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How to fish for snapper without oil rigs

It felt weird — catching snappers in the wide open.

No rig. Nothing to mark the spot. Nothing but open water.

No bottom structure was visible even on the depth sounder screen — just a few fish holding over a spot on the bottom.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Frekey’s snapper gear

Flipping tidbits of bait to mangrove snappers just beneath the water’s surface is an entirely different game than dredging their red snapper cousins up from the deep.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Why fish offshore of Louisiana?

Over a ritual pretrip supper with relatives at Leeville Seafood Restaurant in Leeville, Ricky Ruffin talked about his love affair with Louisiana fishing and cooking.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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How to make a butterfly bait for snapper

Butterfly baits are highly effective for targeting large bottom fish such as groupers and large red snappers.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Offshore fishing tip of the day

Fishing without eye protection is a pain, especially in the high-glare offshore environment. But keeping sunglasses clean is the devil.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Bruce finally scores STAR win

They say good things happen to nice guys.

On July 24, 2015, forty-nine days after our fishing trip — while fishing with trophy trout greats Ed Sexton and Dudley Vandenborre in the Faux Pas Lodge Invitational Rodeo — Tony Bruce finally caught his STAR-winning speckled trout.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Top trout fishing equipment

Besides Craig Hunt, who used level wind bass tackle, all three Bruce men used medium-heavy spinning tackle for their live bait fishing.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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How Tony Bruce caught the fever

Tony Bruce has done a lot of things in his 63 years. He was a school teacher and coach, owned an offshore oil-field boat rental business and developed property in Zachary for the Copper Mill Golf Course. 

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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