Banner day on Lake Bastrop
“Man can learn a lot from fishing — when fish are biting no problem in the world is big enough to be remembered.” This quote by Orlando Battista is fishing guide Mike Hastings' signature statement. Mike and I had one of those banner days on Lake Bastrop last Thursday.
The largemouth bass are having their annual summer threadfin shad fest.
Usually from mid-June through September, thousands of bass converge on huge schools of shad in deeper water in front of the lake dam. The bass drive the shad to the surface and smash into the tasty little silverfish like piranha. It’s a fisherman’s dream: feeding bass on the surface ready to strike any lure you toss into the melee — at least that’s the way it is supposed to work. Sometimes the bass can be very picky about when they hit.