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Redfish action heating up at Cypremort Point

Anglers familiar with the Cypremort Point area know about the big influence the Atchafalaya River level has on the fishing there, and this summer has been no exception.

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July 15 at 10:58 am
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Old-school jetty trout-fishing tactic

Not everyone has the luxury of decades of experience in locating intricate and productive incongruities along the bottom.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

On the coast, most of the action for speckled trout will come in the surf or in the larger lakes and bays. Start with poppers — such as Skipping Bugs — at first light. Around midmorning, switch to sinking flies. In the surf, that would be either a Deep Clouser or weighted Seaducer pattern. Let the fly sink for 10 seconds; then strip. Inland, that would be a clouser or weighted shrimp pattern about 30 inches under a VOSI.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Trout trailers

Success, as usual in the artificial lure manufacturing business — or anything else, for that matter —  begats success.

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July 14 at 4:00 pm
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Apex Predator: Use red snapper and de-barbed hardheads to catch more cobia

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Cobia are one of my favorite fish to catch, but with only a 16-foot bay boat, my days at trying to get these tasty fish are very limited.

So I make sure to have the most enticing bait that no cobia can resist: barb-less hardhead catfish.

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July 13 at 4:40 pm
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Use live croakers, artificial shrimp now for Grand Isle specks

The speckled trout bite is still going strong on Grand Isle, but anglers might want to consider fishing with croakers or a plastic imitation shrimp now because of all the bait stealers present, according to a local fisherman.

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July 10 at 3:45 pm
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True trophy speckled trout limited so far in 2015

No matter how big speckled trout might get in our dreams, the fact of the matter is Leon Mattes’ 12.38-pounder taken 65 year ago looks like it will remain as the No. 1 Louisiana speckled trout ever — at least for another year.

The spawning period for specks in Louisiana’s coastal waters pretty much ends in September, and an inspection of the state’s Top 10 trout indicates seven of them were taken in the months of April and May. 

So on paper, at least, history indicates the prime time for catching a 30-inch speckled trout has passed. 

But how does 2015 rank with trophy trout taken so far this spring and summer? We talked to guides across the coast to gauge their success so far this year, as well as find out what they suggest to catch a late-season lunker.

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July 09 at 3:25 pm
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Target back side of Timbalier Island with live shrimp for July trout action out of Cocodrie

Capt. Tommy Pellegrin would typically be patrolling the beach side of Timbalier Island in early July, looking for birds diving and shrimp jumping to target speckled trout out of Cocodrie.

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July 08 at 2:33 pm
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Southwest Louisiana anglers find tripletail outside Cameron jetties

Sight-fishing isn’t limited to reds in the marsh this time of year along the Louisiana coast.

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July 06 at 4:58 pm
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Use a snell knot for more offshore hookups

Sometimes little things can make a big difference in fishing, and Capt. Tommy Pellegrin firmly believes snelling circle hooks offshore has a direct correlation to the number of fish coming over his gunnels.

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July 02 at 2:15 pm
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Big Lake specks moving to deeper water

Rising water temperatures have Big Lake speckled trout making their annual July move to deeper water now, according to a fishing guide.

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July 01 at 6:33 pm
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Iberia Rod and Gun Club to host 62nd annual saltwater rodeo at Cypremort Point

For the first time in several years, the 62nd annual Iberia Rod and Gun Club’s 4th of July saltwater rodeo will feature a kayak division at Cypremort Point.

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July 01 at 9:25 am
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Rock candy — How to fish jetties and load up on trout

It wasn’t the size of the white caps nor the impact they had on the 24-foot bay boat. Both were negligible in the comfort of the ride as we traversed the open water that solid land dominated only 20 years ago ­— maybe less.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Go west — How to catch fish in western Lake Pontchartrain

Pelayo grimaced and pointed with his chin toward Artie, who was casting from the bow. I couldn’t see Artie’s face, but Pelayo could. Hence his grimace.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Borgne to be wild — How to catch specks and reds in the Lake Borgne area

“Get your motor running, get out on the highway, looking for adventure, and whatever comes our way.” — Steppenwolf

Back in 1967, Steppenwolf recorded their hit song Born to be Wild. It is, to this day, considered by many to be a ground-breaking song, the first in what would become the “heavy metal” genre.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Jesuit's Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo set for June 26-27

Registration will be open until noon on Wednesday, June 24 for the 23rd Jesuit Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo, highlighted this year by three of the top speckled trout anglers in the state participating in the weigh-in festivities at John Ryan Stadium in Metairie.

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June 19 at 9:40 am
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