At least it was hard on my partner and me last weekend. After the ease I’m having catching fish on Texoma, I didn’t see any problem doing it on a smaller lake.
When we arrived at Lake Bonham Saturday morning it was low. This was the first time I had seen it since earlier this year.
The reeds, for the most part, were almost out of the water. Going to the dam I started with my reliable Black Moon Talker Spinner bait. As it got lighter I saw five other boats fishing the dam also.
Switching between a Crankbait and spinner I never got a hit. My partner threw a Senko soft plastic to the shore and a commode flushed on it. Dave was doing all he could to keep the fish in the open but it run under my boat and tangled in the prop. The line was cut and the big fish was gone.
Bass boats were running everywhere so I guess we weren’t the only ones having a hard time finding fish. Finally we got on a bank where bait and fish were. We missed fish, we caught fish but they were all small. Finally I fooled a two-pound fish with a plastic worm.
Our next stop had plenty of bait but no fish. Finally Dave caught a three-pounder on the Senko, then he caught a third. That gave us three and we could have quit then because we never caught a fish afterwards.
At the weigh-in Saturday only two teams had limits. Mike Corzine and Dale Anderson smoked the field with five going 15.58 pounds. Corzine also had tournament big bass at 4.11 pounds. Second was Shane Allison and Todd Lowery at 12.50 pounds, third was David Kenny and guest at 10.03 pounds, fourth was Monty Kirby and Mike Grant with 7.53 pounds and fifth was J.B. Webb and Dave Youngblood at 7.51 pounds.
It was a tournament you had to work hard to catch a fish in.
Wednesday morning Susan and I went fishing again. It was pleasant and with a little wind stirring the surface I thought we would load the boat. After two hours we had one small striper and I had caught six bass and missed several more. This was the first time I can remember since I started catching fish on the cork and streamer a Zara Spook outperformed it.
Only 10 days away from the 46th Texoma Bass Club 2 State, Open Bass Tournament in conjunction with Women Rock. Entry fee is $120 per team includes 100 percent Big Bass pay out.
After Women Rock get their part, all other money will go to entrants as Texoma Bass Club is not taking anything out for expenses. You can go by the Women Rock Office for an entry or sign up Friday night the 27th at the Tackle Box from 6-9 p.m. or Saturday from 5-6 a.m. at the Highport Ramp. Tournament Hours are 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
You can trailer and launch anywhere you want but can’t make the first cast till 6 a.m. You must be checked in by 3:30 p.m. Entry forms can also be picked up at the Tackle Box prior to the tournament.
Texoma Bass Club member Jerry Tonubbee has pulled off an event that probably puts him in the five percent club of everyone who bass fishes. A survey I saw some time ago said out of everyone in the USA who fishes for bass, only something like 15 percent ever catch a fish over 10 pounds.
Jerry has aced it twice this year, his first 10-pound plus came out of Lake of the Arbuckle’s earlier this year. Fishing with club member Ed Larkins in the Dallas Bass Hookers Tournament on Bob Sandlin Reservoir last Saturday, they won the tournament with 24.78 pounds. Jerry also had big bass with a 10.47-pounder. Jerry said the big fish came on a Crankbait out of 8-10 feet of water. He also added he lost another fish at the boat on a jump as big as the one he caught.
Ed caught two over five pounds out of the same area. Jerry said he doesn’t know how long it took to get the big fish in; to him it seemed like forever. Sunday they fished a tournament on Cypress Springs and got second in it. Those East Texas lakes are evidently hot.
This Saturday will see the Bud Lite Trail, Gander Mountain Open Team Bass Tournament go out of the Dam Site Boat Ramp. Go to the Bud Lite Trail Web site or contact Gander Mountain in Sherman for more details.