Fishing

Time to consider changing to LEDs

The lights on your trailer are your boat’s first line of defense against collisions. Running lights show other drivers that you have a boat behind you when towing in the dark. Brake lights and turn signals can help keep tail-gating drivers from turning your stainless steel prop into a hood ornament, night or day.

That is, of course, if your trailer lights work. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Sick Day Crappie – Tips for catching Lake D’Arbonne sac-a-lait

My grandfather used to have a plaque at the end of his hall that read, “If fishing interferes with work, quit work!”

Next to it was another that read, “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work!”

This was a man who had his priorities straight — at least in theory. The problem was that he never actually heeded the advice in his own hall.

How many of you dream of fishing while looking out the office window? Give up work to go fishing? I’ve got a family to support.

Wouldn’t it be a hoot if somebody actually took some of those old fishing sayings to heart?
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Fly Guys

The last time Louisiana saw so many outsiders moving in to the state to take advantage of an opportunity was after the Civil War when carpetbaggers headed south looking to take advantage of the economic and political situation. Those folks weren’t thought very highly of, and many Louisianaians wished they would return from whence they came. […]

Fishing

Time to consider changing to LEDs

The lights on your trailer are your boat’s first line of defense against collisions. Running lights show other drivers that you have a boat behind you when towing in the dark. Brake lights and turn signals can help keep tail-gating drivers from turning your stainless steel prop into a hood ornament, night or day. That is, of course, if your trailer lights work. […]

Fishing

D’Arbonne a safe bet for December

D’Arbonne Lake, near Farmerville, is really unique because it holds three different types of bass — the main-lake bass that relate to the drop-offs, ledges and creek channels and remain in deep water all year; the shallow-water bass that stay shallow all year and never live in water deeper than 5 feet; and the typical reservoir bass you find in other sections of the country that live out on the main lake, migrate into the shallow water during the spawning season, move out to deep water after the spawn and spend some time in the same shallow water during the winter, where they’ll spawn later in the spring. […]

Fishing

No meatballs with this spaghetti

EDITOR’S NOTE: A retired fisheries professor, Jerald Horst’s name is a familiar one to Louisiana Sportsman readers. He has been quoted innumerable times over the years in these pages. Horst has agreed to pen a monthly column introducing readers to interesting creatures that are common in our waters. […]

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Family Traditions

During a poetry unit that my 8th grade English class at Boyet Jr. High in Slidell was dissecting, we came across a poem about legacies. My students easily identified the extended metaphor comparing a mother’s courage to a granite hill. […]

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Virtural Reality

It’s Friday night — sons are home from college for the weekend. At 1:30 a.m., the old man gets up to answer nature’s call. The light is on in two bedrooms down the hallway. The old man hears voices coming from both sons’ computers of other gamers. […]

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No-Fishing Zones

A recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discussion paper has brought home to Gulf of Mexico fishermen the momentum of the movement to create marine protected areas (MPAs) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. […]

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Grand Lake Triple Play

Down here in the Deep South, we don’t really get to enjoy four different seasons like folks do farther north. I always heard that each season — spring, summer, fall and winter — had its own unique characteristics, and up north, those folks actually get to experience them. […]

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Lump My Ride

Each December, anglers from near and far trek to the famed Midnight Lump, or Sackett Bank, located south of Venice to do battle with triple-digit yellowfin tuna, giant mako sharks and other trophy fish. […]

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Tricks of the Trade

You wouldn’t expect a serious golfer to hit the links with just any set of clubs. He has to have his clubs — the ones he uses to give him confidence in his drives, chips and putts. […]

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Cover: December 2007

Kaplan resident Drew Gaspard, 13, dropped this beastly 10-point during youth weekend in Tensas Parish. It green-scored 159 7/8. The 2007 season has already delivered some incredible deer kills. […]

Bass Fishing

Doomed!

Bass once made up much of my family’s diet from the 1960s until the mid-1980s. If you go back to the history of catch and release, you’ll see that Ray Scott, founder of B.A.S.S., originally initiated this program, since he’d received so much criticism in the early days of B.A.S.S about his tournament anglers catching and killing large numbers of big bass. […]

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Delta Ducks

I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I accepted retired LSU biologist Jerald Horst’s invitation to spend a couple days hunting the Atchafalaya Delta WMA with him. If there were ducks and there was hunting, I was there. […]