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Kevin  VanDam used a variety of crankbaits in his wire-to-wire victory earlier this month at the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on Toledo Bend.

KVD details winning crankbait strategy on Toledo Bend

I’m getting a lot of questions about the crankbait strategy I used to win at Toledo Bend.

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Tim Delaney shows off both the giant 1.83-pound bream he caught late Saturday afternoon on Iatt Lake in Grant Parish, and the 2-foot kiddie pole he caught it with. If certified by LOWA, the fish will become the new No. 1-ranked bluegill in Louisiana.

Potential new No. 1-ranked bluegill caught Saturday on kiddie pole in Iatt Lake

Tim Delaney might have been fishing with a 2-foot kiddie pole on Iatt Lake Saturday evening, but the pint-sized tackle didn’t stop the 33-year-old Prospect angler from reeling in potentially the biggest bream ever to land in the Louisiana record books. 

May 26 at 2:07pm
CHIRP technology lets a unit show baitfish clouds in an unmistakable manner and easily separate fish from submerged trees.

Marine-grade software updates on your electronics

There was a time when updating your electronics meant buying new units.

We gadget-minded fishermen understood that keeping up with technological evolution meant replacing our fishfinders and navigation units every eight to 10 months.

May 26 at 9:00am
Oyster and Andouille Fettuccine is one of Brett Broussard’s favorite creations and is a tongue-pleasing experience to eat.

The whole bunch cooks

Some families are food adventurers. Such is the Broussard family of Lafayette. The whole bunch — Daddy Brett, Mommy Bethany, daughter Claire and son Andrew — cooks.

May 26 at 9:00am
Jordan Babcock shows off the big 11.12-pound bass he caught Saturday night with a swimbait near Six Mile at Toledo Bend.

Texas angler catches 11.12-pound bass during nighttime bite at Toledo Bend

Jordan Babcock lived one of those rare experiences on Toledo Bend that most bass anglers only dream about.

May 25 at 1:59pm
Tournament Director Rad Trascher shows off one of the 50 tagged redfish that are currently swimming along the Louisiana coast for the 2016 CCA STAR Tournament. The first registered angler to catch a tagged redfish wins a brand new Chevy Silverado pickup.

22nd CCA STAR kicks off Saturday

More than $500,000 in prizes — including boats, motors, trailers, tackle packages and a brand new 2016 Chevy Silverado pickup truck — are up for grabs when the Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association’s STAR Tournament cranks up this Saturday morning at 12:01 a.m.

May 25 at 10:50am
LSU's Tiger Chapter placed second in the nation for Ducks Unlimited fundraising efforts in 2015, behind the Aggieland Chapter at Texas A&M.

LSU’s Tiger Chapter second in the nation in DU fundraising

The last five times they’ve played on the football field, LSU has defeated Texas A&M — but this year, the Aggies nipped the Tigers  in fundraising efforts for Ducks Unlimited.

May 25 at 8:03am
Throwing live shrimp under a sliding cork is the key to catching nice speckled trout at the islands south of Cocodrie, Custom Charters' Capt. Tommy Pellegrin said.

Big trout patrolling beaches at islands south of Cocodrie

If you’re looking to stock your freezer with speckled trout, the islands south of Cocodrie are where you want to be.

“It’s easy,” said Capt. Tommy Pellegrin. “It’s the best fishing I’ve seen in my lifetime. Yesterday I couldn’t get away from trout for nothing. I had a guy who wanted to catch a redfish, and I couldn’t get away from trout.

“It’s insane.”

May 25 at 2:41am
CCA-Louisiana will begin construction of the new West End Reef in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31. The reef, which will be composed of 2,200 tons of limestone and crushed concrete, will be located near a planned fishing pier.

CCA to build new West End Reef in Lake Pontchartrain

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is scheduled to begin construction of a new artificial reef near West End in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31, according to a news release.

May 24 at 4:45pm
Josh Chauvin shows off a big alligator snapping turtle he caught using a noodle constructed with a non-stainless hook, untarred line and a ½-inch hex nut for the weight.

Apex Predator: How to make noodles to catch alligator snapping turtles

Catching turtles is something I’ve done since childhood. In fact, I used to catch and sell them with a reptile collector’s license as a kid. 

May 24 at 2:30pm
Grand Isle big trout specialist Tommy Vidrine uses a cast net to catch live pogies at Grand Isle — one of his favorite baits to catch hammer specks.

Step-by-step instructions: How to throw a cast net

It’s definitely not rocket science, but throwing a cast net is a skill that confounds lots of anglers.

May 24 at 10:16am

Four cited in Terrebonne Parish for alleged shrimping violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited four people for alleged recreational shrimping violations Saturday in the Robinson Canal in lower Terrebonne Parish, according to a news release.

May 24 at 5:38am
Ty Humphries shows off the 11.74-pound Toledo Bend largemouth he caught Sunday to win the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash, including $10,000 cash, a brand new Triton boat and a 2016 Ram 1500 pickup truck.

11.74-pounder wins Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash at Toledo Bend

Long before Bassmaster Elite Pro Kevin VanDam’s win at Toledo Bend on May 15, Stonewall’s Ty Humphries had been fishing a Strike King Series 10XD crankbait bite for some great bass leading up to this weekend’s Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash.

May 23 at 1:52pm
Denham Springs angler Darren Cooper seined the Pointe-aux-Chenes marsh for redfish Saturday, getting deeper into the marsh than he'd ever been thanks to sky-high water levels.

Best tips for summer Pointe-aux-Chenes reds

Last week's torrential downpours couldn't stop the redfish action in the Pointe-aux-Chenes marsh. In fact, the stiff westerly winds backed up the water, making it even easier to get to the fish.

"I never fish when the water is this high," said Denham Springs angler Darren Cooper, who owns a camp minutes from Pointe-aux-Chenes Marina. "When it's high, I usually stay at that camp."

He was happy he did't sleep in by the time he returned to the launch Saturday.

May 23 at 11:32am
A set of steps and a hand rail make for safer entry and exit from the boat while it is on the trailer.

Inspect your boat before launching

I’m usually a little late getting started with spring fishing because hog hunting with the dogs fills the gap between the close of deer and opening of turkey seasons.

Then chasing the gobblers uses up most of April.

But this year was a little different. We had some catching up to do. 

May 23 at 10:14am
Louisiana's Safe Boating Week is May 21-27, and enforcement agents with LDWF will be conducting safety checks and patrolling for DWIs.

Louisiana's Safe Boating Week set for May 21-27

May 21-27 has been designated as “Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding everyone to be responsible on the water.

May 20 at 1:54pm

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