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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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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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A tale of two lakes

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness .…”

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April 08 at 9:00 pm
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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
5700 Views

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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Stacking up the state fish — Sac-a-lait fishing tips for Chicot Lake

In 1993, the Louisiana Legislature designated the “white perch” as the state’s official freshwater fish. 

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Bass by the spoonful — How and when to fish with a spoon

There lurks in every bass angler’s subconscious this question: If you could have only one lure, what would it be?

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Finding the fuzz — A little-known crappie-fishing tactic

It didn’t take long for Ty Hibbs to stop paying attention to me. Our conversation came to an abrupt stop as soon as we left the ramp.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
3709 Views

50 Shades of Sac A Lait

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Well Mr. Murphy has hit the big time since we last did a show with him, but he still found time in his schedule to accommodate us for another one. He's clearly still the sac a lait master and it was also clear that the crappie were spawning big time. They were getting freaky.

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March 26 at 6:00 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
4682 Views

Go old-school for shallow crappie

Melvin Cummings was an expert crappie fishermen 20 years before the words “spider rigging” ever became popular among the crowd that targets slabs — and even though he understands that the concept of multiple-pole trolling is tremendously effective, there’s at least one time of year when he isn’t going to put his single rod down for any reason.

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March 19 at 2:00 pm
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Lunkers landed in New Orleans City Park

Less than 10 days before the annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival, anglers are catching some big-time fish in the lagoons of City Park in New Orleans.

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March 19 at 9:42 am
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Houma angler lands potential No. 4-ranked white crappie at Poverty Point

For the last two years in March, anglers at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park have placed a white crappie into Louisiana’s record books.

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March 18 at 11:04 am
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Gator Trax Boats

After making a name in the mud boat industry for more than 14 years, Gator Trax Boats have moved into the mainstream and are building boats intended to be powered by standard outboards.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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