PORT ARTHUR —
A study conducted by Auburn University in Lake Seminole in Georgia showed some fascinating things about where truly big largemouth spend their time.
“During the day largemouth bass were offshore in deeper water near large woody structures and moved little. Movement was lower during dusk and night periods, and a general movement towards shoreline areas was evident.”
“Largemouth bass appeared to divide their time between an offshore resting area, primarily occupied during the day, and a near-shore area, where foraging presumably occurred, primarily used during low-light periods.”
Sam Rayburn guide Roger Bacon said he is not surprised at these findings as many of his bigger fish are caught in deep water. Besides being a dedicated bass angler, Bacon also targets crappie for much of the year and his experience on open lake brush piles has given him some unique incite into these deep water bass.
“Working on the brush piles fishing for crappie, we catch quite a few bass and a lot of them, but what has been more interesting is studying the fish we see on the graphs when scoping areas on the open lake for putting out brush. We see a lot of bass that we in turn will go back to catch in spots that hardly anyone will target,” he said.
A lake like Rayburn has a lot of creek beds and humps throughout the main lake area from the north end down to the southern tier. From anywhere from 100 yards from the shore to one half mile from the shore, many of the biggest bass in the lake will live and probably die before anyone catches them.
“It’s a kind of fishing that doesn’t pay off with tons of bites and nonstop action. You have to go out there and put on a jig or jig and craw and work those areas you mark fish and be extremely patient. There are big fish out there but you have to be willing to work for them,” Bacon said.