Catch of the Day
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This was not my first time on Bryant Lake. I had tried to tape a show here before but wasn’t able to catch enough fish or get enough video footage to make full a 30-minute TV episode. I was hopeful that this morning’s unique weather conditions would make for a more productive day. My previous attempt was on a bright and sunny summer day that was very inviting to lots of other recreational users of the lake and park. Hopefully this foggy morning would afford me the privacy and lower light conditions that I might need to catch a few more fish and make a full TV show. This is not known to be a very good bass lake, so I knew that either my skills would have to be very sharp or the weather conditions would have to be very good for me to get a show done.
The fog was very thick and I couldn’t see very far as I idled out, so I just eased up to the weed-line and started fishing with a spinnerbait to cover a lot of water hoping to find a school of fish somewhere. It didn’t take me very long to catch my first fish on the spinnerbait. After that I slowed down and fished that same area more thoroughly with a Texas rigged plastic lizard. The area that I was fishing is a part of a large flat covered in milfoil and coontail moss. I was able to catch several nice bass on this flat before things slowed down and I began to think of what other things or areas I should try next.
After looking at my lake map I decided to move across the lake to another large flat and continue to do what had been working for me so far that day. I began the search process all over again with the spinnerbait. This is what some call “pattern fishing” (finding out what works and applying it to other areas of a lake that are similar). This side of the lake had a little bit more wind on it which is usually nice to have for spinnerbait fishing. After searching for a while, I was able to find another spot that was holding some fish. It was later in the day now and the fish really seemed to prefer the spinnerbait over the soft plastics. I think the presence of a little bit of wind was the key to success on this side of the lake.
As I’m sure you have guessed, I was able to catch enough fish for a show that day. In fact, I would have to say that the lake is probably a better lake for bass than its reputation would suggest.
watch the video below to learn how to choose between a texas rigged worm and a jig-worm.
Lures Used: Spinnerbait and Texas rig. Water Clarity: Stained. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Late Summer. Cover/Structure: Grass, weeds, and weed-lines. Type of fish caught: bass. Topics of Discussion: Choosing between a Texas rig and a jig-worm