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Using lures with a weed guard or inline single hooks makes fishing in and near grass beds much easier. Several manufacturers are selling lures rigged with single hooks — or you can buy the hooks and modify your own.

Tourney winning tactics

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Pete Cooper with a red caught on one of his signature flies, the Golden Rule.

Tippets

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Choupique eggs suitable for caviar preparation are always gray-black in appearance.

The choupique goes uptown

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Step 1 - Add 1 cup of vinegar to approximately 1 gallon of water and ice.

The best part is the eating part

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The security line running from the tip to the butt of each pole is secured to the pole with electrical tape. One pole here has the line spirally wrapped around it. On the other, the line runs straight down the pole.

Use big boy tackle for choupique

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Each choupique is added to the ice slush immediately after being caught to avoid stress on the animal.

Bring choupique back alive

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To increase your spinnerbait profile, try adding a big ribbontail worm trailer.

Tail gunner

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Sweetening your trolling baits with added scents can help sell the deal.

Helpful hints for fall crappie

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Like many others, Ken Chaumont is at loss to explain why Calcasieu Lake speckled trout are smaller than they used to be.

The forging of a fishing giant

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Chaumont secures his corks to his rods with inexpensive clothes pins.

Tip of the day

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Vudu Shrimp Sauce may be daubed on the legs of a Vudu Shrimp to increase its scent appeal. Here Chaumont has removed the rattle from a Vudu Rattler and is squeezing more sauce into the rattle pouch.

Tips for fishing Vudu Shrimp

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You may be fortunate to locate your trophy buck during bow season.

How to score on opening day

Preparation is the key
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The “Almost Buck” pictured with the son of the fortunate member who took the buck late in the gun season.

The “almost” buck

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