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Capt. Mike Gallo runs into nice speckled trout along the structures in Lake Borgne.

Lake Borgne is a bona fide June trout hotspot

Outside fishing in the summertime is popular among South Louisiana anglers, and a large portion of fishermen fill up the boat and make a long haul to Breton Sound.

Go there on a weekend in June and you likely can walk from vessel to vessel.

June 24 at 10:30am
LDWF secretary Charlie Melancon has came out against Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress that would give management authority of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states, saying the program could be too costly to implement without any federal assistance.

Melancon opposes bill giving Gulf states control of red snapper management

A surprise statement this week from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon opposing a bill in Congress that would transfer management of red snapper from the federal government to the five Gulf states has dented the previously unified front between the LDWF and Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana, which has long-advocated for the switch on behalf of recreational anglers.

June 22 at 4:38pm
The father and son Bruce team show their pleasure at being on feeding fish.

How Tony Bruce caught the fever

Tony Bruce has done a lot of things in his 63 years. He was a school teacher and coach, owned an offshore oil-field boat rental business and developed property in Zachary for the Copper Mill Golf Course. 

June 15 at 7:00am
Live bait and boat positioning are the keys to effectively fishing the Venice rigs.

Best trophy trout fishing tips

Fishing offshore rigs for speckled trout is different than what most anglers experience fishing in marshes, lakes and bays.

June 15 at 7:00am
Tony Bruce’s STAR-winning speckled trout weighed 7.8 pounds.

Bruce finally scores STAR win

They say good things happen to nice guys.

On July 24, 2015, forty-nine days after our fishing trip — while fishing with trophy trout greats Ed Sexton and Dudley Vandenborre in the Faux Pas Lodge Invitational Rodeo — Tony Bruce finally caught his STAR-winning speckled trout.

June 15 at 7:00am
The playful Ruffin brothers, Jerry on left and Jimmy on right, each try to make their mangrove snapper larger than the other by holding theirs closer to the camera.

Why fish offshore of Louisiana?

Over a ritual pretrip supper with relatives at Leeville Seafood Restaurant in Leeville, Ricky Ruffin talked about his love affair with Louisiana fishing and cooking.

June 15 at 7:00am
Both redfish and speckled trout can still be found on the inside using live shrimp. Capt. Mark Munson targets points on rising tides, and cuts on falling tides.

Still plenty trout, redfish inside during June

For most anglers, Shell Beach is a pretty good hike. If you make the run, you want to be able to catch fish in different wind scenarios. 

June 15 at 7:00am
Kevin Diez (front) and Gene Hoover have been friends for many years and love to fish in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The making of two Atchafalaya Basin bass-fishing experts

Kevin Diez is an old friend.

I first met him fishing. We were both belly deep in the water at Elmer’s Island, clobbering speckled trout and white trout.

We were the only two on the island and the fishing was easy, so we started talking.

June 15 at 7:00am
The author with two typical sized trout taken on fly in the surf at Grand Isle.

Fly fishing tips

For CCA members hoping to place an entry in the STAR tournament Fly Rod Division, June is the best month to register a larger-than-14-inch trout. As summer wears on, and water temperatures rise, larger specks become more selective in their feeding habits — and less likely to eat flies.

June 15 at 7:00am
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, used his doubled-over four-turn improved clinch knot on the lure when he caught this spadefish.

Apex Predator's top fluorocarbon knots

With so many uncontrollable factors when fishing, one thing I can control is my knot choice — so I try to use the most efficient knots possible to put the odds in my favor. 

June 10 at 2:21pm
Capt. Chad Dufrene said conditions are much more conducive to catching Black Bay trout this year compared to 2015.

June means trout in Black Bay

The Delacroix fishing outlook is far better this year than in 2015, said Capt. Chad Dufrene (985-637-6357). 

June 08 at 4:14pm
The 22nd Annual ASA Fishing Rodeo will be held this Sunday, June 12 out of Breton Sound Marina. Fishing begins at sunrise anywhere, and weigh-in will be from 12 to 2.

22nd ASA Fishing Rodeo slated for Sunday, June 12

The 22nd annual ASA Fishing Rodeo — which raises funds for students seeking a degree in Motor Vehicle Technology at Delgado Community College — will be held this Sunday, June 12 out of Breton Sound Marina. 

June 07 at 10:44pm
Completing the Cajun slam requires catching a speck, red and flounder. Vlad Moldoveanu got it done and won second place in PaddlePalooza XIII, taking home a 2016 Hobie Outback as his prize.

Cajun slams abound at PaddlePalooza XIII

Twelve years and 13 tournaments later, PaddlePalooza XIII proves kayak tournaments in South Louisiana are the real deal.

June 07 at 8:19pm
The brand new Matrix Mullet 4-inch topwater bait — shown here in purple rain — retails for $7.99 and has already proven itself by catching some big time speckled trout.

Matrix Mullet topwater lure hits the market

After almost 10 months of on-the-water experimentation — and countless hook changes, weight adjustments and buoyancy tweaks — Matrix Shad soft plastic paddletail creator Chas Champagne last week rolled out a brand new topwater lure called the Matrix Mullet that’s already developing quite a reputation for snagging big speckled trout.

June 07 at 1:25pm
Capt. Brian Sherman with Kayak Venice said June is a great month to target speckled trout and redfish via kayak out of Joshua’s Marina in Buras because fish are typically not far from the launch.

Great kayak angling options in Buras

In a typical kayak, there just isn’t a whole lot of extra room for a vast array of pre-rigged rods, or multiple tackle boxes crammed with an insane variety of hooks, topwater lures, soft plastics and other items you never use but couldn’t pass up during your last visit down the fishing aisle.

For the most part, it’s a minimalist sport — which makes Buras an ideal June location for speckled trout and redfish because of both close paddling proximity, and the ease of using artificial lures this month.

June 07 at 8:29am
Tommy Vidrine shows off a couple of hammer speckled trout he caught free-lining at the Caminada Pass jetties. June is a great month to catch trout around the island with live croakers, he said.

Free-line live croakers this month for big Grand Isle specks

June is typically a banner month for speckled trout on Grand Isle, but don’t plan on enjoying the island life and sleeping in if you intend on catching specks this month.

June 06 at 7:43pm