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Cut our game wardens some slack

I hear regular complaints about supposed jerks wearing the uniform of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents. You know the refrains.

“They picked on me today, and gave me a ticket for not having a life vest.”

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Pending No. 5 swordfish caught out of Venice

Three days ago an angler aboard Capt. Peace Marvel's boat battled a massive swordfish for nearly four hours before losing it at the boat.

While that was disappointing, the veteran Venice offshore guide made up for it June 21 when Slidell angler Vladimir Kamenov landed a 214.8-pound swordfish that should rank No. 5 in the Louisiana State Fish Records.

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June 22 at 1:54 pm
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Don't forget to buy 2015-16 fishing licenses

With the weather finally (hopefully) starting to stabilize enough to allow you to get out and experience the great fishing opportunities around the state, don't get so caught up in the preparation and planning that you forget to buy your 2015-16 fishing license.

Yep, it's that time of year. The fishing license that has been riding around in your wallet since last year expires June 30.

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June 22 at 10:07 am
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Bowfishing guides busted for illegal alligator hunts, LDWF says

The owners of Louisiana Bowfishing Inc., along with a guide who works for the charter service, were arrested this week in connection with alleged illegal alligator kills as part of their operation, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported today.

Louisiana Bowfishing Inc. owners Blake A. Mitchell, 29, and 32-year-old Neil Mitchell (both of Gretna), and 19-year-old guide Stephen Black of Slidell were arrested in connection with a number of alligator-hunting offenses in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes, according to an LDWF news release.

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June 18 at 4:01 pm
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VIDEO: Watch 8-pound bass flipped into boat

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The biggest bass I've ever caught weighed just more than 8 pounds, and I can clearly remember waiting nervously for buddy Artie Cosby to lip the pig after I wrestled the fish to the boat. Flipping onto the deck never, ever crossed my mind.

But New Iberia angler Caleb Sumrall didn't even hesitate in March when an 8-pound toad sucked in the lure he was flipping along a grass bed at Toledo Bend. And the entire episode was captured on video.†

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June 17 at 8:37 am
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Get the most out of braided fishing 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.

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

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June 16 at 6:30 am
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Saltwater guidesí top equipment

When I began bass fishing back in the early ’90s, I made myself a pretty simple promise: I would NOT spend a lot of money on my rods and reels.

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June 15 at 5:00 pm
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VIDEO: Bobcat attacks turkey hunter

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It's a good bet the Virginia hunter in the attached video thought he was capturing a special moment when a bobcat responded to his turkey call, stalking to within feet of the man's position.

And the camouflaged man was correct — especially when the slinking feline charged the concealed hunter.

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June 04 at 9:37 am
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The math just doesnít work

No one has ever accused me of being a math whiz. For good reason. I get 2 plus 2 equals 4. I’ve got 100 divided by 20 comes out to 5.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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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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