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Ups and downs

Working single jigs over brush piles boasts a long history of crappie success, but consider this: For a hungry predatory, if one bait is good, then two is great and more is — well, you get the picture.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Casting call

Unlike those shoulder-straining full-size umbrella rigs designed for largemouth bass, the crappie versions won’t send you to the chiropractor after a weekend on the lake.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Options and benefits

Complementing the umbrella rig’s benefit of quantity, you also have an amplified element of experimentation.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Rig roundup

Similar to its bass-market counterparts, the multi-bait crappie rig has seen rapidly expanding creativity. Local models and homemade jobs are many, but here are a handful of commercial models:

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

For fly anglers, January can be the worst of times, the best of times. It all depends on the weather and if you prefer quality over quantity.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Where to fish for prespawn bass

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet described the prespawn zone as those major stopping points bass utilize before heading into their spawning areas. It’s difficult, he said, to define a specific depth because the range varies by location and habitat.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Adjust when bass fishing late-season cold fronts

When late-season cold fronts put prespawners in a foul mood, just remember that, despite the interruptive nature of a temperature drop and the dreaded bluebird post-front day, the fish still want to eat.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Top 4 Dularge fishing tips for December

1. Stop!

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Soft-plastic tips for Geoghegan Canal

Many anglers like adding a little insurance in the form of live shrimp in their livewells when they push off from the dock. And there are times when having the real thing can turn the tide to your favor.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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About Tete Butte Reef

Tete Butte Reef is a natural reef comprised almost entirely of oyster shells. Most of the shell is dead, and much of the crest of the reef is made up of broken shell hash.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Things to know before fishing Vermilion Bay

Steve Smith is the ultimate teacher. The back of his business card is emblazoned with “Things to know before you go!!!!,’’ followed by directions to four information sources to make successful Vermilion Bay area fishing trips on your own.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Coastal winter bass fishing tips

• Fish deeper with spinnerbaits and let them bounce on the bottom once in a while.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Tips to stay warm during winter fishing trips

The average winter temperature range in the bayou state is 64 to 41 degrees during December and 61 to 41 degrees in January.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

Persistent, strong winds have plagued fly casters this fall. Here’s hoping December brings calm to the marsh. If it does, sight-casting opportunities for the Spottail Elvis should be prime.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Artificial reef to be constructed in Lake Pontchartrain starting Jan. 31

Anglers in Lake Pontchartrain will soon have a new 4-acre artificial limestone reef to fish on near Kenner, officials said.

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January 15, 2014 at 6:00 am
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Minimum size limit for bass should be dropped on six lakes, LDWF says

Slot limits should be dropped on six lakes because the regulations aren’t producing larger bass — largely because of anglers’ refusal to harvest enough fish, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist told Louisiana Sportsman.

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January 10, 2014 at 11:53 am
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LDWF adopts NOI to alter catfish regulations on Texas boundary waters

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent that would alter daily creel limit regulations for channel and blue catfish taken in Toledo Bend Reservoir, Caddo Lake and the Sabine River.

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January 09, 2014 at 4:45 pm
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The rainbow phenomena

Winter is the time of year to witness one of nature’s more unusual spectacles here in Louisiana — the Sundog.

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January 09, 2014 at 9:00 am
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