Hog Hunting

Prepping a hog for the butcher

As they say in hunting, once the shooting stops, the fun ends and the work begins. If you’ve ever field-dressed a deer, you’ll have a rough estimation of how to do a hog, but there are a few key differences in quartering a pig for the processor.

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Fishing

Land more fish with a stinger hook

Fishing a swimbait is one of the more productive methods of landing trout, redfish and bass because of their realistic appearance and swimming action.  However, because form sometimes comes before function, a few tweaks are needed to increase your hookup ratio.

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Inshore Fishing

Purpose-built sticks

Capt. Marty LaCoste has fished in and around Dularge for nearly 30 years and has a game plan for every weather condition. He’s also got specific rods laid out for different baits to make his clients as effective as possible on the water.

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Inshore Fishing

Reel ratios explained

OK, so you’ve selected a proper rod or two, now it’s time to get a reel. Here again is a primer on reel rations and the techniques for which they’re desired. I got in touch with Trey Epich, one of Shimano’s reel gurus, and discovered the following.

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Inshore Fishing

Elmer’s surf still on fire!

The surf of Elmer’s Island is still teeming with big speckled trout, a bite that’s not expected to last much longer. Longtime Elmer’s anglers Sammy Romano and Cabot Corso hosted me yesterday and despite some wild boaters nearby, we wrecked ‘em.

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Inshore Fishing

Elmer’s surf still on fire!

The surf of Elmer’s Island is still teeming with big speckled trout, a bite that’s not expected to last much longer. Longtime Elmer’s anglers Sammy Romano and Cabot Corso hosted me yesterday and despite some wild boaters nearby, we wrecked ‘em.

 

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Inshore Fishing

Peck ‘em out at P-A-C

I spent the day yesterday with Louisiana Sportsman Circulation Director Ricky Naquin hunting around Pointe-aux-Chenes for some reds and specks. We did pretty well by my estimation, but we did have to work for it.

Perhaps there’s no time where your determination as an angler is more important than in summer. Between the heat and the slower bite, summertime can test any angler’s mettle.

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Contents

Pick the right stick

Most rational people don’t swat a fly with a sledgehammer, but the equivalent of such overkill happens every day. On the water, the sledgehammer is the rod and the fly is either a speckled trout, bass or redfish.

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