Inshore Fishing

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Speckled trout bite on fire out of Dularge

The speckled trout action out of Dularge right now is the best May bite Capt. Bill Lake has seen in at least 10 years.

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May 22 at 9:30 am
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Three men convicted of oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish, LDWF says

Judge Randy Bethancourt found three Houma men guilty of oyster violations on Monday in connection with an incident on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation late last year, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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May 21 at 10:40 am
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How do you estimate the weight of a redfish?

The story of the catch and release May 15 of what would almost certainly have been a Louisiana state-record redfish evoked a predictable response on social media — cries that the fish in the photo just couldn't be big enough to make the record books, much less shatter the current 61-pound state record.

"Looks like a 30- to 35-pound fish," Facebook fan Murphy Spell said.

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May 19 at 12:45 pm
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Potential No. 1 redfish caught, released in Venice

A giant redfish that would have almost certainly broken the current state record was caught — and then released — last Friday afternoon in Venice along the shoreline outside of South Pass.

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May 19 at 11:32 am
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Louisiana's Top 10 May trout hotspots

Speckled trout should be practically begging to get into your ice chests this month — if you know where to focus your efforts.

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May 18 at 3:04 pm
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Slamming speckled trout with live croakers

I’ve had the opportunity to catch speckled trout any number of ways: under a popping cork, on plastic paddle-tail lures and artificial shrimp, throwing topwaters and jerkbaits and on Carolina and drop-shot rigs outfitted with live shrimp — but never, ever by free-lining live croakers.

So when Tommy "Carl" Vidrine texted me last week with an unexpected invitation to join him Thursday morning on Grand Isle with his 24-foot NauticStar’s livewell full of croakers from Bridge Side Marina, I jumped at the chance.†

And boy, am I glad I did.†

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May 17 at 7:28 pm
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Which way do we go?

Fishing kayaks become more sophisticated every day. Although conceptually a minimalist sport, kayak anglers are now incorporating many of the features found on modern powerboats.

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May 15 at 6:52 pm
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Broussard angler lands 7-pound speck on Grand Isle

Jordan Musso was actually more focused on helping his dad land a redfish than he was on his own line when his popping cork vanished Thursday morning near the tip of the Caminada Pass jetties at Grand Isle.

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May 15 at 3:46 pm
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Tippets

Speckled trout should begin their peak run starting this month. Along the beaches, waders can have success tossing chartreuse/white Clouser Minnows. In the marsh, topwater action will be good early using Perch Float Poppers or Bob’s Bangers in green/white or chartreuse, or Skipping Bugs in red/white.†

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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How to use crankbaits for Pointe a la Hache trout

Chris Danos is a dyed-in-the-wool cork fisherman when throwing artificial baits. And his results in putting fish on the cleaning table more than offset any thoughts that he should radically change his approach.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Breaking bulls

Large redfish, often called “bull reds,” have a terrible reputation as knife killers. The large, sturdy rib bones can defeat both manual and electric knives.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Rigging up for paddle-board fishing

Rigging to fish from a paddle board involves some special gear — some conventional kayaking gear and some things that any fisherman would have.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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History of the MRGO rocks

The MRGO “long” rocks were once considered the longest rock jetty in the USA, stretching out for 8 miles to the edge of Breton Sound.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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How to fish for speckled trout at the MRGO rocks

Trout, redfish, sheepshead, drum, ladyfish, jacks, sharks and a variety of other species call the rocks at the end of the MRGO home. And, while anglers can catch fish along them all year round, the real season for the rocks kicks off this month.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Top 10 surf-fishing tips

If reports of solid speckled trout in the surf at Elmer’s Island and Grand Isle have you considering abandoning your boat and hitting the beach this summer, there are a few key tips to consider to make your trip a success.

So Louisiana Sportsman contacted two veteran surf-fishing anglers — Sammy Romano and Jared Pennison — and picked their brains to come up with their Top 10 keys to success from the sand.

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May 13 at 1:52 pm
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Speckled trout bite solid out of Shell Beach

The speckled trout bite has been consistent out of Shell Beach, and Capt. Jakamo Laboureur said his recent switch to a live bait hook under a popping cork is helping him put more fish in the box.

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May 13 at 11:20 am
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