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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
Last January, Josh Chauvin finally got his hands on a racked buck at Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge,

Apex Predator: Keep updated on new rules for national wildlife refuges

National wildlife refuges have great hunting opportunities, but every hunter should be sure to keep up with new regulation changes each season. 

December 13, 2016 at 3:04pm
Creamy shrimp and mushroom fettuccine is a satisfying meal and only needs fresh garlic bread to set it off.

Cajun cook does shrimp his way

Lane LeMaire is a dedicated Cajun cook and a skilled outdoorsman. So it is no wonder so much of what he cooks is fish, seafood and game.

November 29, 2016 at 9:00am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, points out some of the advantages to using an over-under shotgun to pursue hogs on public land.

Double the barrel — Double the hog

Last year I found my wife’s forgotten Beretta 12-gauge over-and-under tucked away deep in the closet while searching through her old hunting gear from before we met. To a hunter like me, it was like finding buried treasure. 

September 28, 2016 at 4:38pm
Denham Springs’ angler Darren Cooper is willing to give up numbers of bites to watch Pointe-aux-Chenes redfish bite.

Sight-fishing the way to go in Pointe-aux-Chenes

Denham Springs’ Darren Cooper was once a die-hard bass angler, but he’s given up chasing those green fish to spend as much time at his Pointe-aux-Chenes camp catching redfish.

July 07, 2016 at 8:41pm
Tim Champagne of Lafayette reeled in this state and world record mangrove snapper last July 22 in Ship Shoal 222 out of Cocodrie, and the fish turned out to be the new International Game Fish Association's world record for the category.

IGFA record mangrove, giant tarpon share LOWA 2015 Fish of the Year honors

An 18.63-pound monster mangrove snapper out of Cocodrie and a 246.63-pound tarpon out of Grand Isle will be recognized as the 2015 Fish of the Year by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association at their annual convention next month.

July 06, 2016 at 9:18pm
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin finds plenty of speckled trout under birds and nice specks on the beaches this time of year.

Look for birds to find Cocodrie trout

There are some anglers who would sit in a dentist chair before they would reel in dishrag-like small trout. Those fishermen want violent, head-shaking specks that strip drag on the way in.

July 05, 2016 at 5:30pm
Turtle Bayou and Orange Grove are known for bass and other freshwater fishing.

Turtle Bayou and Orange Grove

Dear Capt. Paul:

I have been the target of several jokes about fishing the Turtle Bayou and Orange Grove fishing area for freshwater fish. My “friends” keep telling me that I would need a very good mapping GPS unit supplemented with aerial or topographical maps to find my way in and out of these areas.

June 08, 2016 at 9:00am
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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 6:34pm