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Grand Isle marinas are a family thing

Buggie Vegas’ Cajun accent and beaming smile have become fixtures for sport fishermen launching or chartering out of Bridge Side Marina on Grand Isle.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Live bait takes some TLC

“I’m all about live bait,” veteran redfish and speckled trout charter guide Herk Bergeron said. “The catch ratio is much better with live bait, especially for bigger fish. Most of the winter, I use cocahoe minnows. I start with shrimp in April. From mid-May into August I use mostly croakers. In September, I shift back to cocahoes.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Offseason reds ó Tips for winter redfishing

It felt weird.

It was a weekend, but the parking lot was nearly empty. The big pavilion was empty. There weren’t any lines of people waiting for live bait.

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December 01 at 7:00 am
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Do released bass live to fight again?

Whether one loves it or hates it, a certain amount of catch-and-release fishing is here to stay. While fishermen have released some fish for a long time, the practice became high profile with the commercialization of black bass fishing through the founding of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society by Ray Scott in 1967.

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December 01 at 7:00 am
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Cleaning monster catfish

Skinning small catfish is a snap for most freshwater fishermen. After a few well-placed knife cuts, the skin is deftly snatched off with a pair of skinning pliers, and then the flesh is filleted from the backbone.

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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A shared passion for catfishing


Derek Logan told me his wife Rebecca liked to fish. Still, I wasn’t prepared for what I met.

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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How to build Derek Loganís catfishing jugs

It used to be that a catfish jug was just that — a simple jug that could be a used plastic milk or oil container.

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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What is a black snapper?

What’s a black snapper?†

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November 04 at 9:00 am
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Nighttime is the right time ó Learn how to catch monster catfish with jug lines after dark

They say it’s not bragging if you can do it.

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November 01 at 7:00 am
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Rigging up

When Kim and Blake Fouquier leave the dock, they carry a small arsenal of rods and reels. Their basic tuna rigs include Tiagra 50W Shimano Two-Speed Lever Drag reels mounted on J & M Tackle custom rods.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Taking care of the ride

For fishing 50 or 60 miles offshore, the single most important piece of equipment is a fisherman’s boat and motor.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Why October?

Tuna fishing as described here is not a year-round sport. While yellowfin can be caught off of the Louisiana coast all year, October is special. After a couple of cold fronts, the hot-blooded fish come nearer to shore from their usual deep-water haunts.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Find steel to find tuna

The fall Grand Isle tuna game starts with finding big deep sea, steel-hull shrimp trawlers at work.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Chum! Itís whatís for breakfast

Chum, and plenty of it, is a critical part of catching fall tuna ghosting under shrimp boats. Chum can be almost anything fishy, and it doesn’t have to be fresh.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Wade fishing at Lake Calcasieu

Will Drost specializes in catching trophy trout, but he uses his boat pretty much for scouting and transportation only.

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October 12 at 5:45 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Grand Isle's tournament buster

Ulysse “Bootsie” Toups Jr. is known as a tournament buster, raking in numerous speckled trout awards since he started fishing rodeos in 1978.

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October 06 at 5:45 am
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