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Trout Masters excerpt: Trolling for trout on Lake Pontchartrain

Harry Hildebrand is known for modifying his artificial lures with yellow and red paint to simulate blood and trigger instinctual bites from predatory trout.

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Yesterday at 5:45 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Finding trophy trout on Calcasieu Lake

Calcasieu Lake definitely has an annual trout cycle, and few know it better than the co-owners of the Hackberry Rod and Gun Club. 

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September 22 at 5:45 am
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Attacking the Invader Gumbo

Eighty snails should produce about 2 ¼ pounds of meat. The roux in this recipe calls for a 2-to-1 ratio of oil to flour. Less oil can be used to reduce the amount of oil in the finished gumbo.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Expert thoughts on fly rods and reels

Fly rods are numbered by weight. The heavier the rod, the larger the weight number.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Fly fishing is a true art form

Fly fishing is about a lot more than just catching fish. Some would call it an art form.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Fly fishing is all about the line

In fly fishing, line does a lot more than provide a means to retrieve a fish. Most importantly it provides the weight necessary to cast very lightweight flies.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Pursuing big specks with live croakers

Pursuing trophy trout can be a slow, pain-staking process - but Charlie Lieux would rather catch five big fish than 25 2- or 3-pounders.

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September 15 at 5:45 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Big trout at Big Lake

Jeff and Mary Poe are veteran Big Lake speckled trout anglers.

Lake Calcasieu has long been known as home to some of the biggest specks in the state, but it’s a unique place to fish where local knowledge is key.

In this excerpt from Trout Masters: How Louisiana Anglers Catch the Lunkers, the Poes discuss Big Lake’s annual trout cycle.

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September 08 at 5:45 am
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An apple a day — yuk!

In 1988, The Blob invaded Louisiana. The star of the remake of the 1958 film of the same name was a big, slimy, snotty alien thing.

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September 04 at 9:00 am
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The Fly Guy —Fly-fishing advice on how to catch Marsh Island reds

Keith Richard never had a chance at figuring out what was going on when he walked into Stillwater Outfitters fishing guide Steve Smith’s Cypremort Point camp.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Trout Masters excerpt: Finding prime speckled trout spots near Seabrook

Fishing out of Seabrook, the mouth of the Inner Harbor Canal to Lake Ponchartrain, Allen “Chink” Sumas Jr. once caught nine speckled trout that weighed-in at 9 to 9 ½ pounds - in a single day.

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August 27 at 9:08 pm
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Trout Masters excerpt: 'Mr. Official' lands big Grand Isle specks

Grand Isle trout fisherman Terry St. Cyr is competitive on and off the water, but his passion is catching speckled trout.

Big-time speckled trout.

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August 25 at 5:45 am
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Philosophy of a predator

“I try to think like a fish,” said Tommy Vidrine, dark eyes burning fiercely. “A predator like a trout is different than a redfish. They will be a predator and a scavenger. Speckled trout are always predators.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Vidrine’s speck calendar

Tommy Vidrine’s speckled trout fishing calendar is broken into three segments, and how and where he fishes is different for each period.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Lake Maurepas is a big, little-known lake

Lake Maurepas is a big lake — actually the second-largest lake fully in Louisiana after its big brother Lake Pontchartrain, which lies immediately to the east of Maurepas.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Swamp studz?

The lean and tanned 24-year-old had just graduated college with a degree in engineering technology, but you would have to talk to him a long time before that turned up in the conversation.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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