Big Bass

Lenten dinner trip results in 11-pound bass

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. 

That was proved Feb. 16 when Elton’s Phillip Durio arrived at Toledo Bend expecting his dad to have caught enough bass for a Lenten dinner that Friday evening.

When he jumped aboard to lend a helping hand, what started as an attempt just to catch a few keepers for the table ended with a shocked Durio fighting a huge bass weighing 11.67 pounds — from a dock.

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Bass Fishing

Basin bass already moving to post-spawn pattern

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.”

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Big Bass

Cane River gives up 13-pound bass

The weather was miserable leading up to Sunday’s Good Ole Boys Bass Club tournament on Cane River, with a cold front moving dropping the temps from 67 to 44 degrees that morning.

But that huge change didn’t stop a 13-pound bass from swallowing Jeremy Treadway’s jig.

“We were hugging and high-fiving,” the Centerpoint angler said of the aftermath of the catch. “People on both sides (of the lake) heard us.”

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Bass Fishing

Best bets for Upper-Basin bass

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.

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Bass Fishing

Basin low, bass gearing up for spawn

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.

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Bass Fishing

Bass basics

Pousson readily admitted that the Mermentau is home to river bass, and a keeper fish here averages 1 ½ to 2 pounds.

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