This cook is saucy

Laina Asprion’s life is saucy.

Yes, she cooks with sauces — lots of them. But her background is interesting too. She grew up as a New Orleans Creole. […]


The dos and don’ts of dove hunting

The first statewide hunting seasons of fall 2017 opened in September. Louisiana’s dove season will kicked off on Sept. 2 in both the north and south zones. The north zone’s first segment ran through Sunday, and the south zone’s through Sept. 10. […]

Deer Hunting

Practical strategies for success

In the last couple of installments of “Happy Trails” we have been peeling the onion back a few layers on the finer points of supplemental feeding. During the preseason period from late spring to early fall, consistent and properly done supplemental feeding accomplishes multiple things for your deer herd and potentially you as a deer hunter. […]

Inshore Fishing

Sportsman introduces expanded kayak coverage

Kayak fishing is not a fad, a trend or a gimmick. It is here to stay. It is a legitimate segment of sport fishing that continues with extraordinary growth each year. Fishing kayak manufacturers continue to improve, expand and modify their models relying heavily on input from kayak fishermen. […]



When paddling or pedaling isn’t enough, an increasing number of kayak anglers are adding electric motors to lessen the physical requirements and/or increase their range. Several companies offer kits and brackets to install traditional trolling motors, but the Bixpy jet motor is a high performance motor contained in a plastic waterproof shell with a small, fully enclosed propeller. […]


A big fish tale

David Prevost’s big day was October 15, 2015. Only two boats were fishing that day, his 31-foot Contender, the White Kap, and Coon Schouest on the Little Coon. […]


How to rig a Coon Pop

Coon Pop heads are made of a bullet shaped lead with a piece of ½-inch PVC pipe with BBs in it glued to the head. A wire runs through the lure, projecting from both ends.  […]

Inshore Fishing

Seven deadly speckled trout sins

Transition time is baffling and discouraging to fishermen who are accustomed to speckled trout staging in one area, as they do in summer and mid-winter. Some otherwise avid trout fishermen just give up and spend September watching early- season football games. […]



September is a month of transition as water temperatures begin to drop. Slowly at first due to radiative cooling, and moreso as cool fronts invade the state. Cooler water invigorates the fish.  […]

Bass Fishing

Frog fishing tackle

FLW pro Todd Castledine trusts his frogging to a 7-foot, 3-inch Falcon Cara swimbait rod with an 8:1 Lew’s Super Duty reel carrying 65-pound braided line. This outfit, he said, affords him the elements essential to effective frogging. […]


Coastal Wildlife Management Areas

A combination of Mother Nature and state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries technicians and biologists has left coastal Wildlife Management Areas in fair to good condition for hunters before the 2017-18 seasons. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Crappie dock shooting tips

1) Practice before you go. The concept looks easy, but shooting a lure into the constricted space between the dock and the water’s surface accurately is challenging. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Crappie gaining popularity at Toledo Bend

Dusty Anders smells a change in the air. 

In spite of being recognized in both 2015 and 2016 by Bassmaster as the best bass lake in the United States, crappie are slowly, but steadily gaining in popularity on largemouth bass in the massive reservoir. […]

Inshore Fishing

Tarpon from a ‘yak

I got to Orlando for ICAST a few days early this year and was able to go and play in my own kind of Disney World: You know it’s going to be a great day out of Cocoa Beach when you’re greeted by flat seas and an Atlantic sunrise.  […]