Macaluso: Favorable tides ahead on new moon

Welcome the month’s new moon Saturday with all the good that it means for catches along the coast and the interior freshwater areas. This moon phase is one of the most productive; it brings strong tides, and that means more baitfish movement and longer periods when predator fish will be actively feeding. … Continue reading →

Video: Chasing Yellowfin Tuna

In this edition of "On The Outside" Outdoors Writer , Joe Macaluso and Advocate videographer , Gary Krouse chase Yellowfin Tuna, in the Gulf of Mexico, with Capt Peace Marvel and members of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership … Continue reading →

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GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina weighstation & Rodeo Tent, Grand Isle. Weigh-in schedule: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday & Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Website: FAUX PAS LODGE TOURNAMENT: Faux Pas Lodge, Venice Marina, Venice. Weigh-in 5-8 p.m. Thursday & Friday; 3-6 p.m. Saturday. Website: FRIDAY NIGHT … Continue reading →

Fishing results

LASS Redfish PORT FOURCHON — Saturday’s results from the Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish tournament held from Port Fourchon Marina with anglers, the weights of their two-redfish catch in parentheses, total catch weight and prize winnings. Also listed are Smallest Redfish and Youth division winners. All redfish must have measured a minimum of 16 … Continue reading →

Grand Isle, Faux Pas Lodge rodeos set this week

File photoThe glamour catch of every Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is, naturally, tarpon, and Chris Torres placed on a past leaderboard with this solid 148 pounder taken from waters between Grand Isle and the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Grand Isle Rodeo, the oldest competitive fishing event in the country, is one of two major three-day fishing tournaments along the Louisiana coast this week. The other is the 16th-annual Faux Pas Lodge Tournament at Venice, an event that benefits Louisiana's Wish to Fish Foundation.

Think all Louisiana’s fishing rodeos are fun and games? Yeah, mostly: On the surface, rodeos are one or more days on the water looking for the biggest in any of several dozen fish categories, catches that can stand an angler ahead of his or her peers. But scratch the surface, go a little deeper than the … Continue reading →

Macaluso: The Pearl hotter than a firecracker

It’s not as if fishing the Pearl River is some deep, dark secret. Bass fishermen in the New Orleans and North Shore areas have known about it for years, and Capital City area anglers discovered it some 20 years ago when Hurricane Andrew wiped out millions of fish in the Atchafalaya and Lake … Continue reading →


Advocate file photoEven youngsters get in on the action at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

The 94th annual Grand Isle Rodeo begins at sunrise Thursday. The 16th annual Faux Pas Lodge Tournament begins at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Final weigh-ins for both are set Saturday. Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo WHERE: Otto Candies Memorial Pavilion, Grand Isle. WEIGHSTATION/HOURS: Sand Dollar Marina. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 8 … Continue reading →

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WEDNESDAY 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. Email: FRIDAY 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. … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Specks feasting on live shrimp

Grab some live shrimp wherever you can, even if it takes learning how to throw a cast net, and get ready to catch speckled trout. That’s the trick these days now that speckled trout are showing up in good numbers along the coast. If you’re looking for freshwater action, consider a trip to Pearl River. … Continue reading →

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THURSDAY-SATURDAY Ducks Unlimited State Convention: Renaissance Hotel, Baton Rouge. 6 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m. Friday, past State Chairman’s meeting; 6:30 p.m. Friday, RoadKill Cookoff; 9:30 a.m. Saturday, general membership meeting; 5:30 p.m. Saturday banquet. Call Stephen Babcock (225) 344-0911 or Michael Patterson (225) 572-4070. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, Morrison Parkway public landing, False … Continue reading →

Annual waterfowl survey numbers strong

Advocate Staff Photo by Mark Saltz. DIT Picture shot on 11/22/00 Lee Faulk scans the horizon in the early morning light as he guides hunters during the 2000-2001 Duck Season in Little Chenier near Creole, La.

If you took time to check weather for the past six months far north of south Louisiana — and that means farther north than the U.S.-Canadian border — you watched snowfall January through March, then rainfall through April, May and June. There was so much water on the ground that floodwaters lingered in the Dakotas and Minnesota into July. … Continue reading →

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MONDAY 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: WEDNESDAY CANAL BANK BASS TOURNAMENT: 5-8 p.m., Canal Bank Club, Diversion Canal. Wednesdays through Aug. 13. Membership fee $15/angler. Weekly fee $40/boat. Call Todd Rabalais (225) 413-3634. Email: THURSDAY-SATURDAY Ducks Unlimited State Convention: … Continue reading →

Image provided by the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo Committee Kicking it off Louisiana artist Christy Works-Boutte tribute to past Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeos was unveiled Wednesday night at the party to open the 85th-annual International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo festivities. The rodeo’s annual three-day … Continue reading →

Trout starting to show up along beaches

Mike Mitchell didn’t have that wild-eyed look that earned him the nickname, “Mad Mike,” from his fishing friends in Baton Rouge and along The Fourchon. That didn’t mean Mitchell wasn’t excited. “You can tell everybody that the trout have moved to the beaches,” he said while watching his son, Grant, weigh in an 85-pound yellowfin tuna, the winner … Continue reading →

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Photo provided by CHAD GALLIANOChad Galliano hefts the 57-pound, 8-ounce bull dolphin he caught Saturday, the final day of the 66th-annual Golden Meadow-Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo. The Galliano resident broke the rodeo record by six pounds, and was part of a catch of yellowfin and blackfin tuna and mangrove snapper he and his five-man crew caught 40-70 miles off the Louisiana coast. Galliano's catch broke a record established in 1978 when Baton Rouge fisherman Buck Gladden hauled in a 51-8 bull dolphin. The multi-colored species is also known as

FRIDAY 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 Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402. FRIDAY-SUNDAY 75TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA STATE SKEET CHAMPIONSHIPS: Lafayette Skeet Academy, Kaplan. Doubles Friday, 12 & 20 gauges Saturday, 28 gauge & .410 Sunday. Annual awards banquet Saturday, Chef Roy’s, … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Improved fishing conditions big-time help

Topping the good-news list this week is that it appears speckled trout finally have moved to the beaches. Next is that the weather will match last week’s near ideal Fourth of July conditions, and should be better with stronger and longer-duration tides. Offshore action is hot, too, with mangrove snapper at near-shore rigs, and cobia showing in … Continue reading →

Corey Wheat enhances big-bass reputation

Photo provided by GERALD SPOHRER Corey Wheat shows off the 8.16-pound largemouth he took in last Sunday's Bassmaster-affiliated Ascension Area Anglers tournament on the south end of the Atchafalaya Basin. Wheat said he caught the lunker largemouth on a Missile Bait's D-Bomb, a soft-plastic 'creature' bait that resembles a crawfish. 'And she survived,' Wheat said.

Corey Wheat is developing quite a reputation. When you catch as many giant largemouths as Wheat has the past handful of years, the south Louisiana bass-fishing community takes notice. And that’s good. “He’s known for catching the big ones,” his fishing partner David Cavell said. “Remember he caught that 7.99-pounder in Blind River in … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Council deals recreational fishermen big blow

If there’s one thing our Independence Day tells us it’s that we’re known more by our deeds than our words. Surely there were lots of words spoken in the Continental Congress in 1776, but when our founding fathers put their names on our Declaration of Independence, words turned into deeds. Fast forward to 2014, and the … Continue reading →

Golden Meadow/Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo results

PORT FOURCHON — Saturday’s final results after three-day 66th annual Golden Meadow-Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo with anglers, their hometowns, weight of catch in pounds and ounces and divisional awards. Club name listed for winners in Spearfishing Division. Total weight of catch determined tie-breaker for outstanding fishermen awards. Bowfishing, Kayak and Spearfishing Combination Stringer division standing determined by weight of five … Continue reading →

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76TH ANNUAL S.W. LOUISIANA FISHING CLUB RODEO: Final day, weigh-in at clubhouse, I-210 Park, Lake Charles. CANAL BANK BASS TOURNAMENT: 5-8 p.m., Canal Bank Club, Diversion Canal. Wednesdays through Aug. 13. Membership fee $15/angler. Weekly fee $40/boat. Call Todd Rabalais (225) 413-3634. Email: FRIDAY … Continue reading →

Caution on the coast for dangerous bacteria

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries issued a warning for anyone fishing or playing in coastal waters during the summer. The advisory warns about the potential danger of the saltwater bacteria vibrio vulnificus. Identified as long as 20 years ago, the bacteria can be fatal. Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals has identified between 10 … Continue reading →

Dove, duck hunters get good news

File photo provided by CHRIS MACALUSO Waterfowl guide R.J. Guidry shows the limit of ducks taken over rice fields at the Deux Chenes Hunting Club south of Abbeville during the 2012 season. For the 18th straight year hunters in the three hunting zones will get a 60-day, 6-ducks per day season.

Wingshooters across Louisiana got a Christmas present in July during Thursday’s Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting. First on the list was the announcement that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added 20 days to the dove hunting season. The new 90-day seasons for the state’s North and South dove-hunting zones will be divided into three splits. Opening … Continue reading →

GMFMC decision another tough blow for anglers

Photo provided by La. Department of Wildlife and FisheriesAustin Dubroc is all smiles after winning the Youth Division in Saturday's Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish Tournament held out of Sweetwater Marina in Delacroix. The 13-year-old from Metairie weighed in a 7.13-pound redfish measuring less than 27 inches long to edge second-place finisher Malin White, whose redfish tipped the scales at 6.14 pounds.

Recreational red snapper fishermen were dealt another blow last week when the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to defer action on a plan that would have expanded that group’s share of additional red snapper annual allocations. Labeled as a preferred alternative in Amendment 28, a move to reallocate the take allowed for recreational and commercial sectors in … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Delacroix hot bass, redfish spot

Yes, Corey Wheat did catch an 8-pound largemouth in the Ascension Area Anglers tournament over the weekend. And his fellow AAA buddies had enough action to bring in five-bass limits to show how much difference there is in trying to catch bass on the lower end of the Atchafalaya Spillway compared to the Pigeon area in the vast … 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. THURSDAY-saturday GOLDEN MEADOW-FOURCHON TARPON RODEO: Moran’s Marina, Fourchon. Weigh-in times: Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m./Children’s Division; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Scuba/Skin Diving Division; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., all other categories. Tickets available throughout Golden Meadow-Port Fourchon-Grand Isle … Continue reading →

Fishing results

State Champions STEPHENSVILLE — Sunday’s Top 6 teams from the Livingston Parish Bassmasters High School Champions fundraiser tournament held out of Doiron’s Landing with anglers, number of bass weighed in parentheses (five-bass limit), total catch weight and prize money and big-bass winners: Top 6: 1, Willie Couch-Ben Babin (5), 14.33 pounds, $700. 2, James Edwards-Tyler Lee (5), 12.6, … Continue reading →

Lake Ponchartrain foundation helps teach kids to fish

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKERJoAnn Burke works with neophyte fisherman Nicholas Scandurro, 9, during Wednesday’s second day of the John C. Burrus School of Fish Program at the West End at Lake Pontchartrain.

JoAnn Burke remembers a time, decades ago, when dozens of children gathered on a small stretch of the Lake Pontchartrain sea wall to fish. Today, she’s in a dwindling majority of New Orleans residents who recall such a sight. That’s why she was beaming Tuesday morning when 35 youngsters ages 8-15 turned … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Cook-off adds spice to Golden Meadow rodeo

Fishermen across coastal Louisiana have a holiday this week. OK, so do the rest of folks living in our great country: Not that the Fourth of July celebration matters much anywhere else, not when you’re running between the mouth of the Mississippi River across the expanse of the most fish-rich waters along the … Continue reading →

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SUNDAY LIVINGSTON PARISH BASSMASTERS HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONS FUNDRAISER: 3:30 p.m. weigh-in, Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville. CAPITAL CITY BASS ELITE TEAMS TOURNAMENT: 3 p.m. weigh-in, Bayou Black Marina, Gibson. MONDAY FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd, Houma. Call Stephen Robert (985) 850-0082. … Continue reading →

Mangrove snapper back in old haunts

It’s not like Rudy Valenciano and his sons, Eric and Marcus, haven’t made the outdoors news during the last several years with their mangrove snapper-catching exploits. Few south Louisiana saltwater fishermen dedicate as much time, effort and energy in pursuing these offshore battlers the way they do. Yet, the Baton Rouge engineer said he and his … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Trout iffy; Verret bass, catfish solid

It’s not like there aren’t any speckled trout along the coast, it’s just that so many good fishermen are having trouble staying on them that’s got lots of folks worried about what might happen the rest of the summer. It appears the trout are here one day and gone the next in all coastal waters. The good along the … Continue reading →

Fishing results

Catholic High Alumni Rodeo PORT FOURCHON — Saturday’s final results from the two-day Catholic High Alumni Rodeo held from Moran’s Marina with categories, anglers and the, of their catches in pounds: RIG DIVISION Master Angler: Matt Lanasa. Red Snapper: 1, Matt Lanasa, 16.68 pounds. 2, Lanasa, 14.3. 3, Daniel Loup, 12.4. Mangrove Snapper: 1, Hiller Moore III, 10.99. 2, … Continue reading →

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FRIDAY 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 Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402. FRIDAY-saturday 17TH ANNUAL SAVE OUR LAKE & COAST FISHING RODEO: New Canal Lighthouse, New Orleans. Fee $40/Open & Kayak divisions, $15/15-and-younger. Weigh-in 2-5 p.m. Friday, Noon-4 … Continue reading →


Video: Joe Macaluso is in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

In this edition of "The Advocate: On The Outside" videoographer Gary Krouse examines the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and its newest member, Advocate outdoors writer Joe Macaluso … Continue reading →

Veteran anglers concerned about speckled trout

Photo provided by DARRYL LONGAaron Long latched onto this giant speckled trout west of Golden Meadow the week after Thanksgiving. The Baton Rouge angler said the trout weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces, a weight borne out by its near 26-inch length. Trout like this have been few and far between, according to veteran anglers..

Terry St. Cyr has patrolled Louisiana’s coast from the mouth of the Mississippi River west across Grand Isle to Last Island long enough to know when a red flag needs to be raised. St. Cyr’s raising one today, and it’s because this well-known Lafayette speckled trout catcher isn’t catching speckled trout. He talked about his trip last weekend, an … Continue reading →

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Photo provided by MORRIS JOHNSON IVAustin Johnson, 12, left, and his 13-year-old cousin Brennan Rube heft two cobia they caught on a trip with Austin's dad, Morris IV, and the boys' grandfather, Morris III, out of Port Fourchon last weekend. Morris Johnson IV reported catching the fish at South Timbalier Block 151. 'Three generations of fishing together on Father's Day weekend made for life-long memories,' Morris Johnson IV said.

SUNDAY AQUA ACES SPEARFISHING RODEO: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weigh-in, Sunday, Shelter No. 5, Wally Pontiff Playground, 1521 Palm St., Metairie. Benefits Children’s Hospital, New Orleans. Raffles, food, music, kids’ activities. FISHING FOR MEMORIES RODEO: Final day, Intracoastal City. Best Offshore Boat, Best Inshore Boat, Kayak & Biggest Fish categories. $14,000 in prizes. Benefits Alzheimer’s Association. Website: … Continue reading →

Fourchon Beach closed indefinitely

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- The Wisner Foundation land in Port Fourchon encompasses 38,000 acres and 9.5 miles of beach along the Gulf of Mexico seen here in Port Fourchon, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. The beach used to extend another 3 miles to where the oil platforms are now when the land was made a foundation in 1914 but it has eroded over time. One of the ways the land erodes is by funnels of water seen in the foreground. During high tide the waves dump water over the front of the beach leaving a long puddle or funnel of water behind the beach front. The funnel gradually erodes the land behind it.

The chairman of the Lafourche Beachfront Development Commission confirmed Friday that Fourchon Beach is closed while contractors haul in 8 million cubic yards of sand. Ricky Cheramie, the LBDC chair, said there is no time frame yet for the completion of the project that attempts to repair the 13 miles of beaches between state-owned Elmer’s Island west … Continue reading →

The Golden Meadow Fouchon International Tarpon Rodeo

In this edition of "The Advocate: On The Outside," Advocate outdoors writer Joe Macaluso and videographer Gary Krouse preview the 66th annual Golden Meadow Fouchon Tarpon Rodeo. Davie Breaux of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission and Macaluso look at the history of the event and other festivities. … Continue reading →


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