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Capt. Ross Montet, of Cajun Fishing adventures knows the shallow surf holds great trout potential.

Surf strategists — Top surf-fishing tips

Aggressive, abundant and readily available to those willing to enter the warm summer surf — speckled trout present the perfect wade-fishing target.

Heavy stringers of fat specks await along the beaches from the Cajun Riviera’s Holly Beach on the state’s southwestern coast to Grand Isle’s pristine sands, and eastward to the Chandeleur and Breton islands.

August 01 at 7:00am
Silicon ear plugs are comfortable and effective at blocking loud snoring when at the camp.

The key to a good night’s sleep

There are two things that wake me up and keep me up: a barking dog and a snorer.

So I’ve been known to scream at dogs in the middle of the night (hey, if the neighbor wants to sleep, he can stop his stupid dog from yapping). 

July 18 at 6:00am
Lafitte specks stack up around the outside islands this time of year, and they can be fooled easily with lures.

Go light in Lafitte

When you pull up to your favorite marina and grab some live bait, your main objective is to get the shrimp in your livewell and keep them frisky. 

May 31 at 6:35pm
You can catch all the school trout you want this month by targeting flocks of birds, but there also are solid fish patrolling the shorelines and reefs.

Trout invasion is on at Lafitte, charter guide says

Lafitte anglers have to make long runs most of the year to reach hot trout action, but this month everything is happening near the little port south of New Orleans.

"In reality, 35 minutes from the marina you can catch plenty of trout," Capt. Theophile Bourgeois said.

May 10 at 5:15pm
This red fell for a bendback-style fly that was tied on an inverted hook to make it weedless.

Green, green grass of Houma

No greater example of coastal erosion can be found than the Lake Laurier area north of Highway 1 between Fourchon and Grand Isle.

May 09 at 5:45pm
Big, hungry trout are waiting in the surf across Southeast Louisiana, but before you head out get in on the one-day BOGO 50-percent flash sale on Sportsman Cool Breeze shirts.

They. Have. Arrived.

Head to the surf this month on Grand Isle, Elmer's or Breton islands and there’s a good chance you’ll find huge hungry speckled trout like these waiting.

Those huge trout are what keeps Capt. Theophile Bourgeois with Bourgeois Charters flying from his home base in Lafitte to Breton Island.

But before you head to the surf, check out our Cool Breeze shirts and caps – hot off the truck. And the shirts are on a BOGO 50-percent sale today only.

May 03 at 9:28am
The IFA Redfish Tours will be heading to Lafitte for a weekend of action May 14-15 out of Lafitte Harbor Marina.

IFA Redfish Tours heading to Lafitte

The first Louisiana Division events of the 2016 IFA Redfish Tour will be held May 14-15 out of Lafitte Harbor Marina in Lafitte.

May 02 at 4:52pm
Romano loves to fish topwater plugs early in the morning, even when it is rough. He is not particular about the color of topwater lures. Note where this fish is hooked.

Hunting and fishing is ‘my mistress,’ Chag’s manager says

Sammy Romano has a jealous inamorata. She won’t let the 42-year-old bachelor even think about taking a wife.

April 15 at 7:00am
You can contribute to the accuracy of Navionics maps while you fish just by using their Boating app and SonarCharts Live feature. And you can watch it all in realtime on a smartphone or tablet.

The coolest marine electronics advancement ever

Modern electronics are, for me, a simple means of getting from one place to another. Just turn on my old Lowrance, wait for the satellites to relay information and then watch my little boat icon as it moves through the watery terrain I’ve chosen for the day.

Pretty much, that’s it.

I always have my good old Standard Map held to the floor by my feet so I can ensure I’m on course, since my unit is so old it only has the cartoon maps that have no real bearing on the reality of our coastal waters.

I don’t save trails. I don’t delete trails unless they become so crowded I can’t tell where the heck I have just been.

And, yeah, I know I could use the mapping software to plan out routes, and mark and save waypoints. 

I don’t do any of that, either.

But my eyes were opened recently to some amazing technological advances that have me dying to up my game.

March 28 at 5:00am
Volunteers from Lake Pontchartrain remove abandoned crab traps during LDWF's annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo that was held on Feb. 13.

2016 Crab Trap Rodeo results in removal of more than 2,500 traps in February

More than 2,500 traps were retrieved last month in two separate events on Lake Pontchartrain and near Lafitte during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo.

March 16 at 11:18am
Volunteers — especially boaters — are needed for two Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos being held later this month for Lake Pontchartrain and the Barataria Basin. Read the story for links to volunteer.

Volunteers needed for Crab Trap Rodeos

For the 13th year, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is holding its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos in February, with plans to target abandoned traps in both Lake Pontchartrain and the Barataria Basin.

February 02 at 5:08pm
Trout can be caught during November along the old grass lines in nearby Brusle Lake.

Best bet for Lafitte’s fall trout

There’s no doubt that the Bayou Rigoletts wall offers some of the best redfishing in all of South Louisiana during November, but there is a spot not too far to its south that offers some of the best speckled trout fishing, as well.

November 15, 2015 at 7:00am
The Coastal Zone opened to mixed reports this weekend, with some hunters limiting out easily and others not even firing their guns.

Louisiana's Coastal Zone opens to mixed reports

Opening weekend was a mixed bag for Louisiana’s Coastal Zone duck hunters, with reports of success varying widely by location across the state, according to guides and Internet reports.

November 09, 2015 at 2:18pm
The rock wall on the east side of Bayou Rigoletts has become home for hungry redfish.

Hopping the wall — This month’s best bet for Lafitte redfish

Opinions about walls are defined by the different sides.

On one side, a wall can be a hedge of protection that keeps us safe by keeping out the proverbial bad guys.

November 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Lafitte guides Dominick Ochello, Colby Creppel and Casey Rojas (left to right) know gold spoons can be deadly weapons when searching for redfish.

How to effectively use spoons to catch more redfish

I’ve never liked fishing spoons. Maybe it’s because I never gave them the chance. Maybe it’s because I’ve never caught much on them.

September 17, 2015 at 3:35pm
When measuring borderline fish, a ice chest or tape-on ruler isn’t the best tool for the job.

Pick the right fish-measuring board

You see it all the time on fishing trips: Someone catches a fish that might or might not be long enough to keep, and the angler flops it down on an ice chest for a quick measurement on the built-in ruler.

September 16, 2015 at 1:25pm