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Royer uses his homemade rake to make holes in vegetation to get to the fish below. Murph’s crappie-fishing poles

Murphy Royer’s confidence in his fishing is almost startling. During my first conversation with him, he asked me when I wanted to go fishing. I asked when the best time was to make a good trip.


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Royer makes and ties all his own jigs. The two on the bottom are two of his four favorite colors. Jig-making tips for crappie

Murphy Royer makes his own jigs from scratch.


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Royer fished the entire morning within sight of the elevated interstate bridge to the south. Lake Henderson crappie fishing tips

Lake Henderson really isn’t a lake at all in the classical sense, but more of a backwater area formed in the 1930s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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The author has caught many thousands of chinquapin on fly rod using only a few adjustments to flies and tackle. Tippets

April is one of the best months for both freshwater and marsh fly fishing. In which water shall you cast your fly?


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When tied correctly, the treble hook will stay pointed at the fish and will not twist. Tackle and rigging

Rigging the hook and weight is crucial to successful snagging.


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Spoonbill catfish, or paddlefish, are often snagged, but they must be immediately released upon landing. Snagging laws

There’s no way to control what fish your snagging hook contacts, but it’s important to understand that most species have to be released immediately.


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Coldiron lands one of several needle nose gar that was snagged in the Catahoula Lake diversion canal. Safety first when snagging

Certain safety precautions should be taken when snagging, and one of the most important is to be aware of other fishermen.


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Todd Faircloth, a Bassmaster Elite pro with vast sight-fishing experience, uses the hood on his jersey to help isolate his face and further reduce glare. Light and lenses

Shielding your eyes is essential for optimal visibility, and some of the newer technologies offer notable developments.


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Anchoring devices like Power-Poles can prove invaluable for strategic positioning during the spawn. Quiet approach, sudden stops

Bassmaster Elite pro Mark Davis said one of the most important aspects of controlled bed fishing is being able to anchor his boat quickly and quietly.


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Green mirror lenses are great for fishing inshore, on the flats, rivers and streams. We’ve come a long way

My favorite sunglasses of all time were a pair of glass-lensed Costa del Mars (that’s what the company name was back in those days). The amber lenses literally opened up a new world to me every time I hit the water.


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Last May, 58 replicas were distributed to the 58 bass anglers with Toledo Bend lunkers at 10 pounds and over and entered into the Toledo Bend Lake Association’s Lunker Bass Program. About the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program

From January through the end of February there were already 13 bass over 10 pounds taken from Toledo Bend. These lunkers ranged from 10 to 12.86 pounds, according to Toledo Bend Lake Association records and other documented reports.


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Florida bass stockings conducted over the years by Louisiana and Texas have resulted in the presence of Florida (genetic) influence in 32.7% of the Toledo Bend bass sampled by the LDWF. Why all the big bass now?

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Ricky Yeldell pointed to two reasons for the recent rash of trophy bass coming from the waters of Toledo Bend.


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Cocodrie Anglers
Cocodrie Anglers Fishing the marshes and coastlines for redfish and speckled trout in the Cocodrie/Bayou Dularge area.