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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.

7 hours ago
The Bay Ranger 2350 combines family friendly features in a serious saltwater-fishing vessel.

Ranger 2350 Bay Ranger

The 2350 Bay Ranger from Ranger Boats in Flippin, Ark., is a serious bay boat, yet also brings an innovative, family-friendly, do-it-all inshore/offshore design to all kinds of anglers. The 2350 packs a bunch of features, is rated for 300 horsepower and has impressive performance in terms of speed and economy. 

Yesterday at 7:00am
“Black liquor” released into the West Pearl River by the Temple-Inland Paper Mill led to the deaths of thousands of fish in 2011.

The black Pearl — Pearl River fishing recovers from Temple-Inland Paper Mill spill

A black pearl is one of the rarest of gems. But in August of 2011, Louisianans found their beloved Pearl River became black.

But it wasn’t a gem. It was a stinking mess. 

Yesterday at 7:00am
Matrix Minnow results can put a smile on the face of anglers young and old.

The Matrix Minnow

One good hard bait deserves another, and that is what Chas Champagne of Slidell has done with the introduction this month of the Matrix Minnow.

January 13 at 4:00pm
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 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
Edward Cate’s 47-pound (estimated) redfish was the author’s choice for Fish of the Year.

The list is back!

As we do every January, we recognize fly-fishing achievements in Louisiana with our FLC (Fly Lines Column) Awards.

It’s like the Oscars, minus provocative dresses and long-winded acceptance speeches.

I’ve been asked who votes for these awards. The answer is me and me only. As the late Fidel Castro once said, “Democracy? What’s that?”

January 10 at 9:00am
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 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
Speckled trout are the all-around outdoorsman’s favorite fish. Note the Mann’s Sting Ray Grub on the rod.

Finders keepers — Secrets to trolling for Cypremort Point trout

Like gold, speckled trout are where you find them.

Ahh, but that’s the rub: finding them.

They are aggressive fish — not that hard to catch, but you gotta find them. Like roving wolves, they are mobile, and they are fast.

January 01 at 7:00am
Joe Sadalis and his daughter Hannah were all smiles after boating a Halter’s Island redfish.

Halter’s Island redfish gang up

A natural disaster started a wintertime tradition for residents and visitors to lower St. Mary Parish, where Halter’s Island becomes a redfish hotspot each December.

Morgan City’s Bill McCarty, a St. Mary Parish School Board member who owns WHM Services LLC, knows as well as anyone about catching redfish after redfish — most of them 18 to 24 inches long with the occasional bull red — down there.

December 22, 2016 at 4:04am