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Bayou catfishing

Catfish are available in almost all freshwater areas of the state. Regularly caught in lakes, bayous and rivers, these fish provide great food and sport. However, they also provide an opportunity for kayak anglers to catch some true giants. The three species available in Louisiana are blue, channel and flathead catfish. The current No. 1 state record blue cat is 114 pounds, while the top channel cat is 30.31 pounds and the best flathead went 95 pounds. (The top three blue cats all weighed more than 100 pounds.)

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New gear reviews

Yak Gear Ambush Kayak Duck Blind

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Des Allemands sac-a-lait staging for spawn

The water was more than muddy when I stepped into Luling angler Tim Bye's boat yesterday at the launch in Kraemer. It was putrid.

Monday's downpours had washed mud from the surrounding cane fields into the system of canals between Lac Des Allemands and Lake Boeuf to turn much of the waters the color of sand.

But Bye wasn't concerned: He and his wife had caught fish Sunday before the rains, so he knew it was just a matter of locating clean water. And by the end of the day, a small mess of sac-a-lait had piled up in his livewell.

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January 10 at 4:14 pm
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Crappie can be hard to figure out

Winston Churchill coined the term “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” He was referring to Russia, but he could just as likely have been talking about crappie management.

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January 04 at 9:00 am
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Shimano Curado 200 K series

Shimano made some waves in the fishing industry last summer when it debuted its new Curado 200 K series baitcasting reels at the annual ICAST show, where they promptly took home the honor as the best new freshwater reel.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Warm up to winter crappie

Winter crappie fishermen are deep thinkers; but don’t be intimidated if your name doesn’t include a PhD, MBA or some other evidence of academic ascension. Truth be told, all you really need to know is this: Where’s the deep water?

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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There’s no place like home

At first glance, the fish house used by Dorothy Williams and Josh Andrews appears unpretentious. But closer inspection reveals that a lot of thought went into its design and a lot of labor goes into its maintenance.

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November 15, 2017 at 6:00 am
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Crappie clearing house

The voice on the telephone said, “C’mon up. Now!”

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November 01, 2017 at 7:00 am
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