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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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Don’t 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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Pelligrin’s go-to weapon

If there ever was an irreplaceable go-to weapon for Pellegrin in plying the vast Gulf waters off Terrebonne Parish, you’d probably never guess it in a hundred tries.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Rogue’s gallery of offshore fly fish

A wide variety of offshore fish species are susceptible to being caught with flies. And Roger del Rio and Chad Billiot have a lot of experience with the following rogue’s gallery of fly fish.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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The Marsh Rat

Chad Billiot picked one of the most unusual names conceivable for his Golden Meadow business — Marsh Rat Guide Service (985-637-5058).

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

Speckled trout should begin their peak run starting this month. Along the beaches, waders can have success tossing chartreuse/white Clouser Minnows. In the marsh, topwater action will be good early using Perch Float Poppers or Bob’s Bangers in green/white or chartreuse, or Skipping Bugs in red/white. 

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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How to use crankbaits for Pointe a la Hache trout

Chris Danos is a dyed-in-the-wool cork fisherman when throwing artificial baits. And his results in putting fish on the cleaning table more than offset any thoughts that he should radically change his approach.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Breaking bulls

Large redfish, often called “bull reds,” have a terrible reputation as knife killers. The large, sturdy rib bones can defeat both manual and electric knives.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Rigging up for paddle-board fishing

Rigging to fish from a paddle board involves some special gear — some conventional kayaking gear and some things that any fisherman would have.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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History of the MRGO rocks

The MRGO “long” rocks were once considered the longest rock jetty in the USA, stretching out for 8 miles to the edge of Breton Sound.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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How to fish for speckled trout at the MRGO rocks

Trout, redfish, sheepshead, drum, ladyfish, jacks, sharks and a variety of other species call the rocks at the end of the MRGO home. And, while anglers can catch fish along them all year round, the real season for the rocks kicks off this month.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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How to build a redneck ice machine

When Charles Johnson said, “Let’s go fishing,” his first stop was in his barn to get ice.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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A primer on worms

To an artificial lure-only snob, an earthworm is an earthworm. Not to knowledgeable freshwater live-bait anglers, thought.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Top bream-fishing tackle

Charles Johnson grew up as a country boy fishing bream. He cut his own cane poles from creek cane (bamboo that had escaped from cultivation).

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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