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To enter your STAR-registered child's 14-inch trout or flounder, just email a picture like this one to tournament director Rad Trascher, whose email address is in the story.  Weighing the fish is not necessary, he said.

Remember CCA STAR kids’ registration for 4th of July weekend

Tournament director Rad Trascher has been a busy man since the Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana’s STAR kicked off on Memorial Day weekend.

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Nice speckled trout like these caught by Clayton Breaux can always be found at Raccoon Island.

Head to Raccoon Island jetties for trout action

What doubles as a speckled trout honey hole in June and beautiful bird-watching area in the northern Gulf of Mexico?

June 27 at 2:55pm
J Lynn Vidrine shows off the monster 26-inch speckled trout she caught Saturday morning on the back side of Grand Isle. The 6-pound, 8-ounce fish is the new Southeast Division STAR leader, and earned first place in the Creole Classic Fishing Tournament.

Vidrine’s big Creole Classic speck new STAR leader

Tommy Vidrine and his wife J Lynn enjoyed an epic fishing weekend on Grand Isle, scooping up four trophies in the 2016 Creole Classic and putting a new 6-pound, 8-ounce hammer speckled trout into the lead for the STAR Tournament’s Southeast Division.

June 27 at 12:59pm
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