Big Bass Explosion
Usually the time to concentrate on catching big bass on the North Shore is the spring when the spawn brings the heavier fish into the shallows. But this past week has seen a spike in the normal weights of bass coming out of the tributaries that pepper the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain. A total of 9 fish were caught within a two-week window that weighed over 5 lbs. each. In the Wednesday Evening Tournament on Bayou Lacombe, the object of the tournament is not to catch 5 bass, but to catch the biggest bass. Josh Troutt was throwing a Chug Bug and ended up caching a 5.24 lb. bass. Over on the Tchefuncte River the same is happening. Paul Paille caught a 6 lb. 11 oz. largemouth that propelled him to victory in the Bass Assassins Tournament. Jason Pittman caught another 5+ lb. fish in the same tournament on the Tchefuncte and says there’s a reason we are seeing the bigger fish being caught right now. “It’s a combination of several things including the river being murky. This time of the year it’s usually crystal clear and those big fish suspend out in the middle of the rivers. The fish feel more comfortable with the muddier water and they’re coming into shallower water. Plus we haven’t had a strong saltwater surge in a couple of years and that helps with vegetation and cover.
Bayou Cane Bass
Todd Oalman has been fishing numerous rivers and bayous across the North Shore and says the best bite right now is on Bayou Cane. Todd made two trips within the last week and limited out on both trips. Bayou Cane is divided into two sections. One being the wooded stretch near the lunch to the north. The other being the marshy stretch as you go south towards the lake. On both trips Todd says the bite came when he was fishing in the marshy area where there were drains coming out of the marsh. “The mother loads came from the deeper bends in the bayou were there was clear water coming out into Cane,” Oalman says. All fish were caught on Texas rigged Shu-Shu Blackenrage Marsh Craws and Saltwater Assassins.
Bass Assassins held it’s tournament on the Tchefuncte River and in first place was Paul Paille who brought in a 5-fish stringer weighing 16 lbs. 15 oz. Paille also caught the big fish of the day, a beautiful 6 lb. 11 oz. lunker largemouth bass. In second was another Tchefuncte veteran, Jason Pittman who weighed a 13 lbs. 6 oz. limit. With the win Jason solidifies his #1 position in the Bayou Country Lures NBS Power Rankings. Eric Ciko came in third with a 10 lb. 1 oz. limit to claim third. The third place victory propels Ciko into the #7 spot in the NBS.
FPBA held it’s tournament at Bayou Lacombe and it was Patrick Engerran that came out on top with a 5-fish stringer that weighed 9.18 lbs. With the win Patrick cracks the top 10 of the NBS Power Rankings. In second was the team of Jason & Trenton Pittman who brought in a 5-fish tournament limit weighing 7.18 lbs. The team also won the big fish award with a 2.60 lb. bass. The team of Chad Babin & Tyler Sterling took third with a limit weighing 6.73 lbs.
Bass Assassins is holding its next tournament at Lock One in Pearl River on Sunday, August 6th. For more information please contact Chris Basey at (985) 707-7857 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FPBA is holding its next tournament at the East Pearl River on Saturday, August 12th. For more information about becoming a member please email email@example.com.
A tournament to benefit Adalyn Mince will be held on September 16th at the North-pass boat ramp in Manchac. The 2 year-old is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. For more information please contact Patrick Engerran at (985) 474-6112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.