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Tournament Pathfinder
By John Presley

This month we should see some great fishing on Sam Rayburn. The past month the bass fishing has been great. The fish are schooling and feeding on shad. The last few weeks I have seen some of the best schooling fish that I have in years on this lake. It seems that a few years ago most of the school fish were just under keeper size. The fish that we have been catching in the schools are 2 to 4 pounds with a 6 to 8 pounder on occasion. The other day on one of my guide trips every where we stopped, the fish were up on the surface schooling. That day we boated and released 28 keeper bass all in the 2 to 4 pound range. The best baits have been Zoom Super flukes in shad colors and ¼ and ½ ounce Rattle Traps. The other bait that has been good the last few weeks is a Texas rig worm. I have been working the grass in 8 to 12 ft of water and catching fish 2 to 7 ½ pounds. The best colors and worms are Bandit 7 inch worms and the Zoom U Tail worms in redbug, plum, and red bloodline. The fish that we have been catching are fat and healthy looking fish. I have seen recent fishing articles by a ghost writer who claims how bad the fishing is but I don't think he has been on the lake in a while to see how good it is . The photos and his article in a last months magazine showed sores on fish. Yes, in May some the fish did have sores but I have fished different lakes all over the country and seen the same kind of sores on bass. Most of the time you see it after the spawn and early summer. I would like to invite the ghost writer of that article on a fishing trip to show him how great our lake and fishery really is today.

The Michigan Top 150 was on Lake St. Clair August 25 -28. The winner of the tournament was Larry Nixon of AR with 73 -09 good for $102,000, 2nd place was Roland Martin of FL with 72-13 good for $38,000. Also congratulations to Todd Faircloth of Jasper for his 13th place finish in his first Bass Top 150 event. In next months article I will give you the results and my experiences in the New York Bass Master Eastern Invitational on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton New York.

By the way , when I am not fishing tournaments I am a full-time fishing guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call me at 409-698-9713 or Ann's Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685.

Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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