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Slab spread — 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 Flip’n 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 — 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, Texxas, 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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Bass Kandi Croaker

With the very large number of plastic frogs on the racks and shelves for bass fishermen to choose from, who would’ve thunk to add another one to the mix?

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August 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Outspoken Journalist

Bob Marshall has never been professionally bashful. Some loved him for it; some, well, didn’t love him so much for it.Read More...
July 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Toledo in the Summertime

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After placing 4th at in a Bassmaster Elite Series event at Toledo Bend in the summer of 2012, Greg wanted to get back to the reservoir this summer to do some more deep grass fishing for chunky bass.

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July 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm
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Tantalizing Topwaters — How to maximize fishing odds with surface baits

So I’m sitting in the middle of the lake with Bassmaster Elite Series pro Terry Scroggins as he chats boat-to-boat with a fellow tournament pro, when the telltale flipping, splashing and ravenous commotion signalled schooling bass even before we turned our heads for visual confirmation.Read More...
July 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Hop to it

Is there anything more dazzling, spectacular or spellbinding in the bass fishing world than a big mossback monster blowing up on a topwater frog? It’s kind of like fishing’s Jack in the Box — can you hear that tune in your head? Da-da, da-da, da-da-da-da-da (“Pop Goes the Weasel,” if you need to Google it).Read More...
May 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Swimming plastics

Streamlined swimbaits like the Berkley Havoc Grass Pig, Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper, Yum Lil’ Suzee and Yamamoto Swim Senko offer a lot of versatility for grass fishing.Read More...
May 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
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