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Cane River gives up 13-pound bass

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The weather was miserable leading up to Sunday’s Good Ole Boys Bass Club tournament on Cane River, with a cold front moving dropping the temps from 67 to 44 degrees that morning.

But that huge change didn’t stop a 13-pound bass from swallowing Jeremy Treadway’s jig.

“We were hugging and high-fiving,” the Centerpoint angler said of the aftermath of the catch. “People on both sides (of the lake) heard us.”

February 13 at 3:57 pm

Three patterns to catch False River bass

False River in Pointe Coupee Parish was once one of the premier fisheries in the state, part of the Quality Lakes system stocked with Florida-strain bass. And then in the late 1990s, things just fell apart — siltation and water clarity suffered, and the fishery became a shade of its former glory.

But Blake Bourque said things seem to be getting better.

“It’s not what it once was, but it’s definitely showing some potential,” the tournament angler told

January 30 at 11:18 am

Basin low, bass gearing up for spawn

Muddy water greeted me and Bassmaster Elite Series angler Cliff Crochet on Friday (Jan. 26) as we turned off the Intracoastal Waterway and headed deep into the Atchafalaya Basin — and water levels were at rock bottom.

"I've caught fish on those trees," the Pierre Part pro angler said, pointing at a line of cypress standing just outside the waterline.

But by the end of the day, we had eked out a dozen bites and discovered something that could help anglers catch fish in the coming weeks.

January 27 at 9:40 am

Blond gadwall killed in Delacroix

Prairieville hunter Michael Campo thought his hunting season in Delacroix was wild when he shot a goose the day after Thanksgiving — but things really became weird Jan. 16 when he rolled a gadwall sporting feathers reminiscent of Donald Trump's signature blond comb-over.

"It looked a little funny but when we picked it up we knew it was different," Campo said of the leucistic-phase duck.

January 23 at 4:32 pm

Another possible state-record buck taken

A massive St. Landry Parish buck dubbed "The Ghost" had never been seen by a hunter during daylight hours until Friday, Jan. 12.

And Darrin Dawes didn't waste the opportunity when he spotted the mainframe 12-point that could be a state record typical buck.

A biologist and taxidermist grossed the deer out at 190 5/8 non-typical, with a typical greenscore of between 184 and 185 — in line with the current state-record typical buck that measured 184 6/8 inches.

January 13 at 9:30 pm

Des Allemands sac-a-lait staging for spawn

The water was more than muddy when I stepped into Luling angler Tim Bye's boat yesterday at the launch in Kraemer. It was putrid.

Monday's downpours had washed mud from the surrounding cane fields into the system of canals between Lac Des Allemands and Lake Boeuf to turn much of the waters the color of sand.

But Bye wasn't concerned: He and his wife had caught fish Sunday before the rains, so he knew it was just a matter of locating clean water. And by the end of the day, a small mess of sac-a-lait had piled up in his livewell.

January 10 at 4:14 pm

Henderson bass willing to bite despite frigid water temps

After weeks of freezing temperatures, I awoke Saturday to discover mild temperatures and blue-bird skies — and by 8 a.m. I was packing up the boat for a quick trip to Henderson to see if the bass would cooperate.

The four hours I spent on the water proved fish will bite even when water temperatures are below 50 degrees. But it took more than an hour to figure things out.

January 08 at 12:43 am

Redfish swarming in Dularge

Cold fronts pushing through the state every few days shouldn't be a reason  to stay home — plenty of fishing action can still be found in Dularge, according Capt. Marty LaCoste.

"We caught 80 to 100 redfish (Tuesday), and we ended up with 23 trout," the owner of Absolute Fishing Charters said.

December 14, 2017 at 8:40 am