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Stay off the banks for Basin bass, anglers say

Prairieville's Dave Cavell and Gonzales' Corey Wheat teamed up to win Claire's Heart benefit tournament last weekend, and the pattern wasn't what they expected.

"We thought we'd catch them punching," Cavell said. "That's how Corey caught them practicing."

Instead, they had to back off the banks, and turn away from heavy flipping rigs.

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January 18 at 5:36 pm
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VIDEO: Why PFDs and kill switches are important

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We all know we're supposed to use them. It's just Boating Safety 101. Yet we all too often get in a hurry or become complacent, and leave the life jackets in the locker or sitting on the seat as we zip from one fishing hole the next. And too many anglers don't even think about kill switches.

Because nothing is going to happen to me, right? But the fact is accidents happen — and we never see them coming.

This video of two young anglers heading out for a bass tournament shows just how fast things can go wrong and why safety equipment is vitally important.

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January 17 at 8:00 am
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When is the best time to catch a Toledo Bend lunker?

It’s the $1 million question: When should you make the haul to Toledo Bend for the greatest chance to catch one of the double-digit bass that teem in the huge reservoir?

Well, while monster bass are caught at the nations’ No. 1 bass fishery throughout the year, the best opportunity to get in on the big-fish action begins this month.

But odds tip farthest in your favor in March.

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January 09 at 11:05 am
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Sometimes it’s just your time

Deer hunters spend untold hours scouting out their hunting leases, doing everything they can to up their odds of killing big bucks.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Commentary: Melancon debacle should be lesson in LDWF appointment

Often the best lessons are learned not by success but by failure. So the debacle of Charlie Melancon's reign at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries should give Gov. John Bel Edwards a lot to chew on as he contemplates naming a successor.

While agency appointments are often made with politics in mind, hopefully Edwards has learned the importance of choosing someone to lead the LDWF who has some connection with the agency's constituency — and a firm understanding of the isssues that motivate those outdoorsmen.

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December 19, 2016 at 4:50 am
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Top 7 tips of a buck killer

Youngsville’s John Pecoraro spends most of the year catching bass, but when the fall arrives he turns to deer hunting — and he loves to chase the big boys at Lucky 13 Ranch near Dry Prong.

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December 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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Melancon's resignation confirmed, but he's not going anywhere yet

Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed in an emailed statement last night the resignation of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Secretary Charlie Melancon, but a spokesman for the governor said the embattled agency head isn't leaving just yet.

"Secretary Melancon is not stepping down immediately," Richard Carbo, Edwards' communications director, told LouisianaSportsman.com via email this morning. "He will remain on while the governor conducts the search (for a successor)."

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December 15, 2016 at 8:28 am
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LDWF's Melancon asked to resign, source says

Embattled Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon has been asked to resign but "is still coming to work," a source told LouisianaSportsman.com.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was unclear if Melancon has actually tendered his resignation, despite news reports.

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December 14, 2016 at 4:33 pm
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