Fishing

Yes, Louisiana does have other bass

A large segment of Louisiana’s freshwater fishing community has become obsessed with black bass, almost to the exclusion of interest in other fish. Two species of black bass live in Louisiana waters, the largemouth and the spotted. Both of them, as well as the cooler-water smallmouth black bass, which is not found in the state, are eligible for entry in Bass Angler Sportsman Society tournaments.

Lost in the furor over competitive black bass fishing are three other species of bass native to the state: yellow bass, white bass and striped bass. The three species, along with their Atlantic Coast cousin, the white perch (not what we call white perch in Louisiana), make up the family Moronidae, commonly called temperate basses. […]

Other Hunting

Late-Season Squirrels

From the piney woods of the north to the alluvial Mississippi River basin’s bottomland hardwoods to the coastal marshes — all across Louisiana there is a certain quietness that seems to take over in late winter. No longer do you hear the mufflers of four wheeler engines running in the woods, or the sound of a rifle shot bringing its result to you at the speed of sound. […]

Fishing

What is your life worth?

A few issues back, we looked at emergency locator beacons that use the international search and rescue satellite system, and I mentioned that there is another choice, the SPOT satellite GPS messenger. While the EPIRBs and PLBs we looked at before communicate with U.S. and European emergency satellites, SPOT units use the commercial satellite network that supports satellite telephone and Internet communication. And while EPIRBs and PLBs are last-resort devices to be used only in life-threatening emergencies, SPOT can send less-intense transmissions and handle other tasks as well. SPOT also operates on a paid subscription basis, while EPIRBs and PLBs require no subscriptions. Once you buy and activate a SPOT unit, annual subscription plans start at $99.99. […]

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The Cajun Bird

Telltale leaves on the ground in layers do not crackle underfoot, the sort of commotion that puts resident wildlife on alert. The air, rinsed by the northern showers, is clear and crisp. […]

Columns

Ethanol problems are on the rise

In June 2009, I wrote a column warning about the problems that many boaters were experiencing due to the use of ethanol-blended gasoline. I also warned that the EPA was entertaining a petition by the ethanol-lobbying group to increase the percentage ethanol blend from 10 to 15 percent. […]

Columns

Yes, Louisiana does have other bass

A large segment of Louisiana’s freshwater fishing community has become obsessed with black bass, almost to the exclusion of interest in other fish. Two species of black bass live in Louisiana waters, the largemouth and the spotted. Both of them, as well as the cooler-water smallmouth black bass, which is not found in the state, are eligible for entry in Bass Angler Sportsman Society tournaments. […]

Columns

Time for the Tenth Legion to make ready

It’s never fun spending the holidays at the hospital, but I guess it is worse when you know a loved one is not coming home. My wife’s father, Robert H. Parks Sr. (better known as PawPaw), died on New Years Day. He was 95 years old and had lived a full life for which we are very thankful. PawPaw was a veteran of WWII, and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. He was buried on my wife’s birthday at the Port Hudson National Cemetery. […]

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Deer of the Year

Louisiana hunters over the past few years have produced more and more big bucks, and the state’s top deer biologist said there seems to be a simple reason for the increase of monster deer. […]

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Hidden Talons

The end for the big swamp rabbit came quickly and silently. Without warning, a shadow fell from the sky into the dense brush. The first shadow was followed by a second one, just as silent. It was slow motion, but at the same time it was over so swiftly and efficiently that I wondered if I really saw anything at all. […]

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Risk vs. Reward

The last two Bassmaster Classics that were held in New Orleans opened some eyes as to just how good we have it here in South Louisiana. This one will open the rest of them. […]

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Late-Season Squirrels

From the piney woods of the north to the alluvial Mississippi River basin’s bottomland hardwoods to the coastal marshes — all across Louisiana there is a certain quietness that seems to take over in late winter. No longer do you hear the mufflers of four wheeler engines running in the woods, or the sound of a rifle shot bringing its result to you at the speed of sound. […]