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New Iberia's Caleb Sumrall earned a slot in the 2018 Bassmaster Classic and Elite Series by winning the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship at Lake Hartwell over the weekend.

Sumrall earns coveted 2018 Bassmaster Classic berth

New Iberia angler wins B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, vows to fish 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series
9 hours ago
Capt. T-Man Cheramie, showing off a nice Lake Raccourci trout, said specks are hanging out near mouths of cuts and bayous now devouring pogies.

Striking gold (and silver) in Golden Meadow

Specks and bronze-backs in the bays
11 hours ago
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin of Custom Charters said the waters in Cocodrie are filthy with speckled trout right now.

'A million speckled trout' swarm Cocodrie, guide says

Focus on travel routes for best success
12 hours ago
Meadow McNeal, 13, of Effie, poses with the big 8-point she shot on Oct. 15 in Winn Parish. The buck green-scored 139 ⅝ inches Boone and Crockett.

Effie teen downs big Winn Parish 8-point

McNeal’s first-ever buck green scores 139 inches plus
October 19 at 4:26pm
If you get snagged when you’re fishing with braid, reel in and pull the line away from the rod and let it snap back down. Braid doesn’t stretch, so there’s a chance the shock could travel down the line and free your hook.

Use “bow and arrow trick” to free snagged hook

Technique effective when hung on oyster shells, guide says
October 19 at 2:25pm
Drew Clark, 14, of Farmerville, shows off the big 8-point he shot on Sunday, Oct. 15 during a youth hunter weekend in Union Parish. The buck green-scored 142 ⅜ inches Boone & Crockett.

Teen downs big 142-inch Union Parish 8-point

Clark shoots trophy Oct. 15 on youth hunter weekend in Area 2
October 19 at 2:16pm
Homemade sandbags — actually filled with rice to make them lighter — are a cost effective, easy way to help sight in your rifle before opening day.

Make your own sandbags

Rice is just as stable —and lighter – than sand
October 18 at 4:00pm

Sulphur man arrested for allegedly guiding without a license

Fontenot cited for booking 87 trips without a license, LDWF says
October 17 at 3:30pm
Jordan Watts, of Livingston, poses with the big Mississippi public lands 12-point he arrowed Oct. 7 on Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The big buck green-scored 151 inches Pope and Young.

Louisiana hunter arrows big Mississippi public lands 12-point

Watts’ big buck measures 151 inches Pope and Young
October 17 at 3:10pm
If the Mississippi River level drops enough, a saltwater wedge typically moves in each fall, bringing with it redfish and speckled trout that come in to feast on the abundant bait there.

Mississippi River level key for October Buras bite

Specks, reds ride saltwater wedge in if river drops low enough, guide says
October 17 at 11:00am
Taking the time to accurately sight in your rifle goes a long way in preventing opening day disappointment, or worse yet wounding that trophy buck you’ve been having your eyes on.

Sight in your rifle — with just two shots

Be ready when gun season opens
October 17 at 11:00am
Capt. Rory Rorison with a nice fall Hopedale speckled trout.

Targeting transition trout out of Hopedale

Catching specks and reds “in the in-between”
October 17 at 10:51am

LDWF agent rescues two Belle Chasse teens swamped in Lake Salvador

Boat capsized after taking on water, LDWF says
October 16 at 9:44am
Construction of CCA Louisiana's new 10-acre Vincent Matherne Reef in southwestern Lake Pontchartrain is set to begin Monday, Oct. 16.

CCA Louisiana to build new reef in southwestern Lake Pontchartrain

Construction on Matherne’s Reef to begin Monday, Oct. 16
October 13 at 1:55pm