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Turkey fever

I never caught the fever, thank goodness. But lots of folks did.  And now is the time to apply the cure.  Turkey season. It opens around the state on April 7 this year and runs through May 6 in Area A, which includes most of our region. That’s a little later than usual. You can … Continue reading

Listen to the preacher

Even if he doesn’t say anything,  you better “listen” to the preacher. It was about 30 years ago when I, some family members and friends went on an overnight fishing and camping trip in the Atchafalaya Basin the weekend before Easter. When we got to the Belle River ramp to put in and run across … Continue reading

Easter is, because…

Up a tree without a crappie?

It’s no secret that crappie head to the shallow trees to spawn this time of year. Just ask any tree on Lake D’Arbonne. They all got fished at least 18 times last Saturday! But don’t worry, even though some fish around the trees get caught, when the pressure is so heavy that there seems to … Continue reading

This earns a 21-cast salute!

You may never fish a Crappie Fishermen United of Louisiana crappie tournament. You may never take part in a Hunters for Heroes event. But one thing you should know, when those folks get together to host the annual Crappie tournament on Lake D’Arbonne, it’s worth a 21-cast salute! Thirty-nine teams of local fishermen and their … Continue reading

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Think about your fishing lures

So, you are not “off” for spring break? That’s okay, here’s a coping mechanism for those of you who do still do the “work” thing. Dealing with unhelpful people on the job…  


I don’t know why I like to eat whole fried bream and small crappie so much. I think it’s because they just taste so dad gum good. Biting off the crispy tails and fins, pulling the meat of the bone — “the nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat” grandma used to say” — it … Continue reading

Wake up right

My youngest granddaughter wakes up with the roosters. I don’t. She loves to come up to me when she is at my house and say, rather loudly, “Wake up Pop Pop!” She’s the only one in the world that could get away with that, you know. But regardless of how I wake up, or you … Continue reading

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