and stinking up the place.
August 16, 2011 at 4:18pm

Time to get ready for bow season!

If you ask any bow shop owner when the kickoff of pre-season bow prep is, I’d bet they’ll tell you it’s soon after the Fourth of July weekend. That’s when the light switch is turned on.

So if you’re reading this now, and you haven’t started already, well, I guess you’re as late as I am. How do I know? Because I should have written this article a month ago. Guilty as charged.

Nevertheless, there’s still plenty of time, but if you want to avoid a last-minute scare of unpreparedness, don’t wait any longer. Get your bow gear out and begin to tweak it for success.
August 16, 2011 at 2:48pm

Do you really want to kill a buck with your bow?

It’s finally cold, gun season is in full swing and the rut is just about to kick in heavy. So where does archery fit into this picture? Well, do you want to kill a buck with your bow? No, seriously, do you reeeeaally want to kill a good buck with your bow? If you do, then the rut is the time to leave the gun at home.
December 15, 2010 at 10:56am

Treestand routine

Shooting technique, form, practice and practicing in the situation similar to your hunting setup can be great preparation for hunting success, but at the moment of truth the rubber meets the road. Can you handle the heat?
November 04, 2010 at 9:40am

Practice for bow hunting

We’ve all heard the old saying that practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. What does this mean for archery, and more importantly, archery hunting? Is practice simply getting the old bow out and making sure you’re sighted in prior to opening day? That can be a costly mistake.
October 15, 2010 at 4:22pm

Archery shooting techniques

Many enjoy archery and bow hunting because of the increased challenge and heightened sense of accomplishment through taking game with a bow. What makes archery such a challenge? I think for the most part it’s that you have to put much more time and effort into developing the necessary skills for consistent success, and the skills can come in many forms and methods for many people.
September 23, 2010 at 4:22pm

Thoughts on tuning

For many, August and September are the times to get the bow out and begin shooting to get ready for bow season. It’s also the time people think about making improvements to their setup and getting an extra edge. A couple of things to think about in this quest are bow tuning and proper arrow flight.
August 10, 2010 at 1:29pm

Pre-season archery tips

So is it summer time, or is it that time of year just before fall? You know, the most important time of the year – bow season! For me, it seems to be that time just between: “O.K., I have to get my stand sites ready, do some scouting and start fine tuning the bow, and, oh crap, bow season is in three weeks!” So here are a few little tidbits of things to think about as you’re getting ready to get ready for bow season.
July 28, 2010 at 4:23pm
Brad Ripp

Everything Archery

Brad Ripp is the owner of Louisiana Outdoors, an archery pro shop in Pearl River, La.
July 28, 2010 at 10:26am