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Topwater lures provide explosive, heart-stopping action and nearly always produce larger fish. The best times are generally early morning or late evening, but don’t rule out throwing one in the middle of the day.

It’s topwater trout time

And a ‘yak is the perfect platform for a stealthy approach
May 18 at 9:00am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney, left, and Bernie Reed of Reed's Metals, enjoyed a great day of bass fishing on Lake Okhissa near Brookhaven, Miss. on the latest episode of Sportsman TV, which airs tonight at 6:30 p.m. on CST.

Brand new Sportsman TV: Bass fishing in Lake Okhissa

Check out the latest episode tonight at 6:30 on CST
May 17 at 2:10pm
Louisiana Sportsman publisher Tony Taylor shows off a nice speck caught on a recent trip with Tommy Vidrine free-lining live shrimp at the Caminada Pass Jetty on Grand Isle.

Video: Fishing for big Grand Isle specks with Tommy Vidrine

Free-lining live shrimp at the Caminada Pass Jetty means hammer trout
May 17 at 10:43am
Capt. Sean Thornton caught this 9-pound redfish in Bay Round on a topwater lure.

Trout fishing looking up in Lafitte

Speck action expected to pick up
May 16 at 3:29pm

Marsh Man Masson survival vid: We don't catch, we don't eat

A whole other level of fishing pressure.
May 16 at 3:18pm
After failing in a House vote on April 23, legislation that would have raised hunting and fishing license fees — and provided almost $7 million dollars annually for the LDWF — has been pulled from the calendar for this legislative session.

Hunting and fishing license fee increase bill dies in House

Zeringue: 2019 legislation likely to include recreational, commercial sectors in single package
May 16 at 3:08pm
From the left, Mexican Gulf Fishing Company’s Capt. Zach Lewis, mate Tanner Noakly, Capt. Kevin Beach and mate Clayton Walters pose with the 528-pound (left) and 543-pound bluefin tuna they caught May 3 about 35 miles south of Port Eads.

Two big bluefin caught out of Venice

Mexican Gulf captains bring in a couple of 500-plus-pounders
May 15 at 10:26am
The ‘potato chip lip’ on Rapala’s Scatter Rap Glass Shad creates erratic movement gamefish just can’t resist.

Rapala’s Scatter Rap Glass Shad

'Potato chip lip’ is the secret to lure’s wobble
May 15 at 9:00am
Sometimes — for whatever reason — speckled trout just won’t commit to your topwater presentation. When that happens, Capt. Nick Poe switches to a twitchbait, then opts for a soft plastic on an ⅛-ounce jighead if the fish are really finicky.

Topwater troubles?

If you’re getting blowups but no hookups, try these tips
May 15 at 7:00am
These croakers were caught in deep water using drop-shot rigs and small pieces of market shrimp.

The ol’ croaker hole

May 15 at 7:00am
First time offshore anglers should be aware that they are required to hold a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit before red snapper fishing.

A fisheries football

May 15 at 7:00am
Scott Pelas calls his Minn Kota I-Pilot trolling motor critical to successfully fishing for red snapper in open waters.

Keep it legal

May 15 at 7:00am

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