Freshwater Fishing

The chinquapin run

The unmistakable tug of a heavy chinquapuin, followed by its distinctive long run right after it’s hooked, and its circular fight in a bid for freedom is what so many fishermen love about targeting that species of panfish. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Top chinquapin baits

Aggressive and gluttonous as any schooling fish, chinquapin are hardly picky. Nevertheless, catering to their tastes and preferences will earn you more love.

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Freshwater Fishing

Best chinquapin baits

Effective artificial lures for chinquapin include hair jigs (for instance the Poppa Chops), as well as Johnson, Betts or H&H Beetle Spins. The best sizes for working around cypress and tupelo trees are the 1/16-ounce or 1/32-ounce versions. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Prespawn chinquapin staging over mussel shells at Grand Bayou

I could hardly find the boat ramp at Grand Bayou near Coushatta because there was no long line of boats waiting to launch.

There were no boats blasting away from the ramp.

Heck there weren’t even any trucks in the parking lot except for one, and it belonged to North Louisiana fishing guide Eddie Halbrook. […]

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Chilly Chinquapin

Eddie Halbrook could hardly contain his excitement. He had discovered how much I like catching chinquapins only months earlier, and he wanted to let me know he was on them again. […]