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Bass action is heating up for the spring, and there’s no more exciting way to catch them than on topwaters. Chugging lures and frogs worked near stumps, weedlines or lily pads bring explosive strikes from feisty bass.

Kayak tourney news

March 15 at 8:00am
Big Lake is famous for trophy speckled trout, but is also home to big bull reds like this one.

Waypoints for Big Lake

March 08 at 9:00pm
Bill Darcey shows off a couple of nice speckled trout caught on a recent trip to Last Island out of Cocodrie with Capt. Tommy Pellegrin. The specks were hitting Berkley Grass Pigs and Rib Shad bounced on the bottom in at least 6 feet of water.

Hefty specks arrive near Last Island out of Cocodrie

Incoming tide is critical for bite, guide says
February 20 at 11:30am
Chad Wiley works to land one of the bass that crushed his jig at the edge of the reed beds in Black River Lake.

Always bet on Black

Even in tough wintertime conditions, Black River Lake in central Louisiana can deliver bass — if you crack the code.
January 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Jeremy Cable, with Lite'M Up Bowfishing in Cocodrie, shows off the nearly 42-inch long bull red he arrowed on Nov. 1. It is currently the Bowfishing Association of America's state and world record redfish.

World bowfishing record redfish stuck out of Cocodrie

Big bull freed itself from first two arrows on Nov. 1
December 11, 2017 at 8:29am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, poses with one of the 31 pigs he shot during a hog smackdown earlier this fall.

Apex Predator: Hog Smackdown, Part 2

Look for a ‘hog mattress’ if you’re searching for a hit pig
December 08, 2017 at 3:03pm
Loads of trout can be found under birds working potbelly minnows this time of year, according to Capt. Anthony Kyzar.

Keep your eyes on Cocodrie

Speckled trout are stacked up and big enough to take home
November 20, 2017 at 2:46pm
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, poses with one of the 31 hogs he put down so far this fall. This was a 200-pound boar that died after running 200 yards and ending up in a muddy wallow.

Apex Predator's 31-hog smackdown

Ultra-marathon hunting/training regimen puts lots of pork in the freezer
November 06, 2017 at 10:32am
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin of Custom Charters said the waters in Cocodrie are filthy with speckled trout right now.

'A million speckled trout' swarm Cocodrie, guide says

Focus on travel routes for best success
October 23, 2017 at 9:20am
Teal hunters across Louisiana gave opening weekend mixed reviews. The 16-day season ends on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Teal hunters give opening weekend mixed reviews

Fog, excess water, birds on the move make for challenging conditions
September 18, 2017 at 12:28pm
Capt. Anthony Kyzar shows off a 25-inch, 4.82-pound speck he caught Monday morning along the beach of a barrier island south of Cocodrie. The big specks were crushing green hornet Matrix Shad on a quarter-ounce jighead, he said.

Beaches south of Cocodrie producing big specks

Guide’s five-fish stringer Monday exceeded 20 pounds — all caught on Matrix Shad
August 02, 2017 at 1:39pm

Texas man dies after charter boat strikes Lake Barre wellhead

Accident happened around 11 p.m. Friday, TPSO says
July 24, 2017 at 11:40am
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin got stuck by a live shrimp last month — an injury which required surgery on his index finger and a months-long antibiotic regimen to ensure the infection doesn't return.

Nasty poke from shrimp sidelines longtime Cocodrie guide

Pellegrin recovering now, remains on three-month antibiotic regimen
July 07, 2017 at 7:30am