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Green mirror lenses are great for fishing inshore, on the flats, rivers and streams. Weíve come a long way
23 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

My favorite sunglasses of all time were a pair of glass-lensed Costa del Mars (that’s what the company name was back in those days). The amber lenses literally opened up a new world to me every time I hit the water.


LWFC should sue for artificial reef funds LWFC should sue for artificial reef funds
2229 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

When Gov. Bobby Jindal raided the constitutionally protected Artificial Reef Program, outdoorsmen were up in arms. The man who came to office on the coat tails of this state’s hunting and fishing community proved beyond any shadow of doubt that he was anything but “the sportsmen’s friend” he had claimed.


Caleb Sumrall (left) and Jamie Arceneaux landed 15.82 pounds today to clinch the victory in the 2014 Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship held in conjunction with the Louisiana Sportsman Show. Sumrall, Areceneaux hold on to win Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship
4582 Views - Posted: March 16 at 6:12 pm

Caleb Sumrall and Jamie Arceneaux plucked more than 20 Ĺ pounds out of Lake Dauterive yesterday to take the first-day lead of the Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship, and they returned there today to seal the victory and collect the $12,000 first-place prize.

“We did exactly the same thing (as we did yesterday),” Sumrall said. “We were flipping shallow banks.”


Twelve-year-old Jonathon Burns won the Yamaha Grizzly 350 given away in a random drawing as part of the 2014 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest. Burns wins Yamaha ATV in 2014 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest
3466 Views - Posted: March 16 at 5:54 am

Sometimes it's just your time. Lady Luck showers her blessing upon you, and you just can't do anything wrong.

This year's Louisiana Sportsman Show was that time for 12-year-old Jonathon Burns of Napoleonville.


Donít be stupid: Wear a PFD Donít be stupid: Wear a PFD
2761 Views - Posted: March 01 at 9:00 am

Fishing is at the heart of Louisiana outdoor life. Sure, we love to hunt, but that’s only allowed for a few months each year. Fishing season, on the other hand, never ends.


Man-made brush piles on the Saline-Larto complex contribute to it being named the crappie capital of Louisiana. Statewide crappie recap: Saline-Larto complex
2732 Views - Posted: February 27 at 11:15 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the seventh and final article in an online series on hot crappie spots across the state that originally appeared in Louisiana Sportsman magazine. Today's article features information on the Saline-Larto complex.


Water levels fluctuate at the Black River Lake/Horseshoe complex, but Eddie Roberts said to focus on the floating docks for success. Statewide crappie recap: Black River Lake/Horseshoe complex
2388 Views - Posted: February 27 at 11:09 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the sixth article in an online series on hot crappie spots across the state that originally appeared in Louisiana Sportsman magazine. Today's article features information on the Black River Lake/Horseshoe complex, and we wrap up the series tomorrow with the Saline-Larto complex.


Prime sac-a-lait locations around Bayou Black include Turtle Bayou and 70 Mile Canal. Statewide crappie recap: Bayou Black
2892 Views - Posted: February 27 at 11:05 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth article in an online series on hot crappie spots across the state that originally appeared in Louisiana Sportsman magazine. Today's article features information on Bayou Black, and tomorrow we'll take a closer look at the Black River Lake/Horseshoe complex .


With water temperatures finally starting to rise, now's the time to target big crappie on Toledo Bend. Statewide crappie recap: Target big ones now on Toledo Bend
2574 Views - Posted: February 27 at 10:30 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second article in an online series on hot crappie spots across the state that originally appeared in Louisiana Sportsman magazine. Today's article features information on Toledo Bend. Tomorrow we'll take a closer look at Lake D'Arbonne.


Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Basin bass on verge of spawn
3689 Views - Posted: February 26 at 5:15 pm

Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet spent all last week either practicing for or competing in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic held on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.

And all he could think about after the final-day weigh-in was pitching to cypress trees in his home waters within the Atchafalaya Basin.

So after a single day of rest — which included the six-hour drive home — Crochet launched out of Belle River Landing Tuesday morning and headed into the thick of the Basin.


The Phoenix 919 Pro XP, introduced at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, offers all the amenities of larger bass boats in a 19-foot package that is more manageable. Phoenix 919 offers benefits of larger boats in more-compact package
3180 Views - Posted: February 24 at 5:58 pm

Bass boats have gotten longer over the years, and now it seems almost everyone runs a 21-foot boat. However, Phoenix Boats realized that many anglers would like smaller, more manageable fishing platforms — but they didn't want to give up the quality that is now expected.


The Transducer Saver Spring Back Bracket is the perfect way to protect expensive transom-mounted transducers while dragging your boat through thick cover. Spring-loaded bracket protects transducers from stumps
2672 Views - Posted: February 24 at 5:38 pm

Getting into the thick of stumps, laydowns and other cover can be key to fishing success. The problem is that transom-mounted transducers can be damaged maneuvering boats through such jungles.


Bassmaster Elite Series pro Randy Howell of Alabama jumped from 11 places today to win the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville. Howell wins 2014 Bassmaster Classic
3015 Views - Posted: February 23 at 8:13 pm

Alabama’s Randy Howell had only two B.A.S.S. wins to his credit when his twelfth Bassmaster Classic competition began on Friday. He went into today’s final round in 11th place, 9 pounds behind the leader.

No one, including Howell really thought he had a shot.

“I didn’t expect to have the chance to win after the first day, and especially after yesterday,” Howell said.

But he whacked the bass today, putting 29 pounds, 2 ounces on the scales to seal the 2014 Bassmaster Classic championship and pocketing the $300,000 first-place prize.


Edwin Evers didn't have many bites on the second day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, but he managed just enough to claim the lead in the tournament. Evers claims Bassmaster Classic Day 2 lead by 1 ounce
1937 Views - Posted: February 22 at 7:57 pm

Oklahoma’s Edwin Evers was the last to weigh in during the second day of the Bassmaster Classic, and when the scales settled he had claimed the lead of the so-called Superbowl of Fishing — but just barely.

Emcee Dave Mercer announced Evers needed 20 pounds, 9 ounces to claim the lead, and that’s exactly what the scales read.

The stringer brought Ever’s two-day weight to 47 pounds, 6 ounces.


Randall Tharp lost almost two hours of fishing time when his motor went down, but he still manages to hold the lead in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Tharp falls to second in Bassmaster Classic ó by 1 ounce
879 Views - Posted: February 22 at 6:59 pm

Randall Tharp is known for his cool demeanor, but the second day of the Bassmaster Classic was almost more than he could take.

He went into the day leading the event. That’s enough pressure to try an angler.

But what really affected Tharp’s game plan was when his outboard went down early, costing him nearly 2 hours of fishing time while he was towed to a ramp to have his gear case repaired.

And he lost the lead in the event, falling a mere ounce behind Day 2 leader Edwin Evers.


Cliff Crochet was in much better spirits after his second weigh-in of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, during which he weighed in 23 pounds, 15 ounces. Crochet rebounds on second day of Bassmaster Classic  Video Included
2841 Views - Posted: February 22 at 5:39 pm

When Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet struggled to log a 51st place spot in the first day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, he said he was going to go out today and have fun.

He accomplished that feat — and weighed in five bass worth 23 pounds, 15 ounces that pushed him WAY up in the rankings. However, his Classic still ended because he just missed the Top 25 cut.


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