Oct 2011

Jim Binns Each day, each hour, each minute, is special. Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one…

Oct 2011 — Finally it is getting a bit cooler. It sure is nice to get up in the mornings and feel that crispness in the air. Maybe it won’t be long before we will start having some of those nice showers that can soak into the ground.

Keep in mind that the burn ban is still in effect at the time of this writing. Pray for rain!

Toledo Bend Lake Level StatsAs of 10/1/2011 – 6:30 AM
Lake Level 160.61’ msl (11.39-feet low) ** It seems like we set a new record each day.
Generator 1 Currently shut down
Generator 2 Currently shut down
Spillway Gates – One gate open 24 hours/day 6″ to maintain minimum downstream flow
Current Waterflow 615 CFS

This information provided courtesy of Sabine River Authority State of Louisiana

Lake Levels Last 9 Years on 10/1
10-1-2010 164.81
10-1-2009 168.46
10-1-2008 167.92
10-1-2007 168.02
10-1-2006 161.77
10-1-2005 163.86
10-1-2004 168.08
10-1-2003 166.53
10-1-2002 166.18

This information provided courtesy of the U. S. Geological Survey

Surface water temperature is in the high 70’s and water conditions on the southern part of the lake would have to be rated as extremely clear. If you haven’t been on TB in a while you will be shocked. There is more grass in the south end of the lake than I have even seen. In fact, I have visited with anglers that are excited about the new grass in areas such as 1215 and other numerous cuts in the northern part of the lake
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Launching is getting to be more and more difficult as the water level continues to fall. I would certainly check with SRA on ramp conditions before I hit the water. There are many more stumps and obstacles that have started to show up this week and the lake can be very dangerous if you are running fast. Falling water will continue to take its toll on other area ramps in the upcoming weeks. I hear new reports every week about someone that has lost a lower unit by hitting something. Be Careful!
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Summertime Fishing” align=BASS – Grass! Grass! Grass! That is the pattern that most anglers are using these days and depths of from 2 –to 20-feet can all be productive. Best action seems to be early in the morning and look for lots of schooling action. The fish right now may not be the heavyweights you are looking for, but they sure are fun to catch.

I prefer fishing the standard Texas-rig at this time of the year and you need to play around with the size of the weight to be more effective.   Colors haven’t changed much for the past couple of months – use the watermelon, watermelon-reds and I have had success on the tequila sunrise and motor oil colors. If the action is slowStanley Ribbit go to the ol’ stand-by “wacky worm” presentation.  ”BuzzBait 

I still like to chunk a topwater bait such as the Pop-R, Rebel Minnow, Zara Spook, Frog and the always faithful Heddon Torpedo. Shad is the right color and mix in a few clear or bone colors.

You will see the spinnerbait and buzzbait action pick up in the next few months and they are always fun to throw. I have been using a citrus shad pattern skirt and a solid white for best action.

Crappie and Yellow Bass – Crappie fishing has improved a bit and if you have a good brush pile in about 20-feet of water you can catch a bunch on live shiners. Yellow bass have been showing up in surfacing schools and can also be taken in depths from 12-28 feet of water near the mouth of the major creeks. A 1/2-oz chrome jigging spoon is working best. Fishing’s Good!

It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you place the blame. Hudkins Bass

*HOW TO START A FIGHT*

One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift… The next year, I didn’t buy her a gift. When she asked me why, I replied, “Well, you still haven’t used the gift I bought you last year!” And that’s how the fight started….. ______________________________

I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my order first. “I’ll have the rump steak, rare, please.” He said, “Aren’t you worried about the mad cow?” “Nah, she can order for herself.” And that’s when the fight started….. _______________________________

My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school reunion, and she kept staring at a drunken man swigging his drink as he sat alone at a nearby table. I asked her, “Do you know him?” “Yes”, she sighed, “He’s my old boyfriend…. I understand he took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear he hasn’t been sober since.” “My God!” I said, “Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?” And then the fight started… ________________________________

When our lawn mower broke and wouldn’t run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the shed, the boat, making beer. Always something more important to me. Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, “When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway.” The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp. ________________________________

My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, “What’s on TV?” I said, “Dust.” And then the fight started… ________________________________

Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day. I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed.. I cuddled up to my wife’s back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, “The weather out there is terrible.” My loving wife of 5 years replied, “And, can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?” And that’s how the fight started… ________________________________

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, “I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.” I bought her a bathroom scale. And then the fight started……. ________________________________

My wife was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She was not happy with what she saw and said to me, “I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.’ I replied, “Your eyesight’s near perfect.” And then the fight started……..

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                                        Why Carry a Gun?

My old grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take a whoopin.’

I don’t carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don’t carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil. I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry. I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy. I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.
I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate. I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don’t carry a gun because I love it. I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Police protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves. Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take a whoopin’….. author unknown (but obviously brilliant)

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                       Skirt Colors – Do They Make Difference

As you walk through your favorite fishing tackle store it is hard not to be overwhelmed by the vast assortment of skirt colors that are available. Gone are the days of the plain ol’ black, white and yellow skirts because now the color selections are only limited by your imagination. Many of the pros even carry a skirt-making kit when on the water to fine-tune their presentations. But do all of these rainbow of colors really work and do they have a place in your tacklebox? Let’s investigate.

Basically there are two well-known skirt materials – silicone rubber and latex rubber. Each of these products come in strands that are thick, thin, square, flat and round. The majority of the commercially-manufactured skirts are silicone based. Colors are almost unlimited and the glitter, natural, baitfish scale, chrome foiled finishes and holographic appearances are vibrant and appealing. There will probably always be a debate regarding whether silicon is a better skirt material than latex or vice-versa. My opinion is that both will catch fish and I personally prefer silicone because it is available in more colors.

Pro angler Kevin VanDam should know a thing or two about color selections and he opts for a chartreuse, white or sexy shad color for most of his fishing. But for clear water conditions he tries to “match the hatch” with colors that represent specific hues for shad, crawfish and bream. In fact many pros feel that water clarity is the most important issue when making those color selections.

The following table will give you a general overview of colors to select:
Clear Water or Bright Skies – Use clearer lightly colored skirts such as white, yellow, silver, clear, smoke or gray

Dingy/Stained Water or Dark Cloudy Days – Use the darker colors such as black, brown, purple or chartreuse colors

Most of the prey in our area lakes is shad and crawfish so this makes color selection relatively easy at the start. Almost any bluegill or crawfish color skirt can easily imitate a bluegill, perch or other cover and bottom-oriented baitfish. If you feel like you need to add a slight trace of a color to make the bait more appealing just use a felt tip marker. These markers come in a multitude of colors and make customizing a skirt easy.

As we approach Fall and Winter the jig skirt colors that have historically been most productive in our area for jigs are the black/blue, watermelon, watermelon-red and brown pumpkin. Bass will also be feeding heavily on shad so for spinnerbaits use colors like the shad, chartreuse-white, silver or white-red. If bass are hitting your bait but just not “taking” it is usually a sign that the skirt color is pretty close to what they want but not quite. I simple fix at times is to simply rotate the skirt so that the colors that were on the bottom are now on the top. Remember, it doesn’t necessarily have to look right to you – it has to look right to the bass.

Skirts will last longer if you give them an occasional spray of Armor-Off. I also like to keep them stored away from excessive heat, sun or humidity. If an older skirt seems stiff just grip the strands and give them a few pulls. This causes the strands to “release” and become much more flexible. Few of the anglers I talked with said that they threw a single color skirt. Most liked to mix in a few strands of chartreuse, black, silver or green. Many liked a few strands of red and I think the logic here is to imitate a gill flash or blood attraction. Skirt colors are fun to play with and at times you can really find a pattern such as the Toledo Gold or Sexy Shad that truly make a difference. Spinnerbait
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See you out on the water – I will be in a red and white Nitro so wave to me and we can chat. I will be the one going VERY slow — JB

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