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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. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com. TUESDAY ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais (337) 354-8957. WEDNESDAY PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., first Wednesday monthly, Beach House Grill, 124… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Memories of Katrina linger

If you don’t remember where you were and what you were doing 10 years ago today, then you weren’t here, not in southeast Louisiana. For me, at dawn, it was trying to remove a very large red oak from the corner of our Broadmoor home, then trying to find someone to make repairs,… Continue reading →

High rivers change fishing landscape

Advocate staff photo by GARY KROUSESumnmer's top photoKirk Rhinehart was fishing nearshore platforms during the recreational red snapper season in early June and was catching red snapper and mangrove snapper and decided to have Advocate videographer Gary Krouse snap a photo on his cellphone to remember the catch. Krouse waited a few seconds, just enough time for a waterspout that was about a mile away to pass from starboard to port about a quarter-mile off the bow and make Rhinehart's photograph even more memorable.

The unusually long run of snow melt along with spring and summer rains pushing the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers to abnormally high stages well into August left its mark on two of the country’s hottest freshwater fishing spots. Most in-state anglers don’t put the Atchafalaya Spillway and Venice’s freshwater runs on the national bass-fishing map, but consider Mike Iaconelli… Continue reading →

Bass fishing terrific in lower Terrebonne, but tickets being issued

Photo provided by JIM BREAUXFresh from a second-place finish in July's Bassmaster High School National Championship, Cade Fortenberry from Prairieville shows off two among his five-bass limit he caught during Saturday's monthly Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Denham Springs tournament held from Adam's Landing. Fortenberry won the 15-18 year-old age group with a 10.33-pound catch to edge Bassmaster High School champion Alex Henitze from Denham Springs. Heintze's five bass weighed 8.78 pounds. Fortenberry teamed with Braden Blanchard, and Justin Watts was Heintze's fishing partner in the high school tournament held on Kentucky Lake in late July. The majority of the 35 youngsters competing in last weekend's youth competion weighed five-bass limits.

While the bass-catching action is terrific in the marshes south of Gibson, launching from Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, word is be careful where you attempt to catch those hungry largemouths. Fishermen called in earlier this week saying misdemeanor criminal trespass tickets were written for as many as eight boats in ponds off popular fishing locations as the Bluebird Canal,… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River, Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402. saturday INAUGURAL ASCENSION AREA ANGLERS BASS OPEN: Safe daylight, Doiron’s Landing, either… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: Basin down, problems still there

With the major rivers finally getting to fishable levels, a couple of warnings to hand out about the Atchafalaya Spillway, notably that a sandbar that’s been building in Grand Lake for three years is high enough that it stretches across the lake, and that the months of high water has left this great Basin filled with hydrilla and other… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Junior Southwest Bassmasters BELLE RIVER — Saturday’s & Sunday’s age-group results from the Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs tournaments held from Adam’s Landing (Belle River & Atchafalaya Spillway sides) with anglers, their hometowns (when available), number of bass weighed in parentheses (five-bass limit), total stringer weight in pounds and big-bass anglers. Saturday’s tournament was the regular monthly… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Quail back on banquet schedule

South Louisiana sportsmen flock to one or more fundraising fetes throughout any year to support their favorite outdoors passion. Waterfowl hunters have Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl; fishermen have the Coastal Conservation Association and the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society; big-game hunters the Quality Deer Management Association, Safari Club International, and there are two… 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. WEDNESDAY LOUISIANA OYSTER TASK FORCE MEETING: 1 p.m., Suite 210, UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. THURSDAY NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe… Continue reading →

Ryan Isaacks to take on pro in Arkansas for chance to win Ranger boat

Photo furnished by SAM BARBERAAnd in her white bootsMatilyn Rose Moreau celebrated the final days before starting kindergarten by catching fish with her father in the Empire-South Pass Tarpon Rodeo earlier this month. The 5-year-old from Port Sulphur entered her redfish in the rodeo's Youth Division. Papa Moreau said his daughter's Christmas wish list last December "was not Barbie stuff, but fishing and hunting gear." It looks like her new fishing tackle paid off with her rodeo catch.

Ryan Isaacks joined a fraternal organization this week. It’s the thousands of members Lucky Anglers of America, and from the way the diehard Prairieville bass fisherman sounded on the telephone Wednesday afternoon, he’s beyond overjoyed at the prospect awaiting him during the next four days. Isaacks was selected to be the fisherman to challenge a touring pro angler in… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY SUGAR CHAPTER/CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Cade Community Center, 1688 Smede Hwy., St. Martinville. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths, $500 & $1,000 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY PIERRE PART/BELLE RIVER CHAPTER/DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET: 6 p.m., St. Joseph the Worker Hall, 3304 La. Highway 70-S, Pierre Part. Call Joey Chamberlain (985) 703-0204 or Garret St. Germain (985)… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Bassmaster Elite NORTH EAST, Md. — Sunday’s final top 12 in the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series held on Chesapeake Bay with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass daily limit), catch weight in pounds and prize winnings. Also listed are other Louisiana anglers, bonus awards winners, and Top 10 & Louisiana anglers in overall standings… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: It’s time to hit the Basin ... finally

It’s the news Capital City and Acadiana area fishermen have been awaiting for darned near six months — the Atchafalaya River is falling and this vast basin is ready to produce bass, sac-a-lait, bluegill and chinquapin. Although water levels are falling slowly, Sunday’s level at Morgan City is expected to be 4.2 feet, which is near the point where… Continue reading →

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TUESDAY LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com. THURSDAY SUGAR CHAPTER/CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Cade Community Center, 1688 Smede Hwy., St. Martinville. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths, $500 & $1,000 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.… Continue reading →

Change in wind direction aids speckled trout reports

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Blake Rymer, left holds a 4 pound speckled trout as Tommy Vidrine, right, holds a 4 pound, 4 ounce speckled trout during the second day of the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. The pair are part of the "Beatin Bangin" team.

All it took was two days of east and southeast winds to turn around speckled trout action along the Central Coast. Reports coming late Friday and Saturday showed limits and near limits of trout coming from the beaches and reef north of Grand Isle and along the beaches to the east and west of that island. Live shrimp… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Antique Decoy Show focuses on rich tradition of state’s decoy artists

Photos provided by GARY LIPHAMAntique duck decoys, like these three carved circa 1925 and used by Adam Ansardi, will be on display during Saturday's Baton Rouge Antique Decoy Show at BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center.

The art and artistry of Louisiana’s outdoors is front and center Saturday for the annual Baton Rouge Antique Decoy Show at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and the show’s feature presentation focuses on classic New Orleans decoys and the carvers that added to this tradition of the state’s waterfowl… Continue reading →

Macaluso Fishing Report: Bass still hanging in the marsh

If you set your sights on bass this weekend, then you’ve got options. The marshes south of Bayou Black are loaded with bass. The Verret Basin, the Pearl River and the MRGO area are solid second choices. On the coast, redfish provide action on both sides of the Mississippi River, and trout have… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY cca Comite Chapter Banquet: 5:30 p.m., Palubinskas Events Center (note venue change), 10510 Joor Road, Central. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9100. JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS-DENHAM SPRINGS BASS MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La.… Continue reading →

Variety of lures helps anglers load up on Bayou Black bass

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNEThe old and the new produced on a trip last weekend into the freshwater marshes south of Bob's Bayou Black Marina in Gibson. Clockwise from lower left are an original single spinner 3/8-ounce  H&H spinnerbait rigged with a blue, white and chartreuse skirt, a Yum Dinger, watermelon-pearl color, on a Texas-rigged H20 5/0 super lock hook rigged with the new-for- this-year No. 2 H&H Finesse Colorado blade, and a 3-inch Cocahoe Minnow in the 'cock of the walk' color rigged on an eighth-ounce Double-Eye jig with the new No. 2 willowleaf Finesse Blade. All lures caught bass and the Cocahoe Minnow also can double to take redfish in south Louisiana marshes..

It was an August marriage made in bass heaven, and what happened over the weekend in the marshes south of Bob’s Bayou Black Marina in Gibson reminded of the wedding-day necessity for all brides — “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” The “old” was the single-spin, three-eighths ounce H&H spinnerbait. The “new” was H&H’s… Continue reading →

Young outdoorsmen honored by La. Outdoor Writers Association

Photos provided by the LOUISIANA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION Ava Lemoine, a sixth grader at St. Aloysius Catholic in Baton Rouge, titled her photo "Grand Isle Crabs," and the judges found the color and the composition the top submission among the 18 photographs entered in the annual Youth Journalism Contest sponsored by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association and the Louisiana Safari Club International. Lemoine, 10, received her first-place award Saturday evening at LOWA's banquet in Morgan City.

MORGAN CITY — Eleven young writers and photographers from across Louisiana joined the boys and girls winners in the Youth Hunter and Youth Angler programs in a celebration of the state’s school-age outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen Saturday night at the awards banquet headlining the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association’s annual conference. The 11 boys and girls were… Continue reading →

Macaluso: We shouldn’t mess with Louisiana’s duck success

Since paying close attention to the how a duck season’s dates are figured for Louisiana, then asking the whys for about the past 30 years, it’s amazing how we Sportsman’s Paradise hunters continually want to tinker with success. Yes, there are a few years when our state has not led the country in the number of ducks taken, but… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY Tiger Island Bass Club Tournament No. 2: 3 p.m. weigh-in, Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, Gibson. 27TH ANNUAL KREWE OF Hercules FISHING rodeo & FESTIVAL: Final day, weigh-in Houma Air Base Arena, Houma. MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Guest speaker Dr. Vic Tedesco on catching big… Continue reading →

After lengthy debate, LWFC votes to move up waterfowl season eight days

Image provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and FisheriesRichmond, Virginia wildlife artist Guy Crittenden's paniting of a pair of teal won the 2015 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition and will be the artwork for the state's waterfowl stamp for the 2015-2016 waterfowl hunting season.

Thursday’s debate among the six Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission members went on for more than an hour, and public comment added nearly another hour before the LWFC voted to open the state’s Coastal Zone waterfowl season on the first Saturday in November, eight days earlier than the zone opened last season. Despite the… Continue reading →

Wildlife and Fisheries announces dates for Louisiana waterfowl hunting season

Advocate staff photo by John Ballance - Ducks in flight.

After debating for more than one hour, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted Thursday to open the state’s Coastal Waterfowl Season on the first Saturday in November and divided that zones evenly between the first and second splits. The move to a Nov. 7 opening date in the Coastal Zone is eight days earlier than it… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Set 2015-2016 waterfowl seasons. south louisiana branch/quality deer management summer seminar: 6 p.m., Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Topics: Space Use & Movements of Adult Male Whitetails, Toxic Bait for Feral Hogs, DMAP harvest data No fee. Registration required.… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Bassmaster Elite WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Sunday’s final top 12 from the four-day Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite on St. Lawrence River with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass daily limit), catch weight in pounds and prize winnings. Also listed are bonus winners, Louisiana anglers and Top 10 & Louisiana anglers in overall standings after six… Continue reading →

Big grassbed key to winning IFA tourney

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGThe art of the catchLeslie Charleville, left, and Lee Giroir , right, pull up the paper over a bull dolphin as part of the gyotaku process of 17th century Japanese fish rubbing during the third and final day of the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Charleville said specially prepared rice paper is used to imprint the image of the fish for posterity. She said the process takes about 20 minutes from the start of painting the fish to the final imprint, and said the fish imprints can be done in the color of the fish or in black ink on the white paper.

No matter where he calls home, it’s not like anyone with the surname “Dufrene,” could be considered a stranger to Louisiana’s coastal waters. And Chad Dufrene falls in that category. The die-hard redfish pursuer, who calls Purvis, Mississippi, home, teamed with Brewton, Alabama’s, Barnie White to win more than $28,000 in cash and prizes in Saturday’s… Continue reading →

Macaluso: West winds, heat play key role for anglers

West winds will continue, and with that comes heat from Mexican and Texas deserts, and, for the third straight week the combination of west winds and afternoon temperatures soaring to near triple digits will not be kind to freshwater nor coastal fishermen. While west winds tend to bite into the action along and off the… Continue reading →

Tim Champagne’s massive mangrove snapper could set state, world marks

Photo provided by TIM CHAMPAGNEAvid Lafayette fishermen Tim Champagne holds what could become the new state record mangrove snapper, and possibly a new world record after he caught the giant in the Ship Shoal blocks July 22 on a trip with charter skipepr Andre Boudreaux. The fish was weighed and positively identified by a state marine fisheries biologist and measured just an eighth of an inch short of 32 inches and weighed 18.63 pounds. The existing State Top 10 Fish Records top mangrove is a 14.36 pounder caught by Micahel Lorio Sr. in June 2008, and the International Game fish Association lists the world record at 7.71 kilograms (17 pounds) taken by Steve Maddox near Port Canaveral, Florida June 14, 1992. Campagne submitted his catch to the State Fish Records Committee of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association last week.

It’s a week since Tim Champagne said was his best-ever day on the water, and the 47-year-old from Lafayette still has a tough time believing it. It was the day before the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo began, and while hundreds of boats were readying for the rodeo, Champagne was taking the only option he had, heading out… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Another chance for red snapper fishermen

Next week, Monday, Aug. 10 through Thursday, Aug. 13, will mark another chapter in the long history of the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council meetings. This one is scheduled for the Jefferson Ballroom inside the Hilton Riverside in downtown New Orleans. Tuesday’s agenda is devoted to the council’s Reef… Continue reading →

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TUESDAY ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday monthly, Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais (337) 354-8957. WEDNESDAY PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Beach House Grill, 124 Girod St., Mandeville. Call Corey Tohme (985) 624-9331. Website:pbasinflyfishers.blogspot.com. THURSDAY LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail… Continue reading →

Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo Final Results

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- 2015  Rodeo President John Georges, right, gives the first place trophy for a 6 pound gafftop catfish to Riley Fortier, left, in the Children's Division during the third and final day of the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

GRAND ISLE — Saturday’s final results from the three-day 87th annual International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo with anglers, their hometowns (when available; captain & boat names listed in Tarpon Tag & Release; angler and boat names in Big Game Tag & Release) and weight of their catch in pounds and ounces. The Redfish Stringer category… Continue reading →

Tim Champagne’s mangrove snapper could break not only state mark but international

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Blake Rymer, left, holds a 4-pound speckled trout as Tommy Vidrine holds a 4-pound, 4-ounce speckled trout  Friday at theGrand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo. The pair are part of the "Beatin Bangin" team.

The news hit like a bolt from the blue, and Tim Champagne’s story about catching gigantic mangrove snapper Wednesday off the Louisiana coast will echo across the Deep South and possibly around the world. Facebook brought the first word: Champagne was with veteran charter skipper Andre Boudreaux, the former owner of Boudreaux’s Marina in Cocodrie. They were using live… Continue reading →

Calendar for Sunday, July 26

MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Cabela’s, Gonzales. 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. Stephen Robert (985) 850-0082. finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com. THURSDAY NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. FRIDAY… Continue reading →

State’s fishing glass still half full

GRAND ISLE To say it’s hot on our state’s only inhabited island at the end of July is akin to saying the sun rises in the east. It’s a given, a fact we brace against every year much like our northern brothers and sisters bear up to in the… Continue reading →

Late storms, power outage can’t dampen fishing fanatics’ fun during final day of the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Holding their 46 pounds, 8 ounces Black Drum are, from left, Jacob Babin, Lance Babin, Ted Babin and Jonathan Babin who caught the fish during the third and final day of the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

GRAND ISLE — The three-day run of the 87th annual International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo proved once again that neither west wind, nor rough seas, nor a power outage can keep south Louisiana anglers from their appointments with catching fish. And the brave souls who competed for three days in topsy-turvy seas caught… Continue reading →

Livingston team wins high school Bassmaster nationals

McKENZIE, Tenn. — From start to finish, Alex Heintze and Justin Watts of Denham Springs held the lead at the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship. Saturday, the tournament’s final day, the Livingston Parish Bassmasters team added a third consecutive 20-plus-pound catch and made their win official. After three days on Kentucky Lake, the teenagers caught 66 pounds… Continue reading →

Chad Matherne beats the buzzer with his 51-pound, 2-ounce wahoo to cap the second day of the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Chad Matherne, right, of Bayou Gauche, carries his 51 pound, 2 ounce wahoo with some help from Brittany Dufrene Breaux, left, and his wife Crystal Matherne, center, during the second day of the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Checking into the weigh station in the last half hour, the wahoo weight is good for first place at this time. All are part of team "Freakin Weekend".

GRAND ISLE — There’s nothing like beating a deadline, and Chad Matherne beat one Friday to claim the top spot in wahoo going into Saturday’s third and final day of the 87th International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Matherne’s 51-pound, 2-ounce bluewater catch hit the scales at the Sand Dollar Marina just two minutes before weighmaster… Continue reading →

Grand Isle Rodeo results

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Tessa Gates, from Metairie, holds her 9 pound, 14 ounce and 9 pound, 6 ounce mangrove snappers good for first at the time during the second day of the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

GRAND ISLE — Friday’s second-day results from the three-day 87th-annual International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo with anglers, their hometowns (boats listed in Tag & Release divisions) and weight of their catch in pounds and ounces. The Redfish Stringer category is the weight of five redfish measuring a minimum of 16 inches by less than 27 inches. Points awarded… Continue reading →

Kurt Cheramie lands rodeo’s first tarpon

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- With the first tarpon caught by Kurt Cheramie, second from left, aboard the Rock & Roll are, from left, John DeBlieux, Kurt Cheramie, Cory Cheramie and Jeff DeBlieux, from Houma,. The fish weighed in at 82 pounds, 2 ounces during the first day of the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

GRAND ISLE — Kurt Cheramie was all smiles at 9:15 Thursday morning. Why? For the third straight year, either he or his son Cory, rang the bell for the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo with the rodeo’s first tarpon. As Thursday’s first day of the 87th annual rodeo played out, Cheramie wasn’t the… Continue reading →