• ALAN MATHERNE Guest Columnist
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Throughout the history of Louisiana (especially in the south) crawfish have been a highly sought-after food source. Early French settlers as far back as the mid-1700s caught crawfish with the “bait-on-the-string” method. And by 1880, a commercial production of 10,000 pounds of crawfish worth…

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  • By CASEY GISCLAIR casey@rushing-media.com
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Cut Off native Lance Reynolds had a huge year as a professional angler in 2015.

  • By JOHN DESANTIS john@rushing-media.com
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Now that Louisiana’s claimed nine-mile limit – along with Mississippi and Alabama – has technical federal recognition, state officials are clarifying some important management details.

  • By Capt. Wendy Billiot sportsman@rushing-media.com
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For the past two weeks, photos of ice chests laden with sac-a-lait appeared in abundance across social media platforms. Some of the best reports and photos were posted by Capt. Bill Lake, owner and operator of Bayou Guide Service. Typically, you will find Capt. Bill out on a saltwater charte…

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  • By Capt. Wendy Billiot sportsman@rushing-media.com
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It’s a chilly, calm morning as you head out at safelight in search of speckled trout before their spring migration back into the Gulf. The sun breaks the eastern horizon as you weave the boat along the inland marshes in hopes of catching limits of those silvery speckled fish. When you reach …

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  • By Capt. Wendy Billiot sportsman@rushing-media.com
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Most outdoor folks not only enjoy hunting, but they enjoy fishing, as well. Even though duck and deer hunting seasons end long before spring arrives, fishermen (and women) don’t have to wait until spring to pull out their fishing gear in lower Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.

  • ALAN MATHERNE Guest Columnist
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Louisiana Fisheries Forward’s Fisheries Summit 2016, the fourth annual summit for Louisiana commercial fishermen and the seafood industry will held in Kenner this year at the Pontchartrain Center on Tuesday, March 1. Once again, hundreds of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers, processors a…

  • By Capt. Wendy Billiot sportsman@rushing-media.com
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Hunting leases and hunting clubs abound in south Louisiana, but with local duck-hunting leases at a premium and guided duck hunts running $200 person and up, hunting at a free public wildlife management area just might be the most economical and readily accessible way to get your duck hunt on.

  • By Chris Holmes sports@rushing-media.com
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Louisiana’s 2015-2016 waterfowl season heads into the final days and weeks of what has proven to be an unpredictable season. Record-high temperatures and water levels across the state and even the northern reaches of the flyway have kept the ducks scattered and hunters scrambling.

  • By JOHN FELSHER sportsman@rushing-media.com
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All morning, raucous waves of snow and blue geese, really just dark variants of their white cousins, flew over our Louisiana rice field as we hunkered down in the pit blind. Unfortunately, most of these birds wanted to go elsewhere and passed over us at high altitude. Occasionally, some stra…

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  • By JOHN FELSHER
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Driven by stiff winds, high tides pushed water over the marsh grasses near Golden Meadow for several days, but a reversal of wind direction changed the flow. Now, rapidly falling tides pulled baitfish, shrimp and other creatures from their protective cover into open water.

  • By MEGAN MAYEUX Ducks Unlimited
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Rolling down the rough, rocky road, the radio wailed as it was tuned to the Oldies. Two kids sat in the back on the mud-stained leather seats, in the old black pickup, rainbow-patterned bags begging at their feet.

  • By JOHN FELSHER
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About 35 mallards dropped from high altitude at the quacking invitation of our guide. They circled just out of range before committing to land in this pond dotting the vast south Louisiana marshland. Eight pintails joined them, giving color to a cold, gray, misty morning.

  • By JOHN DeSANTIS
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Not far from Grand Isle in a bay where dolphins play and seabirds abound, a barge full of rocks floats on the steel-gray water, as a crane digs into them load by load and drops them beneath the surface.

  • By JOHN FELSHER
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Copper-colored water stretching across several acres churned as if disrupted by a storm, but no such weather phenomenon touched the lake this day. This “storm” came from ravenous redfish moving through Lake Pontchartrain devouring mullets, pogies, shrimp and anything else they could gulp.

  • By JOHN DeSANTIS Senior Staff Writer
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Already a legend as the longtime and immensely popular Sheriff of Terrebonne Parish, Jerry J. Larpenter flexed some fishing muscles during the Independence Day weekend by sweeping first, second and third place in a single category at the Golden Meadow/Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo, as well as recogn…

  • By JOHN FELSHER Cajun Sportsman
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Two centuries ago, the legendary pirate-turned-patriot Jean Lafitte commanded more than 1,000 men and a dozen ships from his headquarters on Grand Terre Island across from Grand Isle where Barataria Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico.

  • By JOHN DeSANTIS Senior Staff Writer
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The battle over red snapper continues in Congress, as local representatives attempt to over-ride rules that allowed federal officials to limit the recreational season for a catch prized by anglers and commercial fishermen to a mere ten days.

  • By ALAN MATHERNE Guest Columnist
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It is Rip Current Awareness Week and, according to Dr. Chris Houser of Texas Sea Grant, there have been an unusual number of rip drownings this spring.

  • By ALAN MATHERNE Guest Columnist
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Heading out to the beach this summer season? Great, enjoy the fun in the sun, but keep it fun by being aware of and taking proper precautions. Some of the potential hazards that may be encountered at the beach include: lightning, sharks, jellyfish, sunburn, and rip currents.

  • By ALAN MATHERNE Guest Columnist
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Fisheries and seafood topics provide a real “gumbo” of interesting facts, myths, and misconceptions.

  • By JOHN DeSANTIS Senior Staff Writer
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Federal authorities have announced dates for the 2015 Gulf of Mexico snapper season – a total of ten days for recreational fishermen and 44 days for charter boat operators catering to the recreational trade.

  • By ALAN MATHERNE Guest Columnist
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Ever wonder how they set the opening date for our spring inshore brown shrimp season? If so . . . read on.

  • By JOHN FELSHER Sportsman Contributor
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Hunting doesn’t have to stop just because most seasons close at the end of February each year. Besides turkey season in the spring, Louisiana sportsmen can hunt wild hogs all year long on private land without limit and take them as bonus game during most open seasons on public properties. Ju…

  • By CASEY GISCLAIR Sports Editor
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One of the most well-known fishing rodeos in the Houma-Thibodaux area has a sleek new logo and a brand-new website in an effort to rebrand itself to fishermen around the world.

  • By ALAN MATHERNE Guest Columnist
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Throughout the history of Louisiana (especially in the south) crawfish have been a highly sought-after food source. Early French settlers as far back as the mid-1700s caught crawfish with the “bait-on-the-string” method. And by 1880, a commercial production of 10,000 pounds of crawfish worth…

  • By JOHN DeSANTIS Senior Staff Writer
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Louisiana sportsmen who venture out for red snapper should be aware that while the state’s season on the species continues until further notice, they are at risk for committing federal violations.

  • By ALAN MATHERNE Guest Columnist
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Spring is here. And if you’re a hunter or wildlife lover, this season may also bring thoughts of the upcoming fall and winter days afield, and … how to enhance the experience.

  • By CASEY GISCLAIR Sports Editor
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The first deer hunting season of 8-year-old Galliano native Blaze Gisclair’s life will be one that both he and his relatives will remember forever.

  • By JOHN DeSANTIS Senior Staff Writer
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A Raceland native who attends classes at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches has garnered honors outside the classroom in freshwater fishing, and wants to share what he knows with other students.

  • By JOHN FELSHER sports@rushing-media.com
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Of course, nobody likes to fish during a hurricane, something every south Louisiana person knows very well, but strong winds typically affect fishermen more than fish. Winds can make casting and boat control more difficult and fishermen uncomfortable. Therefore, when winds whip the marshes o…

  • By CASEY GISCLAIR Sports Editor
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Larose native Kristin Fagan has been an avid hunter for the majority of her life. She’s said she’s made dozens of trips and has harvested plenty of bucks over the past 20 years.

  • By CASEY GISCLAIR Sports Editor
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When the leaves turn brown and temperatures dip into the upper 60s and low 70s, a weatherman will say that summer has officially gone and autumn has arrived.

  • By ALAN MATHERNE Guest Columnist
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Well, it’s that time of the year again. Cooler weather, football and hunting are here. That’s right. Louisiana’s 2014-2015 hunting season is in effect. To help in planning your days afield, I’ve put together the following summary of this year’s upcoming hunting seasons.

  • By CASEY GISCLAIR Sports Editor
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Our state is loaded with people who are absolutely mad about hunting and fishing.

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