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May 3, 2014

Gone fishing with Jerry Miller

A Good Day of Fishing on Lake Nacogdoches


There is nothing like starting your day off by catching a six-and-a-half pound bass! That’s what happened to Robert Sadler over a week ago on Lake Nacogdoches.

Robert and I had just started to fish about 6:30 a.m. that morning on a small point near a shallow main lake pocket. I had just caught two small bass on a spinner in about five feet of water.

On our next two casts we kept getting bumps but no hook ups. I assumed that it might be crappie bites, so Robert picked up his rod that had a white Road Runner® and cast to the same area. That’s when he hung the big bass. It took several minutes to land the bass because he was fishing with light line.

I’ve seen this happen before on this lake. For some reason big bass will often strike a small Road Runner® during the post-spawn period. Big bass tend to be more cautious at times and a small offering often will trigger a strike. This was Robert’s first bass of the day – a good start to any fishing trip.

A short time later we began fishing a big flat bordered by a creek in the mouth of a spawning cove. The bass were bunched up on the edge of shallow grass. We caught about eight bass in that area on a Texas rig watermelon, red Zoom lizard. The bass were aggressive, so we moved quickly down the bank.

Later that morning we motored up to the north end and began fishing the grass and brush near the edge of a creek. We landed three bass on a 1/2 oz. Nichols’ Blue Shad spinner bait. That area was a big flat situated just out from a creek bend.

The next area we fished was on the west bank. This area was loaded with cover including stumps, logs, buck brush, lily pads and some hydrilla.

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