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May speckled trout techniques: The popping cork

The one thing that has surprised me over my years of writing about Louisiana saltwater fishing is how complicated something as simple as a popping cork can be.

I mean, it’s a popping cork. What more can be said other than tie one on and go fishing?

But I’ve been with charter captains out of Venice who were catching five fish to my one.

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May speckled trout techniques: The drop-shot rig

The drop-shot rig is often seen as a finesse bass fishing technique used to scratch out a limit when all else fails.

But Capt. John Falterman, whose name has become synonymous with his own saltwater version of the drop-shot, sees the rig as a power-fishing technique that puts more trout in his boat than anything else he’s ever tried.

In fact, just within the last week, Falterman, who operates Therapy Charters at Lake Pontchartrain, has put his customers – all using drop-shot rigs – on a grand total of 949 speckled trout.

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Yesterday at 11:17 am
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Duo smash speckled trout surf-fishing on Elmer's Island

Jared Pennison had the opportunity to target speckled trout Sunday on a boat trip with a group of buddies along the jetties at Grand Isle, but surf fishing had been weighing heavily on his mind.

“We were talking about it Saturday night, and I was telling everybody how I was craving to go back surf fishing,” said Pennison, 25, who lives on the island and is the son-in-law of Buggie Vegas, who operates Bridge Side Marina.  “I do it a good bit, but I hadn’t done it yet this year.

“The trout had turned on, and I had caught a whole bunch in the last few weeks on live shrimp under a popping cork. I told my buddy, ‘I got enough fillets in the freezer. I don’t want to catch any more little ones — I want to go catch some hogs.’”

So he opted to test out the surf Sunday morning on the day of May’s full moon — and ended up making the right call.

He and his buddy Bradley Matte, of Morgan City, caught an impressive stringer of 41 solid 3- to 5-pound specks working clean water up and down the Gulf side of Elmer’s Island. The biggest speck weighed 5.2 pounds on his handheld scale, and five redfish plus a 38-inch lemon fish rounded out the day’s catch. 

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May 04 at 6:02 pm
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May speckled trout techniques: The double rig

Ask a bass angler how to catch a bass, and you’ll get a doctoral dissertation including a host of variables ranging from the pH of the water to the phase of the spawn.

Ask a speckled trout angler how to catch a trout, and you’ll get a much simpler response including only two variables - tide and bait.

While there may be something to the notion that you’ve got to throw a certain color crankbait that dives to 2 1/2 feet rather than 6 feet to get a bass to bite, trying to convince a die-hard trout angler that he or she has to throw a certain color or style of bait to catch fish is futile.

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May 04 at 9:20 am
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Trout fishing is kicking off all along the coast, but we give you 10 locations you just have to fish. But there still are bass to be caught, if you understand how to target them when they come off their beds.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Short-hop specks

Tucked cozily near the end of the inhabited east bank of Plaquemines Parish is Pointe a la Hache. And, largely forgotten by many, Beschel’s Marina is the gateway to incredibly fertile speckled trout fishing grounds virtually year round.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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More than da Wall — Where to fish around the old MRGO

The RSVPs to Doc and Trisha’s “third anniversary engagement party” were pouring in. It looked like everybody was coming — and then some. 

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Pack and paddle — Paddle-board fishing for Theriot reds

At first I thought they looked silly. I mean, c’mon — two guys standing on surf boards fishing in the marsh. 

It sure wasn’t the guys that looked out of place. They were lean, rugged, suntanned outdoor types, both wearing full beards.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Rock–it Science — Trout-fishing tips for the MRGO rocks

It’s often said that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or brain surgeon) to know whatever obvious point a person is making.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Steady north winds dirtied water near Dularge, guide says

This week’s cool front could hasten the departure of speckled trout from interior marshes near Cocodrie and Dularge, according to a local fishing guide.

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April 30 at 9:21 am
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Speckled trout, shrimp arriving now in Little Lake, Manila Village near Lafitte

Speckled trout and shrimp are just now starting to arrive near Lafitte, but the weather has made it tough to get in a good trip, according to a local fishing guide.

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April 29 at 9:33 am
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Vidrine switches to popping cork to pursue Grand Isle specks

Speckled trout started arriving in large numbers around Grand Isle last week, and that could only mean one thing: Carl “Tommy” Vidrine wasn’t very far behind.

The 51-year-old from Baton Rouge who loves to target big specks got to his camp last Tuesday, and despite days of persistent windy weather, managed to put together some good trips with some solid trout.

Vidrine catching nice trout certainly isn’t unusual — what’s different is that most of the specks he caught last week were under a popping cork on the north side of Grand Isle and Grand Terre.

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April 27 at 2:59 pm
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Final day to comment on potential Mississippi bull red harvest plan

Today is the final day for the public to comment on a controversial plan that would allow Mississippi for-hire vessels to harvest 30,000 pounds of bull reds in federal waters.

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April 23 at 2:12 pm
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Texas man arrested in connection with alleged illegal oyster sales in Terrebonne Parish

A tip about someone selling oysters from an unrefrigerated truck in Houma on Sunday led to the arrest of a Texas man accused of theft and numerous seafood-related violations, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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April 23 at 9:01 am
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April winds influencing trout bite out of Dularge

Speckled trout are biting out of Dularge, but when the wind is blowing it’s been tough to find a consistent pattern. 

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April 23 at 7:09 am
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Blue Wave joins Sportsman TV team

Blue Wave has long been the vessel of choice for many Louisiana fishing guides, and now the family-owned Oklahoma bay boat company has signed on as a sponsor of Sportsman TV.

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April 21 at 3:20 pm
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