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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
It's not too late to start dropping hints about what kind of Father's Day gift you'd like to receive on Sunday, June 19.

Top 5 Father's Day gifts for the sportsman

OK guys — here’s the drill. Father’s Day is right around the corner, and unless you want to end up with a barbecue apron or another bad tie, now is the time to spring into action and start loudly suggesting to anyone who will listen possible gift ideas you’d actually like to receive this Sunday.

June 10 at 11:05am
The V-Sharp Classic II features diamond stones, is easy to use and leaves a great edge on your knife.

V-Sharp Classic II sharpeners foolproof, affordable

A dull knife is a real pain, and Bowie Outfitters manager Lea Benoit said the V-Sharp Classic II pull-through sharpener from Warthog is a foolproof, affordable, easy way to keep all kinds of knives razor sharp. 

June 08 at 2:15pm
The key to catching bass even when muddy water hits a reservoir is finding color lines between the dirty and clean water.

Muddy-water bass fishing tactics

Summertime rains can really ruin a fishing trip, especially when your lake of choice collects water from a large drainage area.

And it seems that it never rains on Monday, when you are starting off the week with visions of the coming weekend of catching fish.

June 07 at 6:00pm
Toledo Bend guide Dave Mansue knows that hunting down a good postspawn bite is well worth the effort.

Post-spawn potential — Learn why you should fish Toledo Bend after lunkers leave the shallows

There’s no time when Toledo Bend guide Dave Mansue isn’t in love with this Sabine River impoundment.

June 01 at 7:00am
Jake Blanchard (right), Tate Denise and lab Duke pose with a hog shot March 19, 2016 using a night vision scope in the marsh behind Avery Island.

Night-hunting is right for hogs

I remember the first time the destructive nature of wild hogs was driven home in my mind. It was some years back, and I was riding a four-wheeler down an old gravel road on Cat Island NWR when I came across some rootings.

June 01 at 7:00am
A set of steps and a hand rail make for safer entry and exit from the boat while it is on the trailer.

Inspect your boat before launching

I’m usually a little late getting started with spring fishing because hog hunting with the dogs fills the gap between the close of deer and opening of turkey seasons.

Then chasing the gobblers uses up most of April.

But this year was a little different. We had some catching up to do. 

May 23 at 10:14am
A proposal approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission would allow permit holders to take outlaw quadrupeds, as well as nutria and beaver, on private property at night during hunting season from Sept. 1 through the last day of February.

Proposal would allow nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds during hunting season

A proposal adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission last week would make it possible for landowners to take outlaw quadrupeds at night on private property during the regular hunting season — but only if they obtain a free permit first.

May 12 at 11:19am
Speckled trout came early and came on strong for Ricky Richoux.

The trout whackers — Grand Isle guide shares trout-fishing tips

It was a sight to see in the dim light of dawn. There were untold thousands of birds.

Wide-bodied pelicans occupied every rock fringing the island. Many more of the big birds’ white-crowned heads stuck up out of the island’s grass.

May 01 at 7:00am
Cajun bouillabaisses are unique to cooks with a Bayou Lafourche heritage.

He had a badge and a spoon

Euris “Doobie” Dubois retired last month as chief of police for the Town of Grand Isle. While he was the fishing resort’s chief law enforcement officer, he was just as well known for his cooking.

April 29 at 8:20am
The author saw no deer on his property after Nov. 20, but he captured this photograph of six deer feeding on Feb. 25. It could be he was the victim of abundant acorns and poor weather conditions.

2016 deer season begins now

One glance at the March 2016 issue of Louisiana Sportsman easily points out that it is time to fish in the Bayou State.

April 12 at 9:00am
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016-17 waterfowl season dates at its April meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.

2016-17 duck season dates set by LWFC

Four months ahead of the typical August announcement, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016-17 duck season dates — along with hunting season dates for other species and the general and WMA hunting rules and regulations — at its April meeting on Thursday in Baton Rouge.

April 08 at 11:00am
The author's grandson, 6-year-old Baylor Allen, enjoys fishing for catfish, drum, redfish and whatever else happens to be biting.

Public Rambling: Hog season wrap-up

Hog season has come and gone on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA, and only one more hog was taken by rifle since my last column, when I shot a 75-pounder during the final week of the season. 

April 06 at 10:50am
Dennis Blankenship displays the Toledo Bend 12.55-pounder he caught Monday, March 21, in his Water Moccasin pirogue. The monster bass bit on a weightless Zoom Brush Hog.<br />

Pirogue angler lands 12.55-pound Toledo Bend hawg

Don’t think for a second that you need a fully-decked-out bass boat to catch a double-digit Toledo Bend monster.

March 24 at 12:40am
Billeaud believes that the many appendages on a Brush Hog offer too much movement for cold water fishing.

Other great baits for Atchaflaya Basin bass

When Lafayette’s Billy Billeaud isn’t fishing a jig, he is usually using a Brush Hog or a Beaver-style bait.

March 15 at 7:00am
Austin Hebert, of Port Neches, Texas, shows off the 12.11-pound largemouth bass he caught near the Toledo Bend dam last Friday on a watermelon-orange Zoom Brush Hog —just  one day after record high water levels on the reservoir.

One day after massive rains, angler scores on 12.11-pounder near the Toledo Bend dam

Just one day after the highest water levels ever recorded at Toledo Bend, Port Neches area anglers Austin Hebert, Sidney Shetley and Dave Gisselberg launched Friday morning on the reservoir’s south sider near the dam.

March 14 at 1:51pm