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Brent Bonadona leads Pro Bass Challenge

With 10 grand on the line, Brent Bonadona decided to make a grand move Saturday on what is unfamiliar water for a devoted Atchafalaya Basin bass angler. Like the other 100 fishermen in the 15th annual Pro Bass Challenge, Bonadona, in the Pro Division, was thrown for a loop when water in the places he’d scouted in… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY PRO BASS CHALLENGE: Final day, 4 p.m. weigh-ins, Albertson’s Jones Creek Road at Coursey Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Benefits Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank & Blue Star Mothers. TUESDAY 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… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Youngsters get ready for contests

OK, all the young hunters and anglers out there. Besides hunting turkeys and heading for the first bluegill run or latching onto a monster redfish — or maybe trying to find the elusive springtime speckled trout — what are you going to do with the time off you have around the Easter holidays? How about picking… Continue reading →

City Park Rodeo results

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Conrad Cheramie, 16, of Metairie reals in his line Saturday, March 28, 2015, during the 68th annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival at City Park in New Orleans. More than 500 anglers turned out for the event, the oldest freshwater rodeo in the country.

City Park Rodeo NEW ORLEANS — Results from the 68th annual City Park Big-Bass Rodeo & Fishtival with divisional winners and their catches in pounds: BOATS ON THE BAYOU Bass: 1, Devon Beltz, 2.95 pounds. 2, Chris Hood, 1.7. 3, Luke Beslin, 1.39. Trashbash: 1, Maurice Valerio, .3… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Chill, winds back in the picture

Hope you didn’t believe that springtime means cold fronts and strong north winds would be eliminated from our forecasts. Not so: A cold front brings strong, north winds and rough seas into Saturday morning, and that means lots of water will get pushed from the marshes, a condition that should affect freshwater and coastal catches. And, at least through… Continue reading →

Fishing results

LASS-Redfish SLIDELL — Top 15 teams from Saturday’s Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish Tournament with anglers, total weight of two redfish (longer than 16 inches, less than 27 inches long) and winnings: 1, Paul Dufrene-Jay Cedetal, 16.56 pounds, $3,200. 2, Lance Reynolds-Nicky Savioe, 16.42, $1,650. 3, Kris Robert-Benny Sanchez, 16.10, $1,190. 4, Jacob Leninger-Hal Robichau, 16.03, $940. 5,… Continue reading →

Gobblers fair game Saturday

Photo provided by LDWF/Sam BarberaOpening tournament winnersThe year's first winners, Paul Dufresne, left, and teammate Jay Cedetal, hold the two eight-pound redifsh they caught to win the Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish tournament held Saturday out of Slidell in conjunction with the Boat-N-Fishing Show. Their two fish weighed 16.56 pounds and was barely two ounces better than the runner-up team of Lance Reynolds and Nicky Savoie and their 16.42-pound total. Dufrense and Cedetal won $3,200. The next LASS-Redfish event is set for April 11 out of Bridge Side Marina on Grand Isle. For more on the LASS series go to website: www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

If turkey hunters remember last spring, and recall the cold and winds that lingered throughout their season, then Saturday’s opening day in the state’s three turkey hunting areas shouldn’t come as a shock. Opening morning temperatures are predicted to dip into the low 40s with moderate northerly winds. Yet with a much-warmer spring than those days… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7:00 p.m., Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. CCA-WESTBANK CHAPTER BANQUET: 6 p.m., NOLA Motorsports, 11075 Nicolle Boulevard, Avondale. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA-Louisiana (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY-SUNDAY BECOMING AN OUTDOORS WOMAN: Camp Grant Walker, Pollack. Wildlife & Fisheries agency event.… Continue reading →

Greg Hackney places fifth in Elite’s 2015 opener

ORANGE, Texas Gonzales pro angler Greg Hackney began defense of his 2014 Angler of the Year title by finishing fifth Sunday in the first Bassmaster Elite Series event of the year on the Sabine River. Hackney’s four-day run produced a total of 42 pounds, 14 ounces, good enough for a $14,000 check,… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY BOAT-N-FISHING SHOW: Final day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Northshore Harbor Convention Center, Slidell. bassmaster elite series: Final day, Sabine River, Orange, Texas. Live weigh-in website: www.bassmaster.com. MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225)313-3813 . Website: www.rsff.org. WEDNESDAY DUCKS UNLIMITED TIGERS DINNER: 6 p.m., 4-H Mini-Farm,… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Kiwanis Pointe Coupee NEW ROADS — Top 10 results of Sunday, March 15 35th-annual Kiwanis of Pointe Coupee Open Bass Tournament with anglers and their catch in pounds and ounces, and top 2 big-bass finishers: Top 10: 1, Chuck Ballard-Derek Lejeune, 18 pounds, 5 ounces. 2, Sam Adrian-Brad Bouy, 16-3. 3, Cory Chustz-Randall Chustz, 16-2. 4,… Continue reading →

City Park Big Bass Rodeo set for Saturday

Advocate photo by KYLE ENCARRobert Meyers shows off his 5.48-pound largemouth bass that won Joe Courvelle Award for the heaviest bass in the 2014 City Park Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival held on waters in and around City Park in New Orleans. Courcelle was the the rodeo's weighmaster for years. The 68th-annual event, believed to be the longest running freshwater fishing event in the nation, is set for Saturday.

For the 68th year, the New Orleans City Park Big Bass Rodeo is expected to draw hundreds of participants to the park for a day of friendly fishing. This year’s rodeo will be held Saturday: Fishing will be allowed between 6:30-11 a.m., and there are divisions for anglers of all ages who will attempt to hook a variety… Continue reading →

Macaluso: It’s spring and time to go fishing

Ah, springtime, and there’s always room for fishing updates, especially now with the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers holding lots of floodwaters (with a certainty of more to come), the fish biting in the marshes and the recreational red snapper season open. Snapper season opened Friday under light seas and mild winds, and the six reports that came in… Continue reading →

Red snapper opens Friday in La. waters

Photo provided by B.A.S.S./Bryan BrascherAlex Lamabe, left, and Trey Brougeois show off four of the five bass they caught to finish 15th in Sunday's Costa Bassmaster High School Central Open on Toledo Bend. With a total stringer weight of 10 pounds, 13 ounces, the St. Michael the Archangel teammates were the highest finishers among the 119 teams entered from the Capital City and Acadiana areas. The top Louisiana team came from Natchitoches Central High anglers Nicholas Wiggins and Lane Possoit, who finished second with a 17-11, just one ounce behind the winning team from Buna High in Texas.

The week’s top outdoors story came when Wildlife and Fisheries’ secretary Robert Barham’s announced that the state’s recreational red snapper season will open Friday. Even better for recreational fishermen is that season dates will mirror the 2014 season in that there are no restrictions on days. The 2014 recreational season in state waters ran from last… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY LIVINGSTON CHAPTER/CCA BANQUET: 6 p.m., Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, Denham Springs. Call CCA (225) 952-9200. WEST BANK STRUTTERS CHAPTER/NWTF BANQUET: Addis Community Center, La. 1, Addis. Call Gil Banta (225) 400-2097 or Rhyan LeBlanc (225) 268-1775. FRIDAY-SUNDAY BOAT-N-FISHING SHOW: Northshore Harbor Convention Center, Slidell. Hours: 3-8 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Bassmaster Central Open RIDGELAND, Mississippi — Saturday’s final top 12 in Boater and Nonboater divisions in the three-day Bassmaster Central Open held on Ross Barnett Reservoir with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed (5-bass daily limit/Boater; 3-fish daily/Nonboater), total catch weight in pounds and ounces and winnings. Also Big Bass winners and other south Louisiana anglers. Only… Continue reading →

State to open recreational red snapper season Friday

The recreational red snapper season will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 20, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Robert Barham announced Monday. The season will be open daily, with the only restrictions being that anglers have a two-fish-per-day limit, with a 16-inch minimum size on the fish. In the announcement, Barham echoed data presented… Continue reading →

Kids get opening shots at turkeys

Photo provided by RUSS HARRISA great start on a first huntAlex Parsons had a chance to get the jump on Louisiana's spring turkey season when he made a trip last weekend to Alabama with his dad, Tommy. On a cold morning in the Alabama woods, the 11-year-old Dunham School student and is dad were in the woods and setting up near a roost in last Sunday's predawn hours, but had to wait hours for this gobbler to come within range for his firwst-ever turkey. "We had encountered these birds the previous morning but could not close the deal. (Sunday) when they hit the ground, there were about 25 hens that were yelping, so our calls were no match for that.  They eventually  ended up in a field in front of us about 150 yards out and were strutting for about an hour and a half.  We finally got them committed, all 25 hens passed within 25 yards of us before the three gobblers entered the woods," Tommy Parsons said. Alex's trophy weighed out at 20 pounds, had a  9 1-2-inch beard and 1 1/8-inch-long spurs. Louisiana youth and physically challenged hunters special weekend comes up next weekend, March 21-22 on private lands and the statewide opener for Areas A, B and C is March 28.

Turkey season 2014 was, for the most part, a bummer: An unusually cold spring set most of the state’s wild turkeys weeks behind on the usual breeding cycle. “We try to set the (spring turkey) season during the peak of breeding behavior, and the weather during the early part of season made it very difficult to hunt… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY 36th ANNUAL LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN SHOW: Final day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Tickets $8/adults, $5/youths. Free parking. 34th ANNUAL KIWANIS OF POINTE COUPEE OPEN BASS TOURNAMENT: 3 p.m. weigh-in, public landing, Morrison Parkway, False River, New Roads. TUESDAY LOUISIANA Hunting & Fishing Advisory Education Council MeetING: 1:30 p.m. March 17, Louisiana Room, state Wildlife and Fisheries… Continue reading →

Macaluso: A chance to remember an old friend

If you didn’t know Bill England, competed against him, or call him “friend,” then you missed a chance to be engaged with one of the nicest men to live in the Capital City area. It’s been a little more than a year since cancer took him from family and friends. His was a life filled with… Continue reading →

Gulf states agree on new red snapper outline

State marine fisheries departments from the five Gulf states endorsed a months-in-the-planning outline Friday that would place the management of red snapper throughout the Gulf of Mexico in the hands of state fisheries managers. The plan, which carried the signatures of state fish and game representatives from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, is designed to… Continue reading →

Gulf states announce new red snapper plan

State marine fisheries departments from the five Gulf States endorsed a months-in-the-planning outline Friday that would place the management of red snapper throughout the Gulf of Mexico in the hands of state fisheries managers. The plan, which carried the signatures of state fish and game representatives from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, is designed to carry… Continue reading →

Winning stringer under 18 pounds for Children’s Hospital Bass Classic

Advocate staff photo by JOE MACALUSOSt. Martinville angler Andre Cazelot holds the 6.12-pound largemouth bass he caught with fishing team partner Brook Morrison of New Iberia to take top money in Saturday's annual Children's Hospital Bass Classic held from Doiron's Landing in Stephensville. Cazelot said his catch came from the west side of the Atchafalaya Basin. Spencer Gremillion and Patrick Rachel won the overall title with a five-bass catch weighing 16.33 pounds.

About the only surprise from Saturday’s Children’s Hospital Bass Classic was that a team from among the 151 boats entered in the first major fundraising tournament of the year didn’t come in with an 18-pound stringer. The stage was set for a five-bass stringer that could hit that mark, and maybe higher. That’s because past early, March bass… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Children’s Hospital Classic STEPHENSVILLE — Saturday’s top 15 teams and top two in the Big Bass standings from the annual Children’s Hospital Team Bass Classic held out of Doiron’s Landing with team anglers, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit), total stringer weight in pounds and prize winnings: TOP 15: 1, Spencer Gremillion-Patrick Rachel (5) 16.33 pounds, $12,500.… Continue reading →

Macaluso: ‘Iffy’ days follow rainy days

Rain and the chance of more rain across the southern parishes makes for another iffy weekend. And with the Mississippi River on a rapid rise, and the Atchafalaya much less so, options will be limited, but don’t yet write off the Atchafalaya Spillway. The Verret and Des Allemands basins, the marshes south of U.S. 90, the… Continue reading →

Macaluso: LWFC should have set season

Thursday just was one of those scratch-your-head days. That’s the way some folks felt after leaving state Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting Thursday. We were wondering why, after sitting through roughly 35 minutes of a presentation about Louisiana’s recreational fishing journey through turbulent… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY Return to Daylight Savings Time: 2 a.m. 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. TUESDAY Shrimp Task Force Meeting: 1 p.m., state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. STATE 2015-16 HUNTING SEASONS PUBLIC MEETING: 6… Continue reading →

Trophy bucks highlight Louisiana Sportsman Show

Photo provided by GRANT GOINGSGrant Goings bagged this giant 9-point buck on his first-ever hunting trip with his father, Grant, and family frinds George Ott and Frank Cavaretta during the recent deer season. Former state Wildlife Division chief Dave Moreland and other certified scorers will man a booth to score trophy deer during the four-day run of the 36th-annual Louisiana Sportsman Show set to begin Thursday at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on St. Landry Road, off Lal. 30, in Gonzales. The Big Buck Contest is one the show's hundreds of features, semimars, hands-on activities and vendor displays.

The annual Louisiana Sportsman Show features hundreds of displays, vendors, new products, boats, retrievers, archery and shooting sports, tackle, ATV riding, food booths, waterfowl and hunting stuff and seminars. But the one booth that draws the most attention from the thousands attending is the trophy bucks display. The 36th annual show is Thursday through Sunday A fixture since… Continue reading →

LDWF secretary Barham holds key to snapper season

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Robert Barham holds the key to the 2015 recreational red snapper season. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission did that when it took no action after a lengthy presentation from state marine biologists. The five attending members of the seven-man commission decided to let stand current state regulations that… Continue reading →

Free kayak fishing seminar on Saturday

. Tommy Eubanks, a Hobie Kayak team member, will join members of the Baton Rouge-based Red Stick Fly Fishers for Saturday's Red Stick Day at the Waddill Wildlife Education Center on North Flannery Road in Baton Rouge. Eubanks will instruct on the basics of fishing from a kayak and Louisiana's opportunities to fish freshwater and saltwater… Continue reading →

LDWF secretary holds key to 2015 recreational red snapper season

. The future of recreational anglers' pursuit of red snapper off the Louisiana coast is squarely in the hands of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Robert Barham. That was the outcome of a lengthy presentation by state marine biologists during Thursday's Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge. The commission took no action on… 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. Top agenda items: State recreational red snapper season; oyster lease grounds report. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BASS CLASSIC CHECK-IN: 6:30 p.m., Cabela’s, Gonzales. Application accepted. Call Gary Cross (225) 938-1808 or Brad Rodrigue (985) 209-0722. SATURDAY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BASS CLASSIC:… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Junior Bassmasters BELLE RIVER — Sunday’s age-group results from the monthly Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Denham Springs held in the Atchafalaya Spillway with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit) and total weight in pounds: 15-18 Age Group: 1, Dillon King, Denham Springs (5) 11.54 pounds. 2, Braden… Continue reading →

Macaluso: More water means less fishing action now

We’re coming to a point in the year where there is a lot less water to fish because there’s a lot more water overall. Paradoxical, ain’t it, but freshwater catches suffer when rainfall boosts water levels in local bayous and rivers, and when the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers go, on what appears now, to be a slow and… Continue reading →

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MONDAY STATE 2015-16 HUNTING SEASONS PUBLIC MEETING: 6 p.m., LDWF Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth. Rescheduled after meeting was postponed because of winter-weather hazards. TUESDAY ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais (337) 354-8957. wednesday STATE 2015-16 HUNTING SEASONS PUBLIC MEETING: 6 p.m., Caldwell Parish… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Changes needed for Bassmaster Classic

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.

After hometown favorite Casey Ashley proved he was the front-runner to take last week’s 45th Bassmaster Classic title on a lake he’d fished most of his life — the Donalds, South Carolina, 31-year-old is only the third angler to win a Classic title on home-state waters — it might be time for the honchos running the Bass Anglers Sportsman… Continue reading →

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 →