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Humminbird's 360-degree sonar gives bird's-eye view

Sonar fishfinders have always helped us find fish and fish-holding structure, but helping us precisely target fish has been another story. Early on, bulb-type flashers supported vertical jigging. You dropped your lure and watched its flash move down to a flash marking a fish and then, hopefully, all you had to do was set the hook.

The problem was that not all the nearby fish were directly under our boats — not even all the fish we saw on our screens. Some were at the outside edge of the cone of sound generated by our transducers and we couldn’t tell if they were to our left or right or off our bow or transom.

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June 23 at 4:27 pm
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North Louisiana crappie: Made in the shade

Jim McKay loves to fish anytime, but his years as an educator make the summertime one of his favorites. When school was out for summer, Jim was out for crappie. Now he’s retired, but he still hasn’t broken that habit.

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June 23 at 3:50 pm
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LDWF: About 700,000 pounds of red snapper remain for 2017 recreational harvest

Before this month’s extended federal season ever cranked up, Louisiana anglers had already harvested about one-third of the state’s self-imposed 2017 recreational quota of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

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June 23 at 11:00 am
3575 Views

Why would anybody drill a hole in a brand new spinning reel?

Virtually every brand new spinning reel you buy — at least if it’s made with decent parts — is butter smooth right out of the box. 

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June 22 at 5:33 pm
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Two missing boaters survive long night in Atchafalaya Basin

After enduring a long night in the Atchafalaya Basin, two Franklin men and their dog were rescued by a Good Samaritan who spotted one of the men on the roof of a camp, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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June 22 at 3:39 pm
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River Shrimp bounty

 The Mississippi River holds intrigue and fortune, but for the Folse family of St. James, it’s all about family, Louisiana tradition and a little-known crustacean, river shrimp. The Mississippi River shrimp is a link to the Folse’s past, ties them together, and puts food in their pot. While the shrimp are abundant, they’re largely neglected today by recreational shrimpers, which is a shame because they’re so accessible and tasty.

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June 22 at 1:35 pm
11375 Views

Leader length key for Hopedale redfish

It's no secret finding the bait is absolutely critical to finding the predator fish.

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June 22 at 11:05 am
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Legislation prohibiting oyster dredging on Big Lake becomes law

A stroke of the pen by Gov. John Bel Edwards late last week prohibits dredging for oysters in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, limiting legal harvest to hand-tonging only.

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June 21 at 2:18 pm
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