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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, Elmers or Breton Island 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
There are many Lake Borgne and Bay Eloi waypoints included in Captain Paul’s Fishing Edge.

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.


September 03, 2015 at 3:45pm
Capt. Mike Crossen starts off with live shrimp, but once he locates fish he’ll often start throwing plastics under a cork. His favorite being an H&H beetle in chartreuse ice or clear.

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.

September 01, 2015 at 7:00am
TJ Roussell figured out the best way to catch mangrove snapper on this trip was to soak his bait as long as possible.

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.

September 01, 2015 at 7:00am