|When a mullet is king
416 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
493 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
685 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.
|Redfish, speckled trout in transition near Lake Pontchartrain as temperatures fluctuate
2156 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.
|Baby nutria the newest live bait for redfish?
7024 Views - Posted: February 20 at 11:47 am
There may be a hot, new live bait for catching redfish along the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts — young, tender nutria.
At least that’s what anglers are finding when they clean reds caught in the marshes of Mississippi and Southeast Louisiana.
|Stand up and fish
2069 Views - Posted: February 17 at 9:00 am
After three days of northwest winds, the winter cold front left the water in Fourchon only inches deep and muddier than the Mississippi. These conditions don’t build high expectations.
However, the plan was to do some stand-up kayak fishing to sight-fish reds in the dirty, low water. Stand-up fishing in a kayak might sound a little hairy, but with the right equipment you can almost hand-feed hungry reds.
|How to prepare fish
472 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
he key to filleting sheepshead is using a sturdy-bladed boning knife and cutting over and around the thick rib bones by going into the fish from the top rather than from behind the gills.
With an electric knife, it’s easiest to start from the tail and fillet forward.
|Sheepshead make great table fare
452 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
I’d venture that a rig-caught winter sheepshead actually beats a deep marsh redfish as table fare. The saltier the water, the better tasting the fish.
And, as mentioned, the spawn is on for sheepshead roughly from December to April in our near-offshore waters. This, combined with the cold winter waters, means these sheepshead are plenty fat.
You’ll note the meat is almost marbled. This makes the fillets juicy and absolutely delectable, whether fried, grilled, broiled, ceviched — whatever.
|Violet Canal to close for 75 days beginning Feb. 17
2471 Views - Posted: February 10 at 10:34 am
The Violet Canal will be closed to all navigation beginning Monday, Feb. 17 as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Lake Borgne Levee District conduct maintenance and repairs to the Bayou Dupre Sector gate.
|Black Bay Jailbreak — Fishing tips for sheepshead
976 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
Doc’s spanking-new bay boat, a 24-footer, was primed for its maiden voyage. Doc himself seemed uncharacteristically pumped for the occasion; lately his fishing had seemed more perfunctory than the traditional obsession we all recalled while growing up together.
This period spanned from New Orleans The Times-Picayune’s McFadden Duffy through By HEK through Bob Marshall to Todd Masson. Quite a stretch.
But from the look on his face on this Endymion parade night at his French Quarter bungalow, the anticipation to wet his new boat had gotten Doc’s fishing groove back, almost like during Fat City’s heyday. His face looked like it did the night he won the “dance-contest” at Kenny Vincent’s South Side.
|Winter Retreat — Delacroix’s Oak River provides great trout fishing
929 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
Last year the winter action in Oak River was good. In fact, better-than-good.
Capt. Ron “Ahab” Broadus (504-914-6063) said his February calendar from last year records some outstanding redfish catches and some decent speckled trout catches in a month not known for much in the way of productivity.
The majority of his action came from up in the Orange Bayou section around Bay Lori and in Lake Batolal, where he caught fish at the cuts in Oak River and drifting around points in Lake Batola while fishing plastics under a cork.
But last winter didn’t bring much in the way of cold down here to the southeastern part of Sportsman’s Paradise — at least not like this winter.
This winter is one for the books. We don’t often hear phrases like “polar vortex,” “arctic express” and “Hercules” in reference to extreme weather conditions. With summer heat waves or tropical storms, yes, but with winter?
Who woulda thunk it?
|February Fishing Fix — Wintertime trout fishing hot at this Pointe aux Chenes hotspot
1754 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
February can be a tough month for coastal anglers. Frequent fronts, blustery winds and low water conditions can definitely be a challenge, even to the most experienced among us — and the wet, bone-chilling cold doesn’t exactly invite us to go outside and play on the water.
But anglers with salt water in their veins can only endure the inside for so long before cabin fever sets in and you’ve just got to go fix that ache in your gut for a stretched line and a bent rod.
A February fix might seem unlikely unless you know where to go. Fortunately, at least for those of us in the southeastern part of the state, a fix is not that hard to find.
Find an area that has some deeper water — preferably with an oyster bottom — and some cleaner water and some tidal movement, add any sign of bait in the water and throw in some nearby shallow flats or oyster reefs and you’re likely to have found a winning combination.
|Louisiana's speckled trout should survive latest Arctic blast, officials said
3387 Views - Posted: January 30 at 2:50 pm
With air temperatures forecast to hit 50 degrees today and 70 degrees by Saturday, state officials are hopeful that speckled trout along Louisiana’s coast will dodge another cold-weather bullet and survive this week’s blast of Arctic air.
|Marrero man arrested for illegal fish sales, operating without charter boat license
5337 Views - Posted: January 28 at 10:00 am
A 30-year-old Marrero man was arrested for alleged commercial fishing violations after undercover agents allegedly purchased speckled trout and redfish from his Jefferson Parish residence, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
|Grand Isle angler braves the cold for big winter speckled trout along La. Hwy. 1
5953 Views - Posted: January 24 at 3:45 pm
Conditions this afternoon are cold, damp, windy and generally pretty miserable along La. Hwy 1 between Grand Isle and Fourchon, but big speckled trout are biting, and that’s a good enough reason for Tommy Vidrine to brave the elements.
|Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Yakin' for Reds
2231 Views - Posted: January 23 at 6:00 am
Watch Cox Sports Television tonight at 6:30 as Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney learns the ins and outs of kayaking for redfish at Grand Isle.