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According to Capt. Devin Denman, the Matrix Craw is a great all-around tool for targeting redfish — either retrieved quickly as a search bait, or bounced along the bottom like a jig.

Inshore insights: Top 3 redfish lures

Changing marsh dictates changes in lure selection
January 12 at 10:42am
Joel Masson shows off a nice roadside redfish caught between Shell Beach and Hopedale during the New Year's bitter cold snap. But act now — once the cold weather is over, the fish will move on.

Marsh Man Masson vid: Roadside redfish on every cast

Bitter cold has fish stacked up across the Louisiana coast
January 03 at 11:28am
Nevalost’s most popular offering now are the four fishing books in its guide book series.

The growth of Nevalost

November 15, 2017 at 6:00am
Fishing under a cork is the best way to catch specks in grassy ponds, according to Capt. Jonathan Sanchez.

Bayou La Loutre is loaded with specks

Live shrimp under a cork is the ticket
November 07, 2017 at 3:44pm
Reds can’t resist a spinnerbait like this venerable Beetle Spin. Just don’t be surprised if a trout or flounder also nails it.

October’s best bets in a ‘yak

October 18, 2017 at 9:00am
Capt. Rory Rorison with a nice fall Hopedale speckled trout.

Targeting transition trout out of Hopedale

Catching specks and reds “in the in-between”
October 17, 2017 at 10:51am
Perry Rosenson shows off the 6.6-pound speckled trout he caught with live shrimp under a popping cork on a June 17th trip out to Breton Island.

Breton Island gives up hefty 6.6-pound trout

Speck hit live shrimp under a cork weekend before Tropical Storm Cindy
June 28, 2017 at 9:45am
Capt. Charlie Thomason has been destroying redfish out of Hopedale with live shrimp on an incoming tide.

Leader length key for Hopedale redfish

Adjust depth, use jigheads under popping cork to get more bites, guide says
June 22, 2017 at 11:05am
Live shrimp is the preferred bait choice by both men for fishing for speckled trout and redfish. They use kahle hooks and hook the shrimp under the horn on top of its head.

Why Shell Beach?

June 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Daniel Compagno, 35, of Mandeville, attempted to release the 6.7-pound trout he caught Tuesday afternoon near the MRGO dam in Hopedale, but the big speck wasn't able to fully recover. So he wound up keeping the fish, which measured more than 26 inches.

Fat 6.7-pound Hopedale trout leads CCA-Louisiana STAR’s East Division

Big speck hammered live croaker at the MRGO dam, angler says
June 14, 2017 at 1:43pm
Capt. Ted DeAgano III often uses a 2-inch clip-on sac-a-lait cork just above his tandem rig to help inexperienced anglers keep both lures in the strike zone longer.

Twice as nice: Tandem rig tips

Guide uses clip-on cork to keep both lures in strike zone longer
April 07, 2017 at 9:14am
Capt. Ted DeAgano III said it's important to make an accurate float plan so that in the unlikely event you need to be rescued, search teams will be able to focus on the area where you were fishing.

Top 10 springtime boating maintenance tips

Get gear, equipment prepped for upcoming fishing trips
March 06, 2017 at 4:15pm
Capt. Marc Fradella holds up a Hopedale speck like the ones you can expect to find this month.

March mystery — How to catch transition trout

Trout that were ganged up near deep holes scatter this month as water temperatures rise, and that means boxes of fish are hard to come by. But this Hopedale guide knows the key to heading home with a slime-covered front deck.
March 01, 2017 at 7:00am
August Saulino holding a nice redfish caught by the Yscloskey Drawbridge.

Roadside reds

Leave the boat at home for cold-weather redfish
January 27, 2017 at 2:33pm