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Best kayak-fishing tackle

Dustie Latiolais had armed himself for the morning with two casting and two spincasting rods. One baitcaster was rigged with a Rat-L-Trap and the other with his favorite bass lure, a 5-inch Zoom Finesse worm rigged wacky worm style on a weighted 3/0 hook. 

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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When to go bream-fishing

Local angler Ray Beadle typically starts getting the itch to fish bream in February when the willows start to bud. I kind of get that, because for me it’s when I can hear the steady singing of prothonotary warblers and northern parulas.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Impromptu bow-fishing trip yields potential Toledo Bend record longnose gar

As evidenced this spring, Toledo Bend’s 185,000 acres are home to an untold number of lunker largemouth bass that roam throughout the reservoir.

Of course, lots of other species call the Bend home, like bream, crappie, catfish, carp and striped bass, among others.

And even though you don’t hear much about longnose gar, an unplanned bow-fishing trip late last month might have resulted in a new lake record — if the fish would have been officially verified and submitted. 

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April 13 at 10:07 pm
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Leesville angler scores 12.50-pounder on Toledo Bend Easter Sunday

Charles Johnson Jr. had no depth finder, no trolling motor and no net on Easter Sunday at Toledo Bend, but that didn’t stop him from landing the lunker bass of a lifetime.

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April 09 at 8:52 am
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Catch more crappie using dehydrated nibbles

Face it: Crappie can be very finicky feeders when you’re using artificial lures. 

Better known as sac-a-lait where I’m from, or white perch by the folks in North Louisiana, I grew up fishing for them almost exclusively with an 11-foot jigging pole in my hands.

Now, no matter what type of rod and reel I use, my artificial lures will almost always be tipped with an enticer like Berkley’s PowerBait Crappie Nibbles.

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April 07 at 4:44 pm
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The BOB-LIGHT

The Bob-Light Nighttime Fishing Bobber from K&S Outdoors is the world’s first illuminating bobber/cork that draws fish in by shining light downward into the water up to 20 feet. The deep water version is available in a yellow body with white LED that attracts those species that tend to stay on the bottom, like bull reds, sheepshead, bass and catfish. The shallow water version comes in a green body and bright green LED that attracts those species that tend to stay near the surface, like speckled trout, crappie and redfish.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Butte La Rose bailout — Kayak fishing tips for the Atchafalaya Basin

Here it is — April. Your freezer is empty and you are hankering for fish. Your favorite fishing hole, the fabulous Atchafalaya Basin is overwhelmed with muddy, flood-stage river water.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Scott angler scores with Toledo Bend 11.19-pounder

Kyle Stutes has enjoyed an amazing month at Toledo Bend: the Scott angler took first place in the Texas Oilman’s Bass Invitational Tournament last weekend, then followed that up with an 11-plus-pounder Wednesday on a mid-lake scouting trip.

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March 29 at 8:55 pm
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New high-tech night-fishing light

Crossing a bridge over a southern reservoir on a summer night can treat you to a light show that really makes you want to wet a line.  When the bite is on and the word is out, the flooded timber can be dotted with enough lights to look like a field of stars.

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March 26 at 9:00 am
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68th Big Bass Rodeo set for March 28 in New Orleans City Park

The Big Bass Fishing Rodeo, billed as the oldest freshwater fishing rodeo in the country, returns for the 68th time to New Orleans  City Park this Saturday, March 28.

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March 23 at 4:27 pm
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Top catfishing baits

More catfish have been caught with night crawlers than any other bait, and that probably will always be the case.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Blue catfish more tolerant of salinities than channel cats

Along Atchafalaya Bay, where my spouse and I fish, there are higher rates of salinity in the early spring. 

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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Bream basics

This month’s topic comes courtesy of Gerald King, an Alexandria resident who enjoys pursuing those pesky sunfish otherwise known to frequent readers of this column as gobbules. 

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March 10 at 9:00 am
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Texas angler lands 11.57-pounder at Toledo Bend

Brian Branum did something he shouldn’t have done, and quickly found himself apologizing to fishing partner Mike LaFleur for his transgression.

But what he did - wasn’t as bad as when he did it.

“Mike, I messed up and caught a big one during pre-fishing,” he told his partner. 

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March 05 at 9:08 am
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Cool Cats — Best ways to catch springtime catfish

My father-in-law was a marsh man who dreaded coming home from down the bayou after trapping season.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Po-boy panfish — How to catch lake runners, bluegill and catfish in Bayou Lacombe

You know how it goes: After slurping through a few pounds of spicy boiled crawfish you start craving a something a little heavier and crunchier.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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