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How to save your reel

I’m a little hard on my tackle. I’ve been known to step on my rods and twist the eyes, and my reels? Well, let’s just say I pretty much ignore them as long as they work.

So, no, I don’t clean my reels.

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August 17 at 5:00 pm
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Capt. Damon McKnight’s AJ secrets

Super Strike Charters’ Capt. Damon McKnight shared some of the secrets he’s learned during his 25 years of battling amberjack out of his Venice headquarters.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Agents cite 20 more accused of shrimp harvesting violations

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited 20 people for alleged shrimp violations since the middle of the summer.

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August 07 at 3:08 pm
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Easy pickins — Venice’s hidden fishing hotspot

The whole-fried “cigar trout” from the Easter bash made quite a hit. Nana Fontaine (Doc’s Mom) raved loudest, of course.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Zachary angler claims STAR East lead with almost 8-pound speck

Tony Bruce is just 40 days away from picking up a brand new 18-foot NauticStar bay boat in the CCA-Louisiana STAR tournament after landing an almost 8-pound speckled trout last Friday during the Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo out of Venice. 

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July 30 at 3:50 pm
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LDWF cites 18 for alleged illegal shrimp harvesting since April

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in St. Mary, Terrebonne and LaFourche parishes have made nine cases and seized more than 6,500 pounds of shrimp since April, according to a press release.

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July 27 at 5:53 pm
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2015 Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo final results

Here are final results from the 17th annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo held this past weekend out of Venice Marina.

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July 27 at 10:48 am
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7 steps to clean trout

Admit it: The worst part of a fishing trip is not finding trout, but cleaning the day’s catch.

Yeah, we all say it’s part of the experience, but few people really like getting their hands full of slime and fish guts.

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July 21 at 1:55 pm
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Baton Rouge kayak angler wins first 2015 CCA-Louisiana STAR bay boat package

David Torregrossa made a $30,000-plus decision when he registered just last week for CCA Louisiana’s STAR Tournament.

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July 18 at 7:00 pm
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Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo scheduled for July 23-25 at Venice Marina

The 17th Annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo is set for next week out of Venice Marina, and this year’s version will feature a brand new division and real time text updates to keep participants informed about what’s happening at the scales.

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July 15 at 4:57 pm
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Five cited for alleged red snapper violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited five Louisiana men for allegedly being over the limit of red snapper during a vessel inspection out of Venice.

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July 14 at 3:11 pm
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Baton Rouge angler wins Blue Marlin Grand Championship

Sometimes the little guys do win. And win big.

With the average Blue Marlin Grand Championship boat size exceeding his by 20 feet, J.J. Tabor and his four buddies — competing aboard a 37-foot Freeman center console catamaran — did the improbable.

Tabor managed to whip a big marlin after a fight lasting more than five hours. It then took the crew another half-hour to somehow drag it aboard. By the time the behemoth was iced down, Double J had to make the run back to Orange Beach to make the 7 p.m. Saturday deadline. They had 300 miles to cover.

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July 13 at 12:00 pm
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True trophy speckled trout limited so far in 2015

No matter how big speckled trout might get in our dreams, the fact of the matter is Leon Mattes’ 12.38-pounder taken 65 year ago looks like it will remain as the No. 1 Louisiana speckled trout ever — at least for another year.

The spawning period for specks in Louisiana’s coastal waters pretty much ends in September, and an inspection of the state’s Top 10 trout indicates seven of them were taken in the months of April and May. 

So on paper, at least, history indicates the prime time for catching a 30-inch speckled trout has passed. 

But how does 2015 rank with trophy trout taken so far this spring and summer? We talked to guides across the coast to gauge their success so far this year, as well as find out what they suggest to catch a late-season lunker.

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July 09 at 3:25 pm
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New possession limits in effect for Port Eads Marina's overnight guests

Overnight guests at Port Eads Marina south of Venice can now legally possess three daily creel limits of fish — if the anglers receive certification by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fishereis staff, the agency reported today.

The regulations were approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission because of the remote nature of the marina.

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June 25 at 8:44 am
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Pending No. 5 swordfish caught out of Venice

Three days ago an angler aboard Capt. Peace Marvel's boat battled a massive swordfish for nearly four hours before losing it at the boat.

While that was disappointing, the veteran Venice offshore guide made up for it June 21 when Slidell angler Vladimir Kamenov landed a 214.8-pound swordfish that should rank No. 5 in the Louisiana State Fish Records.

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June 22 at 1:54 pm
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Completing the 'Coastal Trashcan Slam'

 Video Included

Tips and tactics on how to catch commonly-targeted species in Louisiana like speckled trout, redfish, largemouth bass, red snapper, sac-a-lait and yellowfin tuna are pretty common topics on outdoor television shows — but they definitely aren’t included in this episode of Sportsman TV.

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June 16 at 10:30 am
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