Check the boat before going afloat

Our early spring with its warm temperatures has recreational boaters lining up at the launch in eager anticipation of fun on the water. Whether your particular brand of good time boating involves fishing, skiing, riding personal watercrafts or simply cruising down the river, proper preparation and planning are crucial to boating safely.  […]


Ground proving buck age

We began a general discussion of this topic in the recent February, 2017 installment of Happy Trails. Let’s now go a little further and expand the discussion. Ground proving bucks means harvesting bucks that you believe meet your minimum goals, collecting their lower jaw bones for “tooth replacement/wear” age estimates, then comparing the earlier “live on-the-hoof” eyeball age estimate with the jawbone indicated age for confirmation or clarification. […]


Full Strap and Stringer

Catahoula Lake is a historic migration point for the ducks and geese that use the Mississippi Flyway. We got a first-class tour of all the fun you can get into on Catahoula Lake with our buddies from Full Strap and Stringer Guide Service. […]

Freshwater Fishing

To get out of a small-bream rut, go deep, go big

May is a great month for catching big bluegills, but the bite will last for the next several months. While some anglers have a knack for filling a cooler with really big bream, others can’t keep the small ones off the hook. If you seem stuck on small fish, don’t pull up anchor just yet. These tips can turn your trip around. […]


What’s that limit? Fish Rules app knows

Anglers who fish often enough have often memorized the creel limits and size minimums for the species they target most often. It’s tough to find an inshore angler in Louisiana who doesn’t know their state’s regulations on flounder, speckled trout, black drum and redfish. […]