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.
With a length of 65 miles, a 1,200-mile shoreline, 200,000 acres of water and a surface area of 289 square miles, it stands to reason that any lure selected as a Toledo Bend necessity better be a good one.
Just a week removed from the frigid conditions on Lake Hartwell and his first-ever Bassmaster Classic appearance, Brett Pruett felt right at home on Caney Lake Saturday when he reeled in the biggest bass of his life.†
For most fisherman, dealing with a backlash can be a frustrating, time consuming ordeal that often results in a bird’s nest of line being surgically removed from your reel- all while your buddies are hauling in a steady stream of fish over the gunnels.
EDITOR'S UPDATE: David Houston, who caught the lunker bass, spoke to LouisianaSportsmanc.com after this story went live on the website. The complete story of how he caught the bass, and ultimately released it, can be seen by clicking here.
Poverty Point Reservoir’s largemouth bass record was shattered Monday when David Houston arrived with a hawg that was actually just a little wider than it was long.
We’ve come a long way since virtually everyone in Southeast Louisiana used the term “green trout” to refer to largemouth bass. One of Louisiana’s first conservation laws on the books was for the protection of New Orleans green trout populations.
Yes, I know that a redear sunfish isn’t really a perch, but that along with “bream” is the generic name for the clan of freshwater panfish that includes bluegills, goggle-eyes, slick perch (green sunfish), sunperch and stumpknockers.
It began six or seven years ago when guys attending a Sunday School class at Cook Baptist Church in Ruston mapped out plans for a fishing trip to Caney Lake, a trip that has become an annual event and has expanded to include friends.