Elephant Butte 3rd Annual Kayak Tournament 5-14-16

Pro Anglers on trailer

The Pro Anglers Ready for Action

13 in largemouth bass from elephant butte lake 5-14-16

13 in largemouth bass from elephant butte lake 5-14-16

We had a blast this last weekend (5-14-16) up at Elephant Butte Lake.  The weather cooperated this year.  The fish were biting.  The Anglers were courteous and there for a good time.   We had some wind against us going out and some how it was against us on the way in…….hell on the legs.  Just glad I was not paddling.  The Pro Angler usually handles wind better than most.  I was actually fishing  while fighting the wind.  Elephant Butte patterns are usually predictable.  White and purple have been colors that we have used some way or another since I was a child and this time

8.5 in white bass from elephant butte lake 5-14-16

8.5 in white bass from elephant butte lake 5-14-16

16.75 in smallmouth from elephant butte lake 5-14-16

16.75 in smallmouth from elephant butte lake 5-14-16

was no exception.  A white model “A” bomber lure was a go to bait for white bass.  Most cranks with a white belly would get attention especially if there was some flash of red like red eyes or gills.  The Walleye were also hitting this pattern when you got into them.  If I could only use one bait on this lake, it would be this one.  You can even get an occasional black bass on it.  Targeting the Black bass, I used a senko.  Pumpkin with purple, blue and emerald flake seemed to work best. This was extremely effective weightless with a weed less hook.  I was casting it into the brush and letting the senko float down slowly.  We pulled out more smallmouths than I have in the last ten years on this lake.  The lake is definitely coming back.  Water level is still only at 16 percent.  lets hope for some rain this year.  A special Thanks to Zia Kayak Outfitters and the sponsors for putting on this event.

 

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