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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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Hackney, Sportsman TV film episode near Venice

Capt. Sal Gagliano of Southeast Charters (504-782-7593) pulled up within trolling distance of a satellite rig south of Venice on Wednesday morning.

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September 20, 2013 at 10:30 am
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Bassmaster Elite Series scheduled to return to Toledo Bend in 2014

The Bassmaster Elite Series will return to Toledo Bend Reservoir next May on the fourth stop of the 2014 tournament schedule.

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September 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm
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Mister Twister Flipín OUT

Louisiana born and bred Mister Twister Flip’n OUTs, the latest in soft plastic creature baits, were scheduled to go on the market the first week of August.

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September 16, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Sabine Surrender ó Sabine River bass fishing tactics

In the corner of his eye, Lake Charles’ Ken Chaumont spied what he was looking for. On a weedy point on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River across from Orange, Texas, balls of “rain shad,” as he called them, were erupting from the water.

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September 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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