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Anglers hearing drums along the bayou

The black drum is the North American heavyweight of the large and diverse drum family, which includes speckled trout, redfish, croakers and kingfish (more often called channel mullet or whiting).Read More...
December 31, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Lafitte grab bag begins with trout

The great thing about catching trout this time of year for Captain Theophile Bourgeois (504-341-5614) is that he only has to run about 8 minutes from his dock to catch fish. The Pen and Lake Salvador are both holding trout right now, but Bourgeois said the key to catching them is that you just have to wait them out.Read More...
December 30, 2008 at 11:03 am

Buras trout migrating to deep holes

Speckled trout are starting to move to the deeper holes on the west side of Buras out of Joshua’s and Yellow Cotton Marina according to Captain John L. Taylor (504-657-9739). After banging out some good fish during Thanksgiving week, Taylor says he’s looking forward to the action continuing into the foreseeable future.Read More...
December 03, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Outside In

I know, conventional wisdom dictates that in the winter, you fish the inside waters for speckled trout and redfish.Read More...
December 02, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Monster Trout on Redfish Flats

Wherever there are fish to catch or animals to shoot, there are anglers and hunters who prefer to forego catching just any fish or shooting just any animal in favor of securing the bragging rights that come with catching the biggest fish or shooting the biggest animal.Read More...
December 02, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Specklebelly Superstation

If a waterfowl hunter happened to be stuffed in the cab of a pickup truck, blindfolded and driven to the Gueydan Civic Center back on Aug. 24, he would be liable to think he died and went to heaven.Read More...
December 02, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Cold-Water Community Holes

Dealing with the crowds is an inevitable part of life for Louisiana sportsmen who want to get in a little speckled trout fishing during the winter. The Sulfur Mine near Golden Meadow and the Pen near Lafitte are perfect examples of just how crowded a small saltwater lake can get.Read More...
December 02, 2008 at 1:43 pm

For 2009, short is the new long

To appreciate the current trend in tackle requires a brief history lesson.Read More...
December 02, 2008 at 1:40 pm

What’s for supper, Flipper?

Fishermen often see porpoises (properly called bottlenose dolphins) breaking water near them while they are fishing. Many fishermen feel that porpoises scare fish away. A minority feel that porpoises go where the fish are, so fishing around porpoises is good.Read More...
December 02, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Calcasieu good for a cast-and-blast

Waking up early to shoot a limit of ducks then spending the rest of the day chasing speckled trout is the epitome of life in Louisiana. And while Captain Jeff Poe (337-598-3268) was disappointed in the numbers of ducks he saw this past weekend, there are enough of them to make for a successful cast-and-blast.Read More...
November 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Menhaden are key link in food chain

Menhaden, usually called pogies in Louisiana, are certainly not a game fish. They never bite a hook, even by accident. But sportsmen are well aware of them. The high oil content of their flesh makes them superb bait, and they are an important food source for virtually every predatory species of fish in their range.Read More...
October 23, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Lafitte’s Treasure

Redfish are tearing up spoons in Lake Salvador,” the voice said on the other end of the phone. The inflection in the voice made it both a statement and an implied question.Read More...
October 23, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Tidal Tactics

A half dozen great egrets and as many blue herons were scattered along the edge of a small cove, and every five minutes or so, they would take a few steps back.Read More...
October 23, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Central Line

The hotspots for speckled trout fishing seem to be fairly well-known. The marshes of Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes have oodles of trout, mostly modest-sized but making up in number for what they lack in size.Read More...
September 24, 2008 at 9:46 am

The Secret is Safe

Extreme Southwest Louisiana has a secret that it doesn’t want you to tell. You see, while lines of anglers wait to launch their bay boats into the fertile waters of Calcasieu Lake, there is an equally productive lake not too far away where it’s more common to see a lonely loon than it is lots of loony anglers.Read More...
September 23, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Flounder Funnel

I’ve been known to drive quite a few miles to get on a good flounder bite. That’s why I immediately picked up my cell phone when I saw a recent picture on the fishing report page at More...
September 23, 2008 at 1:45 pm