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Greg Hackney's Day 1 catch on Cayuga Lake was disqualified after he fished in an off-limits area behind a marina, according to B.A.S.S. tournament director Trip Weldon.

B.A.S.S.: Hack’s Day 1 Cayuga Lake catch DQ’d

It looked for a while that Gonzales’ Greg Hackney had maintained his Angler of the Year lead after the Day 1 weigh-in on Cayuga Lake, with a solid 17-pound, 8-ounce bag good for 36th place.

June 24 at 1:28am
Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Texas/Louisiana border has been named the No. 1 bass fishery in the country for the second year in a row by Bassmaster Magazine.

Toledo Bend retains Bassmaster’s No. 1 ranking for 2016

For the first time since Bassmaster started creating a Top 100 Best Bass Lakes ranking, a fishery has managed to claim the honor in back-to-back years. And 2016 also marks the first time the coveted title has been awarded to the same location twice.

June 21 at 10:51am
Learning to skip a jig is just a matter of practice and the right equipment.

Skipping jigs

If you’ve ever seen an angler that really knows how to skip a jig under a boat dock, you’ll see why they are so good at catching bass around these structures.

June 16 at 6:00am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney pocketed $100,000 and a 2017 Bassmaster Classic berth Sunday (June 12) by winning BASSfest at Lake Texoma.

Hackney wins BASSfest and 2017 Bassmaster Classic berth

Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney bagged 17 pounds, 15 ounces of bass today to win the Bassmaster BASSfest Championship at Lake Texoma. His four-day total was 66-2, which bounced him from third to the top spot.

The Gonzales pro, who is leading the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year race, earned $100,000 dor the win — and an automatic berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic to be held at Lake Conroe outside of Houston.

June 12 at 8:17pm
Casey Ashley of Donald, S.C., moved back into the lead after Day 3 of BASSfest on Lake Texoma. Gonzales' Greg Hackney is in third place heading into the final round of competition on Sunday, 4 pounds and 13 ounces out of the lead.

Ashley back on top at BASSfest, Hackney slips to 3rd

On the strength of a 17-pound, 5-ounce bag, Casey Ashley reclaimed the lead after Day 3 of BASSfest on Lake Texoma, with Gonzales’ Greg Hackney in third after a day without a big bite.

June 11 at 4:46am
On the strength of a 20-2 five-fish stringer on Thursday, Gonzales' Greg Hackney moved into the lead after Day 2 at BASSfest on Lake Texoma.

Hack surges into Day 2 lead at BASSfest on Lake Texoma

Sportsman TV host and current Angler of the Year leader Greg Hackney has all of his eggs in one proverbial basket, but so far the risk has paid off at BASSfest on Lake Texoma.

June 09 at 10:43pm
Wesley Travis, 17, with a nice bass he caught out of Pirates Cove during a Feb. 20 trip to Toledo Bend.

Fish frogs in grass for Toledo Bend bass

Remember this as you plan a bass fishing trip to Toledo Bend in June: It’s postspawn, sure, but those bass that left their love nests in the shallows after the deed was done will return there in late May and through June.

June 09 at 2:25pm
South Carolina's Casey Ashley grabbed the lead after Day 1 of BASSfest on Lake Texoma. On Bassmaster Live Thursday morning, Ashley caught a 6-plus pounder, and had an estimated total weight of 34 pounds.

Ashley dominates dirty Texoma on Day 1 of BASSfest

Flooded shorelines and muddy water didn’t stop some Bassmaster Elite Series pros from finding big bass during Day 1 Wednesday at the Bassmaster BASSfest at Lake Texoma on the Texas-Oklahoma border.

June 09 at 10:27am
The key to catching bass even when muddy water hits a reservoir is finding color lines between the dirty and clean water.

Muddy-water bass fishing tactics

Summertime rains can really ruin a fishing trip, especially when your lake of choice collects water from a large drainage area.

And it seems that it never rains on Monday, when you are starting off the week with visions of the coming weekend of catching fish.

June 07 at 6:00pm
LiveTarget's hollow-body sunfish moves erratically on the surface, generating lots of awesome topwater strikes.

Lure Review: LiveTarget's sunfish

Apparently startled, certainly rattled, a small, injured bream swam to the surface, zigged and zagged in the scattered grass, jumped a little and landed sideways before continuing to move erratically until it settled back into the water to meet its fate.

June 06 at 9:55pm
The Toledo Bend Lake Association on May 22 awarded 139 replicas to anglers who participated in the Lunker Bass Program during the 2015-16 season. The biggest bass weighed 14.16 pounds, and was caught by Opelousas angler Kacy Fisher near Housen in March.

139 lunker bass replicas recently awarded at Toledo Bend

The Toledo Bend Lake Association awarded 139 replicas last month to anglers who caught 10-pound-plus bass during the 2015-16 Lunker Bass Program season.

June 02 at 9:35am
Toledo Bend guide Dave Mansue knows that hunting down a good postspawn bite is well worth the effort.

Post-spawn potential — Learn why you should fish Toledo Bend after lunkers leave the shallows

There’s no time when Toledo Bend guide Dave Mansue isn’t in love with this Sabine River impoundment.

June 01 at 7:00am
Carolina rigging ledges is a great way to catch bass during the summer, but finding the sweet spots on those ledges can lead to incredible catches.

Under wraps — Why you should still fish a Carolina rig

If any publicity is good publicity the Carolina rig is falling way behind. What used to be a mainstay in many tackle boxes seems to have been relegated to also-ran status.

I blame professional fishing tournaments.

Well, maybe not so much the tournaments themselves as the timing of those tournaments.

June 01 at 7:00am
Kevin  VanDam used a variety of crankbaits in his wire-to-wire victory earlier this month at the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on Toledo Bend.

KVD details winning crankbait strategy on Toledo Bend

I’m getting a lot of questions about the crankbait strategy I used to win at Toledo Bend.

May 31 at 9:33am
Ty Humphries shows off the 11.74-pound Toledo Bend largemouth he caught Sunday to win the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash, including $10,000 cash, a brand new Triton boat and a 2016 Ram 1500 pickup truck.

11.74-pounder wins Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash at Toledo Bend

Long before Bassmaster Elite Pro Kevin VanDam’s win at Toledo Bend on May 15, Stonewall’s Ty Humphries had been fishing a Strike King Series 10XD crankbait bite for some great bass leading up to this weekend’s Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash.

May 23 at 1:52pm
Bassmaster Elite Series anglers pick up oxygenated bags of Florida largemouth bass fingerlings that they later distributed across the Toledo Bend reservoir this weekend.

Elite Series pros help restocking efforts on Toledo Bend

Everyone knows Bassmaster Elite Series pros can catch lots of bass at Toledo Bend — but as it turns out, they’re pretty good at stocking the reservoir with fingerlings, too.

May 16 at 9:57am