The list of good places to fish on the Cane River in Natchitoches is long. You’ve got miles of shoreline reeds, scattered brush tops, a plethora of boat docks, grass beds, lily pad fields and combinations of all those. And that goes on for 30 miles (60 total miles of shoreline if you count both banks).
Bass fishing as a professional sport conjures up images of sparkly boats with huge motors, and anglers standing on a stage showing off tournament fish that will soon be released. Often they have traveled to specific lakes and run many miles in their speedy boats to get to the fish.
In 2013, I moved my family to an established neighborhood that sits nestled on the prettiest river in Louisiana and maybe even North America. The Tchefuncte River is a place that looks like what Ray Scott, Doug Hannon and Bill Dance would construct if they put their minds together and built the perfect bass fishery.
A day before last week’s deluge, I hit the Tchefuncte River system with Jeff Bruhl, a Madisonville resident who has been fishing the waterway since Lyndon B. Johnson was president.
Foolishly, I agreed to a one-boat challenge pitting myself against Bruhl to see who could land the heaviest cumulative weight of a single spotted bass (called Kentuckys locally), single crappie and single largemouth bass.
Some days nothing goes right on the water — and that’s when most of us throw in the towel and head home. But perhaps we sholud just ignore all the problems and go fishing.
“The depth finder quit, and the trolling motor burned up — what’re you going to do?” Groves, Texas, angler Larry Mallet said of his trip to Toledo Bend on Sunday (March 4).
Well, instead of heading to the house, he and buddy Rick Sonnier decided they’d just drift some Housen Bay flats.
And that’s where Mallet caught his second 12-pound Toledo Bend lunker.
After years of coming so close — including catching an 8.3-pounder just three weeks ago — Broc Corcoran got the shock of his life Monday afternoon when he reeled in a certified 9.3-pound lunker near Scout’s Island that broke the record and became the biggest largemouth bass ever caught in New Orleans City Park.