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Snagged 120-pound blue cat doesn't qualify as new state record

Justin Coco reeled in a giant blue catfish for the ages early Sunday morning, but the big fish won’t qualify as a new No. 1 for the Louisiana record books because it was snagged — not hooked in the mouth.

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April 22 at 11:25 am
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What you need to know about fishing Lake D’Arbonne

On the way to the Highway 15 boat launch, John Odom provided a quick primer on fishing Lake D’Arbonne.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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VIDEO: Kayaker finds massive gator on end of jug line

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Baton Rouge's Lance Burgos was enjoying a weekend camping trip to Lake Fausse Point State Park with his 11-year-old daughter Evan on Saturday when a jug line in a nearby canal caught their eye.

"She had been watching that yellow float swimming around, and she said, 'I want to know what's on the other end,'" the elder Burgos said. "I told her it was either a catfish or a garfish."

He promised to pull the line up just to take a peak when they headed out that afternoon, but what had swallowed the hook was more than they bargained for.

Roughly 12 to 14 feet more.

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April 12 at 8:29 am
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Flat-out crappie — How to catch Lake D’Arbonne’s white perch

John Odom is a big guy — 6-foot, 4-inches and 290 pounds “after a recent diet,” he informed me.

On the telephone he sounded like a pretty standard-sized guy, but with his powerful, sloping shoulders and fluidly graceful movements he looked like a football player, which is what he was.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Poverty Point yields four-crappie, almost 11-pound stringer

It might have taken Twayne Hosea years and years of crappie fishing to break the mythical 3-pound mark at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, but the Delhi angler hasn’t looked back since catching a whopping 3.52-pounder on Feb. 25.

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March 29 at 11:01 am
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How agents shut down illegal taking and selling of crappie

March has always been crappie month. It is the time when these popular game fish school and move toward the shallows for spawning.

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March 24 at 9:00 am
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Apex Predator lands a 58-pound mud whale

Just like hunting, when it comes to fishing my goal is big game. So in the springtime I regularly set noodle lines for choupic and catfish, but this year I had the urge to catch a big one the old-fashioned way: with a rod and reel. 

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March 16 at 2:36 pm
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How to beat Lake D’Arbonne’s crappie-fishing crowds

There are 16,000 acres to fish on Lake D’Arbonne. But when crappie stack up in the spring or even when they arrive at popular spawning grounds, it often looks like a boat show on the water. 

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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