Fishing & Boating News

November the Turkey Month

by: Ricky Vandergriff,

The New Bug Eyed Jig in the new Black Blue Flash color.
Photo by Ricky Vandergriff
New Foot Ball Shaker pictured in chartreuse/white
Photo by Ricky Vandergriff
(Nov. 03, 2012 - Tyler, TX)

Let's talk turkey since it's turkey season. For the most part a lot of fisherman stop fishing in November because of a little thing called deer season. Can you believe it? They stop everything their doing and put deer hunting first and you will never guess what that does for me.

You know I love to deer hunt, I love getting out there in the woods before day break and the thrill that you get when that big buck works his way out in front of you and the shivery felling you get as you raise your gun to draw down on that buck of a life time, and that feeling you get when you at last get to pull the trigger on that big high caliber rifle and the big boom the rifle makes as the firing pin drops down on the primer and last but not least is taking your big buck into camp and showing it off to your hunting pals. Wow that's the felling you think you will never forget, but then on the other hand there is the fisherman.

Yes, the fisherman! He's the guy who loves hitting the deck before day break and hooking up to his favorite bass boat and going out on the water searching for that one big giant trophy bass or crappie or maybe the big stripe bass or the big flat head catfish. Which ever he go's for he gets that same felling the hunter gets when he has been in the woods and made that big kill and when it's the hunter that has gone fishing and he hangs into that big trophy fish he to will sometimes forget about that kill for a while, for when he hangs into that big trophy fish his heart will begin pumping faster and faster making him think only of that big trophy fish.

I bet you hunters didn't know that there was anything out there that could make you forget that big trophy buck for a few minutes now did you. It's true that big bass will make you forget everything for the few minutes you have him on the line, and did you know the best part of fishing verse hunting is when you catch that big bass you can kiss, take a picture of him/her and then let her go but on the other hand when you shoot that big pretty buck your fun is then over and the work begins. That's right the work begins when you kill that big deer you now have to field dress him and then take him in to either clean yourself or have someone else package it up for you and your hunt is over where as if I boat a big bass I can measure her, take that photo, kiss her and release her to be caught again by someone else.

Now that you have killed that big buck are you ready to go fishing again if you are heres what you will need to do to catch that big trophy bass this November.

Now this for the fisherman out there.


Well the lakes are very low again this year and now with the lack of rain I don't know when are going to be back full again. Now with the lack of water we are still doing well when it comes to catching bass on Lake Palestine. Heres how I'm doing it now with the low water.

Bass will be in the back of your main lake creeks and feeding up on shad, craw fish and small perch.

Up north you will find your bass in the channels around the stumps and grass if you can find any along the edges. The best locations to find your bass will be where you find a drainage or a slough that feeds into the creek. These spots should have stumps in close to them and when you find these areas you will find bass. In October I caught some really nice bass working areas of this type and all through November we will catch them fishing just this way. Now the lake is about 2 feet low and very dangerous to run so be careful.

Now when I refer to up north I mean north of the 155 bridge and this gives you several good creeks to explore. You have Caney Creek, Flat Creek, the Niches River. All these places are great big bass areas.

Here are my lures of choice. 1st my choice is my new bug eyed Jig in both the black/Blue and the famous black/brown/amber both colors are great when it comes to catching big bass. Fish every stump and every grass point that you can find and fish very slow hitting the same spot two or three times and this will help you get more strikes. Remember when fishing a jig that the bass won't hold on to the jig as long as he will a plastic worm so if you feel something different with your jigs action give it a jerk it just may be your trophy of a life time.

2nd I will throw my new Football Shaker, the Football Shaker puts off a great flash with it's big bubbler blade, and vibration that you can't believe and along with the flash and vibration it swims just like a bait fish. I will work the football shaker as slow as I can and I will really slow it down when it gets to a high productive area and then rip it up and let it fall back to the bottom. 3rd I will work a Carolina rig with a water melon fry, this works great on the points.

Down south of the 155 bridge I like to fish the boat houses where you find brush and I will pitch my new Bug Eye Jig in under the boat dock and work it back out very slow. I also love throwing my Foot Ball Shaker in and around the docks as well because it puts off so much action the big bass just can't hold back, they have to eat it. Now I will warn you docks are far and few between that have right water depths under them so you will have to work a bit to find them. The depths I like best is 5 to 8 foot they seem to hold more bass under them.

Crappie in November will be found under the bridges near the 20 to 25 foot depth ranges. You can catch them on both jigs and minnows. You will also find some big crappie in the man made brush piles that are in about the 20 foot range and another good area at this time is in the standing timber you see out from the bridge.

Lake Fork

Bass will be in the same type locations as on Palestine you will find them in the back of your main lake creeks where you find grass and stumps along your channels.

Bass can also be found out on the old road ways and on the humps out in the lake. It will take some work to find these bass but when you do you will find big numbers of them. It takes a good Lowrance fish locater and a good map of the lake and a lot of patience but when you do find these bass you will go home a winner.

Look for Bar Fish on your humps bass love to feed on them. The bar fish looks like a white bass but have yellow on their belly. The Bar Fish in your fish and game books are listed under the name Yellow Bass.

When you locate these bass you will need a good jigging spoon, one that I use is my Dimple spoon,it won't twist your line when fished vertically and it has plenty of flash. It comes in two colors chrome and chartreuse. Just find your fish and vertical jig your spoon up and down or cast it out and fish it back, you will not go wrong on either technique. The Dimple Spoon comes in 1/4 oz., 1/2 oz. and 3/4oz. Fish the Dimple Spoon and I think you will agree with me that there is not a better spoon around

The lures I have mentioned you can purchase from the Texas Spinner Bait Company, call your order in at (903)561-7299 or you can mail your order to 18179 CR 1108 Flint Texas 75762 or you can now find us on the web at the texasspinnerbaitcompany website and I feel very confident you will find a trophy bass to brighten up your month but you know we fisherman are just like the hunters they are looking to fill their freezer with meat and put a big head on their wall and we are trying to catch that trophy bass to get a replica made, to what? Go on the wall.

If you are a hunter be sure to hunt safe and I will see you in the woods or on the lake.

Good hunting to you and I hope this Turkey season is the best ever for you.

Until next month I hope you hunters all get your trophy bucks and all you great fisherman catch that bass of a life time.

Remember the fish you release today our kids can catch tomorrow.

Nice crappie from a deep water brush top.
Photo by Ricky Vandergriff
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Photo by Ricky Vandergriff