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Capt. Ricky Brondum likes to target redfish this month out of Dularge with cracked crab instead of dead shrimp, because using crabs deters the bait stealers.

Redfish plentiful out of Dularge

When September rolls around, speckled trout are just starting to get the itch to head back to inside waters where they’ll ride out the fall and winter.

September 22 at 4:28pm
Capt. Brian Sherman, with Kayak Venice, shows off a redfish caught along the roseau canes on the east side of Yellow Cotton Bay. Positioning your lure as close as possible to the canes is key to catching quality reds, Sherman said.

Kayaking in Venice: Redfish plentiful in Yellow Cotton Bay

Some kayak anglers might be hesitant to toss a popping cork — attached to a twirling 2-foot leader with a Vudu shrimp dangling from the business end — straight at stands of leaning, swaying, hook-grabbing roseau cane, but not Capt. Brian Sherman.

September 21 at 11:03am
According to LDWF's 2014 stock assessment of speckled trout, although the recreational harvest has increased considerably in recent years, the species is not being overfished.

LDWF stock assessment: Speckled trout not overfished

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Tuesday released long-awaited stock assessments on several species — including speckled trout — that were being withheld because of ongoing litigation from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

September 20 at 1:50pm
The wider profile and heart-shaped tail give this bait a distinctive wobble and kick.

Heart Tail Swimbaits

Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits keeps raising the bar higher and higher with each entry into the artificial lure manufacturing industry.

For example, owner Gary Yamamoto is proud of the fairly new Heart Tail Swimbait.

September 15 at 9:00am
The view from inside East Cove through the Grand Bayou Weir and Boat Bay into the lake shows the weir areaQ is actively used by both cast netters and anglers.

The Cameron-Creole Watershed Project controversy

The Cameron-Creole Watershed Project, like many marsh restoration projects, carries fishing controversy baggage.

Capt. Erik Rue did his best to provide a balanced explanation of what has gone on.

September 15 at 7:00am
Yellowfin tuna will be moving closer to the mouth of the Mississippi as river levels drop in the fall, allowing guides like Capt. Joey Davis to put their customers on fish with shorter trips out of Venice.

Falling Mississippi brings tuna bite nearer to mouth of river

September is well known as a transition month for speckled trout, when they begin the process of moving from offshore waters and heading back to inland marshes and bays for the winter.

September 07 at 8:00pm
Capt. T-Man Cheramie said live minnows under a popping cork are effective for trout this month.

Live minnows deadly for Leeville specks

Capt. T-Man Cheramie (985-677-6294) said the trout are already on the move, beginning their annual transition off the beaches to the inside, and though September is a dreaded “transition month,” you can still put plenty of nice fish in the box if you know where to ambush them.

September 06 at 11:38am
This time of year you can catch bull reds in the surf and along the rocks.

Grand Isle bullies — How to catch September redfish

September can be a stressful month. We’re in the peak month for tropical activity — a fact that keeps most of us glued to the daily weather forecasts, and a significant stress producer in itself.

Plus, all the kids and students are back in school. Traffic is heavier, commute times are longer, and the Saints, LSU, Tulane and all our favorite prep and college teams are back on the football field, increasing our anticipation and anxiety.

September 01 at 7:00am
David Billeaud (with cigar) and Steve Smith have mastered the art of speckled trout fishing in the Vermilion Bay complex.

Vanquishing Vermilion — How to catch Vermilion Bay trout

Those wiggly, slimy, little silver fish just do something to a person. 

Speckled trout might not fight as hard and be as colorful as their redfish cousins, they might not grow as large as their black drum kin and they might not be as tasty as their croaker and channel mullet relatives, but specks rule in Louisiana.

September 01 at 7:00am
When the trout bite is tough, try fishing your baits slowly along the bottom.

Bottom feeders — Late-summer trout tips for Breton Sound

I could tell he was getting a little impatient. Capt. Ross Montet knew there were loads of speckled trout in the warm shallows skirting Breton Island.

Two key words in that sentence: “loads” and “warm.”

This time of year does, indeed, find trout both stacked around the barrier islands and hanging out in the breeze of Breton Sound.

September 01 at 7:00am
Erik Rue is critical of fishermen who want to use their cell phones to find fish rather than read sign on the water.

Life after summer — Best fall fishing bets for Big Lake

“Look at the camera! Look at the camera!” 

Keeping him looking at the camera was almost impossible. Erik Rue’s brown predator eyes kept darting toward any sign of another fish to which to feed his artificial bait.

The 30-year veteran charter captain with Calcasieu Charter Service (337-598-4700) was out to show me there really is life after summer.

September 01 at 7:00am
Kristen Torres landed this jack crevalle while fishing with Capt. Ty Hibbs.

Jacks make for fun fishing

If you were about to die of pure starvation on a deserted island, you might entertain the thought of eating a jack crevalle, but in circumstances any less critical you’d look at the fish in disgust.

September 01 at 3:15am
Venice trout are going to pull out into the open waters outside of Venice, so head to the rigs and islands to the east of the river.

Split action for Mississippi River trout, reds

Normally anglers have been catching beautiful specks around the mouth of the Mississippi River by this time of year, but guide Brent Roy said it’s been different. Yes, there are trout to be caught, but for some reason it’s just not been as good.

August 30 at 4:55pm
Capt. Jay Auseve will be patrolling the beaches around Grand Isle this month because he knows that’s where big trout and reds will be feeding.

Grand Isle beach bonanza

Hook’em Fishing’s Capt. Jay Auseve (985-637-7142) said bull reds and lunker specks will be roaming the Grand Isle beaches this month.

August 26 at 11:21am
Fish tacos have become very popular in south Louisiana. Because they are quickly made, they are ideal for preparation after a long fishing trip.

This Johnson Bayou cook shines

The night before making a raid on big Sabine Lake trophy speckled trout, 37-year-old fishing guide Robbie Trahan treated me to some Johnson Bayou cooking.

August 26 at 11:00am
Nick Poe holds a speckled trout caught at Johnson Bayou Rigs.

SW rigs load up with specks

Leaving Calcasieu Lake for near-offshore oil-field structures pays off with speckled trout in the ice chest when conditions are favorable this month.

No one knows that better than Jeff Poe, a veteran saltwater fishing guide who frequents those structures as much as he can this time of year. One of his favorite destinations is the Johnson Bayou rigs approximately 7 to 8 miles to the west of the Cameron Jetties.

August 26 at 6:01am