So Yall Want To Learn Toledo Bend?
Posted August 07 2008 - 11:42 PM
The first class will be summer patterns some other tools y'all need are to be proficient in one or more of the following techniques.
Deep Crank Baits
Drop Shot Rig
Posted August 08 2008 - 09:22 AM
Posted August 09 2008 - 05:35 AM
Looking at your map find the mouth of Lowe's Creek, next look to the south and you will find Millionaire Point. You should also see a hump marked 22' a little to the east of the point with the creek passing to the north side of both the point and the hump.
Next look south from Millionaire Point and you will see a 22' ridge running down across the boat lane and stopping at Cypress Slash; it short distance from there still heading south is another hump.
Notice Lowe's creek and the Sabine River channel in relation to the point, hump, ridge, and island? You want to position the boat on the side of the point, hump, ridge, and 2nd hump closest to the channels.
Next look at the words Oilwell Cove; look under the letters ve in the word cove and what do we see? That's right an underwater point in 22' foot of water that is near a creek and river channel intersection.
Posted August 09 2008 - 10:52 AM
Posted August 09 2008 - 07:14 PM
Since we are already in Oil Well Cove let's look at the whole area which includes Jessie Lowe Bay and try to decipher what is present. I see the Sabine River a short distance away plus an additional 3 creeks. That's 4 channel intersections with ridge, flats, humps, & an island all in one small area. We have water depths ranging from bank shallow out to 62+' in the river channel; we also have vegetation, brush, and timber for cover. This area can be fished with any lure presentation that is your strength.
One might ask how and where would I attack this area but I'll say that's unfair since I'm quite familiar with the area so y'all tell me how, where, & with what.
Posted August 09 2008 - 08:56 PM
Early I would concentrate up a little shallower with crankbaits and plastics at the end of the ditch that runs due west off the river bend (This is in the Jesse Lowe cove)as well as along the creek banks working my way deeper as the sun begins to clear the tree tops. I would also work the underwater point coming off the main point where the river makes it's bend up against the point with crankbaits and plastics. This is the major point on the south end of Jesse Lowe Bay.
Midday I would work the deeper ends of the underwater points and if there is any grass in the bay I would work the deeper edges with plastics and jigs. Especially out off the ends of the points as well as the creek banks. I would check the point located between the river channel and the intersection of the three creeks several times during the day as well as the underwater point across the creek channel from it.
The road bed located on the south side of Millionaires point would be another early or late checkpoint as it has the deeper ditch running up to the edge. This creek or ditch could could be loaded with fish as it runs back to the major interesction of the other creeks and back out to the river. They could be located anywhere along depending to weather, water temp, and time of day.
The intersection of the old RR would be worth checking as I am sure there was at one time a tressel or a high grade crossing the creeks. The spur that runs toward the intersection of the three creeks would be an excellant place to check . I wqould just have to fish it to see if there was/is an elevated grade or old bridge. I suspect that there may be both.
Catt, please come down on me if I miss the obivious and go against any of your thoughts. I am here to learn and I can take a brow beating well. I have done very little fishing on the southern end of the lake.
Posted August 09 2008 - 09:06 PM
Posted August 10 2008 - 02:52 AM
Posted August 10 2008 - 09:21 AM
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Posted August 11 2008 - 03:35 PM
Catt, is taking the time to give instructions on toledo bend and so far I am the only one that is making any attempt to be involved. I know most of you are not close to this lake, but so what! The first lesson was invaluable in ways to read a map and the type of deep water structure you should be looking for this time of year.. If you do not have a map, go on line and look one up just to help you with your map study. The areas he pointed out are duplicated on most lakes around the country. He has told us what to look for and how to line up and fish the areas. I am 59 years old and have been fishing tournaments since I was 16, and I cannot wait for further information.
Every day someone post for help fishing an area. If you will pay attention to what this man has to say it will really help each and every one of you. Even if you have no map of this lake it will help you understand the maps you have as well as the type of structure that you should attack at this time of year, reguardless of the lake you are fishing.
As for me, I am not tired of winning tournaments and plan on entering and placing in as many as my health will allow me to for the rest of my life. Get involved people. It will help you be a better fisherman.
It would be nice if some of the other fishermen in other parts of the country that are versed on their home waters would do the same.
Sorry for the rant, I'm off the soap box now.
Posted August 11 2008 - 03:49 PM
Posted August 11 2008 - 04:00 PM
Trust me sir im very into it. I do live a good bit away but plan on making trips there yhis year that is why I asked for the help. I just need to get one of those maps that he mentioned. I've been reading every post and im waiting for more. Plus these tips also works on other lakes as well. So when catts ready he does have students here willing to learn.
Great, glad someone is paying attention. If you ever have to fish Sam Rayburn let me know and I will help you. I was afraid that he would cancel due to the lack of response. Thanks for replying.
I am sure Long Mike is paying attention also.
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