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Capt. Darren Schaff's favorite cold-weather hunting ground is Bayou Robin and Bayou Batola.

Reggio milk run - How to catch wintertime speckled trout

According to Merriam-Webster, a “roundup” is a gathering together of people or animals or items. As in a cattle roundup, or a police roundup of suspects.

January 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Jakamo Laboureur shows off a nice speckled trout he caught in Bay LaFourche on Thursday. Trout haven't totally committed to the inside yet, but Laboureur expects a couple more cool fronts this fall will push them in for good.

Top 3 Shell Beach transition trout tips

Transitioning speckled trout are on the proverbial doorstep at Shell Beach, but they haven’t quite yet come on in and committed to interior marshes, according to a local fishing guide.

October 12, 2015 at 11:30am
Follow the hovering — or even sitting — black-headed gulls for school specks in Bastian Bay.

Bastian Bay Blast — Best bets for Port Sulphur and Empire trout, reds and drum

Scarlett O’Hara often got this look. But poor Ashley Wilkes never noticed. Glenn Close got it in Fatal Sttraction, and Michael Douglas caught it in the nick of time.

June 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Capt. Gene Dugas said to work the outer edges and shorelines of the outer bays from Lake Robin to Bay La Fourche for redfish because many typical redfish spots on the inside are grassed up.

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 9:30am
Capt. Casey Kieff said even though a lot of the fish-producing rigs that formerly dotted Bay Eloi were removed, the fish are still there.

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 7:00am
Capt. Jakamo Laboureur with Jakamo South Fishing Adventures in Shell Beach said drifting over oyster reefs in the Hopedale area with live shrimp under a cork has been effective for speckled trout this week.

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 12:00pm
With strong east winds in the forecast this week, Capt. Jakamo recommended staying on the move and fishing for redfish on shell piles and windward shorelines near Hopedale.

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 10:40am
If the west winds forecast for this weekend hold, targeting reds in the Hopedale/Delacroix area might make for a good trip.

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 4:50pm
Clayton Ricks with a Hopedale speckled trout.

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.
March 01, 2013 at 7:00am
The trout have been sparse lately but anglers can go home with a good number if they move around and catch them on the drift.

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 6:30am
The frenzied specks hit Catch 5 lures with abandon.

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 7:00am
Pike recommends sticking to the larger bays near the outside for redfish.

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.
November 01, 2012 at 7:00am
Delacroix trout have been hard to come by the past week because of windy and muddy conditions. But the forecast for the upcoming week should turn things around.

Winds, muddy water make Delacroix trout hard to find

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.
April 30, 2012 at 10:43am
Thomason uses his long rods to steady pick at transition trout and end the day with a good catch.

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.
March 01, 2012 at 7:00am
Austin Boudreaux shows that the area really holds some pretty decent trout in the wintertime.

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.
December 01, 2011 at 10:35am
Capt. Darren Schaff and Emery Gee know you don’t have to go far from the dock this month to find fish in Reggio.

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.
November 01, 2011 at 10:03am