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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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Creek-fishing tips

Thirty-one-year-old Jeshua “Jesh” Smith is a dedicated creek fisherman.

He grew up hunting deer and bream fishing. In high school he started bass fishing, first in farm ponds and later graduating to larger lakes. 

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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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Keep swing-head jigs down, keep them slow

The action of a swing-head jig might be footloose and fancy free, but tackle considerations are firmly rooted in a disciplined approach to effective presentations. 

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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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Florien angler scores on Toledo Bend 11.56-pounder

Big time heat didn’t stop Malcolm Franks from catching a big time bass last weekend at Toledo Bend.

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August 13 at 10:01 am
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Whiskey Chitto Redeye — Float-fishing tips for redeye bass

The sign set off the road read, “Welcome to Oberlin, Gateway to Canoe Country.”

Canoes and tumbling creeks and rivers of clear water are the last things many Louisianans would think of as being part of their state.

Yet, here it was.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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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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Texas angler lands monstrous 12.93-pounder at Toledo Bend

The odds were stacked against Trent Curphy catching a big bass on Toledo Bend last Wednesday — but sometimes the underdog pulls out the upset win.

With no net, rusty hooks on an old lure and his line wrapped around the trolling motor, Curphy just couldn’t escape his date with destiny when he landed an impressive 12.93-pounder –  the largest bass enrolled so far in the 2015-16 Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program.  

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July 20 at 9:44 am
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Toledo Bend bass anglers tangle with cannibalistic frog

During a bass-fishing trip to Toledo Bend the middle of May, Jason Pittman and his dad Floyd found themselves flinging hollow-bodied frog on top of grass mats in the back of a pocket.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Amazing 38.22-pound stringer wins Bass-N-Bucks event at Toledo Bend

It’s almost unheard of to have to cull 4- and 5-pound bass to finish off a stringer — especially in the middle of the summer — but that was the unique position Dustin Rivers and Jeremy Gentry found themselves in this weekend on Toledo Bend.

The pair, who work offshore for Ensco, put together the stringer of a lifetime for the Bass-N-Bucks series event held Sunday out of Pendleton Marina, weighing-in an incredible 38.22 pounds with five fish to take the victory.

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July 14 at 2:35 pm
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Boyce angler lands 11.91-pound whopper at Toledo Bend

There’s no doubt 11 is Richard “Ricky” Stephens’ lucky number.

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July 02 at 4:40 pm
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Opposites attract — Keys to ‘heavy finesse’ bass fishing

In the word association game, “finesse” and “heavy” are not typically connected. However, there exists a strategic melding of the two concepts in which “heavy finesse” tactics can yield big results in the bass-fishing world.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Learn to spot trouble before it sails your way

Louisiana summer boating activity peeks in June. Considering how much boating takes place on any given day of any other month in the Sportsman’s Paradise, it’s safe to say things can get pretty hectic on a sunny weekend in June.

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June 17 at 3:15 pm
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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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