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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 →

Verrett Basin, marshes south of U.S. 90 among freshwater hot spots

Friday’s thunderstorms should keep some anglers from getting a head start on what should be solid weekend action. Freshwater: The Verret Basin continues to produced bumper numbers of channel catfish and bluegill on nightcrawlers and crickets. Fly-rodders are getting in on the bluegill action, too, on small black/chartreuse poppers. Marshes south of U.S. 90 are giving… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY CCA River Parishes Chapter Banquet: 5:30 p.m., Jerusalem Shrine Center, 1940 Ormond Boulevard, Destrehan. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9200. THURSDAY-SUNDAY A.R.E. TRUCK CAPS BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Toledo Bend, Many. Fifth in 10-event series. Daily (tentative) 6:15 a.m. launch & 3:15 p.m. weigh-ins, Cypress Bend Park, 3462 Cypress Bend… Continue reading →

Results from the Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish tournament

SHELL BEACH — Saturday’s top 11 teams from the Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish held from Campo’s Marina with two-redfish catch weight and winnings and youth winner. Anglers are restricted to redfish measuring a minimum of 16 inches but less than 27 inches: Top 11: 1, Chris Kennedy-Steven Hooter, 17.12 pounds, $2,800. 2, Bart Crader-Todd McKellar, 16.78, $1,460. 3, Gino Liberto-Alicia… Continue reading →

Keeping safe on the water: Life jackets and other things to remember

The evidence is clear: Wearing life jackets on the water saves lives. And the national numbers that safe boating advocates cite hold true in Louisiana, statistics showing 78 percent of boating fatalities succumb to drowning, and Coast Guard numbers indicating 84 percent of those drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket. All of which points to the fact… Continue reading →

Boat registration is becoming a little bit easier

Good news for boaters: Two state agencies, Wildlife and Fisheries and the Department of Revenue, worked out an agreement to make it easier to register boats. LDR will send a staffer to LDWF state headquarters every Monday to process tax payments for folks registering recently purchased used boats. Taxes are due on boats purchased from individuals, and… Continue reading →

Check out the outdoors calendar for Sunday, May 8

MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Second Monday each month (except January). Call Joe Kahler, (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org. THURSDAY CCA River Parishes Chapter Banquet: 5:30 p.m., Jerusalem Shrine Center, 1940 Ormond Boulevard, Destrehan. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9200. THURSDAY-SUNDAY… Continue reading →

LWFC approves May 23 opening for inshore shrimp season

For the second consecutive year, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a single, statewide opening date — 6 a.m., Monday, May 23 — for the spring inshore shrimp season. The seven-member commission, with newly appointed Nathan Wall absent, voted 6-0 after hearing pleas from a half-dozen commercial fishermen and shrimp-house owners to set as late a season as… Continue reading →

More than 350 get out to fish in BREC event

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKMinnows, anyone?If you're wondering what bass are feeding on in ponds and other south Louisiana waters, check out this school of minnows found in the middle of last week on University Lake near LSU. Top minnows, shad and carp spawned a couple of week early this year across south Louisiana and are providing post-spawn appetizers for largemouth, spoitted and white bass, goggle-eye and bluegill.

The order of the day was Get out and Fish! and more than 350 anglers covering ages from 4 to 74 showed up last weekend at BREC’s Burbank Park to follow that order. After Wildlife and Fisheries stocked in excess of a thousand pounds of catfish in the ponds earlier that week, Saturday’s catches went beyond expectations, LDWF program… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day of four-day tournament, 3:15 p.m. weigh-in, Wheeler Lake, Decatur, Alabama. Website weigh-in: www.bassmaster.com TUESDAY ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais, (337) 354-897. WEDNESDAY PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Beach House Grill, 124 Girod St., Mandeville. Call Corey Tohme, (985) 624-9331.… Continue reading →

Speckled trout fishing hitting prime time

Photo provided by GREG SCHLUMBRECHT If it's tru that a picture is worth a thousand words, then can charter skipper Greg Schlumbrecht's photo of day on Lake Pontchartrain be worth 100 speckled trout? Certainly, and when Capt. Greg declares "The lake is on fire!" the proof is in the catching. After nearly two weeks of action on trout, it's clear the state's largest lake is coming on strong after four relatively down years of catches, and has rebounded from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway earlier this year.

“The lake is on fire!” Don’t take it literally, and, please, don’t call 911, because if you know the source, charter skipper Greg Schlumbrecht, then you know you’ll see no flames, and you’ll know there’s smokin’ hot speckled trout action. Schlumbrecht sent along a photo of a four-angler, 100-trout limit taken Sunday from Lake Pontchartrain. To be more precise,… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY RICHARD LIPSEY TRIBUTE & SPONSOR BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. Benefits waterfowl projects in Cameron Parish. Call Scott Singletary (225) 235-7085 or Zac Brown (225) 573-4030. Website: www.ducks.org/louisiana NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Road, New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Fishing results from Bassmaster Elite Series tournament

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Sunday’s top 12 and big-bass winner from the four-day, 110-angler Bassmaster Elite Series tournament held on Lake Norfork at Bull Shoals with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass daily limit), total catch weight in pounds in pounds and ounces and winnings. Also Louisiana anglers’ results. Only the top 50… Continue reading →

Ducks Unlimited to honor Richard Lipsey for longtime efforts in conservation

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Richard Lipsey, shown in his office, is being honored by Louisiana Ducks Unlimited at a banquet Thursday in Baton Rouge.

Richard Lipsey has been honored by his community, as a giant in business and industry, for his leadership in support of his beloved LSU. Now, Thursday, for the first time in his life-long love of the outdoors, the Baton Rougean will be honored for his efforts in conservation. Ducks Unlimited’s Baton Rouge Chapter set a major fundraiser around… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day of 4-day tournament, Bull Shoals/Norfork, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Website weigh-in: www.bassmaster.com MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabelas, Gonzales. Call Sydney Dobson (225)892-1613. Website: www.rsff.org. FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Boulevard, Houma. Call Stephen Robert, (985) 850-0082. Website:… Continue reading →

Parts of Maurepas Swamp and Joyce wildlife management areas to close

The combination of strong east and southeast winds and April’s increased tides forced state Wildlife and Fisheries managers to close portions of Maurepas Swamp and Joyce wildlife management areas just days before the spring squirrel season begins. Boyce Tower Road past the bridge off U.S. 61 in lower Ascension Parish and the nature trail off old U.S. 51 near… Continue reading →

Bayou Black, Grand Isle areas among week’s top fishing targets

Photo provided by JIM BREAUX -- Jacob Cowart from Denham Springs competes in the 7-10 year-old age group, the youngest set in the Junior Southwest Bassmasters' tournaments, and outcaught his fellow youth fishermen and their adult 'guides' in Sarturday's event held from Bob's Bayou Black marina in Gibson. Cowart brought in a five-bass limit weighing 9.24 pounds to win his division by more than four pounds. Dillon King's 8.04 pounds in the 15-18 age group was his nearest competiion among the near 30 youngsters fishing the monthly tournament, and Cowart bested the Adult Division's top stringer, a 9.12-pound catch brought in by Chad Varnado.

It’s easy to pick out this week’s fishing hot spots. Try the freshwater marshes in the Bayou Black area, and the interior waters a few miles east and west of Grand Isle. There’s high water pushing in along the coast mostly because of the strong southerly winds of the past several days, but the… Continue reading →

Florida puts bounty on invasive lionfish

Lionfish, like this one spotted in the Bahamas, are a carnivorous, non-native predatory fish that damage coral reefs and can decimate native fish populations. (Cammy Clark/Miami Herald/MCT)

With more and more Louisianans taking reef-diving trips to Florida, divers need to take note of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s recent action on a program to remove more lionfish, a nonnative species, from state waters. Last week, the FWC approved a two-part plan it and Florida marine biologists will further encourage removals of the… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY CCA Northshore CHAPTER Banquet: 6 p.m., Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Blvd., Mandeville. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200. THURSDAY-SUNDAY BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Bull Shoals/Norfork, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Third in 10-event series. Website: www.bassmaster.com FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau.… Continue reading →

Fishing results from the Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs

GIBSON — Saturday’s age-group results from the Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs monthly tournament held from Bob’s Bayou Black Marina 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, Dillon King, Denham Springs (5) 8.04 pounds. 2, Taylor Clark, Prairieville (5),… Continue reading →

Bass angler Steve Fontana continues quest for perfect spinnerbait

Advocate photos by JOE MACALUSO  Steve Fontana has been trying to find the 'perfect' spinnerbait for Verret Basin waters, the place where he spends most of his bass-fishing time. He's tried to match the color and movement of the shad bass feed on in those waters and believes he's found perfection in a a bait he makes that uses a 'glimmer blue' skirt with a 'glimmer blue' trailer on a Stanley Vibra Shaft body.

So it’s not like the legendary search for the Holy Grail, but for guys like Steve Fontana, fishermen who wake every morning on a quest for the perfect bass lure, there’s a clear parallel. “I never stop looking. There’s always something new, and you have to keep trying to look at what’s around you, and… Continue reading →

Check out upcoming Outdoors events along with hunting and fishing schedules

SUNDAY TIGER ISLAND BASS CLUB FISHING TOURNAMENT: 3 p.m., Big John’s Galveztown Landing & Storage, 43002 La. 42, Prairieville. TUESDAY CCA Acadiana CHAPTER Banquet: 5:30 p.m., Frem F. Boustany Center, Lafayette. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200. LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call… Continue reading →

Youth Journalism Contest tests photo and writing abilities

Young writers, photographers, hunters and fishermen have a May 31 deadline to enter one of three contests sponsored by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association and a handful of Louisiana outdoors groups. There will be three cash awards each in three divisions of the LOWA’s Youth Journalism Contest, co-sponsored by Louisiana’s members of the Safari Club International. For young hunters,… Continue reading →

$1M Bassmaster Classic to cast off close to Louisiana in 2017

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The 2017 Bassmaster Classic will be held within driving distance of south Louisiana bass fishing fans after B.A.S.S. and Harris County-Houston Sports Authority executives announced the 47th Classic will be held on Lake Conroe with daily weigh-ins set for the Houston Astros home stadium, Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston. The Classic is set for March 24-26, 2017, and marks the… 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 IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Open: Falgout Canal Marina, Theriot. Team event. Thursday 5-6:30 p.m. registration, pairings… Continue reading →

Rough conditions make catfish a solid alternative

The weekend brings rough wind and sea conditions — on 15-25 knot east winds through Sunday — and after thunderstorms left the areA Wednesday, there’s still a chance of rain through Tuesday under partly cloudy skies. While the choppy inshore conditions aren’t favorable to follow up on reports of solid speckled trout catches in… Continue reading →

Check out results from Sunday’s Bassmaster Elite tournament

Bassmaster Elite GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Sunday’s final top 12 from the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series tournament held on Winyah Bay 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… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Thank you from the bottom of my heart

There are just some days when you wish you had a crystal ball. Today is one, if only to give the most loyal readers in the land a chance to see the future of Advocate Outdoors, pages in our newspapers for at least 70 years. It’s been a very special privilege to be able to do what I’ve been… Continue reading →

Seniors Bass Tournament results

James Edwards

BELLE RIVER — The top 12 overall and the top two in big bass from the annual Seniors Bass Tournament held from various landings and weigh-in at the Belle River Public Landing with anglers, number of bass weighed (three-bass limit), total catch weight in pounds and winnings: Top 12: 1, Jesse Gill-Mark Burns (3) 8.15 pounds, $600. 2, John… Continue reading →

Check out upcoming Outdoors events along with hunting and fishing schedules

SUNDAY BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day, Winyah Bay, Georgetown, South Carolina. Live weigh-in website: www.bassmaster.com MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Joe Kahler, (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org. WEDNESDAY CCA Tri-Parish CHAPTER Banquet: 5:30 p.m. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call Tony Berrigan (225)… Continue reading →

LWFC meeting: Duck hunters win; hog hunters lose

West Zone duck hunters successfully beat back an amendment to the 2016-2017 hunting seasons that would have dramatically altered their season dates, but more than a dozen members of the Louisiana Hog Hunters Association were unsuccessful in their bid to keep three wildlife management areas open for using dogs to take feral swine. The votes came during… Continue reading →