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Meredith Ballay, of Buras, shows off one of the bull reds she caught during an unbelievable day of fishing with Capt. Kasye Bourn during the IWFA Venice Slam. Ballay went on to win the three-day competition.

Record redfish haul leads to IWFA win

Two anglers fishing an international women’s tournament in Venice last week found a honey hole that produced more than 50 bull reds and 50 rat redfish in one spot. 

June 22 at 11:40am
The father and son Bruce team show their pleasure at being on feeding fish.

How Tony Bruce caught the fever

Tony Bruce has done a lot of things in his 63 years. He was a school teacher and coach, owned an offshore oil-field boat rental business and developed property in Zachary for the Copper Mill Golf Course. 

June 15 at 7:00am
Tony Bruce’s STAR-winning speckled trout weighed 7.8 pounds.

Bruce finally scores STAR win

They say good things happen to nice guys.

On July 24, 2015, forty-nine days after our fishing trip — while fishing with trophy trout greats Ed Sexton and Dudley Vandenborre in the Faux Pas Lodge Invitational Rodeo — Tony Bruce finally caught his STAR-winning speckled trout.

June 15 at 7:00am
Kevin Diez (front) and Gene Hoover have been friends for many years and love to fish in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The making of two Atchafalaya Basin bass-fishing experts

Kevin Diez is an old friend.

I first met him fishing. We were both belly deep in the water at Elmer’s Island, clobbering speckled trout and white trout.

We were the only two on the island and the fishing was easy, so we started talking.

June 15 at 7:00am
Capt. Brian Sherman with Kayak Venice said June is a great month to target speckled trout and redfish via kayak out of Joshua’s Marina in Buras because fish are typically not far from the launch.

Great kayak angling options in Buras

In a typical kayak, there just isn’t a whole lot of extra room for a vast array of pre-rigged rods, or multiple tackle boxes crammed with an insane variety of hooks, topwater lures, soft plastics and other items you never use but couldn’t pass up during your last visit down the fishing aisle.

For the most part, it’s a minimalist sport — which makes Buras an ideal June location for speckled trout and redfish because of both close paddling proximity, and the ease of using artificial lures this month.

June 07 at 8:29am
Capt. Kris Robert, with One Last Cast Charters, holds up a stringer of speckled trout caught this week at the Compressor Rig in Lake Borgne. The key is positioning your boat well away from the rig, over the shell pad surrounding the structure.

Speckled trout transitioning from Lake Pontchartrain into Lake Borgne

Capt. Kris Robert spends well over 200 days on the water each year in and around Lake Pontchartrain tracking down speckled trout and redfish, and he keeps a daily journal of his trips: where he fished, what he caught, the most effective lures and bait, along with the day’s weather conditions. 

June 02 at 3:19pm
Chasing big speckled trout has become a passion in Tony Bruce’s life.

Spotted fever — Top tips for catching Venice’s trophy trout

He’s got it. He’s got it bad!

Tony Bruce has spotted fever — a burning desire to put big spotted seatrout in the boat.

The sine qua non of his fishing existence is to win the 100-day long Coastal Conservation Association STAR.

June 01 at 7:00am

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Don't give up on Toldeo Bend just because the spawn is over. You just have to know the best tactics. And the big trout are lurking around structures out of Venice, and these guys proved the best tactics.

June 01 at 7:00am

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Don't give up on Toldeo Bend just because the spawn is over. You just have to know the best tactics. And the big trout are lurking around structures out of Venice, and these guys proved the best tactics.

June 01 at 7:00am
In a still shot from a video, Detective Jason McRight with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office talks to Elite Redfish Anglers at their captains' meeting in Orange, Texas last month about Louisiana's laws concerning trespassing and private waters.

Video: Captains' meeting rankles tournament redfish anglers

Capt. Steve Smith, a Lafayette-based charter guide who works out of both Cypremort Point and Big Lake, also fishes the Elite Redfish Series across the Southeastern U.S.

But when the tour visited the Sabine River in Orange, Texas, last month, Smith opted to stay away from his home state's waters - not because the fishing was better on the other side of the river, but because he didn't want to take a chance of being accused of trespassing on private property in Louisiana.

May 19 at 8:22am
Peace Marvel has been one of the great innovators in offshore charter fishing business.

Venice fishing guide marches to his own drum beat

The man whose name has become almost synonymous with swordfish has the look of someone who has lived a lot of life and enjoyed every bit of it.

May 15 at 7:00am

Four cited for alleged shrimping violations in Plaquemines Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited four men for allegedly using skimmers during a closed shrimp season on May 10 in Plaquemines Parish.

May 13 at 1:49pm
Capt. Troy Wetzel with a yellow fin tuna that weighed 206 pounds.

Mahimahi on the menu for May

Offshore action should be nothing short of spectacular this month out of Venice, according to a fishing guide.

May 10 at 8:19am
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
The skipper and the angler pose with their prize.

The sword whisperer — Venice charter guide shares secrets to catching swordfish

Xiphias gladius. Ahh; what a name for a fish!

Xiphius means “sword” in Greek, and gladius means “sword” in Latin.

The latter is also the root word for “gladiator.” A fish with a sword that fights like a gladiator — how could you not be hypnotized by the thought of doing battle with one. 

May 01 at 7:00am
Hiring a kayak fishing guide is a great way to experience the sport before you purchase a ’yak.

Guided kayak fishing

Thinking about giving kayak fishing a try? It is almost impossible to go anywhere today without seeing a kayak. Whether in the bed of pickup trucks rolling down the highway or a group of kayak anglers showing up at your favorite fishing spot, the sport is here to stay and continues to grow.

April 14 at 5:50pm