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Four seasons of Claiborne stripers

Persistent fishermen can catch striped bass on Lake Claiborne pretty much all year long. The four seasons of Claiborne stripers vary a little bit from traditional “seasons,” as Donny Hood outlined below.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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History of Claiborne stripers

Lake Claiborne was completed in 1967. Even before that time, Hood’s father had property on the lake, and the two of them have actually walked all the way across what he calls the Little Lake area of Claiborne, which is the large open area north of the Big Lake but still south of the two large arms that extend far to the north of the spillway almost all the way to downtown Homer in Claiborne Parish.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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The Gulf's sinking stepping stone

A few hours after the sun goes down, if you’re sitting on the dock stretching out into Bayou Lafourche outside of Lisa Cefalu’s camp in Leeville, you’ll see a giant orange light of what looks like a refinery turning on for the night shift begin to glow.

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May 14 at 5:00 pm
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St. Bernard/Upper Plaquemines

This area of the state has developed the reputation for providing the closest thing that exists to a 12-month-a-year speckled trout fishery.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Barataria Bay/Grand Isle

Barataria Bay is a vast estuary ranging from near-freshwater Lake Cataouche in the north to near-marine habitats at Grand Isle in the south.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Pinpointing Wreck Bay

Dear Capt. Paul:

Where is Wreck Bay out of Point a la Hache? What are the coordinates for the bay? I can’t seem to find it on my map.

Capt. Paul’s response:

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February 05 at 9:00 am
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Winter Retreat ­— Delacroix’s Oak River provides great trout fishing

Last year the winter action in Oak River was good. In fact, better-than-good.

Capt. Ron “Ahab” Broadus (504-914-6063) said his February calendar from last year records some outstanding redfish catches and some decent speckled trout catches in a month not known for much in the way of productivity.

The majority of his action came from up in the Orange Bayou section around Bay Lori and in Lake Batolal, where he caught fish at the cuts in Oak River and drifting around points in Lake Batola while fishing plastics under a cork.

But last winter didn’t bring much in the way of cold down here to the southeastern part of Sportsman’s Paradise — at least not like this winter.

This winter is one for the books. We don’t often hear phrases like “polar vortex,” “arctic express” and “Hercules” in reference to extreme weather conditions. With summer heat waves or tropical storms, yes, but with winter?

Who woulda thunk it?

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Sometimes nature is just fickle

Three short years ago, a little lake snuggled into the crescent of the Mississippi River southwest of New Orleans rose to world prominence when Kevin VanDam boated 20 fish worth 69 pounds, 11 ounces to win the Bassmaster Classic by a stunning 10 pounds.

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January 01 at 9:00 am
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Clovelly Oil Field offers best of both worlds

The particular area that produced all these limits of speckled trout for Capt. James Wilson is a part of the Clovelly Oil Field. The canal that comes out in the middle of Little Lake is a part of it, but the other part, where we fished, is the south end by Brusle.

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November 15, 2013 at 6:00 am
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Doctor’s Orders — Fall speckled trout and redfish hotspots mapped out

You’ve heard of situations described as “win-win-win.” How about one that’s “Win-Wynn-when?”

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November 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Clovelly two-step — Speckled trout fishing gets hot at Lafitte’s Clovelly

I couldn’t figure out why my son wasn’t making a cast.

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November 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Lucky 7 — Top Lafitte fishing hotspots

October changes everything. In gaming parlance, you’d say it reshuffles the deck and ups your odds for a winning hand.

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October 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Still waiting for big speck push near Biloxi Marsh, Lake Borgne

After the first cool front of the season, the redfish bite remains consistent in the Biloxi Marsh, but conditions are setting up right for speckled trout to begin making a more definitive push inside coastal marshes and bays, according to a fishing guide.

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September 24, 2013 at 6:30 am
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Eat More Red Meat — How to catch Delacroix’s fall reds

The winds were already blowing when I stepped out of my truck onto the dock by Capt. Ron “Ahab” Broadus’ boat dock down in Delacroix Island.

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September 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Northwest Islands

Dear Capt. Paul:

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August 07, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Harvey Cut holds big summertime redfish

Even though we had a limit of redfish in Jason Shilling’s boat, my son Matthew still wanted something more pulling on his line.Read More...
July 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
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