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Trout Masters excerpt: Pursuing big specks with live croakers

Pursuing trophy trout can be a slow, pain-staking process - but Charlie Lieux would rather catch five big fish than 25 2- or 3-pounders.

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September 15 at 5:45 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Big trout at Big Lake

Jeff and Mary Poe are veteran Big Lake speckled trout anglers.

Lake Calcasieu has long been known as home to some of the biggest specks in the state, but it’s a unique place to fish where local knowledge is key.

In this excerpt from Trout Masters: How Louisiana Anglers Catch the Lunkers, the Poes discuss Big Lake’s annual trout cycle.

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September 08 at 5:45 am
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Mopping up on monster mangroves

During the dog days of summer, Grand Isle’s Trout Master sometimes turns his attention away from chasing specks just long enough to head offshore in pursuit of different prey.

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September 04 at 5:44 pm
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Marrero man sentenced for commercial fishing violations, LDWF says

A 30-year-old Marrero man who took undercover agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on chartered fishing trips without a charter boat license pleaded  guilty last week to numerous commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.Read More...
September 02 at 9:53 am
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Shell Beach serenade — Biloxi Marsh gives up fall redfish action

Pelayo’s scouting report was as bleak as the LDWF’s aerial report. And both destroyed the giddy forecasts from DU and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife folks.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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The Fly Guy —Fly-fishing advice on how to catch Marsh Island reds

Keith Richard never had a chance at figuring out what was going on when he walked into Stillwater Outfitters fishing guide Steve Smith’s Cypremort Point camp.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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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 ½ 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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