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Delta blues — Keys for catching Mississippi River Delta blue catfish

I’ve gotta admit: When Ryan Lambert first showed me the cell phone video, I thought I was looking at a bunch of big bluegill busting bread at the surface.

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August 1 at 7:00 am
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Young man’s game — Diver shares tips for spearfishing for catfish

The story of the old bull and the young bull is almost cliché.

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August 1 at 7:00 am
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Captain D’s Place — Tips for striper fishing on Lake Claiborne

After an hour chasing sparse schools of striped bass across boat lanes, creek channels, coves and finally out into the big lake without a single strike, Donny Hood stopped for a second, calmly set his rod down and moved to the driver’s seat of his 22-foot Blazer Bay bay boat dubbed the Miss Judy.

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August 1 at 7:00 am
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Black on Black ­­— Tips for Black Bayou Reservoir’s black crappie

It was going to be a typical late-summer day — muggy with a high in the upper 90s. Normally, I would have stayed inside under the air conditioning, but on this particular morning I was off to Black Bayou Reservoir near Benton.

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August 1 at 7:00 am
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Basin producing huge bream

It’s been at least 25 years since my younger brother Greg, my dad Allen and I fished together. So it was an even bet whether or not we’d all survive the trip when we loaded up Monday morning to make a bream-fishing trip to the Atchafalaya Basin.

Three Crawfords on 17 feet of Cajun Special can be a scary thing.

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July 21 at 8:17 pm
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The perfect bream rig

I grew up bream fishing, and we caught a lot of fish using cane poles. And as I aged, I pretty much kept to the same approach, moving to telescopic graphite jig poles.

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July 18 at 6:30 am
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Tippets

For coastal fly anglers looking for alternatives to reds and trout, July brings a variety of pelagic species to inshore waters.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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The Redneck Bait Keeper

There is a low-cost, effective method for keeping red worms, grass shrimp or other live bait cool and comfortable while still making them easy to get to in the heat of summer.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Top bream baits

Bass fishermen aren’t the only ones with a wide variety of lures from which to choose. Bream fishermen do, too.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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The ideal bream-fishing rig

Ray Jones loves to catch bream in many ways, but his basic, go-to rig is simple.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Fishing information for Black Bayou, Cheniere lakes

• Black Bayou Lake is now part of the Black Lake National Wildlife Refuge ( www.fws.gov/northlouisiana/blackbayoulake/), and is located about five miles north of Monroe on Highway 165.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Taming the gorilla

Flyrodders love small waters. I once dug a hole in my backyard that filled with rain, and several of my fly fishing buddies wanted me to stock it.

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July 10 at 9:00 am
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Apex Predator talks freshwater fishing finger hazards

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Finger injuries are so common with fishing that one of those ten digits seemingly gets hurt on just about every trip.

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July 03 at 10:34 am
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Dr. Bream — Expert bream-fishing tips

Everything a bream fisherman would need was within easy reach of Dr. Ray Jones in the front of his fishing boat. As he eased his boat though the waters of Black Bayou Lake in Monroe, that became apparent rather quickly.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Catching quality Toledo Bend crappie with Capt. Stephen Johnston

Trophy bass fishing rightfully gets the lion’s share of attention at Toledo Bend, but it’s also home to some quality crappie as well.

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June 26 at 5:30 am
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Best panfishing tackle

Kenny Rodrigue uses a 2 ½- or 3-inch cigar slip cork and ties a bobber stop above his hook, making his rig adjustable to any depth.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
511 Views
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