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April 15 at 7:00am
The author caught this nice sac-a-lait (black crappie) while fishing a small topwater plug for bass. Bream, sac-a-lait, catfish and garfish are often surprise catches when targeting bass in local canals.

April’s Best Bets

April 15 at 7:00am
The Power Pole Micro anchor is light enough to use on nearly any kayak, yet powerful enough to hold up to 1500 pounds. The remote controlled spike quickly and quietly anchors the ‘yak at the push of a button.

New gear reviews

April 15 at 7:00am
Bass move to stretches of banks with a little current to find oxygenated water and feed up after the rigors of the spawn.

New cull system protects bass

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New Iberia Bassmaster Elite Series pro Caleb Sumrall moves out of dead-end canals this month to catch post-spawn bass in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Caleb Sumrall’s gear

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If you want the sound of your calls to carry far in the woods, try a box call. They’re raspy and are some of the most realistic-sounding calls available.

Sounds of the season

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Turkey hunting is about defying nature, Saale said. When a tom gobbles, it’s calling hens in. So, at times, it can take several tries to lure in a gobbler.

Tools of the Trade

April 15 at 7:00am
A Pop-R is one of Jeff Bruhl’s go-to lures this time of year.

Best lures for marsh bass

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Butch Ridgedell loves to catch bass of any size. Lake Martin is full of what he called “Lake Martin knotheads,” young aggressive bass.

Why bass fish from a kayak?

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Lake Martin is noted for bluegills like these bulls taken from beneath a duck blind by Robert Dupuis.

Lake Martin in a nutshell

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Ridgedell caught most of his bass on the outer edges of the tree line, near open water.

How to pick a bass ‘yak

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With shad spawns occurring close to the final stages of the Toledo Bend spawn, docks are a popular option.

Meal delivery schedule

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