Summertime and the living is easy. It’s been a season of tortuous heat so far this year, with no end in sight. Most hotspots in the Deep South are recording triple-digit heat on a most uncomfortable basis. There’s not much you can do but grin and bear it.
Pick your spots when you’re outside and exposed to the sauna-like temperatures. The wise fisherman ventures out very early or very late to survive and fish another day.
Brittany Crochet packed up the kids and fishing gear and this trip was on. Fifteen-year-old Justus Matthews was on summer vacation and itching to get his line stretched. They eased up to a private pond near home, and went into bank fishing mode.
Brittany broke the ice with two small bass. That spurred Justus on. He worked the bank like a seasoned pro and was about to be rewarded.
A toilet flush strike was followed by a solid hook set, and the fight was on. Justus wore the bass down and expertly beached it on high ground. It was a monster largemouth!
His trophy bass would barely fit in the ice chest, and that, of course, is a good thing. Ever so often, Justus would open the lid just to make sure his big bass was still there. This fish will always represent his great summer adventure and the best fishing trip ever!
It’s hotter than blazes, but the fish still have to eat. Dale Nash headed south to beautiful Lake Amistad on the Mexican border. Amistad is making a comeback to its bass-fishing glory days, and Dale was glad just to be there. His top muy grande pescado weighed in at nine pounds, two ounces.
Toledo Bend has lived up nicely to its reputation as the hottest bass fishing spot in the good old USA. Cody Fusilier headed north and was glad he did. His top bass on a productive trip weighed in at a whopping eight pounds and ten ounces.
Brent Lindsey headed west from Orange, Texas, in search of a lunker bass. He launched at Sam Rayburn Lake, and it did not take long. He reared back and set the hook firmly as a lunker boiled his bait. He was at a stalemate with a healthy, drag-stripping fish that had no give-up. He eventually netted a seven-pound, four-ounce hawg that made this trip all worthwhile.
Lacassine Reserve was the spot. Douglas Mallett was bank fishing and armed with a good supply of lively crickets. The white perch couldn’t resist the tasty crickets and Douglas was all smiles. The heat was hot, but when the perch are biting, you have to hang in there. It’s a rule!
There’s one other option available for dealing with Louisiana’s smothering heat. This is why air conditioning was invented. What better way to beat the heat than staying inside and soaking up some cool air? Pictured are little Byrley boys Eli and Brody, who know better than to fight the intense heat Louisiana is famous for. These youngsters have learned their lessons well and will emerge later when the sun is setting and everything is way more cool. Photo courtesy of Grandpa Jeff Byrley.