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LOUISIANA: Bait change ends with Toledo Bend lunker bass

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

When New Iberia resident Blake Trahan began the second day of the annual Louisiana Bass Cats Tournament on March 10, he had no idea what lay in store for him.

He’d fished the tournament since 2004 and that morning, like the morning before, was windy. Trahan and his fishing partner Peter Romero went back to their “secluded cove” to get out of the wind.

And the payoff was a double-digit trophy bass.

They’d had some luck with this cover the day before and, after catching a few decent keepers on spinners and crankbaits, the pair figured they would see what else would turn up in the grass.

Trahan (who goes by his real name on the LouisianaSportsman.com forum) decided to start the day with a new bait, so he tied on a swimming silver-and-black Money Minnow and cast out a few feet from the boat. The second cast was as uneventful as the first, but the third was a charm.

As Trahan reeled back, barely 10 minutes after dawn broke, he felt a fish bite down.

“It felt no bigger than a 2- or 3-pound fish,” he said.

As he reeled in and the fish neared the boat, Trahan’s heart began to race.

“When it got within 4 or 5 feet of the boat, I realized it was a big fish,” he said.

The entire fight lasted 30 seconds. The fish tried to swim under the boat so Trahan, a Toledo Bay regular, let out some drag and let the fish fight the reel.

When the bass came back from the short trip, it was all over. Trahan pulled up the largest bass he has ever caught.

“My first thought was to run over to Toledo Tackle and have it weighed and certified,” he said. “I had a feeling it was going to be the biggest fish in the tournament.”

He was right. It was a 10.1-pound lunker.

“If I never catch another fish like that again, I’ll know I caught that one,” Trahan said. “There is nothing like it.”

Sam Ebeyer


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TEXAS: Southeast – Toledo Bend, Livingston, etc. Fishing

Friday, February 25th, 2011

CONROE:
Water fairly clear; 1.77’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are good on minnows and chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and live bait.

GIBBONS CREEK:
Water clear. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and live bait.

HOUSTON COUNTY:
Water clear; 52 degrees; 0.95’ low. Black bass to 5 pounds are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and chrome and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps behind the islands. Crappie are fair on live minnows near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait.

LIVINGSTON:
Water fairly clear; 61 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass to 3 pounds are fair on soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in creeks. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN:
Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 8.64’ low. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise shallow running crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on shrimp and hot dogs.

TOLEDO BEND:
Water fairly clear; 61 degrees; 8.38’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon shallow running crankbaits, topwaters, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and silver jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

Texas
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LOUISIANA: Toledo Bend in Central Louisiana

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

CRAPPIE / YELLOW BASS / CATFISH

The jigging spoon and Knock Off(tail spinner from Bill Norman) continue to work also on yellow bass.

Frequent Toledo angler, Coy Walters, who caught a 12.1 largemouth last spring on Toledo, told me on the phone last week that he caught a 1.9 pound yellow bass while fishing a spoon on south Toledo. I ask him to repeat the weight because I knew 1.66 pounds(held by Carl Gant) was the lake record and I also knew Walters had a good set of accurate digital Berkley scales.

He had no idea what the lake record was at the time and guess what? He cleaned the fish!!! Yep, he ate a lake record yellow bass. Needless to say, he was not happy with himself.

Lakecaster Magazine runs the current lake records of most species of both Toledo and Rayburn in each of their monthly issues. We are also catching some nice catfish on jigging spoons with several channel and blue cat up to 7 pounds and flatheads up to 18 pounds. Crappie have been fair over brush but no good news (yet) on Chicken Coop.

Joe Joslin
Joe Joslin Outdoors
p: 337.463.3848


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