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Getting Goosed

A near perfect day for goose hunting was seemingly in store for us as we watched the Johnson grass buck in the stiff northerly wind. We were following the truck of one of Clint Matthew’s guides through the vast fields of long-ago harvested rice fields, almost tailgating so as not to lose him on the unfamiliar highways of the area around Kaplan. […]

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The Fish Empire

Plaquemines Parish fishing has received an incredible amount of exposure the past few years, but there’s an often over-looked jumping-off spot that many anglers whiz by — often as fast as possible while holding their breath or breathing through their mouth on the way to Buras and Venice. […]

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Bay Boat Blues

Transition is an ugly word for most inshore fishermen, especially those Southeast Louisiana anglers who favor the pull and delicate flesh of the speckled trout.

The August dog days of smaller fish and soaring temperatures turn into so many September days of lean catches that many turn their attention elsewhere. […]

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Get to the Point

The murky predawn glow of the ride across the coastal Terrebonne Parish marsh had broken spectacularly into a beautiful sun-soaked morning as we broke free of the rich salt marsh. The ride had thankfully been uneventful to this point, and gentle swells greeted us, offering only half-hearted opposition to Capt. Andre Boudreaux’s 25-foot Ranger as we headed west across Caillou Bay. […]

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Go West, Young Man

It’s difficult to keep a positive attitude about a fishing trip when certain things take place on the long, predawn drive from New Orleans to Venice. […]

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O’Steen Offshore

It’s difficult to imagine an offshore fisherman who goes on an overnight fishing trip every doable weekend for four or five months being called “soft” or “a wuss,” but that’s what Dr. Russell O’Steen gets for finally admitting he’s reached the point where he no longer “goes regardless.” […]

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Marsh Maggots

“You’re not going to believe this,” said Bryce Michel as we sped across Lake Decade. “I don’t know how much they told you about this deal, but it really is unbelievable.”

Strong words from someone I’d met just minutes before at Falgout Canal in the southern Terrebonne Parish fishing village known as Theriot. And even more pronounced since the subject was a bait used to catch Louisiana’s smallest, though arguably most popular, game fish. […]

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Our Other ’Hoos

Anybody who has wet a line past the breakers of our state’s barrier islands knows that the stakes go way up regarding the health of most all fish on the food chain. Safety in numbers is the motto for many kinds of baitfish, but speed is what most anglers find much different among the dozens of species seen on most excursions where water clarity is measured in feet rather than inches. […]

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On the Move

Transition is one of those words that even the most seasoned speckled trout anglers abhor.

In a state sporting the best fishing in the nation, anglers do not take kindly to any circumstances that cut into their catch. […]

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A Taste of Spring

“You cast that bait right over that reef, and I guarantee a fish,” said Buras fishing guide John L. Taylor, pointing his 7-foot Shimano V-series rod toward a small spit of land near a sun and rain-scrubbed white PVC pipe leaning at a 60-degree angle. […]

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Freelined Fins

Louisiana anglers have a reputation — deserved or not — of being on the tail end of technology and finesse techniques in the pursuit of the state’s varied fish population. […]

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Stealth Bombers

The sky was gray with low, mid-winter clouds, but the speckled trout action quickly made us forget the raw morning chill. Our fishing guide was trying to shake off a cold he had recently come down with, and brought my Dad and me to his No. 1 spot first thing in the marsh east of Bayou Lafourche. […]

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East Side Story

Plaquemines Parish is renowned for its convenient inshore angling options. Launches at Myrtle Grove, Port Sulphur and Buras provide great opportunities to New Orleans anglers looking for speckled trout and redfish. […]