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Robert Carlile: A river lesson

If you’ve got your eyes open, every new day brings new lessons in life, whether you are dealing with politics, food, fishing or just about anything. This past weekend, Ouachita River anglers got a lesson in perseverance, patience and confidence from a visiting Oklahoma fisherman. Robert Carlile won the American Crappie Trail Ouachita River National … Continue reading

Carlile wins Ouachita ACT

Robert Carlile sure knows how to get the most out of a broken trolling motor! The Pryor Creek, Oklahoma angler fished alone and beat the rest of the 70 man field in the American Crappie Trail qualifier on the Ouachita River the past two days. Carlile caught 13.10 pounds Friday and 14.87 Saturday to take … Continue reading

Whopper crappie, by Josh

Hurricane Laura blows through. Half of northeast Louisiana is affected and thousands are without power and water. The American Crappie Trail goes on with their National Qualifier on the Ouachita River Friday. And the catch was amazing. No Joshin’. No, I’m not Joshin’ — but the Day One leaders were. Renowned Oklahoma crappie guide Josh … Continue reading

River will be a challenge

Fishermen will have plenty of time today to read all this, because they won’t be able to fish much today in the last day of practice for this week’s American Crappie Trail tournament on the Ouachita River out of Monroe’s Forsythe Boat Dock. And that reading part is contingent on if they have electricity or … Continue reading

ACT facing interesting week

Okay, crappie anglers. It’s time to check your hooks, line and sinkers. And, oh yes, your bilge pumps. Bilge pumps? American Crappie Trail tournament director isn’t surprised at anything these days. Driving down to Louisiana to put on this week’s ACT National Qualifier on the Ouachita River Friday and Saturday, Morgan is seeing at least … Continue reading

The news you need

I can hardly watch the television news or read the newspapers anymore. And if it weren’t for Facebook, so many stories would never even surface. But you have to be careful with that, too, because the facts aren’t always facts and the people who run Fakebook cannot be trusted. So where’s the news you need? … Continue reading

Where did the doves, hunters go?

Will the great desire to get outdoors during the pandemic and hopes for bigger populations of doves increase the number of dove hunters in 2020? Will groups even be able to enjoy the “social” aspect of opening day group hunts? Nobody knows the answer to that, but we do know this: Louisiana’s dove season opens … Continue reading

No football? Uh oh…

It’s a testy time, for sure. And here’s something else to worry about. The next week to 10 days, we should find out when, or if, there will be any sort of football season this year. I’ve gotta tell you, we better start making some contingency plans just in case there is not. And it … Continue reading

Thank you

Every prayer should start with a “Thank You” to God for our blessings. Even on a challenging day or one where it seems that nothing is going right, God’s blessings are still there, large and small. The the hope of Eternal Life can overcome any of today’s challenges. “So do not fear, for I am … Continue reading

Duck talk already?

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended a two-zone, two-split East-West boundary option for the 2021-25 waterfowl hunting seasons to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) during its August meeting Thursday (Aug. 6) in Baton Rouge. It’s a change from three zones — which included a COASTAL ZONE the past several years. … Continue reading

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