Rocke Fournet Thursday, April 16, 2015 0

Turn about is fair play. The UL baseball team outlasted McNeese in extra innings in Lake Charles, avenging a 17-inning barn-burner the Cowboys stole from them earlier in Lafayette. This is tooth and nail competition that makes it fun for the fans. Both teams field first-class programs, so I hope they keep on playing.

Spring has sprung, and it’s a super time to be fishing. Pleasant temperatures make catching fish lagniappe. There’s plenty to keep you entertained, with flocks of many wintering birds still here. But it’s just warm enough to get the alligators out enjoying some sun.

Generally, the spring spawn has been very active. Good numbers and good size make a great combination for local anglers. Water is up, with recent rains and conditions ideal for a productive spawn.

Lacassine Reserve opened for fishing recently and did not disappoint. This beautiful freshwater impoundment is in its prime, with the spawn in full bore. There have been some absolutely giant bass caught in the double-digit category already this year. Witnessing a plus-10 pounder in 2-4 feet of skinny water is the thrill of any fisherman’s lifetime.

Likewise at Toledo Bend, the spring fishing is off and running. The Bend has also produced its fair share of double-digit hawgs. On a warm day, these big sows move into water as shallow as two feet. It’s an exciting time of year to be fishing, with the possibility of a lunker bass on any one cast.

In the photo corner, is Eric Nunez with an 11-pound marsh hawg. He’s consistently proven to be very effective catching trophy bass. His dad, Jessie, claims his son’s penchant for catching hawgs is something he was trained for at an early age. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

As the weather settles into a warmer pattern, local saltwater fishing action should explode. Calcasieu Lake and our local saltwater estuaries provide top notch speckled trout, and the redfish action is second to none in the world. The chance for a double-digit trout is very real, and as close as a short trip away.

One huge advantage to living large in Louisiana is its rich culture in music. Cajun music is unique in its style, and even in some instruments, such as the accordion and the pedal steel guitar.

Lake Charles’ venues for great bands providing first-class entertainment are outstanding. The bands inherit their musical heritage from a long list of world-class musicians who’ve graced Louisiana stages for beacoup years.

The Yams are a homegrown product that produce a great sound. They rocked the outdoor amphitheater at the Civic Center recently, and had the crowd toe tappin’. These guys put on a great show, featuring some awesome original songs. The ballad to the wife of Steve Riley, who’s with the famous Mamou Playboys, is a classic Cajun hit. You will easily identify with this story of a youngster’s infatuation (lust) with an older woman.

Steve Riley, a Louisiana music legend, took it all in stride, and was honored by the tribute to his “Cajun Queen with a blue dress on.” Keep on rocking!

Check out the Yams and support your favorite band. Aieeeeh!