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Capt. Rykert Toledano’s tips for night specks

1) Try to fish on a moonlit night.

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October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Zeroing in on Lake Pontchartrain specks

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway consists of two spans of bridge, each 24 miles long. That’s a lot of bridge.

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October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Tips for fly-fishing

Down on the coast, it’s prime time for speckled trout. A weighted clouser or shrimp pattern suspended 2 to 3 feet under a VOSI (a fly rodder’s popping cork) will work great over reefs, and in cuts, canals and bayous. 

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October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Speckled trout 'on fire' out of Cypremort Point

It took a while for the speckled trout bite to turn on out of Cypremort Point this year, but October’s arrival — along with a couple of pretty nice cool fronts — has finally done the trick.

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October 13, 2015 at 10:46 am
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Gubernatorial Q&A: Scott Angelle

Editor's Note: Early voting for the Oct. 24 Louisiana gubernatorial election is going on now at parish registrar of voters offices through this Saturday, Oct. 17.

Four major candidates are vying to replace Gov. Bobby Jindal: Republicans Scott Angelle, Jay Dardenne and David Vitter, and Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Louisiana Sportsman magazine asked each candidate to answer some basic questions about how their administration would approach outdoor issues, ranging from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to coastal erosion.

We will run each candidate’s responses online this week, starting alphabetically with Scott Angelle. 

No matter who you ultimately select, please make sure to go out and vote.

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October 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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Top 3 Shell Beach transition trout tips

Transitioning speckled trout are on the proverbial doorstep at Shell Beach, but they haven’t quite yet come on in and committed to interior marshes, according to a local fishing guide.

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October 12, 2015 at 11:30 am
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Trout action ignites inside Delacroix

I just returned from a trip with Capt. Mike Wittich in Delacroix Island, where we put a three-man limit of specks in the boat before noon. 

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October 07, 2015 at 4:11 am
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Mississippi Monsters — Top fishing tips for Mississippi River catfish

It looked like a sea monster when it first came up.

The wide, slate-gray body did a rolling churn when it surfaced in the turbid Mississippi River water.

This was good!

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October 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Monster Mash — Catching Lake Pontchartrain’s Halloween trout

“Most people have never seen a 5-pound speckled trout. They call a 2 ½-pound fish 5 pounds. I know that because they do it on my boat all the time. A 5-pound trout is huge!”

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October 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Hooked! Fishing guide shares tips for trout success at Shell Beach, Hopedale

I think the first time I fished with Capt. Tim “Hook” Ursin Jr. was back in the early to mid-1990s. At the time he was running his charter service out of the End of the World Marina on Delacroix Island — and we were both a lot younger then.

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October 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Speckled trout haven't transitioned inside yet near Cocodrie and Dularge

It may be officially fall on the calendar now, but speckled trout haven’t quite gotten the message to head back into interior marshes near Cocodrie and Dularge, according to a fishing guide.

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September 24, 2015 at 10:57 am
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Carlyss angler dominates STAR Tournament — again

Lots and lots of people go on fishing trips, but very few people ever get the opportunity to go on trips earned by fishing.

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September 16, 2015 at 11:19 am
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LiveTarget's soft plastic rigged shrimp is a dead ringer for the real thing

The incredibly realistic LiveTarget soft plastic shrimp Vic Cook designed looks so good, you can almost picture it drizzled in garlic and butter, or served New Orleans barbecue-style accompanied by a piece of hot French bread.

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September 11, 2015 at 3:48 pm
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Speckled trout already transitioning back into Lake Pontchartrain

Speckled trout are already starting to make their return trip back into Lake Pontchartrain, and this weekend’s expected cool front should only improve fishing conditions as fall approaches and summer's heat slowly fades away, according to a fishing guide.

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September 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm
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CCA-Louisiana STAR Tournament ends at 5 p.m. on Labor Day

We’re down to the final days that anglers will be on the lookout for tagged redfish and speckled trout in the CCA-Louisiana STAR Tournament, but it’s not too late to register if you plan on hitting the water over the long Labor Day weekend.

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September 03, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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Night games — How to catch Delacroix trout after the dark

We left the dock at 7 p.m.

Yes I said p.m., not a.m.

Everything else in Delacroix was dead quiet. All the sports had gone home and were digesting their supper.

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September 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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