The big screen advantage

“Multifunction display” grows in meaning with each new generation of marine electronics. Sonar functions now include traditional down-looking 2-D scanning with and without CHIRP, high-definition side and down scanning, live forward scanning, 360-degree circular scanning and a choice of frequencies to optimize each type for either maximum detail or greatest scanning depth/distance. […]


Toxic bait for feral hogs

Kaput is the brand name of a toxicant approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as a lethal bait for feral hogs. According to the label, the active ingredient in Kaput is Warfarin, an anticoagulant medication sold under the brand name Coumadin. […]


Helping your deer herd

I sit down to write this installment of Happy Trails after spending yesterday morning in the deer woods of southwest Mississippi, attending to tasks associated with supplemental feeder sites and salt/mineral stations. […]

Inshore Fishing

Purpose-built sticks

Capt. Marty LaCoste has fished in and around Dularge for nearly 30 years and has a game plan for every weather condition. He’s also got specific rods laid out for different baits to make his clients as effective as possible on the water. […]

Inshore Fishing

Reel ratios explained

OK, so you’ve selected a proper rod or two, now it’s time to get a reel. Here again is a primer on reel rations and the techniques for which they’re desired. I got in touch with Trey Epich, one of Shimano’s reel gurus, and discovered the following. […]

Jack crevalle frequent rigs in slightly deeper water.
Offshore Fishing

Keep your eye on the sky

Along with baits, terminal tackle, and landing net, add “weather watching” to your summer rigs check list. Amid the rod-bending revelry of summer rig fishing, take precautions to keep everyone safe and comfortable. […]

Inshore Fishing

How John Davis hunts for treasure

The story of Davis’ hunt for sunken treasure started when he was 17. An acquaintance gave him an old fishing map to help him find speckled trout. As he used the maps, he noticed that the islands holding some of the best fishing spots were eroding away. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Tip of the day

Tommy Tregle’s self-designed, self-built boat is wonder of efficiency. Custom-built of welded aluminum, it is 18 feet long with a 12-inch V in the bottom. It looks like a hybrid between a mud boat and a bass boat with a center console. […]

Freshwater Fishing

A swamp life

Born and raised in the town of Des Allemands, Tommy Tregle (pronounced Cajun style as “Treg”) has spent almost his entire life making his living from the water. […]



July is one of those transition months in saltwater. For fly anglers looking to enter a speckled trout in the CCA STAR Tournament Fly Division, history suggests that the first two weeks of the month offer the last, best hope for catching large trout on the fly. […]