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Perfecting Patterns

Roland Martin is given credit for having coined the phrase “pattern fishing” during the 1970s. He was one of the first anglers in the country to understand that replicating the exact set of water conditions like depth, cover, structure, temperature, clarity and current prevalent when he got a bite would lead to many more bites.

Martin may be credited for the name, but observant bass anglers had actually been pattern fishing for many years before Martin coined the term.

Since then, the term “pattern fishing” has probably been the most used — and most misunderstood — term in bass fishing vernacular. An angler goes down a bank and picks up a couple of swimmers on a floating worm, and proudly proclaims to his buddies at the ramp that he was on a hot floating-worm pattern.

But, was he really?
April 24, 2005 at 4:09 pm

Paradise Parks

Spring is here, and with it comes the bass spawn.

That means anglers across the state are looking for places to catch sows holed up to lay eggs.

Many of those fishermen will head to Toledo Bend, but there are some other great lakes in the state that offer quality springtime bassing opportunities.

And for the traveling angler, there are some wonderful state parks from which to access this fishing.

Here are five of the best state-park lakes Louisiana has to offer, along with tips on how to rack up.Read More...
March 24, 2005 at 12:25 pm

New Kreature is ‘best we can make it’

When Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits decided to enter the creature-bait market, the artificial lure manufacturer really put the Kreature into it in 2004.Read More...
November 24, 2004 at 11:29 am

Smart anglers fishing Knuckle-Heads

Creek Chub’s first new product in 20 years was worth the wait.Read More...
August 04, 2004 at 12:30 pm

Weightless Wonder

The lure plopped lightly into the water next to some flooded brush, slowly falling toward the bottom.

The 5-inch piece of soft plastic didn’t fall vertically. Instead, it remained horizontal, fading from sight at an agonizingly slow rate.Read More...
June 01, 2004 at 9:17 am

Active Currents

To a large contingent of bass anglers, any discussion of water current brings about equal parts anxiety and disgust.Read More...
May 31, 2004 at 1:24 pm

District Diamonds

If the drought defined the late 1990s, it looks like a dramatic recovery in the state’s bass fisheries will be the defining factor of the early 2000s.Read More...
March 31, 2004 at 9:46 am

Crawfish Boil for Bass

Louisiana waters are some of the most diverse in all of North America. The entire southeastern U.S. ecosystem has been heralded for its diversity of life, even to the point of being called an “evolutionary laboratory.” Thousands of fish, insects, amphibians, vegetation and mammalian species rely on it and call it home.Read More...
March 31, 2004 at 9:32 am

Ultralight for Ultra-action

Sometimes less is more, or maybe smaller is better. Many “serious” fishermen may overlook ultralight baits, but their tiny package should not be ignored because they tend to induce big-time action when the bite seems to virtually shut down. Read More...
February 29, 2004 at 3:34 pm

Louisiana has seen its last Classic

Bass anglers, did you have a good time at the 2003 Bassmasters Classic in New Orleans? Did you enjoy learning how the best fishermen in the world fared on waters that are accessible to you every day? Did you have fun seeing the new boats, tackle and gear at the accompanying trade show in the Superdome?Read More...
February 29, 2004 at 2:11 pm

Looking for tuna, trout and routes

Capt. Paul:

What are the coordinates for Truloix Point in Lake Catherine?

Thanks, Claude Cutitto
November 26, 2003 at 12:06 pm

Pass a good time

As editor of BASSMASTER magazine, James Hall can send an e-mail, select a cover picture and edit a sentence all while on the phone assigning a story to a free-lance writer.

But he’s never had his hands full like he did on a recent trip to Venice.Read More...
October 26, 2003 at 2:26 pm

Many “private” waters are actually public

Although the shot fired at bass pro Gary Klein during the 2003 Bassmaster Classic was heard around the world via ESPN, I was more interested in an incident that happened to one of his fellow contenders — Harold Allen — while he was fishing not too far from Klein.Read More...
September 26, 2003 at 3:19 pm

Flavor’s cooked into new soft-plastics

The first time I saw Eddie Borne of Clinton, Miss., he was as excited about his entry into the soft-plastic manufacturing business as he was about his bassin’ outing in the marsh out of Bayou Black Marina in Gibson.Read More...
August 30, 2003 at 4:22 pm

Delta Dominance

Venice and the Bassmaster Classic just haven’t mixed.

Pros filled the area before the 1999 Classic, expecting big things from the rich waters at the tail end of the Mississippi River.Read More...
August 30, 2003 at 4:08 pm

Classic Concentration

Louisiana bass anglers haven’t had a native son to cheer for during the Bassmasters Classic since 1999, when Baton Rouge’s Rodney Wagley earned a berth in the first New Orleans Classic.Read More...
July 30, 2003 at 11:15 am