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Guide expects Lake Pontchartrain trout bite to be in full swing by end of April

If you’ve been patiently waiting for Lake Pontchartrain’s annual April speckled trout bonanza, well… You might have to wait a few more weeks.

The good news though, according to Capt. Kris Robert with One Last Cast Fishing Charters, is he’s starting to see signs that big trout should be arriving relatively soon.

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April 08 at 11:42 am
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Google Earth placemarks to GPS waypoints

Dear Capt. Paul:

Can you please give detailed instruction to get GPS coordinates off Google Earth? I would like to find points in Delacroix and Hopedale areas, and put them in my Lowrance HDS7 touch screen as waypoints.

Thanks in advance. 

Mike

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April 08 at 9:00 am
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Schexnayder catches biggest Toledo Bend lunker of the season with 12.81-pounder

If you’re Daniel Schexnayder, what’s even better than catching a Toledo Bend 10.95-pounder last December?

Following it up this month with a monster bass almost 2 pounds heavier that is currently the largest fish entered so far in the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program for the 2014-15 season that ends in mid-May.

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April 08 at 6:46 am
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Catch more crappie using dehydrated nibbles

Face it: Crappie can be very finicky feeders when you’re using artificial lures. 

Better known as sac-a-lait where I’m from, or white perch by the folks in North Louisiana, I grew up fishing for them almost exclusively with an 11-foot jigging pole in my hands.

Now, no matter what type of rod and reel I use, my artificial lures will almost always be tipped with an enticer like Berkley’s PowerBait Crappie Nibbles.

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April 07 at 4:44 pm
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Toledo Bend lunkers show no signs of slowing down

With about 40 days still left in the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program’s 2014-15 season, we know last year’s record total of 61 fish will be smashed - we just don’t know by how much.

The huge reservoir is continuing to deliver double-digit bass, with no real let-up so far.

Here are the stories of three more anglers lucky enough to catch the bass of a lifetime.

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April 07 at 8:50 am
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Ruston angler nabs Lake Claiborne lunker

Winning the Powerball has nothing to do with skill or experience: You choose numbers randomly or use pre-selected numbers like the birthdays of your kids, buy a lottery ticket and then just sit back and watch the drawing on television.

If your numbers happen to come up, you just got lucky — and you suddenly become a millionaire.  

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April 06 at 3:30 pm
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Video: Watch Elite Series pro Palaniuk catch 12-pounder

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Think you've been under pressure to lip your buddies bass? The poor guy in this video is tasked with grabbing a massive fish that weigned more than 12 pounds — and the angler shouting at him was Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brandon Palaniuk.

The GoPro vid, shot recently on a public Texas lake, shows Palaniuk toss out a swim bait only to have what would turn out to be the angler's heaviest bass to date nearly rip the 8-foot Huddleston rod from his hand.

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April 06 at 11:51 am
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Slidell redfish angler takes 11.82-pound Toledo Bend monster

Jacob Leininger, a competitive redfish angler, made the transition to freshwater look easy late last month when he landed an 11-pound-plus largemouth bass during the Louisiana Oilman’s Bass Invitational on Toledo Bend.

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April 06 at 11:33 am
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Lunkers Only

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Some days you want to just catch big bass. This one of those days and that's why we called our buddy David St. Pierre who lives on New Arbor Lake in Mississippi.

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April 02 at 6:00 pm
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Plaquemines Parish Government reverses course, reopens launch at Fort Jackson

According to Capt. Ryan Lambert, officials with Plaquemines Parish Government have reversed course and the Fort Jackson boat launch that was closed to the public earlier this week will once again allow free access to the Mississippi River.

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April 02 at 1:53 pm
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Barbe wins Louisiana High School Fishing Championship on Sibley Lake

Anglers from Barbe High School in Lake Charles used a five-fish limit last weekend to win the Louisiana State High School Fishing Championship on Sibley Lake.

Hunter Keller and Nick Nocilla used a mix of crankbaits and a Senko to weigh-in 11 pounds and 7 ounces to take the title by only 5 ounces from anglers with Oak Hill High School.

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April 02 at 11:00 am
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Gulfport angler lands 10 ½-pound speckled trout in Mississippi waters

Five ounces. Five measly ounces.

That’s all that stood between Gulfport’s Alex Smith and Mississippi’s new state record speckled trout last weekend.

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April 02 at 8:53 am
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Toledo Bend lunker total surpasses 2013-14 numbers

No one can deny it’s been an incredible lunker bass spring at Toledo Bend.

Here are three more stories by anglers who had what it took to catch and land a double-digit bass — and there’s still 1 ½ months to go before the 2014-15  Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program season ends.

If you’ve ever dreamed of landing the trophy bass of a lifetime, there’s no better time than the present to make your way to Toledo Bend.

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April 01 at 7:00 pm
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Fort Jackson boat launch south of Buras closed to the public

Editor’s note: Following the reporting of this story, Plaquemines Parish officials reportedly have decided to reopen the launch, with anglers launching at their own risk. Read the full details on this about-face here.

Capt. Ryan Lambert got quite a surprise Tuesday when he pulled into the Fort Jackson boat launch off Hwy. 23 in Buras.

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April 01 at 8:48 am
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Find saltwater to locate specks east of the Mississippi River out of Buras

The calendar might say it’s April 1, but this isn't an April Fool's joke: Specks on the east side of the Mississippi River out of Buras are staying put in more traditional wintertime patterns right now.

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April 01 at 8:21 am
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Mangrove massacre — Expert tips for mangrove snapper fishing

I knew Capt. Kenny Heikamp was pretty good. I watched him work while fishing on a shared charter when I was with the near-legendary Grand Isle charter skipper Bobby Terrebonne. 

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Cigars and courtbouillon — Best bets for spring school trout and redfish

The crawfish heads were piling up, the keg was foaming and Artie was in the spotlight. Happens every time.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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The Battle of Midway — Where to ambush Barataria Bay trout in April

The battle of Midway, one of the most-decisive naval battles in all of World War II, was fought just six months after Pearl Harbor around a small atoll almost between Hawaii and Japan.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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