Red Snapper Resurgence?

Red snapper fishing, which has been slower-than-expected all summer long, is now drawing to a close. The season ends Oct. 31, and will not reopen until April 21, 2004.

The season so far has been described as “lackluster,” “disappointing,” and “$%$&^#@,” depending on who you asked.


Pushepatapa Pumpkinseeds

Pushepatapa Creek has been designated a wild and scenic river by the state of Louisiana. I now know why. The first time its cool, clear water swirled around my feet, I found that I had entered a completely different world. […]


Pit Stops

Although he was under near-constant investigation for misappropriation of state funds, Huey P. Long did use some of that money like it was meant to be used by paving nearly 3,000 miles of roads and giving free books to students throughout the state. […]


The Fish Empire

Plaquemines Parish fishing has received an incredible amount of exposure the past few years, but there’s an often over-looked jumping-off spot that many anglers whiz by — often as fast as possible while holding their breath or breathing through their mouth on the way to Buras and Venice. […]


Anglers need sensitivity training too

The sensitivity control on a fish-finder is a lot like the volume adjustment on a radio. Both control the amount of amplification applied to received signals, and neither have any control over the amount of power that is transmitted to them. […]


Effective Rattlin’ Chub Rigs easy to use

A Tennessee angler is one of many who have become addicted to using Rattlin’ Chub Rigs made by ReAction Lures in Many.

The Styrofoam cork/wire/beads/leader/hook combination has been out on the market for about three months now. The Tennessee man — proving how popular saltwater fishing is among out-of-staters who love to fish speckled trout and redfish along our coast — has kept the mail-order business busy over the summer. […]

Bass Fishing

Baker’s Bonanza

Never go against the family.

The only thing keeping me from heeding that menacing advice is that this family isn’t blood. Instead, they are an extended family of fellow fishermen who don’t want their secret to become public knowledge. I can understand that. […]


Sweet Vermilion

Lafayette’s Evangeline Steakhouse had a familiar air about it when I walked through the doors to meet with the Acadiana Speck Club.

I had spent many Sundays there as a kid with my family breaking down Father’s homily after church over a plate of crawfish half-and-half, a far cry from the type of sermons that I heard that night. […]


Hope Floats in Hopedale

It happens every year. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later, but inevitably it happens.

Those Canadian fronts that stalled just north of us all summer long now begin to push far enough south to actually affect us. The still and stifling hot August air is shunted aside, however briefly at first, as the first wave of cooler temperatures invade.


Fuses are cheap boat insurance

My fishing partner and I sat helplessly in my boat and watched as an old, partially restored cabin cruiser spewed orange fire and black smoke in a marina. Everyone got off the boat safely and a sheriff’s patrol craft pulled the burning boat clear of the boat stalls. […]


Bay Boat Blues

Transition is an ugly word for most inshore fishermen, especially those Southeast Louisiana anglers who favor the pull and delicate flesh of the speckled trout.

The August dog days of smaller fish and soaring temperatures turn into so many September days of lean catches that many turn their attention elsewhere. […]


Red & White

It was a picture-perfect day as I motored into Red River. A series of weather systems had screwed up every outing I had tried recently, but now it seemed that weather and circumstances were finally going my way. […]