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Written By: Dan Bacher, May 13, 2014
Location: Clear Lake,
You can catch large numbers of largemouth bass at Clear Lake now if you work around the wind, as Mike Sperbeck and Larry Hemphill, fishing guide, did on their latest trip.
“Sperbeck and I had the lake to ourselves yesterday afternoon,” reported Hemphill. “We started about 5 pm out of Red Bud - again - fighting the wind. We fished what protected areas we could and starting catching bass from 10 inches to 3-1/2 lbs.”
“For the rest of the trip, the wind was a problem, but manageable,” he noted. “Just before dark the size changed and we were into better bass. I lost the biggest, which I often do, probably 7 to 9 lbs, but did land the biggest at 6-1/4 lbs. We caught five between 5 and 5-3/4 lbs which gave us a 30/30 trip - around 30 bass with our limit at 31 lbs.”
“Interesting - all those males that were thick in the shallows last Thursday with my father/two sons trip - were mostly gone. We fished about 6-1/2 hours,” noted Hemphill.
Senkos were very good before dark and the jig bite was back. A few Berkley Havoc baits worked too.
After dark the jig bite was still on, as well as large plastics like the Berkley jumbo Chigger Craw and 3 sizes of Reaction Innovation beavers. The bass were in attack mode and "I think I have a bite" mode, he said.
The water clarity was stained (2-4 feet visibility), but muddied up with the recent storm. The surface water temperature was 61 to 64 degrees, but will rise with the warm spring weather.
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