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Wicked trolling — How to troll Lake Pontchartrain’s Causeway

Imagine my surprise when I got a late-February call from Capt. Andy Jones, who said he was not just catching trout on the Causeway but that he was spanking them — and nice trout, at that.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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The Forgotten Lake — Tips for Lake Borgne success

It seems that in every family there is one child who gets all the attention. The kids are outspoken, witty and interesting. At family gatherings, they keep everyone entertained.

Then there is the other child: quiet and bashful, sitting in the shadows.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Gorillaville ­— Surf-fishing tips for Elmer’s Island

“Cripes Sammy! How can you take it?” I asked. “The water has got to be freezing cold in April.”

Sammy Romano flashed his famous ear-to-ear grin.

“Man-up! You just man-up to it!” Romano said. “Besides, it’s not really cold until you get out.”

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Hopedale augur — Trout and redfish tips for April success

With not a ripple on the surface or a cloud in the sky, Capt. Charlie Thomason took his bay boat down a shoreline of Hopedale. 

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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‘Line-stretch trick’ removes twists, curlycues from monofilament line

With fishing about to kick into high gear, now’s the time to take care of some routine rod and reel maintenance, and get spooled up with fresh, brand new line for the spring.

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March 24 at 8:53 am
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A better way to hook market shrimp

If you’re like me, you probably never gave much thought to how you actually hook dead shrimp when you’re targeting redfish. 

After all, they’re bullish bottom feeders with a great sense of smell — what difference could it possibly make, right?

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March 21 at 5:15 pm
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Speck action already heating up on the backside of Grand Isle

Tommy Vidrine’s speckled trout trip Thursday on the back side of Grand Isle — along with the incredible amount of bait he saw — already has him chomping at the bit for what could be a very special springtime run.

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March 18 at 11:43 am
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Minimum lures, maximum fishing results

Would you ever leave the launch with only six lures? That’s exactly what more than 100 kayak anglers did recently, and the results were impressive.

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March 18 at 9:00 am
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The best way to ice fish

Yeah, Kerry Audibert likes to fish for big speckled trout — prestige fish. But he also loves to eat fish, so he treats his catch like food.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Four reasons why you should fish sheepshead this month

Speckled trout are, without a doubt, coastal marsh fishing’s glamour species. They are challenging to catch consistently but have liberal limits.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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How to clean a sheepshead

Sheepshead are a delight on the table. But all too many sportsmen throw them back, shuddering at the thought of cleaning a fish with more spines than a porcupine.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Billy, bass and boudin

Billy Billeaud fishes 50 to 60 days a year — all for bass, except for bream excursions he and his wife Michele have begun making to Toledo Bend Reservoir, where they have a camp.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

Wind-wise, March comes in like a lion, but leaves like a lamb. If the “lamb” arrives early, this could be a great month for fly-casters who love to chase the poisson rouge!

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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More freshwater for Lake Pontchartrain will make spring trout fishing tough

Just two months after the Bonnet Carre Spillway opened — and poured fresh Mississippi River water into Lake Pontchartrain for about three weeks earlier this winter — the estuary faces yet another inundation of freshwater from rain-swollen rivers on the North Shore.

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March 14 at 12:00 pm
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Speckled trout anglers: Beware the Ides of March

Although the Ides of March — March 15 — didn’t exactly turn out well for Julius Caesar, the middle of the month can actually be an awesome time to target speckled trout on topwater lures and jerkbaits.

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March 11 at 8:13 am
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No vehicle access to east side of Elmer’s Island beginning March 21

Anglers used to driving on Elmer’s Island to partake in surf fishing for speckled trout later in the spring better be prepared to walk — access to the east side of the island will be restricted while active construction continues on the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project.

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March 10 at 2:13 pm
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