Go Big or Go Home
Bass fishing in the southern most stretches of Bayou Lacombe often produces large batches of marsh bass. The only problem is the size of these bass leaves something to be desired. John Zeringue of Denham Springs traveled down to Bayou Lacombe and launched his kayak at the boat launch on Lake Rd. He knew it would be hot so he wanted to get an early start. “I was loaded and on the road for 4:45 a.m. I stopped in at Bayou Adventure for a couple bottles of water and some ice, then down Lake Road to my normal place that I put in,” he says. John started casting towards the shoreline around Glockner’s Camp with a Texas-rigged worm but didn’t get a bite so he made a move. “I decided to head into the marsh to see what was going on there. Still throwing the Texas rig, I picked up a few small 8” bass and a couple bigger ones that stretched over 11 inches that I kept,” Zeringue says. John then noticed larger bass chasing baitfish across the surface and then he had an idea. “I was fishing the edges of the grass with the Texas rig when I saw some shad come flying out of the water with something chasing them. This happened a couple of times before I caught a glimpse of green and knew the bass were chasing shad. I caught a good look at the size of the shad the bass were chasing so I tried on a lipless crank-bait about the same size as the shad,” John says. The decision proved beneficial as the size of the bass improved until he reached his limit. “I ended up catching 8 nicer bass all between 12.6” and 14” and ended my day with my limit of 10 bass,” the satisfied kayak angler says.
No Tide on Bonfouca
Ponchatoula angler Lawrence Lemoine made two separate trips to Bayou Bonfouca and says he has learned one thing about fishing the bayou with no tide. “It was a grind,” he says. Lawrence says on both days there was no pattern to catching the fish. “We were met with little or no tide both days and had to grind on those lock-jawed fish just to make it a good trip. There was no specific pattern, just picking and poking and changing baits a lot to pick up a few fish here and there,” Lemoine says. His totals were 15 bass on Saturday and 10 on Sunday but Lawrence says the bite should get better this week” The fish are there and I do believe when this tide starts moving better, the bass bite should be really good,” he says.
It’s one of the toughest times to fish for sac-a-lait. The summer heat combined with Jet Skis and swimmers make fishing the Tchefuncte tough. Martin Duvic is a sac-a-lait fisherman and says he knows the conditions on the Tchefuncte are tough but being a year-round crappie angler, “When ya gotta go – ya gotta go!” Martin started fishing the tops of fallen trees in the main river using a black and chartreuse jig and ended up with 10 crappie after a hard mornings work. Duvic says he was a bit surprised at the size of the fish for this time of year. “I had to put the net on a couple of big river slabs to get them in the box,” he adds.
Pearl River Team Trails held its tournament at the East Pearl and it was Brock Fallon and Korey Inscoe taking first place by weighing in a 5-fish tournament limit of 13 lbs. The team also won the big fish division with a 3.9 lb. largemouth bass. In second place was the Louis Ritchie with an 8.15 lb. limit. Steve Hadley came in third place bringing in a stringer weighing 8.13 lbs.
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.
Pearl River Team Trails will be holding its next tournament at the East Pearl River on Saturday, September 9th. For more information please contact Charles Dauzat at 985-960-6936.
(Keith Lusher Jr. writes a weekly column. For more info, visit NorthshoreFishingReport.com.Contact Keith at email@example.com.)