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CCA-Louisiana STAR Tournament ends at 5 p.m. on Labor Day

We’re down to the final days that anglers will be on the lookout for tagged redfish and speckled trout in the CCA-Louisiana STAR Tournament, but it’s not too late to register if you plan on hitting the water over the long Labor Day weekend.

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Night games How to catch Delacroix trout after the dark

We left the dock at 7 p.m.

Yes I said p.m., not a.m.

Everything else in Delacroix was dead quiet. All the sports had gone home and were digesting their supper.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Bang-up Barataria How to stay on specks during the September doldrums

Do you remember how we used to try to fix things by hitting them? We’d smack the side of the old TV to straighten out the picture or hit the radio when it wouldn’t pick up a signal.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Dad gum mangroves!

Since my son was onboard, the worst expletive I could muster was a gruff, “Dad gum it!”

I’m normally slow to anger and even slower to speak, but this was the third fish I had lost in less than 10 minutes.

“You can’t get frustrated, Chris,” Capt. Lane Zimmer told me as he grabbed my line to tie on another hook. “That’s part of fishing this way. You’re going to lose fish.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Trout bite still going strong out of Cocodrie

Despite warmer-than-usual temperatures in August, the speckled trout bite out of Cocodrie is still going strong, according to a fishing guide.

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August 31 at 12:57 pm
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Potential New Orleans City Park record largemouth caught and released Monday

Most anglers with two good hands never catch a largemouth bass approaching anything close to 10 pounds, but Mike Laviolette accomplished the feat single-handedly Monday morning at a lagoon in New Orleans City Park.

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August 27 at 8:49 am
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Speckled trout back at Breton Island

The unusually high level of the Mississippi River was the bane of many a trout fisherman in Southeast Louisiana this summer, including anglers who found Breton Island awash in a sea of freshwater pumped in by persistent westerly winds.

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August 26 at 1:00 pm
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Beach bite back on at Grand Isle

A welcomed north wind is expected this week with the passage of an early cool front — perfect conditions to target speckled trout and redfish along the beach at Grand Isle.

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August 25 at 1:26 pm
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Tips for better fish mounts

Just from the bite you can tell it’s a good one — far more aggressive than previous strikes of the day. The bend in your rod and the screaming drag indicate this fish has some shoulders.

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August 21 at 5:00 pm
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Live Target Rigged Shrimp

When Live Target Lures decided it was time for fishermen and fish to fall in love with a soft-plastic shrimp imitation, it turned to R&D dream team leader Victor Cook.

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August 14 at 5:20 am
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LWF commissioner: Harvest data trumps public opinion in setting duck, goose season dates

For Chad Courville, a combination of ecological data plus harvest data — not public opinion — is key to making sound decisions on setting duck and goose seasons in Louisiana.

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August 13 at 2:27 pm
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Treble hooks mean more trout in the box

Some fishermen are big believers in Kahle hooks for speckled trout when fishing with live bait under a popping cork — while others favor circle hooks, live bait hooks or treble hooks to get the job done.

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August 11 at 5:17 pm
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Jig it high and let if fall to catch finicky trout, guide says

Sometimes speckled trout can make you feel like the smartest guy in the class — or like the kid not paying attention way in the back row.

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August 10 at 9:55 pm
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The fly-fishing answer man awakens

When I read that a new episode in the Star Wars saga is coming out in December, I was as thrilled as a wookie getting a flea collar.

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August 07 at 10:44 am
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Fish-cleaning table with ramp helps keep catch fresh

There’s nothing like catching a mess of speckled trout, especially when the action is fast and furious and they’re flying over the gunnels as fast as you can get your bait in the water.

The end result of your efforts — hopefully — is a big box of fish to clean.

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August 07 at 8:55 am
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House designer goes 'fishing' in his garage workshop

When Tim Trauth targets a trophy speck, he doesn’t use a rod and reel, live bait, plastic lures or treble hooks. He doesn’t care about mono, fluorocarbon or braided line — and he doesn’t even need a boat.

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August 03 at 1:38 pm
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