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Bass Fishing on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

(slow music) (upbeat music) – [Wade] 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 – [Announcer] Look at that beautiful bass, wow – [Wade] 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 60s in 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 (upbeat music) 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 creek that'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 like a 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 out or 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 – [Narrator] 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 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

– [Wade] 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 shad in 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 pressure situation 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 there but 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 searched and 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 out how 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 location or you just can't figure out how to catch 'em when the conditions are different from the way you're catching 'em and as a fisherman, you've always gotta keep that open mind and 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 rocks which 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 (upbeat music) – [Narrator] 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 Fisherman's Handbook The Fisherman's Handbook is brought to you in part by Garmin, 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 and more incredible features like quickdraw contours, panoptics, and lake-view HD ultra-mapping all 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 team went there that you can go out and add to maps And it's so simple

It's just if you touch this little button and you're creating your own map that's yours to use and therefore, you might find some sneaky spots that nobody else even knows about – [Jason] 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 – [Mike] 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 on whether you're idling around looking for fish, you can actually be, you know, fishing, you can use that quickdraw feature all the time and 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 as one 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 (laughs) Now that right there is what we came out here for today

– [Wade] Quickdraw is super easy to be able to use You basically go into your menu underneath 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 for whatever 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 – [Narrator] 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 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 – [Fred] 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 feet and 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 fish and 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 – [Narrator] With all the great tools that Garmin offers, we can't overlook the core of Garmin success: their mapping – [Russ] 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 menu and 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 – [Narrator] That'll do it for the Cabela's Fisherman's Handbook

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