Features from October 2018

Columns - October 2018

  • ‘Fall’ for trout
    Fall is finally here. The trout are on the move back into the marsh, and that’s great news for kayakers. The shorter days are coupled with shorter paddles, there’ no need for live bait and great catches of speckled trout await. Oh, and did I mention the pleasant weather?
  • A new deer season is here — what will it bring?
    Except for the issue with chronic wasting disease in Northeast Louisiana, the 2017 season was so-so. Hopefully 2018 will be a little more exciting. But what exactly will does this new season have in store for hunters in the Bayou State?
  • Capt. Paul’s Edge program for the Rigolets
    According to Wikipedia, the Rigolets is an east-west 8-mile long strait connecting the northern part of Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne. “Rigolets” comes from the word rigole, which is French for “trench” or “gutter.” The name is locally pronounced “RIG-uh-leez.” 
  • Draw your own conclusions
    Much of the allure of bowhunting is the challenge it presents. Timing your draw is one of the hardest skills to learn as a bowhunter.
  • Hunting health and safety
    We do a lot of work getting ready for hunting season. Planning trips, choosing the right gear, setting up deer stands and the list goes on and on. Along with all the planning and anticipation we make a considerable financial investment in what we hope will be a successful season.
  • Let’s call a spade a spade
    They are everywhere. If you fish offshore at oil and gas platforms, clouds of the convict-striped fish are often visible underwater. Atlantic spadefish are a dominant species in the fish communities that develop around platforms.
  • The haunt for reds in October
    Lately I’ve been enjoying the new “Jack Ryan” television series. Based on the novels by Tom Clancy, Ryan is a CIA analyst-turned-operative who is called upon to save our country from various enemies.
  • The new Matrix Monster
    Chas Champagne and charter boat captain Ty Hibbs, both Louisianians, were having a ball this summer catching jack crevalle and the occasional large speckled trout off the coast of Florida.
  • Tootie cooks ‘earnestly’
    Chef Tootie of Earnestly Tooties shares her recipes for Seared Panko Grouper on Kale and Red Snapper with Roasted Corn Relish.
  • What’s wrong with simple?
    October is finally here, and beyond sitting in a stand and bowhunting, you know what that means. It is once again time to plant food plots. 

Outdoor Updates - October 2018

Field Notes - October 2018

  • Best fall bass baits
    Fall can be an unnerving time for bass anglers, as the fish seem erratic while transitioning out of summertime patterns. But Gonzales Bassmaster Elite Series pro Gerald Spohrer said that unpredictably is actually a misunderstanding.
  • Keep a close eye on clear plastic baits
    After a few fish, clear baits are more white than they are translucent, and that can make them less attractive to speckled trout and redfish.
  • Prep your reels now for 2020 season
    The 2019 fishing season is almost over for those of us diehard hunters. Charter guide Capt. Brent Roy said a little TLC on your reels could save you money.
  • Tree stand safety tips
    With bow season now in full swing, that means hunters will once again be heading into the woods. Here's some tree stand safety tips.
  • Want crabs? All you need to know to fill a hamper
    It’s difficult to think of any savory dish that isn’t made more elegant and profoundly more delicious by the addition of one of two ingredients: bacon or crabmeat. I can’t tell you where to get a great deal on the former, but I can definitely clue you in on how to load up on the latter.

Hot Spots - October 2018

  • Bump-and-run for Claiborne’s bass
    It’s football season and many good defensive backs rely on the bump and run when they are trying to slow down the other team’s receiver. With the bump-and-run, the DB bumps the receiver to throw him off his game. 
  • Chillin’ on the Calcasieu
    Southwest Louisiana’s bass anglers were on Cloud Nine a few weeks ago because the Calcasieu River was in the best shape it has ever been going into September.
  • Delacroix trout can be tricky to track this month
    October can be a tricky month for fishing. It’s certainly a whole lot easier than September, but locating fish still can be a challenge.
  • Don’t dismiss Lafitte
    Lafitte is commonly known for relatively small trout — but this fall could be quite different, according to Capt. Lane Zimmer. He said a tough year last year could benefit the area this autumn, which means anglers will spend more time throwing speckled trout in their ice chest than on the measuring stick.
  • Follow the water for Bistineau largemouths
    When bass anglers approach a lake they haven’t fished in a while, their first question usually has something to do with what the fish are hitting.
  • Golden Meadow is golden in October
    “Hooray for October,” my old friend Capt. T-Man Cheramie (985-677-6294) said. “The biggest threat of tropical storms has passed, the weather is cooler, the humidity is lower and the fish are on the prowl.”
  • Henderson Lake for sac-a-lait
    It’s easy to find the prime fishing spot to catch bass and sac-a-lait in October at Henderson Lake.
  • Lake Catherine is a solid choice for trout
    Speckled trout anglers hammer the eastern Lake Pontchartrain train trestle every year, and when it’s on, the fishing can be lights out. However, when too much boat pressure gets on the bridge, the fish will turn off faster than they started.
  • Old Man River holds all the cards in Venice
    This fall was setting up to be epic for anglers launching out of Venice. The Mississippi River had been nice and low for a couple of months, and its waters were that beautiful shade of green that signals crazy fishing action.
  • Shell Beach in the fall
    October means less fuel, less heat and better fishing, according to Shell Beach area guide Capt. Jacques ‘Jakamo’ Laboureur (504-303-1494).
  • Toledo Bend cool down
    Bass anglers who frequent Toledo Bend can’t wait for hoodie weather in this part of the state.