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Basin producing huge bream

It’s been at least 25 years since my younger brother Greg, my dad Allen and I fished together. So it was an even bet whether or not we’d all survive the trip when we loaded up Monday morning to make a bream-fishing trip to the Atchafalaya Basin.

Three Crawfords on 17 feet of Cajun Special can be a scary thing.

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July 21 at 8:17 pm
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Wildman

Raymond Joseph “Joey” Fonseca Jr. is a complex man. By vocation, the 61-year-old is a commercial fisherman. By avocation he can be called an articulate philosopher of the wilds.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Gonzales angler catches 8-pound-plus Basin lunker

When Corey Wheat stopped to fish a small knockout in the lower end of the Atchafalaya Basin Sunday afternoon during the Ascension Area Anglers tournament, he was planning on quickly working the area and staying on the move.

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July 01 at 11:28 am
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Mister Twister’s Magnum Sin-Sation

What soft-plastic creature bait has an oversized, curved, a wide tail, an hour glass-shaped body lined with air pockets and distinctive wings that remind so many veteran bass anglers of a popular Mister Twister soft plastic first introduced in 1976?

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June 16 at 9:00 am
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Best locations

When the water is falling in the Atchafalaya River in conjunction with the spawning months of May, June and July, some of the best locations for sunfish action include the spillway out Adams Landing in 30 Inch Canal and surrounding Shell Field, Lake Verret, American Lake, Duck Lake, Flat Lake and Grassy Lake.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Grass game plan — Pro tactics for fishing vegetation for bass

It’s that time of year when homeowners swell with pride as neighbors, guests and passersby pass out compliments.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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When the water’s right — Bream-fishing tactics for the Atchafalaya Basin

Hunched over my computer, deep in thought, I was interrupted by one of the young men from the engineering department. Michael Broussard is an avid sac-a-lait fisherman who also chases chinquapins, bluegills and goggle eyes during the summer.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Mother's Day canoe trip in Atchafalaya Basin near Ramah ends in bee attack

When John Biscoe took his wife and two young sons jug-lining Sunday morning near the Ramah boat launch, he was planning on a relaxing Mother’s Day outing with the family.

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May 14 at 9:57 am
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Bayou Sorrel boat launch improvements completed in Iberville Parish

A $765,177 dollar boat launch improvement project on Bayou Sorrel in Iberville Parish is getting good reviews from boaters and fishermen using the new site, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

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May 08 at 4:03 pm
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Atchafalaya Basin bass action slowing down post-spawn

The bulk of the spawn appears to be over in the Atchafalaya Basin, but anglers are still catching bass in the Bayou Pigeon area, according to a local angler.

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April 04 at 1:24 pm
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Candy from a baby — Best crappie-fishing tactics

Zounds! This guy is good.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Sumrall, Arceneaux lead after Day 1 of Louisiana Open Bass Championship

Caleb Sumrall wasn’t particularly optimistic about his chances at the Louisiana Open Bass Championship, but a five-fish, 20.57-pound stringer Saturday with partner Jamie Arcenaux has the team in first place after Day 1 at Doiron’s Landing in Stephensville.

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March 15 at 6:51 pm
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Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Back to the Basin

Sportsman TV ventures into the Atchafalaya Basin as Greg Hackney pursues largemouth bass in advance of the Louisiana Bass Championship Open this weekend in Stephensville. 

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March 13 at 6:00 am
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Marsh Punch-out — How to punch grass mats for big bass

Back in 2009 during the Bassmaster Central Open held in the Atchafalaya Basin, Elite Series angler and local favorite Cliff Crochet punched grass mats to earn his first trip to the Classic.

The Pierre Part pro proved the technique, when employed correctly and used under the right conditions, can be a deadly tactic for putting weight on the scale. 

Basically fishing in his own backyard, Crochet employed the tactic with precision in the waters he grew up on. He used a heavy tungsten weight, a flipping hook and braided line — all basic elements required to punch grass for lunker bass.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Basin bass on verge of spawn

Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet spent all last week either practicing for or competing in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic held on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.

And all he could think about after the final-day weigh-in was pitching to cypress trees in his home waters within the Atchafalaya Basin.

So after a single day of rest — which included the six-hour drive home — Crochet launched out of Belle River Landing Tuesday morning and headed into the thick of the Basin.

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February 26 at 5:15 pm
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Statewide crappie recap: Atchafalaya Basin

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first article in an online series on hot crappie spots across the state that originally appeared in Louisiana Sportsman magazine. Today's article features information on the Atchafalaya Basin.

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February 26 at 11:00 am
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