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The 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion Chris Lane has taken the lead on Day 2 of the Bassmaster Elite Series at the St. Johns River. With a total two-day weight of 56 pounds, 4 ounces, Lane will start Day 3 with an almost 9 pound advantage. Lane take Elite Series lead with 37-pound stringer  Video Included
2408 Views - Posted: March 21 at 8:24 pm

The second day of the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on the St. Johns River was one that was beyond belief. Gonzales pro Greg Hackney weighed in a 10-pound, 10-ounce monster, and he was joined in the 10-pound club by Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet.

And then there was the sack of bass brought to the stage by 2012 Bassmaster Classic champ Chris Lane — five fish that pushed the scales to 37 pounds, 9 ounces.

Lane said the stringer was largest one-day weight he’s ever achieved.


Bob Laroux caught this 10.04-pounder on Wednesday, March 5 in Housen Bayou on a black/blue Winch jig with a black/blue crawfish trailer. Many angler lands third 10-pounder, joins Toledo Bend Lake Association's Elite Lunker Club
2847 Views - Posted: March 11 at 1:55 pm

Longtime Many resident Bob Laroux hooked his third 10-pound-plus bass at Toledo Bend in Housen Bayou last week, becoming the newest member of the Lake Association’s Elite Lunker Club.


Sportsman TV producer Jared Serigne´, right, positions a camera during the filming of tonight's episode of Sportsman TV while veteran turkey hunter Shane Johnson, left, prepares to try to call a gobbler into shooting range. Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Public Land Turkey Hunt
1597 Views - Posted: March 05 at 2:00 pm

With host Greg Hackney busy fishing a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, Sportsman TV producer Jared Serigné is joined for tonight's episode by veteran turkey hunter Shane Johnson to pursue some public land gobblers. 


Darold Gleason caught this 11.31-pound monster Saturday near Hausen Bay on a brown/purple V&M Pacemaker Flatline Football jig with a purple haze V&M Swamp hog trailer. Leesville angler enters Toledo Bend's Elite Lunker Club with 11-pounder caught near Hausen Bay
3304 Views - Posted: March 05 at 11:07 am

Darold Gleason’s very last cast Saturday afternoon produced the result he’d been waiting for all day long.


Luke Fears with a big largemouth caught punching grass. Marsh Punch-out — How to punch grass mats for big bass
876 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Back in 2009 during the Bassmaster Central Open held in the Atchafalaya Basin, Elite Series angler and local favorite Cliff Crochet punched grass mats to earn his first trip to the Classic.

The Pierre Part pro proved the technique, when employed correctly and used under the right conditions, can be a deadly tactic for putting weight on the scale. 

Basically fishing in his own backyard, Crochet employed the tactic with precision in the waters he grew up on. He used a heavy tungsten weight, a flipping hook and braided line — all basic elements required to punch grass for lunker bass.


Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Basin bass on verge of spawn
3677 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.


The Phoenix 919 Pro XP, introduced at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, offers all the amenities of larger bass boats in a 19-foot package that is more manageable. Phoenix 919 offers benefits of larger boats in more-compact package
3164 Views - Posted: February 24 at 5:58 pm

Bass boats have gotten longer over the years, and now it seems almost everyone runs a 21-foot boat. However, Phoenix Boats realized that many anglers would like smaller, more manageable fishing platforms — but they didn't want to give up the quality that is now expected.


Bassmaster Elite Series pro Randy Howell of Alabama jumped from 11 places today to win the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville. Howell wins 2014 Bassmaster Classic
2996 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.


Edwin Evers didn't have many bites on the second day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, but he managed just enough to claim the lead in the tournament. Evers claims Bassmaster Classic Day 2 lead by 1 ounce
1918 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.


Randall Tharp lost almost two hours of fishing time when his motor went down, but he still manages to hold the lead in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Tharp falls to second in Bassmaster Classic — by 1 ounce
871 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.


Cliff Crochet was in much better spirits after his second weigh-in of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, during which he weighed in 23 pounds, 15 ounces. Crochet rebounds on second day of Bassmaster Classic  Video Included
2837 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.


The Ardent Apex Elite is the top offering in a line of reels the company has introduced. Ardent introduces Apex reels at 2014 Bassmaster Classic
2409 Views - Posted: February 22 at 2:38 pm

Ardent reels are known for their bullet-proof constructio, and its new Apex line continues that tradition.

The reels offer the perfect balance of light weight, comfort and durability. Each model in the line features high-strength aluminum frames, and between 8 and 12 ball bearings for silky-smooth operation.


Unfortunately, Pierre Part's Cliff Crochet didn't get to hoist a big stringer at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, but he said he'll go out and have fun fishing the second day of the event. Crochet struggles during first day of Bassmaster Classic
1976 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.


Randall Tharp is leading the 2014 Bassmaster Classic after the first day, and he's confident there are plenty of fish for him to maintain and even extend his lead. Tharp leads after first day of Bassmaster Classic
1708 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.


Drew Hackney, 13, left, and his brother, Luke, 10, accompanied their dad on a recent trip fishing dead ends off of Bayou Des Allemands near Mud Lake and showed off some quality bass caught on a 1/4-ounce Hack Attack black-and-blue swim jig. Warmer temps and phenomenal fishing are in the forecast for south Louisiana
5651 Views - Posted: February 14 at 3:12 pm

Barring any unexpected  cold fronts, Bassmaster Elite Series Pro and Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney expects bass and sac-a-lait fishing to explode across south Louisiana over the next 10 to 14 days.


Bassmaster pro Dennis Tietje said a soft-plastic crawfish is a universal bass catcher. You can’t beat crawfish
4366 Views - Posted: February 14 at 9:00 am

A Louisiana bass fishing pro getting ready for his fifth season on the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament trail said there’s no question about one of the artificial lures he’ll nearly always be throwing when the bass and the money are on the line in 2014.

“I mean, everybody pretty much knows it’s going to be a crawfish,” Dennis Tietje said.

Tietje had just returned from his deer-hunting camp during the holidays and obliged a question about one of the favorite artificial lures in his tacklebox, a confidence bait.

“I’m going to keep three baits on no matter what — a small crankbait (red KVD Square Bill), a (Strike King) Rage Craw and a small (Strike King) spinnerbait,” the angler from Roanoke said. “Even though I may not rely (full-time) on the soft plastic, I tend to throw some type of crawfish bait 60- to 70-percent of the time.”