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Plan comes together for fishing veteran Steve Fontanta and partner Ray Knapp

Photo provided by RAYMOND KNAPPCapital City area angler Steve Fontana shows off the five bass he and Fishers of Men tournament partner Ray Knapp caught in the Stephensville area to win the circuit’s South Louisiana team event held from Adam’s Landing on Belle River. The five-bass limit weighed 14.76 pounds, or a near 3-pound average per fish, a solid catch for late June from these waters.


There’s nothing like a game plan that works. Like ball sports, a fishing plan comes after long hours spent in practice. Experience is a factor, too — a big factor. So when Steve Fontana put all the variables together — the water, summertime’s heat and years of being on the water pursuing largemouth bass in the Verret Basin trying… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Rd,, New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 68TH ANNUAL GOLDEN MEADOW-FOUCHON TARPON RODEO: Fishing begins safe daylight Thursday. Scales open 1-7 p.m. Friday 1 & 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. Saturday in Children’s… Continue reading →

Check out results from Fishers of Men-South Louisiana Team bass tournament

Advocate photo by JOE MACALUSO  --  The spinnerbait Steve Fontana has put together to mimic the color and movement of shad in the Verret Basin. With a hint of chartreuse on the double-bladed lure, the main color is 'glimmer blue' skirt matched with a 'glimmer blue' trailer.

Fishers of Men BELLE RIVER — Top 10 from Saturday’s Fishers of Men-South Louisiana Team bass tournament held from Adam’s Landing with anglers, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit), total catch weight in pounds and winnings. Also team standings with total catch weights and points earned after the completion of 2016’s five tournaments: Top 10: 1,… Continue reading →

Golden Meadow-Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo to highlight busy Fourth of July weekend

Advocate staff photo by JOHN BALLANCEIf you go to the Golden Meadow-Fourchon Meadow Tarpon Rodeo, you will probably hear Ashley Barrios, second from left, say ‘Girl Power.’ Barrios is the first female admiral of the GMFTR since its inception in 1948. Barrios’ love of fishing began years ago fishing with her father, Don Barrios. Pictured with Barrios are, from left, Tiffany Broussard Casey, Brandi Authement (Barrios’ sister) and Susan Wolverton. The GMFTR begins Thursday and ends Saturday.

Yes, there’s Fourth of July fireworks across the state and the nation, but for three coastal communities, fishing — make that lots of fishing for many, many years — adds to the upcoming holiday weekend. Even better for the anglers, they’ll have Monday, July 4 to rest their sea-weary bones before taking on the rest of the… Continue reading →

Notebook: Lake Concordia yields big hall for Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Denham Springs anglers

Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Denham Springs and their adult sponsors showed why they pick the weeks after school lets out for the summer to hold their once-a-year, two-day travel tournament. They picked Lake Concordia near Ferriday for their destination, and the youngsters’ catches showed their prowess with a rod and reel in their hands. Alex Heintze, a member… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day, Cayuga Lake, Union Springs, New York. Live weigh-in website: www.bassmaster.com MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Orvis Shop, Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. Call Sydney Dobson at (225) 892-1613. Website: www.rsff.org. FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400… Continue reading →

Fishing results from Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs tournament

Junior SW Bassmasters FERRIDAY — June’s age-group results from the two-day Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs monthly tournament held from Lakeview Lodge on Lake Concordia with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass daily limit), total weight in pounds and big-bass winners: 15-18 Age Group: 1, Alex Heintze, Denham Springs… Continue reading →

Conditions look favorable for upcoming Fourth of July fishing rodeos

The forecast of westerly winds and light seas could be just what coastal anglers ordered for the weekend leading up to the three big Fourth of July saltwater rodeos coming for the following holiday weekend. Light northwest winds are ahead Friday with a shift to the west Saturday and Sunday. It means light seas, mostly less than… Continue reading →

Mississippi team takes home Costa Bassmaster High School Series Central Open at Toledo Bend

Photo provided by ANDY CANULETTECaleb Gatwood, left, and Cayden Soberoski teamed to win the Costa Bassmasetr High School Series Central Open on Toledo Bend on June 20. The tandem from Oak Grove (Miss.) High School caught only three fish, but they totaled 14 pounds, 4 ounces, which was enough to beat out the 97 other squads entered in the event. Nearly two-thirds of the teams in the tournament are based in Louisiana.

MANY — Nearly two-thirds of the 98 teams entered in the Costa Bassmaster High School Series Central Open hailed from Louisiana. And, of that number, many of the two-angler squads were from the communities near Toledo Bend, where the tournament was held — in towns like Natchitoches, DeRidder and tiny Stonewall, which is home to North DeSoto High School.… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY SOUTH LOUISIANA CHAPTER/ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, 2150 Veterans Blvd., Kenner. Live/silent auctions, raffles, dinner. Call Lee Ayo (504) 481-8671/email: leroyayo@gmail.com or Valerie Cicero (504) 430-4280/email: angel49516@aol.com. CCA SOUTH LAFOURCHE CHAPTER BANQUET: 6 p.m., Civic Center, 307 East 5th Street, Larose. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225)… Continue reading →

With Mississippi River falling, bass, speckled trout action should continue to improve

Photo provided by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.Greg Hackney of Gonzales holds the trophy after winning the GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest at Lake Texoma out of Durant, Okla., last Sunday. Hackney’s four-day total was 66 pounds, 2 ounces.

There’s lots for south Louisiana bass fishermen to celebrate on this Father’s Day, not the least of which that the Father of Water, the Mississippi River, finally is falling — giving hundreds, if not thousands, more miles of fishable banks to chase ol’ Mr. Largemouth. While still relatively high for late June, projections are the Mississippi River… Continue reading →

Notebook: Dad watches teenage daughter land first blue marlin, win Junior Angler award; rodeo director sees Swollfest swell

Photo provided by TOBY BERTHLEOTThe flurry of the crew's activity aboard the Addis-registered 'Rising Sons' is because this blue marlin is being tagged for release after 13-year-old Jaselyn Berthelot, second from the top in the aquamine-colored shirt,  battled the bluewater giant to the boat during last weekend's Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic. The 13-year-old lass won the Classic's Junior Angler title after taking on the catch-and-rlease blue marlin along with a yellowfin tuna and a bull dolphin in what her father, Toby Berthlot, termed "heavy  seas." Jaselyn is

Toby Berthelot and Nick Rauber have lots in common, and, on this Father’s Day, it’s more than their ever-strengthening desire to be on the water with a rod and reel in their hands. Both men got their Dad’s Day gifts early this year. Berthelot’s came from his 13-year-old daughter Jaselyn in the Cajun Canyon Billfish Classic. It was the… Continue reading →

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TUESDAY LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com. THURSDAY SOUTH LOUISIANA CHAPTER/ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, 2150 Veterans Boulevard, Kenner. Live/silent auctions, raffles, dinner. Call Lee Ayo (504) 481-8671/email: leroyayo@gmail.com or Valerie Cicero (504) 430-4280/email: angel49516@aol.com. CCA SOUTH LAFOURCHE CHAPTER BANQUET: 6 p.m.,… Continue reading →

Measure to turn control of red snapper fishery to Gulf states clears first hurdle

Photo provided by SWOLLFEST RODEODamon Wood posed with the Swollfest Rodeo's winning red snapper caught by his son George aboard the Reel Addication, captained by charter skipper Cory Talbot. The 25.8-pound red giant came during the two-day extension of the recreational red snapper season in federal waters of the Photo provided by Swollfest RodeoGulf of Mexico. Federal managers granted the extension after a tropical storm in the gulf wiped out as many as five days for recreational anglers to catch red snapepr during the original June 1-9 recreational season. Other offshore recreational anglers reported finding red snapper at oil and gas platorms, over  wrecks and other reefs from off the mouth of the Mississippi River west into the Ship Shoal and Eugene Island blocks off the Louisiana coast.

A Congressional move to strip red snapper management from the federal government and transfer it to the five Gulf states cleared its first major hurdle Wednesday when the House Committee on Natural Resources passed, by a 24-14 vote, HR 3094 authored by Louisiana Rep. Garret Graves. “It was good that we were able to get it through… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Photo provided by NICK RAUBERBreaking his recordFollowing in his father’s footsteps, the now veteran offshore angler Eric Valenciano broke the Swollfest Rodeo record he held in the cobia category when he battled this 79.4-pound giant to win the category in the 2016 Swollfest held in Grand Isle over last weekend. His dad, Rudy Valenciano from Batn Rouge has dominated mangrove snapper rodeo catches for several years, and Team Valenciano dominated that Swollfest category, too. Eric Valenciano’s cobia also took the lead in the category for CCA’s summer-long Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo.

Swollfest GRAND ISLE — Saturday’s final leaderboard from the Swollfest Rodeo with anglers, their team (when available) and weight of catch in pounds: Overall Swollest (heaviest fish): 1, Mark Dufrene, Bon Temp, 185.1 pounds (swordfish). 2, Chris Faler, Comin’ In Hott, 170.8 (yellowfin tuna). 3, Hunter Charvet Sr., Predator, 132.0 (yellowfin tuna). COASTAL DIVISION Cobia: 1, Eric Valenciano, Team… Continue reading →

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FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum 2 anglers). 5 bass limit/14 inches minimum size. Weekly event through Sept. 16. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402. FRIDAY-SATURDAY NRA BASIC PERSONAL PROTECTION/MISS. ENHANCED CARRY COURSE: 6 p.m., Friday & 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Southwest Mississippi… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY LOUISIANA FREE FISHING WEEKEND: Final day of weekend allowance, no basic nor saltwater fishing licenses required for resident and nonresident recreational anglers in state waters. SWOLLFEST FISHING RODEO: Final day, Sand Dollar Marina, Grand Isle. Inshore, Kayak & Offshore divisions. Website: www.swollfest.com. 3rd-ANNUAL SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN’S FESTIVAL: Final day, 10… Continue reading →

Report: Fishing supports nearly 2 million jobs, responsible for sales of more than $200 billion

While there’s lots of additional work into fleshing out the full details of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s report — Fisheries Economics of the United States 2014 — it’s apparent commercial and recreational fishing is a vital part of the country’s economy. The report finding was that fisheries in the United States supported 1.83 million jobs, up… Continue reading →

Boating organizations warn against using higher ethanol fuel; red snapper season extended in federal waters

Advocate staff photo by JOHN BALLANCEFrom left, Don Dubuc, Eddie Callais, JakeDuet, and Chris Moran show off some red snapper taken earlier this month. The 2016 recreational red snapper season in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico started June 1 and ends 12:01 a.m. Sunday -- a two-day extension from the original 12:01 a.m. Friday time -- because of recent bad weather in the Gulf.. The season for federally permitted charter boats will run 46 days from June 1 through July 16.

With federal rules allowing an increase in the amount of ethanol additives to gasoline, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boat US issued a warning to summertime boaters. The initial move to added ethanol to gasoline stocks was a mix allowing fuel to have 10 percent (E10) ethanol. Recent changes pushed that to a 15 percent (E15)… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY CCA CENLA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Riverfront Center, 707 Main Street, Alexandria. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum 2 anglers). 5 bass limit/14 inches minimum size. Weekly event… Continue reading →

Pearl River can be a beast to fish, but can also be very rewarding

Photo provided by JEFF BRUHLJeff Bruhl shows off a nice panfish caught on the Pearl River.

Pearl River winds its way from Lake Ross Barnett north and east of Jackson, Mississippi, to the border along Mississippi on the way down to The Rigolets near Slidell. It is a beast of a river to fish. This river resembles a five-headed monster with five distinct sections: West Pearl, West Middle Pearl, Middle Pearl, East Middle Pearl… Continue reading →

Notebook: Four anglers move into state top 10 record bok for white sac-a-lait

The early days of 2016 have produced four species of white sac-a-lait to add to the State Top 10 Fish Records List. Wayne Hosea’s 3.52 pounder heads the list followed by Dwayne Hosea’s — yes, they are kin — 3.48 pounder to stand in second and third places in the subspecies of the popular freshwater sunfish. White crappie are… Continue reading →

Check out the outdoors calendar for Sunday, June 5

TUESDAY ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais, (337) 354-897. WEDNESDAY SWOLLFEST FISHING RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina, Grand Isle. Inshore, Kayak & Offshore divisions. Website: www.swollfest.com. BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: BASSFest, Lake Texoma, Durant, Oklahoma. Sixth in 10-event series. Daily live weigh-in website: www.bassmaster.com THURSDAY CCA CENLA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Riverfront… Continue reading →

Variety found in Florida Parishes bayous, rivers

Photo by JEFF BRUHL-- A stringer of sac-a-lait is just one fo the rewards for working the Florida parishes rivers on a panfishing trip.

A poem from the late 1700s claims variety is the spice of life. Doing something different is what makes life, and fishing, interesting. Bream fishing along the rivers and bayous flowing into lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain is as spicy as fishing can be. Panfish come in a multitude of species. Locations along the… Continue reading →

Florida conducting cobia study

Because cobia migrate from Florida across the Gulf of Mexico into waters off the Louisiana coast, offshore fishermen should be aware of a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute study of the species in Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean stocks. It’s a species Louisiana anglers call “lemonfish” or “ling,” and the… Continue reading →

Check out the outdoors calendar for Thursday, June 2

THURSDAY LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. CCA CAJUN CHAPTER BANQUET: 6 p.m., South Crowley KC Hall, 226 Elm Street, Crowley. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths, $480 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing,… Continue reading →

Raffle set for enforcement official shot while investigating possible violation

Photos provided by TIM OSBORNWhat a messThe net on a commercial fishing operation targeting menhaden broke along the Central Coast early last week and littering beaches at Grand Isle and across Caminada Pass on Elmer's Island with thousands of dead fish. Reports indicated the nets blew out in two separate incidents, the first Tuesday when the Grand Isle beaches were litered with the dead pogeys, and the second either late Wednesday or early Thursday that affected Elmer's Island. According to another report, crews from the Port of Grand Isle and the department of Wildlife and Fisheries used heavy equipment to clean up the massive fish kill. Grand Isle officials said the beaches were cleared by Thursday and opened the beaches in time for the Memorial Day weekend, but most of Elmer's Island remains closed for work for extensive restoration of the headlands and beaches in the Elmer's Island area.

State Wildlife and Fisheries’ Enforcement Division agent Sgt. Scott Bullitt was shot during a stop in Monroe to investigate a possible DWI violation. A year later, Bullitt is paralyzed from the waist down and is in rehab, and his friends and fellow agents, members of the Louisiana Game Wardens Association, are raffling a 16-foot Sea Ark boat rigged with… Continue reading →

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MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma. Call Stephen Robert, (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com. WEDNESDAY PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Beach House Grill, 124 Girod St., Mandeville. Call Corey Tohme, (985) 624-9331. Website:pbasinflyfishers.blogspot.com. THURSDAY… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Road, New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum 2 anglers). 5 bass limit/14 inches minimum size. Weekly event through Sept. 16.… Continue reading →

Fishing results from the Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs and Southern Open

HENDERSON — Saturday’s age-group results from the Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs monthly tournament held from McGee’s Landing on Henderson Lake with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit), total weight in pounds and big-bass winners: 15-18 Age Group: 1, Alex Heintze, Denham Springs (5) 8.41 pounds. 2, Dillon King, Denham Springs (5) 7.2. 3, Justin… Continue reading →

Greg Hackney 10th at Toyota Texas Bass Classic, but still leads Angler of the Year standings

Photo by ANDREW CANULETTEGreg Hackney waits for the start of Day 3 of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Sunday at Lake Ray Roberts in Denton, Texas. Hackney finished the three-day tournament with a 41-pound total.

FRISCO, Texas — When Greg Hackney strode across stage on the final day of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, he didn’t have great news for the bass fishing fans expecting a sizable limit of fish from the “Hack Attack.” Hackney began the third day of competition with a 30-pound, 4-ounce total, and he ended the TTBC on Lake Ray… Continue reading →

Comments to be taken Thursday on Reef Fish Amendment 40

Public comment on the separation of the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper take between private and for-hire sectors will be taken Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Westbank, 275 Whitney Ave. in Gretna. When the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved the move to divide the recreational catch in 2015, this… Continue reading →

There’s still time to enter youth outdoors contests

Young writers, photographers, hunters and fishermen have a June 30 deadline to enter two of three contests sponsored by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association and a handful of Louisiana outdoors organizations. There will be three cash awards each in the three divisions of the LOWA’s Youth Journalism Contest, co-sponsored by Louisiana’s members of the Safari Club… Continue reading →

S.T.A.R. rodeo highlights busy summer

How did the fishing rodeo season sneak up so fast? It has, and the richest and longest coastal fishing extravaganza, CCA Louisiana’s Statewide Tournament and Anglers’ Rodeo, kicks off Saturday with an loaded pickup truck, rigged-out boats and trailers in a variety of sizes and thousands of dollars in tackle packages awaiting the winners in almost as many categories… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY-SUNDAY 145th NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETINGS & EXHIBITS: Louisville, Kentucky. Website: www.nraam.org. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum 2 anglers). 5 bass limit/14 inches minimum size. Weekly event through… Continue reading →

Kevin VanDam shows he still has what it takes after win at Toledo Bend

Advocate file photoKevin VanDam raises the trophy and claimed the $500,000 champion’s check in 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake near Birmingham, Ala. VanDam followed that by setting a Classic catch record of nearly 70 pounds to win his fourth Classic in New Orleans in 2011. The Kalamazoo, Mich., angler is in the field for Friday’s start of the three-day Classic set for Lake Guntersville, Ala. It’s the first time the Classic will be contested in Alabama since VanDam tour de force victory in 2010.

Most south Louisiana anglers know Kevin VanDam was born and raised in Michigan, a far piece from Louisiana waters. But after what happened last weekend on the Louisiana side of Toledo Bend, it sure looks like this bass-fishing superstar was weaned on swamp water and cut his teeth on the extraordinary Louisiana fare. VanDam has won four Bassmaster Classic… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Bassmaster Elite MANY — Sunday’s final top 12 from the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series tournament held on Toledo Bend with anglers, their hometowns, total bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass daily limit), total catch weight in pounds and ounces and winnings, along with big-bass winner and Louisiana anglers (only the top 50 advanced to the third day, and only the… Continue reading →

Toyota Bass Classic pits best anglers in north Texas lake

Everything is bigger in Texas. So why would the Toyota Texas Bass Classic be any different? To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the fishing tournament, the event has been moved to Lake Ray Roberts located just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Denton. Toyota Stadium, which is in Frisco and seats 20,000 people, is… Continue reading →

Suit challenges ban on hunting deer with dogs in Louisiana national forest

ALEXANDRIA (AP) — A group of hunters is suing to block a federal ban on using dogs to hunt for deer in Louisiana’s only national forest. The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, claims the U.S. Forest Service’s ban on “dog-deer hunting” in the 600,000-acre Kisatchie National Forest arbitrarily tramples on the state’s “cultural fabric” by eliminating… Continue reading →

Notebook: Hobie Fishing World Championship to be held in Lafourche Parish

Louisiana, more precisely the marshes and open waters of Lafourche Parish, joined a prestigious list of fishing holes around the world after Hobie Cat announced its sixth annual Hobie Fishing World Championship will be held Dec. 4-10 along Louisiana’s Central Coast. This tournament hit close to home two years ago when Capital City area kayaker Steve Lessard won the… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY A.R.E. TRUCK CAPS BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final round, Toledo Bend, Many. 3:15 p.m. weigh-in, Cypress Bend Park, 3462 Cypress Bend Drive, Many. Live weigh-in website: www.bassmaster.com. TUESDAY Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting: 1 p.m., Room 210, UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook,… Continue reading →

Chris Kennedy’s winning redfish a ‘gift from heaven’

Photo provided by LA. SALTWATER SERIES/LDWF Long-time redfish tournament angler Chris Kennedy shows off the 10.04-pound redfish he caught early Saturday afternoon to win the Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish event held from Campo's Marina in Shell Beach. LWSS tournament anglers are restricted to weighing two redfish measureing at least 16 inches long, but less than 27 inches long, and with more under-27-inch redfish weighing 6-8 pounds, Kennedy's 26.75-inch long catch turned out to the be the heaviest single redfish weighed in LASS-Redfish history. Kennedy, minus fishing partner Steven Hooter, won the event, and the Metairie angler took home $2,800 for his efforts.

It was shortly after noon Saturday and Chris Kennedy said he felt like, well ... not too well. Fighting a springtime allergy-induced sinus infection, and being without fishing partner Steven Hooter — he begged off to attend his son’s graduation from Mandeville High School — Kennedy was wondering why he was on the water.… Continue reading →