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Louisiana's Classic anglers ready for bass-fishing's Big Show to start

The official practice day for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Conroe was on Wednesday, and the consensus among the field of competitors is that the championship is up for grabs because of the way the fishery is setting up.

"There will be guys fishing all three stages of the spawn," Gonzales Elite Series pro Greg Hackney said. "And there will guys doing well at all three."

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March 23 at 4:53 pm
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70th Big Bass Rodeo set for Saturday in New Orleans City Park

Billed as the oldest freshwater rodeo in the country, the 70th Big Bass Rodeo is set for this Saturday, March 25, in New Orleans City Park.

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March 21 at 9:56 am
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Lake Charles team wins Bassmaster High School Central Open

Five Louisiana teams finished in the Top 10 during the Bassmaster High School Central Open held this weekend at Toledo Bend, B.A.S.S. announced.

Hunter Courvelle and Alex Erickson of Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles earned the top prize with a total weight of 23 pounds, 3 ounces. Livingston Parish Bassmasters’ Justin Watts and Alex Heintze just 1 pound behind to clinch the second-place finish.

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March 13 at 1:00 pm
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2017 CCA STAR to feature 100 tagged redfish

Anglers participating in the 2017 Coastal Conservation Association’s Louisiana STAR Tournament will have double the chances of reeling in a tagged redfish this year.

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March 08 at 11:15 am
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'Cajun Baby' leads 2017s first Elite Series event

Cliff Crochet is a noted shallow-water specialist who loves to fish green vegetation during warm, springlike conditions.

He found the exact opposite of that during Thursday’s opening round of the Bassmaster Elite at Cherokee Lake, but the Louisiana angler who goes by the nickname “Cajun Baby” put on quite a show anyway.

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February 10 at 6:19 am
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Louisiana angler two-time kayak world champion

The biggest cold front this winter pushed through the state last Thursday, and Steve Lessard used it — along with his ‘home field advantage’ — to claim his second world championship at the Hobie Worlds 6 in Lafourche Parish.

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December 12, 2016 at 10:15 am
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Lavigne owns B.A.S.S. Nation Championship

Gonzales’ Ryan Lavigne did what no other Bassmaster angler has done before: He rose to the top of the B.A.S.S Nation Championship as a non-boater during this weekend’s even at Lake Conroe outside of Houston.

His three-day stringer weighed 58 pounds, 3 ounces — and earned him a coveted berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, as well as an invitation to join the Bassmaster Elite Series next year.

“Making the Classic is a dream come true,” Lavigne said. “It’s something I’ve thought about since I started fishing. My dad took me fishing when I was a kid, and it’s just a passion I’ve never let go.

“And making it to the Classic is one of the biggest goals of my life.”

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November 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm
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Crochet shares keys to Bassmaster Central Open victory

Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet relied on a spot he rarely fishes to work his way to the top of the leaderboard during the Bassmaster Central Open stop at the Atchafalaya Basin last week.

“It’s one of those areas you kind of save until it’s needed,” Crochet said. “You don’t fun fish it; you just kind of save it until you need it.”

And he needed it. The young pro has struggled on the Bassmaster Elite Series trail the past two seasons, and without a win he would be sitting out his second straight Bassmaster Classic.

Instead, he jumped from sixth place to first in the Basin tournament to clinch his third Classic berth in four years.

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November 03, 2016 at 10:22 am
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