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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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September 29 at 5:45 am
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Quality speckled trout not back in Lake Pontchartrain — yet

Wednesday marked September’s new moon, and Capt. Mike Gallo feels like it won’t be too much longer before quality speckled trout start migrating back into Lake Pontchartrain.

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September 25 at 5:45 am
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DeAgano: Pair a popping cork with a gold spoon

Conventional thinking says the bait of choice to target redfish under a popping cork is shrimp, right?

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September 23 at 2:04 pm
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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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Tangling with sharks

If you kayak fish in coastal Louisiana, sooner or later you will hook into a shark. It’s not a matter of if, but when. Being prepared ahead of time means both the angler and fish can leave the encounter unscathed.

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September 18 at 9:00 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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Tippets

September is a month of transition as water temperatures begin to drop: slowly at first, due to radiative cooling, and a bit more toward the end of the month as cool fronts invade the state.

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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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Lessons from a legend

One of the most-impressive fishing seminars I’ve ever seen took place 10 years ago in Houston inside the George Brown Exhibition Center.

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September 10 at 9:00 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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Low river stage in New Orleans means redfish in Venice

The Mississippi River is at 4 feet today in New Orleans, which translates to greenish, salty water in Venice — and a ringing dinner bell for redfish moving into the river system.

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September 04 at 8:05 am
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Marrero man sentenced for commercial fishing violations, LDWF says

A 30-year-old Marrero man who took undercover agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on chartered fishing trips without a charter boat license pleaded  guilty last week to numerous commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.Read More...
September 02 at 9:53 am
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