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The Crappie Psychic

There were days as recently as this summer that a 51-year-old Raceland outdoorsman returned from a sac-a-lait (crappie) fishing trip and removed a secret weapon on his tube jig about a mile from the boat ramp. He did this so no one would get so much as a glimpse of the artificial add-on responsible for putting so many slabs in the ice chest.

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October 15 at 9:00 am
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Tippets

It’s been a tough year for marsh trout, but if October holds true to form we should see an inundation of the snaggled-tooth species. A weighted Clouser or Shrimp pattern set 30 inches below a VOSI will be the ticket over reefs, and in cuts, canals and bayous.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Arashi Wake Crank a bass magnet

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An Idaho outdoorsman had plenty of time to talk about some keys to his success this year as an Elite Series angler as part of a four-year career that has earned him $517,632.

Brandon Palaniuk spoke highly the last week of September about techniques and patterns that have been working consistently. The season-ending Elite Series AOY in Michigan was behind him, and Palaniuk was driving to another event on Kentucky Lake before going home for the off-season in the Great Northwest.

During the call, Palaniuk eventually mentioned a recently released artificial lure that he helped design. That lure was a key to catching bass in clutch situations across the country.

The Storm Arashi Wake Crank has become one of his go-to baits.

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October 08 at 11:03 am
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Cross Bayou weir construction in Larto-Saline Complex completed

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the new Cross Bayou weir in the Larto-Saline Complex is complete, and the lake will now refill and return to pool stage with adequate rainfall.

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October 03 at 2:50 pm
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Crappie scents in suspense

Even for the tournament types, crappie fishing doesn’t always need to be a high-strung tension fest. No doubt, you’d be amazed at the therapeutic benefits of dropping the anchor and deploying a few float rigs baited with something smelly.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Scented crappie baits - the facts

Crappie anglers have many products from which to choose. Some may be marketed more heavily to the bass world, but a shad is a shad and garlic is garlic, regardless of who’s smelling it.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Good Scents

If you hear Jerry Thompson order cheese on the burgers, you better clarify what he means before assuming it’s lunchtime. Word to the wise: Often the Toledo Bend crappie guide isn’t referring to the buns-and-beef — he’s talking about one of his favorite tricks for enhancing his crappie baits.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Where to go on Black Bayou Reservoir

Black Bayou Reservoir (not to be confused with Black Bayou Lake near Monroe) is a 600-acre body of water located eight miles north of Bossier City near the town of Benton.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Tackle for Black Bayou black crappie

Weldon’s Black Bayou setup is four 12-foot Outlaw crappie poles with 12-pound high visibility Stren gold monofilament line.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Lake Maurepas is a big, little-known lake

Lake Maurepas is a big lake — actually the second-largest lake fully in Louisiana after its big brother Lake Pontchartrain, which lies immediately to the east of Maurepas.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Four seasons of Claiborne stripers

Persistent fishermen can catch striped bass on Lake Claiborne pretty much all year long. The four seasons of Claiborne stripers vary a little bit from traditional “seasons,” as Donny Hood outlined below.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Black on Black ≠≠ó Tips for Black Bayou Reservoirís black crappie

It was going to be a typical late-summer day — muggy with a high in the upper 90s. Normally, I would have stayed inside under the air conditioning, but on this particular morning I was off to Black Bayou Reservoir near Benton.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Storm's Arashi Rattling Square 3 and Square 5

After a day of prefishing in late May for a Bassmaster Open on Tennessee’s Douglas Lake, one of the tour’s up-and-coming bass pros was eager to talk about a crankbait he used on his way to finishing 14th this year in this year’s Bassmaster Classic.

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July 16 at 9:00 am
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Whatís new? Baby VuDu!

The VuDu Shrimp baits have taken this area by storm, and tackle shops are having trouble keeping them on the shelves.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Tippets

For coastal fly anglers looking for alternatives to reds and trout, July brings a variety of pelagic species to inshore waters.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Catching quality Toledo Bend crappie with Capt. Stephen Johnston

Trophy bass fishing rightfully gets the lion’s share of attention at Toledo Bend, but it’s also home to some quality crappie as well.

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June 26 at 5:30 am
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