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Skip your way to more bass

By flipping his frogs, Kenny Covington is able to put his lure in places where other topwater lures just can’t go.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Toledo Bend bass anglers tangle with cannibalistic frog

During a bass-fishing trip to Toledo Bend the middle of May, Jason Pittman and his dad Floyd found themselves flinging hollow-bodied frog on top of grass mats in the back of a pocket.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Flippin’ Frogs

Across the foggy water, Kenny Covington heard the conversation coming from a nearby boat.

“What’s he throwing?” one of the anglers asked.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Get out early for Delacroix’s outside trout

Of all the decisions to be made when fishing outside of Delacroix, Capt. Chris Pike insisted that picking your first spot and getting there early is on top of the list.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Pick glow/chartreuse plastics when you can

There’s no doubt Capt. Chris Pike is mainly going to throw live shrimp during June, but if he gets the opportunity to throw a soft plastic, there’s also no doubt what color it will be.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Get Out — Keys for catching Delacroix trout this summer

I can’t tell you how many times I walk through my house during summer to find my kids plopped on the couch Instagramming, Snapchatting, Facebooking or watching plain, old-fashioned television.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Keep wading gear simple for trout fishing

Waders often cover so much ground they can hardly see their boat when they turn back around. This means they’ve got to carry everything they might need with them.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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May speckled trout techniques: The Carolina rig

For years, the standard way to present live bait to trout feeding in surf, around rocks or in deeper water has been a plain old bottom rig - also known as a Carolina rig.

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May 08 at 12:39 pm
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May speckled trout techniques: The sliding cork

Capt. Eric Dumas probably wouldn’t go so far as to compare fishing corks with golf clubs – you know, a specialized cork for many different situations – but he does understand that using the right cork at the right time helps him catch more speckled trout.

For Dumas, the right cork is a sliding cork when he finds himself fishing anywhere from 10 to 20 feet with some kind of shelf between those two depths.

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May 07 at 2:37 am
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May speckled trout techniques: The popping cork

The one thing that has surprised me over my years of writing about Louisiana saltwater fishing is how complicated something as simple as a popping cork can be.

I mean, it’s a popping cork. What more can be said other than tie one on and go fishing?

But I’ve been with charter captains out of Venice who were catching five fish to my one.

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May 06 at 4:10 pm
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May speckled trout techniques: The drop-shot rig

The drop-shot rig is often seen as a finesse bass fishing technique used to scratch out a limit when all else fails.

But Capt. John Falterman, whose name has become synonymous with his own saltwater version of the drop-shot, sees the rig as a power-fishing technique that puts more trout in his boat than anything else he’s ever tried.

In fact, just within the last week, Falterman, who operates Therapy Charters at Lake Pontchartrain, has put his customers – all using drop-shot rigs – on a grand total of 949 speckled trout.

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May 05 at 11:17 am
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May speckled trout techniques: The double rig

Ask a bass angler how to catch a bass, and you’ll get a doctoral dissertation including a host of variables ranging from the pH of the water to the phase of the spawn.

Ask a speckled trout angler how to catch a trout, and you’ll get a much simpler response including only two variables - tide and bait.

While there may be something to the notion that you’ve got to throw a certain color crankbait that dives to 2 1/2 feet rather than 6 feet to get a bass to bite, trying to convince a die-hard trout angler that he or she has to throw a certain color or style of bait to catch fish is futile.

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May 04 at 9:20 am
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Scaled-down Matrix Shad a super crappie-fishing bait

Until the big trout start showing up in Lake Pontchartrain, just about all Ty Hibbs — who will fish for anything that is biting — fishes for is sac-a-lait.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Finding the fuzz — A little-known crappie-fishing tactic

It didn’t take long for Ty Hibbs to stop paying attention to me. Our conversation came to an abrupt stop as soon as we left the ramp.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Five baits for five lakes: Toledo Bend

With a length of 65 miles, a 1,200-mile shoreline, 200,000 acres of water and a surface area of 289 square miles, it stands to reason that any lure selected as a Toledo Bend necessity better be a good one.

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March 20 at 1:49 pm
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The key to beating a neap tide

A neap tide is one that occurs when the difference between high and low tide is least. It comes twice a month in the first and third quarters of the moon. The problem with a neap tide … is that it can totally shut the trout bite down.

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March 20 at 11:12 am
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