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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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STAR's West Division trout leader DQd for failing polygraph

The Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association’s STAR Tournament officially has a new first place speckled trout angler in the West Division — after the long-time leader was officially disqualified this week for failing a polygraph test.

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September 30, 2016 at 4:02 pm
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2017 Bassmaster Opens Series schedule released

Nine Bassmaster Opens tournaments will be held in eight different states in 2017, ranging from the lakes of central Florida to the Ozark Plateau in Oklahoma.

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September 07, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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41-pound bull wins Grand Isle Redfish Rodeo

When Annette Ducote set the hook on a big bull in Caminada Pass Friday evening, it didn’t take long for her husband to realize the fish had a good shot at ending up somewhere on the leaderboard of the 56th annual Grand Isle Redfish Rodeo.

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September 07, 2016 at 10:47 am
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Baton Rouge teen wins Ride the Bull VII

More than 130 bulls were caught Saturday in Caminada Pass, but only one took home the top prize in the Ride the Bull VII Kayak Fishing Tournament on Grand Isle.

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August 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm
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