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The Matrix Minnow

One good hard bait deserves another, and that is what Chas Champagne of Slidell has done with the introduction this month of the Matrix Minnow.

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January 13 at 4:00 pm
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Nutria liver makes great bait

Some of Bill McCarty’s favorite fishing holes in January are between the Wax Lake Outlet and Atchafalaya River, where it’s usually no problem to catch a bunch of catfish averaging 2 pounds.

So imagine the Morgan City outdoorsman’s delight — and at the same time dread — when he hooked one a couple years ago and it rolled to give him a good look at one heckuva catfish on the business end of his 15-pound-test monofilament.

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January 11 at 11:13 am
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Halter’s Island redfish gang up

A natural disaster started a wintertime tradition for residents and visitors to lower St. Mary Parish, where Halter’s Island becomes a redfish hotspot each December.

Morgan City’s Bill McCarty, a St. Mary Parish School Board member who owns WHM Services LLC, knows as well as anyone about catching redfish after redfish — most of them 18 to 24 inches long with the occasional bull red — down there.

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December 22, 2016 at 4:04 am
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Storm’s Arashi Spinbait

What looks like a topwater prop bait but isn’t because it does its work underwater to entice suspending bass?

The answer is Storm’s Arashi Spinbait, which made its grand appearance at this year’s ICAST show.

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December 15, 2016 at 9:00 am
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It’s a wonderful time for wading

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

That’s what some speckled trout anglers do in December on the northern reaches of Calcasieu Lake — especially those who want wallhanger fish weighing up to 10 pounds.

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December 06, 2016 at 2:52 pm
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Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad

Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad, a hollow body soft-plastic frog with a pronounced cup in the nose, is going places.

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November 15, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Fish scattered grass in Bayou Black

When Bill McCarty wants to catch sac-a-lait in November, he invariably heads to the Bayou Black area.

The Morgan City outdoorsman spends as much time as possible in the woods bowhunting for deer this month, but he makes time to feel the tug of sac-a-lait in the marsh canals to the east of Morgan City.

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November 07, 2016 at 6:13 pm
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Sabine River bass are such fun

When Ron Castille of Lake Charles took a local judge and the judge’s son bass fishing Sept. 1, the bass were ganged up like there’s no tomorrow in a stretch of water he fished on the Sabine River near Orange, Texas.

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October 21, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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