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Strong winds make redfish the main target out of Dularge

Strong south and southeast winds out of Dularge have dampened the speckled trout bite and forced fishermen to move into interior duck ponds to target redfish, according to a local guide.

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June 15 at 12:15 pm
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Lake Pontchartrain’s trout-fishing cycle

While John Falterman happily accepts charters for any species that swims in the big lake and its connecting waters, his specialty is speckled trout — certainly Louisianan’s favorite saltwater fish. 

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Pick glow/chartreuse plastics when you can

There’s no doubt Capt. Chris Pike is mainly going to throw live shrimp during June, but if he gets the opportunity to throw a soft plastic, there’s also no doubt what color it will be.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Get out early for Delacroix’s outside trout

Of all the decisions to be made when fishing outside of Delacroix, Capt. Chris Pike insisted that picking your first spot and getting there early is on top of the list.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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How the Fishing for Memories Rodeo began

The Fishing for Memories benefit rodeo based out of Intracoastal City is the biggest of big deals for the combined Menard-Boothe family.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Reach for the STAR

Two years ago, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, I was having breakfast at a local restaurant in Denham Springs. My cell phone rang. It was my buddy Steve Lee.

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June 10 at 9:00 am
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Capt. Paul's Fishing Edge: Like candy for your GPS

If you’re trying to track down speckled trout in a new area — or if you’re just trying to locate a spot where everyone’s catching that you can’t find — Capt. Paul’s Fishing Edge has the exact information you need to be successful.

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June 09 at 4:30 pm
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Great taxidermy tips for fish mounts

Just from the bite, you can tell it’s a good one, far more aggressive than previous strikes of the day. The bend in your rod and the screaming drag indicate this fish has some shoulders. 

And all at once, the possibilities are flying through your head: Is this my personal best? Maybe even a state record? 

After a moment that seemed to take years, the big brute finally tires and is brought boat-side, where it’s quickly netted and welcomed aboard. 

The boat erupts in high fives and smiles, but the behemoth flopping around on the deck is likely already jeopardizing the quality of the mount you might seek from your local professional taxidermist. 

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June 08 at 4:25 pm
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Fresh water, high Mississippi River levels make trout harder to find out of Venice

Unusually high water levels on the Mississippi River right now are making speckled trout tougher to find out of Venice, according to a fishing guide.

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June 04 at 5:59 am
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Guide changes hooks to catch more speckled trout

For better or for worse, a fishing guide’s day is all about results and filling up the box.

So when Capt. Jakamo Laboureur —a longtime user of a No. 1 kahle hook to catch speckled trout out of Shell Beach — decided to switch hooks this spring, it wasn’t a decision he made lightly.

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June 02 at 4:36 pm
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Kayak angler shares story of catching first official 2015 CCA STAR-tagged redfish

Jonathan Craft knew a CCA-Louisiana STAR-tagged redfish had been caught and released on the north side of Grand Isle by an unregistered angler over the Memorial Day weekend, so he figured it wouldn’t hurt to work the rocks for a while there on his way back to the kayak launch Saturday morning to see if he could score a brand new Chevy Silverado.

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June 01 at 7:33 pm
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Stupid fishing

“Ya wanna go fishing, Stupid?” the voice rang from up the aisle at the Louisiana Sportsman’s Show in Gonzales.

The cherubic face it came from had an innocent smile on it.

“Wa-whaaat?” I stammered in reply.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Last stop — How to fish east of Cocodrie in a small boat

Let’s start with a confession: I have an issue with hard-headedness. It spans well beyond fishing, but for this purpose we’ll focus on fishing — specifically the lifelong pursuit of all things speckled trout.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Running in circles — Where to limit out on Galliano, Golden Meadow trout and reds

The plan was to meet at Basson’s Boat Launch in Galliano, where Capt. Mike “Rippin Lip” Guidry would be waiting with Capt. T-Man Cheramie.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Bastian Bay Blast — Best bets for Port Sulphur and Empire trout, reds and drum

Scarlett O’Hara often got this look. But poor Ashley Wilkes never noticed. Glenn Close got it in Fatal Sttraction, and Michael Douglas caught it in the nick of time.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Get Out — Keys for catching Delacroix trout this summer

I can’t tell you how many times I walk through my house during summer to find my kids plopped on the couch Instagramming, Snapchatting, Facebooking or watching plain, old-fashioned television.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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