fished from a boat. Tried a small crank bait and a frog, and a small buzz bait. all close to shore or around docks.
Interesting... if you include the shaky head as well, 75% of the baits you threw were "small" baits. What do you think "small" baits catch?
I'm not saying that small baits won't catch big fish, I catch plenty of big fish on small baits... but I also go through a lot more small fish. With bigger baits you are upping your odds of catching bigger fish. It's as simple as that. I've heard a lot of people catching a lot of small fish on LA the last 10 days or so with an maybe 1 or 2 keepers mixed in. My last couple of trips on Lake Austin I have specifically been targeting "bigger" fish with "bigger" baits. I haven't hooked any real monsters the last couple of trips, and I definitely haven't had nearly as many bites as most people have been lately... but I also haven't caught anything under 2lbs. Only keepers.
The senko is a good bet on Lake Austin. It seems to work year round there. The standard 5" senko that most people throw, will still catch a lot of small fish, but for such a "small" bait it will catch more keeper sized fish than other 5" soft plastic worm will. Fish it weightless, and most people these days seem to prefer to throw it wacky-rigged.