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. […]


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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]


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. […]


River Shrimp bounty

The Mississippi River holds intrigue and fortune, but for the Folse family of St. James, it’s all about family, Louisiana tradition and a little-known crustacean, river shrimp. […]


New app delivers the goods

Historically, fishing has been behind the times where technology is concerned. Perhaps it’s the laid-back nature of many anglers or maybe it’s due to an unwillingness of folks to want others clued in to their hot spots thanks to an eye in the sky. […]