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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.

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February 02 at 5:08 pm
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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.

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November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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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.

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November 09, 2015 at 2:18 pm
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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.

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November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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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.

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September 17, 2015 at 3:35 pm
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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.

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September 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm
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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.

Thanks. 

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September 03, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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Bang-up Barataria — How to stay on specks during the September doldrums

Do you remember how we used to try to fix things by hitting them? We’d smack the side of the old TV to straighten out the picture or hit the radio when it wouldn’t pick up a signal.

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September 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Dad gum mangroves!

Since my son was onboard, the worst expletive I could muster was a gruff, “Dad gum it!”

I’m normally slow to anger and even slower to speak, but this was the third fish I had lost in less than 10 minutes.

“You can’t get frustrated, Chris,” Capt. Lane Zimmer told me as he grabbed my line to tie on another hook. “That’s part of fishing this way. You’re going to lose fish.

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September 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Two Lafitte men arrested for alleged crab trap thefts, LDWF says

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested two men for allegedly stealing crab traps in Plaquemines Parish, according to a news release.

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August 13, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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House designer goes 'fishing' in his garage workshop

When Tim Trauth targets a trophy speck, he doesn’t use a rod and reel, live bait, plastic lures or treble hooks. He doesn’t care about mono, fluorocarbon or braided line — and he doesn’t even need a boat.

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August 03, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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How to limit on Lafitte reds

Thursday it took one stop for guide Dominick Ochello to put his clients on all the Lafitte redfish they could stand.

“We caught 27,” Ochello said. “They were schooled up.”

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July 31, 2015 at 2:55 pm
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Island people

When Barbara and Les Picard call themselves “island people,” they don’t mean to imply that they are natives of Grand Isle. It means they love all islands, whether in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or the Gulf of Mexico.

But their favorite island is Grand Isle.

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July 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Capt. Paul's Fishing Edge: Like candy for your GPS

If you’re trying to track down speckled trout in a new area — or if you’re just trying to locate a spot where everyone’s catching that you can’t find — Capt. Paul’s Fishing Edge has the exact information you need to be successful.

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June 09, 2015 at 4:30 pm
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IFA Redfish Tours hit Lafitte this weekend

Anglers from across Louisiana and surrounding states will be in Lafitte to participate in both the IFA Redfish Tour and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour this weekend.

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May 28, 2015 at 10:02 am
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May speckled trout techniques: The popping cork

The one thing that has surprised me over my years of writing about Louisiana saltwater fishing is how complicated something as simple as a popping cork can be.

I mean, it’s a popping cork. What more can be said other than tie one on and go fishing?

But I’ve been with charter captains out of Venice who were catching five fish to my one.

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May 06, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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