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Toledo Bend to host Elite Series in May, B.A.S.S. announces

What happens when Bassmaster Magazine names Toledo Bend the No. 1 bass fishery in the country? The reservoir is placed on the schedule for the Bassmaster Elite Series, that's what.

The announcement that the Elite Series will stop at the 185,000-acre reservoir May 12-15 was made over the weekend during a celebration at Cypress Bend Resort on the banks of Toledo Bend.

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August 17 at 8:13 am
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Top 3 bass-fishing tactics for cypress trees

With most of your cypress-tree engagements coming close to the wood, flipping and pitching jigs and soft plastics accounts for a lot of the action.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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How Gerald Swindle fishes cypress trees

Accomplished shallow-water specialist Terry Scroggins has a high degree of comfort and confidence when flipping and pitching to cypress trees or, typically, terrestrial hardwoods inundated by flood waters, the likes of which Toledo Bend and East Texas Lakes have experienced this year.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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The making of America's No. 1 bass fishery

Legislators in a small flotilla of boats that wended its way down the Sabine River, across the Gulf of Mexico, up the Atchafalaya River and finally up the Mississippi River to Baton Rouge in 1960 had one goal in mind: convince newly elected Gov. Jimmie Davis to support the building of the Toledo Bend Reservoir.

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August 13 at 4:52 pm
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Cypress swamp shakedown — Pro tips for bass fishing in flooded cypress trees

It’s the mall food court — the beach umbrella with that cooler full of snacks. For bass, we’re talking about cypress trees.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Max motion — How swim-head jigs increase bass bites

In a lake, there is no takeout menu, no vending machines, no Amazon. If you’re a bass, what you got is what you got.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Wire-to-wire champs

From start to finish Alex Heintze and Justin Watts of Baton Rouge, held the lead at the Bassmaster High School National Championship.

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July 25 at 6:35 pm
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Livingston Parish team takes 10-pound lead in National Championship

Alex Heintze and Justin Watts credit an obscure technique for their nearly 10-pound lead going into the championship round of the Bassmaster High School National Championship on Saturday.

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July 23 at 6:02 pm
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Louisiana team leads Bassmaster High School National Championship

Talk about making the bites count.

Justin Watts and Alex Heintze of the Livingston Parish Bassmasters had only five bites Wednesday on Kentucky Lake, but they came quick and early.

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July 22 at 5:26 pm
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How to maximize Carolina-rigging

When bass move out of their cool-weather haunts in shallow water, Carolina rigs are perfect tools with which to dredge up fish from the depths.

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July 16 at 6:00 am
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Top 5 nighttime bass-fishing tactics

Very few bass fishermen in the Southeast speak of July and August in glowing terms — the weather is just too hot to regularly spend too many long days on the water with the sun beating down.

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July 15 at 2:55 pm
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Nicholls State angler falls short in College Classic Bracket semifinal match

Tyler Rivet came up just a little short.

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July 13 at 5:14 pm
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Nicholls State angler competing in Bassmaster College Series Classic Final Four

Tyler Rivet is one of only four anglers competing today in the semifinals of the Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket in Stevens Point, Wis.

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July 13 at 9:27 am
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Sportsman TV targets Biloxi Marsh redfish

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Reigning Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Greg Hackney teamed up with Capt. Mike Gallo on a recent trip to the Biloxi Marsh to target redfish.

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July 09 at 4:26 pm
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VIDEO: What happens when a Coonass gets stuck after the tide falls 4 feet?

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Anglers in South Louisiana deal with falling tides all the time, but when you head up the East Coast the tides are a bit different — which is what Gonzales' Gerald Spohrer discovered while practicing for a Bassmaster Open on the James River in Virginia.

"Talk about tide swings over here ... it's nothing like we're used to back home," Spohrer said, speaking into his GoPro camera. "I'll give you an example: I've been back here for a while, and the tide fell out on me about 4 feet. So I've got to try to get out of here or stay back here all day — and that's not going to happen.

"So what happens when a Coonass gets stuck in a situation where the tide falls on him 4 feet? We're about to run across this mud flat and see what happens."

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July 09 at 8:25 am
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VIDEO: Watch 8-pound bass flipped into boat

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The biggest bass I've ever caught weighed just more than 8 pounds, and I can clearly remember waiting nervously for buddy Artie Cosby to lip the pig after I wrestled the fish to the boat. Flipping onto the deck never, ever crossed my mind.

But New Iberia angler Caleb Sumrall didn't even hesitate in March when an 8-pound toad sucked in the lure he was flipping along a grass bed at Toledo Bend. And the entire episode was captured on video. 

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June 17 at 8:37 am
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