I have found that bass will most often seek out a lake's hardpan surfaces of clay, sand, gravel, etc. They simply relate more to these firmer types of bottom surfaces.
Personally, I don't buy a lot of what has been preached on the behavior of winter bass. And evidently, the fish on this trip (and many others I have taken) didn't either.
There is no doubt that fine-tuning the pattern fishing technique is the real key to success, and you must be alert to recognize patterns within patterns.
"There's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong choice in clothes." I've fished in the worst of all extremes. Even the basic choice of whether to go or not is paramount.
In the coldest of weather, an armada of boats loaded with anglers dressed like Nanook of the North float together and bounce sauger jigs off the bottom trying to catch a Sauger.
At the 1973 Bassmaster Classic on Clarks Hill Resevoir in South Carolina, Bill Dance learned through a heartbreaking loss that everything happens for a reason.
Sam Rayburn's a grass lake, so most of the fishing will be centered around bass relating to the hydrilla in the lake. There's going to be a ton of ways to catch them, from flipping hydrilla with a jig or some type of plastic, or working a topwater, wacky worm or whatever — but everything's going to be related to the grass.
Rick Clunn has been involved in many of the Classic Countdowns, and this one is for rebounding to win the 1976 Bassmaster Classic with a one day catch of 33 pounds, 5 ounces.
Classic Countdown, 39 Days until the 39th. Bassmaster Classic, need we say more?
The 1973 Bassmaster Classic was the first year that BASS Federation sent an angler to the Classic.