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Macaluso: Wind after rain offers little hope for fishing

If all goes according to the Weather Service’s forecast, March most definitely will come in like a lion Sunday. Let’s hope, like the adage prescribes, March will go out like a lamb. Yes, there are fish to be caught. Unless you’re ready to brave strong winds and rough seas, trout, redfish, bass, sac-a-lait and catfish will… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY CCA/WESTBANK CHAPTER SPRING FISHING SEMINAR: 6 p.m., NOLA Motorsports, Avondale. Must show photo ID at entrance. Speakers: Peace Marvel, CT Williams, Sam Barbera. Fee $5. Food, drink provided. No fee for women & children. Call Ryan Guerin (225) 952-9200. STATE 2015-16 HUNTING SEASONS PUBLIC MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd Street, Slidell. NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS… Continue reading →

Biggest phase of hunting season almost over

Photo provided by B.A.S.S./Gary TramontinaCasey Ashley shows off two of the heaviest bass he caught Sunday, the final day of the 45th Bassmaster Classic. He weighed in a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 3 ounces from Lake Hartwell to jump from fifth place after Saturday's second round to take the Classic title with a 50-1 total that bested Lakeland, Florida pro Bobby Lane, standing behind Ashley on the stage at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. Ashley, from Donalds, South Caroline, became only the third angler to take Classic title from home-state waters. He won $300,000.

The curtain falls Sunday for hunting seasons that began way back in early September, but only for an intermission. Sunday marks the end of the waterfowl season, for however good the Conservation Order is for blue, snow and Ross’ geese in Louisiana’s fields. Saturday, February’s last day, closes down the squirrel, rabbit and quail seasons — for however… Continue reading →

Fishing results

GRAMERCY — Results of Saturday’s 4th annual Multiple Sclerosis Open Team Bass Tournament after the weigh-in at the St. James Boat Club with anglers, total stringer weight in pounds and prize winnings and Big Bass standings; RESULTS: 1, Drew Comeaux-Bryan Jones, 15.28 pounds, $ 2,500. 2, Tom Goings-T.J. Goings, 14.6, $ 1,100. 3, Byron Keith-Tony Lightfoot, 13.29, $ 700.… Continue reading →

Video: The conclusion of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic

Advocate videographer Gary Krouse chronicles the last day of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic from Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.… Continue reading →

RESULTS

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Saturday’s second-day results from the three-day 45th GEICO Bassmaster Classic held on Lake Hartwell with anglers, number of fish weighed in parentheses (five-bass daily limit) and total catch weight in pounds and ounces, and the angler with the heaviest bass. Louisiana anglers are in bold type. Only the top 25 anglers advance… Continue reading →

Check here for GEICO Bassmaster Classic results

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Saturday’s second-day results from the three-day 45th GEICO Bassmaster Classic held on Lake Hartwell with anglers, number of fish weighed in parentheses (five-bass daily limit) and total catch weight in pounds and ounces, and the angler with the heaviest bass. Louisiana anglers are in bold type. Only the top 25 anglers advance to Sunday’s final round:… Continue reading →

Video: Louisiana anglers hold their own on the second day of Bassmaster Classic

Three Louisiana anglers try to fish their way into contention on the second day of the Bassmaster Classic at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.… Continue reading →

Quail getting harder to find in Louisiana and South

Advocate staff photo by JOHN BALLANCEBaton Rouge hunter Gary Littlefield has shotgun at the ready while Wayne Thornhill's English setter

It’s as old a hunting tradition as there is in the Deep South, and it’s disappearing as fast as Louisiana marshes. Quail hunting. Try to find a covey of wild quail in the Sportsman’s Paradise, and you might as well set out on an Indiana Jones-like quest for the Holy Grail. There are almost… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Warren Coco tribute puts wrap on duck season

It’s time to put a wrap on the 2014-2015 duck season. Hope yours was successful. Our state had more ducks, at least from the State Waterfowl Study reports, than we’ve had in during any of the past five seasons. It’s sure some of you didn’t see ducks by the hundreds… Continue reading →

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MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225)313-3813 . Website: www.rsff.org. 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. STATE 2015-16 HUNTING SEASONS PUBLIC MEETING: 6 p.m., LDWF Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth.… Continue reading →

Dean Rojas takes lead at Bassmaster Classic; Greg Hackney in eighth

B.A.S.S. photo by GARY TRAMONTITA -- Greg Hackney of Gonzales found himself among the top 10 after the first day of the Bassmaster Classic on Friday in Greenville, S.C.

GREENVILLE, S.C. Dean Rojas has his name listed in several places in the Bassmaster Series records. Like the time he won a tournament in south Texas with a record of a rare 100-pound-plus total stringer weights on a four-day, 20-bass catch. But you won’t find his name anywhere in the Bassmaster… Continue reading →

Video: The day one weigh in for Louisiana anglers at the Bassmasters Classic

Three Louisiana anglers each have their respective weigh ins on the first day of the Bassmaster Classic in Lake Harwell in South Carolina.… Continue reading →

Video: The day one launch of the Bassmaster Classic

. The three Louisiana anglers in this years Bassmaster Classic give their finale thoughts prior to takeoff. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Pelicans start second half with back-to-back against Magic and Heat

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) dunks against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) in a NBA basketball game in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

For the New Orleans Pelicans, it’s like cutting to the chase in their attempts to make a run at a playoff berth in their final 29 games of this NBA regular season. Coming off the All-Star break, first up for the Pelicans (27-26) is the Orlando Magic (19-39) on Friday night, followed by the Miami Heat (22-30)… Continue reading →

Video: Gonzales angle Greg Hackney talks about being in the Bassmaster Classic

Advocate Videographer, Gary Krouse, spoke with Greg Hackney, from Gonzales, La., prior to the start of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. There is a reason he is called "The Hack Attack".… Continue reading →

Video: Louisiana angler Brett Preuett talks about being in the Bassmaster Classic

. In this video, Advocate Videographer, Gary Krouse introduces you to one of Louisiana's three Bassmaster Classic qualifiers, Brett Preuett. Preuett won the Carhart Bassmaster College Championship while attending ULM. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Pierre Part angler Cliff Crochet is back in the Bassmaster Classic

Advocate Videographer, Gary Krouse, visits with Bassmaster Elite Series Angler Cliff Crochet. From Pierre Part, La. Crochet has now qualified for his third Bassmaster Classic.… Continue reading →

Frigid wather delays Friday's Bassmaster Classic in South Carolina

Angler Shinichi Fukae answers questions during the 2015 Bassmaster Classic media day in Greenville, S.C., Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/The Greenville News, Bart Boatwright)

. GREENVILLE, S.C. -- With morning temperatures predicted near 5 degrees, tournament director Trip Weldon announced Thursday that Friday's launch for the 45th Bassmaster Classic will be delayed until long after sunrise on Lake Hartwell. The expected take-off time for the 56 anglers will be 8:30 a.m. EST, or an hour and a half later than… Continue reading →

Single-digit temps predicted for Friday’s Bassmaster Classic launch

Three Louisiana bass fishermen, led by Angler of the Year Greg Hackney of Gonzales, braved winds and temperatures that never climbed about the freezing mark Wednesday for the final practice day before Friday’s start of the 45th Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell near Greenville, South Carolina. Like Hackney, the other two Louisiana anglers, three-time Classic qualifier Cliff Crochet of… Continue reading →

Video: Anglers confident despite freezing conditions at the 2015 Bassmasters Classic

. It's cold at the 2015 Bassmasters Classic. Advocate Videographer, Gary Krouse, gets the lastest Lake Hartwell conditions from the Louisiana anglers in this years Bassmaster Classic. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

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THURSDAY-SUNDAY WHOOPING CRANE FESTIVAL: Port Aransas, Texas. Field trips. Website: www.fws.gov/refuges. FRIDAY-SUNDAY GEICO BASSMASTER CLASSIC: Lake Hartwell, Greenville, S.C. Daily afternoon weigh-ins on Bassmaster website: www.bassmaster.com. SATURDAY 4TH annual Multiple Sclerosis Open Team Bass Tournament: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. “trailer” tournament. Weigh-in St. James Boat Club, Airline Highway, Gramercy. $150/boat & optional $20 big-bass kitty. Morning check-in Bayside Tackle, Pierre… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Weekend fishing outlook not good

Unless you have a deep affinity for being on the water in strong winds and rainy conditions, this might be the weekend to stay home, take care of a few chores and get your tackle ready for much better days to come. Throw in a chance of lightning Sunday, and that leaves a… Continue reading →

Low water plus warming sun equals good fishing

Photo provided by CHRIS MACALUSOCovington fisherman Jeff Bruhl shows off two hefty sac-a-lait from a two-man, 30-fish catch late last week from the Atchafalaya Spillway. Warming water temperatures and constant water levels, unusual for February in the Spillway, have combined to give bass and sac-a-lait fishermen a fair shot at first-rate, late-winter action.

It’s easy to understand why so many boats are showing up in the Atchafalaya Spillway now. The fish are biting: Sac-a-lait started the procession, and bass are helping spur angler’s passion for getting on the water with hopes of finding what has been a terrific run on big slabsides. Launches are packed by 9 a.m., and… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Sunshine triggers big catches

If you’re old enough to remember taking numbers at a barber shop on Saturday mornings, then you’ll get the idea of what you might face this weekend on the water across south Louisiana. Prime sac-a-lait holes in the Atchafalaya Spillway had as many as seven boats dipping tube jigs and shiners in a 300-yard stretch Sunday, and boats crowded… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Photo provided by CHRIS MACALUSOCovington fisherman Jeff Bruhl shows off two hefty sac-a-lait from a two-man, 30-fish catch late last week from the Atchafalaya Spillway. Warming water temperatures and constant water levels, unusual for February in the Spillway, have combined to give bass and sac-a-lait fishermen a fair shot at first-rate, late-winter action.

Fishing for Tucker GONZALES — Results from Saturday’s annual Fishing for Tucker Benefit Bass Tournament with anglers, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit), total stringer weight in pounds and Big Bass standings. It was an open-water tournament with weigh-in at Cabela’s: RESULTS: 1, Tyler Teague-Teal Smith (5) 16.86 pounds, $2,500. 2, Charles Major-Wayne Tucker… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS-DENHAM SPRINGS BASS MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026. SATURDAY FLY TYING CLASS: 9 a.m.-noon, Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd. Gonzales. No fee. Basics of tying fresh and saltwater flies for bream, bass, redfish, speckled trout, and jigs for sac-a-lait. Call Darrell Crawford (225) 644-7989. SMALLBORE/.22… Continue reading →

Video: The Advocate On The Outside: Cliff Crochet prepares for the Bassmasters Classic

Cliff Crochet visits with Outdoors Writer, Joe Macaluso, and talks about preparing for his 3rd Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell in Greenville S. Carolina.… Continue reading →

Cliff Crochet preparing for Bassmaster Classic on home waters of Atchafalaya

Advocate staff photo by JOE MACALUSOPro angler Cliff Crochet takes a bass from Atchafalaya Spillway waters last Monday, when morning temperatures dipped into the 30s and north winds hit 20 knots. Crochet, from Pierre Part, is trying to sharpen his skills for the Feb. 20-22 Bassmaster Classic set for Lake Hartwell on the South Carolina-Georgia border.

No matter where bass fishing takes Cliff Crochet these days — and that’s been some far-flung places during the past five years — he always comes home to the Atchafalaya Basin. The guy nicknamed “Cajun Baby” has turned his passion for a hobby into a passionate profession. Later this week, he and his new wife, Sarah, are… Continue reading →

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MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., second Monday monthly, Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Greg Brignac (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org. WEDNESDAY 51ST GOVERNOR’S STATE CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: Sponsored by Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Categories: Professional, Volunteer, Youth Conservationist, Business, Educator, Elected Official, Communications and Conservation Organization. Awards presented… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Sportsman’s Act needs your support

After two failed attempts in the 2012 and 2014 sessions of the U.S. Congress, Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Arkansas, introduced a bill that recognizes outdoorsmen across the country for their generations of conservation efforts, and seeks continued access to public lands and waters. It’s the Sportsman’s Act of 2015,… Continue reading →

Video: Cliff Crochet fishes the Atchafalaya Spillway

. Bassmaster Elite angler, Cliff Crochet, shows Outdoors writer, Joe Macaluso and Videographer, Gary Krouse, how to fish the Atchafalaya Spillway in the spring, between cold fronts. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Secret lunker bass bait: pink marshmallow

Photo provided by WENDY MOLLIERESurprise, surprise!Joey Molliere holds the 10.14-pound largemouth bass he caught while fishing for rainbow trout stocked during the winter months in the ponds at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center off St. Landry Road and La. 30 in Gonzales. After weighing and measuring the fish, he released the lunker into the pond. Plans are to have a fibreglass replicca made of his catch.

It was January, and Joey Molliere knew the pond at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center was stocked with rainbow trout. It’s a Christmas present for urban-area fishermen, a gift from sponsoring communities and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Baton Rouge and Lafayette also benefited from these wintertime, cold-water rainbow trout stocking programs. The center in… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Sun will be the key to big fishing action

If we’ve learned anything from the past week, it’s that sunshine, even after a cold rain, spurs activity in freshwater spots and, to a lesser extent, in saltwater areas. The difference is water: In freshwater, the less the better, while along the coast southerly winds are needed to push water into the marshes… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. FRIDAY DONALDSONVILLE CHAPTER-DUCKS UNLIMIITED BANQUET: 6 p.m., Lemann Center, 100 Clay Street, Donaldsonville. Call Todd Boudreaux (225) 278-5584. Email: boudreauxtodd@yahoo.com. SATURDAY PALO ALTO MID-RANGE MATCHES: 7-8 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. firing line, Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville.… Continue reading →

Falling water levels in Atchafalaya sparking run on sac-a-lait

Photo provided by MICHAEL LONDONLast-day trophyJames London said he’s been hunting a family friend’s land near his East Feliciana Parish hometown of Wilson for more than 20 years, but never had a chance to take a trophy like this giant 8-point buck. ‘It’s my biggest deer ever. I’ve taken 8-point bucks in the past, but nothing like him,’ the nursing assistant said. London, who hunts with a .308 Remington, said the buck crossed a trail 35 yards from his stand on the final day of the modern firearms season in the Wilson area.

Great news from the Atchafalaya Spillway. Since the middle of the week, folks have been cashing in on falling water levels and abundant sunshine. The combination of those factors has increased water temperatures in the Spillway’s midsection, and the sac-a-lait have responded. Most of the fish are in relatively shallow water, and are more active on reports of water… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Recreational anglers demonized in hearing

Anger is a powerful force, and if you’re a recreational fisherman who plans your year around fishing the waters off Louisiana’s coast, you should be angry today. After listening to the testimony during Wednesday afternoon’s Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s public comment period, it’s clear, when it comes to red snapper, commercial… Continue reading →

Comments sought on Amendment 40

Photo provided by SHAUN BERTRANDColby Bertrand strains to hold an amberjack the crew aboard the 24-foot 'Trial Run' estimated to weigh 100 pounds from a mid-January trip with his dad, Shaun, and four other anglers out of Cypress Cove Marina in Venice. The group hauled in four other amberjack, three scamps and several almaco jacks to complete their trip.

Other than conflicts over the federal data on red snapper to include under-reporting of the red snapper population in the Gulf of Mexico and recreational sector overfishing, the only steps taken during the first three days of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Point Clear, Alabama, was to close the gray triggerfish season Feb.… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION & RESTORATION ACT PLANNING TEAM MEETINGS: 8 a.m., Regions I & II, USFWS Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, 61389 La. 434, Lacombe. Call Brad Inman (504) 862-2124. NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7:00 p.m., last Thursday montly through November, Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. SATURDAY ORVIS FLY TYING… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Junior SW Bassmasters Results from the Jan. 18 Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs tournament with age groups, anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit) and total catch weight in pounds. Also age-group big bass winners: 15-18 Age Group: 1, Cade Fortenberry, Praireville (4) 5.52 pounds. 2, Braden Blanchard, St. Amant (3) 4.35. 3,… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Cold fronts, wind shifts and big changes for fishing

Cold front Tuesday. Cold front Thursday. Cold front Sunday. Add in winds that will circle the compass during the next four days and rain coming in late Saturday and lingering into Sunday, and there’s no way south Louisiana fishermen can come close to having a clear look at what they will face into… Continue reading →

Feds expected to up snapper count

Advocate staff photo by JOE MACALUSOA must-have for outdoorsmenKelly Haydel found a useful product for all outdoorsmen and showed it Wednesday at this year's Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade Show. It's a Ray-o-Vac power supply for a cellular device. It holds four AA batteries and, when plugged into a cell phone, provided as much as four hours of power.

With the 17-member Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council set to meet this week in Point Clear, Alabama, word from a handful of council members and council watchers is that the federal fisheries managers will reveal shortcomings in red snapper stock assessments. For at least a decade, fisheries biologists from the five Gulf states and several universities… Continue reading →

Joe Macaluso: BRAF to outline lakes’ future

There’s enough urban sprawl across our landscape that demands we pay attention to maintaining and optimizing our urban parks. Baton Rouge and New Orleans have theirs. Both name them “City Parks,” and the Crescent City has an equally valuable resource in Audubon Park’s uptown acres. Anyone who’s ever walked, jogged and… Continue reading →