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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 ˝ 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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Philosophy of a predator

“I try to think like a fish,” said Tommy Vidrine, dark eyes burning fiercely. “A predator like a trout is different than a redfish. They will be a predator and a scavenger. Speckled trout are always predators.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Lake Maurepas is a big, little-known lake

Lake Maurepas is a big lake — actually the second-largest lake fully in Louisiana after its big brother Lake Pontchartrain, which lies immediately to the east of Maurepas.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Best August trout bait

Shrimp are kings of summertime trout fishing — everyone knows that.

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August 14 at 5:36 pm
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Speckled trout bite this fall could be extra-special, guide says

The dog days of August already have Capt. Mike Gallo looking forward to the cooler, crisper days to come later this fall.

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August 14 at 5:18 pm
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Trout Masters excerpt: Using soft plastics to catch big trout out of Cypremort Point

David ‘T-Coon’ Billeaud is not a fan of live bait.

He routinely uses soft plastics exclusively to catch big trout around Cypremort Point. 

In this excerpt from Trout Masters: How Louisiana Anglers Catch the Lunkers, Billeaud discusses his favorite lures, jigheads and the tidal movement he prefers to catch more specks.  

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August 13 at 5:21 pm
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Yakupzack appointed to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

A Lake Charles attorney has been appointed to the at-large seat on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission vacated by the resignation of Will Drost in June.

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August 11 at 5:50 pm
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Trout Masters excerpt: 'Deadly Dudley' discusses Lake Pontchartrain's bridges, fishing the tide

Most people only dream about catching speckled trout that Capt. Dudley Vandenborre probably considers routine.

As of the writing of this book, the prolific angler who invented the extensive “Deadly Dudley” soft plastic lure line had caught three 10-pound-plus specks, and more than 50 9-pounders, many of them coming from Lake Pontchartrain. 

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August 11 at 5:45 am
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Vidrine shares more tips for hot summer trout action

In a series of articles this summer, big trout specialist Tommy Vidrine shared key tips and tactics to help everyone catch more specks.

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August 06 at 4:40 pm
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Speckled trout action 'as good as it gets' right now on Big Lake, Poe says

Earlier this spring, many anglers were lamenting Big Lake's slow start for speckled trout.

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August 05 at 8:33 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: catching big specks at the mouth of the river

Ed Sexton is known for catching oversized trout out of Venice near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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August 04 at 5:45 am
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X marks the spot ­— Grand Isle’s big-trout hotspot

“He is consistently catching large fish. I haven’t seen anyone enjoy the success that he has. It is nothing short of miraculous.” Patrick Bonin, Internet managing editor of Louisiana Sportsman.com.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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