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Trout Masters excerpt: Trolling for trout on Lake Pontchartrain

Harry Hildebrand is known for modifying his artificial lures with yellow and red paint to simulate blood and trigger instinctual bites from predatory trout.

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September 29 at 5:45 am
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Quality speckled trout not back in Lake Pontchartrain — yet

Wednesday marked September’s new moon, and Capt. Mike Gallo feels like it won’t be too much longer before quality speckled trout start migrating back into Lake Pontchartrain.

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September 25 at 5:45 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Finding trophy trout on Calcasieu Lake

Calcasieu Lake definitely has an annual trout cycle, and few know it better than the co-owners of the Hackberry Rod and Gun Club. 

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September 22 at 5:45 am
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Expert thoughts on fly rods and reels

Fly rods are numbered by weight. The heavier the rod, the larger the weight number.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

September is a month of transition as water temperatures begin to drop: slowly at first, due to radiative cooling, and a bit more toward the end of the month as cool fronts invade the state.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Pursuing big specks with live croakers

Pursuing trophy trout can be a slow, pain-staking process - but Charlie Lieux would rather catch five big fish than 25 2- or 3-pounders.

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September 15 at 5:45 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Big trout at Big Lake

Jeff and Mary Poe are veteran Big Lake speckled trout anglers.

Lake Calcasieu has long been known as home to some of the biggest specks in the state, but it’s a unique place to fish where local knowledge is key.

In this excerpt from Trout Masters: How Louisiana Anglers Catch the Lunkers, the Poes discuss Big Lake’s annual trout cycle.

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September 08 at 5:45 am
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Mopping up on monster mangroves

During the dog days of summer, Grand Isle’s Trout Master sometimes turns his attention away from chasing specks just long enough to head offshore in pursuit of different prey.

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September 04 at 5:44 pm
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Marrero man sentenced for commercial fishing violations, LDWF says

A 30-year-old Marrero man who took undercover agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on chartered fishing trips without a charter boat license pleaded  guilty last week to numerous commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.Read More...
September 02 at 9:53 am
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Shell Beach serenade — Biloxi Marsh gives up fall redfish action

Pelayo’s scouting report was as bleak as the LDWF’s aerial report. And both destroyed the giddy forecasts from DU and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife folks.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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The Fly Guy —Fly-fishing advice on how to catch Marsh Island reds

Keith Richard never had a chance at figuring out what was going on when he walked into Stillwater Outfitters fishing guide Steve Smith’s Cypremort Point camp.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Unforsaken Fourchon — How to fish for Fourchon Beach trout

So it’s been a slow season for trout. The usual summer slam we expect every year never quite materialized, and anglers and guides alike have scratched their heads, wondering if this season is an ominous portend of things to come.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Finding prime speckled trout spots near Seabrook

Fishing out of Seabrook, the mouth of the Inner Harbor Canal to Lake Ponchartrain, Allen “Chink” Sumas Jr. once caught nine speckled trout that weighed-in at 9 to 9 ½ pounds - in a single day.

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August 27 at 9:08 pm
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Redfish bite red hot out of Dularge, guide says

The redfish bite remains red hot in Dularge, while speckled trout are tough to find unless you have access to live bait.

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August 26 at 6:20 pm
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Trout Masters excerpt: 'Mr. Official' lands big Grand Isle specks

Grand Isle trout fisherman Terry St. Cyr is competitive on and off the water, but his passion is catching speckled trout.

Big-time speckled trout.

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August 25 at 5:45 am
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Vidrine’s speck calendar

Tommy Vidrine’s speckled trout fishing calendar is broken into three segments, and how and where he fishes is different for each period.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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