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The making of a fisheries leader

As a young Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM) biology major, Mike Wood figured out fairly quickly what he wanted to do in life.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Catch bass on the bubble

Mike Wood guided the boat out across an open area of the lake, looking ahead to locate a big log pile that often held bass.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Jonesboro angler lands 12.3-pound hammer on Caney Lake

One of the last times Cody Morton had a potential lunker bass on at Caney Lake, he was fishing with his buddy Bradley Shows, and his line popped right at the boat.

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April 07 at 8:35 pm
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Gone fishin’ — Fishing advice from a retired biologist

Mike Wood is a biologist by profession. But when you boil it all down, he’s a fisherman first.

That was apparent when a bass tapped my 6-inch black grape worm and I set the hook, only to reel up an empty hook.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Ruston hunter shoots second snow white cat squirrel

In October of 1977, at the age of 23, Kenny Cobb fulfilled one of his grandfather’s outdoor dreams when he shot an albino cat squirrel in woods north of Winfield.

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February 21 at 9:44 pm
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Louisiana Tech student catches, releases Caney Lake lunker

Saturday, Jan. 23 brought news of a historic blizzard hammering the Northeast U.S.

Forecasts even called for a bit of snow with cold and windy conditions for North Louisiana — meaning most rational-thinking folks were likely putting another log on the fire and hunkering down in less hostile conditions.

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January 25 at 2:48 pm
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Top 6 tips for wintertime yellow bass and crappie at Caney Lake

1) Move, move, move. Don’t hunker down in one spot.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Halbrook is a fishing fanatic

Eddie Halbrook fishes five days a week (but never on Sunday), year-round.

“I fish, I hunt, I take care of my grandkids, I go to church — but mostly I fish,” the avuncular 64-year-old grinned.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Yellow haze — How to catch Caney Lake’s yellow bass

“Yeow — that’s a big yellow bass,” I thought to myself when I saw the new first-place entry of 2.67 pounds in the official state fish records kept by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Angler landing Toledo Bend lunkers with big Jackall Gantarel swimbait

Derek Mong has been on an astounding run at Toledo Bend in about the last month — his five best bass weighed-in at a hefty 47.23 pounds. And he’s doing all of his damage almost exclusively with a bait rarely - if ever - used on the reservoir.

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December 08, 2015 at 10:26 am
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Shallow minded ­— Why you should shallow for winter bass

It’s hard to think deeply when you have a shallow mind.

And I would wager that most Louisiana bass anglers have shallow minds.

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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A planer approach — How to use planer boards and big crankbaits for crappie fishing

Some folks say crappie are the new bass.

For decades, crappie fishermen have pretty much been cane pole-and-shiner guys, or maybe jig polers with double-rigged lures.

Bass fishermen hace all the fancy equipment and techniques.

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September 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Bank busters — Where to bank-fish in Northeast Louisiana

Years ago, news editor Jimmy Hatten would sit across from me in the Monroe News Star office. When things slowed, we turned to talk fishing. Jimmy and his wife loved to fish every Sunday afternoon.

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July 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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LDWF announces 2015 alligator lottery hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is conducting a lottery to award alligator tags to provide the general public with harvest opportunities.

According to a press release, a random computer drawing from eligible hunters submitting applications will determine who receives tags from five Coastal and Nongame Resources Division Wildlife Management Areas, 15 Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and 25 public lakes for the 2015 harvest.

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May 13, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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West Monroe angler lands 13-pound, 10-ounce Caney Lake monster

Setting the hook is pretty much the moment of truth when you get a bite: Either you miss the opportunity and wind up empty-handed, or feel that exhilarating tug in response and know you have a fish on the line.

Micah McClain’s hookset Monday on the north end of Caney Lake was epic in lots of ways - and so was the fish he ultimately reeled in that afternoon around 2 p.m.

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April 08, 2015 at 4:23 pm
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Ruston angler catches 13-pound Caney Lake hammer

Robert Ogle was just about to take a snack break on Caney Lake Wednesday, when he noticed what he thought was a 5-pounder sitting on a bed. 

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March 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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