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Pro tips for choosing winter crappie-fishing spots

Unlike the warmer months, when scattered crappie create the opportunity to pick one or two here and there and piece together a decent day, Toledo Bend guide Dennis Tietje said the late fall/early winter period calls for a higher level of discernment.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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How to detect light crappie bites

When cooler temperatures have those crappie biting lightly, strike detection becomes paramount. That can be challenging on a good day, but in windy conditions it’s critical that you don’t let the blow rob you of opportunities.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Boat position key to post-front bass fishing

With ultra-clear and often eerily calm conditions, bluebird days mean spooky bass that’ll be even less tolerant than normal to intrusion.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Top post-front bass-fishing lures

Here’s a look at some of the dependable post-front bait options:

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Crappie on edge — Best winter crappie-fishing tactics

December has Dennis Tietje on edge, and it’s not because of any Christmas rush.

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December 01 at 7:00 am
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Bluebird blues — Expert tips for bass fishing after a front

As the year draws to a close, you can count on weather fluctuations, compliments of cold air masses descending from the north.

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December 01 at 7:00 am
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Bridge tactics to catch more bass

A bridge is what? The roadway/walkway, the pilings that support it and some kind of embankment, right?

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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Bridge busters —Fall bass-fishing tips for catching bass off bridges

The fall feeding frenzy is always an exciting time for bass anglers, as gluttonous green fish motivated by winter’s impending approach seem bent on testing their internal capacity.

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November 01 at 7:00 am
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Play the wind and the water

Taking into consideration all the variables of fish location, Capt. Billy Walbaum plans his day around the wind. Fishing in the lee inherently makes life easier in terms of boat control and casting, but it’s also a water-quality thing.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Profile, action dictate trailer picks

For trailers or Texas-rigged plastics, bass pro Greg Hackney keeps it simple on the color selection. Black/blue or Okeechobee Craw gets the call for cloudy days and darker water, while more vivid patterns work best in clear water and brighter conditions.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Unlocking the marsh

The inherent challenge of fishing the Delta marsh is that “everything looks fishy.”

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October 01 at 7:00 am
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Fall lunkers like grass

Bass don’t need a calendar to know winter’s coming. 

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October 01 at 7:00 am
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Scented crappie baits - the facts

Crappie anglers have many products from which to choose. Some may be marketed more heavily to the bass world, but a shad is a shad and garlic is garlic, regardless of who’s smelling it.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Crappie scents in suspense

Even for the tournament types, crappie fishing doesn’t always need to be a high-strung tension fest. No doubt, you’d be amazed at the therapeutic benefits of dropping the anchor and deploying a few float rigs baited with something smelly.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Bass fishing breaks is all in the approach

Effective use of shoreline breaks requires a mental balance of the opportunities and risks. In some cases, break represents a damage hazard to your boat, while other cases just present potential fishing disruptions.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Good Scents

If you hear Jerry Thompson order cheese on the burgers, you better clarify what he means before assuming it’s lunchtime. Word to the wise: Often the Toledo Bend crappie guide isn’t referring to the buns-and-beef — he’s talking about one of his favorite tricks for enhancing his crappie baits.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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