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Tournament Director Rad Trascher shows off one of the 50 tagged redfish that are currently swimming along the Louisiana coast for the 2016 CCA STAR Tournament. The first registered angler to catch a tagged redfish wins a brand new Chevy Silverado pickup.

22nd CCA STAR kicks off Saturday

More than $500,000 in prizes — including boats, motors, trailers, tackle packages and a brand new 2016 Chevy Silverado pickup truck — are up for grabs when the Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association’s STAR Tournament cranks up this Saturday morning at 12:01 a.m.

May 25 at 10:50am
Throwing live shrimp under a sliding cork is the key to catching nice speckled trout at the islands south of Cocodrie, Custom Charters' Capt. Tommy Pellegrin said.

Big trout patrolling beaches at islands south of Cocodrie

If you’re looking to stock your freezer with speckled trout, the islands south of Cocodrie are where you want to be.

“It’s easy,” said Capt. Tommy Pellegrin. “It’s the best fishing I’ve seen in my lifetime. Yesterday I couldn’t get away from trout for nothing. I had a guy who wanted to catch a redfish, and I couldn’t get away from trout.

“It’s insane.”

May 25 at 2:41am
More than 50 streams like this one are in the Natural and Scenic Rivers System in Louisiana and all offer good fishing at times.

Fishing the scenic route

Fifty-one streams, bayous, branches and small rivers in Louisiana have been declared part of the Natural and Scenic Rivers System.

May 15 at 7:00am
The skipper and the angler pose with their prize.

The sword whisperer — 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. 

May 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin, with Custom Charters out of Houma, shows off a nice speckled trout caught Wednesday afternoon in Terrebonne Bay. Pellegrin recommends fishing soft plastics with a slow steady retrieve to make the most of the wintertime bite.

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.

February 18 at 2:08pm
Josh Chauvin arrowed this doe with a 12-yard shot using his 100-pound Bamabows longbow on St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Natchez, Miss.

Apex Predator: 100-pound longbow adventure brings down doe

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. 

February 03 at 6:34pm
TIm Champagne caught this 18.63-pound mangrove snapper on July 22 in Ship Shoal 222 out of Cocodrie on July 22. It was confirmed this week as the new IGFA world record.

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.

October 09, 2015 at 1:45pm
Speckled trout haven't transitioned back inside near Cocodrie and Dularge in any numbers yet, but Capt. Tommy Pellegrin expects the push into the marsh to begin in the next couple of weeks.

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.

September 24, 2015 at 10:57am
There are many Lake Borgne and Bay Eloi waypoints included in Captain Paul’s Fishing Edge.

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. 

September 03, 2015 at 3:45pm
Jonathan Craft, right, poses with the tagged redfish he caught on May 30 in his kayak on Grand Isle. Pending verification, he'll win a Chevy Silverado pickup truck for catching the first tagged redfish of the 2015 CCA-Louisiana STAR Tournament.

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.

September 03, 2015 at 1:34pm
The speckled trout are biting out of Cocodrie on live shrimp, and when the water is clear, tandem-rigged artificial plastics, according to Capt. Chris

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.

August 31, 2015 at 12:57pm
Tim Champagne shows off the 18.63-pound mangrove snapper he caught in Ship Shoal 222 Wednesday afternoon out of Cocodrie, along with the Penn Spinfisher 750 he used to reel in the potential state and world-record catch.

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.

July 23, 2015 at 10:15pm
Tim Champagne displays the 18.63-pound mangrove snapper he caught on a live croaker Wednesday out of Cocodrie. If the catch is certified, it will become the state's new No. 1 fish, and the No. 1 mangrove in the world through the IGFA.

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. 

July 23, 2015 at 6:19pm
Trout Trailers should be in 100 stores this summer.

Trout trailers

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

July 14, 2015 at 4:00pm
After a tough fight, with no gaff, Josh Chauvin was finally able to net this 50-pound plus lemonfish he hooked using a de-barbed hardhead catfish for live bait.

Apex Predator: Use red snapper and de-barbed hardheads to catch more cobia

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.

July 13, 2015 at 4:40pm
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin with Custom Charters in Houma shows off a nice Timbalier speckled trout caught Tuesday morning with live shrimp under a cork over a shallow sand flat on the back side of the island.

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.

July 08, 2015 at 2:33pm