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The sword whisperer ó Venice charter guide shares secrets to catching swordfish

Xiphias gladius. Ahh; what a name for a fish!

Xiphius means “sword” in Greek, and gladius means “sword” in Latin.

The latter is also the root word for “gladiator.” A fish with a sword that fights like a gladiator — how could you not be hypnotized by the thought of doing battle with one.†

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Speckled trout already biting in Terrebonne Bay

Besides not having to wrap up your pipes, protect your plants or pull out your heavy coat, Louisiana’s mild winter so far this year brings with it an added bonus: speckled trout are already being caught in outside spots like Terrebonne Bay — in mid-February.

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February 18 at 2:08 pm
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Apex Predator: 100-pound longbow adventure brings down doe

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I could have never imagined that shooting a doe would give me more of a rush than my biggest buck — but oddly enough, that’s exactly what happened.†

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February 03 at 6:34 pm
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Lafayette angler's giant mangrove snapper certified as new world record

It’s official now — the hammer 18.63-pound mangrove snapper Tim Champagne landed this summer† out of Cocodrie is now the International Game Fish Association’s new world record holder for the category.

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October 09, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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Speckled trout haven't transitioned inside yet near Cocodrie and Dularge

It may be officially fall on the calendar now, but speckled trout haven’t quite gotten the message to head back into interior marshes near Cocodrie and Dularge, according to a fishing guide.

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September 24, 2015 at 10:57 am
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Removed platform sites can be great fishing locations

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am looking for coordinates of shell pads that might exist in Lake Borgne and around Bay Eloi.

Any old rig pads, old islands or points, etc. would be great.

Thanks.†

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September 03, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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CCA-Louisiana STAR Tournament ends at 5 p.m. on Labor Day

We’re down to the final days that anglers will be on the lookout for tagged redfish and speckled trout in the CCA-Louisiana STAR Tournament, but it’s not too late to register if you plan on hitting the water over the long Labor Day weekend.

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September 03, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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Trout bite still going strong out of Cocodrie

Despite warmer-than-usual temperatures in August, the speckled trout bite out of Cocodrie is still going strong, according to a fishing guide.

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August 31, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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Lafayette angler details catch of potential world record mangrove snapper

They say records are made to be broken, but Tim Champagne’s giant 31 ⅞-inch mangrove snapper looks like it won’t just be breaking records — it could absolutely shatter them.

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July 23, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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Lafayette angler catches potential world record mangrove snapper out of Cocodrie

A Lafayette angler landed a certified 18.63-pound mangrove snapper out of Cocodrie on Wednesday — a fish that, pending official certification, would easily become the new No. 1 mangrove in the state — and potentially the world.†

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July 23, 2015 at 6:19 pm
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Trout trailers

Success, as usual in the artificial lure manufacturing business — or anything else, for that matter — †begats success.

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July 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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Apex Predator: Use red snapper and de-barbed hardheads to catch more cobia

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Cobia are one of my favorite fish to catch, but with only a 16-foot bay boat, my days at trying to get these tasty fish are very limited.

So I make sure to have the most enticing bait that no cobia can resist: barb-less hardhead catfish.

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July 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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Target back side of Timbalier Island with live shrimp for July trout action out of Cocodrie

Capt. Tommy Pellegrin would typically be patrolling the beach side of Timbalier Island in early July, looking for birds diving and shrimp jumping to target speckled trout out of Cocodrie.

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July 08, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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Strong winds make redfish the main target out of Dularge

Strong south and southeast winds out of Dularge have dampened the speckled trout bite and forced fishermen to move into interior duck ponds to target redfish, according to a local guide.

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June 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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Capt. Paul's Fishing Edge: Like candy for your GPS

If you’re trying to track down speckled trout in a new area — or if you’re just trying to locate a spot where everyone’s catching that you can’t find — Capt. Paul’s Fishing Edge has the exact information you need to be successful.

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June 09, 2015 at 4:30 pm
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Last stop ó How to fish east of Cocodrie in a small boat

Let’s start with a confession: I have an issue with hard-headedness. It spans well beyond fishing, but for this purpose we’ll focus on fishing — specifically the lifelong pursuit of all things speckled trout.

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June 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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