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Ten Proven Saltwater Fishing Hot Spots

The following fishing spots are proven, productive areas and are good throughout the late summer, fall, and winter months. Their order of listing is gauged by their nearest proximity to the launches, not necessarily in order of my personal preference or the location's productivity.

SPOT ONE:
THE PEN

Motor through Goose Bayou to open water, follow the stakes which marks a channel to the eastern portion of that body of water. Work the entire eastern shoreline with chartreuse and sparkle beetles tied under a weighted popping cork.
Also, try a single green beetle with a gold spinner blade near the many submerged brushes or tree stumps.

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Outdoors Louisiana Style

SPECK’ S HABITAT DIFFER FROM SEASON TO SEASON
By Guy McDonald

Saltwater fisher Philip Clesi of Gretna was kind enough to send a congratulatory EMAIL to our Managing editor, Mr. Troy Broussard. Mr. Clesi said that he enjoyed my January article on the Mechanics of Saltwater Fishing and asked for more of the same. OK, Philip; read on: this month we talk about specks and habitat change during winter, spring and fall. It’s always nice to hear from West Bank sport fishers who fish for specks all year round. Michael Strohmeyer of Gretna is another sports fisher who fishes them year round.

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A Woman's View

LIFELONG PERSPECTIVES OF THE LOUISIANA MARSH
By Jamie McDonald

The sun was barely peaking above the horizon; bright orange, red, and yellow colors emerged as it rose slowly above the water, reflecting in ripples approaching the boat. I was lost in the moment, taken aback by the glorious feeling of the crisp, cool, salty air gently slapping my cheek. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” I thought, quietly enjoying my rare moment of exhilaration. Looking at the silhouette of my father, some 80 years old, skillfully casting and landing with precision accuracy at his target, an inlet with the tide moving in – a surefire spot to catch an unknown denizen of the deep, looking for his morning feeding. A tear came to my eye as I was caught in a sort of time warp, reminiscing how I came to love the sport of fishing, how I came to respect this wonderful marsh land, some 50 years ago, from this very man, my father, Guy.

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Getting Back to Basics

VEGETABLE AND FLOWER GARDENING
By Shay McDonald LeBlanc

My neighborhood gardening friends often stop by when they see this writer working in the garden, cutting and pulling grass, tending to vegetables, grape and  raspberry vines and citrus trees; they invariably ask the same question, over and over: “How is it that the leaves of all your vegetable plants, citrus trees . . . maintain that healthy looking, deep green color?” The answer I give is most always the same: “It’s the product of the friable, well drained fertilized soil. I fertilize every two weeks during the initial growing season with a prepared, nutrient-balanced liquid spray for my veggies, and all season light oil for the citrus; I use 8-8-8 or 13-13-13 fertilizer spikes at the outer drip line for my fruit trees. That’s all basics.

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