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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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Top 6 speckled trout baits you have to have

May is when everything really begins to come together to produce great trout fishing conditions. Warming weather pushes water temps up. The rivers begin to subside from spring rains and snow melts up north.

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May 18 at 2:51 pm
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Swimbait hook transforms craw worms

While chatting with Z-Man’s Glenn Young during the recent Louisiana Sportsman Show, I picked up one of the rod segments and started hopping one of the lures in the booth’s water tank.

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May 18 at 7:00 am
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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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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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Keep wading gear simple for trout fishing

Waders often cover so much ground they can hardly see their boat when they turn back around. This means they’ve got to carry everything they might need with them.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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LDWF announces 2015 alligator lottery hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is conducting a lottery to award alligator tags to provide the general public with harvest opportunities.

According to a press release, a random computer drawing from eligible hunters submitting applications will determine who receives tags from five Coastal and Nongame Resources Division Wildlife Management Areas, 15 Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and 25 public lakes for the 2015 harvest.

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May 13 at 3:29 pm
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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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LDWF agent assists in saving 3-year-old boy found face down in swimming pool

An enforcement agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enjoyed a Mother’s Day he won’t soon forget on Sunday.

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May 12 at 5:29 pm
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Husband and wife plead guilty to fishing license fraud

A New Orleans couple pleaded guilty Monday to recreational fishing license fraud in a scheme to collect money for false claims after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a press release.

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May 12 at 10:42 am
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Marksville man busted for alleged thefts on Spring Bayou WMA

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested a 19-year-old Marksville man accused of stealing money from the self-pay campsite box on Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.

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May 11 at 11:51 am
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Body of missing River Ridge boater found Saturday in Rattlesnake Bayou

Search and rescue crews found the body of a River Ridge man Saturday afternoon, just hours after he apparently was ejected from his boat on Rattlesnake Bayou in Plaquemines Parish.

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May 11 at 11:04 am
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Elmer's Island surf yielding huge speckled trout

Jovi Theriot was a little battered and bruised Saturday morning after getting pounded in the surf for more than five hours on Elmer’s Island— including several encounters with the business end of his topwater’s treble hooks — but he was happy with a day that yielded four huge speckled trout all in the 4- to 6-pound range.

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May 11 at 9:38 am
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550-pound marlin landed by crew on 24-foot boat

A 550-pound blue marlin was landed by the crew of a 24-foot boat last week, but not before it towed the Key West center console for about 11 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

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May 08 at 1:33 pm
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May speckled trout techniques: The Carolina rig

For years, the standard way to present live bait to trout feeding in surf, around rocks or in deeper water has been a plain old bottom rig - also known as a Carolina rig.

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May 08 at 12:39 pm
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