Had a blast, I did get some hits on a Texas rigged Lizard but didn't get a good hook set. I didn't have any worms yet so tried the lizard fished the way Dave suggested to fish the worm. Hits were coming from 2-3 foot depths. These were the only hits on plastics and may have been bluegill or junior bass for all I could tell. I didn't use the fish finder cause of how shallow a lake it is had the GPS on the whole time keeping an eye on the depth. The crawdads with a jig were fun to throw but will need some practice with presentation. Just have a gut feeling it's not acting the way I want it to so maybe I was changing the retrieve each time. Frog was enjoyable to watch and if I had been a bass would have gone for it during the pauses. Tried to mimic the way I have seen frogs. Only drawback was the frog would start to spin if drawn back all at one time. Could get about 3 cranks before it would spin so used a three crank let sink about a foot then repeat.
The two fish we did catch were a white bass and small channel cat. Both caught on square billed plugs while trolling back to ramp area.
As for the gators, we didn't see any. We tried to head up to north end where they are reported to hang out. About halfway up to them we dropped trolling motor and lifted the outboard. We almost hit a boulder that we did not see until 5 feet from it only because the waves trough showed it to us. We decided to turn around at this point. Laughing that we may need to walk the boat out in gator territory. Now that would have been a real hold my beer and watch this moment we opted not to try.
Dave thank you for the pointers I will be trying the rattle snake worms you mentioned back on Eagle Mountain Lake.
Also let me warn everyone, it turns out there is a launching fee for the boat ramps. If it is on one of their signs me and Glenn missed it. We did read all about zebra mussels and draining live well info and the do not eat these fish advisories but no mention of a parking fee. If it had been clearly marked we would have been more than happy to have paid for it 5$ for 7 days or 15 for the year. So we ended up with a ticket. We went over to the daiquiri shop at casino beach to get a permit then headed downtown to the court house and explained the situation to the judge and had the ticket annulled.
I somehow feel this may be a trap. You go to a daiquiri shop to get a permit to launch a motor boat onto a lake where it is also listed on the sign no alcohol allowed on the lake. Seems we have a conflict of interest here if you ask me.
Have not given up on the pursuit on the bass I can see this becoming a regular day of play and both Glenn and I are already planning on new tackle boxes full of plastics in the near future.