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Bobber stoppers serve double duty

I was working a craw worm away from the bank for the thousandth time. The only thing different was that my line jumped, and I felt a bit of weight on the terminal end.

I reeled down and set the hook hard, confident I’d be fighting my first bass of the day.

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January 15 at 9:25 pm
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Doyline hunter downs palmated 14-point Webster Parish buck

Wesley Miller took down two nice bucks - an 8-point and a 10-point - in the first two weeks of deer season this year on his family’s farm in Dubberly, so his focus shifted to catching slab crappie on Dorcheat Bayou.

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January 15 at 8:50 pm
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Every brush pile is not the same

Each year, Mr. Y sweetens his pier like a professional gardener. He strategically sinks around it brush treated with fish attractants, thins the brush out to limit snags, and leaves pockets within the vegetation to dunk his minnows and jigs.

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January 15 at 8:40 am
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Yo, crappie — give up the ghost!

Despite his great love for hunting, my dad would often forego a deer hunt in the last days of the season to get an early start on fishing. As he would constantly remind me, if you want big sac-a-lait, you need to fish cold water.

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January 10 at 9:00 am
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Pro tips for choosing winter crappie-fishing spots

Unlike the warmer months, when scattered crappie create the opportunity to pick one or two here and there and piece together a decent day, Toledo Bend guide Dennis Tietje said the late fall/early winter period calls for a higher level of discernment.

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December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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How to detect light crappie bites

When cooler temperatures have those crappie biting lightly, strike detection becomes paramount. That can be challenging on a good day, but in windy conditions it’s critical that you don’t let the blow rob you of opportunities.

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December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Crappie on edge — Best winter crappie-fishing tactics

December has Dennis Tietje on edge, and it’s not because of any Christmas rush.

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December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Home Stand — How to employ Midwest deer-hunting tactics in Louisiana

Chad Wall feels like hunters within a 100-mile radius of his home in Springfield are some of the best in the country.

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December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Hackney lands 9-pound bass lodged on 12-inch sac-a-lait

Even when he’s not specifically targeting them, Greg Hackney just can’t seem to stop catching big bass.

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November 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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Tippets

When it comes to catching specks on the fly, November is as good as it gets. The ideal conditions are a) a light south wind, b) overcast or foggy and c) a falling tide. If those conditions exist, work poppers along points, shorelines, cuts and the back of deadend canals for quality trout. If not, put a weighted clouser under a VOSI and cast anywhere there’s a little current and some bait activity. 

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November 10, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Crappie Trailers

Normally used as an add-on to other crappie lures such as tube jigs or small crappie spinner baits, Crappie Trailers from The Crappie Psychic, LLC feature a beveled design that creates greater bait action and generates more strikes. They can also be used for panfish when attached straight to a small No. 6 long shank hook. Crappie Trailers come in four colors: Chartreuse, White, Crawworm and Flamingo.

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November 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 at 7:00 am
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