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The primary target species of most coastal Louisiana kayak anglers are speckled trout and redfish. However, many areas that primarily harbor these saltwater species are seeing decreased salinities and an influx of largemouth bass.

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April 17 at 8:00 am
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Bull redfish school puts on a show Saturday in Bay Billiot

Last Saturday, Ricky Naquin enjoyed a redfish slam in Bay Billiot like he’s never experienced in almost 50 years of fishing out of Pointe Aux Chenes.

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April 16 at 2:21 pm
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Perfect solution for leftover blackfin tuna

An offshore trip is pricey, but when you get into a bunch of blackfin the payoff is a lot of great eating.

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April 16 at 6:00 am
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How to get the most out of braided line

I love braid. It’s tough. It’s got zero stretch. It doesn’t have memory. It’s got a very small diameter. You feel every tap.†And when a fish is hooked the fight is just awesome.

It’s costs more than mono, however, and if you fish a lot it can seem like you’re throwing money down the drain staying in fresh line.

But Capt. Brent Roy of Venice Charters Unlimited uses a single spool twice — and it’s a simple trick that is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments.

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April 15 at 4:27 pm
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Hildebrandt Drum Roller

Want a unique and improved spinnerbait on your side when you go redfish fishing for pleasure or for money?

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April 15 at 8:37 am
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Dog snapper provide more meat for the table

Snapper fishermen have little trouble separating a mangrove snapper (properly called gray snapper) from a red snapper, since the popularity of mangrove snappers has soared in recent years.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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The making of the master

Kenny Heikamp is built like a 5-foot, 7-inch coiled steel spring. He moves about his 32-foot Twin Vee catamaran with latent, ready to unleash energy. His chin has a determined set to it and his dark eyes burn intensely, like hot embers. I would hate to be a fish, knowing that he was after me.†

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Live bait is the ticket for mangrove fishing

Capt. Kenny Heikamp, like many other fishermen, believes mangrove snappers are wary fish and learn quickly how to avoid danger.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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How to snell a circle hook

Capt. Kenny Heikamp uses 1/0 circle hooks, considered small by most fishermen. That’s because smaller hooks are harder for fish to see, he explained.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Top fishing tactics for Barataria Bay redfish

Before calling it a day, Capt. Keith “Herk” Bergeron wanted to run into the marsh and make a few casts for redfish.†

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Breaking the Barataria Bay trout code

The Midway campaign of May 1942, was hard-fought but successful because U.S. Naval Intelligence was able to break the Japanese communications code and decipher their plans.†

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Best baits for Cocodrieís sprint specks

Finding healthy numbers of late-spring speckled trout in the eastern Terrebonne estuary is one thing. Tempting them to bite is quite another — something that tends to change seemingly day by day.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Deep trout-fishing option

As endless as the shallow-water trout fishing options are to the east of the Houma Navigation Canal are, those choosing to fish bigger — though just as accessible — water in the same general area shouldn’t feel left out.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Directions, launches and varying regulations

The Causeway Landing on Sabine Lake in Louisiana is on Highway 82 approximately three miles west of Johnson Bayou.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Tackle, lures and presentation

Since they are competitive anglers, Frederick and Broussard use tackle that is most effective in getting redfish into the livewell quickly.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Top chinquapin baits

Aggressive and gluttonous as any schooling fish, chinquapin are hardly picky. Nevertheless, catering to their tastes and preferences will earn you more love.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Nighttime fishing for chinquapin

Panfish aficionado Glynn “Catch” Cormier reminds anglers not to overlook the species’ after-hours potential.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Best tactics for bedding chinquapin

When chinquapin move in shallow to spawn, the ensuing game of tempting and taunting them to bite can become much like bed fishing for largemouth bass.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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