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Easy breezy

Spring is on its way. The longer, warmer days are certainly welcomed by kayak anglers, but the wind — not so much.

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March 18 at 9:00 am
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Tippets

Grass has begun showing up in the coastal ponds. The grass holds lots of food items for hungry reds. Weightless baitfish patterns that ride hook up, like Prince of Tides and the Bendback Mullet can be tossed into grass pockets, while crab patterns such as charlies and yarn crabs can be fished on the edges.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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When to go fishing in March

Wind, wind, wind — March is a tough month for saltwater fishermen, but redfish is one of your best bests if you want to hit the water, according to Junior Mendoza.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Target structure for Venice trout

Speckled trout in Venice are no different than those elsewhere in one important way: They often concentrate on any bottom discontinuity that causes water currents to break, even if only ever so slightly.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Why Venice for trout fishing?

I couldn’t help asking Capt. Brandon Carter why he chose Venice as the home base for his charter service.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Tooling up for March redfishing

Junior Mendoza is a strong advocate of braided lines, using 30-pound-test PowerPro.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Seven fishing tips for redfish success

1. Look for clear water.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Fishing didn’t come natural to Mendoza

Feliciano “Junior” Mendoza has been a charter fishing and waterfowl hunting guide for three years, running Shallow Water Charters (504-258-2131) out of Myrtle Grove.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Basics of finding Venice’s high-river trout

“Play the wind,” is Capt. Brandon Carter’s opening advice on how to find Venice speckled trout during high-river periods.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Try braided line for marsh bass

Although companies have tried for years to educate the public that our fishing line is our only direct link between angler and fish — with the knot being the weakest link — I would venture to say that many angler don’t think much about their line until it fails them.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Extend soft-plastic life with premium jigheads

I’ve been reading a lot about the Matrix Shad lately. One of the things that stood out to me in report after report is its durability on the hook.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Choose the right line to tackle Lake Pontchartrain speckled trout

It’s not unusual for anglers in Lake Pontchartrain to deal with a variety of conditions that make it tough to actually feel a speckled trout bite, including wind, a foot-and-a-half of chop and steady, strong current - especially along the bridges.

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March 11 at 4:20 pm
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Bream basics

This month’s topic comes courtesy of Gerald King, an Alexandria resident who enjoys pursuing those pesky sunfish otherwise known to frequent readers of this column as gobbules. 

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March 10 at 9:00 am
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Beating Ole Man River — Pro tips for Venice trout fishing

Rule No. 1 for speckled trout fishing: Look for clean water. 

As far as Louisiana speck fisherman go, that’s probably rule Nos. 2 and 3, as well. Their definition of “clean water” is clear water— that kind of green, fishy clear that makes their pulses run hard.

There is some dispute as to whether Mark Twain called the Missouri River or the Mississippi River “too thick to drink and too thin to plow.”

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Code Red — Shallow-water fishing tips to catch more redfish

I shivered involuntarily in the predawn light. It felt more like I was going duck hunting than fishing, especially since I was in a surface drive-driven shallow-water boat.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Biloxi Marsh Mishmash — The key to March fishing

Webster’s Dictionary defines a mishmash, as “an assortment or variety of odds and ends, a mixture; a hodgepodge.”

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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