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Jason Ellender caught this 10.65-pounder at Sabine Lake in March, 2013 on a Heddon Super Spook and landed at No. 8 in the state's record books for Top 10 speckled trout. An exclusive club: Louisiana's Top 10 speckled trout
4259 Views - Posted: April 17 at 10:55 am

Last year, only one angler managed to crack into the record books for the state’s Top 10 speckled trout.

Ginger and Steve Shook lived a high-profile lifestyle during their days on the Southern Kingfish Association tour. Ups and downs for the Shooks
156 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Steve Shook has lived his fishing life in the fast lane: expensive boats, glitzy destinations, cheering crowds, famous friends, big money — over $1 million in earnings in 1998 alone.

While some kayak tournaments require anglers to bring fish to weigh-ins, many are photo-and-release events. Gulf Coast Kayak Tournaments 2014:
180 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

• March 29 — Boats on the Bayou, New Orleans. New this year, a special kayak division is added to the City Park Big Bass Rodeo. Kayaks will compete for trophies fishing Bayou St. John. Go to for more.

Capt. Owen Langridge said redfish are biting east of the river in Quarantine Bay and Bay Allen, while speckled trout are just arriving west of the river out of Buras. Specks showing up now on the west side of the Mississippi out of Buras, guide says
2546 Views - Posted: March 27 at 4:38 pm

Speckled trout are just starting to show up on the outer bays and over the oyster reefs on the west side of Buras in advance of a minor April spawn, according to a Venice guide.

Port Eads was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, but itís reopened and features more public facilities. Ports Eads Marina reopens
3541 Views - Posted: March 12 at 9:00 am

Slip space is now available at the all-new Port Eads Marina Facility on South Pass at the southernmost tip of Louisiana, about 21 miles south of Venice.

In addition to a 60-slip full-service marina equipped with hookups for water and electricity, the state-of-the-art $15 million dollar facility funded by FEMA features two camps capable of sleeping 48 people, a fuel dock, ice house, two wastewater treatment plants, a 60,000-gallon potable water system, a restaurant and a 900-foot boardwalk through the marsh from the marina to the camps.

Fiscations donít have to include 1,000-mile jaunts to the west. Larry Offner of Denham Springs enjoys casting to rising trout on the streams of North Georgia. Fishcation planning begins now
2061 Views - Posted: March 11 at 9:00 am

On the aftermath of Icepocalypse 2014, most flyfishers can’t begin to think about wading a cold stream with snow-covered mountain peaks as a backdrop. But come August, they will think differently.†

But by then it might be too late to make that destination dream a reality.

Freeportís sulphur facility sits along Dennis Pass ≠ó right in the middle of some great fishing habitat. The Freeport Sulphur Mine near Garden Island Bay
2935 Views - Posted: March 06 at 9:00 am

Dear Capt. Paul:

What are the coordinates of where the Freeport sulphur facility used to be on Garden Island Bay? What is the name of the pass they were on: Southwest or South pass?

In February, spawning sheepshead swarm around almost all structures in shallow water all along our coast. Black Bay Jailbreak ó Fishing tips for sheepshead
1292 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

Doc’s spanking-new bay boat, a 24-footer, was primed for its maiden voyage. Doc himself seemed uncharacteristically pumped for the occasion; lately his fishing had seemed more perfunctory than the traditional obsession we all recalled while growing up together.

This period spanned from New Orleans The Times-Picayune’s McFadden Duffy through By HEK through Bob Marshall to Todd Masson. Quite a stretch.

But from the look on his face on this Endymion parade night at his French Quarter bungalow, the anticipation to wet his new boat had gotten Doc’s fishing groove back, almost like during Fat City’s heyday. His face looked like it did the night he won the “dance-contest” at Kenny Vincent’s South Side.

This potential No.4-ranked wahoo was caught Sunday about noon off the mouth of Southwest Pass out of Venice. The fish was 79 inches long and weighed 116.2 pounds. Texas angler lands potential No. 4 wahoo for state record boooks
7314 Views - Posted: January 27 at 4:00 pm

Capt. Will Wall with Pelagic Charters in Venice has helped land a total of four 100-pound wahoo, but none were bigger than the fish he came across this weekend off the mouth of Southwest Pass.

When water temperatures are in the mid- to low-40s, Capt. Marty LaCoste with Absolute Fishing Charters in Dularge said the Tank Battery Canal is a hotspot for redfish. As water temps rebound, speckled trout bite could turn on
4022 Views - Posted: January 07 at 7:50 am

As water temperatures across Louisiana’s coast slowly rebound after this week’s Arctic blast, anglers are eagerly anticipating a potential speckled trout feeding frenzy after days of cold-induced inactivity.

As the state braces for the coldest temperatures in years tonight, LDWF said water temps usually have to remain below 40 degrees for more than a day to impact speckled trout. Temperatures forecast to plummet all the way to the coast Monday night
4016 Views - Posted: January 06 at 4:20 pm

With air temperatures expected to plummet statewide tonight, including into the upper teens and lower 20s all the way to the coast, the possibility exists for localized fresh- and saltwater fish kills, according to biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Despite fewer birds than expected in December's aerial waterfowl survey of Louisiana's coastal zone, many hunters enjoyed a good opening weekend for the second split. Coastal zone duck numbers remain below long-term averages
4082 Views - Posted: December 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

Despite frigid conditions in the northern U.S. and almost double the number of ducks here now compared to last month, December’s recently completed aerial waterfowl survey total is still about 25-percent below the long-term average.

Deer hunting in the marshes surrounding Venice is anything but easy ó and deer kills are far from certain ó but Michael Frenette spends time on his stand every season. He said he feels a great sense of accomplishment when he puts a deer on the ground. Venice deer hunting hard but satisfying, hunter says
4952 Views - Posted: December 02, 2013 at 6:00 am

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Michael Frenette placed his bow across his lap and dipped a paddle into the brackish water of the Louisiana Marsh pushing his pirogue toward the only sliver of land within miles.†

Despite low duck numbers in the aerial waterfowl survey conducted last week, many hunters reported successful opening weekend hunts in the coastal zone, with teal seemingly plentiful across the state. Many coastal zone duck hunters enjoy solid opening weekend
5736 Views - Posted: November 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Despite a low duck count in last week's annual aerial waterfowl survey, hunters across Louisiana's coastal zone enjoyed a pretty solid opening weekend.

Speckled trout are ganging up in the West Bay diversion of the Mississippi River south of Venice, making for close and easy fishing. Trout move into West Bay diversion
5125 Views - Posted: October 31, 2013 at 6:30 am

The cut in the west bank of the Mississippi River known as the West Bay Freshwater Diversion was packed with boats when we passed it Sunday morning, so it wasn’t a surprise that even on a Tuesday there would be several boats already anchored up with Jason Hall eased off the throttle and eased his bay boat into the slot.

First-place finishers Anthony Gagliano Jr., left, and Mike Mazariegos show off their winning reds at the IFA Redfish Tour Championship event in Houma. Texas pair wins 2013 IFA Redfish Tour Championship in Houma
5178 Views - Posted: October 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm

After two days of fishing, one-hundredth of a pound was all that separated first- and second-place at the Inshore Fishing Association’s Redfish Tour Championship in Houma last weekend.