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Wacky and Weighty

It may look like youíve snagged a piece of debris, or maybe you forgot to reset your bait after the last strike, but the truth about wacky rigs is undeniable ó these seemingly random arrangements catch fish when many other lures fail to impress picky bass.Read More...
March 31, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Dazed and Confused

My first experience fishing the Tchefuncte River in St. Tammany Parish was the trolling motor going out on my brand-new Bass Tracker TX-17. I had waited for a boat like this all my life, and now here I was standing on the front deck wondering what to do.Read More...
February 25, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Purple, Green, Gold and Red

The entire fishing world will have its eyes focused on the Red River near Shreveport in February for the 2009 Bassmaster Classic. The best bass fishermen of 2008 will compete for the $1/2-million first prize and plenty more trickle-down money.Read More...
February 03, 2009 at 9:59 am

Cross Lake hot for February bass

This month, Iíll be fishing Cross Lake near Shreveport for two very good reasons.Read More...
February 03, 2009 at 9:39 am

Could Red Classic end up in court?

My 9-year-old son came home with one of those joke IQ tests. You know, the ones designed to reveal the fact that youíre a moron.Read More...
February 02, 2009 at 4:40 pm


Every holiday is great, but New Yearís Day is by far my least favorite. Read More...
December 31, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Back in Black Bass

Anyone who thinks Iíve got an easy job should have been with me on the morning of my Lake Cataouatche trip. Thunder and gale-force winds woke me at 3 a.m., and it rained all the way to meet Gonzales angler Jamie Laiche for the trek to New Orleansí West Bank.Read More...
April 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Beat the Classic pros by 10 months

Iím really excited because BASS announced that the next three Bassmaster Classics will be held on lakes close to my home that I know and love to fish.Read More...
March 25, 2008 at 11:04 am

Wait a minute, the Classic is coming here?

The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society is either much, much smarter than me, or a whole lot stupider.Read More...
March 25, 2008 at 10:59 am

Bass Ackwards

Several years ago, during a Louisiana Bass Federation State Tournament on Lake DíArbonne in Farmerville, I was paired up with an angler who had some crazy ideas. We were out on the channel fishing Carolina rigs, and he was absolutely smoking me.Read More...
February 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm

2009 Classic coming to Louisiana

The Super Bowl of bass fishing is coming to Shreveport-Bossier City. Officials announced Thursday that the Bassmaster Classic will be held on the Red River, Feb. 20-22, 2009.Read More...
February 21, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Mailbox Bass

Have you ever seen one of those largemouth-bass mailboxes that some people have in front of their houses? Imagine taking one of those boxes and putting a couple treble hooks on the bottom of it.Read More...
January 25, 2008 at 11:26 am

Designer Bass Fishing

I remember 8th grade like it was yesterday. The only problem is there are a lot of things about 8th grade that I donít want to remember. Toughskin jeans are a great example. While everybody else was walking around in Jordache jeans, I looked like an old Sears ad from the 1970s.Read More...
December 28, 2007 at 2:26 pm

Mississippi River a September hotspot

My No. 1 pick this month will be the Venice region because usually at this time of year, the Mississippi Riverís down, the water has greened up and moving water will be at the edges of the passes. My favorite places to fish out of Venice are South Pass and Pass a Loutre, and I also like Caddo Lake this month.Read More...
August 22, 2007 at 11:35 am

Basin offers Julyís best action

My pick for July for catching plenty of good bass is the Atchafalaya Basin. I particularly like the area from Bayou Pigeon to the Shell Cut Trail.Read More...
June 28, 2007 at 10:23 am

An old crankbait becomes new again.

As excited as Bobby Murray was in 1973 about a crankbait everyone was drooling over, he absolutely canít contain himself three decades later as Cotton Cordell prepares to introduce Fred Youngís Original Big O.

The Hot Springs, Ark., angler, who has won two BASS Masters Classics, including the first one, was working for Cotton Cordell back in the spring of í73 when he was instrumental in getting plastic Big Os manufactured and into Cordellís catalog in 1973-74.Read More...
May 23, 2007 at 12:32 pm