You don’t leave the landing everyday expecting to snare the bass of a lifetime, so you can forgive Brent Kegley for not being totally prepared for what he was about to experience last Friday at Toledo Bend.
It was all treats and no tricks for George Herr and his fishing buddy in what turned out to be a magical Halloween trip on Toledo Bend — and the only thing really scary was the hefty weight of their best five-fish stringer.
Charlie Mitchell intended on doing a little deer hunting near Toledo Bend late last month, but the veteran angler ultimately decided to make a timely fishing trip — a decision that led to his largest bass ever.
Bass fishermen know that fall means going back in creeks to find fish that are mirroring the movements of baitfish. So how is it that on most reservoirs in the south, one or two creeks stand out in October and November as the places to be? Is there something about those creeks that make them the places to become Autumn?
For trailers or Texas-rigged plastics, bass pro Greg Hackney keeps it simple on the color selection. Black/blue or Okeechobee Craw gets the call for cloudy days and darker water, while more vivid patterns work best in clear water and brighter conditions.
Turbidity negatively affects fisheries. It reduces light penetration and, thus, reduces the production of algae that is the foundation of the food web. Eventually the fine silt particles that make water turbid settle out smothering organisms that live on the bottom, turning hard bottom areas into soft muck, and eventually filling in reservoirs.