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Head to the rocks at the MRGO for redfish and speckled trout action this month.

MRGO rocks a perennial May trout hotspot

Capt. Jacques “Jakamo” Laboureur said the rocks at the end of the MRGO are always the first place the trout show up to kick off the summer trout season, and this is the month it happens.

May 05 at 10:44am
Capt. Charlie Thomason has surprisingly good success on shallow flats fishing a weightless shad-style bait.

Freshwater lure that produces Hopedale reds and specks

Flukes and weightless stick baits are extremely popular on the bass circuit. That’s because they produce not only big fish but numbers of fish, as well.

April 15 at 7:00am
Throwing close to the shoreline is almost always a must to catch Hopedale redfish, according to Capt. Charlie Thomason.

Hopedale augur — Trout and redfish tips for April success

With not a ripple on the surface or a cloud in the sky, Capt. Charlie Thomason took his bay boat down a shoreline of Hopedale. 

April 01 at 7:00am
Sheepshead, redfish and black drum make up a slam in Breton Sound during March and April.

Heads, reds and drum — Tips for catching Breton Sound’s sheesphead, redfish and black drum

You heard the one about the elite, big-fish speckled trout snob in Delacroix in March?

Well, there was this creek. And there was this paddle. The guy was up the creek: Aw heck, you know the rest.

March 01 at 7:00am
You can transfer navigation routes from your iPhone to an HDS unit, if you know the steps.

From app to onboard GPS unit

Dear Capt. Paul:

I run the Lowrance HDS-2 with the Navionics card, on my boat and I have the Navionics boating app on my iPhone.

February 08 at 9:00am
Gabe Sonnier shows off a couple of teal he killed Monday with David Faul at Bin There Hunting in Welsh. Many hunters reported a slow start to the opening weekend of the second split, which kicked off Saturday.

Duck hunters report slow start to second split

Despite a well-timed cool front and brisk temperatures Saturday morning, many Louisiana duck hunters didn’t have the second-split opening weekend they were hoping for.

December 21, 2015 at 1:20pm
Adam Huynh used a chartreuse Gulp mullet to rack up a limit of speckled trout on a mild, fall day.

Take comfort in fall trout fishing

The days are shorter, the temperature is cooler and the specks are closer. Fall is the best time to target speckled trout from a kayak: The fish are hungry, concentrated and easy to reach.

November 17, 2015 at 2:00pm
Robert Campo, with Campo's Marina in Shell Beach, shows off a speckled trout caught along the western shoreline of Lake Borgne. Most fish were caught with live shrimp 2 feet under a popping cork, according to Capt. Jakamo Laboureur.

Specks a 'shore thing' now out of Shell Beach

I missed the first clue when I made a dark-thirty drive to Shell Beach to meet Captain Jacques “Jakamo” Laboureur and Robert Campo for an early-morning trout excursion. 

November 05, 2015 at 5:00pm
arley Dennis is a hard fisherman and really put the hammer to them when the tide started to run late in the night.

Delacroix’s tres amigos

Capt. Rykert Toledano Jr. puckishly calls Farley Dennis and Kelly LeBouef “good guys and good friends, but best of all cheap labor.”

October 15, 2015 at 7:00am
Tim “Capt. Hook” Ursin Sr. likes to look for current lines around prominent points, where trout and reds show up in large numbers to ambush the bait flowing along with the tide.

Hooked! Fishing guide shares tips for trout success at Shell Beach, Hopedale

I think the first time I fished with Capt. Tim “Hook” Ursin Jr. was back in the early to mid-1990s. At the time he was running his charter service out of the End of the World Marina on Delacroix Island — and we were both a lot younger then.

October 01, 2015 at 7:00am
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.


September 03, 2015 at 3:45pm
Rykert Toledano is a big believer in solunar tables and has the catches to prove it.

Night games — How to catch Delacroix trout after the dark

We left the dock at 7 p.m.

Yes I said p.m., not a.m.

Everything else in Delacroix was dead quiet. All the sports had gone home and were digesting their supper.

September 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Finding hungry trout in a part of the Biloxi Marsh you’ve probably never visited is as easy as making a short run out of Pass Christian, Miss.

The Express Lane — Trout-fishing tips for the Biloxi Marsh

I arrived at the small-boat harbor in Pass Christian, Miss., 15 minutes before our 2 p.m. appointment — as storms just to the north of the coast broke loose.

So the next hour or so was spent visiting with Capt. Ronnie Daniels and the father-and-son fishing team of Dana and David Sanders while the rains passed.

August 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Capt. Charlie Thomason relies on Carolina rigs to fish live croakers on the rigs in Black Bay.

May speckled trout techniques: The Carolina rig

For years, the standard way to present live bait to trout feeding in surf, around rocks or in deeper water has been a plain old bottom rig - also known as a Carolina rig.

May 08, 2015 at 12:39pm
Fly-fishing is a great option for kayakers, and redfish and bass will slam the diminutive lures.

Freshen up

The primary target species of most coastal Louisiana kayak anglers are speckled trout and redfish. However, many areas that primarily harbor these saltwater species are seeing decreased salinities and an influx of largemouth bass.

April 17, 2015 at 8:00am
You can use Google Earth to get you to and from your favorite fishing hotspots, if you know how to make the data transfers from the web to your GPS.<br />

Google Earth placemarks to GPS waypoints

Dear Capt. Paul:

Can you please give detailed instruction to get GPS coordinates off Google Earth? I would like to find points in Delacroix and Hopedale areas, and put them in my Lowrance HDS7 touch screen as waypoints.

Thanks in advance. 


April 08, 2015 at 9:00am