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The sword whisperer — Venice charter guide shares secrets to catching swordfish

Xiphias gladius. Ahh; what a name for a fish!

Xiphius means “sword” in Greek, and gladius means “sword” in Latin.

The latter is also the root word for “gladiator.” A fish with a sword that fights like a gladiator — how could you not be hypnotized by the thought of doing battle with one. 

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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The trout whackers — Grand Isle guide shares trout-fishing tips

It was a sight to see in the dim light of dawn. There were untold thousands of birds.

Wide-bodied pelicans occupied every rock fringing the island. Many more of the big birds’ white-crowned heads stuck up out of the island’s grass.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Ten feet high and fallin’ — Best Atchafalaya Basin sac-a-lait tips

“In a perfect world, it would be 10 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge with a slow fall, year around,” the rakish young man told me with an infectious grin. 

The Butte La Rose gauge on the Atchafalaya River is what most fishermen — whether for sac-a-lait, bass, bream or catfish — go by to decide when and where to fish the vast Atchafalaya Basin.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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It’s easy to overlook spots

Spot are easy to overlook, even though they are a member of the drum family — the same family that gives us speckled trout and redfish.

The most remarkable thing about this unremarkable fish is that they likely have the shortest name of any fish that swims in the Gulf.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Top 4 types of surf lures

Unlike many Louisiana speckled trout anglers, Sammy Romano prefers plugs over jigs and soft plastics for his speckled trout fishing.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Hunting and fishing is ‘my mistress,’ Chag’s manager says

Sammy Romano has a jealous inamorata. She won’t let the 42-year-old bachelor even think about taking a wife.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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8 things not to do when surf fishing

There are a few things that can wreck your chances of success when you head to the beach to surf fish. Here are eight things these surf anglers have on their “what not to do” list:

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Top 6 surf-fishing tactics

There’s more to catching trout in the surf than showing up and walking into the water. Here are some tips from Sammy Romano, who has perfected the tactics.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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