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Spring-loaded bracket protects transducers from stumps

Getting into the thick of stumps, laydowns and other cover can be key to fishing success. The problem is that transom-mounted transducers can be damaged maneuvering boats through such jungles.

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February 24, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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Burnette reels in 12.71-pound hawg near Indian Mounds on Sunday

Most people dream of catching one 10-pound bass in a lifetime, but Bobby Burnette seems to have a knack for reeling in lunkers on a regular basis.

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February 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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St. Amant angler reels in 10.55-pound bass on Toledo Bend

Before last Thursday, Donald Hack’s biggest bass at Toledo Bend was 6 pounds.

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February 24, 2014 at 9:02 am
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Howell wins 2014 Bassmaster Classic

Alabama’s Randy Howell had only two B.A.S.S. wins to his credit when his twelfth Bassmaster Classic competition began on Friday. He went into today’s final round in 11th place, 9 pounds behind the leader.

No one, including Howell really thought he had a shot.

“I didn’t expect to have the chance to win after the first day, and especially after yesterday,” Howell said.

But he whacked the bass today, putting 29 pounds, 2 ounces on the scales to seal the 2014 Bassmaster Classic championship and pocketing the $300,000 first-place prize.

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February 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm
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Evers claims Bassmaster Classic Day 2 lead by 1 ounce

Oklahoma’s Edwin Evers was the last to weigh in during the second day of the Bassmaster Classic, and when the scales settled he had claimed the lead of the so-called Superbowl of Fishing — but just barely.

Emcee Dave Mercer announced Evers needed 20 pounds, 9 ounces to claim the lead, and that’s exactly what the scales read.

The stringer brought Ever’s two-day weight to 47 pounds, 6 ounces.

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February 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm
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Tharp falls to second in Bassmaster Classic — by 1 ounce

Randall Tharp is known for his cool demeanor, but the second day of the Bassmaster Classic was almost more than he could take.

He went into the day leading the event. That’s enough pressure to try an angler.

But what really affected Tharp’s game plan was when his outboard went down early, costing him nearly 2 hours of fishing time while he was towed to a ramp to have his gear case repaired.

And he lost the lead in the event, falling a mere ounce behind Day 2 leader Edwin Evers.

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February 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm
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Crochet rebounds on second day of Bassmaster Classic

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When Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet struggled to log a 51st place spot in the first day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, he said he was going to go out today and have fun.

He accomplished that feat — and weighed in five bass worth 23 pounds, 15 ounces that pushed him WAY up in the rankings. However, his Classic still ended because he just missed the Top 25 cut.

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February 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm
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Ardent introduces Apex reels at 2014 Bassmaster Classic

Ardent reels are known for their bullet-proof constructio, and its new Apex line continues that tradition.

The reels offer the perfect balance of light weight, comfort and durability. Each model in the line features high-strength aluminum frames, and between 8 and 12 ball bearings for silky-smooth operation.

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February 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm
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Crochet struggles during first day of Bassmaster Classic

Cliff Crochet was stoked about his second Bassmaster Classic, but thing fell apart quickly when competition began today on Lake Guntersville in Alabama.

“I caught two (bass), swung a little early on a swim bait bite and missed one on a ChatterBait,” Crochet said.

When it was time to head to the weigh-in stand, he had only two fish that combined for 7 pounds, 5 ounces. That put him into 51st place going into the second round of competition.

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February 21, 2014 at 11:09 pm
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Tharp leads after first day of Bassmaster Classic

Randall Tharp said local knowledge was one of the keys to his 27-pound, 8-ounce showing today that put him in lead of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.

“The fish are in some places I haven’t seen them in five to seven years,” the Florida pro said. “Every time I fish a tournament here this time of year, I make a point to check these places — and the fish haven’t been there in years.”

But in his fall practice he found the fish were stacked up.

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February 21, 2014 at 8:38 pm
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Crappie crooks

February can be a little slow, as far as hunting and fishing goes. Hunting seasons are ending. The fish aren’t spawning yet, and besides it’s still pretty cold for getting in a boat.

But in Central and North Louisiana, where a “speck” is a crappie and not a speckled trout, where it is a “white perch” and not a “sac-a-lait,” a little fishing is going on — and most of it is going on in the dark.

And it’s not exactly legal.

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February 21, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Baby nutria the newest live bait for redfish?

There may be a hot, new live bait for catching redfish along the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts — young, tender nutria.

At least that’s what anglers are finding when they clean reds caught in the marshes of Mississippi and Southeast Louisiana.

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February 20, 2014 at 11:47 am
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Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Bassin' in the Basin

Watch Cox Sports Television tonight at 6:30 as host Greg Hackney heads into the Atchafalaya in pursuit of some nice Basin bass.

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February 19, 2014 at 10:46 am
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Scouting trip ends with another Toledo Bend 10-pounder

On Friday morning, Danny Hicks of DeRidder had plans to prefish an upcoming tournament on Toledo Bend.

Unfortunately, his fishing partner called in sick that day, so Hicks’ scouting foray ended up as a solo trip.

“It was a little warm, very windy, and there were whitecaps on the lake,” the 54 year old angler said.

Launching at Big Bass Marina, he motored very slowly over to the Six Mile area due to foggy conditions on the lake.

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February 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm
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Louisiana to open 2014 recreational red snapper weekend-only season this Friday, Feb. 21 in state waters

Louisiana’s weekend-only red snapper season will open up this Friday, Feb. 21 at 12:01 a.m. until further notice, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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February 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm
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Lafayette angler lands 10.54-pounder in Hausen Bay at Toledo Bend

Tommy Melancon and his fishing partner Trey Hebert headed out early Sunday morning to pre-fish an upcoming tournament at Toledo Bend.

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February 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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LDWF reports record low for boating fatalities in 2013

Only 13 boating fatalities were reported in the state for 2013 by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a record low since boating statistics started being recorded in 1974.

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February 17, 2014 at 11:30 am
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Stand up and fish

After three days of northwest winds, the winter cold front left the water in Fourchon only inches deep and muddier than the Mississippi. These conditions don’t build high expectations.

However, the plan was to do some stand-up kayak fishing to sight-fish reds in the dirty, low water. Stand-up fishing in a kayak might sound a little hairy, but with the right equipment you can almost hand-feed hungry reds.

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February 17, 2014 at 9:00 am
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