A few of us are on our way homefrom fishing the Rafferty Reservoir Walleye Cup this weekend,and before we head back to Manitobawe wanted to try fishing on Boundary. We are actually going to put a young SteveSasakiup to the task of taking us out on a new bodyof waterthat none of us have ever been on. It’s a reservoir in Saskatchewanand apparently it’s, if not one of the only,it is the only lake or reservoirthat has largemouth bass in it in Saskatchewan. So we’re going to unleash Steve on this lakeand see what we can figure out. So what do you think about this idea Steve?It’s an interesting concept. It will be fun to see if we can put you guyson some fish. I have heard that the average size of largemouthin hereis bigger than what most people anticipatedinitially. And it’s a reservoir system, which I havenever fished before. The water temperature in early spring is alreadyin the high 60s. So it will be interesting to see how the fishare set upWe invited you to come with us because you’rea pretty accomplished bass angler. And we’re hoping that we will head out onthe water todayand we can tap into some of your knowledgeto figure out where we are going to find largemouthon this body of water that none of us haveever seen before. What are your initial thoughts?What are we going to look for?Well, knowing the water temperatures,I think what we’re going to look for is isolatedweed patches or weed linesanywhere from the 4 – 7 foot mark with a littlebit of deep water close by. We’ll start at the weed edges and then moveour way deeper as we go. So knowing what you know about what we’veseen already for water temperature,what do you think the bass are actually doing?They are post-spawn right now, they shouldbe done that already. So I don’t want to say it’s the edges of baysgoing in,but that’s a good place to start. Typically when I bass fish on a lake I haven’tseen before,the water temperature is a good indicationof where they are going to be. And then what I do is take it one step backand I start at that point. Today, because of the temperatures and becauseof the structure we are going to be trying to fish,my two presentations I am going to be usingtoday is a weightless Senko, wacky rigged,and some sort of Texas-rigged creature bait. Most likely it will be a Chigger Craw or somethingfrom Reaction Innovations. So for you, plastics is the way that you’dwant to tackle this?Absolutely. It’s probably the most versatile. Because you’re using a little heavier weight,you can fish them relatively quickly. It’s up, down, it’s quick and it’s effective. Lots of bass love creature baits. Is there any chance today that we could throwsome minnow baits?It depends on the structure. If we can find a nice rock point with someweeds close by,I really wouldn’t mind throwing some X-Rapsor some Shadow Raps. What do you think about the possibilitiesfor trying some top water?So my dad came with us today, and he’s goingto be in another boat. I’ve actually armed him with a frog. It’s good, we’ve got a few people runninga few different baits. When you’re fishing like this, it’s a goodto have variation and people trying different stuff. So for sure. If it starts to go on the frog bite,there is no better way to catch largemouththan on a frog. That’s a pretty nice fish. Three pounder probably. It hit right on that fall. And it’s funny. Bruce was talking to me about being so close. Obviously this fish wasn’t very spooked. Let’s get this back in the water. Steve, what’s with the Hollywood hook sets?One of the things that a lot of other anglerswho don’t do a lot of largemouth fishing laugh atis the pronounced hook set that largemouthbass fishermen have. There’s actually a reason for that. This isn’t so much heavy cover, but when you’refishing in weed cover and you’re fishing alot of grass mats and such,what happens is that really strong hook setgets the fish pointedit jerks the head in the same direction thatyour line is goingand it actually brings them out of whatevercover they are in. So what happens is if you don’t do a hookset like that with a really strong pull,that fish will dive back down and often timeswill wrap you around a lot of weeds. See now, that’s a nice weed line too. One of the things that anglers often get caughtup in isseeing a shoreline or a weed line that looksreally good,and it goes for 600 yards,but when you’re tasked with catching fishin a short time period, that can be a killerfor you. It can be a killer for anybody. If you notice, there is so much of this downthe shoreline. Often times you’re fishing for one or twofish in a mile long worth of shoreline. It’s not what they call a high-percentagespot. So if you catch one, be happy,but if you were in a tournament situation,this is not something I would look at,unless I knew there were certain differencesalong the shoreline. Anomalies like maybe a lay down or a rockor boulder pile or something. Just to help concentrate those fish. So we’re not going to run down the whole shorelinehere, but we’ll take a few flips just to see what there is. So Steve, we’re on new water to you. The electronics have come a long way in ashort period of time. So what do you tend to focus on?This lake is a little different in the wayit sets up,but when you’re driving along and there isa 500 yard stretch of shoreline that has alot of good looking weed cover but you don’twant to fish it,one of the things that I do is I drive alongthat shorelineand I look for any anomalies that are alongthat shoreline,whether it be a sunken log or a stump or aboulder. And what it does is it just helps positionthose fish. We know that bass are opportunistic and theylike to ambush their prey. So those sorts of things offer that dynamic. Side Imaging on the Humminbird has becomealmost a staple in my boat. Just driving down a shoreline, you can seethings you wouldn’t normally have found unlessyou fished absolutely every inch of that. It’s changed the game considerably. Putting your bait in the water quietly isactually key a lot of times. When you’re typically casting from 50, 60yards away,it’s not conducive to putting that bait inthe water quietly. The other thing is that when you are fishingweed lines and weed pockets,your pitches actually have to be pretty pin-pointaccurate. Because you’re placing them in areas wheresometimes it’s only a coffee can wide. From that standpoint, you just got to be alittle closer than farther. One thing I haven’t seen is a lot of lay downson this lake yet – a lot of structure otherthan weed lines. So maybe we’ll have to go look for some docksor something. We were just fishing a shoreline with a lotof really good cover -trees that were leaning over, there was abunch of wood. So we just flipped right in –I pitched it right underneath one of the trees,where the branches were leaning over creatingshade,and this little guy bit. What a fun day of fishing at Boundary DamReservoir. We landed plenty of largemouth,mostly tucked tight into weed edges. We caught on a few different presentationstoo,but the wacky rigged worm was definitely ourhot bait. Now that we’ve been to Boundary, we can’twait to go back. This will definitely become a regular stopfor us,anytime we’re fishing on the Saskatchewanside of the border.