THE SPAWN IS ON
“When do you think the big bass will move up shallow to spawn on Toledo
Bend,” asked the young man standing at the counter with his son in tow
and a basket full of spinnerbaits and crankbaits.” The clerk just
shrugged his shoulders and responded, “Cash or credit.”
The answer should have been, “If you are still waiting you are already
late!” Shallow is a relative term that depends on the size of the bass
you hope to catch.Taking advantage of the spawn can equate to the
easiest fishing you will experience over the course of the year or your
best shot at the bass of a lifetime.
Seldom if ever, however, can you expect to reap the benefits of both in
the same depth of water.Easily, the most enjoyable aspect of the spawn
is watching female bass guard their beds and smaller males attacking any
intruders on inside moss breaks in one to three feet of water.The
unusually off-colored water has, however, limited this approach somewhat
thus far, but those fish are still there.
As a rule, the bragging size fish are not there however, and more
importantly, are not ever going to be there.That is why the angler that
seems to always catch larger bass often fishes the pre-spawn in 10 to 14
feet of water knowing the most prized females consider six to eight feet
of water to be shallow.A significant portion of those coveted ladies
will move no shallower for the annual ritual.
An unwanted cold snap may temporarily move a big fish into the thicker
grass or deeper into the confines of a flooded bush, but there will be
no retreat to deeper water at this point.If catching a trophy bass is
your goal you would do well to simply slow down your approach and
patiently dissect tighter hideouts in six to eight feet of water.
This does not mean that you can’t catch a double digit bass on T-Bend
dragging a Carolina rigged lizard in twenty feet of water or jerking a
Trap out of the moss on a shallow flat.For my money, however,fishing the
deeper end of shallow increases your odds of waiting for your long
awaited replica to arrive!
Carol Simon couldn’t wait to start the spring break and join her Uncle
Todd for a solid week of fishing Sabine Lake.“It has been cold in
Kansas,” said Simon and Monday felt like summer again.They started the
day in a foggy mist in rain gear and finished their day in shorts and
“I was disappointed that we never found the trout,” reported Simon, “but
we caught a lot of small bass and two limits of redfish on plastic
worms.The water looked really yucky, but it was still fun!”
Trey and Amie Smith made the most of a short three and a half hours of
fishing by besting the field in the Resilience tournament hosted on the
river Sunday evening.The Smith’s winning bag of five bass weighed 7.24
pounds.Trey said the fishing was tough, but they still managed to get it
done with a Talon quarter ounce spinnerbait.
While on the subject of spinnerbaits, I didn’t ask Trey about color or
choice of blades, but we have done far better of late on both reds and
specks with a quarter ounce spinnerbait as well.We are using Sea Shad
bodies in a couple of colors, but there is no doubt that the fish have
been more interested in a single smaller Colorado blade.
You don’t move much water with a blade that small, but larger blades, as
well as Willow leafs, have just not produced as well fishing the same
stretches of shoreline.Shad bodies are a salt water thing and I believe
a skirt would work just as well.River bass are still Plan B for us.
Things are shaking and baking at the S.A.L.T. Club in spite of the tough
bite on Sabine as the club just announced a new tournament series.The
first team tournament of the year will be hosted out of the S.A.L.T.
club house on March 24^th .
This is a team event with a $200 entry fee per team.Each team can weigh
in two trout and two redfish and you do not have to be a S.A.L.T. Club
member to fish.On March 17^th the club will host its member only event
with a $20 entry fee.
For more information or to sign up call or drop by Outcast Tackle in Groves.