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Arkansas team leads College B.A.S.S. National Championship, Lousiana team in second

After the first day of competition, the College B.A.S.S. West Super Regional tournament on Arkansas’ Lake Dardenelle local anglers are solidly in the lead, but two Louisiana teams are still in the hunt for the win and a berth in the National Championship set for July.

The winner of the College B.A.S.S. National Championship will earn a spot in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic slated for the Red River out of Shreveport.

The Arkansas Tech team of Dustin Huggins and Evan Barnes hold the lead with 16-03.Read More...
June 03, 2011 at 8:56 am

Dock Doctors

Man makes them, bass borrow them and man is just fine with that arrangement. Why? Because docks are to bass what offshore rigs are to red snapper — places of refuge, shelter and feeding opportunities.Read More...
May 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Out of the Ordinary: Bass fishing techniques to increase success

The orange-bladed spinnerbait that March Take Home Angler Matthew Hymel threw at Lake Cataouatche so threw me for a loop that I began to wonder if those gaudy blades were just the tips of the proverbial iceberg.

Those orange blades flat out worked. If something that off the wall works, there’s got to be other wacky stuff that bass anglers across Louisiana do to catch bass when nothing else seems to be delivering the goods.

I wasn’t sure if I would find extreme stuff like bass anglers purposefully fishing crappie jigs in a spawning bed, drilling holes to let all the rattles out of a lipless crankbait, or maybe even throwing that old pink crankbait that everybody jokes about.Read More...
May 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

FINAL: Ashley wins Bassmaster even on Lake Murray; earns second Elite Series win

South Carolina pro Casey Ashley won the Bassmaster Elite Series Carolina Clash on Lake Murray by a handy 3-pound, 2-ounce margin over fellow South Carolinian Davy Hite and New Jersey’s Michael Iaconelli, who tied for second place.

Ashley, who was leading going into the final day, clinched the win with 61-03, while Hiite and Iaconelli each tallied 58-1 over the four-day event.Read More...
May 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Roumbanis leads Lake Murray Elite Series stop; Connella in sixth place

Oklahoma's Fred Roumbanis claimed the lead after two days of competition in the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at South Carolina's Lake Murray, but Lousiana's Jeff Connella is only 3 pounds back with two days remaining.

With a catch of 18-4 Friday for a two-day total of 30-9, the pro from Bixby, Okla., kept two South Carolina challengers at bay, but just barely.

Eight ounces back was Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., who put up 30-1 for two days. A home-lake favorite, Davy Hite of Ninety Six, S.C., fell one spot into third with 29-7 after two days.Read More...
May 14, 2011 at 8:53 am

The 2011 Bassmaster Classic revisted: One competitor's story

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By now everyone has heard what went down on the bayous around New Orleans, and that Kevin Van Dam tried his best to exploit the waters, showing everyone what we have to protect in the future. Record setting indeed!!!! To catch that many large fish out of the Tank Pond is impressive, but also to do it with several others around was eye opening, to say the least.Read More...
May 09, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Kennedy takes Georgia Elite Series win, Hackney finishes 48th

Steve Kennedy had been counting down the months ever since the 2011 Georgia Elite Series location was announced as West Point Lake more than a year ago.

“I was very confident I had a chance to win this tournament. I knew exactly what I was going to do, and it worked,” Kennedy said after coming from behind Sunday to win the fifth stop of the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series.Read More...
May 09, 2011 at 10:23 am

Out of the Ordinary: Bass fishing techniques to increase success

The orange-bladed spinnerbait that March Take Home Angler Matthew Hymel threw at Lake Cataouatche so threw me for a loop that I began to wonder if those gaudy blades were just the tips of the proverbial iceberg.Read More...
May 02, 2011 at 9:42 am

Wacky and Weighty: Use wacky worms to put limits of largemouth in the boat

It may look like you’ve 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 — these seemingly random arrangements catch fish when many other lures fail to impress picky bass.
Despite its unconventional appearance and a seemingly random arrangement, the wacky rig can be an effective presentation in many different scenarios. Hooked dead center, a wacky-rigged worm undulates, wiggles, shimmies and shakes — all to the delight of lurking largemouths — with not much more than a cast.Read More...
April 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Post-spawn pros: Catching bass like the pros once the spawn is over

The spring is one of the best times of the year to catch bass, with fish up shallow and aggressively protecting their spawning beds. Anglers simply love picking big sows off the nests.

And then the fish just seem to disappear. For a few weeks after the spawn peters out, fishermen struggle to put bass in their boats.

So Louisiana Sportsman asked a handful of pros — who have to produce no matter the time of year — about how they approach post-spawn fishing. Here are their thoughts, techniques and lure choices.

April 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Rojas wins wire-to-wire victory, logs second Bassmaster Elite Series win

As they met backstage this afternoon (April 17), Dean Rojas and Gerald Swindle shook hands, then gave each other a man hug. Both smiled graciously, both teared up a little.

It was hard to tell who had just beat who, but it was Rojas who had bested Swindle by 1 ounce in the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on Toledo Bend. Rojas secured a wire-to-wire win, his second Elite Series victory. It was his fourth Bassmaster career win, one of which, like Sunday’s win, was on Toledo Bend Reservoir.Read More...
April 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Day 3 report: Rojas continues to lead Toledo Bend Elite Series

He has led for three days running, amassing 57 pounds and 7 ounces of Toledo Bend bass, so there’s no reason Dean Rojas shouldn’t believe he can close the deal Sunday in the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on Toledo Bend.

And believe, he does.
April 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Day 2 report: Rojas holds Toledo Bend Elite Series lead, field cut to 50

Dean Rojas outsmarted the wind Friday to hold the lead for the second day in the Bassmaster Elite Series event being held on Toledo Bend this weekend.

“Where I was fishing was pretty well protected,” said Rojas, who had 19-13 Friday for 42-14 over two days on Toledo Bend Reservoir. “In some of the areas I was fishing, the prevailing west wind was OK, and my area wasn’t getting beat up. I was even able to sight-fish a few and catch that big one.”Read More...
April 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Day 1 report: Rojas takes early lead in Toledo Bend Elite Series stop

Dean Rojas caught 16 pounds of Toledo Bend bass by 10 a.m. Thursday. Then he got serious. He went looking for the big spawning bass and found them.

A 7-pound, 1-ounce largemouth, followed by one over 5, went into the box. He ended up with 23 pounds, 1 ounce, and the lead in the Elite Series stop on the reservoir.

April 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Hite takes Elite Series win on Pickwick Lake

Davy Hite hasn't been in the winner's circle since 2006, so he was a little emotional when he claimed his seventh Bassmaster title this weekend during the Elite Series stop at Pickwick Lake.Read More...
April 11, 2011 at 10:23 am

Bedding bream targets - North Louisiana lakes provide fishing fun for kids and adults alike

Real fishing heroes aren’t made at the Bassmasters Classic or the FLW Championship. Real fishing heroes are made on ponds, lakes and creeks all across the United States every day as parents and grandparents take a kid on their first fishing trip.Read More...
April 04, 2011 at 8:38 am