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The first of two Central Opens in Louisiana over the next four weeks will be contested on the Red River starting Thursday. Next month, the final Central Open of the season will be held in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Louisiana to host two Central Open Series events in the next month

Louisiana waters will play host to two Bassmaster Central Open Series events in the next month — potentially providing two more anglers with the opportunity to compete in the Classic next year on Lake Conroe in Texas. 

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The 8-foot limit on Bassmaster tournament competitors' fishing rods will be changed for 2017, allowing anglers to use rods as long as 10 feet. Elite Series pro Skeet Reese was one of the main proponents of the change.

B.A.S.S. raises maximum rod length to 10 feet starting in 2017

Starting in 2017, the 40-year-old rule that has limited Bassmaster tournament competitors to rods that were 8 feet or shorter will be changed, allowing competitors to use rods as long as 10 feet.

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The 2017 Bassmaster Opens Series kicks off on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla. next January, where Chris Lane picked up his third Elite Series win in 2012.

2017 Bassmaster Opens Series schedule released

Nine Bassmaster Opens tournaments will be held in eight different states in 2017, ranging from the lakes of central Florida to the Ozark Plateau in Oklahoma.

September 07 at 2:35pm
Hundreds of people were taken to safety by the Cajun Navy before authorities were able to get official rescue teams together.

Heroes live among us

The word “hero” is grossly overused today. If you pick up a stray cat and adopt it, you’re called a hero. If you feed the homeless, yep, you’re a hero. If you survived cancer, you can bet you’ll be hailed a hero. And if you care for someone with cancer — man, you’re headed for superhero status.

August 31 at 4:55pm
The Bassmaster Elite Series in 2017 will once again return to Toledo Bend, where Kevin VanDam scored the first of his three victories on tour this year with a win in May. Next year, Elites will visit the Bend April 6-9.

Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Toledo Bend in 2017

Bassmaster released the Elite Series 2017 schedule today, which includes an April stop at Toledo Bend and a new stop on the circuit, the Bassmaster Texas Fest in May.

The Fest replaces the Texas Bass Classic, and is scheduled for May 17-21 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

August 31 at 1:54pm
Michael Garcie caught his personal best — this 8.33-pound beast — at Toledo Bend. He used a Zoom craw topped with a punch skirt made by his best friend, Aaron Pousson with Pousson’s Punch Skirts and Custom Tackle.

Toledo Bend tactics for the dog days of summer

As of the next‐to‐last week of June, Toledo Bend still was a little over full pool stage, water was getting hotter and, as you might imagine, the daytime bite for bass was decreasing dramatically. 

August 26 at 5:33am
The four hours or so before sunrise are the best times to catch bass during the heat of summer.

Get up extra early to beat the heat

August temperatures can be pretty rough on fishermen, and not just because of the heat. Lakes and rivers are full of recreational boaters, which can be as big a headache as 95-degree days with 80-percent humidity and no wind.

August 16 at 5:40pm
Good bass like this are helping Louisiana’s Brett Preuett make a big splash on the pro circuit.

The making of a pro bass angler

Being flexible and determined are necessary for success in fishing, but to understand how Preuett has developed those traits, a little background is necessary.

August 15 at 7:00am
Rapala’s Shadow Rap Shad

Rapala’s Shadow Rap Shad

Rapala, one of the most-recognizable and respected brands in the artificial lure manufacturing business, introduced a jerkbait at the 2015 Bassmaster Classiic.

This spring, the company followed up with another jerkbait in the series that stands out from any others: Bass haven’t seen an artificial lure move like the Shadow Rap Shad.

August 12 at 11:47am
Accomplished Delta bull fighter Capt. Mike Frennette shows off a big’n.

Bull stampede — Fishing for bull reds in the Mississippi Delta

Gary Abernathy was sure he saw a fish move off the tip of a grassy point on the south side of a little cut between islands.

August 01 at 7:00am
A fat Toledo Bend bass taken deep by Kyle Guidry using a swim jig.

Heat advisory — How to catch Toledo Bend’s summer bass

Bass fishing in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees is not for the faint of heart.

But those willing to brave the sultry temperatures know August can deliver sizzling bass action — especially on America’s No. 1 bass fishery.

August 01 at 7:00am
Broken up concrete, rock jetties and other concrete structure provide good largemouth habitat in the summer.

Fishing the Dream — Bassmaster Elite Series angler shares Ouatchita River bass secrets

Louisiana’s Brett Preuett is living the dream. Or should we say, “Fishing the dream.”

But don’t worry: Even when somebody pinches him, he’s still there.

“There is no doubt about it: This is a dream come true for me,” the 23-year-old Monroe angler said.

August 01 at 7:00am
Bridges become important targets for bass anglers when the summer heat really cranks up.

Focus on bridges for summer bass

Summer heat sends most bass to the depths, looking for cooler waters and food sources. Bass pile up around deep-water points and ledges, but one of the most-overlooked structures comes in the form of bridge pilings.

July 18 at 5:38pm
Gonzales pro Greg Hackney knows burning crankbaits, topwaters and spinnerbaits can deliver tremendous strikes.

Fast and furious gear

Quick on the handle — yeah, that’s the basic premise of burning baits. But the proper tools greatly facilitate this tactic.

July 15 at 7:00am
Dylan Poche celebrates his 4th place finish — with a 22-pound, 8-ounce bag — in the Cowboy Division of an FLW event on Toledo Bend just weeks before he died in January.

Young angler’s memory lives on through ‘Fishing Around the World’ Program

Dylan Poche’s life may have tragically been cut short at the Sibley Lake boat launch in January, but his memory still lives on — thanks to the power of social media and a simple gesture started by his mom that’s literally now taking the name of a young man who aspired to be a bass pro around the world.

July 11 at 1:25pm
Big bass aren’t the only fish waiting to be caught at Toledo Bend. Crappie also are stacking up.

Heat is on at Toledo Bend

When the national spotlight turned to Toledo Bend in May, the lake really showed off.

And a week later, with even more pressure on this lake ranked No. 1 by Bassmasters Magazine, the reservoir flexed its muscles again in the Sealy Big Bass Splash.

July 06 at 9:36pm