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‘Fun w son’ wins VIP Experience fishing trip with Greg Hackney

Houma’s Carl Dupre was simply hoping to win some floor seats to the 2011 Bassmaster Classic when he signed up for the Bassmaster Classic VIP Experience Giveaway on Jan. 4. When his name wasn’t drawn earlier this month, he was disappointed – and ended up going camping with his wife over the championship weekend.Read More...
February 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm
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A Tale of Two Areas

Well, the 2011 Bassmaster Classic has played out, and I for one will go on record saying that I was wrong. If someone would have told me that Lake Cataouatche would stand up to the pressure of the top anglers in the world, as well as the local hands, during the first pretty-weather weekend of the year, I would have laughed.

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February 21, 2011 at 11:21 am
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Classic champ VanDam sets record in Tank Pond

It’s hard to tell who exactly was the star of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.

Was it Kevin VanDam, the now four-time Classic winner, who threw 69 pounds of bass on the scales to crush the dreams of 49 other anglers?

Or was it the Lake Cataouatche Tank Pond, a non-descript rectangle of shallow water that delivered lunker after lunker for each of the top three finishers?Read More...
February 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm
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Classic champ VanDam sets record in Tank Pond

It’s hard to tell who exactly was the star of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.

Was it Kevin VanDam, the now four-time Classic winner, who threw 69 pounds of bass on the scales to crush the dreams of 49 other anglers?

Or was it the Lake Cataouatche Tank Pond, a non-descript rectangle of shallow water that delivered lunker after lunker for each of the top three finishers?

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February 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm
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LSU takes College Classic crown from Alabama

This year, tens of thousands of LSU fans went crazy watching the Tigers humble the Alabama Crimson Tide on the gridiron of Tiger Stadium.

A smaller but just as raucous crowd did the same cheering for the LSU bass fishing team at the New Orleans Arena just before the final weigh-in for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.
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February 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm
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Final Classic day a go; no fog in sight

The final day of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic is set to begin on schedule, a departure from the past two days that were delayed due to dense fog at the launch site of Bayou Segnette State Park.

“There’s no fog in sight,” Luling’s Bruce McDonald said while sitting in the boat of competitor Terry Scroggins waiting for the blast-off. “It’s beautiful. It’s completely different than the other days.”Read More...
February 20, 2011 at 6:58 am
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KVD in position for fourth Classic title

Kevin VanDam went into the second day of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in third place, but he had the No. 1 and No. 2 anglers fishing around him in Lake Cataouatche’s Tank Pond – and he expected the pressure from local anglers to have an impact on the catches.

And that turned out to be the case – for everyone in the Tank Pond but KVD.Read More...
February 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm
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KVD in position for fourth Bassmaster Classic title

Kevin VanDam went into the second day of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in third place, but he had the No. 1 and No. 2 anglers fishing around him in Lake Cataouatche’s Tank Pond – and he expected the pressure from local anglers to have an impact on the catches.

And that turned out to be the case – for everyone in the Tank Pond but KVD.Read More...
February 19, 2011 at 11:34 am
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Game on! Second Bassmaster Classic fog delay lifted

After an almost three-hour fog delay, B.A.S.S. officials told the Bassmaster Classic anglers to crank up their boats and prepare to blast off at 9:45 a.m., LouisianaSportsman.com has learned.

“It’s breaking a little bit,” Luling’s Bruce McDonald said by phone. “At 9:45 we’re out of here.”Read More...
February 19, 2011 at 9:56 am
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Socked in again - Bassmaster Classic on hold due to fog

Bassmaster Classic anglers lost just more than an hour yesterday to dense fog, and the same situation faced them when they arrived at Bayou Segnette State Park early this morning (Feb. 19). Finally, B.A.S.S. officials implemented a second fog delay.

“There’s just as much fog today as yesterday,” Luling’s Bruce McDonald told LouisianaSportsman.com by phone. “I’m looking at the (Lapalco Boulevard) bridge right now, and I cannot even see it.

“And I’m at the end of the dock closest to the bridge.”Read More...
February 19, 2011 at 7:30 am
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Fog delay lifted, Bassmaster Classic field released

The 2011 Bassmaster Classic finally got under way at 8:10 this morning (Feb. 18) after thick fog forced B.A.S.S. officials to implement a delay of just more than an hour.

“You can see a little bit past the Lapalco (Boulevard) bridge from the announcer’s stand,” said Luling’s Bruce McDonald, who was at the Bayou Segnette State Park launch site. “And (tournament director) Trip (Weldon) went out Lake Salvador and said it’s clearing up out there.”

“They’re starting up their boats right, and getting ready to go.”Read More...
February 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm
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Tank Pond delivers lunkers for Classic top three

The top-three finishers in today’s opening round of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic are all fishing the Lake Cataouatche Tank Pond, an area where warming temperatures are inspiring big female bass to move shallow to spawn.

Aaron Martens, Scott Rook and Kevin VanDam are chunking and winding spinnerbaits in the popular area to the west of the lake. Read More...
February 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm
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The Look

You know that look when you know something is fixing to go the way you have envisioned it? We have all had it at one point or another in our lives, and at the Media Day for the Bassmaster Classic I was able to see “the look” in several of the anglers’ eyes. Call it a zone, a special place or whatever you want, but it all comes down to the look.Read More...
February 18, 2011 at 9:54 am
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Fog delays Bassmaster Classic start

The 2011 Bassmaster Classic kicks off this morning, but thick fog has delayed the scheduled 7 a.m. blast-off.

“It’s really bad,” said Luling’s Bruce McDonald, who went to Bayou Segnette State Park to watch the 50 competitors head out. “It’s probably less than a quarter of a mile visibility.

“I can barely see across the bayou. When I tried to take pictures this morning, it looked like it was raining on my lens."Read More...
February 18, 2011 at 9:24 am
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Fog delay lifted, Bassmaster Classic has begun

The 2011 Bassmaster Classic finally got under way at 8:10 this morning (Feb. 18) after thick fog forced B.A.S.S. officials to implement a delay of just more than an hour.

“You can see a little bit past the Lapalco (Boulevard) bridge from the announcer’s stand,” said Luling’s Bruce McDonald, who was at the Bayou Segnette State Park launch site. “And (tournament director) Trip (Weldon) went out Lake Salvador and said it’s clearing up out there.”

“They’re starting up their boats right, and getting ready to go.”Read More...
February 18, 2011 at 8:37 am
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Bassmaster Classic VIP winners rub elbows with pros

The two winners of the Bassmaster Classci VIP Experience Giveaway and their guests rubbed elbows with the world’s best bass anglers yesterday (Feb. 17) during the official Media Day. And they couldn’t have been happier about how it turned out.

“I thought the fishermen would be on a stage talking about how they would be fishing, and we’d be in the back just watching,” Luling high-schooler Hunter McDonald said.Read More...
February 18, 2011 at 6:37 am
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