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Euro-nymphing for bream?

Recently I read where efforts are being undertaken to restore False River to its former glory. This deepwater oxbow lake near New Roads once ranked among the best lakes in the country for bass and sunfish. 

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4 hours ago
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Cajun Baby's tactics to fish the spawn

With an unusually mild winter so far — even by Louisiana’s standards — it’s anyone’s guess as to how timing of the bass spawn will play out this year. 

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4 hours ago
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From app to onboard GPS unit

Dear Capt. Paul:

I run the Lowrance HDS-2 with the Navionics card, on my boat and I have the Navionics boating app on my iPhone.

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February 08 at 9:00 am
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A great trailer hook keeper system

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A trailer hook can up your hookups when throwing a spinnerbait, especially when the fish aren't feeding aggressively. But if you use a trailer hook with a small eye, it can be hard to get it over the barb of the main hook — and it will not swing freely.

Conversely, if you use one that has a wide-open eye, the trailer hook can easily slip right off during a cast.

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February 05 at 2:07 pm
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478-pound mako landed on the East Lump

On the afternoon of Jan. 19, Capt. Joey Davis had just wrapped up a successful day of tuna fishing near the East Lump, and with only a single client onboard, was enjoying a free show as 20 to 30 yellowfin and blackfin knifed through a slick.

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February 04 at 10:17 am
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4-pound crappie snatched from South Carolina river

The heaviest Louisiana sac-a-ait ever recorded was a 3.84-pound black crappie landed in February 2000 by Kincaid Lake angler Tony Boatwright.

That fish was a beast, but an angler fishing on South Carolina's Santee River recently caught an even bigger crappie.

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February 03 at 8:00 pm
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Why are croakers croaking?

The story of the Atlantic croaker is the story of a fish that has somehow never managed to fulfill its predicted potential. They are truly one of the most abundant fish in the sea. 

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February 03 at 6:47 pm
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How to get in on Big Lake’s trophy trout fishing

Capt. Jared Adams said now is the time to be fishing Calcasieu Lake for the huge trout for which the Southwest Louisiana water body is known.

Adams, who owns Adams Trophy Charters out of Hackberry, said his clients already have racked up some impressive fish this season.

But you have to be ready to ditch your boat.

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February 03 at 4:13 pm
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Big Lake coughs up 10-pound trout

Peter Landry’s trip to Big Lake yesterday was almost canceled because of the cold front scheduled to roll through.

But the day ended with the Houston angler landing a trout of a lifetime — a 30 1/2-inch speck that pushed a Boga Grip to the 10-pound mark.

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February 03 at 4:04 pm
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Florien angler lands 13.15-pound Toledo Bend hawg

Like many avid bass anglers, Louis Slaughter Sr. literally dreams about catching big fish. 

One recent morning, the 66-year-old pastor at Warren Baptist Church in Many awoke and recalled a specific dream about landing a 12.2-pound lunker at Toledo Bend.

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February 03 at 11:44 am
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Most canals are 'just like your driveway,' says water-access expert

A retired state attorney general said Louisiana officials probably could be more aggressive in claiming tidal waters in the coastal marsh but that canals dug on private property with private funds — and the waters those canals containe — are clearly not subject to public ownership.

“If it’s a private canal dug on private property with private money, it’s private property,” said Gary Keyser, who spent years fighting to protect public access to waters throughout the state. “That’s just like your driveway.”

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February 03 at 9:53 am
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Two additional suspects arrested Tuesday afternoon in Poche stabbing case

Two additional suspects were arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the stabbing death of Northwestern State University bass angler Dylan Poche Saturday night at the Sibley Lake boat launch.

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February 02 at 6:03 pm
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Lake Bistineau bass already on beds

Although the calendar says it’s only Feb. 2, don’t tell that to the bass on the north end of Lake Bistineau in Webster Parish — they’re already on beds spawning in shallow water, according to a local angler.

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February 02 at 3:52 pm
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Lake Pontchartrain’s recovery begins with Monday's closing of Bonnet Carre Spillway

Three weeks after it was opened, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished closing the last bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Monday, halting the flow of freshwater from the Mississippi River that had been pouring into Lake Pontchartrain since Jan. 10.

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February 02 at 1:53 pm
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What Louisiana waters are public?

Most anglers will be stunned when they learn how little of Louisiana’s waters — especially in the swamps and marshes of the coast — are claimed by their state.

All you have to do is log onto the State Lands Office website to access a map database that shows what waters are clearly state owned, and what waters private landowners are legally allowed to control.

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February 02 at 9:01 am
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Blocked canals provoking angler ire, but is legal

Facebook exploded in January with rumors that Orange Grove — one of the canal complexes in the Bayou Black area — was being shut off.

Some claimed buddies had received tresspass tickets. Others claimed gates and piles were being placed at Orange Grove’s mouth.

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February 02 at 8:44 am
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Arrest made in stabbing of Northwestern State angler

Detectives with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested an 18-year-old Natchitoches man Monday night for second-degree murder in connection with Saturday night’s stabbing of Dylan Kyle Poche at the Lake Sibley boat launch.

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February 01 at 9:22 pm
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Northwestern State angler murdered at Sibley Lake boat ramp

An 18-year-old angler for the Northwestern State University bass fishing team was stabbed to death Saturday night at the Sibley Lake boat launch near Natchitoches, according to online reports.

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February 01 at 8:20 am
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