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Long Ride for Big Trout

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a Louisiana Sportsman classic, which originally appeared in the May 2002 issue.Read More...
April 25, 2006 at 2:00 pm

2006 Summer Saltwater Season Blowout

Feel that?

That’s the same feeling ducks begin to get late in the summer when the sun’s daily arc creeps closer and closer to the horizon.Read More...
April 25, 2006 at 11:49 am

Plaquemines Parish the place to be

The Plaquemines Parish recovery took a body blow recently when it was announced that there was a push to exclude the parish from a strengthened levee system that would protect the rest of the region. While the future is uncertain, Plaquemines Parish residents are loudly proclaiming that, even though they may be down, they are not out.Read More...
April 20, 2006 at 10:56 am

Perfect Speck Storm

I used to think God was mad at me for spending too many Sundays fishing bass tournaments rather then sitting in church.Read More...
April 18, 2006 at 12:57 pm

DuLarge trout moving south

One look at the fishing reports on this site is enough to make the most honest of those among us develop enough of a cough to call in sick. Calcasieu? They’re biting. Pontchartrain? Biting there too. Venice? What’s not biting down there? My goodness, now I think I’m getting a touch of fever. I guess I better call in myself because I’m heading to Cocodrie with Captain Bill Lake (985-851-6015).Read More...
April 06, 2006 at 11:00 am

2006 Speck Forecast

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita put trout fishing on hold across much of the state, but once anglers were able to get back on the water, success harkened back to days of yore when limits came fast and furious and competition from other anglers was almost nil.Read More...
March 31, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Public fishing options get more limited

The dominoes are starting to fall.
March 31, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Big Lake Producing Big Limits

One of the things that separate professional guides from weekend anglers is the experience of time spent on the water. However, sometimes the fish do things that leave even the best guides searching for answers. Take my recent trip with Captain Jeff Poe of Big Lake Guide Service (337-598-3268) for example. We caught a limit of speckled trout at Big Lake, but we also lost more than a limit. It was enough to leave Poe scratching his head.Read More...
March 31, 2006 at 10:05 am

Lockport Action in Canals and Little Bayous

This is the time of year when Captain T-Man Cheramie (985-693-6828) expects the water to finally come up around Lockport and stay. He would also expect to find plenty of speckled trout hanging out in the ponds during late March. The only problem with this scenario right now is that the cool fronts keep pushing the water back out as soon as it comes up. Therefore, the trout are stacked up in the canals and little bayous.Read More...
March 23, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Breton Sound Heating Up Inside and Outside

Fishing has turned on all over Louisiana the past couple of days, and that has made it difficult to single out one particular spot to highlight. It doesn’t matter if you’re after specks, reds, sacalait, black drum or bass – they’re all there for the catching right now. However, a recent talk with Captain Ben Leto of Louisiana Fishing Expeditions (985-630-2066) revealed that Breton Sound just might be better than the rest.Read More...
March 08, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Rigolets Right For Waiting Out Pontchartrain

Captain Greg Schlumbrecht of To Fish Charters expects the HWY 11 and the Train Bridges across Lake Pontchartrain to explode with giant speckled trout just any day now. However, in the meantime, he’s catching enough specks and reds in the Rigolets to make his wait a little more tolerable.Read More...
March 03, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Plucky Pontchartrain

The first thing that stood out to me was just how clear the water was. I mean, this was Lake Pontchartrain — post Katrina. I was expecting to see my baits coming back coated with a filthy, oily film. The fact that I could see my jig shimmying 3 feet down was a big surprise.Read More...
February 28, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Sportsman Survivor

Time travel is a scary proposition.

For one thing, you never know if the portal you slide down is two ways. I mean, really, when you’re vaporized from one era and reconstructed in another, is there any guarantee you’ll be able to get back to where you started?

And even more importantly, do you really know where you’re going to end up?

Kirk Douglas didn’t.
February 28, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Marsh Olympics

It was still dark in the pre-dawn hours of a Thursday morning when I shook hands with Capt. Chad Dufrene and we sat down for breakfast at Rose’s Café in Golden Meadow. Rose’s is one of those colorful local eateries that offers good food (especially breakfast), hot coffee and lots of local banter.Read More...
February 28, 2006 at 3:00 pm

The Great Bait Debate

Those fish aren’t gonna hit that plastic,” my fishing buddy said emphatically more than a decade ago.

All morning we’d caught speckled trout, some weighing 6 pounds. We almost had our limit of these gorilla-sized specks when we ran out of live finger mullet, mostly 4- to 6-inches long, only slightly longer than the middle finger of a man’s hand.Read More...
February 28, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Catfish Lake Consistent Despite Cold

In typical Louisiana fashion, Captain Jim Thibodeaux of Fish Tales Guide Service (985-696-1801) has faced three entirely different weather scenarios the past three days. The weather ranged from cold and rainy to warm and breezy. It’s been enough to make Thibodeaux wonder how to dress and the fish wonder whether they should be deep or shallow.Read More...
February 21, 2006 at 3:00 pm