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Hackney, Crochet prepare for frigid Friday conditions at Bassmaster Classic

When the 2015 Bassmaster Classic kicks off on Friday morning on Lake Hartwell, the field of 56 anglers will be fishing against each other and the spotted and largemouth bass in the 56,000-acre reservoir lake. 

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February 19 at 4:12 pm
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Five winter bass-fishing lures you need to try

February can be a tricky month to fish bass, but Strike King bass pro James Niggemeyer doesn’t have the option to sit home and wait for more-stable conditions. So he has found lures produced by his sponsor that will produce bites from fish in late-winter and prespawn patterns.

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February 19 at 3:30 pm
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'I'm living the American dream,' Hackney says during Angler of the Year speech

When Greg Hackney stepped to the microphone last night to accept the 2014 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Award, he used the limelight to honor the crowd of anglers against whom he fishes.

"Honestly, for me, what a humbling experience," Hackney began. "I've dreamed of this my whole childhood. I just had no idea I could ever stand in front of this bunch of fishermen. It is the most-humbling thing ever."

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February 19 at 1:31 pm
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Rapala introduces the Shadow Rap

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Combining a horizontal struggle with a vertical fade that mimics a minnow’s final quivering moments, the Rapala Shadow Rap suspending jerkbait triggers bites as predator fish move in for an easy meal.

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February 18 at 1:15 pm
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How Standard Mapping Services E-cards happened

The story of how a New Orleans street cop became the Jedi Knight of fishing navigation maps is an American success story that could only have happened in Louisiana.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Grubs on umbrella rigs

Discussions of grubs cannot exclude their group presentation on the umbrella rig. Although banned in Bassmaster Elite and FLW Tour competition, the multi-armed “egg beaters” remain a vital tool for bass anglers from fall through early spring.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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How to use a nail weight with a swimbait

Sticking small, thin weights into slender worms influences fall rates and bottom orientation, but that’s not the only use for this tackle tactic.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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How to catch Toledo Bend’s big girls

February is prime time to be on Toledo Bend seeking lunker bass.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Best bets for February bass

F ebruary is a schizophrenic month, with temperatures often fluctuating wildly and winds howling from every direction from fronts of the coldest month of the year.

But that doesn’t mean fish won’t feed, and Louisiana’s Cliff “Cajun Baby” Crochet has learned a few tips that helps him keep fish coming across his gunnel.

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February 08 at 5:00 pm
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Bassmaster High School Series accepting new teams statewide

Along with more traditional sports like football, baseball, basketball and track, you can add bass fishing to the mix of extra-curricular options available to kids at several high schools across the state.

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February 04 at 6:03 pm
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February resolve — Where to and how to catch bass this month

There is a certain mentality I have that makes me want to roll over and pull the covers over my head on the exact morning I’ve been waiting on to get in the deer stand.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Great with grubs — Bass-fishing tips for grubs

They’re kind of like the short stop of your tackle box, only without all the glamor and star power. Indeed, grubs are a multi-talented category of soft plastics whose lack of fanfare starkly contrasts their versatility.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Nail it — How and why to use nail weights when bass fishing

You’ve heard of “controlled aggression.” Well, you can call this aggressive finesse.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Toledo throw-down — How to catch Toledo Bend’s lunker bass

The incredible lunker bass phenomenon on Toledo Bend is unprecedented. If you think about it, there has been no other time in Louisiana bass angling history when any lake has delivered so many bass weighing 10 pounds or more.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Safety is first priority in the outdoors

I’ve had the privilege to travel all over the country for work. I’ve hunted throughout the Deep South, and I’ve fished from Texas to Virginia and almost every state in between.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Spoons get bass biting in the cold

With cold water dictating a lot of what bass fishermen do in January, there’s one lure that can be counted on for plenty of bites: a jigging spoon.

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January 17 at 6:30 am
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