– FromMexico to Louisiana,The Red River downto the Laguna Madre,Texas is one big playground. Join professional bass fishermanand three-time FLW anglerof the year Clark Wendlandtas he takes you on some ofthe best outdoor adventuresthe Lone StarState has to offer. This is Fishingand Hunting Texas. – Hey we just put ourboat in Falcon Lake. A lake that’s synonymouswith big bass in Texas. And, you know, when we gothere, the lake is extremely low. There’s only one boatramp, the city ramp,that you can put in at. But as soon as I putmy boat in the water,I turned on my Garmin GPSMAP7612, bait everywhere. Pretty shallow, kinda inthat five to 10 foot range. The wind is howling today,and since it’s howlingwe’re probably gonna belimited to fishing shallow. It’s what I like doing anyway. Thanks for joining us, thisis Fishing and Hunting Texas. So the first thing Inoticed when we put our boatin the water is, is thatthere’s bait everywhere. You know my Garmin7612 just lights up. I mean, lights up with fish,bait, I can see everything. And the thing aboutit is, is, you know,we’ve had a lot of rainin Texas this year,but Falcon is pretty low. You know, the times I’vebeen there recently,the water’s been pretty high. But this time it was reallylow, and it falls really fast. When they start droppingwater out of that lake,I mean, it fallsreally really fast. But when you looked at it lookedlike you could just fish shallowcover and just catch ’em. When I mean shallow cover,I mean there’s laydowns,there’s not a lot of laydownsbut there’s a lot of hardwoods,lotta wood sticking up. And then there’s a lotof rock, shallow rock,and I’m thinking, squarebill. You know one thing Ireally like to do iswhen I’m fishing a lake thatI think’s got big fish in it,is I like to change my hooks,and put on the treblethat’s strong enoughto deal with these big fish. I’m fishing a squarebillon Falcon Lake,probably one of the renownedbig bass factories of America. And I’m gonna useOwner double X strong. This is actually a number one. Treble hooks for bass is usuallya six is the smallestyou usually use. Four and then you go to atwo, and then number one. This is number onedouble X strong. These hooks are extremely strongand when I put these onhere, I don’t have to worryabout a fish pulling offbecause a hook opens up. I know I’m gonna have to puta lot of pressure on him,but I can catch him. There’s one. Whooo. First fish of the day. Just on a windystretch right here. We are fishing Falcon Lake, so. Ooh. So a little two pounder,is not all that muchto be excited about,but, it is a bite. And you gotta start somewhere. When we start fishing andwe catch one pretty fast,you know, on the 4. 0, youknow it’s a two pounderand we go up a little fartherand catch anotherone on a hardwood. But you know Falcon’s apretty good sized lake,and even though thewind was blowing,I just thought, hey, I needto look at the whole lakeand anytime I go to a place,I rarely wannajust put my boat inand just fish the creekthat I’m putting my boat in. I wanna experience allover the lake so thatas I try to figure out whatthe pattern’s gonna be,I’ve got a lot of differentsamples to go from. A lot of time you stick yourselfjust to one part of the lake,and you never get on thepattern you need to get on. Been out here onlyabout 20 minutesand already caught two, probablymissed two or three others. I love a good lake. – Wellit’s still earlybut Clark is starting toput some things together. Coming up, the shallowwater bite gets really good,right here on Fishingand Hunting Texas. Fishing and Hunting Texasis brought to you byBass Pro Shops, youradventure starts here. Ranger Boats, still buildinglegends one at a time. And by Garmin, fight yourfish, not your fish finder. Welcome back to Fishingand Hunting Texas. We’re with Clark Wendlandton Falcon Reservoir. Now once the hottestlakes in the country,Falcon is still apretty good destination. You just need to be patientand willing to doa little looking. But the fish are still there. – We started runnin’and, you know,we’d catch a fishevery once in a while. And we tried shallow, wetried deep, we tried flippin’. We did just a littlebit of squarebillin’on some of those trees. Not a lot of success. We’d catch one everyonce in a while,usually on shallow rock. But it was evidentto me, you know,I know Falcon’s a good lake. It wadn’t a lottafish on that cover. And I saw some fish out deep,but I just wadn’tgetting very many bites. And as we ended upthat day, you know,we headed back, we gotback towards the boat ramp,and I just thought,you know, hey,let’s try some ofthese hardwoods. And we just startedgetting out andthrowing a squarebillon hardwood. And right at theend of that day,I started getting a few clues. And I ended up catchingtwo or three fisharound those hardwoodson squarebill. I actually went to a2. 5, instead of a 4. 0. I just liked it, fact thatit came through the waterjust a little bit faster. Another one on a squarebill. You know, I justlove a squarebill. You can crank itaround anything. These are justtrees kinda out on abig flat. See if we can get another one. You know on that squarebill,a lot of times whatI think about is,is the baitdeflecting off stuff?And what I want it to do isdeflect and deflect a lot. So you can’t be scaredto cast in heavy cover. You can’t throw it inthe middle of a bush,because it’s obviouslygonna not do very well. But when you’re comin’around those laydown logsand those trees thatare just, you know,a tree with a few branches,you can wind itright through thereand 95% of the timeit’s not gonna get hung. Oh! How many times areyou gonna jump? Look how deep he ate that plug. Alright. That’s a good one right there. You know everybodythinks that finding fish,you know, I’m justgonna come out hereand just find ’emjust real easily. Finding fish takes time. And it doesn’t matterwhat you’re doin’,what lake you’refishin’, it takes time. And you know I haven’t fishedthis lake in a long time. Any place I go fishing,tournaments or justfishing for fun,it takes time to find fish. And you’ve gotta let everybite tell you something. Every, you know, fishing an areaand not catching anythingtell you something. And then hopefully youget more dialed in. We’ve started gettingmore and more bites today. I feel like we’ve got alittle something going. We’re gonna come back tomorrow,see if we can reallycatch ’em, stay tuned. – Now if you’vegot a question for Clark,you can reach out to him on theFishing and HuntingTexas Facebook page. Or look up his blog atfishingandhuntingtexas. comThis portion of Fishingand Hunting Texasis brought to you in part byCabela’s, it’s in your nature. By Strike King. And by Sawyer Products,Sawyer, we keep you outdoors. Welcome back, we’re in deepsouth Texas on Falcon Reservoir. Long known as one of thebest big fish lakes in Texas. In 2008, the BassmasterElite Series was held here,and Paul Elias won, settingthe four day tournament recordwith a total weightof 132 pounds8 ounces. – Little guy. Up there pretty shallow. – Now we’re noton a fish like that today. But they still swim here. And with the righttools and knowledge,you can still catch a good bag. – You know boat control’severything in wind like this. It’s just tough, because,you know you’re gettingblown in the trees,you’re getting blown around. Hittin’ trees. But catchin’ fish. The area we were fishingin wasn’t gigantic,and so I didn’t think there wasjust a large quantityof fish right there. I thought I was gonnahave to move around. So I take off, I run downthe lake about 10 miles,the very firststretch I pull up on’sgot a lotta hardwoods on it. I start crankin’, andpretty quick into the dayI catch a four pounder. And when I say pretty quickI mean about fiveminutes into the day. There’s one. No, I can’t even get thatone in here, it’s so big. Look at that,we’ve been fishing,five minutes. And the wind’sblowing pretty hard,that’s the only bad thing. You know when you’rein trees like thisand the wind’sblowing it’s just hardbecause it’s bumpingyou into stuff and,it’s hard to fish, but,maybe that’s some indicationof what we’re gonna catch today. God, the light’sbeautiful right here, man,look at the light on thatfish, that’s awesome. So then we start workingthrough that stretchand we just start catching. I mean one afteranother after another. Fish after fish and I gotin a couple little stretcheswhere, I mean, itwas every cast. And I’m talking about intwo to four foot of water. Ah, come here. Choked it. You know a lotta times whenyou’re crankin’ shallow wood,what happens is, is it’skind of all about angles. I like angles, you know,you’re lookin’ for angles. You see there’s alaydown tree right here,well the problem withthat laydown tree is,is that it doesn’t giveyou a good way to castthe way I was coming in to it. So now I’ve kind ofworked around it,and I can work more downit, make casts good into it. You know I couldcast on the end good. And my suspicion is,is there’s probably oneright in the center of itand I may end up flippin’ it. But what you try to do is,is just kind ofwork those angles. It’s all about the waythat bait goes by the fish. What he’s doing is, is he’s justgonna bite it whenit comes by him. But it’s gotta comeby him the right way. I’m gonna flip this tree,see if I can catch one. And just remember,it’s all about angles. There he is! I got him, he wasn’tright in the center of it. That was a Strike King HackAttack heavy cover jig. Got a big ol’ giant hookon it, good weed guard. Not a giant one, two pounder. I still betcha there’sanother one in thereand I’m gonna see ifI can get him too. There ya. It’s a good one here. Nah, not as big as I thought. I mean a nice one. I always tell people whenyou’re unhooking fish,the thing you gotta do,is you try toimmobilize that bait. If you grab the bait, a lottatimes you can get the fish. A lot easier. Not a bad fish. You know you talkabout Falcon Lake,Falcon Lake is alake that has justhad an unbelievablerun over the past,say, six, eight, 10 years. And what’s been goingon with it is is that,I mean there’s justso much bait here. And the water fluctuates a lot. You see all this coverthat we been fishin’,it’s not real thick, butwhen the water comes up high,there’s all kinds ofstuff that gets flooded. And as soon as itgoes back down,all that stuffstarts growing again. That brush just growsand grows and grows. So there’s always good coverfor those fish to spawn around. There’s always tons of bait. This lake is justone of those lakesthat’s just blessedwith a lot of bait. – Comingup, we’ll wrap upthings from Falcon Reservoir. And then take a look at thegear that made it happen,right here on Fishingand Hunting Texas. This portion of Fishingand Hunting Texasis brought to you inpart by TH Marine. By Engel Coolers, alegend in reliability. And by Power-Pole,swift, silent, secure. Welcome back to Fishingand Hunting Texasfrom Falcon Reservoir an83,000 acre impoundmenton the Rio Grande River. – You know when wecame away from Falconthe thing that Ikinda decided was,you know, it wasn’ta good first day. But our second day, I mean Iwoulda called it a great day. We only fished for aboutfive or six hours that day. We caught ’emsquarebillin’ which isone of my veryfavorite ways to fish. And, you know, I cameaway thinking it was areally good day. The crankbait wasdefinitely the key. Ooh there’s one. Gah, ahhh. Oh really now. Come on now. Oh that’s a good one! Ooh, that’s a FalconLake good one. Oh come here, come over here. Now what happened yesterday. Aw, that guy. What happened yesterday is,really most of the daydidn’t go that great. But right at the end of theday we started catching ’em. And when we started catching’em, I kinda thought, well,let’s come backtoday, get out here,get one some ofthese wood flats,kinda thing I love to do,throw a big squarebill. That ain’t no little one there. We’re gonna get apicture of this, let him go. You know you’re fishing any lakeyou haven’t been to in a while,one thing you do is, isyou just gotta cover water. Yesterday we found some fish,we fished just the afternoon,we ran all over this place. We fished shallow, deep,it wadn’t like wecaught ’em everywhere. You know, we caughtsix or seven,had a five pounder rightat the end of the day. My thought was, alright,hey, we got something going. This happens to me intournaments all the time,you’ve gotta start somewhere. You gotta get a bite somehow. And so, we startedgetting bites,and then I thought, well,maybe we can make that work. We didn’t have all thatmuch time to fish today. We pulled up on a stretch ofwood and they were biting. It was good. Ended it with a, youknow, six or seven poundercaught, you know,say 20, 25 fish. I woulda called it a great day. Had some other decent onesin there and so, you know,it wadn’t likeFalcon eight pounder,eight pounder, eight pounder. But, hey, it was agreat fishing day,we enjoyed bringing it toya, thanks for joining us. I wanna talk aboutmy tackle setup,you know when I gothere I was thinkin’,I’ll probably be able tocatch fish a variety of ways. And I probably could,we had a lotta wind. And the squarebillended up, by far,outproducing anyother bait we had. We caught a few on a HackAttack heavy covered jig. But for the most partit was the squarebill. I wanna talk about my bait. This bait’s aStrike King KVD 2. 5. And I started, whenI first got here,I started with the 4. 0’s,a new bait by Strike King,it’s a little bitbigger profile. Falcon’s got big fish,I was thinkin’ big. And I caught some on it. But I ended up likingthe depth of 2. 5runs a little bit better. What happens witha squarebill is,is when it comesthrough the water itdoesn’t just track likethis really straight. It actually comes and itkinda corrects and it correctsand it corrects and itcorrects and it corrects. And it’s always jumpin’,it kinda jumps like thatwhen you see it gothrough the water. And that’s whattriggers strikes. It jumps off rocks, itjumps off wood also. But it also jumps on its own,so a lot of times with asquarebill you can catch ’em,whether it’s, you know,you’re hittin’ somethingor you’re not hittin’ something. My rig up here isI replace my hooks,I’ve got a numbertwo Owner ST-36,a great, very sharp,strong treble. I love the hooks. The 2. 5 and then my line setup,and the line waspretty critical,I’m using Sunline 16 poundShooter Fluorocarbon. It’s a very abrasionresistant fluorocarbon. It gets down throughthe water goodbecause it’s a dense line, itactually sinks in the water. So I like crankin’with fluorocarbon. The bites, a lotta times,I’d hook those fishand they’d be in that treeand I could just hang on. I didn’t have to pull real hard. And then finallythey’d come free. I don’t think I ever lost onethat got hooked ina tree like that. As far as my rodgoes, I wanna show ya. This is a TournamentZX, but the key is,is that it’s a crank shaft rod. It’s a composite crankin’rod that’s made for crankin’. And it’s not a realreal sensitive rod. It’s a rod thatwhen you get a bite,you won’t feel thefish quite as goodand you notice alot of those fishhad that bait deepdown in their throat. As far as my reel goes,I like crankin’ that speedbait there on a 6. 3:1. This is a Cabela’s Arachnid. And so that’s my tackle setup. You know, when I thinkabout squarebills,I think about water color. I liked it, when I seethe water color be clear,fairly green butjust a little dirtierthan just really clearwhere I can’t see my bait,all the way in, whenthey’re shallow,they’ll bite the heck out of it. Squarebill crankin’that’s a fun way to fish. – If you’vegot a question for Clark,reach out to him on theFishing and HuntingTexas Facebook page. You can also check inon his blog or watchyour favorite episodes atfishingandhuntingtexas. com. Fishing and Hunting Texasis a CarecoTV production.