– In today’s episodeof the Fisherman’s Handbook Wade Middleton is sharing the boatwith lifelong friend and B-A-S-Selite series pro Jeff Kriet on Lake LBJ in central Texas. The two are looking to fight the wind and overcome obstacles to catch a few fish. – We might not catch abass but we’ll have fun. – We’re gonna catch a bass man I think I feel, really feel like I’m— I have three rods out,you’ve already got 14 back here. – I feel like I’m takingit to you today man. – You know today wasone of those rare days, especially this time of the year for us, that we both can find a day in our scheduleswhere we had anopportunity to go fish. He’s coming off a tournament over at Ross Barnett, I’m coming off some travels from turkey hunting. There was a day in our schedule,so we decided togo bass fishing. And it just so happened we decided to pick Lake LBJ. And the weather conditions, it didn’t matter. We were gonna go fishing no matter what mother nature was gonna throw at us. – Neither one of us had a lot of experience here. There’s been some grass in the lake so we thought well we’ll get out really early. I drove down last night and got a hotel, and we’ll get on the water at daylight and we’ll go out and we’ll fish some grass, maybe catch them on a Big Bite Cane Thumper, or a swim bait or something like that. I showed up at the boatramp to meet the guys, and I mean there’s four footers rolling in there. So okay we’ll go find abetter ramp to put in. Well needless to say this is no lie, no exaggeration,we drove a completecircle around the lake, and almost ended back to where we were gonna put in. So we lost about probably almosttwo hours of fishing time. – It’s like babysitting a two year old when he gets out here we can’t get anything done. We’ve driven aroundthe lake for two hours. Shad’s fun is over. No life jacket, we don’tknow where we’re going. But I bet we catch a bass. There’s some grass, a little bit. It’s gonna top out at about five, six feet. Let’s just kinda go down this way hereif you’re good with it. – It’s probably been a couple years since I’ve fished with Wade. I think we filmed a showat the lake we bothgrew up on, Lake Murray,and I had a pretty goodday and I think we may have filmed one at Falcon two or three. We used to try to do a couple shows a year. He’s so busy and I’m so busy nowthat we just don’t get a chance. – Fish on the first one. – It came off. – He came off. – That was a good one, wasn’t it?- It felt like apretty good one. – I saw that. I mean, three cranks and whack. – You know, the funny thing about itwhen we finally got in the water we ended up going all the way backto the place where Iwanted to start anyway. Down by the dam. And so we eased inthere and we’re throwing some crank baits around, throwing some jerk baits, throwing some Cane Thumpers and you know, lost a couple,and I’m thinking god we justmissed the best bite of the day I mean the first hour or two anywhere you’re around grass you’re gonna catch fish. – There’s a big’un if didn’t come off. That’s a big’un. – Team Kriet/Middleton O for 23. – I was kind of a little down, but let me tell you, Jeff immediately, from the moment we put the boat in the water, he wanted to go target boat docks. – I feel like we’regonna have to catch ’em on docksjust because the front, and I’m sure they want to be in shade, you know? – We just had to come in Autumn, and I felt like, and I’m sure Wade did too,that the way to catch them today would be to get where you could fishand go fish somedocks, you know? That’s what we did. – Nice. – I think we’re gonna land one finally. I think we’re gonna land one. – That’s a good one, dude, don’t lose him. – That’s a good one. We’re finally due to get one. We’re gonna catch one. – Catch him Wade. – We’re gonna catch one!– Catch him, buddy. – That’s a good fish, man. Nothing wrong with that. – Heck no. Hey, gimme some. We’re O for 10. – Man hug, man hug. – I’m feeling better now. – Here’s the deal. These fish all spawn on these docks. You know they doon the walkways. Am I right or am I wrong? – Yep. – So they live onthese docks year round. Agreed? You can never go wrong fishing docks. There a bass on a dock somewhere all year round. – Yeah, you just have to find which ones they’re on. – Fish on? – Oh a bass!We captured another one. – We got up herewhere we could fish. – Got you. Got one. – The dog’s not impressed. – I am . That’s fun, is what that is, man. – When we come back, the search for the right docks continuesas Wade and Jeff targetmore Lake LBJ bass. – The Fisherman’s Handbook is brought to you in part by Cabela’s, it’s in your nature,Yamaha Marine,reliability starts here, Ranger boats, still building legends one-at-a-time. – You know, LBJ was the choice today because it’s a great fishery. I get to spend about two, maybe three days a year up here. Jeff’s only been here one time. But it’s a lake that really sets upfor a fun lake to fish. It’s not too big, the wind was gonna blow,we could find someplaces to get out of it. And I knew we had an opportunity once we got up here to catch some big fish. Big one, dude. – Big one. Another big one. Look at all the torn up grassfrom where we were demolishing. I just sat there and held him and he swam out. It’s not going. – Yeah it is, it’ll take it. Alright, we got our selfie. – When you starttalking about a boat dock lake. A lot of the lakes that make up the Colorado river chain,LBJ, Marble Falls, downto Travis, Lake Austin, you know there’s boat docks everywhere. So it’s a target-rich environment. But you know, fishing boat docks is not something where you just go along and you just pitch it out in front of the dock and hope you’re gonna get a bite. Yes, you can catch a few fish like that,but the reality is,good boat dock fishermenthey know how to dissect a dock,they know the key docksfor the time of the yearbecause they do change, and they know how to pick the right bait. – Got him, got him? That was a big’un, dude, that was a big’un wasn’t it? – That was a war. We knew it was gonna happen. – Oh it’s gonna happen a lot. – They don’t like brand new painted and stained docks. – Oh you’re right, you’re right. – See he had moved to the old neighborhood. There’s something about the stain causing the pH to go down and go wonkers. – See that’s the thing about you, you know? – I’m thinking. – Yeah, you’re a thinking guy. The thing here is these docks on LBJ are permanent docks. They’re not floating docks,so the biggest key when youfish a lake like this with docks is you have to figure out which docks they’re on. There are thousands of docks on this lake. It’ll usually be a depth thing. It’ll be the angle of the bank. It’ll be are they main lake or halfway back in the creeks? Are they halfway back in the pockets?Where are they? So we kinda dialed in right then. Okay, we need to be about maybe the first quarter or first half into the creeks and the docks need to be in about four and a half, five foot of water on sand. – I can’t tell how big he is. I never did see him. Another keeper. – God they pull so hard. – Yes they do. – Dude, why didn’t you take me to this cove earlier? – I had to let you get your mojo on. Fishing’s fun again! – Funny how it works. – I love fishing. – You know the baits we were throwing were Big Bite in orientation. We’re both members of the Big Bite baits fishing lures teamand we were throwingthe squirrel-tail worm, the coon-tail worm, and their finesse worm and they’re all perfect for the types of applications that we were using. I was throwing the coon-tail on a shaky head a little bit early on, but once it become prevalent and Jeff dialed this in that it was gonna be a wacky worm bite, I mixed it up between the squirrel-tail and the finesse worm rigging it wacky worm with a little weight in there and you could skip that so far back up underneath the docks in those types of situations. And then it’s just a matter of holding on, because you’re gonna get a lot of bites when it’s that right time of the year to throw that presentation. – Got him. He’s on the end. It’s a good one, dude. – Pretty good one. – Nothing wrong with that. – He was out there on the end. Them fly fry garters. – Good job. – I don’t wanna waste my bait. – Stay on there. Yay for Wade, yay for Wade, yay Wade. – I love to throw wacky worm. I love the bite, dude, it’s one of my favorite bites. – And after the break, Jeff shows the particular way he’s rigging his bait and how it helps him land more bass. – The Fisherman’s Handbook is brought to you in part by Garmin, the power of simple,Big Bite Baits, designed tobring the big bite to your line,PowerPole shallow water anchors, swift, silent, secure, SPRO, sports professionals. – You know, fishing with Jeff who, not only is one of my oldest friends alive, he’s also a great Bass Master touring pro. So, not only do I get a chance to go out and fish with somebody that I’ve fished with since I was 10 years old, I get to go out and fish with an elite series pro. So those are special times for me,when I get to beout on the water because I’m learning. He has seen and experienced so many things at the highest level of competition that it is any time he starts talking I’m listening. – This is just a Big Bite, just a finesse worm, tilapia. And what I do here, Iput a nail in the head. You can see the nail right there. Okay, I put the nail in the head,now what I’m doing,since I’m skipping a lot around these docks, normally you just rig a wacky worm like that, okay? But we’re going so far underneath those docks you’d be hung up every time. So here’s what you do, and this is an important deal. You have the head ofthe nail in the fat end. I’m gonna come up here,take a bite there, and I’m gonna rig a Texas rig like that. Now the reason you always need to have your hook bend your hook toward the head of the nailthe reason is, I learnedthis by trial and error, if you rig it the other way, because common sense would say go to the fat part in therebut the deal is thefish is 90% of the timegonna eat it when it’sfalling down headfirst. So if you have your hook flipped around the other way when you set the hook you’ve got to spin that hook in his mouthand you will lose a ton. I would 10-to-one ratherjust rig it open hooked, but these fish are so far under this dockyou would stay hung up. You would break off 400wacky worms in a day. And I’m just using a little one ought TroKar hook. And that’s just a straight shank TroKar hook. But rig it like that. Remember, see how the hook is going down? Like that. And your nail is this way. So rig the hook toward whatever side you weighted. Makes all thedifference in the world. – Get him, get him. – Got him, good one. – Grr. – Big one, dude. – That was a good one. – Got him?Is that a fish? – Golly. – Good one?- Yeah, took me underneath that. I couldn’t do anything with him. He took me under that, really hard in that wind. He took me underneath that stairs. Here’s the thing about the way we were fishing today. As far back as those fish were underneath those docks, I mean they were way back. You’d have eight or 10 poles back with crossbars, and a lot of the bass would come against the bulkhead or the bank and underneath the dock. So you try to get lined upand you try to fisharound the cross members and things like that but it truthfullyis kind of a lowpercentage deal. – That’s a good one. That’s a grown one. – Aw, it’s headed to the power pole. – He’s on theother side of the boat. Now he’s coming your way. Ah, that’s a big one. Think we lost him? – That’s a freaking six-pounder, dude. – That’s a big one. That was a big one. That was a giant. – Losing fish when you’re fishing docks to me is part of the game. If you’re taking a bait and you’re skipping it into that type of a jungle, I mean, when you look at a dock at a lake like this that’s at constant level, there can be 30 and 40 poles, there’s crossbeams, there’s jet skis that are hanging in the water. There’s limbs that are up on the shore. There’s ropes, there’s ladders, there’s all kind of obstacles that are under the waterso you’re skipping thatbait up under there and that bass takes that bait, and you set the hook, he’s got a lot of options to wrap hisself up. You’re gonna lose some. And it just so happens sometimes one guy’s gonna get lucky and the bass swims leftand one guy’s gonna get unluckyand the bass swims right. I got a little bit luckier than Jeff did on a few of those big ones today. – Got him. Oh it’s a big one. – Oh it’s a real one. – It’s our show fish. Here he comes. Come here, buddy. Dude, he was so shallow. He should be like side-fishing a red fish right there. – Look at that dude, somebody else already had him hooked. – Wow, they lost him. – We’ll get us a picture of him. – Coming up, the duo keeps the pressure on as they swing more fish into the boat. – The Fisherman’s Handbook is brought to you in part by Sunline American, the strength to guarantee your confidence, Engel Coolers, a legend in reliability, Bubba Blade, the ultimate sportsman’s knife and carving machine. – You know, not only am I fishing with a member of the industry, and you look at Jeff and I’s tieswe’re on Team Cabelas together,we both use Garmin, weboth use Big Bite Bait , we’re a part of the Yamaha marine staff, we got a lot of great professional tiesas well as those personal ties. So you can get the opporunity to go out and shoot a show that’s educational and beneficial for people, but you also get to go fishing with one of your best friendsthat’s just a big checkmark in today’s world. – I don’t think he’s very big, is he? – I think so. – No, he isn’t. – Oh, I thought he was bigger than that. I did, I thought he wasa three or four pounder. Nice pirouette. – So if you catch one that’s not big, it’s just always important to add a little pizzazz. – Add a little pizzazz. – Just a little bit . – I kinda was like,Fishing with the Stars, is that a dance move that they’re gonna judge?- Mean, just something,you know what I mean?Make it special. – I was impressed; I was impressed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that move. – We always talk about our favorite ways to fish. One of my favorite waysto get a bite, no doubt, is on a wacky worm. There’s something about that bite. A lot of people think, oh that’s sissy, and all that. When you skip that thing under and that thing’s falling, and that line just tugs and you pick up and he’s sliding all . . . I love that bite. I mean, it’s oneof my favorites. I like it almost as I like to punch grass or throw a trap or whatever. It’s just, to me, it’s a great bite. And you get a lot of bites on it. Everybody now wants to just throwlike they’ll throw a wacky rig, but they’ll throw a big stick worm. And that’s fine, but it’s something now that not that many people do. When I first started fishing,man we always threw a wacky worm just a finesse-style worm. And it still gets a lot of bites, and it still makes me a lot of money, so if I could I would fish til dark tonight and I would do it all over tomorrow. I cannot get enough of skippingthat thing under a dock and feeling that line just . Oh I almost threw there! I almost threw there. – That was a line jump fish there. – Because I go man, do I through underneath or between that dang jet ski deal, or do I throw in the other? Because I know there’s one there. Ah, bad choice on my part. – He’s choked it too. – Dang it. – I absolutely love targeting fish in this type of a manner. I’m a target guy. I like to throw at something. I mean, there’s like 40 billiondocks it seems like out hereand there’s like 30poles under every dock. So, at every angle, at every turn, you’ve got something to throw at. And we had Logan out here shooting the B-boat stuff,we had the drone flying around, we had Kevin jumping from boat to boat, so we had about the perfect bass fishing day. We caught a ton of fish,we caught some big ones, we caught them in a way we like to fish, and just a great day and a great time on the water. – I fish full-time. That’s what I do 100% ofthe time for a living. I fish the Bass Master leads and all that stuff. And I had as much fun today as I’ve had fishing all year. For a couple reasons. One, Wade’s been one of my best friends literally since we’ve been eight or 10 years old. We have fished together. We learned how to bass fish together. That’s all we did was fish, so it’s always fun to get back in the water with Wade. And the other deal is there was no pressure today. We just had a good time. We fished a prettyslow pace, pretty easy. There’s was times we just kinda idled around to the next pocket and ate some peanuts and drank a water or whatever. And just, it wasa kick back day. Fishing is fun, it really is. You come out like today and just have a great fun day. A guy needs to do that. – Well, my old buddy Kriet. – That’s a good one. – Spinning reel, that’s fun. Doesn’t get much better for us today. – Covering some ground. You’re going off-shore and then back on the tear. We gotta do this more often. – I’m in. I’m in, I just want one more. – Hello? Yes, no fish; just saw one, though. Yeah, it’s a good one. Four pounder. Green and yellow’s the hot color. Bye. – Watch it, serious. Oh you got one? – Lost him! – Didn’t even talk to anybody. That was all made up; that was a recreation. – Thanks Wade. – I got sassed. – Yeah that was him;that was a show-stopper. – I got sassed.