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. […]

Columns

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. […]

Inshore Fishing

Geaux Fish tournament features big prizes for catching tagged speckled trout

Anglers can win up to $275,000 in cash and prizes during the Geaux Fish tournament being held along the entire Louisiana coast July 2 through Sept. 5. And there’s absolutely no cost to enter.

The tournament, sponsored by BP and the Louisiana Charter Boat Association, will feature prizes for anglers catching 50 specially tagged speckled trout, which will be released in waters stretching from Breton Sound to Lake Calcasieu.

One of the fish is tagged as the grand prize, and is worth up to $250,000. […]

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Drop-shot rigs deliver more speckled trout

I’m no Donald Trump, but a 30-percent return on an investment sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Simple math shows that investing $100 with a 30-percent rate of return would result in $130. One-thousand dollars would turn into $1,300 and $100,000 would become $130,000. […]

Inshore Fishing

Pontchartrain train trestle turning on early for speckled trout

One of the worst kept secrets in Southeast Louisiana is that the bridges across Lake Pontchartrain have turned on early this year.

Most people know about trolling the Causeway, but if that’s not your cup of tea, head to the train trestle over on the eastern side of the lake. Some anglers have already landed trout over 5 pounds off this community hole.

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Inshore Fishing

Bad Rap – February can produce big speckled trout in Delacroix

For many Louisiana sportsmen, February is the most dreaded month of the year. Duck and deer seasons are over, and the Mrs. is looking to cash in on those long-promised honey-dos.
The cold, dreary days and low expectations keep most fishermen off the water, and make the honey-do excuses harder to come by.

What’s a sportsman to do? […]

Inshore Fishing

Visitor amazed at Delacroix speckled trout action

Good-looking waitresses and bartenders get hit on multiple times every shift. The reasons are obvious: The girl breaks the ice, she’s necessarily friendly, and she’s willing to take orders. That’s exactly the opposite of how things work in the dating world, so somewhere deep in the recesses of our male minds, something clicks that tells us this smoking-hot babe HAS to be interested in us.

A few years ago, that’s exactly what happened to Jason Bernosky while he was sitting at the bar in a Denver-area TGI Friday’s. The blonde beauty tipping bottles and sliding drinks caught his fancy, and he threw out his best pickup line. […]