Outdoors: Back to school bass fishing

It was a steamy summer morning at Lake Nacogdoches and the atmosphere was so thick with moisture that it felt as though you might stir it with a stick. The water’s surface appeared slick as plate glass with barely a ripple to be seen from shore to shore.

A threadfin shad dimpled the surface roughly 30 yards off the boat’s port side. Within seconds, a watery mass about the size of a pick-up began to tremble as hundreds of the silver-sided shad pressed against the surface. Savvy anglers call it “nervous water.” The cloud of succulent bait fish had plenty to be nervous about. My guess is they could sense a blood bath was coming.

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