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Shallow-water bass-fishing milk runs work all winter

The thing to know about fishing a place like the Saline-Larto complex is that there are so many great-looking targets it becomes a chore to figure out where to start or where to go next.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Junior-sized V&M Wild Craw a hit with bass

V&M has had the Wild Craw in their soft-plastic lineup for a while now, but only recently have they unleashed its smaller sibling for anglers to try.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Tactical fishing tips to optimize bass jigs

Here’s a few strategy points for winters jigs:

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Winter bass-fishing lures to keep handy

Those unexpected moments of day-making potential in the midst of winter’s doldrums keep us coming back for more. The classic scenario is a winter warm-up that stimulates bass to move around and chase bait.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Learning to troll for Lake Pontchartrain trout

Trolling for speckled trout came late in Chuck and Zelita “Z” Cristina’s fishing lives.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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The top trolling tactics and gear for Lake Pontchartrain trout

Chuck and Zelita “Z” Cristinas never use a trolling motor to troll for speckled trout.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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New lures for winter reds

It’s common knowledge that gold spoons work well when banging the banks or sight-fishing for reds. And Keweenaw Tackle Company’s new Fin Wing slips through the water seductively.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Purple-and-gold - Winter specks love LSU-colored flies

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association maintains the state fish records for each species, both for conventional tackle and fly tackle. And one glance at the fly-rod listings for speckled trout suggests that winter through early spring is the best time to catch trophy trout on a fly.

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December 10, 2015 at 8:00 am
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Six cited for illegal shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary area

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited six men for alleged shrimping violations in the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary on Dec. 7 in Orleans Parish.

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December 09, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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Angler landing Toledo Bend lunkers with big Jackall Gantarel swimbait

Derek Mong has been on an astounding run at Toledo Bend in about the last month — his five best bass weighed-in at a hefty 47.23 pounds. And he’s doing all of his damage almost exclusively with a bait rarely - if ever - used on the reservoir.

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December 08, 2015 at 10:26 am
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Get accessories for your GPS unit now

I have been getting more and more requests to assist readers with finding parts and accessories for their GPS units.

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December 07, 2015 at 4:58 pm
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Stressed bass: Run or hide

Largemouth bass can be finicky, temperamental creatures under the best of circumstances. When the effects of environmental stressors are added, catching them can seem nearly impossible.

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December 04, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Cool water speckled trout tactics

With less and less daylight and cooler water temperatures starting to settle in, slowing down your presentation is oftentimes key to catching December speckled trout.

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December 03, 2015 at 4:11 pm
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Houma angler lands giant 11-pound-plus flounder on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA

Karl Credeur wasn’t exactly enthusiastic when his girlfriend suggested they leave his camp and head out for a quick afternoon fishing trip in a drizzly rain on Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area last month.

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December 03, 2015 at 7:58 am
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Toledo Bend Lake Association clarifies rules for lunker bass replica eligibility

Catching a 10-pound-plus largemouth at Toledo Bend is the lifelong dream of many an angler, and the Toledo Bend Lake Association’s Lunker Bass Program awards complimentary replicas to folks who agree to return their monster fish to the reservoir. 

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December 02, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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CCA Louisiana expands Independence Island Artificial Reef near Grand Isle

Construction started earlier this week on the four-acre expansion of the Independence Island Artificial Reef located northeast of Grand Isle, according to a news release from CCA Louisiana.

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December 02, 2015 at 7:41 am
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VIDEO: How do you explain catch-and-release fishing

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I've spent a lot of time with anglers who wouldn't keep a fish if their kids were starving to death. These guys, God bless them, think it's an actual sin to chunk a 2-pound bass in the cooler.

They go into spittle-spewing, eye-bulging, red-faced tantrums if the subject is even broached. Sorta like a "quality deer management" proponent when they see a photo of a kid proudly posing with a spike fresh out of its spots.

And I have to confess: I just don't get it. Yeah, I can let fish go, but ain't the real purpose behind fishing to actually keep some for dinner?

This vid shows the difficulty a die-hard catch-and-release angler has explaining the concept to Neaderthals like me.

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December 01, 2015 at 8:26 pm
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Shallow minded ­— Why you should shallow for winter bass

It’s hard to think deeply when you have a shallow mind.

And I would wager that most Louisiana bass anglers have shallow minds.

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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