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Removed platform sites can be great fishing locations

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am looking for coordinates of shell pads that might exist in Lake Borgne and around Bay Eloi.

Any old rig pads, old islands or points, etc. would be great.

Thanks. 

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VIDEO: 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, coastal restoration work still to be done

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Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina barreled into the Louisiana coast. The monster storm cut through the marshes of Southeast Louisiana, tearing out huge swathes of the already ailing wetlands and pushing water up the long-pilleried Mississippi River Gulf Outlet to flood New Orleans and Chalemette.

And, while the MRGO finally has been sealed off, there remains a lot of work to shore up the coast and offer protection for the marshes and communities, the National Wildlife Federation recently pointed out in a Youtube video.

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August 28 at 12:57 pm
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Potential New Orleans City Park record largemouth caught and released Monday

Most anglers with two good hands never catch a largemouth bass approaching anything close to 10 pounds, but Mike Laviolette accomplished the feat single-handedly Monday morning at a lagoon in New Orleans City Park. 

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August 27 at 8:49 am
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Tips for fly-fishing

August is the last full month of “SweatFest 2015,” the one festival no one likes to celebrate. It also brings some tough conditions for fly fishing, with a few exceptions.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Toledo Bend bass anglers tangle with cannibalistic frog

During a bass-fishing trip to Toledo Bend the middle of May, Jason Pittman and his dad Floyd found themselves flinging hollow-bodied frog on top of grass mats in the back of a pocket.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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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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Go west — How to catch fish in western Lake Pontchartrain

Pelayo grimaced and pointed with his chin toward Artie, who was casting from the bow. I couldn’t see Artie’s face, but Pelayo could. Hence his grimace.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Borgne to be wild — How to catch specks and reds in the Lake Borgne area

“Get your motor running, get out on the highway, looking for adventure, and whatever comes our way.” — Steppenwolf

Back in 1967, Steppenwolf recorded their hit song Born to be Wild. It is, to this day, considered by many to be a ground-breaking song, the first in what would become the “heavy metal” genre.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Remainder of spring inshore shrimp season to close July 2

With the exception of the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, the 2015 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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June 30 at 10:38 am
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Hot Water Canal scheduled to go cold next summer

The bad news is the Hot Water Canal won’t be hot for very much longer.

The good news is you have one more winter to fish at the popular New Orleans East honey hole, which gets its name from heated water discharged by Entergy’s Michoud generating facility near the Green Bridge along the Intracoastal Waterway.

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June 17 at 4:57 pm
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Spring shrimp season to close in majority of state inside waters effective June 19

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries  announced the 2015 spring inshore shrimp season will close in the majority of state inside waters at 6 p.m. this Friday, June 19.

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June 16 at 2:30 pm
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Strong winds make redfish the main target out of Dularge

Strong south and southeast winds out of Dularge have dampened the speckled trout bite and forced fishermen to move into interior duck ponds to target redfish, according to a local guide.

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June 15 at 12:15 pm
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Lake Pontchartrain’s trout-fishing cycle

While John Falterman happily accepts charters for any species that swims in the big lake and its connecting waters, his specialty is speckled trout — certainly Louisianan’s favorite saltwater fish. 

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Capt. Paul's Fishing Edge: Like candy for your GPS

If you’re trying to track down speckled trout in a new area — or if you’re just trying to locate a spot where everyone’s catching that you can’t find — Capt. Paul’s Fishing Edge has the exact information you need to be successful.

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June 09 at 4:30 pm
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Stupid fishing

“Ya wanna go fishing, Stupid?” the voice rang from up the aisle at the Louisiana Sportsman’s Show in Gonzales.

The cherubic face it came from had an innocent smile on it.

“Wa-whaaat?” I stammered in reply.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Bullfrogs are greedy

There really isn’t any other way to put it: Bullfrogs are aggressive and greedy predators.

They have huge mouths and will try to eat any living thing smaller than themselves. If a bullfrog can’t get the whole critter in its mouth in one bite, it uses both hands to stuff it into their maw.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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