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The TAG Louisiana program, a study that uses volunteers to both tag fish and report recaptures, is being axed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries because the department says it isn't delivering useful information to biologists.

LDWF to axe TAG Louisiana program

In the wake of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ move to axe the popular TAG Louisiana program, the executive director of Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana sent out a strong email Wednesday critical of the decision, hinting the move was a political one to punish CCA.

December 01 at 9:25am
Simple tackle is all that is needed to catch bull reds once they are located. Both men used spinning reels.

Bulling it out — How to catch and clean big reds

When the guide slid the landing net under the fish, the chef’s face lit up like a Hollywood marquee.

Was it a tender-fleshed and delectable speckled trout? No.

Was it a savory, mild-tasting red snapper. No.

It wasn’t a flounder, tripletail or grouper, either.

December 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Bubby Lamy shows off a nice speckled trout.

From hot to cold — How to fish Chalmette after the Hot Water Canal went cold

For Chalmette-area wintertime anglers, the Hot Water Canal was about as close as you could get to a sure thing. 

Warm, toasty water from Entergy’s Michoud generating facility discharged into a nondescript, otherwise unremarkable canal adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway near the Green Bridge.

December 01 at 7:00am
Reds are a blast to catch because they put up a strong fight and test your mettle as an angler.

Get to the Pointe — Guide’s tips for Pointe a la Hache trout and reds

So another December arrives ­— a month of endings, to be sure, but also of beginnings.

Autumn ends, but winter begins. It’s the beginning of another madhouse Christmas month, but the end of another year.

December 01 at 7:00am
Brittany Kuhn caught this speckled trout while fishing with Capt. Charlie Thomason.

Hard-plastic Hopedale trout

There’s no doubt that a popping cork with a soft-plastic underneath is a deadly way to catch a boatload of speckled trout — particularly in the fall when fish are gorging on white shrimp.

November 30 at 11:03am
Creamy shrimp and mushroom fettuccine is a satisfying meal and only needs fresh garlic bread to set it off.

Cajun cook does shrimp his way

Lane LeMaire is a dedicated Cajun cook and a skilled outdoorsman. So it is no wonder so much of what he cooks is fish, seafood and game.

November 29 at 9:00am
Trout fill the interior Louisiana marsh in the fall, so they are easily accessible to kayakers.

Here they come - Fall speckled trout are a real treat for kayakers

It’s that time: fronts from the north and fish from the south. As fronts become more frequent, speckled trout continue to fill the marshes and are easily reachable by kayak anglers.

November 18 at 9:00am
Doug Menefee scored first, casting a Gulp! Swimming Minnow on the drop-off along the ship channel.

Why Prien Lake is a great kayak-fishing option?

John Williams is a lucky guy.

As owner of Pack & Paddle in Lafayette, one of the largest kayak and outdoor gear dealers in Louisiana, he gets invited by some of the state’s best kayak fishermen to fish in the coolest places.

November 15 at 6:00am
External storage space for multiple rigged rods makes trout fishing from a kayak more efficient.

Top 7 features for trout kayaks

Sure, sure, it’s old news that kayaks are a deadly effective tool for slipping up quietly on redfish grazing for lunch is marsh ponds only a foot deep.

But speckled trout is a whole ’nother game.

November 15 at 6:00am

Tippets

November is my favorite month for marsh fly fishing, since the interior lakes and bayous are thick with speckled trout. 

November 15 at 6:00am
Tommy Vidrine favors 2- and 3-inch Tsunami swimbaits when targeting November speckled trout on Grand Isle.

November speckled trout tactics for Grand Isle

While many people think of September and October as transition months for speckled trout in Louisiana — when the fish move from their offshore spawning haunts to inside marshes to ride out the winter — Tommy Vidrine also includes November in that count, as well.

November 14 at 9:15pm
Capt. Brian Sherman with Kayak Venice shows off a nice red caught up against the canes on the eastern edge of Yellow Cotton Bay. November is a great month to target reds and specks within easy paddling distance in Venice, he said.

Kayak Venice: Tips for November specks and redfish

If you’re planning on doing some kayak-fishing along the Louisiana coast this month, Venice is a great destination with relatively short paddles — putting redfish and speckled trout within easy reach of most anglers.

November 10 at 3:24pm
Capt. Mike Guidry said fishing around Golden Meadow only gets better as winter temperatures settle in.

Prospecting at Golden Meadow

Fishing action slows down over the long, hot summer. The heat takes a toll on areas that you’d expect to hold fish. Even the water gets ugly, and anglers often come back with little to show for their efforts.

November 09 at 11:09am
Besides their metallic silver color, cutlassfish are noted for their large mouths filled with fang-like teeth.

Cutlassfish are common everywhere

We don’t call them cutlassfish. 

Most Louisiana sport fishermen call them ribbonfish. Commercial shrimpers dub them silver eels, and consider them a minor nuisance for their habit of getting halfway through the meshes of their trawls’ bags and dying there.

November 04 at 8:00am