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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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Strong southeast winds, dirty water don't dampen speckled trout bite at the Trestles

Gusty southeast winds blowing steady 15 to 20, water the color of a café au lait, steady rollers and a ripping incoming tide — ideal conditions to hammer speckled trout with plastics at the Trestles, right?

Actually, no.

In fact, definitely not.

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May 07 at 9:51 am
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May speckled trout techniques: The sliding cork

Capt. Eric Dumas probably wouldn’t go so far as to compare fishing corks with golf clubs – you know, a specialized cork for many different situations – but he does understand that using the right cork at the right time helps him catch more speckled trout.

For Dumas, the right cork is a sliding cork when he finds himself fishing anywhere from 10 to 20 feet with some kind of shelf between those two depths.

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May 07 at 2:37 am
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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 06 at 4:10 pm
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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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May 05 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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The grab bag — Offshore fly fishing tips

On the ride to Golden Meadow, I scratched my head and rubbed my chin. I didn’t know what I had let myself in for. 

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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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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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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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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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From Chalmette to Dulage

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In this episode of Sportsman TV we went chasing after speckled trout with two of Louisiana's best fishing guides.

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April 30 at 6:00 pm
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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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