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Keith Thibodeaux caught this 4-pound bass in the Flat Lake area last month. Atchafalaya Basin bass action slowing down post-spawn
2434 Views - Posted: April 04 at 1:24 pm

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.

Lake Henderson, which sprawls on both sides of Interstate Highway 10, has a variety of productive habitats for Murphy Royer’s favorite fish. Candy from a baby — Best crappie-fishing tactics
687 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Zounds! This guy is good.

Caleb Sumrall (left) and Jamie Arceneaux turned in a 20.57-pound, five-fish stringer Saturday to take the lead after Day 1 of the Louisiana Open Bass Championship. Sumrall, Arceneaux lead after Day 1 of Louisiana Open Bass Championship
5513 Views - Posted: March 15 at 6:51 pm

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.

Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney sets the hook on an Atchafalaya Basin bass in tonight's episode of Sportsman TV, which airs at 6:30 p.m. on CST. Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Back to the Basin
3582 Views - Posted: March 13 at 6:00 am

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. 

Luke Fears with a big largemouth caught punching grass. Marsh Punch-out — How to punch grass mats for big bass
883 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

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.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Basin bass on verge of spawn
3692 Views - Posted: February 26 at 5:15 pm

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.

Target sac-a-lait in the Atchafalaya Basin by fishing fallen trees, starting deep in a canal then moving towards shallower water along the bank. Statewide crappie recap: Atchafalaya Basin
3621 Views - Posted: February 26 at 11:00 am

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.

Cliff Crochet was in much better spirits after his second weigh-in of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, during which he weighed in 23 pounds, 15 ounces. Crochet rebounds on second day of Bassmaster Classic  Video Included
2843 Views - Posted: February 22 at 5:39 pm

When Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet struggled to log a 51st place spot in the first day of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, he said he was going to go out today and have fun.

He accomplished that feat — and weighed in five bass worth 23 pounds, 15 ounces that pushed him WAY up in the rankings. However, his Classic still ended because he just missed the Top 25 cut.

Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney shares his observations on finding current, locating fish and great lures to use in the Atchafalaya Basin when fishing for largemouth bass on tonight's episode of Sportsman TV. Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Bassin' in the Basin
1881 Views - Posted: February 19 at 10:46 am

Watch Cox Sports Television tonight at 6:30 as host Greg Hackney heads into the Atchafalaya in pursuit of some nice Basin bass.

A ruckus of bawling and trailing begins as the beagles get the scent with their noses to the ground. Of hounds and hunters
396 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Sharp is extremely fond of watching his beagles running — to the extent that seeing the dogs work really makes the hunt for him.

“I usually stay with the dogs,” the hunter said. “In fact, I would rather watch them than find a lane to shoot rabbits. want to see what each one is doing, how they’re trailing and how they are braying. I find this especially important when hunting with the younger beagles.

“Since I breed beagles, I am always looking for traits of a better beagle.”

Paul Breaux Bridge hunter finally shoots heavy-horned Atchafalaya Basin 9-pointer
10140 Views - Posted: February 11 at 4:49 pm

For Paul “Tee Paul” Thevenet, tracking down a big 9-point Atchafalaya Basin buck he’d been pursuing for three years became a full-time job starting this past Dec. 15.

Hunter Cody Campbell displays an Indian Bayou Area swamp rabbit he scored on during the hunt. Basin Romp — Rabbit hunting can be productive in the Atchafalaya Basin
734 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

Hunting swamp rabbits with beagles in February is a thrilling social adventure for many Louisiana hunters. In fact, the latest hunting surveys conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries show there are 22,100 rabbit hunters taking an estimated 180,100 rabbits.

And St. Landry’s Anthony Sharp is one of those Louisiana beaglers, and he’s part of at least three generations that have made running rabbits with hounds a family tradition.

“I have been rabbit hunting with beagles all my life,” the 34-year-old hunter said. “My grandfather hunted rabbits with beagles, as well as my father and uncles.”

The author encourages anglers to catch more bass, but not release as many, to grow more lunkers and improve the overall fishery. Catch-and-release hurting bass fishing
7511 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

Old dogs can learn new tricks. Proof of that came in January when the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Mike Wood announced that slot limits should be dropped on six lakes that have been part of the state’s quality-lakes system for more than 20 years.

Kane Adams poses with the 11-pointer he shot in the Atchafalaya Basin on Jan. 15. The buck, which was blind in his left eye, had a rack that sported double split brow tines. Hunter enjoys week-of-a-lifetime in the Atchafalaya Basin
7284 Views - Posted: January 31 at 6:01 am

Three Basin bucks.

Twenty-nine total points.

All in a matter of seven days.

That pretty much sums up the week Kane Adams enjoyed earlier this month on his club's Iberville Parish lease in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Timothy Trahan, 45, of Youngsville, with the 10-point Basin buck he shot on Jan. 8 near Butte La Rose. The deer green scored 158 2/8 inches Boone and Crockett. Youngsville hunter shoots big Atchafalaya Basin 10-pointer
4860 Views - Posted: January 20 at 11:45 am

When a heavy-horned buck walked out of thicket only about 25 yards from his stand in the Atchafalaya Basin earlier this month, Timothy Trahan didn’t rush to take a shot. 

Before committing to their spawning areas, bass will stage on perimeter cover like isolated cypress trees and outside grass points. Where to fish for prespawn bass
610 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet described the prespawn zone as those major stopping points bass utilize before heading into their spawning areas. It’s difficult, he said, to define a specific depth because the range varies by location and habitat.