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Fish the edges of Black Bay to catch Hopedale trout this month, Capt. Charlie Thomason said.

Hopedale fishing curve balls

Leave it to Capt. Charlie Thomason to march to a different drummer.

When I called the veteran captain looking for some Biloxi Marsh fishing tips, I received an unexpected answer.

October 17, 2016 at 3:18pm
Capt. Chris Danos said finding fish willing to eat is a matter of getting away from the dirty, fresh water coming out of the Mississippi River.

Robbing Lake Robin

Capt. Chris Danos (504-606-6223) operates his Screaming Reels Fishing Charters business out of Pointe a la Hache on the east side of the river. But these days he’s traveling over to Lake Robin and beyond to get into bigger and better speckled trout action.

At least until the river subsides.

July 12, 2016 at 10:00pm
Capt. Darren Schaff’s son, Cas, is a 6-year-old trout slayer.

Reggio rodeo

According to Capt. Darren Schaff (504-400-2466), trout and redfish action out of Reggio has been excellent.

January 17, 2016 at 2:14pm
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, 2016 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