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LOTSA LUNKERS: Lunker program showcases the quality of Texas’ top muscle lake

Texas is home to a number of top-notch bass lakes, but Toledo Bend Reservoir along the Texas/Louisiana border has been so hot in recent times that it has pretty much stolen the show from a long line of heavy hitters with rich histories for producing big bites.

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Sunday 05/29/2016
LOTSA LUNKERS: Lunker program showcases the quality of Texas’ top muscle lake
Posted: May 29, 2016

Texas is home to a number of top-notch bass lakes, but Toledo Bend Reservoir along the Texas/Louisiana border has been so hot in recent times that it has pretty much stolen the show from a long line of heavy hitters with rich histories for producing big bites.

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Sunday 05/22/2016
Huntington’s Combs grabs fourth at Elite Series event
Posted: May 22, 2016

Huntington’s Keith Combs grabbed the highest finish (fourth) of seven Texans on the roster at Bassmaster Elite Series tournament held May 12-15 on Toledo Bend. Combs weighed in 82-11 over four days and collected $15,000. The Top 5 finish helped Combs maintain a grip on the No. 8 spot in the current Angler of the Year standings with 402 points. Louisiana’s Greg Hackney leads with AOY race with 462 points.

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A day with the king: ET angler recounts BASS marshal experience with bass fishing stud VanDam
Posted: May 22, 2016

When Jason Moore learned he was among the 108 marshals chosen to ride shotgun in the Bassmaster Elite Series event held May 12-15 on Toledo Bend Reservoir, he was hopeful that he might get to learn a thing or two about wrangling big bass from the sprawling Texas/Louisiana border lake from some of the best anglers in the business. In looking back, he feels like he got way more of an education than he bargained for.

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Sunday 05/15/2016
Toledo Bend cranks out big limits for Elites
Posted: May 15, 2016

Toledo Bend Reservoir has been on fire with big bass all year long, and the Bassmaster Elite Series field got a good feel for the heat during the opening round of the A.R.E. Truck Caps event that got underway on May 12.

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CATCHING KERMIT: Longview youth learns to put spot-and-stalk on backyard bullfrogs
Posted: May 15, 2016

Andrew Tutt comes from a long line of hunters and fishermen. And it shows.

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Angler access to Texas rivers continues to improve
Posted: May 15, 2016

AUSTIN — Angler access to Texas rivers continues to improve through a public-private partnership between cooperating landowners and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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Sunday 05/08/2016
Elite Series event coming to Toledo Bend
Posted: May 08, 2016

The Bassmaster Elite Series will be on Toledo Bend May 12-15 for their fifth qualifying event of the current season. The field of 108 bass pros will compete for $100,000 cash and valuable points in the Angler of the Year race, which is currently led by Louisiana’s Greg Hackney with 394 points.

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Big Rack: Upcoming trophy display to showcase top East Texas bucks of 2015-16
Posted: May 08, 2016

Dozens of heads representing some of top-scoring whitetail bucks taken by deer hunters across eastern Texas last season are headed to the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin where they will be on display May 14 as the highlight attraction of the 2016 Texas Big Game Awards Sportsman’s Celebration.

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Sunday 05/01/2016
Defendant pleads guilty in Colorado lion maiming case
Posted: May 01, 2016

According to recent reports from theoutdoorwire.com, the last member of a group of poachers from western Colorado to face trial agreed to plead guilty to eight misdemeanor violations of the federal Lacey Act in U.S. District Court in Grand Junction on April 6. Nathan Simms, 31, of Grand Junction, Colo., will face sentencing in June for his role in what veteran wildlife officers called one of the most disturbing cases they had ever seen.

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Falcon erupts with army of big bags in Bass Champs event
Posted: May 01, 2016

After several years suffering from low water levels, it appears that the bass fishery at Lake Falcon is on the mend, as reflected by recent tournament weights recorded by Bass Champs. The popular team circuit based in Haslet visited the fabled South Texas fishery on April 23, and many anglers found the big ones biting.

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Big Bass = Monster Payday
Posted: May 01, 2016

Tonja Woytasczyk of Tarkington earns a living keeping bad girls corralled at the Lucile Plane Unit in Dayton. On April 22, the Texas Department of Corrections prison guard collared a whale of a largemouth bass on Sam Rayburn Reservoir that was big enough to help her become the first lady angler to ever win a Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash event in the 32-year history of the annual big fish derby.

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Sunday 04/24/2016
Cedar Creek catfish pro guides Cowboys guard to whopper blue cat
Posted: April 24, 2016

Cedar Creek Lake fishing guide Jason Barber has steered his customers to some whopper blue cats over the years. Dallas Cowboys left guard La’el Collins is the latest member to join the club.

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Spring fling: Warming weather brings out big lizards, little lizards and snakes
Posted: April 24, 2016

It’s springtime in East Texas, and that means creepy critters both small and large are merging from their winter sloth to bask in the warm sun and make up for meals that were missed over the past several months. While some of these creatures can be pretty entertaining to look at, unexpected encounters with others can scare the crap out of you.

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Sunday 04/17/2016
Alan Henry back in the SAL mix with 13.13
Posted: April 17, 2016

Amarillo Canyon’s Bruce Butler put Lake Alan Henry back on the Toyota ShareLunker radar on the afternoon of April 13 when he boated a 13.13-pounder from the 2,900-acre Panhandle reservoir near Lubbock. The big bass was reportedly caught on a white jig, according to Tony Owens, hatchery manager at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.

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A Texas ’Classic! East Texas pros weigh in about bass fishing’s Super Bowl coming to Lake Conroe
Posted: April 17, 2016

The Super Bowl of bass fishing is coming to Texas.

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