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Trout Masters excerpt: catching big specks at the mouth of the river

Ed Sexton is known for catching oversized trout out of Venice near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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August 4 at 5:45 am
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Outboard blues

My nickname in some quarters is “Black Cloud” because I have a tendency to toward bad luck. My only chance to fish Lake Amistad during its heyday, for instance, was doomed when a blizzard (literally blizzard) blew through South Texas — in late May. The one time I fished Lake Falcon, another big-bass mecca, fell apart when an upstream dam burst in Mexico and sent the lake into a massive rise.

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10 hours ago
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All Sherburne WMA target ranges now open

Improvements have been completed, and all ranges at the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area are now open, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

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10 hours ago
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Video: Freediver provides free meal

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When you’re holding your breath and holding on to a bloody fish you just shot with your spear gun several feet down, I guess discretion is the better part of valor.

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12 hours ago
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Outboard blues

My nickname in some quarters is “Black Cloud” because I have a tendency to toward bad luck. My only chance to fish Lake Amistad during its heyday, for instance, was doomed when a blizzard (literally blizzard) blew through South Texas — in late May. The one time I fished Lake Falcon, another big-bass mecca, fell apart when an upstream dam burst in Mexico and sent the lake into a massive rise.

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14 hours ago
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Protective Policy

Patiently you wait, enduring the cold conditions. Finally the woodland silence is broken by the slight rustling of withered leaves as the game you’ve been pursuing makes its presence known.

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16 hours ago
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Deer hunting’s good old days — today

By the turn of the 20th century, Louisiana’s deer herd was in trouble. Non-stop hunting by people trying to put meat on the table, and market hunters supplying restaurants with venison and leather clothiers with hides was pushing the herd to the brink.

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16 hours ago
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Jacks are wild — Top tips for amberjack fishing

If you’re looking for fancy, graceful or aesthetically pleasing, amberjacks will disappoint you. If, on the other hand, an arm-stretching, back-straining lesson in brutality sounds fun, you’ll really enjoy hanging out with the fish marine biologists call Seriola dumerili.

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16 hours ago
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West Delta Mack Attack — How to fish for Spanish mackerel at Louisiana’s nearshore rigs

“Not the trailer bearings again!” Artie groaned as we rumbled onto the shoulder amidst a cloud of smoke.

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16 hours ago
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X marks the spot ­— Grand Isle’s big-trout hotspot

“He is consistently catching large fish. I haven’t seen anyone enjoy the success that he has. It is nothing short of miraculous.” Patrick Bonin, Internet managing editor of Louisiana Sportsman.com.

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16 hours ago
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Breton Sound Beat-down — Trout fishing tips for Breton Sound

The urban dictionary of slang defines a “beat-down” as when you pummel or repeatedly beat something (or someone) into submission.

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16 hours ago
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From barrier to beach — Top 3 Big Lake fishing hotspots

While many Calcasieu Lake anglers were bemoaning the lack of fishing success last August, Moss Bluff’s Ray Christy was enjoying great action.

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16 hours ago
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Delta blues — Keys for catching Mississippi River Delta blue catfish

I’ve gotta admit: When Ryan Lambert first showed me the cell phone video, I thought I was looking at a bunch of big bluegill busting bread at the surface.

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16 hours ago
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Young man’s game — Diver shares tips for spearfishing for catfish

The story of the old bull and the young bull is almost cliché.

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16 hours ago
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Captain D’s Place — Tips for striper fishing on Lake Claiborne

After an hour chasing sparse schools of striped bass across boat lanes, creek channels, coves and finally out into the big lake without a single strike, Donny Hood stopped for a second, calmly set his rod down and moved to the driver’s seat of his 22-foot Blazer Bay bay boat dubbed the Miss Judy.

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16 hours ago
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Black on Black ­­— Tips for Black Bayou Reservoir’s black crappie

It was going to be a typical late-summer day — muggy with a high in the upper 90s. Normally, I would have stayed inside under the air conditioning, but on this particular morning I was off to Black Bayou Reservoir near Benton.

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16 hours ago
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