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Shell Beach specks smaller, but plentiful

Like death and taxes, steady west winds have been pretty constant this summer — and fishing out of Shell Beach has been no exception.

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July 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm
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2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo kicks off Thursday

The oldest fishing tournament in the United States is set to do it one more time this week, as the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo officially gets underway Thursday at daylight.

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July 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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The Cajun Bahamas

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Grand Isle, Louisiana is a true sportsman's paradise where life slows down and awesome fishing memories are made.

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July 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo scheduled for July 23-25 at Venice Marina

The 17th Annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo is set for next week out of Venice Marina, and this year’s version will feature a brand new division and real time text updates to keep participants informed about what’s happening at the scales.

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July 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm
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Redfish action heating up at Cypremort Point

Anglers familiar with the Cypremort Point area know about the big influence the Atchafalaya River level has on the fishing there, and this summer has been no exception.

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July 15, 2015 at 10:58 am
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Old-school jetty trout-fishing tactic

Not everyone has the luxury of decades of experience in locating intricate and productive incongruities along the bottom.

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July 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

On the coast, most of the action for speckled trout will come in the surf or in the larger lakes and bays. Start with poppers — such as Skipping Bugs — at first light. Around midmorning, switch to sinking flies. In the surf, that would be either a Deep Clouser or weighted Seaducer pattern. Let the fly sink for 10 seconds; then strip. Inland, that would be a clouser or weighted shrimp pattern about 30 inches under a VOSI.

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July 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Trout trailers

Success, as usual in the artificial lure manufacturing business — or anything else, for that matter —  begats success.

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July 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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Apex Predator: Use red snapper and de-barbed hardheads to catch more cobia

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Cobia are one of my favorite fish to catch, but with only a 16-foot bay boat, my days at trying to get these tasty fish are very limited.

So I make sure to have the most enticing bait that no cobia can resist: barb-less hardhead catfish.

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July 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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Use live croakers, artificial shrimp now for Grand Isle specks

The speckled trout bite is still going strong on Grand Isle, but anglers might want to consider fishing with croakers or a plastic imitation shrimp now because of all the bait stealers present, according to a local fisherman.

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July 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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True trophy speckled trout limited so far in 2015

No matter how big speckled trout might get in our dreams, the fact of the matter is Leon Mattes’ 12.38-pounder taken 65 year ago looks like it will remain as the No. 1 Louisiana speckled trout ever — at least for another year.

The spawning period for specks in Louisiana’s coastal waters pretty much ends in September, and an inspection of the state’s Top 10 trout indicates seven of them were taken in the months of April and May. 

So on paper, at least, history indicates the prime time for catching a 30-inch speckled trout has passed. 

But how does 2015 rank with trophy trout taken so far this spring and summer? We talked to guides across the coast to gauge their success so far this year, as well as find out what they suggest to catch a late-season lunker.

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July 09, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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Target back side of Timbalier Island with live shrimp for July trout action out of Cocodrie

Capt. Tommy Pellegrin would typically be patrolling the beach side of Timbalier Island in early July, looking for birds diving and shrimp jumping to target speckled trout out of Cocodrie.

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July 08, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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Southwest Louisiana anglers find tripletail outside Cameron jetties

Sight-fishing isn’t limited to reds in the marsh this time of year along the Louisiana coast.

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July 06, 2015 at 4:58 pm
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Use a snell knot for more offshore hookups

Sometimes little things can make a big difference in fishing, and Capt. Tommy Pellegrin firmly believes snelling circle hooks offshore has a direct correlation to the number of fish coming over his gunnels.

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July 02, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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Big Lake specks moving to deeper water

Rising water temperatures have Big Lake speckled trout making their annual July move to deeper water now, according to a fishing guide.

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July 01, 2015 at 6:33 pm
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Iberia Rod and Gun Club to host 62nd annual saltwater rodeo at Cypremort Point

For the first time in several years, the 62nd annual Iberia Rod and Gun Club’s 4th of July saltwater rodeo will feature a kayak division at Cypremort Point.

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July 01, 2015 at 9:25 am
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