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Focus on travel routes for postspawn crappie

Most fishermen understand the basics for targeting crappie before and during their spring spawn, but when fish leave spawning grounds and head to deep water, what’s the deal?

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May 22 at 11:10 am
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Speckled trout bite on fire out of Dularge

The speckled trout action out of Dularge right now is the best May bite Capt. Bill Lake has seen in at least 10 years.

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May 22 at 9:30 am
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Louisiana Tech mechanical engineers hook up with Rat-L-Trap

Layton Crawford, Derek Kennedy and Lance Reeves are pretty serious outdoorsmen who try to work in bass fishing trips every available weekend.

They also happen to be seniors majoring in mechanical engineering at Louisiana Tech, and they got the opportunity to combine their passion for fishing and their love of engineering during a 9-month design project for Bill Lewis Outdoors in Alexandria, makers of the legendary Rat-L-Trap lure.

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May 21 at 4:35 pm
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3 productive lures for postspawn bass

Bass fishermen hate the thought of having to catch fish that have just finishing spawning and are often acting sickly, but sometimes they just have to figure out how to catch these finicky fish.

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May 21 at 10:51 am
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Three men convicted of oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish, LDWF says

Judge Randy Bethancourt found three Houma men guilty of oyster violations on Monday in connection with an incident on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation late last year, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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May 21 at 10:40 am
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Lunker bass replicas awarded at Toledo Bend

More than 80 anglers who landed 10-pound-plus bass at Toledo Bend over the last year picked up their free replicas Sunday during an awards ceremony at Cypress Bend Park.

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May 21 at 7:26 am
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Top tips for trout success

A person can’t successfully charter fish for 28 years without accumulating a bag of tricks. Zutie Auenson, who fishes out of Grand Isle, is no exception. Here are some of his favorite tactics to stay on trout:

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May 20 at 5:05 pm
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Find the right grass for heavy stringers

Grass is grass is grass to many anglers, but Louisiana’s Matt Loetscher knows that’s not really the case — there are some keys to finding the beds of vegetation most likely to hold big bass.

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May 20 at 7:00 am
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CCA Louisiana STAR tournament starts Saturday

Starting this weekend, anglers across the Louisiana coast should be on the lookout for a bright red tag in any redfish or speckled trout they catch.

It could be worth a 2015 Chevy Silverado, a NauticStar boat package or a $2,500 tackle package in the 21st CCA Louisiana Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo that kicks off May 23.

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May 19 at 3:39 pm
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How do you estimate the weight of a redfish?

The story of the catch and release May 15 of what would almost certainly have been a Louisiana state-record redfish evoked a predictable response on social media — cries that the fish in the photo just couldn't be big enough to make the record books, much less shatter the current 61-pound state record.

"Looks like a 30- to 35-pound fish," Facebook fan Murphy Spell said.

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May 19 at 12:45 pm
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Potential No. 1 redfish caught, released in Venice

A giant redfish that would have almost certainly broken the current state record was caught — and then released — last Friday afternoon in Venice along the shoreline outside of South Pass.

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May 19 at 11:32 am
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Louisiana's Top 10 May trout hotspots

Speckled trout should be practically begging to get into your ice chests this month — if you know where to focus your efforts.

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May 18 at 3:04 pm
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Top 6 speckled trout baits you have to have

May is when everything really begins to come together to produce great trout fishing conditions. Warming weather pushes water temps up. The rivers begin to subside from spring rains and snow melts up north.

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May 18 at 2:51 pm
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Swimbait hook transforms craw worms

While chatting with Z-Man’s Glenn Young during the recent Louisiana Sportsman Show, I picked up one of the rod segments and started hopping one of the lures in the booth’s water tank.

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May 18 at 7:00 am
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Slamming speckled trout with live croakers

I’ve had the opportunity to catch speckled trout any number of ways: under a popping cork, on plastic paddle-tail lures and artificial shrimp, throwing topwaters and jerkbaits and on Carolina and drop-shot rigs outfitted with live shrimp — but never, ever by free-lining live croakers.

So when Tommy "Carl" Vidrine texted me last week with an unexpected invitation to join him Thursday morning on Grand Isle with his 24-foot NauticStar’s livewell full of croakers from Bridge Side Marina, I jumped at the chance.†

And boy, am I glad I did.†

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May 17 at 7:28 pm
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Which way do we go?

Fishing kayaks become more sophisticated every day. Although conceptually a minimalist sport, kayak anglers are now incorporating many of the features found on modern powerboats.

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May 15 at 6:52 pm
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Broussard angler lands 7-pound speck on Grand Isle

Jordan Musso was actually more focused on helping his dad land a redfish than he was on his own line when his popping cork vanished Thursday morning near the tip of the Caminada Pass jetties at Grand Isle.

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May 15 at 3:46 pm
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Donít forget a bait rod

Collecting live bait is an important element of offshore success. And, while the relatively stiff spinning rods used to horse hefty mangroves out of underwater steel jungles can be rigged with sabikis, they’re not always the best choices.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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