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Blood on the Border: Tips for catching big speckled trout on the lower Sabine River

No Man’s Land!

It has a romantic ring to it.

Most people who can associate it with anything do so with World War I, when it was used to describe the land between the trenches of the opposing armies in Europe. But before the term was ever used in the Great War, as it was then called, it was used in Louisiana.

When the United States made the Louisiana Purchase, both of its borders with Spain were unclear. What are now the Florida Parishes were claimed by Spanish-held Florida. The western boundary was disputed by Spanish Mexico. […]

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Calcasieu Heat: Tips for Big Lake speckled trout success

Ten-year-old Phillip Rue was scrunched up on the bow seat of the boat, torquing the handle of the spinning reel ferociously.

“Hoo hoo, I got one!” he shouted.

The reel’s drag screeched in protest as the fish on the end of the line struggled to escape.

When the 2-foot-long blacktip shark thrashed to the surface, the young man went ballistic.

“It’s a mako; it’s a mako. I think that it’s a mako!” he shouted. […]

Inshore Fishing

Rue’s speckled trout rig

Erik Rue’s live-bait rig is simplicity itself.

It consists of a 6-foot length of 20- or 25-pound-test monofilament or fluorocarbon. Monofilament is a little softer and easier to deal with, but fluorocarbon is more abrasion resistant when fishing around the rocks. […]

Inshore Fishing

Calcasieu Heat: Tips for Big Lake speckled trout success

Ten-year-old Phillip Rue was scrunched up on the bow seat of the boat, torquing the handle of the spinning reel ferociously.

“Hoo hoo, I got one!” he shouted.

The reel’s drag screeched in protest as the fish on the end of the line struggled to escape.

When the 2-foot-long blacktip shark thrashed to the surface, the young man went ballistic.

“It’s a mako; it’s a mako. I think that it’s a mako!” he shouted. […]

Inshore Fishing

Fishing hot for Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo

The annual Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo is set for May 25-27, and there’s no better place such an event right now. Setting out from Bridgeside Marina in any direction will land you on fat and hungry trout.

“You can fish inside, outside and even on the pier and you won’t have any problem finding trout,” local charter Capt. Danny Wray said. […]

Creature Feature

Speckled trout myths

The popularity of speckled trout in Louisiana eclipses that of any other saltwater species, perhaps by several fold. We love to catch them, and we love to eat them. Twelve-inchers are great in the pan, and a 7-pound-plus mounted speck on the wall is a mark of angling success. […]

Inshore Fishing

Cleaning speckled trout

Speckled and white trout are soft-boned and delicate-fleshed fish. Fish-cleaning expert Ricky Richoux of Slimeslingers Professional Fish Cleaning uses the F. Dick Stiff blade for cleaning the fish and the F. Dick Flex to remove the skin from the fillets.

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Inshore Fishing

Delacroix marshes full of mixed-size speckled trout

The recent cool weather has sent the signal to speckled trout that it’s time to hunker down in the interior marshes, and that’s exactly what’s going on in Delacroix.

Recent reports from the area have been strong, with anglers catching fish in all the usual autumn hotspots – Round Lake, Four Horse, Bakers Bay, Skippy Lake, Pointe Fienne and Lake Batola. […]

Inshore Fishing

Seventy-eight fish tagged during Louisiana Saltwater Series Speckled Trout Tournament

Despite what Mother Nature had planned, 78 trout were caught and tagged during last weekend’s inaugural Louisiana Saltwater Series Fall Trout Tournament on Lake Pontchartrain, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.

High winds and threatening weather reduced the number of anglers participating in the catch-and-release tournament, but the fish didn’t seem to mind the weather conditions. […]