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Structure Fishing At Tb, Zero'd

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My wife and I fished Toledo Bend last weekend, Saturday and Sunday. We'd been there four weeks prior; saw a lot of hatchlings in coves being guarded by males. The females had moved off the nests; we caught several in deeper drops and creek bends next to shallow water on Carolina and Texas rigged plastics and jigs.

Conventional wisdom says the bass would now have all moved to the deeper water, so we decided to fish the drops and offshore structure again. Well, we spent the better part of two days throwing jigs, T-rigged plastics, Carolina rigs, deep cranks, etc. at every drop off and main lake point we normally fished, and a few we'd never fished before, and NOTHING, nada, zip, zilch, not even a nibble.

We were about ready to bag it on Sunday, it was 11 AM and we needed to get on the road by 1 so were about ready to head back. I'd seen a spot, shallow with a little grass sticking up next to some trees. I thought maybe I'd map the spot, return there next Spring or maybe later in the Fall when the bass moved back shallow.

After about ten minutes my wife hooked a 6-2 LMB on a wacky Senko in about two feet of water. That was the only fish we caught the whole trip, but it was a really nice one. We fished that same area for another half hour but nothing else.

I'm trying not to get discouraged about structure fishing - I know nothing works all the time but there are obviously tricks I don't yet know. We're going back this weekend; think I'll mix up structure with shallow water stuff and see what happens.

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What was the weather like that day?

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What was the weather like that day?

First day, sunny, about 75 early, 90 later in the day, light breeze (10-15MPH). Second day much the same, less breeze. We were on the lake at 6 Saturday and off at 3; ,7 Sunday.and off at noon.

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redboat, we spent the first 3 weeks of june on toledo, alpine marina area, fishing from a 10' pelican which gave us limited range. early, 5-8 am, caught lots on topwater and spinnerbaits on shallow grass and shallow stickups. after sun came up, almost every day we chased 2-3 lb schools around our cove. returned to shallows with topwater as soon as shadows hit the water. largest was just over 5, lots of 3lbs. majority was around 2. plus an 8lb bluecat my wife caught on a spinner in 3 ft of grass!

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