Budding pecan trees signal for big bream

Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONA variety of artificial lures, including Cajun Spins, Beetle Spins and tube jigs attract strikes from voracious bluegill during the spring. The tube jigs paired with small corks are a standard. Rigs for live cricket use No. 6 or No.8 long-shank hooks under a cork. All the artificials also will draw feeding action from bass, sac-a-lait, catfish, chinquapin and other sunfishes. The gold-hook rig under a cork is used for live shiners to catch hungry sac-a-lait, bass and catfish.

Tony Accardo had a pecan tree growing in the backyard of his north Baton Rouge home. While the legendary poppin’ bug maker, God rest his fly-fishing soul, used the pecans for all the fall holiday goodies he so dearly loved to eat, he used the mighty tree for something else, something more dear to his heart … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Near ideal conditions until Sunday

Finally spring’s warmth has settled in and a break from wind and rain holds through Saturday. Light winds and seas are predicted until Sunday, which means we should see solid activity across the board with the possible exception of the Atchafalaya Spillway, where water will remain too high for most of us to … Continue reading →

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BASSMASTER CENTRAL OPEN: Red River, Shreveport. Red River South Landing, Bossier City. Second in three-tournament series to qualify winners for 2015 Bassmaster Classic. Website: www.bassmaster.com. FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, Morrison Parkway public landing, False River, New Roads. Fee $30/boat. Friday nights through Sept. 15. Call … Continue reading →

Spring turkey season a good one

Photo provided by GAEL CHIDESTERYoungster takes giant Livingston gobblerTobi Corder was with her grandfather, ‘Butch’ Chidester, and their family friend, ‘Lucky’ Needham, for this monster gobbler she took in Livingston Parish during the spring turkey season. The 12-year-old Gonzales girl’s trophy weighed 20 pounds, had a 9.25-inch beard and 7/8-inch-long spurs. The spring season closed earlier this month in Turkey Hunting Areas B and C and closes Sunday in Area A, thereby ending the season across Louisiana.

If the buzz is any indication of this spring’s turkey season, then it’s been a success. Cooler weather, just enough rain to keep hunters quiet in the woods, an occasion but not constant battle with mosquitoes and turkeys gobbling most days has kept spirits high since the late March season opener. And judging from the turkey … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Snapper numbers on state’s side

For all the hope that Easter brings to fishermen across our state, there sure are a lot of long faces. With some certainty, this prevailing mood can be traced to all the wrangling over red snapper. It might get worse: There’s every reason to believe the 11-day season will be … Continue reading →

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EARTH DAY CANAL BANK BASS TOURNAMENT: 5-8 p.m., Canal Bank Club, Diversion Canal. Wednesdays through Aug. 13th. Membership fee $15/angler. Weekly fee $40/boat. Call Todd Rabalais (225) 413-3634. … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Bream could save Easter weekend trip

How good can 38-degree mornings and an unusually high barometric pressure be for fishing in mid April? Not good, not when it comes with strong winds, not when that cold front will give way to a chance of thunderstorms leading into Easter weekend, and not when we’re catching major rivers on a rise … Continue reading →

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CCA LIVINGSTON CHAPTER BANQUET: 6 p.m., Forest Grove Plantation, Denham Springs. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths. Membership, dinner, live/silent auctions. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, Morrison Parkway public landing, False River, New Roads. Fee $30/boat. Friday nights through Sept. 15. Call … Continue reading →

Donaldsonville pair wins annual Seniors Bass tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOE MACALUSODonaldsonville anglers Ulric Webre, left, and Vic Calvaruso claimed first-place money in Friday's annual Senior Bass tournament. Webre holds  black and chartreuse-colored buzzbaits and a Rattlin' Rogue, and Calvaruso holds the heaviest bass from the 8.32-pound, three-bass winning stringer. The now 10-year-old tournament is open to fishermen 55 and older, is held in mid-spring and limits fishing hours to mornings only so, said tournament organizer Wayne Tucker,

There was a lot of gray showing on the cloudless Friday at the Belle River Public Landing. That’s because Baton Rouge area 55-and-older bass anglers gathered for the annual Seniors Bass tournament, a morning-only festival that turns out to be more reunion than fishing contest. Still, there is the contest, and Vic Calvaruso and Ulric Webre, who said they’ve … Continue reading →

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RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Greg Brignac (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org. COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION & RESTORATION ACT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING: 9:30 a.m., District Assembly Room, Army Corps of Engineers, 7400 Leake Ave., New Orleans. Review and … Continue reading →

Fishing results

Seniors Bass BELLE RIVER — Friday’s results from the annual Seniors Bass tournament held at the Belle River Public Landing with anglers, their catch in pounds on a 3-bass limit, and top 2 teams in Big Bass and prize winnings (ties broken by heaviest bass): 1, Vic Calvaruso-Ulric … Continue reading →

GMFMC to vote on 11-day red snapper season

Sometime Thursday morning, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, meeting at the Embassy Suites in Baton Rouge, will vote on a plan to reduce the 2014 recreational red snapper season to 11 days. That 11-day season was approved Tuesday by the Council’s Reef Fish Committee and came after extensive debate about a recent court ruling that … Continue reading →

Macaluso: More water could mean less catch here

One week can make a big difference in the early spring, and freshwater folks should notice a difference between what they found last week and what they will see in the next days. Water is the reason: It’s coming from thawing Midwest waters and from heavy rains across the state during the past … Continue reading →

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Trinity Outdoors GONZALES — Saturday’s top 10 from the inaugural Trinity Outdoors Disabled Adventures Bass tournament weighed in at Cabela’s with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed (5-bass limit), total weight in pounds and prize winnings, and big-bass standings (ties broken by heaviest bass on team stringer): Top … Continue reading →

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THURSDAY cca northshore chapter banquet: 6 p.m., Castine Center, Mandeville. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths. Membership, dinner, live/silent auctions. Call Adam Guillory (504) 460-7345 or Ryan Guerin (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY SENIORS BASS TOURNAMENT: 5:30 a.m. registration, Pisano’s, La. 70 at Belle River. Anglers 55 and older. Fee $55 includes big-bass kitty and lunch. Noon weigh-in. Waters south of … Continue reading →

Plague of pigs

File photoParker Landrum was among the hundreds of deer hunters who decided to take a feral hog on a hunt for whitetails. He took this 240-pound hog in St. Helena Parish in 2012. In a report Thursday, state Wildlife and Fisheries veterinarian Jim LaCour, estimated the state has 500,000 wild hogs in all 64 parishes. He said the hogs are destroying habitat beneficial to other animals, including deer, are destructive to agricultural crops and can spreading disease to wild stocks and domestic animals.

There’s a plague on the land. It walks on four legs. For decades in south Louisiana that’s meant nutria. Not today: This creature can grow hundreds of times larger than our much-hated, marsh-loving rodent. Because of what they are, what they eat, how they breed and what diseases they can carry, feral hogs pose … Continue reading →

Joe Macaluso: The Wild Side for April 6, 2014

If you want to see how the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council works, or doesn’t, show up at the Embassy Suites during working hours Monday through Thursday. Yep, right here in River City, right on Constitution Avenue, our state’s three council reps will meet with folks representing the other Gulf States … Continue reading →

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BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day, Table Rock Lake, Branson, Mo. Third in 8-tournament series to determine 2015 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers. Website: www.bassmaster.com. CCA Metro New Orleans Area Spring Fishing Seminar: 5:30 p.m., Bent Marine, Airline Dr., Metairie. Red beans and rice supper. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200. CANAL BANK BASS TOURNAMENT: … Continue reading →

Rules approved to take feral hogs from helicopter

A report on the increasing problems caused by the ever-expanding feral hog populations in Louisiana spurred the state’s Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to call for new regulations that would allow taking the wild pigs from helicopters. Wildlife and Fisheries’ veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour told the commission that feral hog numbers have swelled to an estimated 500,000 across … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Late thaw giving Basin anglers time

The delay in the spring thaw up North has given Atchafalaya Spillway folks a couple of extra weeks. Like most anywhere else these days, finding clear water is the prime objective, then finding out what’s been a unique pattern the bass are in for each day. The Lake Verret Basin … Continue reading →

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LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. SHRIMP TASK FORCE MEETING: 1 p.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Table Rock Lake, Branson, Mo. Third in 8-tournament series to determine … Continue reading →

Fishing results

Claire’s Heart LUTCHER — The top seven teams and the big-bass winner from Sunday’s inaugural Claire’s Heart Benefit Bass tournament with anglers, weight of their catch in pounds and prize money: Top 7: 1, Fred King-Roy Laborde, 15.96 pounds, $1,600. 2, David Bourdanny-Marty Duhon, 12.95, $900. 3, Lane Zimmer … Continue reading →

Robert Meyers wins City Park Big Bass Rodeo

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Robert Meyers shows the crowd his 5.48lb bass during the 67th City Park Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival on Saturday, March 29, 2014, Meyers won the Joe Courcelle award, named after a legendary weigh master

As a LaPlace resident and longtime angler, Robert Meyers is quite familiar with the New Orleans City Park Big Bass Rodeo. But the 67th annual gathering of the event Saturday marked the first time he entered the event. One thing’s for sure — Meyers knows how to make an entrance. The 52-year old was … Continue reading →

Macaluso: The latest on snapper proves point

Heard the latest? A Washington federal district court ruled late last week that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Magnuson-Stevens Act when it allowed recreational fishermen to take fish under the guidelines set by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The lawsuit was filed nine months ago by … Continue reading →

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CCA LIVINGSTON CHAPTER SPRING FISHING SEMINAR: 6 p.m., Aqua Marine, Denham Springs. Charterboat guides: Dudley Vandenborre, Frank Dreher, Steve Shook, Vern Ledoux, Greg Schlumbrecht. Donations $5 includes food. Women, children no fee. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200. CCA BATON ROUGE CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., John Parker Ag Center, LSU, … Continue reading →

Zelita, Chuck Cristina go trolling for giant trout

Photo provided by CHUCK CRISTINA -- Zelita Christina with a 4.9-pound speckled trout caught trolling The Causeway in Lake Pontchartrain earlier this month.

If you heard a loud scream last Saturday morning, it was from Zelita Cristina. “She’s so excited she can hardly talk,” husband Chuck wrote in Monday. “She just caught the biggest (speckled) trout ever, so big that she said it was bigger than the one I caught,” Chuck said. Well, unless the scales were … Continue reading →

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THURSDAY CCA FELICIANAS CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, Clinton. Tickets $60, $30 spouse, $25 youths includes annual membership, dinner. Live/silent auctions. Call Julie Grunewald (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY DONALDSONVILLE CHAPTER/DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET: 6 p.m., Lemann Center, 100 Clay St., Donaldsonville. Raffles, live/silent auctions. Tickets $60, $75 couples, $10 Greenwings (youths), … Continue reading →

Macaluso: New moon could better hot bass bite

Judging from results from recent bass tournaments, there appears to be few problems finding enough bass to fill out limits. Those catches have come despite continuing cold fronts and wind shifts, and the always unnerving possibility floods from the winter thaw in midwestern and northern states. That hasn’t happened yet, even though we can assume that … Continue reading →

Fishing Results

Pro Bass Challenge Sunday’s final top 10 and top big bass in Pro and Co-Angler divisions from the annual Pro Bass Challenge with anglers, bass weighed (5-bass daily limit/Pro Division; 3-bass daily limit/Co-Angler Division) and total catch weight in pounds: Pro Division: 1, BoJack Anderson (10) 26.9 pounds. 2, … Continue reading →

Anglers get early start for tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Garrison Schilling shares a morning fishing the lagoons that run throughout City Park in New Orleans with his dad Kevin, who set the Crescent City's angling world on fire when he hauled out a 9-pound largemouth on Mardi Gras Day 2013. The elder Schilling has has his share of success in the park's Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival. The 67th-annual event is set Saturday with categories for anglers of all ages and fishing preferences, including a new

Ready to be a dawn-buster Saturday? The folks who grew up with the Dawn Busters on New Orleans’ WSMB radio years ago started the City Park Big Bass Rodeo the year after their thousands of GIs returned from World War II. Right around dawn Saturday, the precise time is 6:30 a.m., the oldest freshwater fishing … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Claire’s mom, dad need help

How many of us pray daily for our families? How many of us have learned that the health of our spouse, our children, our grandchildren, our parents, all our loved ones surpasses any wish for wealth, or passing that final exam or even an easier road in life? When … Continue reading →

Garret Graves honored for work at CPRA

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Garret Graves has been selected Conservationist of the Year for 2013 by the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards program sponsored by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

Garret Graves’ work to restore Louisiana’s rapidly eroding coast began years ago, but it began in earnest six years ago when he took the reins of the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. During his tenure, Graves’ effort produced the State Master Plan for coastal restoration and he became the state’s leader in the five Gulf States’ … Continue reading →

Outdoors Calendar for March 23

SUNDAY PRO BASS CHALLENGE: 4 p.m. final weigh-in for two-day tournament, Albertson’s, George O’Neal at Jones Creek roada, Baton Rouge. Website: www.probasschallenge.com. BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day, St. John’s River, Palatka, Fla. Second in eight-tournament series to determine 2015 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers. Website: www.bassmaster.com. MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 … Continue reading →


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