Largemouth bass fishing in Louisiana, especially South Louisiana, is a shallow-water affair. Most fish are caught in waters 6 feet deep or less. […]
Catching fish in a kayak never gets old. However, there is always that quest for bigger and different species. Nothing provides that opportunity better than a trip to an exotic location. I received several requests recently for information on fishing trips outside of the United States. Just like charter fishing operations, there are outfitters that now specialize in kayak fishing adventures. With a little advance planning, the kayak fishing trip of a lifetime is easily within reach.
The Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) Kayak Fishing Tour is a premier catch-photo-release kayak tournament series that spans from South Carolina to Texas. The five divisions (Atlantic, Florida East, Florida West, Louisiana and Texas) attract some of the best inshore kayak anglers from across the country. Louisiana’s fantastic fishing has seen the state hold the tournament’s championship more often than any other location. And 2017 was no different, with the two-day finals based out of Venice with anglers allowed to fish all public waters in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes.
Woody and Chip Crews went from a longtime private waterfowl lease in Terrebonne Parish to the extreme opposite — public hunting in Plaquemines Parish. The father-son team offers their views on why anyone would want to hunt on Delta National Wildlife Refuge.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, we have a very cold winter ahead. That’s not all bad. This year’s tropical storms pushed a lot of bull reds back in the marsh. In cold water those fish become opportunistic feeders. On calmer days when the sun is out, they’ll track and attack a variety of flies.
• Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area
This 137,000-acre tract of public land lies at the mouth of the Atchafalaya River and Wax Lake Outlet. This bountiful ecosystem is somewhat of an anomaly along the coast, as it is actively building land while most of the surrounding marsh is eroding into the Gulf. Deer hunting isn’t permitted on the Wax Lake Delta, but there is an archery only season on the Atchafalaya Delta.