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Experimental nighttime activity season to begin June 1 on Salvador/Timken WMA

An experimental nighttime activity season at Salvador/Timken Wildlife Management Area in St. Charles Parish will begin at 12 a.m. on Sunday, June 1, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

May 29, 2014 at 12:08 am

Shermans taking boat services on the road to Bayou Segnette this Sunday

Ken and Devin Sherman will be pulling a nice new rig to boat landings across South Louisiana starting this weekend, but don’t expect to see them out on the water any time soon.

January 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Bass Kandi Croaker

With the very large number of plastic frogs on the racks and shelves for bass fishermen to choose from, who would’ve thunk to add another one to the mix?

August 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

Prespawn Patrol ­— Tips for bass fishing success during the prespawn

Pickles and ice cream, donuts with lots of sprinkles, Cheese Whiz and anything with chocolate — pregnancy cravings are a fact of life, for a soon-to-be mom eating for two (or more).

Expectant bass might not crave anything odd, but they’re all about packing their bellies for their forthcoming spawn. Learn where and how to locate these fish and you can, ahem, “expect” your own delivery of rod-bending fun.

First, consider the basics of where they’ll spawn. Creeks, coves, backwater canals. Pretty much any shallow habitat with good sunlight and some type of cover will do.Read More...
February 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

CWPPRA offers hope for future of coast

I have watched with sadness the rapidity of change along the Louisiana coastline. Delacroix is a shell of what it was when I first ventured out of End of the World Marina almost two decades ago with then-editor Todd Masson.Read More...
July 02, 2012 at 7:00 am

Pocket Perch

When I first moved to New Orleans as a (very) young man in the mid-1960s, I just knew that I was a fishing hot dog. I thought I knew all there was to know about catching bass, bream, white perch and catfish — and that’s where the fishing world ended.

While I was expounding on the virtues of these freshwater fish during a break in a sales meeting, I noticed a kind-hearted co-worker, Grant “Popsy” Rodriguez, watching me in bemusement. Over lunch after the meeting, he pulled me down to earth and explained the fishing facts of life, a la New Orleans, to me.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Closing the Gap

A huge gap exists between amateurs and professionals in most sports.Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am

Bassmaster Classic reveals lessons for tournament bass anglers

Bass fishermen are fond of referring to "timing" as a key piece of a puzzle when breaking down a potential winning pattern. It also becomes a wonderful excuse when you don't catch them.

"My timing was off," "I zigged, when I should have zagged,'' or "I need to switch up my timing." All of those sentences were uttered at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Marsh.Read More...
March 03, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Take Home Angler: Matthew Hymel

After releasing his third bass of the morning, Matthew Hymel wondered aloud if I had learned my lesson yet. Although we had met for the first time only two hours earlier, he was starting to get a sense of just how hard-headed I can be.Read More...
March 01, 2011 at 11:01 am

Final Classic day a go; no fog in sight

The final day of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic is set to begin on schedule, a departure from the past two days that were delayed due to dense fog at the launch site of Bayou Segnette State Park.

“There’s no fog in sight,” Luling’s Bruce McDonald said while sitting in the boat of competitor Terry Scroggins waiting for the blast-off. “It’s beautiful. It’s completely different than the other days.”Read More...
February 20, 2011 at 6:58 am

KVD in position for fourth Classic title

Kevin VanDam went into the second day of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in third place, but he had the No. 1 and No. 2 anglers fishing around him in Lake Cataouatche’s Tank Pond – and he expected the pressure from local anglers to have an impact on the catches.

And that turned out to be the case – for everyone in the Tank Pond but KVD.Read More...
February 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Game on! Second Bassmaster Classic fog delay lifted

After an almost three-hour fog delay, B.A.S.S. officials told the Bassmaster Classic anglers to crank up their boats and prepare to blast off at 9:45 a.m., has learned.

“It’s breaking a little bit,” Luling’s Bruce McDonald said by phone. “At 9:45 we’re out of here.”Read More...
February 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

Socked in again - Bassmaster Classic on hold due to fog

Bassmaster Classic anglers lost just more than an hour yesterday to dense fog, and the same situation faced them when they arrived at Bayou Segnette State Park early this morning (Feb. 19). Finally, B.A.S.S. officials implemented a second fog delay.

“There’s just as much fog today as yesterday,” Luling’s Bruce McDonald told by phone. “I’m looking at the (Lapalco Boulevard) bridge right now, and I cannot even see it.

“And I’m at the end of the dock closest to the bridge.”Read More...
February 19, 2011 at 7:30 am

Fog delay lifted, Bassmaster Classic field released

The 2011 Bassmaster Classic finally got under way at 8:10 this morning (Feb. 18) after thick fog forced B.A.S.S. officials to implement a delay of just more than an hour.

“You can see a little bit past the Lapalco (Boulevard) bridge from the announcer’s stand,” said Luling’s Bruce McDonald, who was at the Bayou Segnette State Park launch site. “And (tournament director) Trip (Weldon) went out Lake Salvador and said it’s clearing up out there.”

“They’re starting up their boats right, and getting ready to go.”Read More...
February 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Tank Pond delivers lunkers for Classic top three

The top-three finishers in today’s opening round of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic are all fishing the Lake Cataouatche Tank Pond, an area where warming temperatures are inspiring big female bass to move shallow to spawn.

Aaron Martens, Scott Rook and Kevin VanDam are chunking and winding spinnerbaits in the popular area to the west of the lake. Read More...
February 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Fog delays Bassmaster Classic start

The 2011 Bassmaster Classic kicks off this morning, but thick fog has delayed the scheduled 7 a.m. blast-off.

“It’s really bad,” said Luling’s Bruce McDonald, who went to Bayou Segnette State Park to watch the 50 competitors head out. “It’s probably less than a quarter of a mile visibility.

“I can barely see across the bayou. When I tried to take pictures this morning, it looked like it was raining on my lens."Read More...
February 18, 2011 at 9:24 am