Louisiana anglers take highway to Henderson
ATHENS, Ala. – The Louisiana South Division 13 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its second tournament of the season March 1, 2014, on Lake Henderson near Henderson, La.
The competitors will launch at the Interstate 10 Landing east of Henderson. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Feb. 28. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=824.
To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. In addition, ABA members enjoy these other these other benefits:
- No more dual membership to fish the Weekend Bass Series.
- No more credit card processing fees for tournament entries.
- Liability insurance requirements have been reduced to an acceptable level for weekend anglers.
- Increased payback at divisional events from 20 percent of the field to 25 percent of the field.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers competing in this tournament will need a Louisiana fishing license. For Louisiana fishing license information, see www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/fishing or call 888-765-2602.
In addition to cash prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and WBS events throughout the season may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.
As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.
Probably more people see Lake Henderson in the Atchafalaya Basin than any other lake in Louisiana as they drive along Interstate 10 between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The Atchafalaya River creates the 120-mile-long by 18 mile-wide Atchafalaya Basin, the longest river-bottom swamp in North America.
From the I-10 causeway, drivers see a maze of stumps, weeds and other structure. Anglers may fish flats barely a foot deep or 30-foot drops in natural lakes. Canals dug by oil companies hold water 12 to 20 feet deep. Texas Canal runs parallel to and just north of I-10. Amoco Canal runs through Henderson Lake from the levee area and connects with Texas Canal. The Boulevard Canal runs parallel to the levee along the western shoreline and connects several landings to the southern flats.
Another canal, built to permit barges to haul concrete spans and supplies for workers building the interstate causeway runs under and between the two elevated highway spans and can hold some fish. Many anglers flip baits against the large, round concrete pilings as if fishing flooded timber if they can tolerate the noise of 18-wheelers rumbling over their heads.
Other anglers may seek deep water in a quieter environment. Several bayous and flooded natural lakes connect with the Henderson area. Lake Pelba and Lake Bigeaux cross perpendicular to I-10. North of I-10, anglers find abundant cypress trees, deep drop-offs and tributaries holding good bass populations.
Work wooded shorelines with stump-knocking crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Throw into the shade along the bank and work baits out over drop-offs or along fallen trees. At the drop-offs or grassy edges, bounce watermelon red, red shad, black and blue, grape or tequila sunrise worms, lizards or jigs.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.