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Shane Allman (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Monday, September 6, 2004 - 11:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

The fishing has not turned on as well as Sam Rayburn but you can catch a lot of fish right now at the Bend. The bad thing is that most of them are shorts. I fished both the midlake are and south end the last 2 days and never really put together anything that was solid. At the mid lake area fishing around the bridge on both sides of the lake we caught fish on crankbaits, hula grubs, tailspinners, and worms. I know there are a few tournaments on Toledo Bend next week end, and here is a tip that may help put some fish in the boat. Go stop over at the Yamamoto Shop on the TX side of the bridge. Go buy some 1/2oz, 3/4oz or 1oz football jib heads. Then buy some hula grubs (watermelon gold, cinnamon purple, watermelon red). Also be sure to ask about the plug knockers, these are a must have item in your boat and they will save you a ton of money. Take your football head jig and go find some good points. We did best on mostly bare points sitting in 25 casting up into 8-12ft. Work your bait back in small hops making sure it always sinks back to the bottom. The other bonus about this pattern, everytime you go into the Yamamoto shop to buy something, tell them I sent you and you will receive a ticket for a chance at a free guide trip.
I also caught a few fish on a Stanley Jigs tail spinner on these points too.

Other patterns that are working around the mid lake is fishing a Lucky Craft CB DR crankbait in American Shad either on the outside edge of the hydrilla and around brushpiles. That new plug knocker will help save those crankbaits too.
A TX rigged Yamamoto Kuttail worm fished around the pepper grass and hydrilla plus around boat docks is also working.
Keep a look out for some schooling activity if the wind lays. There are a lot of small fish schooling but there are a few good ones every now and then.
Shane Allman (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Monday, September 6, 2004 - 11:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

On the south end, the better fish catching patterns are throwing a LC medium running crankbait over the top of the hydrilla that is about 4 -5ft below the surface. TX rigged worm on the edge of the grass, and chasing schoolies withe the crankbait, small topwater, and even a dropshot. I did catch a few fish throwing the hula grub on points down south but the fish were not on every point, unlike the midlake area that seemed to have fish on each point.
Be sure to look for the blue herons and white egrets to help tip you off to possible schooling areas. These birds will be sitting on stumps and if there are several in a small area you can bet there are bass near by.
I do have some opening at the end of the month and several left in October if you would like to book a trip. I will also be running some winter specials this year starting in November. Good luck.
Username: Picou

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Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - 9:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Thanks for the report Shane
Thank you Lord for my family and the waters I get to fish
Username: Charles

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Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - 8:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Toledo bend rocks!

Thnaks for the reports Shane.

I vote that we plan a group trip to Toledo next spring.
Dang'it Rudey,Greg and mike look like ooompa loompas from Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory up against Charles !!!!

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