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Catching Big Bass No Accident

The early morning call from Jay was a little unexpected as I had not heard from him in over a year. “News travels slowly up here, but Lisa just told us about your Mom. Our neighbo... — Updated 1/26/2021


Colder weather making it tough

“I think we can get the boat in the water, but I don’t know if we can get it out,” said Cade Sensat as he and his fishing partner, Gail Livingston, took one more look before... — Updated 1/12/2021


Trophy Fish No Accident

Okay….you only have 359 days left in 2021 to catch the largest bass of your life and you are burning one of them today. The game changed for bass fishermen in 1986 when limits were reduced to protect the resource and ever since... — Updated 1/5/2021


Mother Nature Being Overly Kind

More often than not, the joy of receiving a new rod and reel for Christmas is somewhat diminished by inclement weather that is not conducive to spending even a few minutes on the water. That, however, has not been the case of late... — Updated 12/29/2020


Merry Christmas To All

Unfortunately, I don’t know that I have ever had a more inclusive idea as to what is going on both here on Sabine Lake and Toledo Bend than I do right now.Thanks to Covid, however... — Updated 12/22/2020


Bobcat Anglers Top Field

If you are headed to the lake this weekend and you are looking for a hot tip, you would be hard pressed to do any better than talking with Tyler Shearin or Kameryn Henderson. The... — Updated 12/15/2020


Roberts brothers win final Kayak event

The Upper Coast Kayak Association hosted the final event of their One Fish Wonder Series out of The Salt Club on Pleasure Island and the winner came as no surprise to the rest of... — Updated 12/8/2020


Roberts Brothers Win Final Kayak Event

The Upper Coast Kayak Association hosted the final event of their One Fish Wonder Series out of The Salt Club on Pleasure Island and the winner came as no surprise to the rest of the field. Each competitor is allowed to weigh in... — Updated 12/8/2020


A Good Report Way Over Due

“Meet Bill and I at that little boat ramp in Bridge City at 3:00 and bring your waders. ”I didn’t even know who sent the text, but the unexpected message merited a return... — Updated 11/24/2020


Getting It Done Quickly

LCM bass clubbers, Dakota Posey and Brendon Brones, teamed up to take care of business early last Saturday. Their third place finish on Sam Rayburn qualified them for the FLW National High School Championship tournament set for... — Updated 11/17/2020


Yet Another Choice

My thoughts were somewhere between wrestling the remaining two broken 4X4 fence posts out of the ground in the back yard and purchasing tickets for Friday’s game when my slow retrieve came to an abrupt halt. The only question as... — Updated 11/10/2020


Fregia-Tindel Get It Done

LSCO, area sponsors and everyone associated with the college’s bass fishing team have to be excited about the performance of two of their own in last weekend’s Bassmaster Nation... — Updated 11/3/2020


Bears Bring Home A Check

Congratulations to Nellie Stephens Miller and her LCM high school bass fishing team on their performance in last weekend’s National High School championship on Kentucky Lake. While the fishing conditions could not have been more... — Updated 10/27/2020


Cork Is Hard To Beat

Larry Sellers and his wife, Loraine, were drifting a short stretch of Louisiana shoreline and was obvious that Larry was more than a little frustrated as he closed the distance between our boats on his troll motor. “It isn’t... — Updated 10/20/2020


Bites Changes A Little

If you were one of the few that stayed home and rode out Laura, you probably considered Hurricane Delta to be little more than a pre-game warm-up. That is not to say that it wasn’t a little scary at times, but the loss of power... — Updated 10/13/2020


Which Way To Go

What a difference a week can make. “Last Monday I was hoping I could catch a few decent bass in the bayou or maybe a redfish or two in Coffee Ground Cove,” said Jarrod James, ... — Updated 10/6/2020


Catching Is Heating Up

Five years ago, the picture of Jay and Donnie Williams” recent catch would not have warranted a second look, but that was five years ago and things have changed! Immediately following Monday’s brief downpour, the cousins decide... — Updated 9/29/2020


Just What We Needed

It’s Tuesday morning and you would be hard pressed to find a single Orange County resident that isn’t at least a little concerned as to what Beta will do before moving on.Not... — Updated 9/22/2020


Catching Continues To Improve

I was not surprised by the pods of dead shad we saw floating in both Cow and Adams Bayou following Hurricane Laura, but two texts and a short video I received regarding the dead fish in the Nibletts Bluff-West Bluff area were very... — Updated 9/15/2020


Short But Pertinent

What a week!Depending on where you live in the Orange area, Laura was rated somewhere between a minor inconvenience and a disaster.Having lost part of the roof, two bedrooms, a... — Updated 9/8/2020


2020 Championship Up For Grabs

“The line at the boat launch was even longer than expected and Paul and I just pulled over on the side and started getting things in order so that we wouldn’t hold anyone... — Updated 8/18/2020


Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

“I am hoping they let the kids back in school and at least a few of these folks have to go home,” said Johnny Hughes.The Toledo Bend resident added, “I built my first camp up here in 1970 and I cannot ever recall the lake... — Updated 8/11/2020


Fishing demands cautious approach

“Either we are fishing in the wrong place or we are the only people on the lake,” said Ray Bayliss on a very hot afternoon last week.I feared when it rained earlier in the day... — Updated 8/4/2020



Larry Roman held up a hand-sized goggle eye for me to admire before slipping it in his livewell.“If I didn’t know better I would think we were just fishing a four-inch piece of... — Updated 7/28/2020



I can't imagine that we will see another 12.4-pound bass caught this summer, but Toledo Bend did give up at least two more double digit fish this past week.Both fish were caught in... — Updated 7/21/2020


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