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Capt. Bubby Lamy finds numbers of speckled trout in deep water this time of year.

The Great Wall is where it’s at

Hand warmers are essential to deer hunting and other outdoor activities performed in teeth-chattering cold temperatures. Insert these warm packets into your jacket, and it’ll put the life right back into you.

Speckled trout don’t exactly have such warmers, but they get it from a different type of source.

December 22, 2016 at 4:35am
Brittany Kuhn caught this speckled trout while fishing with Capt. Charlie Thomason.

Hard-plastic Hopedale trout

There’s no doubt that a popping cork with a soft-plastic underneath is a deadly way to catch a boatload of speckled trout — particularly in the fall when fish are gorging on white shrimp.

November 30, 2016 at 11:03am
Putting in the time to find your own hideaway on our state’s top WMAs can be extremely rewarding when the birds cooperate.

Public prospects — Top 5 WMAs for duck hunting

Backlit faintly by the early morning glow, they came as we’d hoped. Silhouettes — large and deliberate, and small and acrobatic — bombarded our spread.

We were able to pick up our jaws from the marsh mud just in time to catch that telltale sound as a few feathered bodies splashed down amongst their plastic counterparts.

November 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Fish the edges of Black Bay to catch Hopedale trout this month, Capt. Charlie Thomason said.

Hopedale fishing curve balls

Leave it to Capt. Charlie Thomason to march to a different drummer.

When I called the veteran captain looking for some Biloxi Marsh fishing tips, I received an unexpected answer.

October 17, 2016 at 3:18pm
Cheniers are built in three steps. 1. Marsh grasses grow on mud flats created by river sediment deposits. As long as new deposits are made, the marsh will continue to grow seaward.

How oak cheniers were formed

Most waterfowl hunters and fishermen are vaguely aware that Highway 82, which runs the length of Cameron and Vermilion parishes, follows lines of live oak trees, while much of the surrounding countryside is wide open marsh.

October 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Freedom Charters’ Capt. Mike May says he’s caught some great trout under the birds this summer.

Biloxi Marsh mix-up — How to catch trout and redfish during August

This goes down as one of my very best summers — ever.

June came in with intense heat and sweltering humidity, and an abundance of speckled trout. At least it did where I was fishing — in and around Bay Eloi.

August 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Capt. Britt Ordes fishes deep with live shrimp for big speckled trout this time of year.

Fish Hopedale trout where they cool off

Go to Blue Bayou Water Park on a scorching hot Saturday and you’ll likely be waiting more than an hour to ride the water slide.

July 22, 2016 at 11:43am
Capt. Rory Rorison likes to start the morning fishing shallower water around shorelines, over reefs or around islands. He said the fish tend to start out in shallower water in the mornings, but they move quickly to deeper water as the sun gets up.

Black Bay fishing bonanza

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Day, is probably the best-known shopping day of the year. Stores everywhere advertise their merchandise at sharp discounts and anxious shoppers sometimes camp out overnight in front of their favorite store to be sure they don’t miss the bargains.

July 01, 2016 at 7:00am
To enter your STAR-registered child's 14-inch trout or flounder, just email a picture like this one to tournament director Rad Trascher, whose email address is in the story.  Weighing the fish is not necessary, he said.

Remember CCA STAR kids’ registration for 4th of July weekend

Tournament director Rad Trascher has been a busy man since the Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana’s STAR kicked off on Memorial Day weekend.

June 29, 2016 at 2:47pm
The 22nd Annual ASA Fishing Rodeo will be held this Sunday, June 12 out of Breton Sound Marina. Fishing begins at sunrise anywhere, and weigh-in will be from 12 to 2.

22nd ASA Fishing Rodeo slated for Sunday, June 12

The 22nd annual ASA Fishing Rodeo — which raises funds for students seeking a degree in Motor Vehicle Technology at Delgado Community College — will be held this Sunday, June 12 out of Breton Sound Marina. 

June 07, 2016 at 10:44pm
Places like Bay Eloi and the MRGO rocks have nice trout at times.

The long haul — Go to Black Bay, Chandeleur Sound for lunker trout

You’re on your lunch break from work sitting in the A/C, but in the back of your mind you know it would be more enjoyable out in the heat catching speckled trout, like all of the guides are doing.

June 01, 2016 at 7:00am
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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 7:00am