Lake Austin 3-16 to 3-22
Lake Austin has been hit or miss with most trips catching 12-30 fish per day. Weights have been all over as well from the mid teens to over 30 pounds. Bed fish have accounted for most of the heavier weights when finding some females on beds. Monday the 18th found some big girls around beds but not ready. Within 3 docks found around 8 large ones from 6 lbs to over 10, but my clients could only manage 1 at 6 lbs.
A couple nights later was the first Wednesday night jackpot out there so I invited Jerry from my bass club, Big Sandy Creek, to come fish it with me. Well, it started out slow but Jerry finally hooked a good sized one in the area I've been catching and seeing some big ones. It went 7.52 lbs and was our anchor fish. Before the end of the tournament though, I ran those docks for the 2nd time after it was pitch black. I hit the first dock where the big fish from Monday were and got hammered only bring back half the lizard when I set the hook. I knew there was a big one there but couldn't get it to bite again. I moved to the next dock and placed it on one of the beds an 8 pounder was on Monday. As soon as my lizard hit bottom, it was nailed and I landed a 4.5 lb bass but it was the male. I flipped right back in and got slammed. I set the hook and had her on a second but the hook came back almost straightened out without the lizard. That was a bummer and I couldn't get her to bite again either. I was bummed and knew either one of those fish could help get a win and maybe big bass but when it was all said and done, Jerry and I took 3rd place with 20.24 lbs and just over a pound from the win. Tight top 3 for sure. Good times though.
Fayette County 3-8
Fishing was good on Fayette County today. Started out hitting points in 4-6 foot of water throwing lizards and crankbaits. The black snot was out in force. If you were around that stuff, you were not getting bit. So we just went searching for the clear bottom and when we found it, it was game on. We caught lots of 2-4 pound fish once we started throwing the El Grande Lures Gila Monster Jrs. These baits are fantastic and they float a bit making them hard to resist for those bass. They come in great colors too and since the water was pretty dark, we threw the green pumpkin w/ green & purple flake. After catching a bunch near the clean grass in our 2nd spot, we moved to another creek channel with some rock in the middle of it and my client caught them pretty good here as well. we ended the day at the discharge catching some on the Gila Jr and crankbaits. Good day on the water.
March starts off good
Started off March with another almost 7 on a high pressure blue bird sky day. The bite was off a bit when the previous low pressure system rolled out of town but there were still some good fish feeding. Reports of others caught from 7-10 pounds were few but there. The next day, Saturday, the swimbait bite was on fire with lots of 9-12 lb fish caught and one guy even had over 45 pounds best 5 throwing a swimbait. What a phenomenal day that would be. The time is now to get out and try your luck. I will say though that it takes experience to get on most of these fish but even the novice can try because any cast could be that fish of a lifetime.
Austin 2/27 another 8
Here's another 8.04 lb bass and a 5 lb male from another bed that had about a 12 lb female but she wouldn't bite. Put them back after a picture. Working beds...
Lake Austin 2/24-2/25
Lake Austin is the place to be right now. Big girls are on the move shallow and more and more are being caught. Looking for beds and working around those areas will get you on some good fish. Every day out but one in the past few weeks has at least one big fish in the 7-8+ pound range. Here's some guys out having fun and seeing what this lake is all about.
Other lakes are getting good as well. Now's the time to book your trip so let's go catch 'em...
Lake Austin 2/22
Lake Austin got going a bit today. Hit the lake today with some clients for a half day trip. The bite started out pretty slow but picked up some pretty good speed toward the end. We started out throwing around the grass and picked up a few here and there. Some just in the grass and a few around some beds. We moved around a bit and finally got on a good shallow bite catching a few 2-3 pounders and lost one about 5-6. Moved out a few feet deeper and game on. 6-7 lb fish were hammering our baits. Even had one giant on only to lose it in the grass. After dropping the clients off, went out for another hour or so hitting another area and picked up several more in the 5-6 lb class. All in all, the best 5 topped 30 pounds and could have been more if landed the giant. Here's Jen holding a 7. Good times.
Lake Austin on Valentines Day 2013
Lake Austin kicked some out today. Hit it for 2 hours mid day and landed this 5 on a frog and a 8.27lbs on a crankbait. There were 3 other bigger ones under the 8 when it got to the boat. Wish I had a little while longer to try to upgrade but had to get off the water at that point. Other baits working today were a shaky head craw worm and a senko. For 2 hours and over a dozen caught, good short day on the water. Good times.
Lake Bastrop is fishing nice 1/12/13
Lake Bastrop has really been fishing well lately. Went this past Saturday, January 12 and we caught them pretty good. The morning started off slow with the first keeper finally coming on the steep rocky slope off a pond dam using a jig and another right after on a deep crankbait. We then moved back to another deep rocky ledge and pulled a few more with a jig and carolina rig. After finally giving up on this deep area, we decided to move to a rocky point where it paid off. We caught quite a few on this spot including the big one of the day at 21 inches which is over 5 lbs. Most of our fish in the afternoon were 3-4 lb fish using jigs and a deep crankbait. Good times.
The day before I went out there and caught 25 but the size was not quite as big. Fun times none the less. Spring is filling up. Book now to get your dates!
Fayette County is still on Fire 12/08/2012
As you read on Tuesday, this lake is still going strong. After my prefishing went well, I started out at the same spot with my partner for the day after the draw, Jacob. It was the right call as we had a limit each before 8am using almost solely traps. I was using a solid red one and he was using a sexy shad colored one. He grabbed a 20.5" and a 19.5" off this spot. After the bite stopped there, we headed out to the discharge where Jacob quickly hooked into another 19.5" on a 10" worm in the grass. We didn't catch a lot here so we then moved on to the intake where some rocks are out in deeper water and first cast, Jacob hooks another 19.5". He's sitting on 20+ lbs and is looking really good for the tournament. I needed some more good ones so off we went again when we could get any more bites. After hitting a few more spots, I decided to just go back and camp out on the start spot to finish the day. After landing a few that wouldn't help with only 20 minutes remaining, I finally landed a good one at 20.5" and then with only 10 minutes remaining, I got our big fish of the day at 21.5" in about 2 feet of water. These fish were really healthy and weighed quite a bit more on a scale than on paper. After we headed in, we ended up winning by 8 pounds with 39.07 lbs and I ended up with the Angler of the Year title in the Big Sandy Creek bass club. What a day and a great win all around...
Time to hit this lake for some good fishing. Book today!
Fayette County is on Fire 12/04/2012
It was a fun day on Fayette today. Showed up at the ramp a little after 11am to find a small rain/lightening storm just blowing in. So I waited for all that to stop and then launched. I started fishing a point and right off the bat, for several casts in a row, I hooked up with good chunky bass. There were bass loaded up on that spot. I worked traps and crankbaits and then went to a 7" worm. My biggest was a nice healthy 7+ pounder at 23 inches. She went all around my boat stripping drag and went around the motor. After trimming up the motor and dragging her underneath, I was able to land her. She was a beauty. I then took off from there and hit several more areas using the same baits I started with and also mixed in a shaky head around the rocks. All in all, I landed over 50 bass from 2 lbs up to the 7 lb bass I caught first thing. I had another good one at over 21 inches, 5.5 lbs and plenty in the 3-5 lb range. The best 5 would have topped 25 lbs. Fun day on the lake.
Call me and book today for a great time on Fayette County Reservoir.
Lake Travis 11/4
Lake Travis has been fishing pretty good as the weather cools off. We started out on a shallow shoal with a nice ledge on the edge throwing top waters, jerk baits and crankbaits. The jerkbait produced the first bass. As it was being reeled in over the ledge, a larger bass attacked the 2 lb or so one that was hooked up and took the bait away. My client was very happy and landed the bigger one that went almost 4 pounds. Good one! We then hit a deep point on main lake and got back into them using crankbaits and crawworms... We continued on this pattern until the end of the half day trip with good results. All three of my clients caught plenty of fish and had a great time.
Choke Canyon 10/8
Hit Choke Canyon to practice for an upcoming tournament. The bite was on big time at first light. I went to an area I haven't been to in a while and first cast with a crankbait, a 7.5 pounder slammed it. After battling that nice one, I threw back in and was hammered again, this time I knew it was much bigger with my line screaming off. I finally got her to the boat and it was a heavy 11. What a beast. There were other boats in the area so I quickly slid her back into the water hoping nobody noticed. I then picked up a jig and when that hit the bottom, my line took off again and I brought in one over 5. I decided I found a little something...23+ pounds in 3 casts...lol Time to find some other areas. I went to an area that was hot in the middle of summer and found that there were still fish there. I was still catching them on crankbaits but the real big ones that I was catching before flipping the area were not around. The lake has dropped since then so it must have moved them out. I was still able to catch a few good quality ones though in the 3-4lb range. After a bit here, I basically just went around flipping and pitching everything I could find. I found that the fishing is pretty slow outside of a few good areas but once you find one of those areas, it's lights out and fun, fun... Throughout the day, I was able to catch fish on most everything I threw. Crankbaits, creature baits, worms, jigs and shaky heads were the main baits and that produced a 30+ pound 5 fish bag. Good times!
Now is a great time to go so book today. You can also plan for next spring and book for that as well.
Fishing Report for week of July 1, 2012
Lake Austin has been producing pretty good lately. Other than one day, we haven't caught less than 20 per day with some decent sized ones in the 6-7 lb class with some even bigger with missed opportunities. We've been seeing several in the 10+ range with a few looking to be around 13-14. These have been some hard fish to catch. It's good to still be seeing them out and about though. We've been catching good numbers on creature baits along with senkos, crankbaits and jigs. The most exciting and explosive action though has been on a frog and that's what most of the bigger fish have come on. I've been sticking to mostly upper lake with a few trips going down to mid lake. The most action seems to be upper lake though. Just look for pockets in the grass to pitch in or for very well defined grass lines to work the edges or for throwing the frog over.
Book now and let's go catch them!
Fayette County 2/6
Fishing was a bit slower than usual but at least the boat traffic was near non-existent. We started off on an old grassline that pretty much turned to muck. Caught a few decent ones on senkos. We then moved on to a deeper rock pile on a creek channel. Not a bite. The bass were tight lipped with the front moving through. We made another move to the discharge and picked up some here right away with a few more good ones. After the bite stopped, moved over to a spawning area and had 2 big blowups on a frog. They looked to be very solid fish but couldn't get a hook in them. Hit another spawning area and did pull one in off of here with a frog and a few on a fluke. Kept moving around trying to find that school of fish and finally found them piled up off a point around a nice rocky bottom. Caught several on worms and crankbaits to finish out the day. Ended up with about 20 chunks in the 2-3 lb range. At the end, though had one in the 6+ lb range blowup on a frog and then spit it when it jumped a few feet out of the water. Fun times!
Lake Bastrop Guide Trip 11/6
Had some clients out on Lake Bastrop in the afternoon. Fish were feeding all around us but would not hit moving baits such as crankbaits or spinnerbaits so we just threw finesse worms and flukes. Bite was on the slow side so made sure we slowed way down to get bit. We caught around a dozen up to 3 lbs using this slow technique through the grass. Definitely fun catching once we found that pattern. Fun times.
FAN Championship on O.H. Ivie 10/28-29
My partner, Tom Martens and I had our FAN Championship on O.H. Ivie Friday and Saturday. I was able to prefish a bit the day before on official practice day and found some nice bass shallow. I had 2 overs and plenty unders just hoping we could find more overs during the tournament. The lake has a slot at 18" which you can have only 2 unders and as many as 5 overs.
We headed to my main spot on the first day and thankfully had it to ourselves. After fishing for just a bit, we caught a few unders and then Tom hooks into a nice one. It turns out to be his personal best at 9.77 lbs. Awesome bass! The next cast, I hooked into a nice smallmouth bass over 3 lbs at least but it quickly jumped and spit the hook. After working over the area for a while, we just ran around and hit a bunch more of my areas only to keep catching unders. After weighing in though, we were sitting in 2nd place, just .4 lbs out of 1st place and we had big bass so it was looking pretty good.
The next day we headed back to my big bass spot only to come up empty on anything big. We then headed to the number 2 spot and wore them out on shallow cranks but again, no overs. We came in to weigh-in thinking we would be out of the checks but to our surprise, we only dropped 1 place to 3rd. 3rd place from day 1, Jeff Pitrucha and Ronnie Trower came in with 4 overs to leap over 1st and 2nd for the win and we took home plaques for 3rd place and big bass overall.
Congrats to my fishing partner, Tom Martens, on his personal best bass at 9.77 lbs!
Lake Travis 10-14
Took some clients out on Lake Travis on Friday. We hit some areas that have been producing pretty good lately. The day started slow but we found them. We caught around 3 dozen with the biggest around 3 lbs. It was definitely a fun day. Most fish were caught on plastics while some came on crankbaits. Good times.
BassChamps Championship on Lake Falcon
Fished the final Championship of the BassChamps season on Lake Falcon. It was the largest turnout for the Championships and still only 163 teams showed up. We started out on some water I caught the 12 on the month before and I hooked into a hawg at 10.57lbs. We weighed her in early so as to not drag her around the lake all day. We worked several areas hard after that with the howling wind only to come in with 24lbs and change. Tough conditions. The next day we hit a spot that has been very productive with big fish and we actually had 2 on that we broke off one and lost the other. We struggled to get on my spots with the wind blowing hard. We didn't have enough for a check so we headed home. Fun times though.
My 10.57 was the 10th biggest bass weighed in. Wow! The big bass of the tournament was 11.57 and the winning 2 day total was 86.18 lbs. That lake is out of this world!
Lake Falcon - Sep 3, 4
If you haven't gone to Lake Falcon, drop what you are doing and go. Fished it the last 2 days for my birthday weekend and it was a blast. Saturday I was only able to fish the last hour and a half of light but found them quick and hit three 7 pounders on 3 casts along with about a dozen more between 2-5lbs all on the same little tree in 5 foot of water on top of a ledge. At that time it got pretty dark out so I headed in ready for the morning.
2nd day at Falcon, Sun Sep.4. The day before I had over 30 lbs in 1 hour, today it took me to 1pm to get over 30lbs but right after I did, I caught the one we are all after, a nice fat big ole 12lber! It was right after my wife called. Call more babe! lol I figured out a little pattern and by using that, I caught 2 more big ones at 11lbs each. What a day it turned out to be! Almost 50 lbs best 5. That would win every tournament there....maybe... hehe
Lake Austin July 6
Hit Lake Austin for a bit this afternoon from noon-4. Bite was slow starting out catching a few small ones here and there using senkos off the grass lines. About 2 the bite picked up and started catching 2-3lbers using senkos and a crankbait. Decided to move up lake to finish the day and caught a 6lber on a senko on the first cast at the new area. Had another bigger one that came unbuttoned after it shook it's head a bit. Saw it and threw right back at it and it hit again but spit the hook. This was in 2 foot of water. I then took out my frog and hooked one about 4lbs. Caught a few more smaller ones on a senko and then chunked the frog again and caught a 5lber in about a foot of water. Fun times. Had a little over 20lbs best 5 and called it a day.
Book your trip today while the fishing is easy out there. ;-) Take a kid fishing...