Time to go sling some lead!

I readily admit to being a rifle nut. Handguns are great and a career in law enforcement provides one with a great deal of training and experience with them. But rifles are my favorite and as a hunter and shooting enthusiast, I have always found them more interesting and useful. […]


More jawbone talk

In recent installments of Happy Trails we have kicked around various aspects of both the science and art of aging whitetails on and off “the hoof.” Most deer hunters want to become as proficient as possible at estimating deer age BEFORE pulling the trigger, but it is equally important to either confirm or revise your eyeball estimate after the kill. […]

Bass Fishing

Big bass in June?

No question about it, largemouth bass are bigger in the springtime, especially the females which are chocked full of eggs before the spawn. But big bass bite in the summer, too. And they are no lightweights. […]

Bass Fishing

Slow up for the blow up

Frog fishing, like all topwater tactics, rewards diligent casting with that pulse-pounding surface assault. Whether it’s a walking frog or a popper, we watch that steady motion like a birddog on point, hoping with clinched jaw and held breath that the next movement of that plastic nose will detonate the explosive charge. […]



June is the best month for CCA members looking to place an entry in the STAR tournament Fly Rod Division. As summer wears on and water temperatures rise, bigger specks become more selective and more difficult to catch on flies. […]

Inshore Fishing

Cork fishing tips

Fishing with popping corks, like any other technique, is an art. Steve Kissee offered some tips for effective use of popping corks. Some are specific to his Versamaxx corks; others apply to the use of any brand of cork. […]

Inshore Fishing

Why Shell Beach?

Lower St. Bernard Parish, whether one launches out of Shell Beach, Hopedale, Yscloskey, or Delacroix, has long been a sportfishing playground for New Orleanians. Fishermen can launch at any of the four sites to access the rocks at the end of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. […]