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130-day BassCashBash tournament kicks off Friday at Toledo Bend

A brand new 130-day-long tournament featuring 100 specially-tagged bass worth $1,000 each kicks off this Friday at Toledo Bend.

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April 28 at 8:50 am
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Lake Charles angler lands 10.27-pounder at Toledo Bend

Travis Pradia had a goal to reach.

The 40-year-old angler from Lake Charles wanted to reel in at least a 5-pound largemouth bass.

So earlier this month, he headed to Toledo Bend and not only achieved his goal - he doubled it. 

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April 27 at 10:57 am
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Unravelling a blood trail

One recent cold, damp January morning, as I sat in my ground blind watching and hoping for a mature late-season buck, my cell phone in the pocket of my coat vibrated.

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April 22 at 9:00 am
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LSU AgCenter scientists creating poison bait to target wild hog population

Researchers at LSU are currently developing a fish-based poison bait that, if ultimately approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, could put a serious dent into Louisiana’s wild hog population.

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April 16 at 4:06 pm
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Best turkey hunting tactics

It is generally a good idea to go out and scout for turkeys prior to the season opening. The excellent mast crop this year no doubt kept the birds in the creek and river drainages where the hardwoods are.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Use a rake, small jigs for grass-bound crappie

If sac-a-lait are off points, Fontenot motors over to hyacinth mats and other grass patches and use a homemade, pronged aluminum rake to make holes in the mats about 12 inches in diameter.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Union Long Spurs walk the talk

The love of turkey hunting and the desire to make it better drives Nathan Pilgreen and Peyton McKinnie to be active in the Union Long Spurs, the local affiliate of the National Turkey Federation.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Modifications to get the most out of spoons

While spoons will definitely put fish in the boat, there are some modifications that help make them even more effective — and can eliminate a nagging problem inherent with the lures.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Three more lunkers landed at Toledo Bend

As the 2014-15 lunker season draws to a close next month, three more anglers recently scored 10-pound-plus bass at Toledo Bend.

It’s anybody’s guess as to what this year’s record-breaking final tally will be, but action has shown little sign of slowing down so far. 

Read about the locations, lures and tactics these three fishermen used to land the largemouth of a lifetime. 

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April 14 at 2:13 pm
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Impromptu bow-fishing trip yields potential Toledo Bend record longnose gar

As evidenced this spring, Toledo Bend’s 185,000 acres are home to an untold number of lunker largemouth bass that roam throughout the reservoir.

Of course, lots of other species call the Bend home, like bream, crappie, catfish, carp and striped bass, among others.

And even though you don’t hear much about longnose gar, an unplanned bow-fishing trip late last month might have resulted in a new lake record — if the fish would have been officially verified and submitted. 

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April 13 at 10:07 pm
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Sulphur angler scores on Toledo Bend 11.14-pounder Saturday

As much as she wanted to, Pat Schexnider just couldn’t escape her date with destiny and ended up catching the bass of a lifetime Saturday on Toledo Bend.

“I almost didn’t go,” the 60-year-old Sulphur angler said.

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April 13 at 9:22 am
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Impacts of the 2014 acorn crop

Many hunters are still lamenting the poor deer season that just ended. Complaints about lack of deer sightings and poor deer activity have hunters crying about too many doe days.

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April 12 at 9:00 am
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LDWF agents work three drug-related cases in Jefferson Parish

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries worked three drug-related cases last week in Jefferson Parish, according to a press release.

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April 09 at 9:24 am
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Ville Platte angler lands two 11-pound Toledo Bend lunkers on consecutive days

In addition to the normal array of hooks, weights, line, crankbaits, Traps, soft plastics and the usual assortment of “stuff” crammed into a typical tacklebox, David Vidrine apparently still had enough room for a horseshoe and a lucky rabbit’s foot on his Easter weekend trip to Toledo Bend.

While mere mortal anglers only dream of catching one double-digit bass in their entire lifetimes, the 49-year-old Ville Platte physical therapist landed two 11-pound-plus fish near the Indian Mounds - on consecutive days.

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April 09 at 8:33 am
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Schexnayder catches biggest Toledo Bend lunker of the season with 12.81-pounder

If you’re Daniel Schexnayder, what’s even better than catching a Toledo Bend 10.95-pounder last December?

Following it up this month with a monster bass almost 2 pounds heavier that is currently the largest fish entered so far in the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program for the 2014-15 season that ends in mid-May.

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April 08 at 6:46 am
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Toledo Bend lunkers show no signs of slowing down

With about 40 days still left in the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program’s 2014-15 season, we know last year’s record total of 61 fish will be smashed - we just don’t know by how much.

The huge reservoir is continuing to deliver double-digit bass, with no real let-up so far.

Here are the stories of three more anglers lucky enough to catch the bass of a lifetime.

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April 07 at 8:50 am
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