Fishing

Guide lands 12-pounder at Toledo Bend

Longtime Toledo Bend guide Stephen Johnston had just returned from the Houston Boat Show, and knew he had to get on the water soon to scout for bass for an upcoming trip with clients.

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January 21 at 9:16 am
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‘Spooning’ covers more water

Spoons are one of the oldest fishing lures in the book, and it’s still around because it’s so effective.

But, while many anglers use them for jigging around brush piles with a process known as “perch jerking,” Capt. David Hilton uses a different technique that allows anglers to cover more water than is traditionally possible.

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January 21 at 6:30 am
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Top 2 Highway 1 wintertime lures for Grand Isle speckled trout

If you want to be a true wintertime Highway 1 roadside warrior between Fourchon and Grand Isle,  you have to be properly equipped to do battle against the speckled trout located within casting distance of the road.

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January 20 at 8:19 pm
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Top 5 spider-rigging tips

This month’s cold weather might have you thinking about leaving the boat in the shed and staying in the warmth of your den, sipping coffee and snuggling with your wife on the couch while she watches HGTV.

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January 20 at 6:30 am
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Evans angler scores on Toledo Bend 12-pounder

Mike Nolen kicked off the new year right last week when he reeled in a 12-pound bass during his first trip of 2016 at Toledo Bend. 

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January 19 at 7:34 am
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Crank up more crappie

Kenny Allen doesn’t begin to claim he’s one of the crappie pros who first hit on trolling crankbaits for big slabs, but he said he’s smart enough to know when a technique is worth using — and in January in many Southeastern reservoirs, dropping a half-dozen crankbaits behind your boat and pulling them along at various depths is a very productive way to put cold-water slabs in the boat.

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January 19 at 5:48 am
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Catch big specks under birds this weekend in Lake Pontchartrain

The combination of a mild winter so far and advancing freshwater pouring in from the Bonnet Carre Spillway have created a speckled trout angler’s dream in Lake Pontchartrain — at least for now.

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January 15 at 1:40 pm
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Agents arrest Bayou Sauvage boater for DUI, drug possession

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested a Metairie man on Monday for allegedly driving under the influence on Bayou Sauvage in Orleans Parish.

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January 14 at 8:28 am
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Cofounder of Ride the Bull kayak tournament loses battle with cancer

Capt. Kristen Wray, a pioneer in kayak fishing on Grand Isle and cofounder of the world’s largest kayak-fishing tournament, died early Wednesday morning after a long bout with cancer.

A native of Tulsa, Okla., Wray was 48 years old.

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January 13 at 11:41 am
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B.A.S.S. reschedules Central Open because of Atchafalaya Basin flooding

The unusually wet winter in the Atchafalaya Basin has claimed another victim - the B.A.S.S. Central Open scheduled for next month out of Morgan City has been rescheduled for the fall.

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January 11 at 2:12 pm
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Collapsible extension ladder great for accessing T-top to sight-fish

With rods and reels, tackle boxes, ice chests, life jackets and other assorted gear all requiring a spot in your boat, space on-board is definitely at a premium. 

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January 06 at 11:05 am
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How would Bonnet Carre Spillway opening impact Pontchartrain fishing?

With Mississippi River levels continuing to rise, some expect the earliest-ever opening in the 85-year history of the Bonnet Carre Spillway — which would relieve pressure on the levees protecting New Orleans and divert freshwater into Lake Pontchartrain for the first time since 2011.

That has left anglers holding their collective breath, waiting to see if there will be any impact on the upcoming spring speckled trout fishing.

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January 05 at 2:46 pm
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Louisiana state waters officially extended to 9 nautical miles offshore - temporarily

Anglers heading out to catch red snapper in state waters later this week can now safely fish beyond the long-established 3-mile boundary and go out to 9 nautical miles from shore without fear of being ticketed by the Coast Guard - at least for now.

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January 04 at 1:55 pm
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2015 fall red snapper season ends

The fall red snapper season closes in state waters Jan. 1 at 12:01 a.m., the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.

The season has applied to all waters claimed by the state, which LDWF officials contend reaches roughly the 10-mile mark. Federal officials do not recognize state sovereignty past 3 nautical miles, but state enforcement agents have only been enforcing state regulations.

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December 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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Two cited for commercial fishing violations in Lake Borgne

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a commercial fisherman and his deckhand for allegedly using oversized fishing trawls in Lake Borgne on Sunday, according to a press release.

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December 23, 2015 at 8:46 am
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Two state-record catfish caught in as many days for N.C. angler

The biggest catfish I've ever laid my eyes on went about 35 pounds, and it looked freakish. But it can't hold a candle to two blue catfish a North Carolina angler landed in on consecutive days — setting a state record with each catch.

The first catfish was caught Dec. 20 and weighed 91 pounds, with yesterday's monster blue coming in at 105 pounds.

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December 22, 2015 at 9:36 am
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