The Winter's Bass Blues
The Winter’s Bass blues
Late spring – Upper Mid-west North America (65-70 degree water temp)
As the ants are near settling in the pants of the North American angler, the Largemouth Bass are also doing the same. Having left their spawning beds, for both staging water and deep water haunts of carnivorous predation, anglers are now challenged to not only locate, but challenged to coax, the finned feeder onto their hook(s). Locating and catching bass during the spawn is an easy feat; put your lure in front of their face, wait a few seconds, and set the hook.
After the spawn, bass become far less aggressive, as survival instinct recedes, leaving them less susceptible to artificial lures. Trickery is the thrill of the catch. The angler’s presentation is now the time to be balanced or adjusted toward feeding patterns and locations. Shallow, deep, and deeper are our options. But where do we start? Simple…start from shore. Watch for wildlife activity, as that indicates dominant natural feeding locations. Various feeding locations can include insect activity, aquatic vegetation growth, water clarity, structure and its transitional areas, i.e., lay-down trees, overhanging tree limbs, bridge pilings, or protruding dock sections. Now you will need to choose presentations and techniques. There is no need to go out and buy the entire tackle department of the local bait shop, just start basic. A lead, or non-toxic bullet nosed sinker, off-set hook, and ribbon tailed plastic worm are a very effective option. This rig setup is termed: the Texas Rig. It may look plain and boring, but will most times surpass the excessive.