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Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo set for July 24-26 in Venice

The 16th Annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo is slated for July 24-26 out of Venice Marina.

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July 16 at 4:38 pm
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How to maintain a spinning reel

I’ve had a lifelong distaste for spinning tackle. I have never learned to use it for any accurate casting, and the infernal loops that form in the reel spool drive me nuts.

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July 16 at 6:30 am
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Rig it right for wade fishing

Surf rigs vary greatly, but this trio of setups will handle the majority of what you’ll encounter at the Gulf’s edge. Just vary the size of your tackle components to match the species you’re seeking.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Top bream baits

Bass fishermen aren’t the only ones with a wide variety of lures from which to choose. Bream fishermen do, too.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Cutoff angler wins CCA-Louisiana STAR tournament's Chevy pickup truck

Jake Duet went to bed Sunday night dreaming of a brand new 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup, and thankfully for him, things didn’t turn into a nightmare Monday morning.

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July 14 at 5:09 pm
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Trout Masters Too excerpt: catching big specks on Lake Pontchartrain

In this excerpt from Trout Masters Too: How the pros do it, Capt. Eric Dumas with Living a Dream Guide Service talks about his obsession for speckled trout, and what he uses to catch them.

It seemed to the young man that everyone was catching big trout but him. So he started launching closer to the Trestles railroad bridge on the eastern end of the lake. He says that it took him 10 trips to learn how to catch trout there.

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July 14 at 5:45 am
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Slidell teen wins Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

As years go, 2014 has been a keeper for young Corin Knight of Slidell, and it’s the kind that can make a daddy very proud.

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July 11 at 10:00 am
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Unregistered angler catches CCA STAR redfish Monday near Elmer's Island

For the second time this summer, an angler not registered in the CCA STAR Tournament caught a tagged redfish and missed out on a brand new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

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July 08 at 3:26 pm
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Jug-lining surprise in Copasaw Canal

When Jake Freeman saw a couple of the jugs he had just set out in the Copasaw Canal take off late one afternoon last month, he was expecting some really nice catfish on the other end of the lines.

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July 08 at 11:17 am
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Polecat Bend and Baldwin Lodge

Dear Capt. Paul:

Have you ever heard of a fishing place called Baldwin Lodge? It is somewhere near the Polecat Bend, wherever that is located. I believe that it is somewhere in Lake Pontchartrain.

— Tommy BAT 

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July 07 at 9:00 am
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Hackney heads to Lafitte for topwater speckled trout action

Shortly before the 2014 Coastal Conservation Association STAR tournament got cranked up in May, Bassmaster Elite Series pro and Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney headed to Lafitte to fish with tournament director Rad Trascher to get the details on the 101-day event.

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July 03 at 6:00 pm
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Work structure to locate big Grand Isle trout

The way Tommy Vidrine was pounding rocks Monday morning near Grand Isle, you might have thought he was part of an inmate work detail. 

The 50-year-old Baton Rouge angler who specializes in tracking down and reeling in big speckled trout started the day at 6 a.m. with a quick stop at the Caminada Pass jetties before heading 8 miles west to the rock breakwaters along Fourchon Beach.

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July 02 at 2:05 pm
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Draining Venice — Fishing tips for inshore Venice action

The sun peeked over the eastern horizon from behind murky clouds, while an easterly breeze carried the scent of rotting catfish and stingrays that littered the shoreline.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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The One — Master a single lure to catch more bass

No self-respecting angler would wager his entire day on a single bait. Diversity breeds opportunity, and keeping options handy fosters confidence.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Before-work redfish challenge — How to catch your redfish limit before your go to work

Hunter Marcel is the sportsman’s version of the old U.S. Army recruitment ad from the early 1980s: The 23-year-old Houma native does more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day. 

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Fishin’ on foot — Expert tips for surf fishing

My mom used to rebut my anti-broccoli sentiment with that classic parental logic line: “You’ll never know if you like it unless you try it.”

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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