Bass fishing terrific in lower Terrebonne, but tickets being issued _lowres

Photo provided by JIM BREAUX Fresh from a second-place finish in July's Bassmaster High School National Championship, Cade Fortenberry from Prairieville shows off two among his five-bass limit he caught during Saturday's monthly Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Denham Springs tournament held from Adam's Landing. Fortenberry won the 15-18 year-old age group with a 10.33-pound catch to edge Bassmaster High School champion Alex Henitze from Denham Springs. Heintze's five bass weighed 8.78 pounds. Fortenberry teamed with Braden Blanchard, and Justin Watts was Heintze's fishing partner in the high school tournament held on Kentucky Lake in late July. The majority of the 35 youngsters competing in last weekend's youth competion weighed five-bass limits.

While the bass-catching action is terrific in the marshes south of Gibson, launching from Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, word is be careful where you attempt to catch those hungry largemouths.

Fishermen called in earlier this week saying misdemeanor criminal trespass tickets were written for as many as eight boats in ponds off popular fishing locations as the Bluebird Canal, among others, mostly on waters claimed to be posted by Continental Land and Fur.

The full story on these incidents isn’t written yet, but know that tickets were issued and fines could run into the hundreds of dollars. The matter is in the hands of Terrebonne Parish District Attorney Joseph Waitz Jr.

Tickets are being written in ponds, off canals, even in areas where there are no “posted” signs around access points from the canals into the ponds.

Youngsters on ’em

Cade Fortenberry turned the tables on Alex Heintze in Saturday’s Junior Southwest Bassmasters tournament held from Adams Landing. Remember in July when Heintze teamed with Justin Watts to claim the Bassmaster High School National title on Kentucky Lake? Fortenberry, with teammate Braden Blanchard, finished second to give Louisiana a 1-2 finish in the country’s most prestigious bass event for high school anglers.

Fortenberry won Saturday, with five bass weighing 10.33 pounds to beat Heintze’s second-place, 8.78-pound total.

That was only part of the story of the Denham Springs-based club event: It seems the headlines the two teams made at nationals spurred a record turnout for Saturday’s monthly tournament. Jim and Cindy Breaux reported 35 youngsters fished in the three age groups, and 33 showed up Sunday for a make-up event for the postponed April tournament.

There were 10 five-bass limits Saturday among the top three places in each age group and in the Adult Division.

Most of the fish were caught on frogs early, spinner baits, punching grass and Texas-rigged soft plastics during the day. Jim Breaux reported an almost equal number of boats launched from the Belle River and Atchafalaya Spillway ramps at Adams’, and that topwaters early and deep-diving crankbaits later in the morning produced on the Belle River side (south of the landing) and soft-plastic crawfish lures worked on Spillway bass.

In much deeper water

Charlie Caplinger’s report from the 43rd New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament showed a terrific catch-and-release of 10 blue marlin and two white marlin when all was said and done at Port Eads.

The 29-boat fleet from Texas to Alabama enjoyed excellent offshore Louisiana conditions ... and found a rip-line holding fish 57 miles south of South Pass.

The best story coming from the four-day bluewater-a-thon came from Gino Rendeiro, and his boat “Voodoo.” Rendiero gave up the Voodoo’s catch when they missed the weigh-in and catch-and-release tally to assist another tournament boat with what Caplinger describes as “mechanical issues.”

Added hours on the pier

The folks running the St. Tammany Fishing Pier have extended fishing hours to midnight every day the pier is open.

It means hours are 7 a.m.-midnight Wednesday through Sunday. The pier is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Fishermen of an age who need a license must have a current state fishing license. There’s a $1 fee to walk the pier and a $3 fee to fish. There’s no fee for children 11 and younger. Wednesday’s fee is $1 for active duty and retired military and senior citizens. The pier is located at 54001 East Howze Beach Road just off Interstate 10 near Slidell. For details see website: or call (985) 649-1922.

Don’t ride the Comite

Five men between the ages of 21 and 46 were cited this week for riding ATVs in the Comite River in violation of the state’s Scenic Rivers’ regulations. They face fines of $250-$500 and possible jail time.