This year’s spring weather flipped the switch from comfortably cool directly to punishing record heat. All of a sudden, daytime highs are flirting with new record temps topping out in the 90s on a regular basis and have local fishermen smoldering. This heat can hurt you, so take proper precautions.
Once the weather worm turned, we were steadily inching up towards triple-digit heat with not much relief in sight! Louisiana tropical heat can get very serious, so let common sense be your guide. We are talking hunkering down during the heat of the day, and striking very early or very late. If you prefer, night fishing is a great choice, and can be highly productive. As the daytime temps soar, the night bite turns on and can be a great time to hook it up.
The spawn in old faithful Lacassine Reserve is finis. But a big sow bass in post-spawn mode can be a lean, mean fighting machine. John Theriot recently had his hands full. He caught a giant post-spawn hawg that would have easily weighed in over double-digits during the spawn, full of eggs. His 9-pound, 11-ounce beauty still put an ear-to-ear smile on his face.
Kade Fontenot headed to a secret central Louisiana lake as the sun was setting. As the water cooled, the big bass went on the prowl. His big bass of the night weighed in at over 10 pounds. Sleep could come later. This bass was not missing many meals and was the essence of a healthy Louisiana hawg.
If you’re planning a fishing adventure, load up on beacoup water and hydrate at regular intervals before and after. Beat the majority of the heat by picking your sports early and late. If the heat starts to hurt, get in the shade to return and fish another day. Pay close attention to your rate of perspiration, which should be profuse in this heat. If a problem arises, make a move to shade and get your body temperature cooled as quickly as possible. When in doubt, err on the side of safety.
The Gulf beaches have been turned on recently with high pressure and light north winds. Rob Prejean has had good success wade-fishing with solid flounder and redfish success. The speckled trout bite is improving, but the sharks are not far behind the baitfish, so beware. With the accompanying heat, wade fishing is a good place to be. If you can’t beat the heat, get in the water!
Athletes everywhere are in preliminary training for the upcoming football season. It was just announced that McNeese and UL-L will resume their rivalry in 2020. These teams and their fan bases have a very special place in their hearts for one another and are looking forward to this one already. This is win-win scheduling, with both teams fielding first-class programs and a built in-rivalry only an hour down the road. In case you’re wondering, the Cowboys lead the series over the Ragin’ Cajuns. Mark this one on your calendar; it’s a natural.