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Don't forget to buy 2015-16 fishing licenses

With the weather finally (hopefully) starting to stabilize enough to allow you to get out and experience the great fishing opportunities around the state, don't get so caught up in the preparation and planning that you forget to buy your 2015-16 fishing license.

Yep, it's that time of year. The fishing license that has been riding around in your wallet since last year expires June 30.

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June 22 at 10:07 am
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Bowfishing guides busted for illegal alligator hunts, LDWF says

The owners of Louisiana Bowfishing Inc., along with a guide who works for the charter service, were arrested this week in connection with alleged illegal alligator kills as part of their operation, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported today.

Louisiana Bowfishing Inc. owners Blake A. Mitchell, 29, and 32-year-old Neil Mitchell (both of Gretna), and 19-year-old guide Stephen Black of Slidell were arrested in connection with a number of alligator-hunting offenses in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes, according to an LDWF news release.

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June 18 at 4:01 pm
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Learn to spot trouble before it sails your way

Louisiana summer boating activity peeks in June. Considering how much boating takes place on any given day of any other month in the Sportsman’s Paradise, it’s safe to say things can get pretty hectic on a sunny weekend in June.

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June 17 at 3:15 pm
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’Yaking to parts unknown

Although likely to be seen near any popular fishing spot in Louisiana, there are still times when kayakers get even stranger looks.

It’s that look of bewilderment when a powerboat fisherman comes across a kayak fisherman many miles from the nearest launch site. How did they get there?

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June 17 at 2:58 am
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Man of the swamp

Johnny Broussard’s great passion is fishing for goujon with a rod and reel.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

With summer comes a change in sight-casting strategy. As the long, hot days heat the shallow ponds, bigger reds will move to the edges of lakes and bays.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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There’s gold in them there woods

Well, it’s not gold, but to a deer manager, habitat with an understory of lush, desirable native deer plants is just as good as gold.

You have heard it since you were a kid, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, in this case the April showers all across Louisiana have resulted in an abundance of native plant growth, much of which is desirable browse for deer.

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June 12 at 9:00 am
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Nighttime trip yields 11-pound hawg at Toledo Bend

Daniel Burnett Jr. obviously likes operating under the cover of darkness.

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June 12 at 8:17 am
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DeRidder angler lands 11.03-pounder at Toledo Bend

Keith Suire Jr. had always figured it was just a matter of time.

The 22-year-old DeRidder angler had been fishing Toledo Bend for quite a while looking for that elusive double-digit bass, but came up just short last year with a 9 ˝-pounder.

Little did he know it would finally happen last weekend on a day he spent teaching one of his college buddies all about bass fishing.

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June 11 at 10:55 am
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Do stink baits really catch more catfish?

Cutbaits. Stinkbaits. Dipbaits. Hotdogs, cheesebait, chicken livers, Uncle Cooter’s-can’t-miss catfish concoction and an endless list of other home brews are used to lure catfish.

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June 10 at 5:20 pm
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Houma teen wins Mississippi billfish event

Most kids working summer jobs these days are happy to get minimum wage, and if they’re lucky enough to be making around 10 bucks an hour, they probably feel like they’ve got money to burn.

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June 10 at 3:26 pm
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Apex Predator: Fanny pack PFD convenient, comfortable and safe

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Life vests — whether padded or inflatable —  are something I’ve never been a big fan of because I dislike anything that has shoulder straps and buckles which dig into my skin and  also impede my ability to move around easily aboard a vessel. 

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June 08 at 1:40 pm
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Guide changes hooks to catch more speckled trout

For better or for worse, a fishing guide’s day is all about results and filling up the box.

So when Capt. Jakamo Laboureur —a longtime user of a No. 1 kahle hook to catch speckled trout out of Shell Beach — decided to switch hooks this spring, it wasn’t a decision he made lightly.

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June 02 at 4:36 pm
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Battle Bones

Flextone Game Calls recently introduced the new Battle Bones rattling antlers. They make ultra-realistic buck fighting sounds and are much safer to carry than real whitetail antlers. They feature several design elements that add realism for deer and convenience for hunters, including hex-shaped handles in the middle for better grip and control. Battle Bones are also light and pack tight.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Jigs for briny pigs — Primer on using jigs for offshore success

It’s a fact of life: Drop a piece of bait over any northern Gulf of Mexico structure from the Midnight Lump to the countless wrecks and reefs to the legs of any drilling rig, and something is gonna eat it.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Bastian Bay Blast — Best bets for Port Sulphur and Empire trout, reds and drum

Scarlett O’Hara often got this look. But poor Ashley Wilkes never noticed. Glenn Close got it in Fatal Sttraction, and Michael Douglas caught it in the nick of time.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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