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Vidrine switches to popping cork to pursue Grand Isle specks

Speckled trout started arriving in large numbers around Grand Isle last week, and that could only mean one thing: Carl “Tommy” Vidrine wasn’t very far behind.

The 51-year-old from Baton Rouge who loves to target big specks got to his camp last Tuesday, and despite days of persistent windy weather, managed to put together some good trips with some solid trout.

Vidrine catching nice trout certainly isn’t unusual — what’s different is that most of the specks he caught last week were under a popping cork on the north side of Grand Isle and Grand Terre.

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Trophy bass: Proper catch-and-release handling techniques

Catching a true trophy largemouth is the lifelong goal of countless bass anglers, and if you’re ever lucky enough to get your hands on a certified 10-pounder — especially if you want to catch and release the fish — proper handling techniques will definitely increase its chances for long-term survival.

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April 24 at 10:44 am
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Final day to comment on potential Mississippi bull red harvest plan

Today is the final day for the public to comment on a controversial plan that would allow Mississippi for-hire vessels to harvest 30,000 pounds of bull reds in federal waters.

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April 23 at 2:12 pm
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CCA files suit to prevent implementation of red snapper sector separation plan

On the same day the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council announced that sector separation for the red snapper quota would go into effect later this summer, the Coastal Conservation Association filed suit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to prevent implementation of the controversial management plan.

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April 23 at 11:30 am
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April winds influencing trout bite out of Dularge

Speckled trout are biting out of Dularge, but when the wind is blowing it’s been tough to find a consistent pattern. 

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April 23 at 7:09 am
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Blue Wave joins Sportsman TV team

Blue Wave has long been the vessel of choice for many Louisiana fishing guides, and now the family-owned Oklahoma bay boat company has signed on as a sponsor of Sportsman TV.

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April 21 at 3:20 pm
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Could 2015 finally be the year for a new state record speckled trout?

Despite the huge number of fishermen popping corks, bouncing jigs, throwing topwaters and tight-lining live bait across the coast from Sabine Lake to Venice, not a single angler reported a speckled trout big enough to crack into the state’s Top 10 last year.

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April 21 at 2:40 pm
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Despite recent rains and dirty water, Big Lake specks still biting

Last week’s strong rains have dumped plenty of freshwater into Big Lake, but it really hasn’t slowed down the speckled trout bite so far, according to an area fishing guide.

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April 20 at 9:50 pm
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Video: Drone captures footage from Venice tuna trip

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Over the last couple of years, aerial drones outfitted with high-tech cameras have given folks enjoying the outdoors a new way to document their adventures.

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April 20 at 2:36 pm
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LSU AgCenter scientists creating poison bait to target wild hog population

Researchers at LSU are currently developing a fish-based poison bait that, if ultimately approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, could put a serious dent into Louisiana’s wild hog population.

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April 16 at 4:06 pm
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Bull redfish school puts on a show Saturday in Bay Billiot

Last Saturday, Ricky Naquin enjoyed a redfish slam in Bay Billiot like he’s never experienced in almost 50 years of fishing out of Pointe Aux Chenes.

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April 16 at 2:21 pm
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Sediment diversions building land in marshes east of the Mississippi River

BURAS, LA. - When Capt. Ryan Lambert started guiding 35 years ago, the habitat on the west side of the Mississippi River at Buras was much different than it is today.

“Back when I started fishing here, you would have to navigate your way to the Gulf of Mexico,” said Lambert, who operates Cajun Fishing Adventures on Highway 23. “Now you can turn your wheel that way and never touch it again and not touch a piece of land. It’s all gone”

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April 14 at 5:08 pm
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Impromptu bow-fishing trip yields potential Toledo Bend record longnose gar

As evidenced this spring, Toledo Bend’s 185,000 acres are home to an untold number of lunker largemouth bass that roam throughout the reservoir.

Of course, lots of other species call the Bend home, like bream, crappie, catfish, carp and striped bass, among others.

And even though you don’t hear much about longnose gar, an unplanned bow-fishing trip late last month might have resulted in a new lake record — if the fish would have been officially verified and submitted. 

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April 13 at 10:07 pm
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Choosing the best popping cork

There are Ford guys and Chevy fanatics, and there are folks who prefer Coke and others who are diehard Pepsi drinkers. 

Are you “lovin’ it” at McDonald’s, or do you prefer to “have it your way” at Burger King?

Fans strongly support their favorites without much gray area — and the same can be said for popping corks.

Whether you select a beefy, cone-shaped model outfitted with beads and washers that calls specks in like a dinner bell or a lemon-shaped cork that redfish seem to love, allegiance among anglers is strong for their go-to choice.

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April 12 at 8:24 pm
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Hackney targets lunker bass on Mississippi's New Arbor Lake

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Sportsman TV ventured out in search of largemouth lunkers as Greg Hackney traveled to New Arbor Lake in Mississippi in pursuit of some big-time bass.

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April 09 at 5:10 pm
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Lay off spawners this month, Cajun Baby says

When April rolls around, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet focuses on finding newly-hatched largemouth fry — so he can target the male fish guarding the brood swarm.

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April 08 at 6:00 pm
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