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Trout Masters excerpt: Using soft plastics to catch big trout out of Cypremort Point

David ‘T-Coon’ Billeaud is not a fan of live bait.

He routinely uses soft plastics exclusively to catch big trout around Cypremort Point. 

In this excerpt from Trout Masters: How Louisiana Anglers Catch the Lunkers, Billeaud discusses his favorite lures, jigheads and the tidal movement he prefers to catch more specks.  

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August 13 at 5:21 pm
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Brother-sister duo win 2013 Louisiana Youth Hunters of the Year

Pineville is home to the 2013 male and female Youth Hunters of the Year, and they both live under the same roof.

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August 13 at 4:00 pm
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Deer hunting’s good old days — today

By the turn of the 20th century, Louisiana’s deer herd was in trouble. Non-stop hunting by people trying to put meat on the table, and market hunters supplying restaurants with venison and leather clothiers with hides was pushing the herd to the brink.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Dismantling of the Pickets scheduled to begin Monday

Workers are scheduled to begin dismantling the Pickets on July 14 in preparation for the installation of three separate 5-acre artificial reefs on the trout-fishing hotspot in Terrebonne Parish, a company official said.

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July 08 at 2:50 pm
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Slow trout fishing raises concerns, some anglers say

It’s been a strange year, with severe cold fronts rolling through the state through mid-May, winds howling every weekend and water copiously pouring from the skies.

And many anglers have found the trout fishing to be as strange as the weather.

“My feeling is that it has not been nearly as good as it used to be,” said Baton Rouge angler Ed Sexton.

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June 25 at 11:25 am
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Pending state record mangrove snapper caught near South Timbalier in STAR Tournament

The very first day of the CCA STAR Tournament started with a bang for Todd Black.

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June 13 at 2:30 pm
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The Pickets scheduled for removal by mid-summer, official says

Workers are expected to begin removing the structures that make up the Pickets in Ship Shoal 26 out of Dularge and Cocodrie by mid-summer, according to an official with Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana.

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June 13 at 10:42 am
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2014 STAR tournament names red snapper division winner

With the shortest federal recreational season in history already wrapped up, it didn’t take long to name a winner for this year’s STAR red snapper division, according to the Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana.

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June 11 at 9:48 pm
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Consistent speckled trout limits being caught near Cocodrie

Anglers are catching limits of speckled trout in the Cocodrie area using live minnows on a Carolina rig, a fishing guide said.

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May 19 at 5:59 pm
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It’s a family tradition

“I call it ‘grabbing.’ I don’t know where they came up with ‘noodlin,’ ‘grampling’ and ‘grabbling,’” Josh Andrews sneered. “I’m grabbing fish. Most of the time, when they’re protecting their eggs, they grab you.”

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May 15 at 8:00 am
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Artificial reef that will ultimately replace the Pickets currently in design phase

Design work has begun on Phase 1 of the artificial reef that will ultimately replace the Pickets, with the hope that construction of the 8- to 12-acre site will be completed later this summer, officials said.

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April 16 at 4:19 pm
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Ups and downs for the Shooks

Steve Shook has lived his fishing life in the fast lane: expensive boats, glitzy destinations, cheering crowds, famous friends, big money — over $1 million in earnings in 1998 alone.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Monterey man pleads guilty to killing Louisiana black bear, LDWF says

Duell Moreland pleaded guilty on April 3 to illegally killing a Louisiana black bear in Concordia Parish last November, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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April 04 at 3:51 pm
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Statewide crappie recap: Black River Lake/Horseshoe complex

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the sixth article in an online series on hot crappie spots across the state that originally appeared in Louisiana Sportsman magazine. Today's article features information on the Black River Lake/Horseshoe complex, and we wrap up the series tomorrow with the Saline-Larto complex.

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February 27 at 11:09 am
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LDWF releases Florida largemouth bass stocking priority list for 2014

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plans to stock fewer but larger pure Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into waters across the state later this spring, a biologist said.

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February 25 at 10:04 am
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Two men arrested for alleged hunting violations on Bayou Cocodrie NWR, LDWF says

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arrested two men last Friday for alleged hunting violations on Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge.

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February 06 at 8:57 am
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