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How to get the most out of braided line

I love braid. It’s tough. It’s got zero stretch. It doesn’t have memory. It’s got a very small diameter. You feel every tap. And when a fish is hooked the fight is just awesome.

It’s costs more than mono, however, and if you fish a lot it can seem like you’re throwing money down the drain staying in fresh line.

But Capt. Brent Roy of Venice Charters Unlimited uses a single spool twice — and it’s a simple trick that is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments.

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April 15 at 4:27 pm
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Hildebrandt Drum Roller

Want a unique and improved spinnerbait on your side when you go redfish fishing for pleasure or for money?

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April 15 at 8:37 am
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Choosing the best popping cork

There are Ford guys and Chevy fanatics, and there are folks who prefer Coke and others who are diehard Pepsi drinkers. 

Are you “lovin’ it” at McDonald’s, or do you prefer to “have it your way” at Burger King?

Fans strongly support their favorites without much gray area — and the same can be said for popping corks.

Whether you select a beefy, cone-shaped model outfitted with beads and washers that calls specks in like a dinner bell or a lemon-shaped cork that redfish seem to love, allegiance among anglers is strong for their go-to choice.

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April 12 at 8:24 pm
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Cigars and courtbouillon — Best bets for spring school trout and redfish

The crawfish heads were piling up, the keg was foaming and Artie was in the spotlight. Happens every time.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Baitcaster or spinning reel?

Anybody who’s taken the time to learn to use a baitcaster has spent time cutting out — or stubbornly attempting to untie — a backlash that seemingly defies the laws of physics.

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March 28 at 8:15 am
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Targeting red snapper out of Grand Isle and Venice

With the opening of Louisiana’s recreational red snapper season just hours away, anglers heading out of Grand Isle and Venice have several options to locate rigs that should be swarming with fish.

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March 19 at 3:30 pm
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Target structure for Venice trout

Speckled trout in Venice are no different than those elsewhere in one important way: They often concentrate on any bottom discontinuity that causes water currents to break, even if only ever so slightly.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Basics of finding Venice’s high-river trout

“Play the wind,” is Capt. Brandon Carter’s opening advice on how to find Venice speckled trout during high-river periods.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Why Venice for trout fishing?

I couldn’t help asking Capt. Brandon Carter why he chose Venice as the home base for his charter service.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Beating Ole Man River — Pro tips for Venice trout fishing

Rule No. 1 for speckled trout fishing: Look for clean water. 

As far as Louisiana speck fisherman go, that’s probably rule Nos. 2 and 3, as well. Their definition of “clean water” is clear water— that kind of green, fishy clear that makes their pulses run hard.

There is some dispute as to whether Mark Twain called the Missouri River or the Mississippi River “too thick to drink and too thin to plow.”

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Battledore meat haul — Best fishing tips for sheepshead

The sheepshead ceviche was going even faster than the 4-point fajitas at Doc’s post-Endymion bash. 

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Todd Fitzmorris aka “Coot”

Todd Fitzmorris, who is known as “Coot” when posting reports on the LouisianaSportsman.com forum, has been prowling the marshes of Southeast Louisiana since the age of 15.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Corps opens temporary bypass channel in Plaquemines Parish

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a temporary bypass channel in the Doullet Canal today to facilitate construction of the new Empire Floodgate in Plaquemines Parish.

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January 13 at 2:44 pm
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Test

Turbidity negatively affects fisheries. It reduces light penetration and, thus, reduces the production of algae that is the foundation of the food web. Eventually the fine silt particles that make water turbid settle out smothering organisms that live on the bottom, turning hard bottom areas into soft muck, and eventually filling in reservoirs.

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December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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The Delta Difference — The key to Mississippi Delta duck-hunting success

Dale Carnegie has nothing on LDWF waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds. Nor does Henry Kissinger.

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December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Crappie on edge — Best winter crappie-fishing tactics

December has Dennis Tietje on edge, and it’s not because of any Christmas rush.

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December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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