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Vicious Frog Freshwater lures
1602 Views - Posted: February 13 at 2:43 pm

Vicious Frog

It seems fitting that a bait so commonly thrown from a bass boat would have a design feature common to this type of vessel. Indeed, the Vicious Frog owes its tantalizing side-to-side walking style to the “bass boat” belly that effects this bass-tempting movement.

The soft, hollow body frog also benefits from an internal weighting system, while the incredible anatomical detail and realistic colors seal the deal.


Andy Young won the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Amistad in Del Rio, Texas by 1 ounce over Stephen Browning. Minnesota angler wins Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Amistad
2504 Views - Posted: February 10 at 1:04 pm

Andy Young, a Minnetonka Lake guide, topped hard-charging Stephen Browning to win the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Amistad by only 1 ounce. 


Pierre Part's Cliff Crochet, the only Louisiana pro to fish the 2014 Bassmaster Classic starting on Feb. 21, spent time learning the topography of Lake Guntersville last fall before the waters were closed to competitors. Pierre Part's Crochet ready for second Bassmaster Classic
2717 Views - Posted: February 05 at 11:00 pm

Cliff Crochet decided to make the eight-hour drive to North Alabama twice this past November to scout Lake Guntersville, where his second Bassmaster Classic cranks up on Feb. 21.


A nifty method for presenting baits at a particular depth, the slip float rig allows anglers to hang a bait in the strike zone. Sip-float slabs — Top fishing tips for wintertime crappie
2232 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

In most activities, a slip-up is a bad thing. Botched snap that leads to a recovered fumble, dropping an easy fly ball, missing that breakaway slam dunk — all bad.

But for crappie fishermen, a slip-up can actually refer to a well-planned tactic for tempting those tasty schooling fish.

Bobby Murray knows this game well. He holds the first Bassmaster Classic title, but he also holds a lifetime interest in crappie fishing.

Tactics are many, but when the fish hold over structure like brush piles, Murray knows keeping a bait on fish’s radar is essential for consistency.


The Bassmaster Classic will return to South Carolina's Lake Hartwell in 2015, where Texas pro Alton Jones won the B.A.S.S. championship in 2008. Bassmaster Classic to return to South Carolina's Lake Hartwell in 2015
2328 Views - Posted: January 17 at 10:00 am

The Bassmaster Classic will return to Lake Hartwell and South Carolina’s Upstate in 2015, bringing with it an approximate $30 million impact on the local economy. 


Before committing to their spawning areas, bass will stage on perimeter cover like isolated cypress trees and outside grass points. Where to fish for prespawn bass
609 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet described the prespawn zone as those major stopping points bass utilize before heading into their spawning areas. It’s difficult, he said, to define a specific depth because the range varies by location and habitat.


Bass will want to lay low and wait out a cold front. You have to give them something that’s easy for them to catch. Adjust when bass fishing late-season cold fronts
259 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

When late-season cold fronts put prespawners in a foul mood, just remember that, despite the interruptive nature of a temperature drop and the dreaded bluebird post-front day, the fish still want to eat.


Lake Cataouatche once was choked with hydrilla, and its disappearance has mystified many — including the experts. Sometimes nature is just fickle
5606 Views - Posted: January 01 at 9:00 am

Three short years ago, a little lake snuggled into the crescent of the Mississippi River southwest of New Orleans rose to world prominence when Kevin VanDam boated 20 fish worth 69 pounds, 11 ounces to win the Bassmaster Classic by a stunning 10 pounds.


Lipless crankbaits like the Strike King Redeye Shad are one of the most productive options for locating prespawners. Rumble on the edge — Pro tips for prespawn bass fishing
1861 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

Childbirth is one of life’s most-amazing moments.

But if you’ve ever been around a lady who’s closing in on D-day, you know you can count on a couple of behavioral points: moodiness and accelerated appetite.


Big crappie love it when they get the drop on a big school of baitfish. Slab spread — How to use umbrella rigs for crappie
1985 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

So I’m discussing bass-stocking strategies with a fish hatchery biologist and he explained that the concept of manipulating brood stock with light and temperature moderations can prompt the fish to spawn early and provide larger fingerling bass to stock in conjunction with the threadfin shad spawn.


Capt. Ryan Lambert thinks salinity levels have increased in Lake Cataouatche, killing the hydrilla, because the David Pond Freshwater Diversion isn't being used effectively. Salinity is killing Lake Cataouatche vegetation, guide says
4283 Views - Posted: December 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

Ryan Lambert has fished in St. Charles Parish his entire life and he does not like what he sees happening in the Lake Cataouatche area.

The 55-year-old Lambert runs a large charter fishing operation in Buras, and has been fishing Lake Cataouatche since he was a teenager. He said in that time the composition of the lake has changed, but in recent years the changes have been more dramatic.

The ecology of the body of water that was the site of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic has quickly changed from being covered in hydrilla grass to having no coverage at all.


Andre Cazelot and Brooke Morrison earned $14,000 for two days of fishing in the 2013 Louisiana Sportsman Bass Championship Open. The 2014 event is scheduled for March. 2014 Bass Championship Open scheduled
3311 Views - Posted: December 09, 2013 at 7:00 am

Last March, St. Martinsville’s Andre F. Cazelot and Brooke Morrison of Youngsville walked away with a cool $14,000 after rising to the top of the two-day Yamaha-Skeeter Louisiana Sportsman Bass Championship Open.


Pierre Part's Cliff Crochet, who fishes the Bassmaster Elite Series, is part of a video highlighting some of the things overheard at every bass tournament. Those things pro bass fishermen say  Video Included
3529 Views - Posted: December 09, 2013 at 6:00 am

Tournament bass anglers speak their own, unique dialect. From talking about missed fish to bemoaning lockjaw, it's sometimes funny to hear them. Especially when those sayings are replayed in isolation.

And they're heard over and over during every stop on a tournament trail — no matter how small or large the circuit.


The Cajun Baby during a weigh-in this past March at the 2013 Elite Series Sabine River Challenge in Orange, Texas. Crochet finished 14th and earned $10,000 to kick off the year. Pierre Part's Cliff Crochet qualifies for second Bassmaster Classic  Video Included
4351 Views - Posted: October 14, 2013 at 5:00 am

When B.A.S.S. Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet heads to North Alabama’s Lake Guntersville in mid-February to fish in his second Bassmaster Classic, he might actually pinch himself a couple times on the long drive up — just to make sure he’s not dreaming.


Elite Series pro Kevin VanDam won his fourth Bassmaster Classic title fishing Lake Cataouatche, but the lake's hydrilla already was disappearing. Now, there's none of the bass-attracting vegetation left. Lake Cataouatche bass fishing falls off hard with disappearance of hydrilla
7312 Views - Posted: October 07, 2013 at 6:55 am

Lake Cataouatche was 98 percent covered by hydrilla in 2007, and that mass of vegetation fueled a big-bass fishery that grabbed world attention in 2011 when Kevin VanDam won his fourth Bassmaster Classic by seining those grass beds for more than 69 pounds over three days of competition.


Bassmaster Elite pro and Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney displays a cobia taken during the filming of an episode in Venice, as producer Jared Serigne' rolls the camera. Hackney, Sportsman TV film episode near Venice
6579 Views - Posted: September 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

Capt. Sal Gagliano of Southeast Charters (504-782-7593) pulled up within trolling distance of a satellite rig south of Venice on Wednesday morning.