|Oak Grove seventh grader reels in potential state record blue catfish on Mississippi River
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Few people ever get the opportunity to reel in a fish that weighs more than they do.
Even fewer anglers ever experience that thrill with a new potential state record on the end of the line.
But 12-year-old Lawson Boyte did both Saturday when he hooked a massive 114-pound blue catfish in the Mississippi River near Lake Providence.
|LWF Commission adopts notice of intent to increase black bass possession limit south of the saltwater line
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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday adopted a notice of intent that would increase the possession limit for black bass in areas south of the saltwater line up to three times the daily creel limit.
|Deville angler reels in 10.43-pound largemouth bass on Toledo Bend
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Despite a rough morning last Friday, Wallace Woodson finished the day off in style with the bass of his life at Toledo Bend.
|The Freeport Sulphur Mine near Garden Island Bay
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Dear Capt. Paul:
What are the coordinates of where the Freeport sulphur facility used to be on Garden Island Bay? What is the name of the pass they were on: Southwest or South pass?
|Leesville angler enters Toledo Bend's Elite Lunker Club with 11-pounder caught near Hausen Bay
2015 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 11:07 am
Darold Gleason’s very last cast Saturday afternoon produced the result he’d been waiting for all day long.
|When a mullet is king
231 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.
|Barrier Bulls — How to catch bull redfish at Breton Island
376 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
So, I’m at this media event, at Theophile Bourgeois’ lodge in Lafitte. Bourgeois invited all his sponsors and a few media guys to spend a couple nights at his place, where he’d provide food and lodging, give us all a chance to mingle and talk shop, and then pile us into a fleet of bay boats to see if we could do more than talk the talk.
Fishing stories, product discussions and general conversation lasted late into the night between the couple dozen of us there, and after an early breakfast came the boat assignments. Call it the luck of the draw, but my assignment was to take a seat in Bourgeois’ Cessna float plane along with Mercury Marine’s Kevin Brown and Power-Pole’s Robert Shamblin for a flight out to the barrier islands for some March wade-fishing for bull reds.
|Small-boat DuLarge — How to catch reds, specks with a mud boat
527 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Marty LaCoste likes things a little quiet.
According to my son, it’s so he can whisper to the fish exactly what he wants them to do.
When things get a little bit too loud, those trout can’t hear him as clearly.
That’s why the “Trout Whisperer” — my son’s nickname for LaCoste — went out and bought an 18-foot-by-60-inch Gator Tail aluminum boat with a mud motor on back.
|Spread out — Using multiple baits for crappie fishing
760 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Any chef worth his salt understands the phrase mice en place, which means “everything in its place.”
This wisdom of order and placement also benefits crappie anglers seeking to cook up a hot day of slow trolling action.
We’ll save an in-depth bait analysis for later and focus here on the elements of deployment and presentation. Long-lining off the back of the boat might work in deeper, open-water scenarios, but the closer and more-controlled presentation of slow trolling — aka tight-lining — works best in most Louisiana crappie haunts.
|The Cajun and the Beast — How to catch snapping turtles
509 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
381 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
245 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.
|Marsh Punch-out — How to punch grass mats for big bass
352 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Back in 2009 during the Bassmaster Central Open held in the Atchafalaya Basin, Elite Series angler and local favorite Cliff Crochet punched grass mats to earn his first trip to the Classic.
The Pierre Part pro proved the technique, when employed correctly and used under the right conditions, can be a deadly tactic for putting weight on the scale.
Basically fishing in his own backyard, Crochet employed the tactic with precision in the waters he grew up on. He used a heavy tungsten weight, a flipping hook and braided line — all basic elements required to punch grass for lunker bass.
|Toading at Toledo — Keys to fishing frogs for bass
362 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
In Grimm’s Fairy Tales there is a story about a princess who made a deal with a frog who had secured her lost golden ball from the depths of a well.
All the frog asked in return was for the princess to love him, entertain him and let him be her constant companion.
The princess agreed, but once the ball was returned, she suddenly jumped up and returned to the castle without the creature.
The frog responded by visiting her castle and eventually gaining entrance. The king, upon hearing the terms of the deal, encouraged the princess strongly to make good her promise since she had given the medieval amphibian her word.
|Redfish, speckled trout in transition near Lake Pontchartrain as temperatures fluctuate
1904 Views - Posted: February 27 at 5:12 pm
Redfish and speckled trout are in transition in the areas surrounding Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne, moving back and forth from deeper water to the shallows as water temperatures fluctuate, according to a fishing guide.
|Three men plead guilty to oyster theft in Plaquemines Parish
1225 Views - Posted: February 27 at 2:44 pm
Judge Michael Clement accepted guilty pleas earlier this week from three men for numerous commercial oyster violations last summer in Plaquemines Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.