A contested matter

Later this month, the Coastal Conservation Association’s summer-long STAR tournament kicks off in Louisiana. Once again, there’s a fly fishing division. Awards will go to the anglers weighing in the heaviest speckled trout in the East and West Divisions. […]

Ask Captain Paul

Tides in Louisiana

I regularly get questions about the time and range of the tides in Louisiana coastal marshes. Many of the inquiries are about the time of the published tides from various sources listed as compared to the actual times that the high and low tides occur, and how are they determined. […]


Strike King Trout Magic

Soft plastic lures account for more trout in ice chests than any other lure style, and Strike King has upped the ante on inshore soft plastics with Trout Magic. It’s a traditional jighead that holds your swimbait in place while a spinner adds to the attraction. […]


Search and destroy

Capt. Lane Zimmer’s text message was crystal clear.

“… left them biting yesterday,” the message read. 

I wasn’t sure what happened between yesterday and this morning, but Lane’s spot that was so productive just 24 hours before only gave up two trout.




Having a raised beach house offers great peace of mind but is miserable when you’re walking up and down stairs all day. Make life easier with the EasyLift, which can lift up to 1,000 pounds at a time. The carriage has an integrated safety brake and each panel features expanded aluminum. […]

Bass Fishing

Fool the Fry Guarders

It’s like girls night out for new mama bass and dads are watching the kids. That’s basically the deal with a popular spring pattern we know as “fry guarders” — male bass round up recently hatched babies (fry) and keep constant watch for a host of predators from bluegill, to crappie to other bass. […]


Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ

Possessing the same deadly good looks and fish-catching prowess of its rigged brethren, the EZ ShrimpZ can serve as replacement bodies for the rigged version or rigged separately on jigheads or a weedless hook. […]


Buras Tag Team

The weather looked lousy as Creighton Ward, part owner and first captain of Southern Exposure Inland Fishing Charters, launched his boat from an obscure launch just north of the old Buras Auditorium into the Mississippi River.  […]


Boudreaux, Thibodeaux, I dunno

Usually when a hostess calls for “Jones, party of…” a dozen different people named Jones stand in unison. Not on the bayou. I haven’t met another Jones yet. But I have met a Thibodaux (heck, I live there, too), Boudreaux  and a passel of Zeringues. Seriously. […]