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Delacroix’s Fall Festival — Trout, redish action picks up this month

Imagine my surprise to find long-time Golden Meadow charter Capt. Chad Dufrene fishing out of Delacroix Island — not just occasionally, but full time.

Dufrene has put down roots, built a camp and now calls Delacroix his home port.

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November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Breaking the language barrier — Expert tips for specklebelly goose hunting

“If it doesn’t fire you up to see a group of specks come in your face, flying 15 yards over your head with their feet down — and you’re looking into their eyes and you see the bars light up in the sun — if that doesn’t fire you up, then you don’t need to be out here.”

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November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Trestle tramps — How one couple fishes the Trestles for trout

“She’s ate up with fishing!” the man said. “She starts texting me about noon to go fishing. She’s the honey badger of fishing: She just takes what she wants!”

Tom Cresson was talking about the attractive brunette in his boat, his wife Karen.

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November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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The Seafood Bible: In-laws found a kinship in the kitchen

Collette Weaver and Ron Harris are in-laws. They married siblings, but share interests in fishing and food, and are better described as friends than relatives. Both are mischievous and talkative. 

Both live in Slidell, Ron in Lake Village and Collette in Eden Isles.

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October 29, 2015 at 9:00 am
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When will Lake Pontchartrain's 'World Series Trout Run' begin?

Game One of the 2015 World Series is set for next Tuesday, Oct. 27 — but don’t expect this year’s fabled “World Series Trout Run” on Lake Pontchartrain to perfectly coincide with baseball’s Fall Classic.

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October 21, 2015 at 6:58 pm
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Unique green-colored speckled trout caught in Bay St. Louis

The phrase “green trout” has long been a euphemism for marsh bass, but it turns out speckled trout really can turn green — or it seems at least remotely possible, according to a biologist who reviewed a photo posted in the LouisianaSportsman.com reports section.

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October 15, 2015 at 10:02 am
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Capt. Rykert Toledano’s tips for night specks

1) Try to fish on a moonlit night.

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October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Zeroing in on Lake Pontchartrain specks

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway consists of two spans of bridge, each 24 miles long. That’s a lot of bridge.

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October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Tips for fly-fishing

Down on the coast, it’s prime time for speckled trout. A weighted clouser or shrimp pattern suspended 2 to 3 feet under a VOSI (a fly rodder’s popping cork) will work great over reefs, and in cuts, canals and bayous. 

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October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Speckled trout 'on fire' out of Cypremort Point

It took a while for the speckled trout bite to turn on out of Cypremort Point this year, but October’s arrival — along with a couple of pretty nice cool fronts — has finally done the trick.

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October 13, 2015 at 10:46 am
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Gubernatorial Q&A: Scott Angelle

Editor's Note: Early voting for the Oct. 24 Louisiana gubernatorial election is going on now at parish registrar of voters offices through this Saturday, Oct. 17.

Four major candidates are vying to replace Gov. Bobby Jindal: Republicans Scott Angelle, Jay Dardenne and David Vitter, and Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Louisiana Sportsman magazine asked each candidate to answer some basic questions about how their administration would approach outdoor issues, ranging from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to coastal erosion.

We will run each candidate’s responses online this week, starting alphabetically with Scott Angelle. 

No matter who you ultimately select, please make sure to go out and vote.

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October 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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Top 3 Shell Beach transition trout tips

Transitioning speckled trout are on the proverbial doorstep at Shell Beach, but they haven’t quite yet come on in and committed to interior marshes, according to a local fishing guide.

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October 12, 2015 at 11:30 am
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Trout action ignites inside Delacroix

I just returned from a trip with Capt. Mike Wittich in Delacroix Island, where we put a three-man limit of specks in the boat before noon. 

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October 07, 2015 at 4:11 am
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Mississippi Monsters — Top fishing tips for Mississippi River catfish

It looked like a sea monster when it first came up.

The wide, slate-gray body did a rolling churn when it surfaced in the turbid Mississippi River water.

This was good!

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October 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Monster Mash — Catching Lake Pontchartrain’s Halloween trout

“Most people have never seen a 5-pound speckled trout. They call a 2 ½-pound fish 5 pounds. I know that because they do it on my boat all the time. A 5-pound trout is huge!”

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October 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Hooked! Fishing guide shares tips for trout success at Shell Beach, Hopedale

I think the first time I fished with Capt. Tim “Hook” Ursin Jr. was back in the early to mid-1990s. At the time he was running his charter service out of the End of the World Marina on Delacroix Island — and we were both a lot younger then.

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October 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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