Crackin’ Craw

If you want to catch bass or redfish, you better get crackin’.
Kaplan-based artificial lure manufacturer Zach Dubois, who specializes in soft plastics, has watched the fairly new Crackin’ Craw – a crawfish imitation -; take the bass fishing world by storm. And to his pleasant surprise, it’s also become a go-to bait for redfish along the coast. […]

November is prime time for doormat action in the Calcasieu Ship Channel at Big Lake.

Big Lake gives up big flounder

Starting in mid-October and peaking in November, saltwater fishermen enjoy some of the best fishing — then feasting — the coast has to offer in the Calcasieu Ship Channel along the western edge of Big […]

Lure Review

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.


Doug and Annabelle Guins
Bass Fishing

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.

That, coupled with a heckuva summer of good bass fishing, gave them plenty of confidence that, barring a major weather event, the river would be in its prime the rest of that month. And with cooler weather on the way, hopefully that string will continue through October. No one knows this better than Ron Castille of Lake Charles, an all-around outdoorsman who has provided fishing reports for this magazine for many years. As Wednesday afternoon dogfights director the past 31 years for the weekly mini-bass tournament circuit on the Calcasieu, Castille just saw a remarkable summer of action at the scales. 


Elize Cormier and Jude Mequet

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.

Just head for the canal paralleling Interstate 10 that intersects the middle of the lake east to west in St. Martin Parish. Really, after a drawdown lowered the lake level starting in August, there is far less room to roam with adequate water depth favorable for gamefish.