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On the coast, most of the action for speckled trout will come in the surf or in the larger lakes and bays. Start with poppers — such as Skipping Bugs — at first light. Around midmorning, switch to sinking flies. In the surf, that would be either a Deep Clouser or weighted Seaducer pattern. Let the fly sink for 10 seconds; then strip. Inland, that would be a clouser or weighted shrimp pattern about 30 inches under a VOSI.

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Toledo Bend bass anglers tangle with cannibalistic frog

During a bass-fishing trip to Toledo Bend the middle of May, Jason Pittman and his dad Floyd found themselves flinging hollow-bodied frog on top of grass mats in the back of a pocket.

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Skip your way to more bass

By flipping his frogs, Kenny Covington is able to put his lure in places where other topwater lures just can’t go.

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Bank-fishing fit for a king

In some cases, bank-fishing can make you king.

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Bank-fishing checklist:

Bank fishing is like anything else: You can make it simple or you can make it complicated.

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How to get bottom rigs unhooked when bass fishing

If the heavy finesse strategy has a hang-up, then we’ve punned our way into the explanation — hang-ups, snags, entanglements.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Other heavy finesse bass-fishing tactics

Drop-shots aren’t the only finesse rigs that can be beefed up to provide bass a bite-enducing curve ball. Here are some other options:

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Crankbait color matters

If an angler wants to match the hatch, size matters when selecting a lure. But so does color.

However, when a favorite bait is no longer made or a color scheme wanted by the angler cannot be found, what does an bass angler do?

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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What rod is best for crankbaits?

The biggest argument with crankbait anglers is centered around rod selection. The big question is whether graphite or fiberglass rods are best.

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Water movement is key to Basin bass

The Atchafalaya River is influenced by the Gulf of Mexico tide, and that affects water movement far into the swamps.

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Pulling the trigger on trigger fish

Gray triggerfish are a prized bycatch to red snapper fishing. Their delectable table qualities are evident in their nickname “armored snapper.”

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Bermuda chum surprisingly tastey

Some fish you never think seriously of eating. 

Marsh and bay fishermen feel that way about hardhead catfish. Offshore fishermen think of Bermuda chubs in the same vein.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Doing macaroni for chumming mangrove snapper

“I was at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo,” David Meyers explained, “when an old timer told me about using macaroni boiled in crab boil for mangrove snapper chum.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Old-school jetty trout-fishing tactic

Not everyone has the luxury of decades of experience in locating intricate and productive incongruities along the bottom.

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Island people

When Barbara and Les Picard call themselves “island people,” they don’t mean to imply that they are natives of Grand Isle. It means they love all islands, whether in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or the Gulf of Mexico.

But their favorite island is Grand Isle.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Louisiana crabbing regulations

Recreational crabbing requirements are minimal, both license- and gear-wise. But, according to Sgt. Mike Garrity of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division, some licenses are required and there are some rules to the game.

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