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When targeting big reds under birds in Lake Pontchartrain, time is of the essence — so don’t approach them like you would a school of specks. Move into casting distance quickly when you see a bird dive, throw to that spot and then prepare for battle.

Be aggressive when targeting Lake Pontchartrain reds under birds

Speedy approach trumps stealth, angler says
Yesterday at 2:00pm

One boat, two friends. It's a FISH-OFF!

All-day competition results in hefty catches
Yesterday at 11:49am
Ron Braud’s Stippled Poppers are as much artwork as they are functional lures.

Tippets

Yesterday at 7:00am
Benjamin Page with Southwest Louisiana rice field ducks.

Little things that count — Late-season goose-hunting tactics

Geese are famous for being finicky. For staying just out of range, chuckling as hunters grind their teeth in frustration. But these guides know small adjustments can result in birds on the ground.
January 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Ross Montet likes cork rigs for winter marsh fishing, as he can keep a bait in the strike zone longer.

Delta winter hotspots

Winter in Southeast Louisiana is unpredictable - and so are the fish. Keep these tips in mind when you’re targeting specks and reds now out of Venice.
January 01 at 7:00am
Left unsecured, the dangling sinker on a drop-shot rig can create havoc with the rods around your center console — or worse yet, maybe ding some of the gelcoat on your boat.

Inshore insights: How to secure a drop-shot rig

A simple hair tie keeps the sinker cinched down tight
December 26, 2017 at 3:30pm

Marsh Man Masson video: The absolute best way to fillet speckled trout

Make quick work of a limit — and waste no meat in the process
December 19, 2017 at 9:09am
A double rig is an awesome way to load up on specks, but that second hook can cause issues if it's whipping around in the boat. Try this quick fix to secure a double rig on your next trip.

Inshore insights: Tying and securing a double rig

Great tip to keep that second hook under control during boat ride
December 18, 2017 at 9:49am
Dane Lyons, 9, shows off the redfish he caught while kayak fishing in Delacroix with his cousin Logan Anderson, and grandfather David Anderson.

December’s best bets

December 18, 2017 at 9:00am
Large, open-water ponds provide lush feeding areas for waterfowl, but little natural vegetation besides roseau canes to camouflage hunters. Permanent blinds are prohibited on Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Why hunt Delta National Wildlife Refuge?

December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Perch float popper

Tippets

December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
After last weekend's cold front, Todd Masson found aggressive reds stacked up in deep holes in the marsh.

Marsh Man Masson vid: A great day of cold-water fishing

Records catch of tagged redfish
December 14, 2017 at 4:24pm
Dularge trout can be caught this month, as long as water temperatures are at least 51 degrees.

Redfish swarming in Dularge

Water temps dictate speckled trout bite
December 14, 2017 at 8:40am
Setting your drag properly, retying your knots and steering clear of the prop are just a few tips that will help you put some big fish — like this bull red the author caught — in the boat.

Inshore insights: Top 3 tips to help you boat a big fish

Pointers to avoid another ‘one that got away’ story
December 07, 2017 at 7:03am