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Bayou Black big bass bonanza happening now

While the unusually high level of the Atchafalaya River has wreaked havoc with fishing in the Basin the last several months, the high water has had just the opposite effect for late-summer bass fishermen in the marshes around Bayou Black.

The marsh is still holding water in mid-August — and lots of big bass are prowling the shallow ponds there.

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August 17 at 8:00 am
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How Gerald Swindle fishes cypress trees

Accomplished shallow-water specialist Terry Scroggins has a high degree of comfort and confidence when flipping and pitching to cypress trees or, typically, terrestrial hardwoods inundated by flood waters, the likes of which Toledo Bend and East Texas Lakes have experienced this year.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Top 3 bass-fishing tactics for cypress trees

With most of your cypress-tree engagements coming close to the wood, flipping and pitching jigs and soft plastics accounts for a lot of the action.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Keep swing-head jigs down, keep them slow

The action of a swing-head jig might be footloose and fancy free, but tackle considerations are firmly rooted in a disciplined approach to effective presentations. 

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Pop-Rs call bass off of cypress trees

Elite Seris pro Gerald Swindle loves cypress swamps, and he has a particular tactic for tempting big summer bass that are passing the lazy days in what they thought were tranquil spots.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Top float-fishing equipment

Float-fishing on small rivers is a minimalist sport, but some equipment is needed and other stuff is nice to have.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Creek-fishing tips

Thirty-one-year-old Jeshua “Jesh” Smith is a dedicated creek fisherman.

He grew up hunting deer and bream fishing. In high school he started bass fishing, first in farm ponds and later graduating to larger lakes. 

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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How to find access for float-fishing trips

Long gone are the days when creek fishermen could just schlep across any property not holding posted signs to fish their favorite creek.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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The making of America's No. 1 bass fishery

Legislators in a small flotilla of boats that wended its way down the Sabine River, across the Gulf of Mexico, up the Atchafalaya River and finally up the Mississippi River to Baton Rouge in 1960 had one goal in mind: convince newly elected Gov. Jimmie Davis to support the building of the Toledo Bend Reservoir.

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August 13 at 4:52 pm
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Hackney has big Sunday, finishes third on St. Lawrence River

Greg Hackney had a solid Sunday on the St. Lawrence River — he turned in the heaviest sack of the Top 12 — but it wasn’t enough to catch Edwin Evers, who became the first angler in the 10-year history of the Elite Series to win back-to-back tournaments.

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August 03 at 11:23 am
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Max motion — How swim-head jigs increase bass bites

In a lake, there is no takeout menu, no vending machines, no Amazon. If you’re a bass, what you got is what you got.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Cypress swamp shakedown — Pro tips for bass fishing in flooded cypress trees

It’s the mall food court — the beach umbrella with that cooler full of snacks. For bass, we’re talking about cypress trees.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Whiskey Chitto Redeye — Float-fishing tips for redeye bass

The sign set off the road read, “Welcome to Oberlin, Gateway to Canoe Country.”

Canoes and tumbling creeks and rivers of clear water are the last things many Louisianans would think of as being part of their state.

Yet, here it was.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Livingston Parish team takes 10-pound lead in National Championship

Alex Heintze and Justin Watts credit an obscure technique for their nearly 10-pound lead going into the championship round of the Bassmaster High School National Championship on Saturday.

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July 23 at 6:02 pm
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Louisiana team leads Bassmaster High School National Championship

Talk about making the bites count.

Justin Watts and Alex Heintze of the Livingston Parish Bassmasters had only five bites Wednesday on Kentucky Lake, but they came quick and early.

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July 22 at 5:26 pm
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How to maximize Carolina-rigging

When bass move out of their cool-weather haunts in shallow water, Carolina rigs are perfect tools with which to dredge up fish from the depths.

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July 16 at 6:00 am
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