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Trout Masters excerpt: catching big specks at the mouth of the river

Ed Sexton is known for catching oversized trout out of Venice near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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August 4 at 5:45 am
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Outboard blues

My nickname in some quarters is “Black Cloud” because I have a tendency to toward bad luck. My only chance to fish Lake Amistad during its heyday, for instance, was doomed when a blizzard (literally blizzard) blew through South Texas — in late May. The one time I fished Lake Falcon, another big-bass mecca, fell apart when an upstream dam burst in Mexico and sent the lake into a massive rise.

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8 hours ago
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Video: Freediver provides free meal

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When you’re holding your breath and holding on to a bloody fish you just shot with your spear gun several feet down, I guess discretion is the better part of valor.

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10 hours ago
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Jacks are wild — Top tips for amberjack fishing

If you’re looking for fancy, graceful or aesthetically pleasing, amberjacks will disappoint you. If, on the other hand, an arm-stretching, back-straining lesson in brutality sounds fun, you’ll really enjoy hanging out with the fish marine biologists call Seriola dumerili.

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14 hours ago
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West Delta Mack Attack — How to fish for Spanish mackerel at Louisiana’s nearshore rigs

“Not the trailer bearings again!” Artie groaned as we rumbled onto the shoulder amidst a cloud of smoke.

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14 hours ago
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X marks the spot ­— Grand Isle’s big-trout hotspot

“He is consistently catching large fish. I haven’t seen anyone enjoy the success that he has. It is nothing short of miraculous.” Patrick Bonin, Internet managing editor of Louisiana Sportsman.com.

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14 hours ago
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Breton Sound Beat-down — Trout fishing tips for Breton Sound

The urban dictionary of slang defines a “beat-down” as when you pummel or repeatedly beat something (or someone) into submission.

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14 hours ago
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From barrier to beach — Top 3 Big Lake fishing hotspots

While many Calcasieu Lake anglers were bemoaning the lack of fishing success last August, Moss Bluff’s Ray Christy was enjoying great action.

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14 hours ago
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Delta blues — Keys for catching Mississippi River Delta blue catfish

I’ve gotta admit: When Ryan Lambert first showed me the cell phone video, I thought I was looking at a bunch of big bluegill busting bread at the surface.

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14 hours ago
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Young man’s game — Diver shares tips for spearfishing for catfish

The story of the old bull and the young bull is almost cliché.

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14 hours ago
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Captain D’s Place — Tips for striper fishing on Lake Claiborne

After an hour chasing sparse schools of striped bass across boat lanes, creek channels, coves and finally out into the big lake without a single strike, Donny Hood stopped for a second, calmly set his rod down and moved to the driver’s seat of his 22-foot Blazer Bay bay boat dubbed the Miss Judy.

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14 hours ago
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Black on Black ­­— Tips for Black Bayou Reservoir’s black crappie

It was going to be a typical late-summer day — muggy with a high in the upper 90s. Normally, I would have stayed inside under the air conditioning, but on this particular morning I was off to Black Bayou Reservoir near Benton.

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14 hours ago
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Get Down On It — Extremely deep-diving crankbaits up the odds of catching deep summer bass

They’re big, they’re bad and they’re a handful to sling — those giant crankbaits that have exploded onto the bass-fishing scene over the past couple of years.

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14 hours ago
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Spiderwire Stealth Glow-Vis Braid

The new Stealth Glow-Vis Braid from Spiderwire allows anglers to watch their line and detect bites that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. It has a low-vis green color once the line goes subsurface and a unique UV reflective coating with fluorescent brighteners that illuminates when exposed to sunlight. Color Lock Technology holds in the color so this braid won’t fade or bleed on clothing.

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14 hours ago
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Shimano Curado I series reels

The new Curado I series reels are available in multiple gear ratios so anglers can have the right reel for the bait they are using. New features of the five models – the Curado CU200PG, CU200, CU200HG, and left-hand retrieve CU201 and 201HG – include the SVS Infinity Brake System, which provides easy-to-manage, consistent spool control and brake force, the Stabile Spool Design, which reduces spool vibration, and X-Ship, which enhances casting performance for longer casts and when using lighter lures.

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14 hours ago
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Phase 3 AirPro MAX

The new Phase 3 AirPro MAX high/low seating system has a full forward/aft trim range and can achieve three positions — high, low and recline — without any clipping or loosening of straps.  Easily installed in existing Ride models, the patent-pending seat allows for ample standing room and can be folded and sat upon for even more height on the water. The AirPro MAX is made from a highly durable all-weather textile that affords both comfort and functionality.

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14 hours ago
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