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Nicholls State angler falls short in College Classic Bracket semifinal match

Tyler Rivet came up just a little short.

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July 13 at 5:14 pm
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Apex Predator: Use red snapper and de-barbed hardheads to catch more cobia

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Cobia are one of my favorite fish to catch, but with only a 16-foot bay boat, my days at trying to get these tasty fish are very limited.

So I make sure to have the most enticing bait that no cobia can resist: barb-less hardhead catfish.

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July 13 at 4:40 pm
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Baton Rouge angler wins Blue Marlin Grand Championship

Sometimes the little guys do win. And win big.

With the average Blue Marlin Grand Championship boat size exceeding his by 20 feet, J.J. Tabor and his four buddies — competing aboard a 37-foot Freeman center console catamaran — did the improbable.

Tabor managed to whip a big marlin after a fight lasting more than five hours. It then took the crew another half-hour to somehow drag it aboard. By the time the behemoth was iced down, Double J had to make the run back to Orange Beach to make the 7 p.m. Saturday deadline. They had 300 miles to cover.

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July 13 at 12:00 pm
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Nicholls State angler competing in Bassmaster College Series Classic Final Four

Tyler Rivet is one of only four anglers competing today in the semifinals of the Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket in Stevens Point, Wis.

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July 13 at 9:27 am
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Register now for Ride the Bull VI kayak tournament on Aug. 15 at Grand Isle

Part folk festival, part kayak fishing tournament — but all fun, with a little bit of Woodstock peace, love and redfish thrown in — Ride the Bull VI is poised and ready for another record-breaking year out of Grand Isle's Bridge Side Marina on Aug. 15.

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July 12 at 6:33 am
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Use live croakers, artificial shrimp now for Grand Isle specks

The speckled trout bite is still going strong on Grand Isle, but anglers might want to consider fishing with croakers or a plastic imitation shrimp now because of all the bait stealers present, according to a local fisherman.

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July 10 at 3:45 pm
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Hit ’em with your best shot

All fishermen are liars, but fly fishermen embellish with style.

“Joe and I went to the river. We spotted a few trout. Joe tied on a spinner and caught a monster.”

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July 10 at 9:00 am
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Three Houma men accused of harvesting oysters in closed area

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested three men Thursday for alleged oyster-harvesting violations in Terrebonne Parish.

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July 10 at 8:28 am
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Sportsman TV targets Biloxi Marsh redfish

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Reigning Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Greg Hackney teamed up with Capt. Mike Gallo on a recent trip to the Biloxi Marsh to target redfish.

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July 09 at 4:26 pm
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True trophy speckled trout limited so far in 2015

No matter how big speckled trout might get in our dreams, the fact of the matter is Leon Mattes’ 12.38-pounder taken 65 year ago looks like it will remain as the No. 1 Louisiana speckled trout ever — at least for another year.

The spawning period for specks in Louisiana’s coastal waters pretty much ends in September, and an inspection of the state’s Top 10 trout indicates seven of them were taken in the months of April and May. 

So on paper, at least, history indicates the prime time for catching a 30-inch speckled trout has passed. 

But how does 2015 rank with trophy trout taken so far this spring and summer? We talked to guides across the coast to gauge their success so far this year, as well as find out what they suggest to catch a late-season lunker.

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July 09 at 3:25 pm
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VIDEO: What happens when a Coonass gets stuck after the tide falls 4 feet?

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Anglers in South Louisiana deal with falling tides all the time, but when you head up the East Coast the tides are a bit different — which is what Gonzales' Gerald Spohrer discovered while practicing for a Bassmaster Open on the James River in Virginia.

"Talk about tide swings over here ... it's nothing like we're used to back home," Spohrer said, speaking into his GoPro camera. "I'll give you an example: I've been back here for a while, and the tide fell out on me about 4 feet. So I've got to try to get out of here or stay back here all day — and that's not going to happen.

"So what happens when a Coonass gets stuck in a situation where the tide falls on him 4 feet? We're about to run across this mud flat and see what happens."

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July 09 at 8:25 am
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Target back side of Timbalier Island with live shrimp for July trout action out of Cocodrie

Capt. Tommy Pellegrin would typically be patrolling the beach side of Timbalier Island in early July, looking for birds diving and shrimp jumping to target speckled trout out of Cocodrie.

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July 08 at 2:33 pm
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Position format is important

Dear Capt. Paul,

I have some coordinates directly from a buddy’s GPS, but they are not bringing me to the same location as his GPS? Is there more than one way to measure/input coordinates? What are we missing here? Why won’t they work?

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July 06 at 5:00 pm
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Southwest Louisiana anglers find tripletail outside Cameron jetties

Sight-fishing isn’t limited to reds in the marsh this time of year along the Louisiana coast.

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July 06 at 4:58 pm
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LDWF's electronic licensing system back up and running

The computer glitch that affected the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ fishing license sales over the long 4th of July weekend has been fixed, and enforcement agents statewide will once again be making sure everyone has an up-to-date 2015-16 license.

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July 06 at 3:04 pm
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Florida girl killed after being hit by sturgeon jumping in boat

A 5-year-old Florida girl died last week after a sturgeon in the Suwannee River jumped into the boat she was riding in and struck her, according to online reports.

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July 06 at 9:04 am
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LDWF electronic licensing system down statewide

A statewide computer failure of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries licensing system means licenses that just expired on June 30 will be good through at least Sunday, July 5, according to the department’s head of enforcement.

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July 03 at 2:29 pm
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The secret lives of red snappers revealed

Red snappers are easily the most-studied fish in the Gulf of Mexico, so a lot is known about their biology.

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July 02 at 5:00 pm
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