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Gulfport angler lands 10 ½-pound speckled trout in Mississippi waters

Five ounces. Five measly ounces.

That’s all that stood between Gulfport’s Alex Smith and Mississippi’s new state record speckled trout last weekend.

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April 02 at 8:53 am
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Find saltwater to locate specks east of the Mississippi River out of Buras

The calendar might say it’s April 1, but this isn't an April Fool's joke: Specks on the east side of the Mississippi River out of Buras are staying put in more traditional wintertime patterns right now.

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April 01 at 8:21 am
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The BOB-LIGHT

The Bob-Light Nighttime Fishing Bobber from K&S Outdoors is the world’s first illuminating bobber/cork that draws fish in by shining light downward into the water up to 20 feet. The deep water version is available in a yellow body with white LED that attracts those species that tend to stay on the bottom, like bull reds, sheepshead, bass and catfish. The shallow water version comes in a green body and bright green LED that attracts those species that tend to stay near the surface, like speckled trout, crappie and redfish.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Sabine reds

Several schools of redfish stretching a quarter mile were heading toward the marshes. They were in feeding mode, smashing into juvenile pogies during a steep incoming tide.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Small-boat Cocodrie — How to catch trout without a big boat

Summertime speckled trout fishing in lower Terrebonne parish has long been lauded as some of the most-consistent action in terms of sheer numbers of fish.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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The Battle of Midway — Where to ambush Barataria Bay trout in April

The battle of Midway, one of the most-decisive naval battles in all of World War II, was fought just six months after Pearl Harbor around a small atoll almost between Hawaii and Japan.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Cigars and courtbouillon — Best bets for spring school trout and redfish

The crawfish heads were piling up, the keg was foaming and Artie was in the spotlight. Happens every time.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Finding the fuzz — A little-known crappie-fishing tactic

It didn’t take long for Ty Hibbs to stop paying attention to me. Our conversation came to an abrupt stop as soon as we left the ramp.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Easy breezy

Spring is on its way. The longer, warmer days are certainly welcomed by kayak anglers, but the wind — not so much.

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March 18 at 9:00 am
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Lafayette angler snares Toledo Bend monster

By his own admission, Greg Sonnier is a light-tackle, inland saltwater angler who enjoys kayaking. 

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March 16 at 7:59 am
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Extend soft-plastic life with premium jigheads

I’ve been reading a lot about the Matrix Shad lately. One of the things that stood out to me in report after report is its durability on the hook.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Try braided line for marsh bass

Although companies have tried for years to educate the public that our fishing line is our only direct link between angler and fish — with the knot being the weakest link — I would venture to say that many angler don’t think much about their line until it fails them.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Target structure for Venice trout

Speckled trout in Venice are no different than those elsewhere in one important way: They often concentrate on any bottom discontinuity that causes water currents to break, even if only ever so slightly.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Basics of finding Venice’s high-river trout

“Play the wind,” is Capt. Brandon Carter’s opening advice on how to find Venice speckled trout during high-river periods.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Why Venice for trout fishing?

I couldn’t help asking Capt. Brandon Carter why he chose Venice as the home base for his charter service.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Choose the right line to tackle Lake Pontchartrain speckled trout

It’s not unusual for anglers in Lake Pontchartrain to deal with a variety of conditions that make it tough to actually feel a speckled trout bite, including wind, a foot-and-a-half of chop and steady, strong current - especially along the bridges.

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March 11 at 4:20 pm
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