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T-Roy’s Cast for Kids practice run

When Cast for Kids asked T-Roy to participate this year…of course he said yes. We joined him on the day before during his practice run and he showed us a little bit of the old fashioned patience you need when the fish are giving you trouble.

 

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Secret Texas Bass Fishing Paradise with T Roy

There is a lake with massive bass somewhere in Texas. I mean, we are talking 14 pounders. T-Roy got an invite and he, in turn, invited us. He didn’t land the 14 pounder but with a 30+ pound haul for the day, he’s not complaining. And neither are we.

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Outdoors Passion Fuels T-Roy Broussard

By David A. Brown

Ask him his profession and T-Roy Broussard will tell you he’s a fireman. Truth – he’s served the Port Arthur Department for 25 years, the past decade as Captain. But ask him about his passion and that’s when the colorful details comes surging forward like a bull gator on a short trap line.

Like a deep bowl of filet gumbo, Broussard’s is a life steeped in southern authenticity and seasoned with accolades like the world duck calling championships he won at 13 and 16. Having spent his entire life in southeastern Texas, the hunt for feathered, fury and scaled quarry has infused his very being since he was old enough to walk.

These lessons, the encouragement, the outdoors heritage he so dearly loves; Broussard credits it all to His late father, Donnie Broussard, who built him his first boat at age 7. The 14-foot pirogue with a 4-hp outboard pales in comparison to the 600-hp airboat in which he now traverses the Texas swamps; but for a wide-eyed adventure seeker, it was Huck Finn’s river raft.

“Mom and dad would drop me off in the morning and the only rule I had was to make sure I was back by dark,” Broussard said. “That afforded me the opportunity to learn everything I know about the outdoors at a young age.”

Those experiences would serve him well when Texas reopened alligator hunting in 1984. His dad secured a bunch of tags and built a trapping business that Broussard took over in 2005. Now, his “Texas Swamp Stompers” company, which includes a guiding component, is the state’s largest private gator hunting operation.

In 2012, this hard-earned notoriety attracted an invitation to join the History Channel’s gritty reality show, Swamp People. For two seasons, Broussard added a well-received Texas element to the Louisiana-based show and broadened the intrigue with his no-nonsense brand of gator wrangling.

Broussard would leave reality TV in 2014 to pursue his longstanding dream of turning his lifetime love of bass fishing into a professional angling career. Finishing 10th in the FLW Rayovac Series Texas Division earned him a spot on the FLW Tour – an opportunity he’s now aggressively developing through focused skill development and exhaustive study of the nation’s top fisheries.

“I’m getting to live the dream by fishing against guys who are my heroes,” Broussard said. “I’m like a little kid in the candy store, but at the same time, I have a platform to share my personal faith and encourage others to enjoy hunting and fishing with their family.”

Broussard’s biggest bass weighed 11 pounds, 14 ounces. His biggest gator went nearly 13 1/2 feet. For success with a rod and reel, Broussard follows the same principles that have guided 32 years of gator-catching:

 

  • Devote the time and energy to build success from the ground-up.
  • Start and finish the job 150 percent committed.
  • Maintain the physical ability to do the work and the mental toughness to focus on the objective.

 

Broussard’s No. 1 rule of gator hunting: “Never, ever wrap the line around your hand or step on the coil. There’s no one on this earth that can stop an alligator when he runs.”

That being said, Broussard once stumbled and fell onto a lively 10-footer and escaped relatively unscathed. That’s not sensationalism; it’s not boast. It’s T-Roy Broussard every minute of every day, regardless of who’s watching.

That’s what it takes to challenge grown gators, walk into burning buildings and spend long, lonely days on the road with the sole intent of getting home to his wife Dana and 6-year-old daughter Mallory.

That’s a man with the strength of body and mind to handle tough jobs; yet the kindness of heart and soulful sincerity to gladly use his position to educate and encourage others to share his love for the great outdoors – ideally, without the falling on gators thing.

 

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Video: T-Roy’s Tackle Box

Ever wonder what is in a bass pro’s tackle box. T-Roy flips the lid on his to show his Strike King arsenal.

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Video: T-Roy Broussard Bass Tips – Blacken the Braid

In crystal clear water, fish can see a braided line. In this video, T-Roy share his hack to outsmart them.

Check out T-Roy’s other Tips and Hacks as well:

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Change Up Your Lure

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Video: T-Roy Broussard Bass Tips – Change Up Your Lure

Just because they stopped biting doesn’t mean they aren’t there. In this Tip/Hack video, pro reeler T-Roy Broussard talks about why it’s important to “change it up” when your line goes quiet.

Watch for more Tips and Hacks from T-Roy this week. Also check out our day with T-Roy on the Sabine River system and our recent profile on him.

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Video: On The Sabine River System with T-Troy Broussard

This fall, T-Roy took us out to the Sabine River System and we got the video to prove it. But in case you missed it the first time, we decided to drop it again to close out our last week of bass week. And look out for more tips and hacks from T-Roy throughout the week.

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T-Roy got to hang with Mark Davis and his son at the Forrest Wood Cup

T-ROY GOT TO HANG WITH MARK DAVIS AND HIS SON AT THE FORREST WOOD CUP