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By Allen Christenson
Lake Travis View Contributing Writer

Spring break week kept me busy seven days in a row netting bass for my clients on Lake Travis. The fishing was especially good if your name was Bill.

Bill Williams of Lakeway and young Connor Richmond boated 25 black bass during the afternoon of March 14. Fish could not resist the allure of a slow swimming smoke grub.

Bill latched onto a big five-pound largemouth that fought like an angry bull. It has always amazed me how many big bass are drawn to the little three-inch grub.

Bill played the big female bass carefully on his light action spinning tackle, and finally I was able to slide my landing net under the exhausted largemouth.

The very next morning, I had the pleasure of fishing with longtime client Billy Bragan and his son, Stockard. We left Lakeway Marina at sunrise with high hopes, and the bass did not let us down.

Rigged up with four-inch Senko stick baits, we hit some fast action at our first stop. Bass were holding real close to the shoreline rocks and stumps. One small cove produced a dozen nice bass on Blue Pearl and watermelon Senkos.

As the sun got higher, we switched to a natural shad smoke Senko, This bait kept us busy the rest of the morning.

Minutes before heading back to the marina fillet table, Billy hooked into a brute of a bass near Lakeway. After several minutes, a gorgeous 6-pound largemouth was lying in my net.

Landing big bass for my clients is my biggest thrill as a guide. All fish are fun to catch on light tackle, but big bass really amp up the excitement.

The full moon on March 27 will produce the first spawning wave, and then April will produce the best shallow water action of the year.

Senkos rigged weightless and the smoke grub will get you more bites per hour than any other lure and give a good chance for a clunker.

For updates or a guided excursion, call 512-261-3644, email achristenson1@austin.rr.com or visit northshorebeacon.com.

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