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Jordan Babcock shows off the big 11.12-pound bass he caught Saturday night with a swimbait near Six Mile at Toledo Bend.

Texas angler catches 11.12-pound bass during nighttime bite at Toledo Bend

Jordan Babcock lived one of those rare experiences on Toledo Bend that most bass anglers only dream about.

May 25 at 1:59pm
Josh Chauvin shows off a big alligator snapping turtle he caught using a noodle constructed with a non-stainless hook, untarred line and a ½-inch hex nut for the weight.

Apex Predator: How to make noodles to catch alligator snapping turtles

Catching turtles is something I’ve done since childhood. In fact, I used to catch and sell them with a reptile collector’s license as a kid. 

May 24 at 2:30pm
A set of steps and a hand rail make for safer entry and exit from the boat while it is on the trailer.

Inspect your boat before launching

I’m usually a little late getting started with spring fishing because hog hunting with the dogs fills the gap between the close of deer and opening of turkey seasons.

Then chasing the gobblers uses up most of April.

But this year was a little different. We had some catching up to do. 

May 23 at 10:14am
A small skid-steer mulcher can make quick work of brush and small trees.

TSI, anyone? Timber stand improvement helps create quality deer habitat

We now live in a digital high-tech world defined by acronyms of every stripe, but many of you might not be familiar with this particular one.

May 19 at 4:00pm
Kevin VanDam won the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at Toledo Bend with a four-day total of 96 pounds, 2 ounces, almost 8 pounds ahead of second-place finisher Chris Lane.

KVD goes wire-to-wire at Toledo Bend

Kevin VanDam capped off a perfect week with another solid day on the water, bringing in 21 pounds, 6 ounces on Sunday to win the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at Toledo Bend.

The Kalamazoo, Mich. pro’s total for the four-day tournament was an impressive 96 pounds, 2 ounces, almost 8 pounds heavier than second-place finisher Chris Lane.

May 15 at 6:10pm
The substantial profile of a dark colored jig is something bass can find in muddy water.

Bait choices for muddy-water bass

Fishing guide Darold Gleason follows a simple yet effective plan of covering water with reaction baits to locate active areas.

Once he finds a promising spot, he’ll slow down and pick it apart.

May 15 at 7:00am
Speckled trout can fight very aggressively when water temperatures are in there prime-zone for trout, like they are in May.

Inside specks still plentiful in Dularge this month

Catching trout in the big bays and outside waters isn’t for everyone, and not every angler has a nice large bay boat to overcome choppy seas.

May 15 at 7:00am
With numbers like this, Rhett Buteau needs a stopwatch to keep track of his catch and stay within the limit.

Jeanerette angler is ‘overboard’ for sac-a-lait

Rhett Buteau admitted a little guiltily that he is obsessive about fishing.

“I’m probably a tad overboard, as any sac-a-lait (crappie) fisherman can get,” Buteau said. “It’s all I think about. I log every trip. I record date, catch, water level, moon phase, color of bait and style of bait. I tie my own jigs.

May 15 at 7:00am
1- Select a good cork — The one on the right is better than the other because it has a tighter grain and is more resistant to breaking and chipping. Notice that Buteau wears eye protection to keep grinding debris from getting in his eyes.

How to make your own sinking corks

Rhett Buteau, like many other dedicated sac-a-lait fishermen, has had trouble buying fishing corks made of real cork in recent years.

May 15 at 7:00am
While hunting season wasn’t great, some fine deer lined the walls during the 2016 Louisiana Sportsman Show Big Buck Contest in Gonzales.

The tale of the tape for the 2015-16 deer season

Most hunters would rate the 2015-16 deer season as one to forget. Warm temperatures and an abundant mast crop made for poor deer activity and hunter success.

May 12 at 8:53am
This red fell for a bendback-style fly that was tied on an inverted hook to make it weedless.

Green, green grass of Houma

No greater example of coastal erosion can be found than the Lake Laurier area north of Highway 1 between Fourchon and Grand Isle.

May 09 at 5:45pm
Innox GTX Mid in camo

Innox GTX Mid in camo

LOWA’s popular Innox GTX Mid boots, now available in digital camo, are for recreational sportsmen and women who require the best in support, comfort and durability. These field boots are designed for climbing hills, for rugged off-trail use in search of deer or for hunting in flat fields. They feature stiffer midsoles for underfoot and ankle stability as well as waterproof GORE-TEX linings that keep feet dry.

May 01 at 7:00am
A partially-filled 5-gallon bucket is perfect for onboard trash, wetting and weighing down any paper items and filling cans and bottles up so they don't end up in the water.

Partially-filled 5-gallon buck perfect for onboard trash

We’ve probably all been guilty at one time or another: Watching a crumpled potato chip bag, candy wrapper or napkin that was wedged in the center console or behind the windshield fly off into the water when the boat gets up on step.

April 29 at 2:49pm
Cajun bouillabaisses are unique to cooks with a Bayou Lafourche heritage.

He had a badge and a spoon

Euris “Doobie” Dubois retired last month as chief of police for the Town of Grand Isle. While he was the fishing resort’s chief law enforcement officer, he was just as well known for his cooking.

April 29 at 8:20am
The author sits in his deer stand.

Mississippi earns No. 1 ranking for whitetail deer hunting

Well, if you’re one of those folks who crosses the state line to hunt deer in Mississippi, I have some very good — if not totally surprising — news.

April 21 at 10:12am
Dusty McGehee, left, and Dylan McElduff pose with the 19-pound gobbler McElduff shot on April 1 in Jackson Parish. McElduff, who was diagnosed with a Stage 1 brain tumor last summer, received treatment in Memphis, Tenn. and is currently in remission.

Choudrant youth beats brain cancer, downs trophy gobbler

Most diehard hunters will tell you the sport is more about experiences in the field than it is about the kill —  a phrase perfectly illustrated by a recent turkey-hunting adventure featuring Dylan McElduff and Dusty McGehee.

April 13 at 10:28am