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Fishing facts vs. fiction

Isn’t it strange how some myths and misinformation seem to enjoy immortality? Some myths arise regularly, just to confirm they are still out there waiting for the perfect opportunity to create fresh confusion.

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April 22 at 3:38 pm
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Snagged 120-pound blue cat doesn't qualify as new state record

Justin Coco reeled in a giant blue catfish for the ages early Sunday morning, but the big fish won’t qualify as a new No. 1 for the Louisiana record books because it was snagged — not hooked in the mouth.

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April 22 at 11:25 am
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Target Lake Borgne’s freshwater cats for guaranteed fish fry

During the late winter and early spring, catching enough fish to have a fish fry can be tough — but not if you go after freshwater catfish.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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What you need to know about fishing Lake D’Arbonne

On the way to the Highway 15 boat launch, John Odom provided a quick primer on fishing Lake D’Arbonne.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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8 things not to do when surf fishing

There are a few things that can wreck your chances of success when you head to the beach to surf fish. Here are eight things these surf anglers have on their “what not to do” list:

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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VIDEO: Kayaker finds massive gator on end of jug line

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Baton Rouge's Lance Burgos was enjoying a weekend camping trip to Lake Fausse Point State Park with his 11-year-old daughter Evan on Saturday when a jug line in a nearby canal caught their eye.

"She had been watching that yellow float swimming around, and she said, 'I want to know what's on the other end,'" the elder Burgos said. "I told her it was either a catfish or a garfish."

He promised to pull the line up just to take a peak when they headed out that afternoon, but what had swallowed the hook was more than they bargained for.

Roughly 12 to 14 feet more.

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April 12 at 8:29 am
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Solunacy - The mad logic of lunar feeding periods

Every April, members of the Red Stick Fly Fishers converge on Lake Concordia near Ferriday for a weekend of fly-fishing for bass, bream, stripers and even catfish.

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April 08 at 1:50 pm
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Public Rambling: Hog season wrap-up

Hog season has come and gone on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA, and only one more hog was taken by rifle since my last column, when I shot a 75-pounder during the final week of the season. 

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April 06 at 10:50 am
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ULL senior creates sawzall-powered fillet knife

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Remember the old '80s Ginsu knife infomercial, which depicted the Japanese kitchen blade cutting through tin cans, blazing through a box of frozen spinach and chopping a piece of wood — then cutting a piece of bread so thin “you could almost see through it?”

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April 06 at 9:29 am
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The Forgotten Lake — Tips for Lake Borgne success

It seems that in every family there is one child who gets all the attention. The kids are outspoken, witty and interesting. At family gatherings, they keep everyone entertained.

Then there is the other child: quiet and bashful, sitting in the shadows.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Texas angler lands 11.1-pound Toledo Bend lunker at Six Mile

Having just learned a new punching technique from a friend, Robert Brown was on Toledo Bend last weekend putting his new skills to the test.

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March 30 at 4:12 pm
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LDWF closes roads at Richard K. Yancey WMA

Due to backwater flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed several on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management area, including Goose Lake Road, Lac-A-Sostien Road, Ross Road, Catfish Bayou Road, Dobbs Bay Road, Blount Road at the Patton Lake Loop trail and all roads on the east side of the Mississippi River levee.

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March 24 at 9:23 am
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How agents shut down illegal taking and selling of crappie

March has always been crappie month. It is the time when these popular game fish school and move toward the shallows for spawning.

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March 24 at 9:00 am
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69th Big Bass Rodeo set for April 2 in New Orleans City Park

The New Orleans City Park Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival is back and better than ever for the 69th time in 2016, and this year’s event features a brand new “Battle for the Bass” competition for area high school anglers.

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March 17 at 1:26 pm
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Apex Predator lands a 58-pound mud whale

Just like hunting, when it comes to fishing my goal is big game. So in the springtime I regularly set noodle lines for choupic and catfish, but this year I had the urge to catch a big one the old-fashioned way: with a rod and reel. 

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March 16 at 2:36 pm
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Billy, bass and boudin

Billy Billeaud fishes 50 to 60 days a year — all for bass, except for bream excursions he and his wife Michele have begun making to Toledo Bend Reservoir, where they have a camp.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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