“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 
sunshine.

“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.