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You canít beat crawfish

A Louisiana bass fishing pro getting ready for his fifth season on the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament trail said there’s no question about one of the artificial lures he’ll nearly always be throwing when the bass and the money are on the line in 2014.

“I mean, everybody pretty much knows it’s going to be a crawfish,” Dennis Tietje said.

Tietje had just returned from his deer-hunting camp during the holidays and obliged a question about one of the favorite artificial lures in his tacklebox, a confidence bait.

“I’m going to keep three baits on no matter what — a small crankbait (red KVD Square Bill), a (Strike King) Rage Craw and a small (Strike King) spinnerbait,” the angler from Roanoke said. “Even though I may not rely (full-time) on the soft plastic, I tend to throw some type of crawfish bait 60- to 70-percent of the time.”

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February 14 at 9:00 am
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Freshwater lures

Vicious Frog

It seems fitting that a bait so commonly thrown from a bass boat would have a design feature common to this type of vessel. Indeed, the Vicious Frog owes its tantalizing side-to-side walking style to the “bass boat” belly that effects this bass-tempting movement.

The soft, hollow body frog also benefits from an internal weighting system, while the incredible anatomical detail and realistic colors seal the deal.

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February 13 at 2:43 pm
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Minnesota angler wins Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Amistad

Andy Young, a Minnetonka Lake guide, topped hard-charging Stephen Browning to win the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Amistad by only 1 ounce.†

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February 10 at 1:04 pm
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Pierre Part's Crochet ready for second Bassmaster Classic

Cliff Crochet decided to make the eight-hour drive to North Alabama twice this past November to scout Lake Guntersville, where his second Bassmaster Classic cranks up on Feb. 21.

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February 05 at 11:00 pm
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Sip-float slabs ó Top fishing tips for wintertime crappie

In most activities, a slip-up is a bad thing. Botched snap that leads to a recovered fumble, dropping an easy fly ball, missing that breakaway slam dunk — all bad.

But for crappie fishermen, a slip-up can actually refer to a well-planned tactic for tempting those tasty schooling fish.

Bobby Murray knows this game well. He holds the first Bassmaster Classic title, but he also holds a lifetime interest in crappie fishing.

Tactics are many, but when the fish hold over structure like brush piles, Murray knows keeping a bait on fish’s radar is essential for consistency.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Bassmaster Classic to return to South Carolina's Lake Hartwell in 2015

The Bassmaster Classic will return to Lake Hartwell and South Carolina’s Upstate in 2015, bringing with it an approximate $30 million impact on the local economy.†

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January 17 at 10:00 am
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Where to fish for prespawn bass

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet described the prespawn zone as those major stopping points bass utilize before heading into their spawning areas. It’s difficult, he said, to define a specific depth because the range varies by location and habitat.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Adjust when bass fishing late-season cold fronts

When late-season cold fronts put prespawners in a foul mood, just remember that, despite the interruptive nature of a temperature drop and the dreaded bluebird post-front day, the fish still want to eat.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Sometimes nature is just fickle

Three short years ago, a little lake snuggled into the crescent of the Mississippi River southwest of New Orleans rose to world prominence when Kevin VanDam boated 20 fish worth 69 pounds, 11 ounces to win the Bassmaster Classic by a stunning 10 pounds.

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January 01 at 9:00 am
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Rumble on the edge ó Pro tips for prespawn bass fishing

Childbirth is one of life’s most-amazing moments.

But if you’ve ever been around a lady who’s closing in on D-day, you know you can count on a couple of behavioral points: moodiness and accelerated appetite.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Slab spread ó How to use umbrella rigs for crappie

So I’m discussing bass-stocking strategies with a fish hatchery biologist and he explained that the concept of manipulating brood stock with light and temperature moderations can prompt the fish to spawn early and provide larger fingerling bass to stock in conjunction with the threadfin shad spawn.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Salinity is killing Lake Cataouatche vegetation, guide says

Ryan Lambert has fished in St. Charles Parish his entire life and he does not like what he sees happening in the Lake Cataouatche area.

The 55-year-old Lambert runs a large charter fishing operation in Buras, and has been fishing Lake Cataouatche since he was a teenager. He said in that time the composition of the lake has changed, but in recent years the changes have been more dramatic.

The ecology of the body of water that was the site of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic has quickly changed from being covered in hydrilla grass to having no coverage at all.

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December 18, 2013 at 10:00 am
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2014 Bass Championship Open scheduled

Last March, St. Martinsville’s Andre F. Cazelot and Brooke Morrison of Youngsville walked away with a cool $14,000 after rising to the top of the two-day Yamaha-Skeeter Louisiana Sportsman Bass Championship Open.

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December 09, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Those things pro bass fishermen say

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Tournament bass anglers speak their own, unique dialect. From talking about missed fish to bemoaning lockjaw, it's sometimes funny to hear them. Especially when those sayings are replayed in isolation.

And they're heard over and over during every stop on a tournament trail — no matter how small or large the circuit.

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December 09, 2013 at 6:00 am
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Pierre Part's Cliff Crochet qualifies for second Bassmaster Classic

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When B.A.S.S. Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet heads to North Alabama’s Lake Guntersville in mid-February to fish in his second Bassmaster Classic, he might actually pinch himself a couple times on the long drive up — just to make sure he’s not dreaming.

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October 14, 2013 at 5:00 am
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Lake Cataouatche bass fishing falls off hard with disappearance of hydrilla

Lake Cataouatche was 98 percent covered by hydrilla in 2007, and that mass of vegetation fueled a big-bass fishery that grabbed world attention in 2011 when Kevin VanDam won his fourth Bassmaster Classic by seining those grass beds for more than 69 pounds over three days of competition.

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October 07, 2013 at 6:55 am
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