Team Tales from the Trail – Lake Travis, FLW Tour

By Gary Haraguchi

Well, it happened again, this time in Texas. We pulled up to a gas station in Jimmy's Yamamoto-wrapped truck and boat, and I walked into the store. On my way out a couple of guys walked up to me. "We hate to bother you but can we get your autograph? We love your baits!"

I looked over at gentleman #1 who had a notepad and pen in his hand and gave him the bad news. "Sorry, I'm not Gary Yamamoto".  Gentleman #2 replied, " I googled him and you look just like him!" Sorry to ruin your day, guys. Sometimes I think I should just go along with it. It's not the first time and I'm sure it won't be the last time it happens.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts how much Jimmy loves BBQ. Since we were in Texas, you know we stopped for some. I have to admit Texas has some of the best BBQ I’ve ever had. If you're in or around Austin, I recommend you stop and give the "Salt Lick" in Driftwood, TX a try.

The second stop of the FLW Tour was Lake Travis in Jonestown, Texas. For a long time Lake Travis was low and that allowed all kinds of brush and trees to grow, so there is now an unlimited amount of brush in the lake which stretches 65 miles with plenty of creek arms and coves.

Our pre-fish was tough with lots of fish caught, and just a few made the 14-inch size limit. We only had one big fish that Jimmy caught which was close to 7 pounds on a Flappin' Hog (FHL-05-301). The best part is that Jimmy became friends with a giant rooster.

We caught fish on a wacky rigged 5-inch Senko (9-10-173) with a nail weight, but only in a few cleaner areas where there wasn't so much brush. A Frenzy Nail with a 4-inch Senko (9S-10-297), a Carolina rig with a D-Shad (121-07-194J), 1/2 jig with a 5-inch double Tail Grub (16-20-176), a dropshot flippin’ a Flappin' Hog and a Chatterbait with a Zako Trailer (134-06-036) also produced fish for us.

As for the tournament, I had all of the above tied on. It’s important to have a nice variety of product when you’re casting from the back of the boat. 

I used a Powell Max 3D 713 MEF spinning rod for both the Frenzy Nail with a 4-inch Senko and the 5-inch wacky rigged Senko, and a Max 3D 712 MLEF for the dropshot. I teamed up the Flappin' Hog with a Powell Max 3D 764CF, the jig with a 723CEF, the Carolina Rig with a 734CF and the Chatterbait with a 6104CB. I felt I needed to offer quite a few presentations since we caught fish on all these baits, and the keepers that we did catch were a bit random, inconsistent and not duplicable. I decided I would let the conditions and type of cover we fished on tournament day determine which bait I would throw.

On day one we fished rock, flooded bushes and laydowns. Day two we fished a big flat with scattered brush. The keepers I weighed in were caught on the 5-inch Senko, Flappin' Hog, dropshot rig, Carolina Rig with my biggest fish, a 5-pounder, coming on the Frenzy Nail with a 4-inch Senko. I had a total weight of 20 pounds, 3 ounces to tie for 3rd place but lost the tiebreaker to end up in 4th. Jimmy ended up catching his fish on the Frenzy Nail with a 4-inch Senko, Flappin Hog and Chatterbait. His total weight of 18 pounds 11 ounces was good for 48th place check.

After the tournament we headed south to Jacksonville, Florida to drop off the truck and boat as our next tournament would be at the Harris Chain in Leesburg, Florida. On the way we decided to stop at Lake Seminole for several hours and do some fishing. Jimmy, Billy Hines and I caught bass from 1 ½ to 4 pounds, all on the 5-inch (9-10-297) and 6-inch Senkos (9L-05-208). We had a pretty good time.  

Thanks to my sponsors for their support of me on the trail: Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Powell Rods, Top This, Frenzy Baits, Costa Sunglasses.

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YAMAMOTO PRODUCT IN THIS ARTICLE

Senko

Senko

Flappin' Hog

Flappin' Hog

Zako swimbait

Zako swimbait

Double-Tail Grub

Double-Tail Grub