Bass Fishing

Dave Cavell (left) and Corey Wheat teamed up to win Claire's Heart benefit tournament in the Atchafalaya Basin by banging vibrating jigs off stumps around main points.

Stay off the banks for Basin bass, anglers say

Prairieville's Dave Cavell and Gonzales' Corey Wheat teamed up to win Claire's Heart benefit tournament last weekend, and the pattern wasn't what they expected.

"We thought we'd catch them punching," Cavell said. "That's how Corey caught them practicing."

Instead, they had to back off the banks, and turn away from heavy flipping rigs.

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Inserting a toothpick into a plastic trailer enables you to hang it, rather than thread it onto the hook.

Nip and tuck — Bassmaster Elite Series pro shares jig rigging tips

Flipping a jig in cold water comes naturally to Bassmaster Elite Series pro Todd Faircloth, but jig performance takes some concentrated preparation.

January 15 at 7:00am
All four rivers rise and fall at their own pace. Move until you find the river with the right conditions.

Top 11 bass-fishing tips for the Pearl River

Here are Chase Morse’s Top 11 tips for catching more bass on the Pearl River system:

January 15 at 7:00am
Blue Strike King Hack Attack jigs with sapphire blue Zoom Ultra Vibe chunks were effective fish-getters all day.

The many Pearl rivers

The Pearl River where it separates Louisiana from Mississippi isn’t just the Pearl River: It’s a bunch of rivers.

Crossing the Pearl River basin from west to east on Highway 90, bridges span the West Pearl River, the Middle West Pearl River, the Middle Pearl River and the East Pearl River. 

January 15 at 7:00am
“Black liquor” released into the West Pearl River by the Temple-Inland Paper Mill led to the deaths of thousands of fish in 2011.

The black Pearl — Pearl River fishing recovers from Temple-Inland Paper Mill spill

A black pearl is one of the rarest of gems. But in August of 2011, Louisianans found their beloved Pearl River became black.

But it wasn’t a gem. It was a stinking mess. 

January 15 at 7:00am
Data collected by the Toledo Bend Lake Association clearly shows February and March are the best months of the year to catch a double-digit bass at Toledo Bend.

When is the best time to catch a Toledo Bend lunker?

It’s the $1 million question: When should you make the haul to Toledo Bend for the greatest chance to catch one of the double-digit bass that teem in the huge reservoir?

Well, while monster bass are caught at the nations’ No. 1 bass fishery throughout the year, the best opportunity to get in on the big-fish action begins this month.

But odds tip farthest in your favor in March.

January 09 at 11:05am
The temperatures may be low, but bass know it’s time to start moving toward prespawn staging areas, so expect periods of aggressive feeding.

Throwdown in the slowdown — How to catch cold-water bass

“Cold water” and “lethargic” seem generally accepted as conjoined thoughts when dealing with winter bass.

However, savvy anglers know that, despite the chill, there remains real potential for some stellar bites during the early goings of a new year.

January 01 at 7:00am
Spotted bass add variety to the largemouth bass catch.

The magic of the Pearl — How to catch more Pearl River bass

When we pulled up to the rugged little launch off to the side and under the Highway 90 bridge over the Middle Pearl River, Chance Morse got out of the truck and strode closer to the water’s edge.

The big guy squinched one eye at the bridge.

January 01 at 7:00am
The Arashi Spinbait is a finesse lure that drives suspended bass to eat.

Storm’s Arashi Spinbait

What looks like a topwater prop bait but isn’t because it does its work underwater to entice suspending bass?

The answer is Storm’s Arashi Spinbait, which made its grand appearance at this year’s ICAST show.

December 15, 2016 at 9:00am
Garrett Crawford caught this bass while learningd to pitch a soft-plastic into tangles of vegetation in Venice.

How to pitch for more bass

Pitching lures into heavy cover is a great way to catch bass, but it’s a technique that takes some getting used to

I was privileged to learn from one of the best, Baton Rouge’s Ken Sherman, who coached and scolded me until I stopped backlashing quite so much.

December 14, 2016 at 3:10pm
Lake Providence regularly produces big bass like this during the winter months.

Go to Lake Providence for peaceful fishing

Largemouth bass fishing on Lake Providence is pretty good all year round, but there is an added bonus for fishermen this time of year that could almost go unnoticed.

The 1,380-acre lake is almost all wide-open water except for the shoreline. That makes it a magnet for boaters, skiers and party-bargers most of the year.

December 07, 2016 at 10:20am
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, 2016 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, 2016 at 7:00am
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, 2016 at 3:52pm