Fisherman's dilemma: Which line to use

Photo provided by KURT WINTZ -- How hungry can a bass be?Wally Wintz hauled in a very hungry bass on a recent  trip to a farm pond with Kurt Wintz. They noticed something unusual protruding from the bass' throat and pulled on what looked like a tail. The Wintzes figured the bass had eaten this rat just minutes before devouring Wally Wintz's lure.
Photo provided by KURT WINTZ -- How hungry can a bass be?Wally Wintz hauled in a very hungry bass on a recent trip to a farm pond with Kurt Wintz. They noticed something unusual protruding from the bass' throat and pulled on what looked like a tail. The Wintzes figured the bass had eaten this rat just minutes before devouring Wally Wintz's lure.

Among the first questions novice fishermen ask concerns line, and there’s likely not enough room on any outdoors page in the country to address all the nuisances of monofilament versus braid versus flourocarbon and now Berkley’s new NanoFil, a gel-spun polyethylene that’s given spinning tackle fishermen another angle for their angling adventures.

Let’s stick to basics: South Louisiana’s muddy water allows us to use braids and heavier monofilament lines, so that’s why bass fishermen can use 50-pound braids and 25-pound mono on their spools to fish places like the Atchafalaya Spillway.

Head to clear water and it’s a different story. Veteran fishermen have found that flourocarbon line lives up to its billing as being virtually invisible in the water. That’s why you see fluoro leaders ahead of lures along the coast, and the clear bayous and rivers along the Northshore, the upper Pearl River and, when the water clears, the marshes south of the Atchafalaya in the Bayou Black and Amelia areas.

Take a hint from Pontchartrain legend Dudley Vandenborre, who advises any and all to go to monofilament and flourocarbon and stay away from braids when working artificials along the bridges, really anywhere in Pontchartrain, the Rigolets and waters south towards Lake Borgne.

Vandenborre said fish don’t bite baits tied to braids like they do on the other two lines. Might be because trout in that deeper-water lake bite best on a moving tide and braid could make a sound in moving, deeper water.

At Henderson

Fishermen take note that work will begin this week on project to dredge channels in Lake Henderson. The result of the work is to line several existing boat launches along the west guide levee to improve boating access near the Town of Henderson. The Atchafalaya Basin Program came up with the $580,000 to fund the project.

Dove hunters

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is opening a dove field parking area on the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area for morning hunts this and next Saturday, Oct. 20 and 27. The LDWF release indicated the lot is just north of the dove field gate.

The WMA’s dove field, in Terrebonne Parish, is in the Point Farm Unit and is accessible off La. 55 from Dolphin Street in Montegut.

LDWF manager Shane Granier said dove hunters also can access the dove field on foot or by boat from through Nov. 25 (the South Zone’s second split) and throughout the Dec. 22-Jan. 7 run of the third split.

Granier also reminds hunters that all vehicles must remain on the limestone access road, and, because areas south of the dove field gate inside WMA is in a wetlands area, that nontoxic shot is required south of the gate.

Dove hunting hours on this WMA run from one-half hour before sunrise to noon.