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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
Cory Mack was fishing with three friends on March 26 in West Bay near Venice when they retrieved their Cajun anchor — and realized it had skewered an unlucky stingray in about 3 feet of water.

Meet the unluckiest stingray in Venice

When you consider the incredibly vast amount of water around Venice, what happened on Cory Mack’s fishing trip in West Bay last month really does defy the odds.

April 04 at 2:10pm
The Mann's Bait Company's new Monster Reel'N'Shad has a realistic swimming action that is sure to catch the attention of any predatory fish.

Monster Reel'N'Shad a huge fish-catcher

Make no mistake about it, the Monster Reel’N’Shad is a monstrous swim bait — one Mann’s Bait Co. proudly introduced to the market in January.

The latest in the artificial lure manufacturer’s Reel’N’Shad series provides just more than 9 inches of pulsating, swimming action from a durable soft plastic that doesn’t have a paddletail or extra hardware to make it swim realistically.

Its patent-pending design is unique and triggers bites from bass, redfish, stripers, lemonfish and even tarpon.

April 01 at 7:00am
Corking baits is a good strategy for avoiding potential snags.

Oyster reef rumble

Rockefeller, po boy, half shell — it doesn’t matter how you like your oysters, you’ll love their fish-friendly appeal.

Indeed, with abundant forage, breaks and ambush potential, shell reefs peppering the coastal shallows present prime fishing opportunities.

April 01 at 7:00am

Louisiana Sportsman takes top honors in 4 Best of Louisiana categories

Louisiana Sportsman took top honors in several categories during the recently concluded 2015 Best of Louisiana competition, which allowed the public to vote on the best outdoor products in 87 categories.

About 68,000 votes were cast in the online competition, Best of Louisiana’s Bruno Prager said.

“The competition is all about what products and services gave you the best experience while in Louisiana — what makes you happy at the end of the day,” Prager explained.

March 30 at 3:58pm
Capt. Owen Langridge said it's about time now to start throwing topwaters and jerkbaits to catch big sow trout around Venice fattening up in preparation for the spawn later this spring.

Speckled trout anglers: Beware the Ides of March

Although the Ides of March — March 15 — didn’t exactly turn out well for Julius Caesar, the middle of the month can actually be an awesome time to target speckled trout on topwater lures and jerkbaits.

March 11 at 8:13am
Capt. Joey Davis and Capt. Chad Pique's clients had a successful day catching yellowfin tuna on the East Lump out of Venice earlier this week. Davis said if the water stays right, the bite should extend for most of March.

Yellowfin action hot out of Venice

March may have come in like a lamb, but tuna fishing on the East Lump has definitely been more like a lion lately. 

March 03 at 2:30pm
Capt. Peace Marvel, left and Lynn Davis pose with the 13-foot, 2-inch mako shark Davis landed Monday morning near the East Lump out of Venice. If certified, the 550-pounder will be the state's new No. 4-ranked mako.

Potential new No. 4-ranked mako shark caught on East Lump Monday morning

After an epic day of fishing Monday on the East Lump, Capt. Peace Marvel’s 31-foot AmeraCat returned to Cypress Cove Marina in Venice almost 800 pounds heavier than when it left seven hours earlier — thanks to two stud yellowfin tuna and a huge shark that potentially could become the new No. 4 mako ever caught in Louisiana waters.

March 02 at 10:00pm

Two plead guilty to federal shark violations, fined $45,000

Two men pleaded guilty to violations of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act involving illegal finning and over the limit of sharks, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

February 29 at 9:52am
Tuesday morning, Chas Champagne was using lemonhead Matrix Shad with a ⅜-ounce jighead to catch 15- to 17-inch speckled trout at the Trestles on Lake Pontchartrain. Noah Lepine, 15, above, shows off a typical speck from the day's take.

Don’t expect many springtime trophy trout in Lake Pontchartrain

As of right now, the Lake Pontchartrain-based creator of the popular Matrix and Vortex Shad soft plastic paddle tail baits isn’t expecting a record-breaking spring for trophy trout on his home waters.

February 23 at 11:23am