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Slow presentation key for Basin bass bite

Slow and steady wins the race — and it could also be the key to catch some nice prespawn bass this weekend in the Atchafalaya Basin.

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February 27 at 3:23 pm
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Hometown favorite Ashley wins 2015 Bassmaster Classic

This time, Mighty Casey didn’t strike out. 

Casey Ashley, a 31-year-old bass pro from Donalds, S.C., hit a home run on Sunday on his home water and won the 2015 Bassmaster Classic with a great final-day catch of more than 20 pounds.

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February 22 at 7:08 pm
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Omori takes Day 2 Bassmaster Classic lead

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Takahiro Omori surged to the lead of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic today on the strength of a 16-pound, 11-ounce stringer. But the 2004 Classic champ is only 2 ounces ahead of Day 1 leader Dean Rojas.

“Yesterday, we were like two hours late starting — and when I got to my first spot, I caught five fish just like that,” said Omori, whose two-day total is 31-11. “We started at normal time today. So when I get to my spot, it was too dark. I was thinking there were no fish left out here.

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February 21 at 8:12 pm
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Hackney just misses Top 25 Classic cut

Louisiana’s three-man contingent in the Bassmaster Classic will watch Sunday’s third and final day from the sidelines, all having finished out of the top 25 after Saturday’s action on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

Greg Hackney of Gonzales, the reigning B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, missed the cut by 5 ounces, finishing 26th with 21 pounds, 14 ounces after a disappointing day when he caught only three fish that weighed an ounce short of 7 pounds.

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February 21 at 7:05 pm
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Rojas leads after first day of 2015 Bassmaster Classic

Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the Bassmaster Classic, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?

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February 20 at 8:02 pm
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Louisiana anglers find going tough on Day 1 of Bassmaster Classic

Louisiana’s contingent of three bass fishermen was largely disappointed in their performance on Friday’s first day of the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, but one of them is still definitely in the mix for the title.

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February 20 at 6:27 pm
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Hackney, Crochet prepare for frigid Friday conditions at Bassmaster Classic

When the 2015 Bassmaster Classic kicks off on Friday morning on Lake Hartwell, the field of 56 anglers will be fishing against each other and the spotted and largemouth bass in the 56,000-acre reservoir lake. 

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February 19 at 4:12 pm
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Five winter bass-fishing lures you need to try

February can be a tricky month to fish bass, but Strike King bass pro James Niggemeyer doesn’t have the option to sit home and wait for more-stable conditions. So he has found lures produced by his sponsor that will produce bites from fish in late-winter and prespawn patterns.

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February 19 at 3:30 pm
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'I'm living the American dream,' Hackney says during Angler of the Year speech

When Greg Hackney stepped to the microphone last night to accept the 2014 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Award, he used the limelight to honor the crowd of anglers against whom he fishes.

"Honestly, for me, what a humbling experience," Hackney began. "I've dreamed of this my whole childhood. I just had no idea I could ever stand in front of this bunch of fishermen. It is the most-humbling thing ever."

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February 19 at 1:31 pm
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Rapala introduces the Shadow Rap

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Combining a horizontal struggle with a vertical fade that mimics a minnow’s final quivering moments, the Rapala Shadow Rap suspending jerkbait triggers bites as predator fish move in for an easy meal.

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February 18 at 1:15 pm
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How Standard Mapping Services E-cards happened

The story of how a New Orleans street cop became the Jedi Knight of fishing navigation maps is an American success story that could only have happened in Louisiana.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Grubs on umbrella rigs

Discussions of grubs cannot exclude their group presentation on the umbrella rig. Although banned in Bassmaster Elite and FLW Tour competition, the multi-armed “egg beaters” remain a vital tool for bass anglers from fall through early spring.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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How to use a nail weight with a swimbait

Sticking small, thin weights into slender worms influences fall rates and bottom orientation, but that’s not the only use for this tackle tactic.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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How to catch Toledo Bend’s big girls

February is prime time to be on Toledo Bend seeking lunker bass.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Best bets for February bass

F ebruary is a schizophrenic month, with temperatures often fluctuating wildly and winds howling from every direction from fronts of the coldest month of the year.

But that doesn’t mean fish won’t feed, and Louisiana’s Cliff “Cajun Baby” Crochet has learned a few tips that helps him keep fish coming across his gunnel.

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February 08 at 5:00 pm
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Bassmaster High School Series accepting new teams statewide

Along with more traditional sports like football, baseball, basketball and track, you can add bass fishing to the mix of extra-curricular options available to kids at several high schools across the state.

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February 04 at 6:03 pm
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