|Statewide crappie recap: Target big ones now on Toledo Bend
2056 Views - Posted: February 27 at 10:30 am
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second article in an online series on hot crappie spots across the state that originally appeared in Louisiana Sportsman magazine. Today's article features information on Toledo Bend. Tomorrow we'll take a closer look at Lake D'Arbonne.
|Basin bass on verge of spawn
3298 Views - Posted: February 26 at 5:15 pm
Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet spent all last week either practicing for or competing in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic held on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.
And all he could think about after the final-day weigh-in was pitching to cypress trees in his home waters within the Atchafalaya Basin.
So after a single day of rest — which included the six-hour drive home — Crochet launched out of Belle River Landing Tuesday morning and headed into the thick of the Basin.
|Statewide crappie recap: Atchafalaya Basin
3054 Views - Posted: February 26 at 11:00 am
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first article in an online series on hot crappie spots across the state that originally appeared in Louisiana Sportsman magazine. Today's article features information on the Atchafalaya Basin.
|LDWF releases Florida largemouth bass stocking priority list for 2014
10206 Views - Posted: February 25 at 10:04 am
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plans to stock fewer but larger pure Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into waters across the state later this spring, a biologist said.
|Burnette reels in 12.71-pound hawg near Indian Mounds on Sunday
6098 Views - Posted: February 24 at 5:30 pm
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.
|St. Amant angler reels in 10.55-pound bass on Toledo Bend
3691 Views - Posted: February 24 at 9:02 am
Before last Thursday, Donald Hack’s biggest bass at Toledo Bend was 6 pounds.
|Howell wins 2014 Bassmaster Classic
2430 Views - Posted: February 23 at 8:13 pm
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.
|Evers claims Bassmaster Classic Day 2 lead by 1 ounce
1492 Views - Posted: February 22 at 7:57 pm
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.
|Tharp falls to second in Bassmaster Classic — by 1 ounce
556 Views - Posted: February 22 at 6:59 pm
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.
|Crochet rebounds on second day of Bassmaster Classic
2518 Views - Posted: February 22 at 5:39 pm
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.
|Crochet struggles during first day of Bassmaster Classic
1741 Views - Posted: February 21 at 11:09 pm
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.
|Tharp leads after first day of Bassmaster Classic
1500 Views - Posted: February 21 at 8:38 pm
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.
|Baby nutria the newest live bait for redfish?
7077 Views - Posted: February 20 at 11:47 am
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.
|Scouting trip ends with another Toledo Bend 10-pounder
4484 Views - Posted: February 18 at 3:50 pm
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.
|Louisiana to open 2014 recreational red snapper weekend-only season this Friday, Feb. 21 in state waters
3454 Views - Posted: February 17 at 4:17 pm
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.
|Lafayette angler lands 10.54-pounder in Hausen Bay at Toledo Bend
5849 Views - Posted: February 17 at 1:47 pm
Tommy Melancon and his fishing partner Trey Hebert headed out early Sunday morning to pre-fish an upcoming tournament at Toledo Bend.