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Find the right grass for heavy stringers

Grass is grass is grass to many anglers, but Louisiana’s Matt Loetscher knows that’s not really the case — there are some keys to finding the beds of vegetation most likely to hold big bass.

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May 20 at 7:00 am
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How do you estimate the weight of a redfish?

The story of the catch and release May 15 of what would almost certainly have been a Louisiana state-record redfish evoked a predictable response on social media — cries that the fish in the photo just couldn't be big enough to make the record books, much less shatter the current 61-pound state record.

"Looks like a 30- to 35-pound fish," Facebook fan Murphy Spell said.

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May 19 at 12:45 pm
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Top 6 speckled trout baits you have to have

May is when everything really begins to come together to produce great trout fishing conditions. Warming weather pushes water temps up. The rivers begin to subside from spring rains and snow melts up north.

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May 18 at 2:51 pm
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Swimbait hook transforms craw worms

While chatting with Z-Man’s Glenn Young during the recent Louisiana Sportsman Show, I picked up one of the rod segments and started hopping one of the lures in the booth’s water tank.

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May 18 at 7:00 am
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Keep that A-rig under control in storage

While working a stretch of hay grass at the mouth of Toledo Bend’s Carrice Creek, Jerry Thompson saw some silver flicks and quickly opened his rod box.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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A-rigs produce numbers during shad spawn

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.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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11 tips for mopping up on post-spawn crappie

Earlier this year, Tim Bye was working a turnaround while the Internet was abuzz about big catches of spawning crappie.

Hearing that so many of his favorite species were being caught made him want to go fishing, but he wasn’t too brokenhearted.

You see, Bye doesn’t even like fishing the spawn.

Yeah, that’s right: This South Louisiana angler would rather wait until after crappie finish their spawning rituals and move out.

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May 06 at 3:09 pm
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Value of fishing lost in closure of launch

I’m not what most would consider an anti-government ranter. I’m not a big-government fan, either. I just believe government has a role in our lives that probably can’t be rolled back without great pain to us all.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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VIDEO: How to ensure your inflatable PFD is ready

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I remember well the first time I got my hands on an inflatable, suspender-type personal flotation device. It was back in 1999, when the Bassmaster Federation Nation Nationals were held on the Red River.

The folks at B.A.S.S. handed me the PFD when I showed up to go on the water to cover the event. The little units were brand new back then, and I couldn’t get over how comfortable it was to have the PFD on.

I still have that inflatable life preserver, but I’m a bit sheepish to admit that I never, ever check to ensure everything is in working order: I simply toss it in the boat and assume it will perform as advertised if I’m dumped in the water.

Honestly, that’s stupid.

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April 29 at 2:19 pm
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VIDEO: 600-pound marlin jumps into boat

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Wild things can happen whenevever you step on a boat, but what do you do if you're billfishing and a 600-pound marlin decides to hop aboard?

That's what the crew of the Little Audrey faced while fighting a huge marlin off Australia. And the entire episode was caught on cameras set up around the boat.

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April 28 at 3:49 pm
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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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