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While some kayak tournaments require anglers to bring fish to weigh-ins, many are photo-and-release events. Gulf Coast Kayak Tournaments 2014:
119 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

• March 29 — Boats on the Bayou, New Orleans. New this year, a special kayak division is added to the City Park Big Bass Rodeo. Kayaks will compete for trophies fishing Bayou St. John. Go to for more.

Joseph Finger shows off the 4.59-pounder he caught Saturday to win the bass youth division at the City Park Big Bass Rodeo in New Orleans. 67th New Orleans City Park Big Bass Rodeo attracts 575 anglers
2463 Views - Posted: March 31 at 1:43 pm

Saturday’s City Park Big Bass Rodeo attracted 575 anglers, plus 89 kayakers for the Boats on the Bayou division.

Big-buck contests occasionally tempt some to cheat, which is illegal in Louisiana. Contest fraud stinks
5629 Views - Posted: March 24 at 9:00 pm

Hunting and fishing tournaments and contests are a big part of the outdoor industry. Though I never had any desire to participate in such competitions, many of my friends do and more power to them.

The 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion Chris Lane has taken the lead on Day 2 of the Bassmaster Elite Series at the St. Johns River. With a total two-day weight of 56 pounds, 4 ounces, Lane will start Day 3 with an almost 9 pound advantage. Lane take Elite Series lead with 37-pound stringer  Video Included
2419 Views - Posted: March 21 at 8:24 pm

The second day of the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on the St. Johns River was one that was beyond belief. Gonzales pro Greg Hackney weighed in a 10-pound, 10-ounce monster, and he was joined in the 10-pound club by Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet.

And then there was the sack of bass brought to the stage by 2012 Bassmaster Classic champ Chris Lane — five fish that pushed the scales to 37 pounds, 9 ounces.

Lane said the stringer was largest one-day weight he’s ever achieved.

Caleb Sumrall (left) and Jamie Arceneaux landed 15.82 pounds today to clinch the victory in the 2014 Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship held in conjunction with the Louisiana Sportsman Show. Sumrall, Areceneaux hold on to win Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship
4587 Views - Posted: March 16 at 6:12 pm

Caleb Sumrall and Jamie Arceneaux plucked more than 20 pounds out of Lake Dauterive yesterday to take the first-day lead of the Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship, and they returned there today to seal the victory and collect the $12,000 first-place prize.

“We did exactly the same thing (as we did yesterday),” Sumrall said. “We were flipping shallow banks.”

Caleb Sumrall (left) and Jamie Arceneaux turned in a 20.57-pound, five-fish stringer Saturday to take the lead after Day 1 of the Louisiana Open Bass Championship. Sumrall, Arceneaux lead after Day 1 of Louisiana Open Bass Championship
5518 Views - Posted: March 15 at 6:51 pm

Caleb Sumrall wasn’t particularly optimistic about his chances at the Louisiana Open Bass Championship, but a five-fish, 20.57-pound stringer Saturday with partner Jamie Arcenaux has the team in first place after Day 1 at Doiron’s Landing in Stephensville.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Randy Howell of Alabama jumped from 11 places today to win the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville. Howell wins 2014 Bassmaster Classic
3025 Views - Posted: February 23 at 8:13 pm

Alabama’s Randy Howell had only two B.A.S.S. wins to his credit when his twelfth Bassmaster Classic competition began on Friday. He went into today’s final round in 11th place, 9 pounds behind the leader.

No one, including Howell really thought he had a shot.

“I didn’t expect to have the chance to win after the first day, and especially after yesterday,” Howell said.

But he whacked the bass today, putting 29 pounds, 2 ounces on the scales to seal the 2014 Bassmaster Classic championship and pocketing the $300,000 first-place prize.

Edwin Evers didn't have many bites on the second day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, but he managed just enough to claim the lead in the tournament. Evers claims Bassmaster Classic Day 2 lead by 1 ounce
1939 Views - Posted: February 22 at 7:57 pm

Oklahoma’s Edwin Evers was the last to weigh in during the second day of the Bassmaster Classic, and when the scales settled he had claimed the lead of the so-called Superbowl of Fishing — but just barely.

Emcee Dave Mercer announced Evers needed 20 pounds, 9 ounces to claim the lead, and that’s exactly what the scales read.

The stringer brought Ever’s two-day weight to 47 pounds, 6 ounces.

Randall Tharp lost almost two hours of fishing time when his motor went down, but he still manages to hold the lead in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Tharp falls to second in Bassmaster Classic by 1 ounce
882 Views - Posted: February 22 at 6:59 pm

Randall Tharp is known for his cool demeanor, but the second day of the Bassmaster Classic was almost more than he could take.

He went into the day leading the event. That’s enough pressure to try an angler.

But what really affected Tharp’s game plan was when his outboard went down early, costing him nearly 2 hours of fishing time while he was towed to a ramp to have his gear case repaired.

And he lost the lead in the event, falling a mere ounce behind Day 2 leader Edwin Evers.

Cliff Crochet was in much better spirits after his second weigh-in of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, during which he weighed in 23 pounds, 15 ounces. Crochet rebounds on second day of Bassmaster Classic  Video Included
2843 Views - Posted: February 22 at 5:39 pm

When Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet struggled to log a 51st place spot in the first day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, he said he was going to go out today and have fun.

He accomplished that feat — and weighed in five bass worth 23 pounds, 15 ounces that pushed him WAY up in the rankings. However, his Classic still ended because he just missed the Top 25 cut.

Unfortunately, Pierre Part's Cliff Crochet didn't get to hoist a big stringer at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, but he said he'll go out and have fun fishing the second day of the event. Crochet struggles during first day of Bassmaster Classic
1983 Views - Posted: February 21 at 11:09 pm

Cliff Crochet was stoked about his second Bassmaster Classic, but thing fell apart quickly when competition began today on Lake Guntersville in Alabama.

“I caught two (bass), swung a little early on a swim bait bite and missed one on a ChatterBait,” Crochet said.

When it was time to head to the weigh-in stand, he had only two fish that combined for 7 pounds, 5 ounces. That put him into 51st place going into the second round of competition.

Randall Tharp is leading the 2014 Bassmaster Classic after the first day, and he's confident there are plenty of fish for him to maintain and even extend his lead. Tharp leads after first day of Bassmaster Classic
1710 Views - Posted: February 21 at 8:38 pm

Randall Tharp said local knowledge was one of the keys to his 27-pound, 8-ounce showing today that put him in lead of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.

“The fish are in some places I haven’t seen them in five to seven years,” the Florida pro said. “Every time I fish a tournament here this time of year, I make a point to check these places — and the fish haven’t been there in years.”

But in his fall practice he found the fish were stacked up.

Pierre Part's Cliff Crochet, who fishes the Bassmaster Elite Series, is part of a video highlighting some of the things overheard at every bass tournament. Those things pro bass fishermen say  Video Included
3532 Views - Posted: December 09, 2013 at 6:00 am

Tournament bass anglers speak their own, unique dialect. From talking about missed fish to bemoaning lockjaw, it's sometimes funny to hear them. Especially when those sayings are replayed in isolation.

And they're heard over and over during every stop on a tournament trail — no matter how small or large the circuit.

Brendan Bayard of Baton Rouge was named the 2013 Overall Angler of the Year on the IFA Kayak Tour, presented by Hobie Fishing. Baton Rouge's Bayard wins IFA Kayak Tour Angler of the Year Award
3383 Views - Posted: November 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

Brendan Bayard won the 2013 Overall Angler of the Year Award for the Inshore Fishing Association Kayak Tour presented by Hobie Fishing.

First-place finishers Anthony Gagliano Jr., left, and Mike Mazariegos show off their winning reds at the IFA Redfish Tour Championship event in Houma. Texas pair wins 2013 IFA Redfish Tour Championship in Houma
5156 Views - Posted: October 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm

After two days of fishing, one-hundredth of a pound was all that separated first- and second-place at the Inshore Fishing Association’s Redfish Tour Championship in Houma last weekend.

IFA Kayak Tour Championship winner Steve Lessard, left, and overall IFA Kayak Angler of the Year Brendan Bayard show off their trophies at the IFA Championship held in Houma last week. Geismar's Lessard wins IFA Kayak Tour Championship in Houma
4530 Views - Posted: October 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

With a two-day total of 114.38 inches, Steve Lessard of Geismar beat out 41 other anglers and won the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship presented by Hobie Fishing.