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Locating oyster reefs is key if you want to have some choice speckled trout honey holes to target this spring and summer.

Inshore insights: Locating oyster reefs

Understanding oysters’ biological requirements key to successful scouting
February 05 at 5:44pm
Tommy Vidrine shows off a nice stringer of roadside specks on Highway 1. The Tsunami 3-inch paddle tail minnow in golden bunker caught almost all of the fish — a very slow, steady retrieve was what the specks wanted.

When temps cool, Highway 1 action heats up

Roadside fishing near Grand Isle great when fronts roll in, conditions right
February 01 at 6:55pm
Hunter Vaughn, 24, of Elm Grove, shows off the giant 12-pound, 5-ounce bass he caught Jan. 24 on Lake Bistineau. The big bass, which bit a wacky-rigged Senko in Mardi Gras color, was released back into the lake.

Bistineau angler catches, releases 12-pound monster

Giant bass measured 27 inches long, with a 20 ¼-inch girth
February 01 at 4:58pm
Brock Baudoin, 27, of New Iberia, dropped this rare leucistic greenhead on Jan. 17 in Vermilion Parish near Abbeville. Leucism causes a partial loss of pigmentation on an animal, in this case the drake's head.

Hunter shoots rare white-headed mallard drake

Leucistic bird went down in Vermilion Parish
January 31 at 5:19pm
Allowing Gulp baits to dry on your jighead will toughen them up, and make them more durable to fish with once they’re re-hydrated in the liquid attractant.

Make Gulp “jerky” for longer lasting lures

Drying out lures on jigheads in direct sunlight makes them more durable
January 31 at 5:17pm

Marsh Man Masson vid: Strengths, weaknesses of 3 main fishing-line types

All the details on mono, fluoro and braid
January 31 at 1:37pm
Tournament angler Blake Bourque caught this 5-pound False River bass recently working worms under docks in about 6 feet of water.

Three patterns to catch False River bass

Mississippi River oxbow again showing promise
January 30 at 11:18am

Two busted for alleged night-hunting in Washington Parish

Incident occurred on Jan. 27, LDWF says
January 30 at 10:34am
The Atchafalaya Basin water levels are at rock bottom, but bass are already in very shallow stained water readying for the first wave of the spring spawn.

Basin low, bass gearing up for spawn

Water temps approaching magic number
January 27 at 9:40am
When you can head into a new area you've never fished before and still catch a limit, you've probably mastered both the psychological and technical aspects of inshore angling.

Inshore insights: When does an angler become great at fishing?

Fishing is part psychological, part technical know-how
January 26 at 11:00am

Marsh Man Masson vid: 8 best baits for speckled trout right now

These lures are all you need for wintertime success.
January 26 at 9:34am

Marsh Man Masson vid: This lure overcame brutal conditions

The deck was stacked against it, but it shined
January 26 at 9:23am
Braid is tough, but eventually you'll be lamenting

Inshore insights: Top 3 things to do between casts

Paying attention to small details can make a big difference in your success
January 24 at 7:43am
Prairieville's Michael Campo shot this rare leucistic gadwall Jan. 16 while hunting in Delacroix.

Blond gadwall killed in Delacroix

State waterfowl biologist says leucistic grey duck is rare
January 23 at 4:32pm