Working on a rice farm in Acadia Parish definitely gave Phillip Zaunbrecher an advantage in keeping an eye out on the whereabouts of teal this season — but even his job didn’t prepare him for the special bird he knocked down on Friday, Sept. 21.
Southwest Louisiana’s bass anglers were on Cloud Nine a few weeks ago because the Calcasieu River was in the best shape it has ever been going into September.
That, coupled with a heckuva summer of good bass fishing, gave them plenty of confidence that, barring a major weather event, the river would be in its prime the rest of that month. And with cooler weather on the way, hopefully that string will continue through October. No one knows this better than Ron Castille of Lake Charles, an all-around outdoorsman who has provided fishing reports for this magazine for many years. As Wednesday afternoon dogfights director the past 31 years for the weekly mini-bass tournament circuit on the Calcasieu, Castille just saw a remarkable summer of action at the scales.
A 24-year-old LeBleu Settlement man died Monday night after falling overboard while baiting a trotline in the east fork of the Calcasieu River, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.