The early days of 2016 have produced four species of white sac-a-lait to add to the State Top 10 Fish Records List.
Wayne Hosea’s 3.52 pounder heads the list followed by Dwayne Hosea’s — yes, they are kin — 3.48 pounder to stand in second and third places in the subspecies of the popular freshwater sunfish.
White crappie are most often found in backwaters areas of the state, while its cousin, the black crappie, the other “crappie” subspecies, prefers to inhabit more open and deeper waters.
The two others, Rodger McConnell’s 3.46 pounder is now fourth on the list, while Zack Broussard’s 3.31-pound trophy is fifth.
The three top white crappie in the latest update came from Poverty Point Reservoir and Broussard’s came from Lake Martin.
Two other catches made the top 10 in the Rod-and-Reel Division, a 21.33-pound “white drum,” a freshwater drum locals know as “gaspergoo,” put Mike Kelley Sr.’s catch from False River in fifth place for that species, and David Lam’s 31.25-pound African pompano taken from the East Lump off the mouth of the Mississippi River in March is sixth on the list.
Veteran fly fisherman Pete Cooper Jr. added his name to the record list by taking a 3.79-pound southern flounder in the Fly Fishing category.
Lyle Johnson is the Fish Records Committee chairman for the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, which has maintained the state’s fish records for more than 60 years.
For more information, email: email@example.com, or send inquiries to: LOWA Fish Records, 13168 Bayou Terrace Drive, St. Amant, LA 70774
Updated fish records and downloadable application and rules in Rod & Reel, Fly Fishing and Ponds divisions are available at the “Records” tab on the LOWA’s website: www.laoutdoorwriters.com.
More on life jackets
The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2015 boating accident/boating fatalities statistics in late May and Louisiana tied with Georgia at No. 6 in the nation for boating fatalities with 22 deaths and 87 boating accidents.
The report also showed nothing has changed, maybe it was even worse in 2015, when it comes to tracing the cause of boating deaths.
The report stated 75 percent of all boating deaths are the result of drowning, and of that 75 percent, 85 percent of the victims were not wearing life jackets.
The full report is available at the Coast Guard’s website: uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.php.
If you want to beat the rush when 2015-16 hunting and fishing licenses expire July 1, know that 2016-17 licenses went on sale June 1.
And when you get that license, know you can help feed the less fortunate by a checkoff for a donation to Hunters for the Hungry. Funds raised help offset the cost of establishing fish-collection stations at coastal marinas and offset costs of preparing hunters’ donated deer for distribution in local communities’ soup kitchens and community shelters.
Louisiana Operation Game Thief, the state’s wildlife crime-stoppers effort, awarded $9,600 across the state during its May 21 meeting in Woodworth.
The LOGT board reviewed 20 cases made from public sources, which resulted in 30 apprehended involving 329 alleged offense.
The release stated money was awarded for assistance in nine turkey cases, eight deer cases, two fish cases and one small game case.
Since 1984, LOGT has operated to keep informants anonymous and awarding them for tips leading to apprehension of wildlife violators.
To report suspected wildlife or fisheries violations, call the toll free Operation Game Thief hotline (800) 442-2511 or ute the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ tip411 program (text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android apps.)
To make donations to the LOGT, email LDWF Lt. Will Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very long shots
The NRA’s Precision Long Range School Summer classes are set July 2-3, Aug. 13-14 and Sept. 3-4 at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Gerrardstown, West Virginia .
The classes provide top equipment, ranges and instructors to teach how to hit very small targets at more than 1,000 yards.
For more information, call (844) 672-6883, or to register, go to website: https://www.nraoutdoors.com/schools/long-range-school?eventid=63.