Monday, April 14, 2008

Spring Big Bass Tips

I suppose the bass have finally figured out that spring is here and it is time to go shallow. It seems like we humans

have been experiencing spring-like conditions for several weeks, but the bass have been waiting, and now is the time to

get out there and catch 'em. The spawn is to bass fishermen/women what the rut is to deer hunters. It is the time of year

the big 'uns become more vulnerable than any other time of the year.

High quality sunglasses, like the Solar Bat's, are a must when bed fishing. They help you see through the water's glare

enabling you to spot bass on their spawning nest. I love to sight fish for bass more than any other type of fishing.

Just recently me and a friend went down to Truman lake (exactlocation not disclosed)and we notice in the shallows the big

female bass were on their nests.I love to find them when they are on the nest,because site fishing is fantastic and loads

of fun.

At this point, we pitched lizards and small worms onto the nest. Being careful not the spook the fish, we would actually

pitch past the nest and drag the Kalin's watermelon lizard or Western worm in green back onto the nest in front of the

fish. Once the bait was on the nest, we shook the line to make the bait move a little and aggravate the bass to the point

that they wanted it off of the nest. They would pick it up in their mouth to move it and BOOM, we'd set the hook and the

rest is in the pictures. We even caught the same bass, two different times. I caught it first and 20 minutes later my

fishing buddy,caught it off of the same nest. I like the Kalin's worms and lizards because they are packed with salt,

which the bass find irresistible. Once they bite, they hold on longer than with other plastic baits I've used.

Proper rod, reel and line selection is also important when bed fishing. The clarity of the water you are fishing will

greatly dictate the size line you need to use. Bedding fish are spooky and in clear water, the chances of hooking up with

these fish are less than when they are in murkier water. Proper gear selection is important.When bed fishing, it is

imperative that your casting be on target to increase your chances of hooking up with the bass.

A good medium-heavy to heavy action rod is a good choice.

If sight fishing is not for you, try chunking spinnerbaits along the bank. Cover lots of water, and you will probably

catch fish. I like bright colors in the spring. Look for 60-68 degree water and watch for movement along the shoreline or

for the bass themselves.

If you want to fish the spawn, but don't own a boat, don't know where to go or what to do, contact a guide. They are there

to help you catch fish and learn the sport. They can be a great benefit to you. I highly recommend a guide for a good day

on the water.

This is the time of year for you to do your thing, if your thing is catching bass Find or make time to get out on the

water and look for spawning bass. Until next time, enjoy the Great Outdoors!

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