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Many angler lands 10.37-pounder at Toledo Bend

Frank Little and fishing partner, Pat Elsie, had rough weather to contend with on the final day of the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash on Toledo Bend, so they decided to motor over to the Texas side to get closer to their fishing location of choice — the Housen area.

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June 08 at 8:56 am
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Fresh water, high Mississippi River levels make trout harder to find out of Venice

Unusually high water levels on the Mississippi River right now are making speckled trout tougher to find out of Venice, according to a fishing guide.

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June 04 at 5:59 am
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Video: Hackney lands 9-pound bass lodged on 12-inch sac-a-lait

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When the cameras are rolling, you just never know what you might see on Sportsman TV.

Like in this recent episode, when host Greg Hackney and producer Jared Serigné traveled to Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas to target crappie over brush piles with Mr. Crappie himself, Wally Marshall.

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June 03 at 9:28 am
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B.A.S.S. Nation Championship returns to Ouachita River

Competitors from all over the world will gather in Monroe in November for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on the Ouachita River with hopes of earning a spot in the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lakes O’ the Cherokees in March of 2016.

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June 03 at 8:12 am
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Guide changes hooks to catch more speckled trout

For better or for worse, a fishing guide’s day is all about results and filling up the box.

So when Capt. Jakamo Laboureur —a longtime user of a No. 1 kahle hook to catch speckled trout out of Shell Beach — decided to switch hooks this spring, it wasn’t a decision he made lightly.

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June 02 at 4:36 pm
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Graves withdraws red snapper state management plan from Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill

Although an amendment that would have transferred management of red snapper to the five Gulf states was withdrawn yesterday before the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act,  the potential for state management of the fishery in the future is still a real possibility, according to the head of the Center for Coastal Conservation.

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June 02 at 2:20 pm
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B.A.S.S. launches Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation

A new online advocacy system from B.A.S.S. allows fishing enthusiasts to write, call or tweet their legislators through pre-written engagements.

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June 02 at 6:23 am
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Kayak angler shares story of catching first official 2015 CCA STAR-tagged redfish

Jonathan Craft knew a CCA-Louisiana STAR-tagged redfish had been caught and released on the north side of Grand Isle by an unregistered angler over the Memorial Day weekend, so he figured it wouldn’t hurt to work the rocks for a while there on his way back to the kayak launch Saturday morning to see if he could score a brand new Chevy Silverado.

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June 01 at 7:33 pm
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Jigs for briny pigs — Primer on using jigs for offshore success

It’s a fact of life: Drop a piece of bait over any northern Gulf of Mexico structure from the Midnight Lump to the countless wrecks and reefs to the legs of any drilling rig, and something is gonna eat it.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Bluewater bingo — Rig-fishing off the Central Louisiana coast

“Offshore is what we do,” 46-year-old Dennis Menard Jr. said. “We have blue water in our veins. We are all intrigued by it.

“It’s the not knowing what you are going to come up with.” 

After a couple of years of bouncing off of Dennis and Amanda Menard at various fishing events, I knew they were a storehouse of fishing and rigging tips.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Last stop — How to fish east of Cocodrie in a small boat

Let’s start with a confession: I have an issue with hard-headedness. It spans well beyond fishing, but for this purpose we’ll focus on fishing — specifically the lifelong pursuit of all things speckled trout.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Bastian Bay Blast — Best bets for Port Sulphur and Empire trout, reds and drum

Scarlett O’Hara often got this look. But poor Ashley Wilkes never noticed. Glenn Close got it in Fatal Sttraction, and Michael Douglas caught it in the nick of time.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Stupid fishing

“Ya wanna go fishing, Stupid?” the voice rang from up the aisle at the Louisiana Sportsman’s Show in Gonzales.

The cherubic face it came from had an innocent smile on it.

“Wa-whaaat?” I stammered in reply.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Running in circles — Where to limit out on Galliano, Golden Meadow trout and reds

The plan was to meet at Basson’s Boat Launch in Galliano, where Capt. Mike “Rippin Lip” Guidry would be waiting with Capt. T-Man Cheramie.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Get Out — Keys for catching Delacroix trout this summer

I can’t tell you how many times I walk through my house during summer to find my kids plopped on the couch Instagramming, Snapchatting, Facebooking or watching plain, old-fashioned television.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Crook Chene Calamity — Top tips for fishing for Opelousas cats

All Johnny Broussard’s friends describe him as a man of the swamp.

 “I met him in the swamp,” his good friend David Meyers said. “That’s because that’s where he always is.”

Actually, he isn’t always in the swamp. The slender, athletic, square-jawed Cajun with the mischievous twinkle in his blue eyes owns and operates Johnny’s Custom Paint in Broussard.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Going big — Pro tips for fishing magnum worms

He’s not the fastest guy on the court, nor is he the flashiest. The center, the big man in the middle, has certain responsibilities, and when called on for particular duties, that size and strength play to his advantage

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Plucking the Pearl — Keys to bass-fishing success on the Pearl River

Covington’s Jason Pittman and his son Trenton worked the mouth of a canal leading into the river channel, working Mister Twister Jerk Rats — flat-bodied puffs of plastic with twin tails — across gator grass patches near points.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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