Another Travel Day
After we finished up at Lake Fork, we drove into the central area of Sam Rayburn in search of a place to call home for the night. We contacted one motel, but didn’t hear back, so I found another online and made the call. We started driving towards the destination and 40 minutes later we arrived. Sadly, Google Maps was completely wrong and it was actually where we had already been. So, we went back the way we came until a wonderfully nice woman from the first motel I had contacted called me back and said that we could stay there. Once we arrived, we got set up, cranked up the AC and began to charge the camera batteries to prep for the next day. We uploaded a few videos and then hit the hay for some much needed rest. The tour is certainly taking its toll, but every bit of lost energy is worth it!
The Next Morning… Prepping for Sam Rayburn Bass Fishing
We knew we had to get up super early the next morning because it was going to take us forever to get the kayaks ready. This is our first kayak stop of the trip and we were super excited to be putting the 127ss Bonafide kayak to work. A big thanks to Fishing Online for lending us this Bonafide! We woke up at 4 AM and began the process of packing up all of our gear. We left about 30 minutes later and headed down to the launch. We got there nice and early and began to work on the kayaks only to find out that the Power-Pole Anchor pole was missing… I guess it must of flew off the Jeep somewhere along the last 5000 miles. I was super pumped to use a power pole on the Bonafide but I’ll have to let that one go. Regardless, we got the yaks ready and launched off into Sam Rayburn with Cody Prather of Yak4it!
This is our first kayak stop of the trip and we were super excited to be putting the 127ss Bonafide kayak to work!
Sam Rayburn Bass Fishing Action Begins!
There was a pretty good wind, about 5 MPH, already blowing and the water was warm, about 85°. We paddled two points over and went to the back of the pocket. Cody found a grass line that had been productive and we began fishing. He immediately started hooking into bass left and right on a frog! I was left behind 5 fish to none. At that point, I couldn’t take it anymore and I went back to my good ole’ finesse technique, a wacky rigged Senko. I proceeded to catch four fish pretty quickly and decided to switch back to the frog. I got two good blow-ups and hooked up both times, but I wasn’t able to get those fish into the boat which made me pretty disappointed. But those who bass fish with a frog know that’s how it goes. We continued working on the pocket picking apart the grass lines and deeper ledges.
“I went back to my good ole’ finesse technique, a wacky rigged Senko. I proceeded to catch 4 fish pretty quickly”
Sam Rayburn has a pretty unique grass set-up in the shallows of the lake. There’s a good amount of hydrilla and pondweed patches that grow close together, anywhere that we found those two types nearby, it was game on!
The #GRINDSQUAD Returns
The day ended up being a pretty tough one and we only put about 10 fish in the kayaks. Of course, that’s a little disappointing but that’s part of the tour. Learning what the conditions are, when they’re good, and when they’re bad. Cody made a great point to end our day, “You learn something from every trip!” So we got off the water with our egos still intact, knowing that we had learned something new about a lake that we had never been on. We said our goodbyes to Cody, got the kayaks packed up on the Tour Jeep and headed off to Houston for the night.
Next, Galveston Fishing with Guide Cliff Baxter!
We woke up early the next day to get Alex to the airport. It was his time to take his family vacation. I drove to the airport, he got on his flight safely and I headed back to the hotel and passed out for a few hours. I woke up and drove down to Galveston, Texas where I got a hotel and was able to get all of the camera batteries charged up for the night. Tomorrow, the ANGLR Tour is headed out with Guide Cliff Baxter fishing for Spotted Sea Trout!