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Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

March has been the typical roller coaster month that it usually is. I always recommend early April to avoid the inevitable cold fronts that mess up the March fishing. But most people can't wait that long and insist on fishing with the multitudes and gambling on March in the hopes of getting the early spawning giants. Well, the weather we are having now is the reason for waiting. We definitely need the rain, so I don't think anyone can complain about the long term benefits of this weather. I expect the rains will lower the water temps to the mid to upper 50's and raise the water level to only a couple of feet low. Because of the cooler, nasty weather, I pushed a couple of my trips this week to May, so I finally get a couple of much needed days off.
Last week, the weather was a little better. However, it was the busiest week of the year (the full moon in mid March). There were boats in every pocket that had calm, clear water. Since the water temps weren't prime yet, the few bedding fish were up very shallow and there were more fishermen than there were fish on the beds.
Last week, I fished with Doug Stange and camera man Jeremy Doyle from In-Fisherman. We did a segment on sight fishing that will air in 2007. We didn't get a good wave of big females, but were able to get a few decent fish for a show. I had the privalege of fishing with them and my first experience playing around with underwater footage by Aqua Vu. It showed detail enough to see the tiny eggs. Too bad the females weren't still around. I want to thank Doug, Jeremy, and the In-Fisherman sponsors (Lund, Mercury, Berkley, All-Star, Flueger, Eagle Claw, Aqua Vu, Rapala, Optima, and any others I may have left off) for the opportunity.
We caught most of our bed fish on Berkley power tubes. see for a more detailed report on what and where the fish were caught.
I don't have any open days until May. However, May is also a good month for sight fishing. There will undoubtedly be fish still on the beds at least until the middle of the month. The way this year is going, I wouldn't be surprised if I do better in May than I will in March. Last year, we got 2 fish over 10 pounds in the same day sight fishing in May. See or feel free to call (903) 439-2266 if you want to try to get a date.

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