– We’re at big Sam Rayburn. You know Rayburn is one of the most famous bass fishing lakes you’re gonna find in the nation, whether it’s recreational or tournaments. It’s a lake that has produced year-in, year-out for many many years. – Look at that beautiful bass, wow. – It goes throughlots of ebbs and flows. Water goes down. Water comes back up. And so you’re constantly in flux which is one of the reasons why I think this is such a good fishery that it’s always replenishing. Right now we are on thebeginning side of a cold front. Weather has been 80s and upper 70s, water temperature climbing into the 60sin a lot of the pockets. Last night it dropped down temperature-wise into the 30s,and that’s theforecast for some time. That’s fairly common this time of the year that we’re over here,and it’s always achallenge for fishermen when they’re met with those conditions or dealt that hand so to speak on what to do, what to expect, and how the fish are gonna change. And it causes those fish to go forwards, go backwards, they leave the bank,they go to the ditches. The fish that were coming from out on the main lake will stall out on secondary points and what we’re gonna try to do today is dissect what they’re doing. We’ve got a variety of baits on the deck and we’ll probably through everyone one of ’em to try to find the right one that’s gonna produce. And as we’re doing it, we’ll talk about what we’re doing it, why we’re doing it, and maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll catch a bunch of fish. Doesn’t take much tosee what we’ve got here. You can see what I call the hay grass and that’s gonna come out a pretty good ways out ’cause the lake has come up,and that grows all summer long. Depending on the ebb and flow,sometimes you’ll see that water way back up in the pines on this lake. Right now it’s kinda in between. It’s not enough water in the brush. You’re gonna have that hay grass coming out. They’ll be some inside grass lines. Who knows what else is out here? I haven’t been in this area of the lake in probably ten years,so this really looks good to me. Lot of good stuff to fish. We can fish here. Wind’s gonna be comfortable. The fish are probably wantin’ to get back. We just gotta figureout what kind of cricket they want to bite on. Throw a swim bait down themiddle of some of these drains. You can kinda see this little creekthat’s gonna go up here,a little pocket really. It’s not even really a creek. Clear as this water is, what I’m seeing on this water temperature, there oughta be some fish that are out in the middle of it. I like to throw baits like this suicide shad down the middle of it. And I throw it the small Texas rig way,like that in front of it and then I just reel it real slow through the water like that and you can see that action that it does. That looks like filet mignon to me. I know when I look atthe conditions right now that this isn’t a great fishing day. I talk about it quite often that this is a perfect day for a picnic. It’s a blue bird sky, there’s not a lot of wind. When you’re looking out across the surrounding area, you think about boy it would be a great day to go have a picnic and it doesn’t necessarily feel likea great bass fishing day and what I mean by that is those high, blue bird skies, high pressure type days with low wind right after a cold front, to me are some of the hardest days to fish, where conversely right before you get a cold front, where you got a low pressure, the wind maybe is pumping out of the south, it’s cloudy, it’s kinda juicy, it just has a different feel, and that different feel to me generally means that when I get out there,I feel like, man,they’re gonna be bitin’. They’re chompin. They’re biting an aggressive bait. I know that I really need to slow down. I know that that’s how I need to fish. But by nature, I’m not a guy that likes to fish super slow. I’ve gotta be convinced that’s the way to catch ’em before I can do that. So when I hit my panic mode when I’m bass fishing, I tend to go faster, I tend to look for a reaction bite versus slow down even though in my mind, I know I need to be slowing down. In the back of your mind,somebody’s always gottabe catchin’ ’em better. Somebody’s, you know, catching bigger ones, and you can never let up. So when you come to Sam Rayburn, you know in any given cast, you’ve got a chance to catch a big one. We’re gonna keep movingand bobbing and weaving until we figure something outor get too tired trying. You know, this is where the fish really should be, just halfway back on these little secondaries, around these secondaries,in between that hydrillaand this hay grass. I just haven’t hit the right group of ’em for sure. – The Fisherman’s Handbook is brought to you in part by Cabela’s, it’s in your nature. Yamaha marine,reliability starts here. And by Ranger Boats, still building legends one at a time. Wade is on Sam RayburnReservoir in east Texas and he’s having a tough time dealing with a cold front that had just moved in the night before. – I always believe there’s a way to catch a fish. Now you may only catch one or two on a day’s fishing trip or you may catch twenty or thirty, but I always believe there’s a way to catch ’em. And that’s a big thing about bass fishing to me. I always wanna figure’em out and what to do, and that’s why, you know, I may have one to 25 different baits rigged up at any given time. And that’s why when you get in my boat, there’s so many different baits there. I’m convinced that I’ve just gotta figure it out. Come here, buddy. He hit it on the fall. Whoa. He’s a mean one. I like mean ones when they’re green this time of the year. Get a little mean. He’s nice. Come here, buddy. He liked what we were throwing there. We’ve really actually been out here for about three hours. That’s our first bite. Not a giant by any means, but you know, I’ve been struggling just to try to dial in on what to do. I’ve downsized to very small aruku shad, and hopefully we can figure something out in the backs of these pockets. I would think I should be able to catch quite a few right in this type of stuff. It just makes all the sense in the world for there to be more right in this type of drain in these pockets, but so far I haven’t been able to accomplish that. I’d basically taken a spro aruku shadin the Texas craw color, and I’m pumpin’ it,I’m slowly fishin’ it out there, in and out of the hydrilla, just on the inside line where the wind’s blowing. And I’m starting to get bites. I’ve caught a couple of fish. And when you start looking at that, you see it’s amazing how your mood changes once you start gettin’ bites. Boy, he hit it hard,and probably a little bald spot, he’s not very big, but kinda right where you would think there’d be a bass. That one we’ll get right back out there on that same spot. Little bit of wind blowing in there. Both of those fish that we’ve caught have been hooked on one hook just outside the mouth. Pretty indicative that we don’t have the right color or it’s just gettin’ to be that high blue bird pressuresituation that you dealwith after a cold front. Which makes it kinda hard to,what do you do, slowdown and drag something? Soak a soft plastic or take the fight to ’em? And I know, probably to catch bigger fish, I need to slow down and get on some of those drains or drops out therebut I haven’t been ableto get bit doing that so I went to the bank and started winding and I’ve had two bites in about a hundred yard stretch, and that’s two more bites than I’ve had anywhere else, so if you like to get bit, which is what I like to do, then we’ll keep doing this for a little bit. There’s one. Never got the hook in this one either. Pretty good one here. That’s a three or four pounder here. He came way out in the middle of the drain. A lot of these other ones I’ve been catching. . . Oh yeah, that’s the size you’relooking for, right there. That’s the size you’re looking for, right there. He came more out in themiddle of the drain. A lot of these other ones have been coming kind of in between the. . . Honey, I’m gonna take you back to the back. I can barely lift you. He came more out in themiddle of the drain. Big old female was probably sittin’ out there on that hay grass. We’re gonna let this one go. You know, and we’re about an hour into catching fish now and it was like all the sudden the day changed again. All the clouds were gone. You know, there’s a few little puffy ones up there floating by. The wind kinda quit or changed directions again. And for the next three hours, I’ve searchedand I’ve looked and once again, I’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink. I mean, I’ve chunked crank baits, I’ve thrown Carolina rigs,I’ve thrown Texas rigs, I’ve gone back to the wacky worm. I continued to throw my aruku shad around and can’t get a bite. Clouds are gone, the wind’s changed, and the fish have just quit. So when I summarize this trip and I look at it all,it’s like I had to takeadvantage of that small window. That change, that environmental change,and how they bit and I just never was able to figure outhow to catch ’em any other way. Now I promise you, there are people across this lake that wacked ’em today, and I promise you, no doubt about it,when you go to Rayburn,that’s always gonna be going on, but for me, that’s how my day went down. And that’s not uncommon. You know, you get hung in a rut or you don’t find the right locationor you just can’t figureout how to catch ’em when the conditions are differentfrom the way you’re catching ’emand as a fisherman, you’vealways gotta keep that open mindand you can’t be afraidto make a long run. You can’t be afraid to totally change it up. For me, all that changing up, it never really worked today. You know, I ended up catching about seven fish on the aruku shad, I caught one little spotted bass on a coontail worm, and I got one crankin a part of rockswhich was just a randombass while we were waiting to load the boat. So you can kinda throw everything else out, and what I took away from it,I had to be pumpin’ andlettin’ that aruku shad fall straight down to get a bite. – Coming up next,we dive into Garmin’sadvances in electronics and hear from the testimonies of some of the biggest names on the water, all coming up on the Cabela’s Fisherman’s Handbook. The Fisherman’s Handbook is brought to you in part byGarmin, fight your fish,not your fish finder. Bradley Smoker, food smoking made easy. Engel Coolers, a legend in reliability. Sawyer products, we keep you outdoors. Electronics nowadays have become about as essential as the rod and reels on the deck of your boat, and Garmin’s the leader in electronics,coming out with more andmore incredible featureslike quickdraw contours,panoptics, and lake-viewHD ultra-mappingall of which have aidedanglers around the world in catching fish. As we dive deeper in the world of Garmin,we’ll hear from someof the most elite names of bass fishing: Mark Rose, Russ Lane,Mark Daniels Jr. , JasonChristie, and more. Let’s begin with the newest feature from Garmin: quickdraw contours. – Quickdraw contours, one of the Garmin features, is so revolutionary in my opinion to be able to go out into those bodies of water and either add to an existing map or create your own. You know, there’s hundreds of thousands of lakes across the nation that are small. Maybe it’s a farm pond, maybe it’s a water reservoir for storage for a city, or maybe the lake was too low when the mapping teamwent there that you cango out and add to maps. And it’s so simple. It’s just if you touch this little buttonand you’re creating your own map that’s yours to useand therefore, you mightfind some sneaky spots that nobody else even knows about. – With quickdrawon the Garmins, that gives me the ability to go out and instantly map these lakes. That mapping is yours privately. You don’t have to send that into Garmin. I mean that’s yours to own. You can share it with a buddy if you want. And these areas that have a lot of little lakes and you get, you know, you don’t have a lot of mapping, quickdraw is for you because you can go out, you know, map those key features of, you know, those creek channels, those flats, those slumps, whatever it might be, the grass edges, and have it on your SD card,and it’s yours to keep. – I’ve actually been out here on this lake a little bit, and if you look right now, this end of the lake I’ve actually got contours that have already drawn in just from using my quickdraw features. It’s so quick and easy to go to a lake that doesn’t have complete mapping,turn your quickdraw features onwhether you’re idlingaround looking for fish, you can actually be, you know, fishing, you can use that quickdraw feature all the timeand before you know it, you’ve got any lake that you fish completely mapped out, you know where all of the contours are, you know, where that creek channel swings in and out, and you’ve got contours as good asone foot, you know, increments, so it definitely makes a huge difference when I’m fishing these little lakes in the Ozarks, and even when you get on a big lake that has mapping, you can add to those features the more you fish and the more time you spend in an area. Look at this fish, dude. That’ll get the old blood pumping right there. Look at the size of that, dude. Stay down, stay down, stay down. Stay down. Now that right there is what we came out here for today. – Quickdraw is super easy to be able to use. You basically go into your menuunderneath the navigation chart,hit quickdrawn contours, and start and stop recording. I’ve got a large memory data card in there already. It allows me to capture everything that I go over. I pick which I’m looking for. I can name this specific one for whatever location I’m at, and you can easily adjust forwhatever you’re lookingfor right there. We’re gonna call this lake X. You can copy it over. You can store it in there, and you go in and adjust your setting basically it’ll tell what type of depth changes. For me, I love the most detailed I can,so I only want aone-foot offset. You can set it up for your depth shading. Like I said, it’s just assimple as pushing a few buttons, put a memory card in, and it’s gonna be doing this the entire time you’re out fishing. So this isn’t somethingthat I’ve gotta run around with the big motor and capture, I’ve gotta drop my trolling motor to be able to capture the data while I’m fishing,and before you know it, I will have built an entire lake map of wherever location I’m at to not only be brand-new data, but also kinda augment or amplify some of the data I may already have. – The Fisherman’s Handbook is brought to you in part by Hobie Fishing, mirage drive peddle systems, FoodSaver, the number one vacuum-sealing system, Spro, sports professionals. As we wrap up this episode talking about the new innovative ways Garmin is helping anglers out on the water, let’s key in on panoptics, one of Garmins flagship features. – Well the way Iuse panoptics is I turn it on when I go fishing and I turn it off when I get done fishing, you know. Everything that I see islive from then on out. When you’re in shallow water with 2D,you’ve probably spookedeverything that’s on top of ya. With panoptics, you can sit back and everything that’s within a cast-length,you can see it in front of you. – The way I’ve got this set up, here’s the panoptics. There’s some fish rightthere moving towards us. That’s the trolling motor, so this activity, it looks like a ball of eight, just kinda moving around in clumps, now there’s a predator fish. See that predator fish coming up?I think he just grabbedsomething right there. Anyway, that’s in front of us. It’s only ten feet in front of us now. It’s coming towards us. You just gotta keep an eye out on all this. I’m just gonna scalemy foot so you can see, look at that. There’s some activity right there,and that’s only fifteenfeet in front of us. This shows the wholeplaying field out here. I mean, I got it all the way out to 80 feetand then it’s all the way down. So right now you can seeit’s 14 foot of water and it’s actually gonna go downhill so at 80 feet,you’re now in 20 feet of water. – I mean you canreally see how the fish interact in their environment with bait fishand then with your bait. I mean you can actually see your bait come into the screen and see how the fish react to your lure. A lot of times, they follow it right back to the boat, and you would never know that before. You know, and that might be an indication that maybe I need to cut this bait off and put on a different color and make that same cast again and try to get that fish to react. I mean, it’s a game-changer, being able to put a cast on a fish that you never knew was there. – With all thegreat tools that Garmin offers,we can’t overlook thecore of Garmin success: their mapping. – You know the Garmin mapping is incredible. First we’ve got the HD mapping. We’ve got the HD Ultra, which is ten times better than any other mapping product that I have seen. You know another cool feature that the Garmins have, they actually have some photographs of different landmarks downloaded. Like see you’ve got an icon right here of a camera. You know, it says there’s a ramp there. So if I’m interested in seeing if that’s a good looking ramp or not or if I’m interested in putting in there,I just click on it, go to photo,and it shows me a picture of it. Yup, there’s the ramp. – When you’re actually looking at my mapping, I’m gonna zoom in right now, I have actually gotten my contours set up with red in shallow water, so my red contour is zero to five feet, my yellow contours are five to ten,and then deeper than tenis my green contours. And for me the reason that is is that I know I can’t run over red. When I’m running fast, I can’t hit red. So I stay off of red. Red shows up really well. Yellow is caution to me. And so all I gotta do is go in on my menuand change that to wherezero to five feet’s red, five to ten is yellow. It’s really simple, and it helps you a lot on the water. – You know the detail that we have on mapping nowadays is if our map shows that we go from like 16 to 18,I can put that boat right there, and you can actually watch it change 16 to 18. Not only does itshow me contours of thousands and thousands of lakes,but it shows you docks,it shows you potential hazards, it shows bank features, bottom features, pictures. That’s how strong Garmin is. I mean I’ve seen the changes in one year. I can’t imagine what it’s gonna be like from now to three or four years down the line. – That’ll do it for the Cabela’s Fisherman’s Handbook. We’ll see you next time.