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Speckled trout transitioning at Grand Isle; Highway 1 action heats up

Dutch Island and the islands heading toward Barataria Bay — as well as the bridges along Highway 1 — were hotspots for speckled trout last weekend on Grand Isle.

The lowdown on Lafitte specks

Lafitte is a popular destination for anglers across the coast because it’s so close for many fishermen, particularly for those who reside in New Orleans.

October 21 at 11:00am

Sun-fade soft plastic lures to create slight color variations

Anglers have always tweaked their factory-made lures in their zeal to become more successful on the water — customizing them with upgraded treble hooks, scented dyes, additional “artwork” and thousands of other minor modifications in an attempt to catch more fish.

October 20 at 5:10pm

Mississippi proposes trout fishing closure January through March

Mississippi speckled trout anglers will have to make alternate plans during the first months of 2017, if a proposal by the state’s Commission of Marine Resources today is approved.

The agency announced it's intent to implement a three-month closure of recreational trout fishing in state waters from Jan. 1 through March 31.

October 18 at 3:14pm

Oystermen plead guilty to illegal harvest in Terrebonne Parish

Four oystermen pleaded guilty last week to harvesting oysters from a private lease without permission in 32nd Judicial District Court in Terrebonne Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

October 18 at 10:53am

Kayak snapper

A chunk of dead bait swirls through clear blue water toward the bottom. Before it lands, it’s inhaled by a fat red snapper.

October 18 at 12:55am

Hopedale fishing curve balls

Leave it to Capt. Charlie Thomason to march to a different drummer.

When I called the veteran captain looking for some Biloxi Marsh fishing tips, I received an unexpected answer.

October 17 at 3:18pm


Down on the coast, it’s prime time for speckled trout. Whether it’s over reefs, in tidal bayous, or dead-end canals, you can’t go wrong casting a weighted Clouser or shrimp pattern set about 30 inches below a VOSI, the flyrodders’ popping cork. 

October 15 at 7:00am

History of Chenier au Tigre

One report has Chenier au Tigre being named because of a large cougar killed there many years ago.

But the ridge could just as likely have been named for jaguars, which were not uncommon in Southwest Louisiana at the time of European settlement.

“Tigre” translates in both French and Spanish as “tiger,” a name usually used for the jaguar.

October 15 at 7:00am

How oak cheniers were formed

Most waterfowl hunters and fishermen are vaguely aware that Highway 82, which runs the length of Cameron and Vermilion parishes, follows lines of live oak trees, while much of the surrounding countryside is wide open marsh.

October 15 at 7:00am

Best times to go bowfishing

By the very laws of nature, much fishing and hunting is cyclical and seasonal. Not so with marsh bowfishing, Capt. Graylin Schultheis said.

October 15 at 7:00am

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