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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 at 7:03am
Big Lake’s Ray Christy displays a pretty slot red taken at the Calcasieu River Saltwater Barrier near Westlake.

Cold Calcasieu options

In the winter, Big Lake’s estuary can get pretty frigid — and many anglers head for their deer stands and duck blinds. But those in the know hit these spots for wintertime battles with redfish, hybrid stripers and speckled trout.
December 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Kris Robert shows off a speckled trout he caught jigging a Matrix Shad soft plastic lure at The Trestles train bridge on Lake Pontchartrain.

Beating the bridges

Lake Pontchartrain is where many a speckled trout angler’s dreams of limits go to die. Fish are there this month, but the bite can be finicky — and knowing subtle nuances and being able to read conditions are keys to success.
December 01 at 7:00am
Loads of trout can be found under birds working potbelly minnows this time of year, according to Capt. Anthony Kyzar.

Keep your eyes on Cocodrie

Speckled trout are stacked up and big enough to take home
November 20 at 2:46pm
November is a great month to target speckled trout at Pointe-aux-Chenes, in deeper bayous and holes on colder days and spread out across flats when it’s a little warmer.

November’s best bets in a ‘yak

November 18 at 9:00am
Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. said nice speckled trout like this one can be caught in November by using topwater lures over oyster reefs in Catfish Lake out of Golden Meadow.

Targeting specks in Catfish Lake

Topwater lure over oyster reefs effective for nice trout, guide says
November 16 at 2:27pm
Eddie Berthelot Jr. fishes a gold spoon with his rod tip down to keep the lure 6 to 8 inches under the surface of the water, and he recommends being patient on the hookset to reel in more redfish.

The lovin’ spoonful

A guide’s top tips to catch more redfish with spoons
November 16 at 6:00am
Nevalost’s most popular offering now are the four fishing books in its guide book series.

The growth of Nevalost

November 15 at 6:00am

Tippets

November 15 at 6:00am
Even during his bout with cancer, Pete Cooper spent time pursuing his favorite fish.

For Pete’s sake — part deux

The late author’s tactics for fall flounder
November 10 at 8:00am
Capt. Chad Dufrene with a hefty Four Horse Lake redfish caught on a dead shrimp under a Paradise Popper cork.

Delacroix action heats up on the inside

Temperatures determine target spots
November 09 at 5:00pm
Getting out of your comfort zone — and experimenting with new tackle in new locations — will make you a better angler when the fish just aren't biting in your regular honey hole.

3 tips to become a better inshore angler

Get out of your typical routine — and ultimately catch more fish
November 09 at 10:30am
Buzz Stansel, the father of Kirk, Guy and Bobby Joe Stansel, who own Hackberry Rod & Gun, has his hands full with a speckled trout caught in Turner’s Bay on the upper end of Calcasieu Lake.

Big time trout bite on Big Lake

Reefs in Turner’s Bay speck hotspots, guide says
November 08 at 5:22pm
Fishing under a cork is the best way to catch specks in grassy ponds, according to Capt. Jonathan Sanchez.

Bayou La Loutre is loaded with specks

Live shrimp under a cork is the ticket
November 07 at 3:44pm