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Lenten dinner trip results in 11-pound bass

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.†

That was proved Feb. 16 when Elton's Phillip Durio arrived at Toledo Bend expecting his dad to have caught enough bass for a Lenten dinner that Friday evening.

When he jumped aboard to lend a helping hand, what started as an attempt just to catch a few keepers for the table ended with a shocked Durio fighting a huge bass weighing 11.67 pounds — from a dock.

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Yesterday at 10:25 am
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Toledo Bend 10-pounders stacking up

The last week has been crazy on Toledo Bend, with six bass weighing more than 10 pounds being entered into the lake’s Lunker Bass Program.

One of those fish weighed a whopping 11.67 pounds — that story can be read here.

The 10-pound crop of fish was led off by a stud that pushed the scales to 10.65 pounds — and the angler who caught it didn’t have a clue what was swimming in his livewell.

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February 20 at 4:43 pm
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Basin bass already moving to post-spawn pattern

After the frigid winter, the expectation when we left the landing Monday morning was that we'd find bass sucked up tight to the banks doing their spawning business.

By the end of the trip, however, only one Atchafalaya Basin bass showed signs that it was waiting to move up to bed.

"Another wave will definitely move up on the next full moon," New Iberia Bassmaster Elite Series pro Caleb Sumrall said. "But there are a lot of fish that have finished."

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February 20 at 2:50 pm
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LDWF removing slot limit for bass on Caney Creek Reservoir

The existing slot limit for black bass on Caney Creek Reservoir in Jackson Parish will be removed on Tuesday, Feb. 20, with statewide regulations calling for a 10-fish daily creel limit and no length restrictions in place moving forward.

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February 16 at 3:04 pm
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Tip of the day

Rickey Lee never buries the point of the hook into the body of his creature baits to make them weedless. Rather, he shoves the hook completely through the body and allows the hook point to lie in the groove on the bait’s body.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Salvinia is tough on motors

Salvinia causes more than fishing problems. When running and approaching a drift line of the floating weeds, boat operators should keep a sharp eye out for barely floating logs disguised in the plants.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Salvinia, salvinia and more salvinia

Rickey Lee sounded worried the night before the trip.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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The right dropshot outfit

Bassmaster Elite pro John Crews is so exacting with his dropshot tackle that he helped Cashion Rods design one to his specifications.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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