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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
3292 Views - Posted: December 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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.


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
3419 Views - Posted: September 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

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. 


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
4496 Views - Posted: July 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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.


Clayton Ricks with a Hopedale speckled trout. Mediocre No More — How to catch speckled trout and redfish during the transition month of March
2346 Views - Posted: March 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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.

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
3274 Views - Posted: February 22, 2013 at 6:30 am
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.

The frenzied specks hit Catch 5 lures with abandon. Corked! How a popping cork could save your fishing trip
4834 Views - Posted: December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

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.


Pike recommends sticking to the larger bays near the outside for redfish. Best baits
1566 Views - Posted: November 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

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  Video Included
2972 Views - Posted: April 30, 2012 at 10:43 am
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.

Thomason uses his long rods to steady pick at transition trout and end the day with a good catch. Humble Pie Specks
2164 Views - Posted: March 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

Austin Boudreaux shows that the area really holds some pretty decent trout in the wintertime. Hopedale Front
3620 Views - Posted: December 01, 2011 at 10:35 am
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.

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!
3095 Views - Posted: November 01, 2011 at 10:03 am
“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.

How to throw a cast net  Video Included
11595 Views - Posted: August 04, 2011 at 9:17 am
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.

Air Raid Air Raid
4740 Views - Posted: July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm
It’s a 35-minute boat ride from Lafitte to Grand Gosier Island.

A calm day when there is hardly any ripple on the water ensures that your topwater gets all the attention as you work it over hungry trout. Out of Their Minds?
2014 Views - Posted: December 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm
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.

In the Empire area’s generally murky water, the crew prefers shrimp-tipped jigs under corks rather than spoons or spinnerbaits. Empire of Redfish
2293 Views - Posted: September 01, 2010 at 11:17 am
Except for the red life-vests and yellow hard-hats on the passengers, it mighta been a party barge on the Tickfaw, Tangipahoa or Tchefuncte on a Sunday afternoon.

Capt. Ron Hope frequently carries live bait with him, but plastics will start to shine as the water begins to cool. Saltwater Series: Lake Robin
3573 Views - Posted: August 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm
September can sometimes be a difficult month to catch speckled trout. As they make their way in from the exterior lakes and bays to the interior ponds and bayous, September trout are notorious for being here today and gone tomorrow.

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