2021 TXTT Sam Rayburn #1

Texas Team Trail visits famed Sam Rayburn for the second stop of the 2021 season! Check out all the action from the first of a double-header tournament weekend — it all starts NOW!

Catching Bass All Over The Nation

Americana Outdoors is Bass fishing all over the nation! We’re starting on the West coast on Lake Castaic where we’ll meet up with Bass Pro Shops Pro Anglers David Walker and Wade Middleton as they visit the lake for the very first time. While we’re there they talk about and share insight on fishing a heavily pressured lake while also hearing from anglers like Clark Wendlandt, Gerald Swindle, Aaron Martens, John Crews, Brent Ehler on choosing fishing line, tying knots and matching fishing line to the bait their fishing. After we wrap up our trips to Castaic and talking fishing line we head to the world famous Sam Rayburn reservoir where we’ll join Wade Middleton as he fishes a late winter day with with water temperatures in the low to mid 50’s with both a Spro Suspending McStik Jerkbait and a Spro Aruku Shad. We then wrap it up with Terry McWilliams who shares his secret fishing bait called the Stupid Tube. He shares the technique and how it’s helped him catch fish for years!

Products and Topics Featured in this episode:

  • Choosing Fishing line for that day.
  • Fishing baits like Ned Rig and how.
  • Choosing Sunline Sniper or Shooter
  • What is best fishing line?
  • Using Sunline Sniper for finesse fishing
  • Finding largemouth bass on Sam Rayburn reservoir
  • Why Monofilment line might be a better choice at times.
  • How to find Bass.
  • Bass Pro Shops Fishing Rods
  • How to fish and rig the Stupid Tube


  • Ranger Boats
  • Sunline Sniper
  • Big Bite Baits
  • Garmin GPS Mapping
  • Garmin Sonar
  • Garmin Virb
  • Spro Aruku Shad
  • Spro Jerkbaits
  • Bubba Blade Pliers
  • Secret Lures Stupid Tube

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, host Wade Middleton heads over to one of his favorite fishing destinations, Sam Rayburn Reservoir.  Sam Rayburn is widely considered among the best bass fishing lakes in the country.  On this specific trip Wade takes to the water on back-to-back days.  From one day to the next, the weather changes drastically.  Wade has to figure out how to re-pattern the fish, and determine exactly how to catch them.


One of the most prominent lures used on Sam Rayburn this time of year to catch bass is a lipless crankbait.  The bass tend to hide out in the submerged grass scattered across the lake.  A lipless crankbait worked along the top of this grass can cause a great reaction bite from feeding fish.  On the first day of this trip, conditions set up perfect for Wade to target the fish in this manner.  He decides to go with a SPRO Aruku Shad in a crawfish pattern.  The fish quickly begin biting, and continue to do so for the remainder of the day.


The following day Wade returns back out onto Sam Rayburn Reservoir.  Conditions have changed drastically from what Wade faced on the prior day.  A cold front has blown through leaving blue bird skies, and a high pressure day.  In these types of conditions, fishing can become very tough.  Knowing that the fish had been hiding out in the grass, Wade decides to fish around the emergent cover again.  This go around he ties on a SPRO McStick and finds a great deal of success.


Gear Shown In Video

Ranger Boats – Z521L:

Yamaha – VMAX SHO 250 HP:

Power-Pole – Blade 2.0:

Garmin – GPSMAP Electronics:

Garmin – Panoptix:

Garmin – Virb XE:

TH Marine – HydroWave H2:

TH Marine – Atlas Jack Plate:

SPRO – Aruku Shad:

SPRO – McStick Jerkbait:

Gill – Insulated Tournament Jacket:

Gill – Angler Jacket:

Gill – Tournament Bib Trousers:

Sunline – Super FC Sniper: