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Grass has begun showing up in the coastal ponds. The grass holds lots of food items for hungry reds. Weightless baitfish patterns that ride hook up, like Prince of Tides and the Bendback Mullet can be tossed into grass pockets, while crab patterns such as charlies and yarn crabs can be fished on the edges.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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When to go fishing in March

Wind, wind, wind — March is a tough month for saltwater fishermen, but redfish is one of your best bests if you want to hit the water, according to Junior Mendoza.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Target structure for Venice trout

Speckled trout in Venice are no different than those elsewhere in one important way: They often concentrate on any bottom discontinuity that causes water currents to break, even if only ever so slightly.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Why Venice for trout fishing?

I couldn’t help asking Capt. Brandon Carter why he chose Venice as the home base for his charter service.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Tooling up for March redfishing

Junior Mendoza is a strong advocate of braided lines, using 30-pound-test PowerPro.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Seven fishing tips for redfish success

1. Look for clear water.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Fishing didn’t come natural to Mendoza

Feliciano “Junior” Mendoza has been a charter fishing and waterfowl hunting guide for three years, running Shallow Water Charters (504-258-2131) out of Myrtle Grove.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Basics of finding Venice’s high-river trout

“Play the wind,” is Capt. Brandon Carter’s opening advice on how to find Venice speckled trout during high-river periods.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Try braided line for marsh bass

Although companies have tried for years to educate the public that our fishing line is our only direct link between angler and fish — with the knot being the weakest link — I would venture to say that many angler don’t think much about their line until it fails them.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Extend soft-plastic life with premium jigheads

I’ve been reading a lot about the Matrix Shad lately. One of the things that stood out to me in report after report is its durability on the hook.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Duck Commander crappie poles no gimmick

Late last year, the Duck Commander crew and popular jig pole manufacturer B’n’M got together to develop and market a whole new line of crappie fishing poles.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Stone’s No. 1 stone-cold crappie tip

Don’t be hard headed — that’s Jay Stone’s No. 1 crappie tip.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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How to build a kitchen sink rig

Want to try the kitchen sink? Here are the details of the rig Jay Stone came up with to put the maximum number of baits in the right spots to catch suspended crappie.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Navigator is MVP of kitchen-sink fishing

“The most valuable person when fishing the kitchen sink rig, or really any spider rig, is the navigator,” Jay Stone said. “The navigator has to pay attention to where the boat is at all times.”

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Blue catfish more tolerant of salinities than channel cats

Along Atchafalaya Bay, where my spouse and I fish, there are higher rates of salinity in the early spring. 

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Top catfishing baits

More catfish have been caught with night crawlers than any other bait, and that probably will always be the case.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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