Features from June 2023
- Gunny’s Custom Calls, LLC is a Veteran Owned Business that makes custom calls for duck hunters, collectors and competitions.
- Aubrey Posey of Covington, who has been catching bream since he was 6 years old, leaves the bobber at home and catches bream on the bottom.
- A healthy commercial oyster bed is a thriving ecosystem supporting many trophic levels of organisms, including fish species.
- If it casts a shadow and is in decent water, it can hold summer bass. Finding a pattern around the “dark side’ can help you catch more bass.
- For many people along the Gulf Coast, offshore fishing begins and ends with red snapper season. The 2023 snapper season opened on May 26.
- Thibodaux’s Sage James Vidos likes to spoon feed redfish in the marsh from Dulac to the Pointe Aux Chenes Wildlife Management Area.
- The tradition of catching frogs on summer nights goes back centuries. Our wetlands and waterways provide excellent habitat for the amphibians.
Columns - June 2023
- NOAA Fisheries is requesting comments on a petition for rulemaking to establish a year-round 10-knot vessel speed limit in the Gulf of Mexico.
- This Trout almondine recipe features tender speckled trout fillets that are lightly coated and pan fried to a beautiful golden brown.
- There are two groups of fried fish eaters. There are those that only eat them hot, and those that only eat them any way they can get them.
- The Compact or Full Frame Speed Freak from Freedom Tackle Corp. was designed to run fast and stay in the water to tempt bass.
- Green sunfish are among the most misunderstood and misidentified of all panfish. They are small, but also fun to catch, and good to eat.
- From Galliano down to Grand Isle, there are endless places to launch the kayak in pursuit of a wide variety of saltwater species.
- Marsh Man Masson had a recent revelation regarding the use of an ultralight rod with super light line to catch fish in the marsh.
Outdoor Updates - June 2023
- Alton Jones, Jr. caught 81 pounds, 15 ounces of bass at Bussey Brake to claim the Major League Fishing Heavy Hitters $100,000 first prize.
- The Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, part of the Sport Fishing Championship Series, brought big fish to south Louisiana May 3-7.
- Bass fingerlings were released around Lake Verret and the Atchafalaya Basin during the Every Fish Matters project started by Cliff Crochet.
- Paul Saltaformaggio helped all three of his talented children harvest their first gobbler during the same season.
- For the second straight year, the Louisiana turkey harvest was higher than average and in fact, the second best since 2009.
- Kade Hillestad, a member of Louisiana-Monroe’s college bass-fishing team, hooked a 13.22-pound bass on Bussey Brake Reservoir on April 16.
- Sixty percent of Louisiana residents with licenses who responded to a recent survey said they support current red drum (redfish) regulations.
Hot Spots - June 2023
- Hunter Holden of Watson, also known as “anglerdan_staterecords,” sees June as the best month for all-around fishing in Hopedale.
- In June, Vince Theriot usually returns from his guided fishing trips with a mess of speckled trout fresh from the Mermentau River.
- Major League Fishing pro Jake Ormond enjoys fishing for bass at Bartholomew Lake in Sterlington because of the structure it has.
- Anglers have been throwing spinnerbaits in the Sabine River marsh for redfish and bass. That bite should continue throughout June.
- After half-a-dozen years or so with virtually no grass on Toledo Bend, the grassy comeback is evident in so many places.
Field Notes - June 2023
- Geocaching is a fun activity for adults and kids to get some exercise, explore new areas and enjoy the outdoors.
- Pineville High School junior Luke Ward pegged the highest score, a 293, at the 2023 Louisiana Schools State Bullseye Tournament in mid-March.
- The most problems Louisiana outdoorsmen face with sharks is when anglers get a prized catch on the line and it becomes a shark’s dinner.