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The right size/style of hook can greatly influence jerkbait success, so adjust as needed.

Tips for jerkbait tinkering

Winter through early spring finds jerkbait anglers fine-tuning their lures for perfect suspension or varying sink rates because everything’s moving much slower and fish often hold at a specific depth, with little interest in chasing even a vulnerable bait.

October 15 at 7:00am
The Bill Lewis StutterStep offers the ability to keep the lure in one spot or cover a lot of water, and it's a great way to pick up bites.

Check out this cool new topwater lure

Everyone loves a good topwater bite, so knowing how to "walk the dog" is almost mandatory. But what if you could get even more action out of a lure while keeping it in the strike zone?

That's where the new Bill Lewis StutterStep really shines.

"It's a new topwater bait: It looks different, and it is different," Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff "Cajun Baby" Crochet said. "It's totally different from any topwater bait on the market."

October 03 at 11:49am
Bassmaster Elite pro Kevin Van Dam knows that jerkbaits can play a big role in the fall feeding frenzy.

Transitional jerks - Jerkbait fishing tactics

Word association games show us our true perceptions by drawing forth gut responses.

Say the word “jerkbait,” and many anglers would likely say “cold” — and they would not be entirely wrong.

However, they’d also not be entirely right.

October 01 at 7:00am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney punched through lilies bordering the cane in Venice for all of the bass he caught Wednesday. With the Mississippi River still dirty, Hack suggested waiting to fish the last few hours of a falling tide.

Hackney punches his way to Venice bass bite

With an incoming tide and dirtier-than-expected water to start the day Wednesday, it took a while for the bass bite to turn on down in Venice.

September 29 at 7:50am
Venice redfish are always willing to eat, but you can get a lot more bites if the Mississippi River is low and green. And there's a trick to figuring out when that will happen.

Northern Mississippi River gauges key to Venice fishing, Hackney says

Fall is here. Temperatures have finally started to moderate, and some of the year’s best fishing will be available without getting heat stroke.

And Bassmaster Elite Series pro and Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney said he launches his boat at Venice as often as possible. 

“You’re getting in that time of year when the (Mississippi) river gets green,” Hackney said in a live Facebook feed from Venice Marina early this morning. “The trout start showing up in the Jump (and) they show up on the jetties in the main river.

“You can catch bass, white bass, redfish and trout — all on the same stuff.”

Of course, prime fishing is all about water clarity, and that’s dictated by the rise and fall of the river. A low river (generally below 4 feet at the New Orleans gauge) means water should be green and clear, while a higher reading hints at muddy conditions.

September 28 at 9:49am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney will be doing live feeds from Venice all day Wednesday on Louisiana Sportsman's Facebook page. Tune in to see what kind of day he has chasing bass in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Hackney live from Venice on Facebook Wednesday morning

If you want to see what goes on behind the scenes while filming an episode of Sportsman TV, check out Louisiana Sportsman’s Facebook page all day Wednesday for live reports from Greg Hackney — who’s down in Venice to target bass at the Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

September 27 at 7:17pm
The first of two Central Opens in Louisiana over the next four weeks will be contested on the Red River starting Thursday. Next month, the final Central Open of the season will be held in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Louisiana to host two Central Open Series events in the next month

Louisiana waters will play host to two Bassmaster Central Open Series events in the next month — potentially providing two more anglers with the opportunity to compete in the Classic next year on Lake Conroe in Texas. 

September 27 at 12:45pm
The 8-foot limit on Bassmaster tournament competitors' fishing rods will be changed for 2017, allowing anglers to use rods as long as 10 feet. Elite Series pro Skeet Reese was one of the main proponents of the change.

B.A.S.S. raises maximum rod length to 10 feet starting in 2017

Starting in 2017, the 40-year-old rule that has limited Bassmaster tournament competitors to rods that were 8 feet or shorter will be changed, allowing competitors to use rods as long as 10 feet.

September 26 at 3:55pm
The 2017 Bassmaster Opens Series kicks off on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla. next January, where Chris Lane picked up his third Elite Series win in 2012.

2017 Bassmaster Opens Series schedule released

Nine Bassmaster Opens tournaments will be held in eight different states in 2017, ranging from the lakes of central Florida to the Ozark Plateau in Oklahoma.

September 07 at 2:35pm
Hundreds of people were taken to safety by the Cajun Navy before authorities were able to get official rescue teams together.

Heroes live among us

The word “hero” is grossly overused today. If you pick up a stray cat and adopt it, you’re called a hero. If you feed the homeless, yep, you’re a hero. If you survived cancer, you can bet you’ll be hailed a hero. And if you care for someone with cancer — man, you’re headed for superhero status.

August 31 at 4:55pm
The Bassmaster Elite Series in 2017 will once again return to Toledo Bend, where Kevin VanDam scored the first of his three victories on tour this year with a win in May. Next year, Elites will visit the Bend April 6-9.

Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Toledo Bend in 2017

Bassmaster released the Elite Series 2017 schedule today, which includes an April stop at Toledo Bend and a new stop on the circuit, the Bassmaster Texas Fest in May.

The Fest replaces the Texas Bass Classic, and is scheduled for May 17-21 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

August 31 at 1:54pm
Michael Garcie caught his personal best — this 8.33-pound beast — at Toledo Bend. He used a Zoom craw topped with a punch skirt made by his best friend, Aaron Pousson with Pousson’s Punch Skirts and Custom Tackle.

Toledo Bend tactics for the dog days of summer

As of the next‐to‐last week of June, Toledo Bend still was a little over full pool stage, water was getting hotter and, as you might imagine, the daytime bite for bass was decreasing dramatically. 

August 26 at 5:33am
The four hours or so before sunrise are the best times to catch bass during the heat of summer.

Get up extra early to beat the heat

August temperatures can be pretty rough on fishermen, and not just because of the heat. Lakes and rivers are full of recreational boaters, which can be as big a headache as 95-degree days with 80-percent humidity and no wind.

August 16 at 5:40pm
Good bass like this are helping Louisiana’s Brett Preuett make a big splash on the pro circuit.

The making of a pro bass angler

Being flexible and determined are necessary for success in fishing, but to understand how Preuett has developed those traits, a little background is necessary.

August 15 at 7:00am