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Louisiana's Top 10 May trout hotspots

Speckled trout should be practically begging to get into your ice chests this month — if you know where to focus your efforts.

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May 18 at 3:04 pm
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Top 6 speckled trout baits you have to have

May is when everything really begins to come together to produce great trout fishing conditions. Warming weather pushes water temps up. The rivers begin to subside from spring rains and snow melts up north.

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May 18 at 2:51 pm
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Strong southeast winds, dirty water don't dampen speckled trout bite at the Trestles

Gusty southeast winds blowing steady 15 to 20, water the color of a café au lait, steady rollers and a ripping incoming tide — ideal conditions to hammer speckled trout with plastics at the Trestles, right?

Actually, no.

In fact, definitely not.

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May 07 at 9:51 am
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May speckled trout techniques: The sliding cork

Capt. Eric Dumas probably wouldn’t go so far as to compare fishing corks with golf clubs – you know, a specialized cork for many different situations – but he does understand that using the right cork at the right time helps him catch more speckled trout.

For Dumas, the right cork is a sliding cork when he finds himself fishing anywhere from 10 to 20 feet with some kind of shelf between those two depths.

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May 07 at 2:37 am
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May speckled trout techniques: The drop-shot rig

The drop-shot rig is often seen as a finesse bass fishing technique used to scratch out a limit when all else fails.

But Capt. John Falterman, whose name has become synonymous with his own saltwater version of the drop-shot, sees the rig as a power-fishing technique that puts more trout in his boat than anything else he’s ever tried.

In fact, just within the last week, Falterman, who operates Therapy Charters at Lake Pontchartrain, has put his customers – all using drop-shot rigs – on a grand total of 949 speckled trout.

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May 05 at 11:17 am
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Blue Wave joins Sportsman TV team

Blue Wave has long been the vessel of choice for many Louisiana fishing guides, and now the family-owned Oklahoma bay boat company has signed on as a sponsor of Sportsman TV.

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April 21 at 3:20 pm
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Could 2015 finally be the year for a new state record speckled trout?

Despite the huge number of fishermen popping corks, bouncing jigs, throwing topwaters and tight-lining live bait across the coast from Sabine Lake to Venice, not a single angler reported a speckled trout big enough to crack into the state’s Top 10 last year.

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April 21 at 2:40 pm
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Freshen up

The primary target species of most coastal Louisiana kayak anglers are speckled trout and redfish. However, many areas that primarily harbor these saltwater species are seeing decreased salinities and an influx of largemouth bass.

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April 17 at 8:00 am
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Scaled-down Matrix Shad a super crappie-fishing bait

Until the big trout start showing up in Lake Pontchartrain, just about all Ty Hibbs — who will fish for anything that is biting — fishes for is sac-a-lait.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Guide expects Lake Pontchartrain trout bite to be in full swing by end of April

If you’ve been patiently waiting for Lake Pontchartrain’s annual April speckled trout bonanza, well… You might have to wait a few more weeks.

The good news though, according to Capt. Kris Robert with One Last Cast Fishing Charters, is he’s starting to see signs that big trout should be arriving relatively soon.

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April 08 at 11:42 am
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Tagging out — Everything you need to need to kill a turkey

If a survey was taken of all deer hunters in Louisiana and their method for hunting deer, I suspect the most-common way is to sit in a permanent box stand waiting for a deer to walk out into a food plot or visit the corn feeder.

I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Finding the fuzz — A little-known crappie-fishing tactic

It didn’t take long for Ty Hibbs to stop paying attention to me. Our conversation came to an abrupt stop as soon as we left the ramp.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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The key to beating a neap tide

A neap tide is one that occurs when the difference between high and low tide is least. It comes twice a month in the first and third quarters of the moon. The problem with a neap tide … is that it can totally shut the trout bite down.

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March 20 at 11:12 am
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Choose the right line to tackle Lake Pontchartrain speckled trout

It’s not unusual for anglers in Lake Pontchartrain to deal with a variety of conditions that make it tough to actually feel a speckled trout bite, including wind, a foot-and-a-half of chop and steady, strong current - especially along the bridges.

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March 11 at 4:20 pm
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Po-boy panfish — How to catch lake runners, bluegill and catfish in Bayou Lacombe

You know how it goes: After slurping through a few pounds of spicy boiled crawfish you start craving a something a little heavier and crunchier.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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February resolve — Where to and how to catch bass this month

There is a certain mentality I have that makes me want to roll over and pull the covers over my head on the exact morning I’ve been waiting on to get in the deer stand.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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