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High river not slowing down Venice trout bite

Even though the Mississippi River is expected to crest late next week at 16 ˝ feet — just below minor flood stage — the speckled trout bite down in Venice hasn’t been hampered so far by the high water.

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May 17 at 11:18 am
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Big trout in Elmer's Island surf

Cabot Corso has been fishing in the surf at Elmer’s Island for 20 years, and it’s days like Monday that keep him coming back for more. 

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May 16 at 11:49 am
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Big trout on the beach at Elmer’s Island

Tommy Vidrine is known around Grand Isle for targeting big specks by free-lining live shrimp, croakers and pogies — so he frequents spots like the Caminada Pass jetties and the Fourchon barges in search of fat trout.

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May 15 at 4:46 pm
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Hard-plastic outside trout in May

There’s still plenty of speckled trout for anglers to target on the inside in May, but for those who want to scratch the outside itch, May is the first traditional month to do it. Larry Frey mostly fishes inside in May because he doesn’t feel the need to burn the extra gas when he’s catching so many quality fish inside. However, he occasionally makes the long haul to Black Bay, and finds great success there as well.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Top tips for bird fishing success

Anglers have two opposite outlooks about bird-fishing: either they love it because it offers fast, every-cast action, or they loathe it because the birds never stay in one spot, and the specks under them are about as big as the bait they’re throwing. It can be a love/hate relationship.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Phone app shows fish finder screen

I thought Capt. Lane Zimmer had some kind of social-media addiction when I saw him continually retrieve his phone out of his pocket. 

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Rig ‘em up

Capt. Creighton Ward fishes almost exclusively with live shrimp. “They maximize opportunities under almost all conditions. I firmly believe that,” he said.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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The triangle of fishing

Creighton Ward likes to call Buras, located in central Plaquemines Parish, the triangle of fishing. From Buras, there is fishing on the east side of the river, on the west side of the river, and down the river.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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