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The Texas Fishing Blog, by Johnny Procell

Beware the Ides of March.

A famous bard of old once penned, "Beware the Ides of March." And if one picks up the sports page of any newspaper, the headlines will state in bold print, "March Madness!" Now neither likely refers to the sport of bass fishing, but they well might. For it is now that one is likely to catch the most and the largest bass of the entire year. The sows can add up to a pound or slightly more to their weight due to the roe sacks in her belly. Now if you wish to add four pounds to that three or five pounder in your livewell that you swear has already spawned, go ahead, I will not argue. That is part of the mystique and a very necessary part of bass fishing. I am referring here, of course, to the ability to adjust the weight of the bass you caught to slightly edge out your partner or to at least save face over what might have been. I have waxed long enough on literary composition, so let's get down to business!

Begin you search for bass in the northern most reaches of Ray Hubbard. Since the lake lies mostly north and south I will not differentiate about either of the three arms, since they mostly follow that analogy. The water in these areas and especially on the west banks will warm first and hence will be the areas into which the bass will first move. Wait just a minute, "Mister Master Guide No-It-all," you will say! Yeah, you were paying attention to my earlier reports. Okay, this would hold true for most lake, but not necessarily Ray Hubbard. Remember that I stated that for the most part, bass in this lake spawn on standing trees, or lay down logs. Well if you are on the west side of the northern most reaches and there are no logs, there will most likely be no spawning bass. Nothing in this diatribe is meant to say that bass do not spawn on the rip-rap along the highways or train tracks, that is an essay of a later article. If I have sufficiently covered my rear, let us continue.

My point is that if you are in an area with no lay-down logs, your chance of catching bass diminish. Good areas to try or the banks above highway 66 on the East Fork side, the area along Miller Road and the big coves north of Chaha Ramp. I will use either a one half ounce chartreuse and blue spinnerbait with a number five or six Colorado blade with a smaller number three in front of it. Now I know that the popular thing is to use some gigantic double willow leaf that creates a miniature tsamina upon the retrieve as the must have tackle. While there are times when the big blades really produce, it is my experience that these are not necessarily the best choice for this lake at this time! What I will try to do in these article is to give you my take on the best lure for you to produce fish. I base my suggestions on over 60 years of bass fishing and on 46 years of guiding experience. The second lure that I would suggest is a lizard. These come in a myriad of colors, but for the sake of space you can rely on two; a brown mossikan and a black with yellow spots. Now before the manufactures put out a hit on me, let me say that I have two twenty pound soft plastic boxes stuffed with every color of the rainbow in my boat. Sometimes the bass will go crazy and hit the most unusual color imaginable, but for the most part these two will get you through. I would have suggested the black jig with just a hint of red in the skirt as my second choice with an Uncle Josh trailer, but many anglers find this lure to difficult to master.

Stick with me and I will try to reveal some of my "honey holes" and when and how to fish them.

The Cajun guide/Johnny Procell

Author: Johnny | 3/5/2012 9:58:11 AM |