This episode of Sportsman TV will be sure to get bass fanatics fired up for the spawning season. Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney and Gator Tail owner Kyle Broussard got together for a fishing trip in the Atchafalaya Basin and despite less than ideal conditions, the duo put together a nice bag and a very informative show. […]
After the frigid winter, the expectation when we left the landing Monday morning was that we’d find bass sucked up tight to the banks doing their spawning business.
By the end of the trip, however, only one Atchafalaya Basin bass showed signs that it was waiting to move up to bed.
“Another wave will definitely move up on the next full moon,” New Iberia Bassmaster Elite Series pro Caleb Sumrall said. “But there are a lot of fish that have finished.”
The sprawling Atchafalaya Basin offers bass anglers a lot of playing room, but when Addis angler Darren Hernandez heads to this swamp, he’s likely to be working the waters surrounding Big Bayou Pigeon.
Muddy water greeted me and Bassmaster Elite Series angler Cliff Crochet on Friday (Jan. 26) as we turned off the Intracoastal Waterway and headed deep into the Atchafalaya Basin — and water levels were at rock bottom.
“I’ve caught fish on those trees,” the Pierre Part pro angler said, pointing at a line of cypress standing just outside the waterline.
But by the end of the day, we had eked out a dozen bites and discovered something that could help anglers catch fish in the coming weeks.
After weeks of freezing temperatures, I awoke Saturday to discover mild temperatures and blue-bird skies — and by 8 a.m. I was packing up the boat for a quick trip to Henderson to see if the bass would cooperate.
The four hours I spent on the water proved fish will bite even when water temperatures are below 50 degrees. But it took more than an hour to figure things out.