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“Now that’s a hammer there,” rumbled the 35-year-old man as he closed the boat in on a turbo-sized bullfrog sitting on a rare piece of exposed bank.
The amphibian was so big it looked like one of those concrete frogs city folks use to decorate their lawns.
The Atchafalaya River is influenced by the Gulf of Mexico tide, and that affects water movement far into the swamps.
If you had to pick one lure to use this summer to stack up Atchafalaya Basin bass, which would you pick. A worm? A jig.
Well, if you didn’t think “crankbait,” you might be missing the boat.
The absolutely transparent water churned with fish.
It was like a giant aquarium.
The slightly-built, heavily suntanned 50-year-old man threw another handful of macaroni into the seething mass of Bermuda chubs and mangrove snappers.
You betcha — macaroni.
Beginning this Saturday, bass anglers in the Atchafalaya River Basin will once again have a 10-fish daily creel limit, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The rest of the nation is about to find out what pretty much everyone in Louisiana already knows: Toledo Bend Reservoir is the No. 1 bass fishery in the land.
Johnny Broussard’s great passion is fishing for goujon with a rod and reel.
All Johnny Broussard’s friends describe him as a man of the swamp.
“I met him in the swamp,” his good friend David Meyers said. “That’s because that’s where he always is.”
Actually, he isn’t always in the swamp. The slender, athletic, square-jawed Cajun with the mischievous twinkle in his blue eyes owns and operates Johnny’s Custom Paint in Broussard.
Charles Johnson grew up as a country boy fishing bream. He cut his own cane poles from creek cane (bamboo that had escaped from cultivation).
“All my fishing is kayak fishing,” Dustie Latiolais said with a grin. “I’ve been doing it three years. Cory Werk, who owns Bayou Teche Experience in Breaux Bridge, got me into it.”
Berwick resident Michael Broussard knows a few things about fishing the lower Atchafalaya Basin. It’s like a second home for the naval architect student who works as a draftsman for Conrad Shipyards.
1. Be there when water temperatures are right for the spawn — 68 to 75 degrees.
Beadle has several regions that are easy to get to with short runs from local landings in Berwick and Morgan City.
Aggressive and gluttonous as any schooling fish, chinquapin are hardly picky. Nevertheless, catering to their tastes and preferences will earn you more love.
Here it is — April. Your freezer is empty and you are hankering for fish. Your favorite fishing hole, the fabulous Atchafalaya Basin is overwhelmed with muddy, flood-stage river water.
“Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation,” according to Lois Wyse.
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