4 HOURS LEFT
Lake E has become shrouded in thick clouds as Latuso moves downlake to a cove loaded with gnarly wood cover. Here he tries the flipping jig and Colorado spinner. “What a weird day; it starts off with bluebird skies and suddenly it looks like it’s going to rain!”
Latuso Texas rigs a super bug (black/blue/green) Missile Baits D Bomb creature and flips it around laydown logs. “I may have to go back to a moving [horizontal retrieve] bait now that it’s clouded up.”
Latuso combs more laydowns with the Colorado spinner. “There’s tons of wood in this lake but not a ton of bass around it.”
He returns to the slow-tapering point he fished earlier and strikes out with the flipping jig and both spinnerbaits.
Latuso slow rolls the Colorado spinnerbait across a shallow sandbar.
He drops the jig on a submerged stump, gets a tap, swings and misses. What’s his take on the day so far? “The three keepers I’ve caught were all relating to shallow laydowns, but these thick clouds have slowed that bite way down. Hopefully the skies will clear and they’ll move back tight to wood cover.”
Latuso’s wish is granted as patches of blue begin peeking through the dark clouds. He probes a series of laydowns on a main-lake flat with the creature.
Latuso is alternating between the Colorado spinnerbait, the copper-bladed Thunder Jig and the Missile flipping jig on the big flat.
A good fish pops the spinnerbait on a submerged stump but doesn’t hook up. “Sucker knocked 2 feet of slack in my line!” Latuso immediately flips the jig to the stump, but the bass has departed.
3 HOURS LEFT
11 a.m. The flat terminates in a shallow cove. Here Latuso spots a lone stickup, bumps his spinnerbait off the cover, and a big bass nails it! He slams back his rod and the fish comes unbuttoned. “Aww man, that was a good one!”
11:09 a.m. Latuso’s trolling motor is churning up mud as he probes the shallowest reaches of the cove with the thumper-blade spinnerbait.
11:20 a.m. Latuso’s supershallow explorations prove fruitless, so he races downlake to a point with a tangle of laydowns. Here he alternates between the Colorado spinner and the flipping jig.
11:26 a.m. Latuso Texas rigs a green pumpkin D Bomb with a 1-ounce sinker for punching cover. “You can often get a reaction bite during a cold front by dropping a bait with a heavy weight straight down through thick cover. You want it to fall real fast so they grab it instinctively.” He flips the creature to a logjam, then shakes it repeatedly once it hits bottom.
11:39 a.m. Latuso runs back to the laydown where he bagged his twin 2-pounders and punches the creature through its network of limbs. No more luck here.
11:52 a.m. Latuso moves to a submerged rockpile he’d spotted on his electronics earlier in the day and drags the Carolina-rigged lizard. A bass grabs the lure; Latuso sets the hook, swings the fish toward his boat, and it shakes free in midair!
11:55 a.m. Another bass taps his lizard; Latuso swings and misses. “Could they possibly be biting any lighter?”
2 HOURS LEFT
12:01 p.m. Shad are breaking the surface around the rockpile. Latuso ties on a 1/2-ounce blue/chrome Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap lipless crankbait and burns it across the structure.
12:14 p.m. Latuso switches Zoom lizards to a red 8-inch Magnum and drags it around the rockpile. “Might as well go for the big bite!”
12:18 p.m. Latuso is a profoundly patient angler who knows how to execute a painfully slow dragging retrieve. A bass finally picks up the lizard, but instantly drops it. “They are really spooky today!”
12:35 p.m. Latuso finally abandons the rockpile, moves to a channel bank with laydowns and flips a D Bomb in the hematoma (black/blue/red) color pattern to the cover.
12:46 p.m. Still flipping shallow laydowns. “You’d think there might be one or two more big fish holding around all this cover, but you’d be wrong.” It seems Latuso’s patience is finally wearing thin. He stows the trolling motor for a move.
1 HOUR LEFT
1:06 p.m. Latuso runs straight across the lake to a shallow point, flips the D Bomb to a log and bags keeper number four, 1 pound, 4 ounces.