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How to clean, freeze sheepshead

The key to filleting them is using a sturdy-bladed boning knife and cutting over and around the thick rib bones by going into the fish from the top rather than from behind the gills. With an electric knife, it’s easiest to start from the tail and fillet forward.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Top trout tactics

Glenn Schurr’s tactics have put you in the vicinity of where they are biting, but now what? Speckled trout can concentrate in very small spots and there is a lot of water out there, even if Shurr’s strategy has put you in the ballpark.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Standard Mapping E-cards help find speckled trout

Glenn Schurr said the key to putting trout in the boat is pretty simple.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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How Standard Mapping Services E-cards happened

The story of how a New Orleans street cop became the Jedi Knight of fishing navigation maps is an American success story that could only have happened in Louisiana.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Oak River Troll

Fortunately, Capt. Ron “Ahab” Broadus’ hospital stay was short, and once out he provided some extra input into fishing this fish-filled winter paradise.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Love ’em or hate ’em — the good and the bad of fishing with yo-yos

Yo-yos are one of those pieces of fishing gear that people either love or hate. Few people say, “Oh, yeah; they are OK, even though I don’t use them.”

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Rigging and using yo-yos

Yo-yos, more properly called automatic fishing reels, are simple but ingenuous devices. Essentially, a yo-yo is a stainless steel spring enclosed within two circular pieces of sheet metal held together by a single rivet in the middle. 

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Top picks from “Bruiser Bob’s” crappie fishing closet

Bob Mitcham’s man cave has more than fluffy recliners, a big screen TV, and all kinds of fishing and hunting signage, photos and memorabilia.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Is Lake D’Arbonne’s crappie fishing too good to be true?

Crappie fishing was so good on Lake D’Arbonne early in 2014 that fishermen seriously wondered, “are too many people catching too many fish?”

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Depth finder critical to crappie-fishing success

What does the perfect picture look like on your electronic graph when you are looking for crappie in the deep water on D’Arbonne in February?

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Where to stay, eat at Lake D’Arbonne

Planning a trip to Union Parish to take on Lake D’Arbonne’s famous crappie? Well, you can also — as the T-shirts say —eat, sleep and fish, and stay a while.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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The right tackle for nail-weighted worms

Kevin Hawk fishes his nail-weighted worms on light line and a spinning rod to better handle and feel the finesse presentation.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Grubs on umbrella rigs

Discussions of grubs cannot exclude their group presentation on the umbrella rig. Although banned in Bassmaster Elite and FLW Tour competition, the multi-armed “egg beaters” remain a vital tool for bass anglers from fall through early spring.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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How to use a nail weight with a swimbait

Sticking small, thin weights into slender worms influences fall rates and bottom orientation, but that’s not the only use for this tackle tactic.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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2014’s top lures and locations for Toledo Bend’s trophy bass

As most bass anglers know, when a lunker bass or heavy stringer is taken anywhere, the first two questions are about lures and locations.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Stocking, habitat fueling Toledo Bend big-bass parade

Everything is shaping up to provide another great season of big-bass fishing on Toledo Bend, according to the state biologist charged with overseeing the fishery.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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