Red Snapper Regime

There wasn’t the slightest fold or crease in Old Glory at the Houma Hampton Inn at 4:30 a.m. It looked like the service crew had mistakenly washed it in with all the sheets, pressed it, then applied a coating of heavy starch.[…]


Circle of Life

T-John Thompson got off his school bus at 4 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2006, and without even changing out of his school uniform, grabbed his rifle and headed for his tree stand. At 4:30, he was back at his house asking his mom for help bringing in the deer he had just shot.[…]


Bottleneck Buzz

One of the old adages in fishing is that it really doesn’t matter if you tell other anglers where you were fishing or what you caught them on because, more than likely, they aren’t going to be able to go back and duplicate the same pattern. […]


Moonlight Serenade

He just wouldn’t shut his mouth. I mean, you never guarantee limits. It’s just not done. I tried over and over again to get guide Marty Lacoste to stop, and for a while, I thought I had succeeded.[…]


Raising Cane

Surveying the hall of green and brown, Jimmy Fisackerly asked, “Which side do you think we should fish?” With a stiff wind puffing across the Delta, Fisackerly had worked his 23-foot Hydra-Sports bay boat into a small cove within a large stand of roseau cane.[…]


Seven tips to save $$ while trailering

The peak of the summer vacation season also sees a peak in gasoline use, and with the spike in prices at the pumps this summer, it pays more than ever before to know how to squeeze every mile out of a gallon of fuel — both on the water and on the way to and from the launch ramp.[…]


Magic ‘reset’ button a time-saver

A friend called the other day and asked if I would help him change the sonar transducer clamped to the bottom of his trolling motor. He thought he could handle the job but wasn’t sure, and since I live a short distance away, he asked for help.[…]


Hook ’Em Hard

Set the hook hard, son!” the salty old man told me. That short sentence might just be the best piece of fishing advice I’ve ever given or received.[…]


Duck Season Warmup

As the hunter called excitedly, he could see the reaction from the birds when his notes hit them. They spotted the decoys and came in over the water as though the caller had them on a string, although he’d put his blind on the bank.[…]