CATCHING MORE FUN THAN FISHING
“I was never so happy not to catch fish as I was last weekend,” said
Lester Sensat.“I really don’t like fishing a Carolina rig and I have
zero confidence in the drop-shot, but our bass have been camped out in
water too deep to catch fish any other way.”
When Lester and J.D. Chaumont couldn’t get the first bite in the deep
stuff they completely changed tactics and started catching bass up to
six pounds on everything from crankbaits to Wacky worms in six to ten
feet of water.“Toledo Bend was a foot deeper than the weekend before and
still rising so we decided to follow the clearer water in the creeks
until it met the dirtier runoff,” said Sensat.
They said the dirtier water was about halfway back in the creeks they
fished and their best bite took place about 10 yards either side of the
color change.They fished the same pattern in only three creeks in the
mid-lake area. “We found some 60 degree water, but most of the water was
55 to 57 degrees,” added Sensat.
The majority of their fish ate a slow rolled 3/8ths ounce chartreuse
spinner bait and a red crankbait, but they also caught several solid
fish Wacky rigging a June bug Centipede. Lester said he was a little
concerned that he hasn’t caught a bass over eight pounds so far this year.
“I really don’t know where we are as far as the spawn is concerned, but
it may be further along than we thought as far as the really big bass
are concerned” stated Sensat.“A lot of the three to four pound bass we
caught were already carrying eggs and we don’t normally see that until
the big fish have done their thing!”
I have to believe the rising water has something to do with it, but the
crappie fishermen are still catching not only good numbers of fish, but
size as well and the bite is still taking place over brush piles.Mark
Hoyle and three friends limited Saturday and Sunday jigging Bass
Assassin Tiny Shads over brush piles in 20 to 25-feet of water.“We set
our slip corks to fish twelve feet deep over my piles and the fish were
there,” stated Mark. “Every fish we caught ate a Tiny Shad rigged on an
eighth ounce jig.”
If you were one of the local bass fisherman that parked your boat rather
than fish the badly off colored water in the river, you missed out on a
very decent bite this weekend. Crawfish colored crankbaits, both Traps
and square bills, were the hottest tickets for redfish as well as bass.
Black-blue Swim Jigs were also a good choice for a pair of visiting
Channelview anglers that fished the river Sunday afternoon.They were
scouting for an upcoming Club tournament and can only hope to do as well
tournament day.Their best five bass weighed 18-pounds 9 ounces anchored
with a 5-pound 4 ounce kicker!
In spite of the dirtier water making its way through Sabine Lake, we are
finally starting to see more trout in the four to five pound class.The
north revetment wall gave up a 27-inch trout last Thursday that ate a
glow-chartreuse Corky for a bank fisherman.I have not seen a trout that
size in the past two years!
We are still catching improving numbers of keeper size trout on the
north end, but most of the larger fish have come off the lower end of
the lake.At least part of the reason for our inability to catch larger
fish on the north end has been the pattern we have chosen to fish.
Unlike the anglers fishing the south end with larger slow sinking winter
favorites like the Corky and Catch V, we have opted to fish smaller
offerings to better take advantage of the numbers game.We were initially
excited about any kind of trout bite regardless of size and have been
slow to switch gears.Drifting a four inch Assassin under a cork or
covering lots of water with a jerk bait seldom fools many bragging size
fish.At the same time, leaving fish to hunt fish can make for lots of