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Lights for every fishing need

Fishing almost mandates early starts. And who hasn’t sat at the dock working on tackle while waiting for the sun to finally peak over the horizon?

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April 22 at 7:00 pm
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Perfect solution for leftover blackfin tuna

An offshore trip is pricey, but when you get into a bunch of blackfin the payoff is a lot of great eating.

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April 16 at 6:00 am
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How to get the most out of braided line

I love braid. It’s tough. It’s got zero stretch. It doesn’t have memory. It’s got a very small diameter. You feel every tap. And when a fish is hooked the fight is just awesome.

It’s costs more than mono, however, and if you fish a lot it can seem like you’re throwing money down the drain staying in fresh line.

But Capt. Brent Roy of Venice Charters Unlimited uses a single spool twice — and it’s a simple trick that is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments.

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April 15 at 4:27 pm
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Sperm whale checks out research ROV off Louisiana coast

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Researchers aboard the Nautilus, a research vessel making a tour through the Gulf of Mexico, received a special gift when a sperm whale swam laps around the remotely operated underwater vehicle nearly 2,000 feet below the surface.

"What the heck is that?" one of the researchers is heard saying as a large form passes near the ROV. "Oh, my goodnes. What is that?"

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April 15 at 3:54 pm
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Top April bass lures

Walk into any tackle store to grab a few lures and the choices can be overwhelming. Racks are piled with all manner of baits that each manufacturer promises will catch more bass.

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April 15 at 6:00 am
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Video: Watch Elite Series pro Palaniuk catch 12-pounder

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Think you've been under pressure to lip your buddies bass? The poor guy in this video is tasked with grabbing a massive fish that weigned more than 12 pounds — and the angler shouting at him was Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brandon Palaniuk.

The GoPro vid, shot recently on a public Texas lake, shows Palaniuk toss out a swim bait only to have what would turn out to be the angler's heaviest bass to date nearly rip the 8-foot Huddleston rod from his hand.

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April 06 at 11:51 am
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What you need to kill a turkey

I can remember when I was in my mid-20s and decided I’d be a turkey hunter. I packed up that spring, headed off to my nearest public tract of land, set up before daylight and began some beautiful (at least to my ears) purring as the sun broke over the horizon.

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April 02 at 9:50 am
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It’s time for ethanol to go

Every now and then, amidst the partisan screaming and yelling on Capitol Hill, a piece of legislation appears that makes perfect sense.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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A-rig bite on at the Bend

Double-digit Toledo Bend bass are turning up seemingly every day — and on some days, several fish weighing more than 10 pounds are registered at Toledo Town and Tackle in Many.

The message has gotten out: There are plenty of those huge fish swimming around.

But if you’re looking to up your odds at getting a number of bites while also catching some big fish, Jerry Thompson said the Alabama rig is the way to go right now.

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March 26 at 7:45 pm
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Zachary farmer smacks 170-class buck

Sometimes it just takes some time for the story of a monster buck to surface. Take Donald Forbes’ 172 6/8-inch deer killed north of Zachary back on Jan. 15.

The Sportsman staff had seen a text of the 16-point buck, but had been unable to track down the hunter. We didn’t even know his name.

Until he showed up at the Yamaha Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest held last weekend as part of the Louisiana Sportsman Show.

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March 19 at 9:15 pm
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So you want to be a hog killer?

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Do you hate the hogs that are tearing up your hunting property and making deer hunts more difficult? Do you feel a sense of accomplishment when you take a few hogs out of the population?

Well, after you watch the attached video, you might feel like you don't know anything about how to hunt hogs.

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March 18 at 10:02 pm
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7 tips for killing public gobblers

Shane Johnson dreams of having a nice, turkey-filled private lease. But he’s never had that privilege, so he’s fought the public-land battle for years.

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March 18 at 6:30 am
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Spring boat checkup

If you’re one of those die-hard hunters, it’s a pretty good bet that your boat has been sitting up since you parked it in the garage back in October.

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March 17 at 5:30 am
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It’s time to give back

I  went through a tournament-fishing phase when I was in my 20s and thought I had outgrown my bream-fishing childhood. I fished the old Greenwell Springs Marine Pro-Am as a no-boater and was a member of Sunshine Bass Club.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Yamaha test track returns to Louisiana Sportsman Show

Learning what’s new in the ATV world is easy: Just head to the Louisiana Sportsman Show on March 12-15 and stop by the Yamaha test track.

And you’ll also be able to check out the new Wolverine R-Spec EPS side-by-side, which has never been seen in Louisiana.

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February 25 at 4:00 pm
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Turkey-hunting seminars scheduled for Saturday

Turkey season is right around the corner, so it’s time to brush up on your calling and ensure you have all the equipment necessary to track down and kill that big gobbler.

And you can learn everything you need to know during a free turkey-hunting event at Bowie Outfitters this Saturday (Feb. 28). Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.

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February 23 at 3:07 pm
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