Inshore Fishing

Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. favors cocahoe minnows under a popping cork or tight-lined Matrix Shad for January speckled trout in Catfish Lake out of Golden Meadow. <br />

Slow it down for wintertime trout

By January, speckled trout have settled into the interior marshes around Golden Meadow to ride out the winter, and Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. knows where to go to find them.

8 hours ago
Al Siener, an Army veteran who works in Afghanistan for a military contractor, relaxes when he’s home by kayak fishing.

On a mission

Some say laughter is the best medicine. Mathew Roberts and Shawn Babin say adding in a dose of kayak fishing is even better.

Several years ago, Roberts, Babin and a couple of friends were getting more and more involved in kayak fishing. They started an informal group they call the Troll Squad.

Yesterday at 4:00pm
Indiana resident Steve Schmitt caught this 20-plus-pound redfish on a recent trip with Capt. Shawn Lanier out of Venice.

Downriver redfish

Capt. Shawn Lanier (225-205-5353) said he pretty much swims against the flow this month.

January 16 at 11:38am
Harold Schoeffler uses Mann’s Sting Ray Grubs for both trolling and casting.

Top trolling tackle

Just because Harold Schoeffler uses simple gear such as homemade marker buoys and bamboo pole depth sounders, don’t be fooled into thinking he isn’t particular about his tackle.

January 15 at 7:00am
Harold Schoeffler is especially alert for feeding slicks that indicate the presence of a school of feeding speckled trout in open water.

Say alert when trolling for speckled trout

While trolling can seem monotonous, it’s just as important to stay alert with this fishing technique as with others, Harold Schoeffler cautioned.

January 15 at 7:00am
Plans are still being finalized, but CCA-Louisiana's David Cresson on Thursday confirmed that a corporate sponsorship had been secured and the popular TAG Louisiana program will continue.

CCA-Louisiana: Popular TAG Louisiana program to continue

Just five weeks after an announcement by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that the popular TAG Louisiana program would be ending, it appears the popular volunteer fish-tagging and reporting program isn’t dead yet.

In an interview with LouisianaSportsman.com Thursday afternoon, David Cresson, executive director with Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana, encouraged volunteer taggers to “just keep doing what you’re doing.”

January 12 at 5:20pm

Two Houma men cited for allegedly keeping 52 redfish in Terrebonne Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Houma men Tuesday for allegedly being in possession of 52 redfish in Terrebonne Parish.

January 12 at 10:06am
Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. caught this beautiful 'leopard redfish' Sunday morning, Jan. 8, in the Pointe-aux-Chenes area using a live cocahoe minnow under a popping cork.

Guide lands Golden Meadow ‘leopard red’ Sunday morning

EDITOR'S NOTE: Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. reports the leopard red has a total of 670 spots - 342 on one side, and 328 on the other. 

As a fishing guide on the water regularly out of Golden Meadow and Grand Isle, it should come as no surprise that Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. has literally caught thousands of redfish.

But never one as special as the fish he reeled in Sunday morning about 10:30.

January 09 at 10:47am
Capt. Travis Miller says specks gang up in deep holes around Dularge when the mercury drops.

Video tactics for wintertime specks

Watch this video to learn how to catch cold weather speckled trout, when fish stack up and move into deeper holes to find warmer water. 

January 06 at 9:51am
Capt. Travis Miller has been catching scattered speckled trout around Dularge, but expects them to start ganging up in deep holes with this weekend's frigid temperatures.

Weekend cold snap will concentrate Dularge trout

Many anglers see cold weather as a problem, but Capt. Travis Miller sees wintry conditions as a solution to a problem.

January 06 at 9:21am
Brent Dupre, of Houma, shows off the strange looking redfish he caught near Lake Pelto on Dec. 22. A marine geneticist with Southeastern University suspects the fish probably developed abnormally from birth, but managed to survive.

Houma angler lands ‘mutant’ redfish

When Brent Dupre set the hook on a fishing trip out of Cocodrie with his buddies a few days before Christmas, he figured he had caught another run of the mill redfish in deep water just minutes from Lake Pelto.

Turns out, he couldn't have been more wrong.

January 05 at 2:24pm
Capt. Travis Lovell took this photo of a dead sperm whale carcass tied to a bulkhead in Sister Lake on Dec. 28. The whale had beached itself on a barrier island and was dragged out to sea, but its body was initially discovered on Dec. 3 near Turtle Bayou.

Guide’s photo of dead sperm whale goes viral

Sister Lake is known for nice speckled trout and redfish, but nothing as big as what Capt. Travis Lovell photographed last month in Terrebonne Parish. 

January 05 at 2:08am
January might be nippy, but it offers really nice trout without making long runs.

Deep Delacroix

I was surprised to hear Captain Ron “Ahab” Broadus (504-914-6063) say January was one of his favorite months to fish.

“It’s cold, it’s miserable, it’s windy — what can you possibly like about January?” I asked.

January 04 at 9:53am
Chas Champagne, owner of Matrix Shad soft plastic lures, keeps a close eye on the tides via a USGS website to catch big Lake Pontchartrain speckled trout.

USGS website provides real-time info on water conditions

Traditional lunar tables are great to give you an idea of high and low tide predictions for your general area, but localized weather conditions — especially wind — can have a big impact on tidal flow.

January 04 at 8:57am