Only last week, Gary Stelly and I were talking about night fishing the
full moon on Toledo Bend in November. The major downside is the
potential for arriving at the lake the same time yet another cold front
rolls in.Cold is one thing….cold and a howling north wind is another!

Back in the late seventies and early eighties when everyone with a bass
boat, as well as some without, belonged to a local bass club the more
determined members would opt to fish their monthly tournament at night.I
was guiding full time and had never fished nights past the month of
September anyway, but I knew they were catching bass while the rest of
us were resting up for the following day.

I well remember greeting clients at the dock for a day of fishing the
same time most of those die hard anglers were just returning after
twelve hours of fishing in the dark.At that time, the possibility of
catching a double digit bass wasn’t even a part of the thought process,
but they definitely caught more than their fair share of five to seven
pound bass.

Because surface temperatures were generally in the mid 70’s, basically
every pattern had potential.At the same time folks like Tommy and Mike
Humphrey were wearing out the bass with spinner baits in shallow water,
Joe Barras, along with his patient wife bundled up in a sleeping bag,
was a permanent figure anchored on a deep tree line soaking a lizard in
15 to 20 feet of water.

Those recollections quickly came to mind while talking with Jason and
Paul Sensat.“We couldn’t have timed it any better,” said Jason.“We got
to the lake a little ahead of the front and had we only fished the
evening we arrived it would have been a great trip!”

Jason said they caught fifteen to twenty bass up to five pounds fishing
centipedes rigged Whacky worm style through the lay down grass.“I don’t
know how many times the hit came before I made the first turn on my reel
handle.It was just crazy.”

The bite completely died an hour after dark, however, and they decided
to give deeper water a quick shot rather than call it a night.“We fished
some protected humps that are usually deeper than they are right now and
the bass were there,” said Paul.“We thought we had really figured out
something special until we found them in 12 to 15 feet of water on every
hump we fished.”

“I think they would have hit anything you put in front of their face,
but we stuck with a seven inch lizard and never experimented with
anything else,” added the younger brother. “Jason claimed he pulled off
the lake record, but we never boated anything over six pounds.We could
have both easily weighed in twenty pound stringers.”

The Sensats caught a few bass on a Texas rig, but most of their fish
were caught on a Carolina rig.“I usually fish a half ounce sinker,” said
Jason, “but we got a lot more strikes with a 3/16ths ounce worm
weight.The grass wasn’t very thick and the lighter weight just worked
better.”

They never kept the first bass, but still came home with several future
fish fries in the ice chest.“We took Mom out crappie fishing on her
brush piles this morning and finished with eight bags of filets. She
caught all of the fish,” volunteered Jason.“I ate her homemade cinnamon
rolls and baited her hook while my brother slept!”

I hoped to take advantage of the trout just ahead of the modest wind
shift last Friday, but it proved to be wishful thinking.We had a good
outgoing tide, but the wind and the big rain the day before dirtied up
much of the river and north end of the lake.

The clearer water pouring out of the marsh drains was still holding
bass, redfish and flounder.Fire Tiger crankbaits, Usual Suspect Swim
baits and quarter ounce spinnerbaits with a red shad Bass Assassin Sea
Shad body all worked well.

Hopefully, the front and cooler weather due in Wednesday night will
improve the trout bite.If it doesn’t there isn’t much more Mother Nature
can do to help the Cause.Right now, if you aren’t wading you probably
aren’t consistently catching trout and even that bite has been iffy!