New Water: Spring largemouth with Rapala pro Steve Sasaki

A few of us are on our way home
from 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 Steve
Sasakiup to the task of taking us out on a new body
of waterthat none of us have ever been on. It’s a reservoir in Saskatchewan
and apparently it’s, if not one of the only,it is the only lake or reservoir
that has largemouth bass in it in Saskatchewan. So we’re going to unleash Steve on this lake
and 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 guys
on some fish. I have heard that the average size of largemouth
in hereis bigger than what most people anticipated
initially. And it’s a reservoir system, which I have
never fished before. The water temperature in early spring is already
in the high 60s. So it will be interesting to see how the fish
are set upWe invited you to come with us because you’re
a pretty accomplished bass angler. And we’re hoping that we will head out on
the water todayand we can tap into some of your knowledge
to figure out where we are going to find largemouthon this body of water that none of us have
ever 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 lines
anywhere from the 4 – 7 foot mark with a littlebit of deep water close by. We’ll start at the weed edges and then move
our way deeper as we go. So knowing what you know about what we’ve
seen already for water temperature,what do you think the bass are actually doing?They are post-spawn right now, they should
be done that already. So I don’t want to say it’s the edges of bays
going in,but that’s a good place to start. Typically when I bass fish on a lake I haven’t
seen before,the water temperature is a good indication
of where they are going to be. And then what I do is take it one step back
and I start at that point. Today, because of the temperatures and because
of 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 something
from Reaction Innovations. So for you, plastics is the way that you’d
want 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 throw
some minnow baits?It depends on the structure. If we can find a nice rock point with some
weeds close by,I really wouldn’t mind throwing some X-Raps
or some Shadow Raps. What do you think about the possibilities
for trying some top water?So my dad came with us today, and he’s going
to be in another boat. I’ve actually armed him with a frog. It’s good, we’ve got a few people running
a few different baits. When you’re fishing like this, it’s a good
to 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 anglers
who 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’re
fishing in weed cover and you’re fishing alot of grass mats and such,
what happens is that really strong hook setgets the fish pointed
it jerks the head in the same direction thatyour line is going
and it actually brings them out of whatevercover they are in. So what happens is if you don’t do a hook
set like that with a really strong pull,that fish will dive back down and often times
will wrap you around a lot of weeds. See now, that’s a nice weed line too. One of the things that anglers often get caught
up in isseeing a shoreline or a weed line that looks
really good,and it goes for 600 yards,
but when you’re tasked with catching fishin a short time period, that can be a killer
for you. It can be a killer for anybody. If you notice, there is so much of this down
the shoreline. Often times you’re fishing for one or two
fish in a mile long worth of shoreline. It’s not what they call a high-percentage
spot. 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 rock
or boulder pile or something. Just to help concentrate those fish. So we’re not going to run down the whole shoreline
here, 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 a
short period of time. So what do you tend to focus on?This lake is a little different in the way
it sets up,but when you’re driving along and there is
a 500 yard stretch of shoreline that has alot of good looking weed cover but you don’t
want to fish it,one of the things that I do is I drive along
that shorelineand I look for any anomalies that are along
that shoreline,whether it be a sunken log or a stump or a
boulder. And what it does is it just helps position
those fish. We know that bass are opportunistic and they
like to ambush their prey. So those sorts of things offer that dynamic. Side Imaging on the Humminbird has become
almost a staple in my boat. Just driving down a shoreline, you can see
things 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 is
actually key a lot of times. When you’re typically casting from 50, 60
yards away,it’s not conducive to putting that bait in
the water quietly. The other thing is that when you are fishing
weed lines and weed pockets,your pitches actually have to be pretty pin-point
accurate. Because you’re placing them in areas where
sometimes it’s only a coffee can wide. From that standpoint, you just got to be a
little closer than farther. One thing I haven’t seen is a lot of lay downs
on this lake yet – a lot of structure otherthan weed lines. So maybe we’ll have to go look for some docks
or something. We were just fishing a shoreline with a lot
of really good cover -trees that were leaning over, there was a
bunch of wood. So we just flipped right in –
I pitched it right underneath one of the trees,where the branches were leaning over creating
shade,and this little guy bit. What a fun day of fishing at Boundary Dam
Reservoir. We landed plenty of largemouth,
mostly tucked tight into weed edges. We caught on a few different presentations
too,but the wacky rigged worm was definitely our
hot bait. Now that we’ve been to Boundary, we can’t
wait to go back. This will definitely become a regular stop
for us,anytime we’re fishing on the Saskatchewan
side of the border.

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