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The Odd Couple — How a pair of polar opposites catch speckled trout all year long

The big, fair-skinned, bluff man looked at me level in the eyes as he spoke.

“The worse the weather is, the better the fish bite,” he said. “We never have found it too cold to catch fish there — period!”

I couldn’t believe he was talking about speckled trout, but I knew he was. The area he was speaking about is closely connected to Lake Pontchartrain and “everybody knows” that 50 degrees is the magic mark for lake trout. Below that number, the fish just don’t bite, and legions of speckled trout anglers simply hang up their rods until April. […]