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Anyone who thinks I’ve 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 Orleans’ West Bank.Read More...
April 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Beat the Classic pros by 10 months

I’m 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 D’Arbonne 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 don’t 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 River’s 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 July’s 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 can’t contain himself three decades later as Cotton Cordell prepares to introduce Fred Young’s 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 ’73 when he was instrumental in getting plastic Big Os manufactured and into Cordell’s catalog in 1973-74.Read More...
May 23, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Deerly Beloved

The water wasn’t what I’d call clean, especially for bream fishing. A strong southerly breeze had been blowing for several days, and the water was backed up and heavily stained to muddy.Read More...
April 24, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Back Talk

I’ve always loved fishing river systems, but I have to admit that I never venture too far off the main river itself. All those river lakes, oxbows and creeks only serve to frustrate me to the point that I avoid them all together.Read More...
April 24, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Post-Spawn Pros

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.Read More...
March 21, 2007 at 12:11 pm

15-Minute Advantage

Webster defines “advantage” as a more favorable position or superiority.Read More...
March 21, 2007 at 10:15 am

Youth Gone Wild - Big Basspirations

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third installment of a 12-part series introducing readers to young Louisianians who have accomplished great things in the outdoors.Read More...
February 22, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Weather changes should result in another Classic ‘slug fest,’ Hackney predicts

The 50 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers showed up at Alabama’s Lay Lake for three days of practice last week, and were met by brutal weather. Temperatures remained consistently cold, and strong storms blew through the area.Read More...
February 20, 2007 at 4:59 pm

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