|When a mullet is king
300 Views - Posted: March 03 at 9:00 am
Biologists like writing about cool fish — odd fish, fish that are a swimming riddle. This month’s guy (or more properly “guys”) is that.
|The Cajun and the Beast — How to catch snapping turtles
599 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
The huge, scaly beast — its massive body partially supported by the water — swim-crawled its way along the soft, mucky bottom. Its bear-like, long, black claws stirred up clouds of half-decayed vegetation and silt.
Bubbles of swamp gas rose lazily to the water’s surface.
The alligator snapping turtle was on the prowl — looking for something to eat. It wasn’t choosy. Acorns would be fine; so would crawfish, clams and even the stray crab. A smaller turtle, one whose shell it could crush with its massive cleaver-like jaws, would be tops on the list.
|Bream busting in Boeuf — Tactics for bream fishing in Lake Boeuf
459 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
One hundred-thirty years of experience.
That’s what my friend Dirk Matherne, no spring chicken himself at 58, had fixed me up with. It was a little intimidating, listening to the two silver-maned old lions comparing notes with Mike Adams, a Raceland dentist and Lake Boeuf lover.
The younger of the pair, at only 73, was Steve Bourgeois. He’s been fishing the lake for 63 years. His uncle, Andrew Blanchard, at 82 didn’t start fishing the lake until he was 15, so he only has 67 years of experience.
|The jewel in the city
317 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
I was in the heart of the urban jungle.
It was 4:30 in the morning.
The neon sign on the Morning Call coffee shop in New Orleans City Park blazed brightly, so it seemed open. But everything was dead quiet — no cars in front; no people visible inside.
I ventured to the door, half-expecting it to be locked. It swung open, revealing an impressive mounted largemouth bass on the wall of the foyer. The label beneath it said it was 7 pounds, 14 ounces and had been caught by Mike Laviolette.
|If you want to go where Tony went
204 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
The marshes of Terrebonne Parish are huge, and offer endless fishing opportunities. Like the fingers of a hand, five major bayous extend toward the Gulf of Mexico from Houma, easily the largest town in the parish.
From east to west they are Bayou Pointe au Chien, Bayou Terrebonne, Bayou Petite Caillou, Bayou Grand Caillou and Bayou du Large.
Launching at the fishing community of Theriot, Bayou Sauveur can be accessed by running southward in Bayou du Large and then eastward after the road paralleling the bayou ends.
|Why buy a handcrafted rod?
232 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
For some anglers a fishing rod is just a fishing rod. Their selection process is simple: They go into a store, pick up a rod without a reel and without any weight to load the tip and whip it up and down.
Others do more.
Lance Dupre of Swampland Tackle in Houma visibly cringed when he described what some anglers do.
“I’ve seen fishermen in tackle shops take the tip of the rod and see how far they can bend the tip back toward the butt,” Dupre said.
|Hot Rods — Handcrafted rods make a difference
387 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
Dawg! What a job!
Here I was in the heart of Terrebonne Parish, field testing handcrafted rods on speckled trout with a “rod master” and a “master of rods.”
I actually get paid to do this.
Lance Dupre, owner of Swampland Tackle (985-852-1703) in Houma, built the rods. The 53-year-old with a ready smile and a devilish goatee has been building rods full time for individuals, corporate customers and guides since 2002.
|Hey, ray, what you say?
2609 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
At least that is what some shrimpers say they hear. The animal that they have nicknamed “choo-choo” for the whoofing sound that it makes after it hits the deck of a shrimp boat is known by scientists as a cownose ray, Rhinoptera bonasus.
The scientific name is entirely derived from Greek. The genus name comes from rhinos, which means “nose” and pteron, which means “wing.” The species name comes from bonasos, which means “bison.”
|Speedy breasting in the field
234 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Hunters who plan to only use the breasts of their ducks have little need to clean and transport whole birds from the field or camp to their home.
|Quackers on the barbie
239 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Ducks and geese have to be the most difficult of all game animals to cook. They have a reputation for being strong and gamey — almost “livery” in taste.
|Tinkering with the rig
211 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Little things make big differences in all hunting.
Let’s face it: Hunters who succeed time after time — as well as those that don’t — do 99 percent of everything the same. They get up at the same time, shoot the same guns, wear the same clothes, hunt the same areas and use the same calls and attractants.
|Old-fashioned squirrel gravy
231 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Bob Childress calls this recipe “part Cajun and part redneck.”
“We are just far enough north to have that country (twang) going on,” he said without a trace of Cajun accent.
|It ain’t like it used to be
202 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
“When I was a kid, squirrel hunting was a big traditional thing, like deer hunting is now,” Bob Childress said. “Men would schedule their time off around squirrel season. There weren’t hardly no deer back then. If you saw one, it could make the paper, particularly if it was a big buck. The first of squirrel season, everyone would take their kids and camp out.”
|The gem of Louisiana
282 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Kisatchie National Forest is a gem for Louisiana hunters and fishermen, one surprisingly little known beyond the Shreveport to Alexandria corridor where most of its lands lie.
|What is a ‘jo boat?’
1066 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Although Mike Branton builds his own jo boats as a hobby, the true home for these little craft is Marksville in Avoyelles Parish. The only boat-builder in Marksville who now builds the craft is Pat Bordelon’s couisin, Dennis Decuir (who has a classified ad on LouisianaSportsman.com).
|Cooking the kill
1040 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Hunting ducks is fun. Cooking them is a lot tougher. Waterfowl are easily the most difficult of all wild game to cook.