Bass Fishing on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

– 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 through
lots 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 the
beginning 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 the
forecast for some time. That’s fairly common
this time of the year that we’re over here,and it’s always a
challenge 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 to
see 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 figure
out what kind of cricket they want to bite on. Throw a swim bait down the
middle 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 at
the 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 gotta
be 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 moving
and 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 hydrilla
and this hay grass. I just haven’t hit the
right group of ’em for sure. – The
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still building legends one at a time. Wade is on Sam Rayburn
Reservoir 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 deal
with after a cold front. Which makes it kinda hard to,what do you do, slow
down 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 able
to 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’re
looking for, right there. That’s the size you’re
looking for, right there. He came more out in the
middle 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 the
middle 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 take
advantage 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 figure
out how to catch ’em when the conditions
are differentfrom the way you’re catching ’emand as a fisherman, you’ve
always gotta keep that open mindand you can’t be afraid
to 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 random
bass 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’ and
lettin’ that aruku shad fall straight down
to get a bite. – Coming up next,we dive into Garmin’s
advances in electronics and hear from the
testimonies of some of the biggest
names on the water, all coming up on the Cabela’s
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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 and
more incredible featureslike quickdraw contours,panoptics, and lake-view
HD ultra-mappingall of which have aided
anglers around the world in catching fish. As we dive deeper in
the world of Garmin,we’ll hear from some
of the most elite names of bass fishing:
Mark Rose, Russ Lane,Mark Daniels Jr. , Jason
Christie, 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 can
go 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 might
find some sneaky spots that nobody else
even knows about. – With quickdraw
on 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 idling
around 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 looking
for 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 a
one-foot offset. You can set it up for
your depth shading. Like I said, it’s just as
simple 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 something
that 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
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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 I
use 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 is
live from then on out. When you’re in
shallow water with 2D,you’ve probably spooked
everything 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 right
there 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 grabbed
something 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 scale
my foot so you can see, look at that. There’s some
activity right there,and that’s only fifteen
feet in front of us. This shows the whole
playing 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 see
it’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 can
really 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 the
great tools that Garmin offers,we can’t overlook the
core 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 ten
is 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 where
zero 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 it
show 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.

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