Apparently, the experiment worked so well last month in Baton Rouge that the State of Wildlife and Fisheries is continuing its series of fishing lessons with offers in Walker, New Orleans, Houma, Lake Charles and Natchitoches.
Included is a new beginner catfishing course at three of those locations – and best of all, the lessons are free.
First up, next in the series is Wednesday’s Fishing Class from 5-7 p.m. at Sidney Hutchinson Park, 13750 Ball Park Rd. in Walker.
Granted, most of what will be taught is aimed at beginners, but these two hours are for all ages and genders. Anyone 16 and over is welcome to attend. Just be aware that if you are 18 or older, you must have a basic Louisiana fishing license.
Class sizes are limited and each class will be open to between 10 and 20 “students”.
Project Manager Chris Connor said “the program will be fast-paced and focused on educating adults so they can guide the kids through the fishing portion of the program.”
He said the catfishing sessions will be for those “with basic fishing knowledge” and will focus on species identification, basic fish behavior, proper fish handling, equipment, basic rigging and bait selection. It will be followed by an hour of fishing with the Wildlife and Fisheries staff.
Best of all, gear will be provided, although anglers are welcome to bring their own rods and reels.
The full curriculum, along with the Hunter Education and Boater Education courses, are listed on the LDWF website: louisianaoutdoors.com/events.
There you can select “Fishing Ed” to participate in this action.
Connor said if anyone needs help signing up, they can email [email protected] or him at (318) 487-5336 or Joshua Porter (225) 763-3540.
More details can be found on the website: wlf.la.gov/page/fishing-workshops.
All course participants will receive fishing information materials, starter materials, and gear donated by H&H Lures and Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana.
Bryce Distefanoof Clinton, finished close Philip Herringof Richton, Mississippi during the Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Combine held last week in Decatur, Alabama.
In all four freshwater fishing disciplines, Herring took the win with 288 points to Distefano’s 284.
The 98 high school anglers were showing off their skills for 16 colleges and universities for a share of the college fishing scholarships.
Distefano’s high school friend, Webb Camberfinished second in Nathan Preston, of Newnan, Georgia, within throwing distance. Preston clipped a Berkley Cane Walker Topwater at 65 yards. The Webb cast ran 64.9 inches – close, very close.
The idea for this second combine was to give high school bass anglers a chance to meet coaches from all 16 schools, and give them a chance to “explore more of all that the angler has to offer and see if they would be the perfect fit for their fishing program.
Last year’s combine offered $2.6 million in scholarships.
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation has created a video that all anglers should watch. It’s a chance to review your driving at a boat launch and “the right way to launch a boat from a trailer.”
It’s worth taking a few minutes to head over to the RBFF website: takemefishing.orgto watch the video and see tips on things like boat and trailer type, ramp slope, and whether the best way for you is to launch your boat by kicking it off or floating it off your trailer .
As the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council’s first of five in-person public hearings on “Changes to Greater Amberjack Catch Limits and Allocations” begins Monday in Madeira Beach, Fla., local offshore fishers need to know that council will be holding a hearing in our area. .
It will arrive at 6 p.m. on October 5 at New Orleans Doubletree Airport, 2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd. at Kenner.
The next closest location is Orange Beach, Alabama at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Adult Activity Center, 26251 Canal Rd. in Orange Beach.
There is also a virtual reunion, via Webinar, scheduled for October 11.
For more information, visit the GMFMC website: Website: gulfcouncil.org
The council is acting on the latest amberjack stock assessment showing the species to be overfished and “overfished,” forcing new management actions that could include changing what biologists and federal managers have identified as “catch biologically acceptable limits, annual catch limits, annual catch objectives, and allocations are based on the best available scientific information.
Again, the public hearings will begin at 6 p.m. and end no later than 9 p.m.
The Nicholls State Fishing Team Zachary Hendersonof the Metairie and Miles Smith de Houma finished ninth – with five basses weighing 16 pounds and 14 ounces. The Colonels duo were among 61 teams in the MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Tournament held on Lake Erie earlier this month. Adrian College Matthew Davis and cobbler sam won with 19-8 stringer.