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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 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

With summer comes a change in sight-casting strategy. As the long, hot days heat the shallow ponds, bigger reds will move to the edges of lakes and bays.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Video: Hackney lands 9-pound bass lodged on 12-inch sac-a-lait

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When the cameras are rolling, you just never know what you might see on Sportsman TV.

Like in this recent episode, when host Greg Hackney and producer Jared Serigné traveled to Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas to target crappie over brush piles with Mr. Crappie himself, Wally Marshall.

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June 03 at 9:28 am
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Focus on travel routes for postspawn crappie

Most fishermen understand the basics for targeting crappie before and during their spring spawn, but when fish leave spawning grounds and head to deep water, what’s the deal?

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May 22 at 11:10 am
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Top bream-fishing tackle

Charles Johnson grew up as a country boy fishing bream. He cut his own cane poles from creek cane (bamboo that had escaped from cultivation).

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Best baits and tackle for Toledo Bend crappie

Jackson has fished Toledo Bend most of his life. He was a competitive bass angler early in his career, qualifying for the 1982 Bassmaster Classic in 1982 on the Alabama River.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Dredging up deepwater crappie

When crappie go deep — which happens sometime this through November — shiners are the mainstay of most Toledo Bend crappie guides in the summer, and Jackson is no exception.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Toledo Bend crappie driven by low-water cycles

The quality of the crappie coming off the tops during the past couple of years has been outstanding: It is not uncommon to catch a few fish over 2 pounds.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Crappie regulations could change on Eagle Lake effective Oct. 1

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday adopted a Notice of Intent that would modify current crappie regulations on Eagle Lake in Madison Parish.

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May 08 at 11:18 am
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Mr Crappie

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If you get the opportunity to fish with a guy who is named after the fish he catches, you better go with him.

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May 07 at 6:00 pm
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11 tips for mopping up on post-spawn crappie

Earlier this year, Tim Bye was working a turnaround while the Internet was abuzz about big catches of spawning crappie.

Hearing that so many of his favorite species were being caught made him want to go fishing, but he wasn’t too brokenhearted.

You see, Bye doesn’t even like fishing the spawn.

Yeah, that’s right: This South Louisiana angler would rather wait until after crappie finish their spawning rituals and move out.

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May 06 at 3:09 pm
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Slabs down deep - How to catch Toledo Bend crappie in the heat of summer

Toledo Bend has been on an amazing run lately, producing numbers of double-digit bass.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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The fishing chef works his magic

It’s problematic to decide what Dustie Latiolais loves more: fishing or cooking.

His job is cooking. He is executive chef and general manager of Crawfish Town USA, a Henderson-Breaux Bridge seafood landmark.

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April 29 at 9:00 am
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Use a rake, small jigs for grass-bound crappie

If sac-a-lait are off points, Fontenot motors over to hyacinth mats and other grass patches and use a homemade, pronged aluminum rake to make holes in the mats about 12 inches in diameter.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Top chinquapin baits

Aggressive and gluttonous as any schooling fish, chinquapin are hardly picky. Nevertheless, catering to their tastes and preferences will earn you more love.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Scaled-down Matrix Shad a super crappie-fishing bait

Until the big trout start showing up in Lake Pontchartrain, just about all Ty Hibbs — who will fish for anything that is biting — fishes for is sac-a-lait.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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