1. Starting to catch fish ganging up at the mouths of major creeks. It is starting to move toward a fall pattern. Today caught these on 8XD in 15 to 20 ft. mostly near ...more dropoffs into creek channels.

    Largemouth Bass with a crankbait

    1. Duane, any time we get a thunderstorm over the lake it drops the temps a few degrees and the fishing picks up. Right now the temp is running 86-90 depnds on where ...more you are fishing. I did catch quite a few yesterday on crankbaits and the water temp was down to around 86 on the south end. I would start shallow up the Ayish arm and if nothing is going on go out and crank the points and creek bends. you can watch your electronics and you can usually find some shad pods and the bass will be around. C-rigs are also working in the same areas, anywhere from 12 to 25 foot deep. Just keep an eye out for schooling fish out on the points also early and late.
    2. Duane Smith 0
      Shawn, heading to Sam this weekend. hows the water temp with all the rain in the last couple of days? thinking about heading up the Ayish area...
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    4. Thanks Rich and Victor!
    5. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice one Shawn!!
    6. Good report, thanks
    7. Thanks Jimbo and RobertπŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ‘ŠπŸ»
    8. They have been eating good in the neighborhood! Lots of shad to fatten up on. 🎣 🎣
    9. Long time, no see Shawn! Nice gut on that guy! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    10. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Nice catch buddy!! Fatty! πŸ‘πŸ‘ŠπŸŽ£πŸŽ£
    11. Yeah Chris here too. We have had some cool rains that have dropped the water temps a few degrees. It may not last, but I can hope.
    12. still in the dog days of summer here!, nice catch
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  2. Caught her at 9 in the morning, surprised the heck out of me! This time of year once the sun gets up it is usually over.

    4 lb. 14 oz. Largemouth Bass with a squarebill

    1. Morris I am going to come catch some with you one of these days!😎
    2. Still have some waiting for you Shawn:)
    3. I had a client that didn't want to use live bait. Had 3 shiners left in the well from the day before. Early the first morning,I took a 12" shiner out of ...more the well and asked him if he would just humor me for a few minutes. 5 minutes later he caught his first double digit a 10-9, next shiner caught a 9-3 he missed the third bass which was close to 11. Next 2 days he insisted on having 8 to 10 dozen shiners. Forgot all about his swim jigs:)
    4. Karen daniel 0
      From our boat storage next to Hanks down to Mill Creek takes closer to an hour. I wouldn’t do it either if I were already catching the fish that you do!
    5. LOL, I can decipher the typos.
    6. It is very clear down here too. You can see down about 7-8 feet which is really clear for us. If it doesn't rain much it will stay clear until winter. It is ...more hard to drive 30 miles when I live five min from the ramp.
    7. Karen daniel 0
      That was a lot of typos sorry I’m talking to my phone
    8. Karen daniel 0
      Lol hey I love the Mill Creek area! We fish the north into more because that’s where my husbands family has their house. It has been different though in that ...more the water is really clear right now which is very unusual for that and leg and the school fish for catching are much bigger than I’ve seen in the 25 years I’ve been going up there. Night fishing in the creeks of Hanks was incredible. No my husband said he always used to be that way so here’s hoping But I’m not holding my breath LOL
    9. Karen, I have been hearing that from others. Up north has been much better. I guess I have to drive 30 miles and launch up north. Thanks for the tip.
    10. Karen daniel 0
      Shawn, we were camping the past two weeks at the north end and we caught dozens of great fish, almost ALL at 9-10 pm or 10-12 in the middle of the day. Might as ...more well sleep in! 🎣
    11. Jesse Frey 0
      Good catch
    12. Caught some of my biggest bass in the heat of the dayπŸ‘Congrats on the catch Shawn. Nice Bass.
    13. I feel you Gene, it is hard in the summer months. I get a few in the morning and a few near dark. Middle of the day you got to fish deep or under the hydrilla.
    14. Gene Cowan 0
      I've thrown so many square bill over rocks I've now got a collection of lipless baits. Jim suggested live baits and he is spot on. Bait shops cant keep enough ...more shiners in stock. I'm old school or stupid. I dont use live baits. Another month of this bite and I might be adding rod holders! I already have 2 livewell. Just need circle hooks. Nice bass! searching fior
    15. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Great bass shawn πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘
    16. Nice one Shawn
    17. Cranking up the bass!!! Nice work Shaw..n:)
    18. Thanks Robert! I have been on a dry spell!
    19. Robert Coleman 0
      Right on Shawn! Nice one bud! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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  3. Caught several on yellow magic topwater in bone, and bluegill pattern squarebill, this big one was on squarebill

    5 lb. 2 oz. Largemouth Bass with a square bill

    1. Robert Frazier 0
      Good job Shawn!
    2. It is nice down here when the weather permits. It gets rough pretty quick. I thought it might be getting muddy up north with the rain we have been getting. I have ...more been fishing deep drops when I can get out on the main lake.
    3. Eddie Martin 0
      I was raised in Pineland.. I haven't fished Brookeland in a long time would be sweet.. nice water down there
    4. Eddie Martin 0
      sorry to get back so late on the water up north is muddy or not...my phone is about had it...I went up north today...don't go for now..its muddy as ever.. we ...more didn't catch a fish at all in the river.. was lucky enough to pull 9 keepers today on the main lakes edge with blue and black sinkos
    5. Jessie King 0
    6. Derek Stitt 0
      There you go Shawn, Nice one!!
    7. Thanks everyone!
    8. Thanks Kenneth! Robert the yellow magic is a popper not a Whopper plopper, they have been turning up there nose at the Whopper plopper. They have been wanting something ...more worked slow and not so much noise. Sometimes these bass will make you scratch your head.
    9. Kenneth Olivo 0
      This picture is awesome nice fish dude
    10. Robert Coleman 0
      Yellow magic topwater????πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” OH!,... The Plopper strikes again! Good looking fish there Shawn! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    11. Nice one Shawn!!!
    12. Victor Rideout 0
      Good job
    13. Jimbo Harwood 0
      big Bucket!! πŸ‘πŸ‘
    14. f1zhn man 0
      yea man...
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  4. Caught several on watermelon red senkos rigged wacky style. Fish are moving out to main lake. Some are feeding on bluegills.

    2 lb. 5 oz. Largemouth Bass with a senko

    1. Robert Frazier 0
    2. And thanks Melissa!
    3. Thanks guys!
    4. Robert Coleman 0
      Nice catch Shawn! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    5. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Nice brother!! πŸ‘Š
    6. Victor Rideout 0
      good job
    7. Nice one Shawn!
    8. Melissa Norris 0
      nice catch πŸ˜€
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  5. Caught some good ones on KVD 2.5 in baby bass color, biggest 4lb 4oz. They were all CPR'd.

    4 lb. 4 oz. Largemouth Bass with a square bill

    1. Nice work Shawn
    2. Kenneth Olivo 0
      Nice catch!
    3. Chris you are absolutely right. I also wear sun gloves. I can't stress enough protect yourself from the sun rays. Skin cancer is no joke.
    4. since i've discovered the performance gear like the head/neck cover you're wearing the heat doesn't slow me down at all! make sure you've drank ...more enough water and have cool water with you and something with electrolytes and dunk that performance gear in the water, ring it out, put it back on...instant air conditioning!
    5. Sounds like a fun day. Yes, that heat has slowed down my fishing also.
    6. Robert Coleman 0
      Looks like a good day Shawn! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    7. Early and late of course is best, the heat is starting to be tough!
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  6. Lots of bass chasing shad on main lake points, around the hay grass, caught around 50 today. Most are in the 14-15 inch class but a few large ones mixed in.

    4 lb. 12 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Ribbit frog

    1. Victor Rideout 0
    2. James Austin 0
      nice catch
    3. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Nice catch buddy!!
    4. Nice catch!! You look so much like Bass Master Shaw Grisby!!!
    5. Hey Rich They don't come around too often, but they sure are fun when they do.
    6. Rich Pardy 0
      A 50 bass day the man is on fire!!!
    7. love those ribbits
    8. Yep and they come when the fishing is usually the best. Go figure! Big Sam is one of the best fisheries around. That's why I moved here.😁
    9. Victor Rideout 0
      Nice one
    10. No wonder all those Bass Master Elite contest are held at "The Ray" lol
    11. Nice fish
    12. Great Day, Thanks for the update.
    13. Nice work Shawn!
    14. Robert Coleman 0
      Nice one Shawn!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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  7. Caught this ole girl during the Big Bass Splash. Red rattle trap in 9 ft. Caught lots of fish in the bushes on Baby Brush Hogs in watermelon red.

    5 lb. 8 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Rattle trap

    1. Steve Jacobs 0
      Sweet !!
    2. I got 13th in the last hour Sunday for a 300$ check!😁
    3. Steve Jacobs 0
      you cash a check for that 5.5 ## ??
    4. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Great Fish Shawn!! πŸ‘Š
    5. Capt Morris, I would have sure liked to catch a 10 this weekend. It would have gotten me a truck and a boat, lol!!
    6. Thanks all! @ Robert just let me know I am always ready to fish more!!
    7. dang, shawn!! Nice
    8. Robert Coleman 0
      Nice one Shawn! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    9. john stimson 0
      nice bass
    10. Nice work Shawn!!! Getting closer to that 10!
    11. Derek Stitt 0
      Nice job Shawn. Great Largemouth πŸ‘πŸ‘
    12. Nice bass ShawnπŸ‘
    13. Robert Frazier 0
      Congrats on the check, nice bass! We should hook up and go catch a few.
    14. Jesse Frey 0
      Nice bass
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  8. All my fishing friends, be careful out there if you are flipping in the bushes. This guy almost paid me a visit. I was looking down where I was flipping my creature ...more bait and this guy was about two feet from me. My son noticed it just in the nick of time.

    1. Jimbo Harwood 0
      I would have had a new belt!! lol and dinner!! 😁😁
    2. Thats for sure Capt. Morris, it about made me mess my pants. Way to close for comfort!!!
    3. Thats for sure Capt. Morris, it about made me mess my pants. Way to close for comfort!!!
    4. Wrong 10 lber buddy!!!
    5. Robert Frazier 0
      Close one, I'd have probably gave her the boat lol.
    6. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Good thing you noticed her before she noticed you guys! she might leave a little mark. lol
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    9. Yeah Robert! I usually am very attentive but I forgot to look for critters. Luckily I didn't bump into the bush cause this guy was about eye level with me.
    10. only good snake is a dead one.
    11. Robert Coleman 0
      Nope! Nope! Be careful Shawn! That's waaaaay to close for me!
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  9. Caught a limit on red rattle traps

    Largemouth Bass with a Red Rattle trap

    1. Rich it was almost 80 here today, shorts and flip flops are the dress of the day. Come on down south.
    2. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice day Shawn, Im ready for some of that except our lakes are icing up again uggghh!!
    3. Thanks Robert!
    4. Robert Coleman 0
      Very nice Shawn! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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  10. Largemouth on a caffeine shad.

    Largemouth Bass with a swimbait

    1. Thanks!😎
    2. Derek Stitt 0
      Nice buddy
    3. Robert Coleman 0
      Good looking fish Shawn! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    4. Taylor Glover 0
      Nice one
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Fish for mostly largemouth but enjoy catching crappie in the summer time. Really anything that tugs on the other end of the line is fun to catch.

Fishing Favorites

  • Species Largemouth and crappie
  • Waterway Big Sam and Toledo Bend
  • Lure C-rig is my fav, then crankbaits, shakey head jigs, football jigs and senkos. I am learning to fish deep structure more. Still working on that first ten pounder. Personal best is an 8.3lb.