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This 19-foot center console started taking on water about 11:30 Thursday morning near the mouth of Deer Bayou. Capt. Marty LaCoste came across the stranded anglers while fishing and took them and their belongings on board his 24-foot Blue Wave. 19-foot boat sinks in mouth of Deer Bayou on east bank of Lake Mechant
8573 Views - Posted: April 10 at 2:48 pm

Capt. Marty LaCoste is used to pulling lots of fish over the rails in the waters around Dularge, but Thursday morning he had to pull three people aboard as well. 


Anglers enjoy the great speckled trout fishing Dularge has to offer. Dead-end Dularge
2987 Views - Posted: December 01, 2013 at 6:00 am

“Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.” 

 — Charles Waterman


Speckled trout have moved as far north as Lake De Cade near Dularge, and action is good on both Lake Mechant and Sister Lake, according to Capt. Chris Venable with Topline Fishing Charters. Speckled trout, redfish in 'full fall swing' around Dularge
4910 Views - Posted: October 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm

A Dularge fishing guide said speckled trout and redfish are plentiful in and around Lake Mechant and Sister Lake.


September is awesome for redfish in Dularge, and Capt. Marty LaCoste uses cracked crab in deep holes on a Carolina rig, or Matrix Shad green hornet and tiger bait in the shallow ponds. Redfish bite steady while specks move into marshes near Dularge, guide says
4340 Views - Posted: September 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

Specks have begun their initial move into the coastal marshes near Dularge, and Capt. Marty Lacoste said the arrival of an expected cool front this weekend should only improve trout fishing as fall approaches. 


Capt. Bill Lake said the heat of August and September compels the redfish to seek deeper, cooler water. That’s why he targets the major waterways. Stupid September — Redfish action heats up in Dularge
2169 Views - Posted: September 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

John Wayne once said, “Life is hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid.”


Not having to pay a fortune for live bait puts a smile on thae face of Capt. Marty LaCoste. Don’t let easterly breezes scare you off — Fish Dularge’s inside waters
1329 Views - Posted: June 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
During the months of May and June, most anglers get a hankering to fish outside areas where the specks are big and hit with more attitude than Tito Ortiz.

You can still find trout in the marsh and bayous surround Lake Mechant. Limits of speckled trout being caught out of DuLarge
6045 Views - Posted: January 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Changes in water temperatures are usually the catalyst that causes trout to transition from marshes to the lakes and vice versa.

This year’s winter has been mild. This is bad news for anyone wanting to see snow. But for fishermen looking for the spring bite to heat up earlier than normal, it’s a godsend.

Last Thursday (Jan. 24), Capt. Marty LaCoste of Absolute Fishing Charters caught a quick limit of speckled trout while fishing in the marshes near Lakes Mechant and De Cade — and put some redfish in the box, to boot.

Bryce Michel says that Terrebonne Parish produces a surprising number of 3 to 4-pound speckled trout. In the Zone — Keep catching specks this month in Cocodrie
3958 Views - Posted: December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
So I asked him, “What’s the best speckled trout spot on the central coast in December?”

Before he answered, he fixed his lazer-like eyes on me with a look on his face that said, “Everyone knows the answer to that.”

He exhaled slightly and said “Lake Mechant! Lake De Mechant! Lake Mechant!”

“When are we going?” I responded.

I was talking to Bryce Michel, who amongst other things is the owner of Topwater Charters and Lodge in Chauvin. The business employs five charter boats, and the lodge is really two lodges, side-by-side, that can sleep 24 people.

As he promised, Michel rapidly filled the ice chest with nice speckled trout. Catching Cocodrie trout all about timing
1965 Views - Posted: December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
Speckled trout show a fairly dependable annual cycle. Most (remember that I said most) spend winters in low-salinity, interior waters — lakes, bayous and canals.

The hot months are spent in big bays and coastal lakes, and beaches and nearshore/offshore waters.

Speckled trout assemble in huge numbers every winter in interior marsh waters from Lake Mechant to Lake de Cade. Picking conditions for December trout fishing
2096 Views - Posted: December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
Bryce Michel has so much confidence in the Lake Mechant/Lake de Cade area in November and December that he thinks the biggest mistake a fisherman can make is staying at home instead of going fishing.

Redfish, along with speckled trout, are easy to catch right now in the Lake Mechant area, Capt. Marty LaCoste said. Dularge fishing moves into fall frenzy
6739 Views - Posted: October 13, 2012 at 6:29 am
In the past two weeks, fall fishing has been winding up and speckled trout have been spread out in many areas. Southeast of Houma, though, has been ridiculously consistent in producing limits of trout and redfish since late September.

Capt. Marty LaCoste with Absolute Fishing Charters said the fishing in Lake Mechant, in particular, has been nothing less than amazing.

When redfish are stacked up in the deep holes, LaCoste says they could be anywhere from on top of the oysters to the bottom of the bayou. Tale of two weeks: Bayou Dularge redfish action goes crazy in October
2371 Views - Posted: October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
Three days after Hurricane Isaac raked across coastal Louisiana, Capt. Marty LaCoste launched his 24-foot Blue Wave Pure Bay from Jugs Landing at the end of Highway 315 below Houma in Terrebonne Parish.

He knew what he was looking for, but he wasn’t sure he was going to find it.

Turns out, after making a loop from Lake Mechant into Sister Lake, down to the coast, up Pelican Pass and on into Bay Junop and King Lake, he found no birds and no clear water.

His catch for the day included a couple of redfish, a black drum and a freshwater catfish.

Things were a lot better for him two days later.

Bayou Raccourci has long been known as one of the best flounder hot spots around Bayou DuLarge. Bayou Raccourci top DuLarge flounder spot
2082 Views - Posted: July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
Capt. Marty LaCoste loves to chase speckled trout, but he’s also been known to bring in ice chests full of flounder.
Being a flounder man myself, I questioned LaCoste about where a novice angler might be able to find a few flatfish around Bayou DuLarge during the summer.

“We’ve been catching flounder in Bayou Raccourci,” he said. “It’s a known flounder spot. You don’t have to be anywhere specific, as long as you are in that area fishing any of the flats or any of the curves in the bayou.

Clients of Capt. Marty LaCoste are having no trouble filling coolers with the trout feeding frenzy going on in DuLarge. DuLarge speck action 'the best ever'
4696 Views - Posted: April 04, 2012 at 11:33 am
If you're not catching speckled trout right now, it's probably because you're not fishing DuLarge.

Anglers fishing out of the Terrebonne port have been mopping up, with Capt. Marty LaCoste definitely not being an exception to that rule.

The first island, called “Conservation Island,” by many locals, is littered with debris from the former camp. Rocks, pilings and remnants of wharf surround much of what remains. Slightly North of the Bahamas
2151 Views - Posted: March 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
I wanted to time my trip to Dularge to see how long it would take and how many miles it was between my house in Kenner to Capt. Bill Lake’s camp on Bayou Dularge. It’s actually an easy drive down Highway 90 to the Houma/Highway 182 exit, and then follow 182 through Houma, past the Civic Auditorium, and as soon as you cross the high-rise bridge you take an immediate right to get to Highway 315, and turn left.

From there it’s about 20 miles to Jug’s Marina in Dularge, or in my case, I drove past Jug’s and went over the levee to Lake’s camp and boat sheds. Less than 70 miles by car, and about an hour-and-20-minutes drive time. Having to weave through downtown Houma from stoplight to stoplight on 182 is what slows the drive, but even so, it’s not a long delay.

Capt. Gerald Ellender holds one of the big drum the men landed at the DU. Doin’ the DU
2901 Views - Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Doin’ the DU (pronounced “dew”) may sound like a 1960s dance fad, like doin’ the twist, or the watusi, or the hully gully.

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