Pelican Briefs: Getting Hooked

News 01

Eleven-year-old Heath Hernandez couldn’t go fishing during the coronavirus lockdown, so he began watching YouTube videos about fishing lures. While experimenting with making baits, the Youngsville fifth grader perfected the art of making molds, adding items like glitter and ground coffee to create unique scents and effects. His passion led to a full-fledged business, 2 Deep Lures, fueled by social media. His next goal: Stocking lures on regional stores shelves. (


Masters of Sound
UL has launched a new recording arts concentration for its bachelor’s degree in music. Students can learn to use the same tools as professionals for mixing, beat-making, live sound production, electronic music and mastering. Courses begin this fall. The program is designed to prepare graduates to work in all mediums including TV, film animation, recording and video games. (



News 02

New Orleans
Connoisseurs Reunite
After a year-long absence, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) returns June 9-13 with added safety measures and myriad star productions including Burlesque, Bubbly & Brunch. Connoisseurs are gathering Friday and Saturday for the ultimate event, the voluminous Grand Tastings featuring a global array of wineries and gourmet fare by acclaimed chefs, culminating with the prestigious Fleur de Lis Culinary Awards. VIP packages are also available. (

Baton Rouge
Riverboat Déjà Vu
After an absence of more than a year, Mississippi River cruises are docking again in Baton Rouge. American Cruise Lines and American Queen halted travel in the early coronavirus pandemic days, but they are now scheduled to have seven riverboats calling on Baton Rouge in 2021, numbering 100 stops. The last time either company had a ship visit Baton Rouge was March 11, 2020. (

Look to the Sky
The sixth annual CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally returns June 11-12 at LSU Shreveport. North Louisiana’s largest hot air balloon festival, the two-day event attracts thousands for hot air balloon rides, kids’ activities, live entertainment and a magical balloon glow at dusk. The fest is also hosting the US Team Nationals, an annual week-long competition that brings the top 30 balloon pilots from across the country. June 7-13. (



→ Editor’s Note: Due to COVID-19 phasing, call ahead Before visiting

photo courtesy 2 deep lures

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