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Catching Lake D'Arbonne crappie is all about knowing how to find the fish and knowing what to feed them.

Bait, weather keys to successful Lake D'Arbonne crappie fishing

Located in the small town of Farmerville, Lake D’Arbonne is one of the best lakes for fishing crappie in the state. At 15,000-plus acre, it is any angler’s dream location for catching slabs during these months of changing weather.
April 17, 2013 at 9:24am
Joey Davis and Hussein Zayed with the 200.4-pound yellowfin tuna that Davis caught.

Tuna trip is totally worth it

"Where is the best place to get good sushi?" the stranger asked.

"About 120 miles that way," Joey Davis said, gesturing to the southwest.

Less than 48 hours later, Davis, Colton Wood and Hussein Zayed, all of Ocean Springs, Miss., were drifting cut bait on the Lump, south of Venice, in Zayed's 27 Conch.
April 10, 2013 at 1:00pm
Johnny Watkins of Lake Charles displays a Toledo Bend 9.1- pounder taken on April 1 on a melon/red pearl Stanley Top Toad.

Toledo Bend producing topwater lunkers

Toledo Bend has been delivering lunker bass lately, and Lake Charles’ Johnny Watkins has been on the catching end of them.
April 02, 2013 at 10:04pm
While some have given up on Lake Bistineau because of problems associated with giant salvinia, Jerry Lee knows there are still some really nice bass swimming in the lake — and those giant fish are moving into the shallows to spawn.

Quality Lake Bistineau bass are there for the taking, local angler says

After a recent draining to combat the giant salvinia infesting the lake, Lake Bistineau is finally filling up again. And anglers are returning to fish the lake as the water rises and their favorite areas are once again becoming accessible.
March 27, 2013 at 9:36am
Catching bull reds is easy at the Chandeleur Islands, Capt. Theophile Bourgois said. The fishing guide has been running charters to the area in a float plane.

Bull reds ganged up around Chandeleur Island chain

Spain’s Running of the Bulls has nothing over ours: Every year, usually beginning somewhere between late February to early March and extending into April, huge schools of bull reds show up at the barrier islands and maul everything in the water.
March 25, 2013 at 4:15pm
Despite high winds and dense fog on Monday, this 6.75- lbs. speckled trout was taken by Lake Charles’ Kade Shaw. Quality trout on Calcasieu Lake have been chasing mullet above shell in protected coves.

Quality trout to be found working mullet schools on Calcasieu Lake

On Monday, Cap. Kade Shaw was fighting fog and high winds on Calcasieu Lake after launching from Hebert’s Landing.

“We moved slowly, and eventually we were able to pull up on some scattered shell in a protected area on the western edge of the lake,” the 24-year-old guide said. “Mullet were rolling all over the area, and good trout were hitting them.”
March 21, 2013 at 9:23am
Shooting continues for goose hunters through March 9, when the special Conservation Season ends.

How to score on a Conservation Order goose hunt

Late-season goose hunting is tough, even with the benefit of expert calling and prime locations. New birds are a long-forgotten luxury, and existing flocks have been educated by three months worth of advanced hunting-pressure classes.

Hunters can tip the odds of getting one last waterfowl shooting fix in their favor with a large decoy and rag spread, said Goose Guide Inc.'s Clint Matthew. The Kaplan native has been guiding hunters to robust bags of specklebellies and, to a lesser degree snow geese and lesser Canadas, for more than 20 years.
February 08, 2013 at 12:10pm
Baton Rouge's John Gaiennie finally connected with this 170-inch buck in mid-December after hunting the deer for 19 days straight.

Patience pays off with 170-inch buck

There is an old proverb that says good things happen for those who wait. In 31-year-old John Gaiennie’s case, that good thing was a 260-pound Tensas Parish buck that green scored over 170 inches.

And the Baton Rouge hunter had to wait more than an hour with the deer in his vision before finally getting a shot of the brute while hunting on the 6,000-acre Somerset Hunting Club in Tensas Parish.
February 04, 2013 at 5:00pm
This 173 2/8-inch buck killed in DeSoto County, Mississippi, back in November has been certified as the state's top archery deer in the Magnolia Records.

Mississippi state-record bow buck certified

Kevin Medlin didn’t have time to think about such things as rewriting Mississippi’s archery record book when a monster buck walked out of a thicket 50 yards from his stand on Nov. 11 in DeSoto County.

“I didn’t even have time to get nervous,” Medlin said. “It all happened so fast. I guess from the time I saw him to the time I watched him crash down in a thicket wasn’t much more than a minute, if it was that long. It all happened that quick.”
January 19, 2013 at 4:00pm
Sterlington's Lee Taylor was hunting in Union Parish when this 150-inch deer walked out behind some does. Taylor put the deer down as it tried to slip back into the woods.

Sterlington hunter takes 150-class Union Parish buck

Some deer-kill stories come under wild circumstances — bucks that are bagged during storms, kills that precede a search that lasts more than a day or ones that conclude a decades-long drought of not even seeing a buck.

Then there are stories like Lee Taylor’s that don’t come with extraordinary details. In a case like this, the extraordinary thing is the buck itself.

And that’s good enough for Taylor.
January 18, 2013 at 5:38pm
Troy McNeal shot this impressive 10-point buck on his 100-acre property in Avoyelles Parish. His sons, Cody and Trey, were duck hunting nearby.

Hunter scores 167 6/8 B&C buck in Avoyelles Parish

Hunting on a small piece of land can make deer management difficult.

Troy McNeal knows that first hand, but you wouldn’t know it from a kill he made Dec. 29 on his 100-acre parcel in Avoyelles Parish. McNeal, whose lease is surrounded by other leases and landowners, bagged a 10-point buck that day that scored an impressive 167 6/8 Boone and Crockett. The main beams measured 24 inches, the spread was 21 ¼ inches inside and the bases were 6 inches in circumference. The deer was estimated to be 5 ½ years old and it weighed a whopping 230 pounds.
January 16, 2013 at 4:45pm
Father-son team of Andrew Arnaud Jr. (right) and Andrew

Pair of Winn Parish bucks fall to father, son on same day from same stand

For centuries, fathers and sons have shared hunting experiences that become family folklore – the stories that are told around the Sunday dinner table, at reunions, at holiday time.

The Arnaud family of Breaux Bridge now has a story that might exceed those boundaries; it might even enter into the regional, if not statewide, consciousness.

That’s because on Dec. 11 both Andrew Arnaud Jr. and son Andrew Arnaud III (aka T-Drew,) bagged a pair of trophy bucks on the same piece of property and from the same box stand.
January 10, 2013 at 12:00pm
Big Calcasieu Lake speckled trout don't necessarily head to deep water when the weather turns cold. They often can be found in the shallows, and wade-fishing is a great way to catch them.

Wade-fishing season provides access to big Calcasieu Lake trout

The few days before the turn of the New Year, Big Lake’s Capt. Bruce Baugh was busy with some great speckled trout.

On one of those days, the 58-year-old guide was hosting three wading fishermen on some special flats on Big Lake where they landed a dozen speckled trout ranging between 5 and 8 pounds.

“It was an awesome trip, and we were in a bunch of redfish,” Baugh said. “We were throwing pink, broke-back Corkys for these fish in West Cove.”
January 09, 2013 at 4:30pm
West Monroe High School 10th grader Kendall Haygood was all smiles after she killed the massive 16-pointer that has been green scored at more than 200 inches. She killed it New Year's Day while deer hunting with her dad.

Father-daughter time turns into trophy kill when 15-year-old shoots 200-inch buck

Blane Haygood treasures his time in the hunting stand — not so much because he loves shooting deer but because it’s when he really gets to spend time with his 15-year-old daughter Kendall.

“This is our time,” Blane said. “When we’re sitting in that stand, I talk to her about stuff. During school, she is busy with soccer and stuff, so when we’re hunting it’s just me and her.”
January 09, 2013 at 4:00pm