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Six Louisiana anglers are scheduled to compete in the 11-stop 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series trail starting next February on Lake Cherokee in Tennessee.

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series includes six Louisiana anglers

When the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series kicks off next February at Lake Cherokee in Tennessee, 111 anglers will be in the field — including six from Louisiana.

December 01 at 2:50pm
Bassmaster Elite pro Greg Hackney suggests that anglers learn to fish in gloves for cold season comfort.

Cold concerns — How pro bass anglers overcome bitter cold

Diehard anglers will brave some pretty uncomfortable conditions for that chance of bending a rod. But understanding how cold weather can affect your equipment and your performance stands essential to your winter pursuits. 

December 01 at 7:00am
Having multiple entry and exit routes allows you to play the wind so deer aren’t spooked.

Lull Busters — How to kill bucks when they’re laying low

The dog days of summer have nothing on the dog days of December.

Anybody fishing during the dog days of summer knows before launching his boat that tough fishing lies ahead. 

The dog days of December arrive with a lot less fanfare and a lot more frustration because deer hunters expect deer to be moving.

December 01 at 7:00am
Gonzales angler Ryan Lavigne won the 2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship as a non-boater — a feat no other angler has accomplished.

Lavigne owns B.A.S.S. Nation Championship

Gonzales’ Ryan Lavigne did what no other Bassmaster angler has done before: He rose to the top of the B.A.S.S Nation Championship as a non-boater during this weekend’s even at Lake Conroe outside of Houston.

His three-day stringer weighed 58 pounds, 3 ounces — and earned him a coveted berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, as well as an invitation to join the Bassmaster Elite Series next year.

“Making the Classic is a dream come true,” Lavigne said. “It’s something I’ve thought about since I started fishing. My dad took me fishing when I was a kid, and it’s just a passion I’ve never let go.

“And making it to the Classic is one of the biggest goals of my life.”

November 21 at 2:07pm
Davy HIte won't be competing on the Elite Series in 2017, but instead will move in to a new role as color commentator for Bassmaster Live and The Bassmasters on ESPN2.

Hite moving from bass boat to broadcast booth in 2017

Davy Hite won’t be competing on the Bassmaster Elite Series next year, but he’ll still be close to the action.

The 23-year angling veteran accepted a position as color commentator for Bassmaster Live, The Bassmasters on ESPN2 and all other B.A.S.S. programming. 

November 07 at 3:52pm
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet focused on 2-foot water in an old bayou in the lower Atchafalaya Basin to win the Central Open stop last week.

Crochet shares keys to Bassmaster Central Open victory

Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet relied on a spot he rarely fishes to work his way to the top of the leaderboard during the Bassmaster Central Open stop at the Atchafalaya Basin last week.

“It’s one of those areas you kind of save until it’s needed,” Crochet said. “You don’t fun fish it; you just kind of save it until you need it.”

And he needed it. The young pro has struggled on the Bassmaster Elite Series trail the past two seasons, and without a win he would be sitting out his second straight Bassmaster Classic.

Instead, he jumped from sixth place to first in the Basin tournament to clinch his third Classic berth in four years.

November 03 at 10:22am
Cliff Crochet, the 'Cajun Baby' from Pierre Part, won the Bassmaster Central Open in the Atchafalaya Basin Saturday and qualified for the 2017 Classic.

Crochet wins Central Open, clinches Classic spot

Cliff Crochet cashed in on home field advantage Saturday at the Central Open at the Atchafalaya Basin to claim his first B.A.S.S. victory and a berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. 

October 30 at 8:32am
The right size/style of hook can greatly influence jerkbait success, so adjust as needed.

Tips for jerkbait tinkering

Winter through early spring finds jerkbait anglers fine-tuning their lures for perfect suspension or varying sink rates because everything’s moving much slower and fish often hold at a specific depth, with little interest in chasing even a vulnerable bait.

October 15 at 7:00am
The Bill Lewis StutterStep offers the ability to keep the lure in one spot or cover a lot of water, and it's a great way to pick up bites.

Check out this cool new topwater lure

Everyone loves a good topwater bite, so knowing how to "walk the dog" is almost mandatory. But what if you could get even more action out of a lure while keeping it in the strike zone?

That's where the new Bill Lewis StutterStep really shines.

"It's a new topwater bait: It looks different, and it is different," Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff "Cajun Baby" Crochet said. "It's totally different from any topwater bait on the market."

October 03 at 11:49am
Bassmaster Elite pro Kevin Van Dam knows that jerkbaits can play a big role in the fall feeding frenzy.

Transitional jerks - Jerkbait fishing tactics

Word association games show us our true perceptions by drawing forth gut responses.

Say the word “jerkbait,” and many anglers would likely say “cold” — and they would not be entirely wrong.

However, they’d also not be entirely right.

October 01 at 7:00am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney punched through lilies bordering the cane in Venice for all of the bass he caught Wednesday. With the Mississippi River still dirty, Hack suggested waiting to fish the last few hours of a falling tide.

Hackney punches his way to Venice bass bite

With an incoming tide and dirtier-than-expected water to start the day Wednesday, it took a while for the bass bite to turn on down in Venice.

September 29 at 7:50am
Venice redfish are always willing to eat, but you can get a lot more bites if the Mississippi River is low and green. And there's a trick to figuring out when that will happen.

Northern Mississippi River gauges key to Venice fishing, Hackney says

Fall is here. Temperatures have finally started to moderate, and some of the year’s best fishing will be available without getting heat stroke.

And Bassmaster Elite Series pro and Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney said he launches his boat at Venice as often as possible. 

“You’re getting in that time of year when the (Mississippi) river gets green,” Hackney said in a live Facebook feed from Venice Marina early this morning. “The trout start showing up in the Jump (and) they show up on the jetties in the main river.

“You can catch bass, white bass, redfish and trout — all on the same stuff.”

Of course, prime fishing is all about water clarity, and that’s dictated by the rise and fall of the river. A low river (generally below 4 feet at the New Orleans gauge) means water should be green and clear, while a higher reading hints at muddy conditions.

September 28 at 9:49am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney will be doing live feeds from Venice all day Wednesday on Louisiana Sportsman's Facebook page. Tune in to see what kind of day he has chasing bass in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Hackney live from Venice on Facebook Wednesday morning

If you want to see what goes on behind the scenes while filming an episode of Sportsman TV, check out Louisiana Sportsman’s Facebook page all day Wednesday for live reports from Greg Hackney — who’s down in Venice to target bass at the Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

September 27 at 7:17pm
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. 

September 27 at 12:45pm