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Pendleton Perch — How to catch Toledo Bend crappie

It was the day of the full moon of May 2015, and New Iberia’s Shane Johnson was pumped.

“This trip could not have worked out better with timing,” the 43-year-old Toledo Bend guide said.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Up a creek — State’s scenic rivers offer awesome fishing opportunities

Scott Long has a fishing secret. He and his family discovered it years ago.

Everybody who fished used to know, but apparently Long is one of only a few who retained this knowledge. 

His secret?

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Ten feet high and fallin’ — Best Atchafalaya Basin sac-a-lait tips

“In a perfect world, it would be 10 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge with a slow fall, year around,” the rakish young man told me with an infectious grin. 

The Butte La Rose gauge on the Atchafalaya River is what most fishermen — whether for sac-a-lait, bass, bream or catfish — go by to decide when and where to fish the vast Atchafalaya Basin.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Crappie fishing is still on fire at Toledo Bend and the Atchafalaya Basin this month, while speckled trout have invaded the coast. And we give you everything you need for success.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Crappie fishing is still on fire at Toledo Bend and the Atchafalaya Basin this month, while speckled trout have invaded the coast. And we give you everything you need for success.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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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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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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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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Flat-out crappie — How to catch Lake D’Arbonne’s white perch

John Odom is a big guy — 6-foot, 4-inches and 290 pounds “after a recent diet,” he informed me.

On the telephone he sounded like a pretty standard-sized guy, but with his powerful, sloping shoulders and fluidly graceful movements he looked like a football player, which is what he was.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Gone fishin’ — Fishing advice from a retired biologist

Mike Wood is a biologist by profession. But when you boil it all down, he’s a fisherman first.

That was apparent when a bass tapped my 6-inch black grape worm and I set the hook, only to reel up an empty hook.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Poverty Point yields four-crappie, almost 11-pound stringer

It might have taken Twayne Hosea years and years of crappie fishing to break the mythical 3-pound mark at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, but the Delhi angler hasn’t looked back since catching a whopping 3.52-pounder on Feb. 25.

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March 29 at 11:01 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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Crappie tournaments can shorten learning curve

One of the best decisions James Morgan made when he retired and dedicated himself to crappie fishing was to enter tournaments.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Top crappie-fishing gear

Like all fishermen, James Morgan has favored equipment upon which he depends to consistently catch enough crappie to feed himself and many of his friends.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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High-tech helps catch more crappie

Having some of the best equipment, especially in electronics, isn’t absolutely necessary to catch crappie. But to be consistent, it sure doesn’t hurt, James Morgan said.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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How to beat Lake D’Arbonne’s crappie-fishing crowds

There are 16,000 acres to fish on Lake D’Arbonne. But when crappie stack up in the spring or even when they arrive at popular spawning grounds, it often looks like a boat show on the water. 

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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