By the time December rolls around and the countdown to Christmas really begins, most local bass tournaments and weeknight hawg fights have, by and large, drawn to a close. It can be a transition period for bass fishermen in the southern part of the Atchafalaya Basin, but it can also be an opportunity to land a few of the bigger, quality fish that eluded the weighmaster’s scale during the summer.
Howard Hartley of Morgan City, a 43-year-old angler, honed has honed his skills chasing largemouth bass in the spillway since he was in high school. He fishes year-round, and over the past 20 years, he’s learned a thing or two about bass fishing in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin.
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