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How to find swordfish

The Gulf of Mexico doesn’t look big on a map, but it’s a big ocean when you are looking for open-water fish like swordfish.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Top rigging tips for swordfish

Fishing for swordfish ain’t like perch fishing. Nothing is tiny and delicate.

Everything is big and strong — and expensive.

Start with the reel. It’s a Shimano Tiagra 80W.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Venice fishing guide marches to his own drum beat

The man whose name has become almost synonymous with swordfish has the look of someone who has lived a lot of life and enjoyed every bit of it.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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The friendship of the guide and fish cleaner

Although Jody Auenson and Ricky Richoux have been friends for at least 15 years, this was the first time they fished together.

“I was really looking forward to this trip,” Richoux said.

“I’ve invited him before,” Auenson said, “but he’s always busy cleaning fish.”

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Auenson’s croaker rig

Jody Auenson takes care of his croakers. 

He has three active pumps on his livewell and one spare. Two of the pumps are air bubblers and two are circulating pumps built into the boat.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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How to fish with a croaker

Like the pro he is, Capt. Jody Auenson fishes with all types of baits and lures: soft plastics, plugs, live shrimp and cocahoe minnows.

But he really loves live croakers.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Jeanerette angler is ‘overboard’ for sac-a-lait

Rhett Buteau admitted a little guiltily that he is obsessive about fishing.

“I’m probably a tad overboard, as any sac-a-lait (crappie) fisherman can get,” Buteau said. “It’s all I think about. I log every trip. I record date, catch, water level, moon phase, color of bait and style of bait. I tie my own jigs.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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How to fish different crappie cover

Although crappie — or sac-a-lait as Rhett Buteau knows them — will move into often move into open water, particularly late in the evening when they are feeding on midges, they are generally considered to be fish that like to hug cover.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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