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Speckled trout biting around Dularge; DU event Oct. 18

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Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 6:00 am

Speckled trout fishing success has been fair to good, mostly good on a lot of days, in and around Vermilion Bay.

But if you’ve been following fishing reports on Thursdays in The Daily Iberian, you know it’s red hot for speckled trout and redfish south of here in the fertile marshes around Dularge and Cocodrie.

My good friend Bill Lake of Houma, who owns Bayou Guide Service out of Dularge, has been touting the great saltwater fishing down there for several weeks, noting it’s the best late summer/early fall he can remember.

The speckled trout are in en masse in Sister Lake and Lake Mechant, where they are eating shrimp coming out of the marsh like they’re going out of style.

The average size of the speckled trout isn’t anything to write home about at 12 to 16 inches long. But the quantity is there, for sure.

Speckled trout are being caught down there on tandem-rigged “chicken-on-a-chain,” purple/chartreuse or Cajun pepper soft plastics.

The best time to fish them is after a cold front when the shrimp pour out of the marsh.

Look for the birds and you’ll find the fish.

Teche Area waterfowl hunters are making plans to attend the New Iberia chapter’s Ducks Unlimited general membership banquet Oct. 18 at the Cyr-Gates Community Center.

The event, which follows on the heels of another popular fundraiser, the DU sponsors banquet, starts at 6 p.m. A banquet ticket costs $50, which includes membership into the large nonprofit organization that protects and enhances wildlife habitat in North America.

DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

For those considering becoming sponsors, a bronze sponsorship is $350. A teal sponsor gets you a table for eight for $1,000.

For more information call 519-6928.

The sponsors banquet last month raised an estimated $25,000. It was held at The Gouguenheim.

How effective is Louisiana Operation Game Thief Inc.?

Tips alerting the Enforcement Division of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries resulted in 21 arrests from July 1 to Sept. 30, according to LOGT Coordinator Lt. Will Roberts. There were a total of 21 cases presented and 46 offenses associated with those cases, he said.

“We depend on Operation Game Thief and these public tips help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” Roberts said.

LOGT approved and dispensed cash reward amounts at its quarterly meeting Wednesday in Mansura, he said. The state’s wildlife crimestoppers program awarded $4,400 to concerned cititizens, he said in a prepared statement.

Fans of the NASCAR Spring Cup Series and Bass Pro Shops can see both on the track in 2013.

The popular outdoor retailer announced Friday it will become the primary sponsor of the Stewart-Hass Racing No. 14 Chevrolet driven by three-time Spring Cup champion Tony Stewart.

Of course, there’s a story behind the story. Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is a long-time friend and fishing and hunting buddy of Stewart. The company has been a partner with Stewart for the past 12 years.

“We are thrilled and honored to become the primary sponsor of our good friend and fellow outdoorsman Tony Stewart,” Morris said.

Look for that familiar Bass Pro Shops logo on the 14 car next season.

DON SHOOPMAN is outdoors editor of The Daily Iberian.

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