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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.

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May 08 at 12:39 pm
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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.

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April 17 at 8:00 am
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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. 

Mike

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April 08 at 9:00 am
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Cigars and courtbouillon — Best bets for spring school trout and redfish

The crawfish heads were piling up, the keg was foaming and Artie was in the spotlight. Happens every time.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Solid duck season overall ends in the coastal zone

Coastal zone hunters across the state trekked to their blinds for the last time yesterday, ending a season that for many featured the most ducks they had seen in years.

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January 26 at 2:47 pm
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The Great Wall of Chalmette — Fishing tips for the Michoud floodwall

There are some very famous walls in our world. For instance, there’s the Great Wall of China, a historical monument and one of the rare, still-extant wonders of the ancient world. It stretches out over a distance of 5,000 miles and took two millenniums to build.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Most hunters report successful duck season opener

On Friday afternoon, the state’s waterfowl study leader reported encouraging aerial survey results, indicating the largest number of birds Louisiana’s seen in early November for at least 10 years. 

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November 17, 2014 at 8:50 am
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Mellow Down — Top fishing tips for Delacroix’s fall trout and reds

Ah, sweet November. Brisk air, falling leaves, cooler temperatures and the official end to hurricane season.

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November 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Teal season opener a mixed bag

Louisiana’s opening weekend of teal season played out a lot like a beginner’s class in real estate basics: It all boiled down to location, location, location.

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September 15, 2014 at 11:49 am
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Unforsaken Fourchon — How to fish for Fourchon Beach trout

So it’s been a slow season for trout. The usual summer slam we expect every year never quite materialized, and anglers and guides alike have scratched their heads, wondering if this season is an ominous portend of things to come.

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September 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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West Delta Mack Attack — How to fish for Spanish mackerel at Louisiana’s nearshore rigs

“Not the trailer bearings again!” Artie groaned as we rumbled onto the shoulder amidst a cloud of smoke.

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August 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Breton Sound Beat-down — Trout fishing tips for Breton Sound

The urban dictionary of slang defines a “beat-down” as when you pummel or repeatedly beat something (or someone) into submission.

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August 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Slidell teen wins Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

As years go, 2014 has been a keeper for young Corin Knight of Slidell, and it’s the kind that can make a daddy very proud.

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July 11, 2014 at 10:00 am
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Speckled trout hit-and-miss out of Hopedale

Capt. Gene Dugas summed up his thoughts on a speckled trout fishing report out of Hopedale with his first two words of the conversation.

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June 26, 2014 at 9:30 am
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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, 2014 at 11:25 am
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Rainy days won't dampen speckled trout bite for long, guide says

Even though the speckled trout bite out of Hopedale/Delacroix has been solid for more than a week, heavy rains in the forecast for the next several days don’t upset Capt. Ted DeAgano III. 

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May 28, 2014 at 11:39 am
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