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Trout Masters Too excerpt: catching big specks on Lake Pontchartrain

In this excerpt from Trout Masters Too: How the pros do it, Capt. Eric Dumas with Living a Dream Guide Service talks about his obsession for speckled trout, and what he uses to catch them.

It seemed to the young man that everyone was catching big trout but him. So he started launching closer to the Trestles railroad bridge on the eastern end of the lake. He says that it took him 10 trips to learn how to catch trout there.

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July 14 at 5:45 am
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Shrimp season to close July 15 in Terrebonne and Barataria Basins

The spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15 in the Terrebonne and Barataria Basins from the eastern shore of South Pass westward to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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July 08 at 4:43 pm
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Polecat Bend and Baldwin Lodge

Dear Capt. Paul:

Have you ever heard of a fishing place called Baldwin Lodge? It is somewhere near the Polecat Bend, wherever that is located. I believe that it is somewhere in Lake Pontchartrain.

— Tommy BAT 

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July 07 at 9:00 am
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Interesting blue crab trivia

Blue crabs are one of the most-beautiful and interesting creatures in Louisiana’s coastal marshes. They are pugnacious — actually downright aggressive may be a better characterization — but within those armored bodies lies some of the most delectable of all seafoods.

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July 04 at 9:00 am
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Friday Night Lights — Best tactics for nighttime trout fishing

As the sun began its lazy descent on the last day of a busy work week, a figure emerged silhouetted against the setting sun. At the end of one arm swung a tackle box, while the other arm clinched two half-crossed fishing poles.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Slow trout fishing raises concerns, some anglers say

It’s been a strange year, with severe cold fronts rolling through the state through mid-May, winds howling every weekend and water copiously pouring from the skies.

And many anglers have found the trout fishing to be as strange as the weather.

“My feeling is that it has not been nearly as good as it used to be,” said Baton Rouge angler Ed Sexton.

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June 25 at 11:25 am
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Speckled trout bite slows in Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne

The speckled trout bite in Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne has slowed as the fish make their way to spawn in saltier water, according to a fishing guide.

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June 24 at 9:55 am
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Volunteers make improvements to Grand Isle kayak launch

Volunteers this weekend worked on site improvements for a kayak launch located on the bay side of Grand Isle near the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Fisheries Laboratory.

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June 23 at 2:41 pm
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Redear sunfish

Yes, I know that a redear sunfish isn’t really a perch, but that along with “bream” is the generic name for the clan of freshwater panfish that includes bluegills, goggle-eyes, slick perch (green sunfish), sunperch and stumpknockers.

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June 04 at 9:00 am
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Reading the speckled trout bite on Lake Pontchartrain

On a recent trip fishing the Interstate 10 twin spans over Lake Pontchartain, Capt. Mike Gallo repeatedly cast his favorite artificial lure against the bridge’s concrete columns, patiently waiting for what type of information the speckled trout would provide him that morning. 

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June 02 at 1:16 pm
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Telemetry project tracks speckled trout movement in Lake Pontchartrain

Ashley Ferguson and Ashley Melancon aren’t avid anglers, but they probably know more about the movement of speckled trout in Lake Pontchartrain than most diehard fishermen do.

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June 02 at 9:00 am
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51st Annual Hell Divers Spearfishing Rodeo scheduled for June 5-8

The 51st Annual Hell Divers Spearfishing Rodeo is slated for June 5-8, with weigh-in scheduled that Sunday at the Kenner City Park pavilion from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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May 29 at 8:42 am
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Trout Master tips: How to fish for Lake Pontchartrain trout

Lake Pontchartrain is hallowed ground when it comes to trout fishing, but it's notoriously finicky. So it's vitally important to understand exactly how to trigger strikes from the lunker trout that roam those waters.

And there's no better resource than Trout Masters Too: How the pros do it, which includes tips for fishing Lake Pontrchartrain by veteran guide Capt. Greg Schlumbrecht of To Fish Charters.

Here are his thoughts:

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May 25 at 7:50 pm
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Next week's full moon could mean quality specks in Lake Pontchartrain, guide says

Even though the forecast for Friday and Saturday looks a little dodgy with good rain chances both days, there’s a silver lining lurking next week for speckled trout anglers that will hopefully make up for a soggy weekend. 

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May 08 at 11:04 am
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Backup plan at the 51 Canal

Only the torches and pitchforks were missing. The frowns, the yells, the shaking fists were all there. In brief, the mob was outraged — scandalized! 

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Super-sized Specks — Best locations to catch trophy trout

They haunt our dreams and are the constant subjects of many Internet legends and hoaxes.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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