Deer Hunting

Youth model firearms

Youth hunters come in all shapes and sizes, especially considering that young hunters 15 years old and younger can apply for LDWF’s youth hunts on the various WMAs around the state. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Cranked! Tips for catching summertime marsh bass

“So uhhh — Dad. Why do we have to leave again?” my son Jason asked, while he was setting his crankbait with a solid jerk into another little marsh bass.
There was what seemed like a long pause while I contemplated my answer to his question, something I normally did as a father who raised three intelligent boys. Moreover, I knew he was messing with me because there wasn’t a good answer, no matter how I put it.

“Well if we do stay,” I replied, “we’re not going to get much work done.”

“So? And?” he said, while I watched him carefully remove the treble hooks from the lips of his catch. […]

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Cranked! Tips for catching summertime marsh bass

“So uhhh — Dad. Why do we have to leave again?” my son Jason asked, while he was setting his crankbait with a solid jerk into another little marsh bass.
There was what seemed like a long pause while I contemplated my answer to his question, something I normally did as a father who raised three intelligent boys. Moreover, I knew he was messing with me because there wasn’t a good answer, no matter how I put it.

“Well if we do stay,” I replied, “we’re not going to get much work done.”

“So? And?” he said, while I watched him carefully remove the treble hooks from the lips of his catch. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Best baits for marsh bass

Marsh bass feed heavily on invertebrates. So anglers should fish trenasses that drain marsh ponds, small bayous that drain into large bayous right at the mouth, pipelines and ditches with water flowing to take advantage of prime ambush areas. […]

Inshore Fishing

Sweeping up

Making a clean sweep seems to always make things feel a little fresher.

And sweeping up a mess of redfish, flounder, black drum and speckled trout at a spot near Weeks Bay called the “Trash Pile” is a good way to do a little housekeeping this summer.

Someone who knows a thing or two about housekeeping is Eddie Darce. Darce and his wife Cindy are co-owners of “Cuddin Eddie’s Pepper Relish Products,” where cleaning up following a long day of cooking is the norm. […]

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Sweeping up

Making a clean sweep seems to always make things feel a little fresher.

And sweeping up a mess of redfish, flounder, black drum and speckled trout at a spot near Weeks Bay called the “Trash Pile” is a good way to do a little housekeeping this summer.

Someone who knows a thing or two about housekeeping is Eddie Darce. Darce and his wife Cindy are co-owners of “Cuddin Eddie’s Pepper Relish Products,” where cleaning up following a long day of cooking is the norm. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Back to basics

Whether it’s blue catfish or channel catfish, Central Louisiana’s coastal bays in the springtime are teeming with both. Toss in the occasional flathead, and what you have is the skinning pliers Ictalurus Trifecta of North America.

From the Atchafalaya River to East Cote Blanche Bay, nearly every bayou, canal or unnamed tributary that empties freshwater is a potential location to drop anchor and tightline for catfish in this region. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Back to basics

Whether it’s blue catfish or channel catfish, Central Louisiana’s coastal bays in the springtime are teeming with both. Toss in the occasional flathead, and what you have is the skinning pliers Ictalurus Trifecta of North America.

From the Atchafalaya River to East Cote Blanche Bay, nearly every bayou, canal or unnamed tributary that empties freshwater is a potential location to drop anchor and tightline for catfish in this region. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Favorite bream rig

Fishing bream doesn’t take any special equipment or bait. A small trout worm on a No. 4 Aberdeen-style hook is preferred. When teamed with a balsa spring oval float and a split shot to balance everything, it can be a deadly combination for hooking finicky red-ear sunfish and bluegills. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Frabill Crawler Can

Fish catfish with worms long enough and chances are quite good that many will die in the wax-coated cardboard or styrofoam containers they come in. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Bay Cat Hot Spots

Anglers looking for a few locations to catch bay cats, both blues and channels, should start on the west side of East Cote Blanche Bay near Point Moroon, at the mouth of Bayou Carlin, Humble Canal and Jackson Bayou on the west side of the Bay. […]

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Bear Bayou Bream Basics

The anchor hadn’t settled on the bottom good before my wife made her first cast toward the trees along a stretch of Bear Bayou we regularly fish. As normal, she wasn’t playing around. And before I even had a worm on my hook, she was setting hers into the lips of a chinquapin.

The bluish-green colored fish streaked just beneath the surface, touching off my adrenaline button that caused me to get a little more worm juice on my fingers than I had planned. […]

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Back to basics

Whether it’s blue catfish or channel catfish, Central Louisiana’s coastal bays in the springtime are teeming with both. Toss in the occasional flathead, and what you have is the skinning pliers Ictalurus Trifecta of North America.

From the Atchafalaya River to East Cote Blanche Bay, nearly every bayou, canal or unnamed tributary that empties freshwater is a potential location to drop anchor and tightline for catfish in this region. […]