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The top trolling tactics and gear for Lake Pontchartrain trout

Chuck and Zelita “Z” Cristinas never use a trolling motor to troll for speckled trout.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Learning to troll for Lake Pontchartrain trout

Trolling for speckled trout came late in Chuck and Zelita “Z” Cristina’s fishing lives.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

Weather prognosticators are predicting a wetter, colder-than-normal winter starting this month. That might not be so bad.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Purple-and-gold - Winter specks love LSU-colored flies

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association maintains the state fish records for each species, both for conventional tackle and fly tackle. And one glance at the fly-rod listings for speckled trout suggests that winter through early spring is the best time to catch trophy trout on a fly.

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December 10, 2015 at 8:00 am
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Cool water speckled trout tactics

With less and less daylight and cooler water temperatures starting to settle in, slowing down your presentation is oftentimes key to catching December speckled trout.

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December 03, 2015 at 4:11 pm
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CCA Louisiana expands Independence Island Artificial Reef near Grand Isle

Construction started earlier this week on the four-acre expansion of the Independence Island Artificial Reef located northeast of Grand Isle, according to a news release from CCA Louisiana.

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December 02, 2015 at 7:41 am
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Z-Man

Z-Man Fishing Products has introduced a combo intended to appeal to speckled trout and the anglers who target them, a Trout Trick soft-plastic lure that’s mated with a Trout Eye jighead. The Trout Trick is a slender, 5-inch bait with a ribbed body and tapered tail that comes in 14 colors and is made of Z-Man’s durable ElaZtech plastic. The 3/16-ounce Trout Eye jighead features an oversized 3D eyeball, a 2/0 Mustad hook and keeper barbs.

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Humble holiday — Redfish swarm at that East Cote Blanche Bay hotspot

It was a blasted shame. On one couch in a comatose sugar shock was my son-in-law, staring at the television. In my lounge chair reclining rocker was my oldest son and his wife, both sawing logs sound asleep.

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Unabridged trout — How to troll for Lake Pontchartrain trout

“That’s a big trout, Momma. Be careful! Take your time, Momma. Bring him this way.”

Gravelly-voiced Chuck Cristina was issuing orders like Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson, only with an old-time New Orleans accent. 

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Predictable Patience — Why you should wait for the rut to hunt

There is no doubt that the rut is the absolute best time to shoot the biggest buck your property is capable of attracting.

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Take comfort in fall trout fishing

The days are shorter, the temperature is cooler and the specks are closer. Fall is the best time to target speckled trout from a kayak: The fish are hungry, concentrated and easy to reach.

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November 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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Roadside fishing

According to Terry St. Cyr, all of Louisiana State Highway 1 is open to the public for road-fishing except for one spot.

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November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Best bet for Lafitte’s fall trout

There’s no doubt that the Bayou Rigoletts wall offers some of the best redfishing in all of South Louisiana during November, but there is a spot not too far to its south that offers some of the best speckled trout fishing, as well.

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November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Tips for fly-fishing

Inquiring minds want to know: when is the best time of the year to catch speckled trout on the fly? The answer is “now”. So stop inquiring and go fishing!

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November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Speckled trout stacked up now in lakes around Dularge

Capt. Marty LaCoste had one of his best days ever on the water Wednesday, and considering how many days he fishes, that’s saying something.

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November 12, 2015 at 10:30 am
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LDWF to conduct telemetry tagging event on Lake Pontchartrain

As part of an ongoing study of specks, redfish and bull sharks in Lake Pontchartrain, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is hosting a fall acoustic telemetry event during the week of Nov. 16.

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November 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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