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Speckled trout hit-and-miss out of Hopedale

Capt. Gene Dugas summed up his thoughts on a speckled trout fishing report out of Hopedale with his first two words of the conversation.

June 26, 2014 at 9:30 am

God’s Own Bay — Three guides’ secrets to trout fishing success at Bay Eloi

Do you ever wonder how the lakes and bays we fish in got their names? You have to admit, we traverse some waters with interesting names like Fishing Smack Bay, White Log Lake and Dead Duck Pass, just to name a few.

June 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Keep moving to catch speckled trout in Hopedale

Limits of speckled trout are being caught in the Hopedale area now, but anglers should be patient and prepared to move frequently to fill their box.

December 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Strong east winds this week make redfish a good option near Hopedale

Some small trout are starting to bite in the marsh near Hopedale, but most specks haven’t made the move inside yet and can still be caught in Breton Sound, a guide said. 

September 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

Persistent westerly winds make specks tough to find in Hopedale/Delacroix area

The persistent west wind for the last several days has dirtied the water and made speck fishing much more difficult in the Hopedale/Delacroix area.

July 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Mediocre No More — How to catch speckled trout and redfish during the transition month of March

If you’re a fisherman, “mediocre” is a good word to describe March. Webster’s says it means “average, ordinary, unexceptional, low in quality, second-rate and inferior.”

Pretty harsh.

To be sure, it’s not horrible, like the months of January and February can be with their frigid cold and exceptionally low water conditions. But it’s certainly not May and June, either, when our weather and fishing action turns on and becomes phenomenal down here in Southeast Louisiana.Read More...
March 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Target best weather days to up fishing odds for trout and reds in Hopedale, Delacroix

The fishing around Hopedale has been a little spotty lately, and the stormy weather has not helped out much. Specks and reds have been landed sparingly in the lakes and marshes surrounding Hopedale and Delacroix on warmer, calmer days.

But even then it’ not a sit-in-one-spot-and-load-the-boat kind of thing.
February 22, 2013 at 6:30 am

Corked! How a popping cork could save your fishing trip

Scrunch, Scrunch, Schrunch! The heavy frost on the vehicle’s windshield wasn’t yielding easily to my efforts.

“Man, it’s cold. What am I doing going trout fishing?” I asked myself. The day before, young-gun guide Kerry Audibert Jr. told me that he needed fish (read speckled trout) for his freezer.

December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Best baits

Pike said he mostly fishes Bomber mud minnows in glow/chartreuse, electric chicken, all chartreuse or purple/chartreuse, but any color with a chartreuse tail will be effective.Read More...
November 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Winds, muddy water make Delacroix trout hard to find

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The sun and the tide were rising as wind sang through the fishing lines of the unused poles on the boat. It looked to be a promising blue sky Saturday (April 28), as birds fed on balls of shrimp where the water cleared in the growing salinity of Lake Robin.Read More...
April 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

Humble Pie Specks

I am sitting in the dark in Silverfish Lodge’s boat shed waiting for my guide, Charlie Thomason, to return from an errand. Oyster boats, one after another, are chugging and puffing by in Bayou La Loutre, so close I could flip a coin onto their decks. They loom out of the dark like giant white wedding cakes, then recede down the bayou to meet their day’s destiny churning endlessly in circles over some remote oyster reef. Read More...
March 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hopedale Front

Weather cycles pretty much make the fishing world go round in South Louisiana. The same cold fronts ­— along with the waning photoperiod — that drive speckled trout inland and the masses of white shrimp out also serve to sometimes violently flush the marsh when strong north winds make their way through the coastline.Read More...
December 01, 2011 at 10:35 am

Red Hot Reggio!

“November is probably the very best month of the year to target redfish out in the Reggio area, followed closely by October,” the voice said on the other end of the phone. It was the voice of Capt. Darren Schaff (504-400-2466), who has fished professionally for 15 years and is one of the very few who make Reggio their home base. Read More...
November 01, 2011 at 10:03 am

How to throw a cast net

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There are various ways to throw a cast net, yet many anglers don’t know about the flip trick to help throw their cast net with tremendous ease and quickness. Yes, this way can let just about a person of any size or strength level throw a heavy 8-foot net with no problem.

And you’ll be able to throw your net for longer periods of time without having your shoulders feel like they are on fire.Read More...
August 04, 2011 at 9:17 am

Air Raid

It’s a 35-minute boat ride from Lafitte to Grand Gosier Island.Read More...
July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Out of Their Minds?

Who in their right mind would pick up a topwater rod during the middle of winter? It doesn't seem like a very smart thing to do, but there is a contingent of speckled trout anglers who do just that when most everybody else is mining the bottom.Read More...
December 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm