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Nice speckled trout can be found in Lafitte this month using soft-plastics threaded on light jigheads.

The lowdown on Lafitte specks

Lafitte is a popular destination for anglers across the coast because it’s so close for many fishermen, particularly for those who reside in New Orleans.

Yesterday at 11:00am
A brand new Deadly Dudley saltwater worm in blue moon (top) varies slightly in color compared to a sun-faded blue moon Deadly Dudley Terror Tail (bottom).

Sun-fade soft plastic lures to create slight color variations

Anglers have always tweaked their factory-made lures in their zeal to become more successful on the water — customizing them with upgraded treble hooks, scented dyes, additional “artwork” and thousands of other minor modifications in an attempt to catch more fish.

October 20 at 5:10pm
Mississippi anglers won't be able to keep any speckled trout for the first three months of 2017 if the state ultimately approves a proposal being considered by the Commission of Marine Resources.

Mississippi proposes trout fishing closure January through March

Mississippi speckled trout anglers will have to make alternate plans during the first months of 2017, if a proposal by the state’s Commission of Marine Resources today is approved.

The agency announced it's intent to implement a three-month closure of recreational trout fishing in state waters from Jan. 1 through March 31.

October 18 at 3:14pm
Fish the edges of Black Bay to catch Hopedale trout this month, Capt. Charlie Thomason said.

Hopedale fishing curve balls

Leave it to Capt. Charlie Thomason to march to a different drummer.

When I called the veteran captain looking for some Biloxi Marsh fishing tips, I received an unexpected answer.

October 17 at 3:18pm
If you catch the conditions just right, you can hit a home run and take home a boat load of big trout from Lafitte.

Best bets for October specks

Capt. John Pounders said October also is a great month to target specks in Lafitte — but it can also be a tricky time.

October 15 at 7:00am


Down on the coast, it’s prime time for speckled trout. Whether it’s over reefs, in tidal bayous, or dead-end canals, you can’t go wrong casting a weighted Clouser or shrimp pattern set about 30 inches below a VOSI, the flyrodders’ popping cork. 

October 15 at 7:00am
Elizabeth Ward holds the first bass she caught on her own. It hit one of her father’s CW Custom Lures spinnerbaits.

Handmade small-profile spinnerbait moves smoothly through grass

A small profile makes a big difference in Southwest Louisiana, where Clint Ward of Lake Charles makes a spinnerbait from scratch to satisfy the needs of both anglers and bass.

October 13 at 5:00pm
Speckled trout action has been hot recently along points and over oyster reefs in Lake Mechant and Sister Lake out of Dularge, according to Capt. Tommy Pellegrin.

Speckled trout bite on fire out of Dularge

Capt. Tommy Pellegrin said the speckled trout bite right now out of Dularge is tough to beat, with fish steadily coming over the gunnels two at a time on double-rigged soft plastics.

October 13 at 1:58pm
Keeping the sun at your back and wearing polarized glasses to more easily see underwater are keys to catching more shallow-water reds in the marsh, according to Chas Champagne, creator of Matrix and Vortex Shad soft plastic lures. <br />
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Top 5 tips to catch shallow water reds

Chas Champagne is easily out on the water more than 200 days a year, and when he’s not pursuing speckled trout in Lake Pontchartrain, you can bet he’s heading for duck ponds near Alligator Point and Bayou Bienvenue in search of feisty redfish.

October 10 at 10:06pm
Capt. Nick Poe said to keep an eye out for flocks of birds working this month on Big Lake. Approach from the upwind side about one long cast away so you don't spook the specks feeding beneath them.

Birds lead the way to Big Lake specks

Fishing on Calcasieu Lake this month is for the birds — literally.

October 05 at 1:20pm
The Pearl River gets full of speckled trout in the fall when the white shrimp move through the area, Capt. John Falterman said.

A low Pearl River is perfect setup for trout

When many anglers think of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin in October, they think of the Trestles.

October 04 at 10:47am
CCA's New Orleans Fall Fishing Seminar is slated for Tuesday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. at Bryan Chevrolet on Airline Drive in Metairie.

CCA’s New Orleans Fall Fishing Seminar set for Tuesday evening

If you’re wondering when this year’s ‘World Series’ speckled trout run will crank up on Lake Pontchartrain — or if you have any other fall fishing questions — you can probably get them answered this Tuesday evening from an impressive panel of captains at the CCA Metro New Orleans Fall Fishing Seminar.

October 03 at 1:48pm
Bob Mercer displays a picture-perfect Lafitte redfish.

The backup plan — Lafitte fall redfishing tactics

Listen carefully and you’ll hear a universal sigh of relief as we close the door on September and the peak month of hurricane season.

Not that October can’t get nasty and produce tropical systems — and, officially, the hurricane season doesn’t close until November.

But, unofficially, we know that once we get past September the potential for the worst is over.

Now we can exhale.

October 01 at 7:00am
Medium spinning tackle is sufficient to subdue even the largest bull reds near the breakwaters.

Wet-leg reds— Where to wade-fish for Vermilion redfish

The warm Gulf waters swirled soothingly around my legs. The October air was crisp and dry, but the briny broth still carried much of the warmth it stored up during the long Louisiana summer.

Unnoticed by his wife Debbie, the lean, normally reserved 56-year-old Pat Attaway looked at me and grinned broadly — like a little boy in a mud puddle.

He was happy.

October 01 at 7:00am