Take Home Angler: Gary Manzella

Not even halfway between Breton Island and the mouth of Baptiste Collette, Capt. Larry Averitt eased back on his throttle. As his custom aluminum bay boat settled into the chop, he turned around to inform his customers that he was going to have to go to plan B. […]


Fall Frogging

Before Doc’s brother Clay returned to his exile in Atlanta, the wives decided we’d treat him to dinner — but at a fancy restaurant rather than at the usual raucous dinner party featuring the usual bull-red courtboullion, spawning sow-speck roe fritters and button-buck fajitas. […]


Gray Ghosts on Black Lake

Northwest Louisiana is blessed with a number of beautiful cypress-studded lakes that have long served as magnets for area fishermen. Lakes such as Bistineau, Black, Saline, Iatt and Nantachie were created hundreds of years ago by the Great River Raft, a massive log jam that clogged Red River from about modern-day Boyce to near Shreveport. […]


Down on the Farm

A hit song by the late John Denver, way back in 1974, has lyrics that go, “Well life on the farm is mighty laid back, Ain’t much an old country boy like me can’t hack. It’s early to rise, early in the sack, thank God I’m a country boy.” […]


Do you know a fat sleeper?

No, I am not talking about a family member or acquaintance. The fat sleeper to which I’m referring is the storm minnow, known to scientists as Dormitator maculatus. Fat sleeper is the “accepted common name” by the American Fisheries Society. […]