Preston Henson and James Matsuoka Win Bass Pro Shops Top 100 event

Bass Pro Shops Top 100

Preston Henson and James Matsuoka Win Bass Pro Shops Top 100 event

The First ever Bass Pro Shops Northern California Open was held at Folsom Lake last weekend. This was a event where 100 Teams fished for 2 days and only the top 10 Teams moved on to weigh in at Bass Pro Shops is Rocklin Ca on Sunday. Two RB BASS Anglers made the top 10 Randy Walker and Preston Henson, both Anglers Teams had a shot at the title.

The Team of Preston Henson and James Matsuoka squeaked out the win as they edged out Corey Fenske’s Team by a very narrow margin. Preston Henson stated that the bite changed each and every day, the fish were transitioning from eating bait to eating craws. The team used the River2Sea Rover for key topwater bites and then changed to dartheads and the River2Sea Papa Mur Jig for most of their bites that they weighed in over 3 days to take the win with a total weight of over 40lbs.

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Preston Hensons Sponsors are: Phenix Rods,Lews Reels,RBBASS,River2Sea,D&M Custom Baits

James Matsuoka’s Sponsors are: River2Sea and Phenix Rods

Clear Lake Tips

Clear Lake Map

 

Tournament angler Tyler Bounds hands out tips for fishing Clear Lake CA in the early spring.

Tyler recommends ,D&M Swim Jig,River 2 Sea Ruckus, and a River 2 Sea Bling Spinner Bait.

 

Rod Holder- Quick and Easy

Rod Rack

Here is a quick and effective rod holder I made. Took a few hours as I painted mine. Mine holds 21 rods with reels on and the rods are held vertically with no pressure on the blanks. All you need is some plywood or particle board, some 1.5 inch PVC pipe and a 1.5 inch hole saw. When laying out holes for drilling make sure you give enough space between for reels to fit comfortably. Nice thing about this design is you can make it as big or small as you want. Cost is no more then $20-$25 for materials. The hole saw goes on a drill and can be used to make many rod holders. Add your Rod Gloves and your protected too!

Tight Lines
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RBBass

 

Soft Jerkbaits by Josh Parris

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You could write a book on the various rigging options and techniques of soft jerk baits, but for time sake I’ll stick to shallow weightless tips for now. I have always stuck by Zooms super salty Fluke, it’s soft, durable, and has enough weight to be cast a mile weightless. I throw my flukes on a medium heavy rod paired with 10lb fluorocarbon line
Berkley-Floiurocarbon line
on most lakes and 12lb on the Delta and Clear lake. I like to use the fluke Texas rigged with a 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook in both light and heavy wires. Many will say a round bend hooks helps increase hook up ratio, but I haven’t noticed a significant difference between the two and prefer the EWG. The light wire hook will give a great soft jerk bait presentation, working just under the surface. I use that presentation in winter and when the bite is tuff and I’m going more finesse.
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Just like a hard jerk bait the fluke will pull fish from a long way, but because of its soft bait action it tends to draw more bites than a traditional hard jerk bait. I use the heavy wire hook during most of the year. Despite it being a heavier hook it actually makes the bait want to jump out of the water. The majority if the hooks weight is in the back of the bait and points the head at the surface. It creates a blend between soft jerk bait and top water. It will jump out of the water if given a hard twitch during the retrieve. Its possible to do a top water presentation with out a heavy wire hook. It just takes much more work on the anglers part and isn’t typically as controlled. When fishing heavy cover I like to skip the bait in to it and immediately start retrieving it breaking the surface. After a few pops I kill it and let it set for a few second. Ninety percent of the time as soon as it stops is when it’s going to get bit. In open water or on rock bluffs and spars cover I make a long casts past my target. I don’t want the fish to see or hear the baits entry. If my target is close to the bank, I cast on to the bank and pull the bait in silently. I work the bait to my target with the typical twitch twitch pause. When I get to my target I start jumping it out of the water followed by a brief pause. I try to mimic the conditions if bass are chasing bait I try to be erratic, on calm days or if it’s slow I use a more slower retrieve throwing in little busts of breaking the surface. With colors I throw two, albino white and baby bass. Most of the time I throw white because I can easily track it and most bait fish have some white on them. During post spawn or if the water is really clear and the sun is bright sometimes I’ll switch to baby bass. Like all jerk baits the fish are most times just instinctively swiping at it. Sometime they are completely missing it or just grabbing the tail. To combat missing and losing fish, I always try to wait to feel the fish before setting the hook. Most times if they don’t get it and you don’t rip it out of there with a hook set they will immediately come back for it on the next pause. Easier said than done when they violently exploded on it, but loosing or missing fish will quickly reinforce it. I almost always have a soft jerk bait on my deck, it’s a great search bait for covering water as well as follow up bait for a fish that missed top water baits such as Spooks, Frogs or Whopper Ploppers. I hope this helps, and good luck out there!
Josh Parris

Wanta Get Bit? Get Flit! Ima Flit 120 jerkbait

Design

-3 Hooks: Made with three hooks.  This design helps increase catch ratio when fish are in a reactive mood and not willing to aggressively feed.  Most commonly an asset in colder water early and late in the year and in post frontal situations.

-High Pitch (small bb’s):  Most Commonly resembling to baitfish in the Herring family (flat sided, as opposed to a round sided smelt), which includes Gizzard and Threadfin Shad, to imitate sound in colder water conditions and in post frontal situations.

-Triangular Internal Chamber system:  This unique system maximizes sound by ricocheting bb’s at constant angles.  With this design it allows for a controlled sound among all jerkbaits that come out of production, allows the jerkbait to be consistent in sound, and keeps the bb’s from getting stuck in crevices.  This design emits a controlled sound and maximizes consistency, maximizing it’s realistic and unique sound.

-6 to 8ft dive depth:  Most common depth, within visible sight, of suspending baitfish and predatory fish aimed to catch in colder months and post frontal situations.

-Flat sided, wider back:  A common shape of baitfish resembling in the Herring family.  If taken a cross section of, both will appear triangular in shape, as oppose to oval in shape, more resembling of a smelt or minnow, which is less commonly fed on by Bass.

-Forward pointed, skinnier bill:  This lure has its action built into it’s design.  Many competitors make a lure and adjust the bill width and size to give the lure its action.  This will only create more resistance wearing the user out much quicker.  The bill angle, length and width is designed for strictly the depth, where the body is designed for the action by resembling the shape of Herring, which includes Gizzard and Threadfin Shad, and giving a similar cadence, resulting in a much user friendly, less tiring lure.

-Flash:  With how the sides of the jerkbait are designed, they reflect light slightly downward, naturally the direction from which a strike will most likely come from, as oppose to outward and in any which direction like most competitors.

Techniques

-Jerk Pause:  Starting each jerk with a slack and ending with a slack after single to multiple jerks.  Increase frequency between jerks and pauses as fish activity level increases and as water temperature increases.  Work the lure with your rod top close to the water to maximize depth, bringing the rod tip up as you would like to work it shallower or through or over shallow cover.

-Deadsticking:  Working the lure with very little contact with the lure itself and inching the lure forward by bringing up the slack and using the weight of the line to move the lure forward.  Start out with a couple cranks and with the Jerk Pause technique to get the lure to depth before working the deadsticking technique.

Recommended Tackle

-6’0″ to 7’0″ depending on height:  You want the rod as long as possible, but just short enough to where your rod tip is not dragging in the water on the Jerk Pause technique when your rod is pointed downward.

-8lb-14lb line:  The lighter the line the better, when you can get away with it.  This will maximize the natural action of the lure.  As there is more cover and debris to wear line easier, increase the weight of the line.

-Reel:  Most reels can be used, but suggest using a 6.3:1 ratio or greater for easy use.

Flit 120 – Available in 18 colors

Flit 120 – 114 Table Rock Shad

 

Flit 120 – 171 Boned Shad

199 – Clear *NEW*

100 – Silver Flash

101 – Gold Flash

102 – Clown

104 – Chartruese Shad

105 – American Shad

107 – Olive Herring

108 – Misty Shad

109 – Ghost Minnow

113 – Brown Flash

115 – Blue Shad

116 – Tennessee Shad

125 – Matte Bluegill

150 – Ghost Tennessee Shad NEW COLOR

151 – Pro Blue NEW COLOR

152 – Phantom Craw NEW COLOR

Tournament Bass Tips Improve your success

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Tournament Bass Fishing Tips by “Ron Howe”

 

     I am by no means any super Pro Bass Angler, but Ive had a lot of Tournament success in recent years and I want to share what has made me better and hope it can help you be a better Tournament Bass Angler.

     We all start out as Beginners or Rookies or Future pro’s. We develop a love for fishing and a love to compete. Throw a high horse powered bass boat in the mix with a cool looking gel coat and were hooked! Blasting off against 60,70-230 boats is a serious endorphin rush! You against the world the weather the water and oh ya the fish! Once a Angler fishes a few events they get addicted to Tournament Bass fishing. I did!

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     Very few Anglers ever make it to the top level of Bass fishing and fish as a “Pro” for a living. Many of us can live the dream regionally near home and are happy to do so. With kids a full time job and few sponsor dollars available for a weekend warrior we are limited in our opportunities.

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      I have been tournament fishing for over 20 years now. I love it! I love meeting new people and love to compete. Along this journey I started at a club level. We caught fish, but rarely got in the money or won a Trophy or some Wood! The same guys always did well. We new we were good anglers, but couldn’t get to the top of the club event level. Then you meet new people and learn about events with a higher winning potential. So you say sign me up im in! And much like the club level you fish well, but never end up in the top level of the circuit. The same guys always do well??

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      When we fish at the club level or regional semi-pro level it is the last time we will ever get info on how these Anglers did better than us. You must stay to the end of every event you fish to learn and get better. In time you will find out what won the events or what the top 5 teams did to out fish the rest. If you leave the event early because you didn’t place well you are loosing the chance to get better! Stay, ask questions, hang out with those willing to talk, many Anglers love to brag! Heck I do! That’s how you learn!

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      Take what you learn and go practice it, get better at it. When you tackle your weakness find another tournament tactic and get better at it. The more versatile you are the better you will become at Tournament Bass fishing at any level! Don’t get mad when a team does well, try to find out what they are doing that you are not! Now go get good at it. Many years ago I forced myself to practice Punching or heavy flipping. Its not that I couldn’t do it, I love to flip just not in the junk. If I can open water fish I would rather do so. By forcing myself to practice this and get better at it I Punched 25lbs in 15 minutes. That’s all I needed to do 1 time to get me to get over what I want to do and what I need to do at the right times. Drop shotting was an other one, Its not hard, I just didn’t like to do it. I would rather drag a jig or a 10” worm, but quickly I forced myself to improve at this tactic and believe me it has paid off! Get better at what you don’t like to do, it will make you a better Tournament Bass Angler.  

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     One big bit of advice I can give you is to take control of as many things as you can. This is one of the most important steps to becoming a better Tournament Angler. Make sure your line is new or in great condition. Always tie new knots. Always use new hooks. Make sure your boat is fully ready before you leave your house. Know the weather, the tide, the water level, the seasonal pattern you will fish and know the primary food source at that time of year where you are fishing! And as I have asked my partners on a few very sad occasions when the big fish gets off, did you have a trailer hook on? Being pre-paired is the best thing you can do that will improve your Tournament results as a weekend warrior.

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      This one is tough, but invest in good quality products. Make sure you buy products that are proven tournament products. Have the right rod and reel for what you’re doing! A red crank bait just aint a red crank bait if it doesn’t work correctly. If a spinner bait doesn’t work properly it just wont catch as many fish. Bite the bullet and buy good stuff. Make sure you bring enough product that you do well with, do not run out! I have multiples of my favorite baits; I don’t want to run out.

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        Time management. This is critical to your success in tournaments. This does not mean fish too fast. This means fish every second of the day effectively. Each time you start and stop do it quickly. This will add 1-25 more casts per day in every event. If you made 25 more casts in 5 events that is 125 more chances to catch a big one! It is a percentage game and you are improving your chances. If you are the non boater, are you getting ready to go quickly? When the boater puts his pole down and grabs the trolling motor rope that’s a big clue you need to be on the move. Timing is everything!! Think how many times in practice you pull up and first or second cast BANG you get a big one! If you manage your time in tournaments you will increase these odds in your favor. I do a lot of Salmon fishing and I get asked a lot “how come you hook so many fish?” I always answer because im a tournament Bass Angler! And then respond by saying I make more casts than the average angler. Make the most of your time and you will become a better Tournament Bass Angler and a better fisherman.

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    I hope you can use some of these valuable tips to improve your time on the water and your success in your next Tournament.

 

Good Luck

“Ron Howe”

Ron and Dan Win Snag Proof Open

 

Tournament Tackle Prep

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Lets talk a bit about boat and tackle prep for tournaments. This used to be a given for me. However this past season I did more winging it the prepping. The results speaks volumes. My worst season ever as far as results. Numerous break offs, actually 3 tournaments in a row. Frustration finding tackle that I wanted, to having to stop and add oil in the middle of my fishing day. Yeah, yeah I know, poor preparation. Well for the TOC I did the complete opposite. I began prepping 2 weeks prior to the tournament.

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      Two weeks you say? Well yes I may have taken it to the extreme. The results though were well worth the prep. Keep in mind also that Im a working man and was busy with long days prior to the tournament. Really thats kinda the norm all the time and part of the reason I didnt prep for other tournaments. I began by stripping all the line off my reels. Yep all of my reels, even those that I was not taking with me. I cleaned and lubed al of them, trust me it was long over due. Of course My Abu Garcia Revo’s  performed flawlessly despite the neglect. However they were much nicer after. I then spooled every reel with new line and labeled every one of them with lb test install. I then paired the reels with proper test to the rods based on what I was intending to use it for. Tied up my baits, covered all rods with Rod Gloves, and set them aside for loading. 
Rod Glove Prep
         The next step was emptying my boat, and I mean everything. Once empty I washed and waxed the boat. Applied new sponsor decals, and vacuumed out the boat. At this time I made a few minor adjustments to the Hot Foot. Topped off with oil, and air pressure in my tires. While airing up my tires I inspected said tires to make sure all looked good. Checked the water in my batteries and found the cranking battery to be low, so I topped it off with battery acid purchased from Orielly.
         So then Im ready to move onto the fun stuff, tackle and gear. Ive had tackle in shipping boxes from Monster Fishing Tackle totaling at least 3 for the past 6 moths. Sure I love receiving them, but its not the best way to organize tackle. I organized tackle several ways. Hard baits got categorized  and packed in Planos, deep divers, med divers, and square bills. Plastics, got categorized and then placed in gallon glad bags for easy storage. Rattle baits and top waters got combined in one Plano and labeled. Extra baits and misc baits were put in a tote to take along and keep in the truck. Organize baits in a way that makes sense to how you fish. It saves time and frustration during your fishing day.
Tackle Prep
       I went through my first aid kit and consolidated to what I usually prefer to have with me. Some band aids, ibuprofin, that kind of thing. Another small box is used to store gloves, hats, buffs, sun screen and such. Yest another contained for my pliers, cutters, culling buoys, and scale. By doing all of this a head of time I remembered stuff I would have forgotten, one of the benefits of getting older. Packing the boat is just as important as the rest of it. Think about what your are gonna use most and where to pack it for easy access.Use bait gloves on baits with trebles as it will avoid tangles in the rod locker. The rod gloves allowed me to easy pack and remove 18 rods and reels fully rigged each day. Not one eye was damaged in the 5 days I spent on the water. Get you some and protect your investment. 
       Just in case, I pack a few extra reels in the boat. Never know if or when I may want to change a reel out. Its just an easy thing to do and once in a while IM glad I have em with me. Prepping a head of time allows you to focus on the task at hand. It also allows you to enjoy the moment and that time spent with friends. 
          Take the time to prepare for a more enjoyable day on the water. Its time well spent. Tight lines until next time. On a side note, I do the same with my tow vehicle.

Summer Bass tips

Summer: (1) Water Conditions – The surface layer will be hot, 75 degrees and up. Water clarity will vary from extremely clear to occasionally turbid.
Water Depth-In most cases, there are two summertime bass-holding
patterns, shallow and deep. Some lakes may only have one pattern while
both may exist in other lakes. (2) Shallow Fish – Look for cover such as weeds, moss, overhanging trees, submerged brush, stump beds and boat docks. (3) Deep Fish – Look for sloping main-lake points, humps, islands, underwater springs, and deep-water structure such as old bridges, roads and submerged fences. NOTE: Headwaters or main tributaries of lakes and reservoirs are top producers during summer months as they often provide both shallow and deep water in one small area and are usually more oxygenated due to inflowing water. The water there may also be cooler. (4) Lure Choices – For shallow water, plastic worms, crank-baits and spinnerbaits will work while topwaters are top producers in and around heavy cover such as pads and brush. For deep water, small plastic worms, tube lures, grubs and small deep-running cranks are top choices. (5) Tactics – For shallow water, early morning, late afternoon and night fishing are best, particularly on clear-water lakes. Plastic worms, dark-colored spinnerbaits or topwaters and buzzbaits tend to be the top nighttime producers. Minnow lures and jerkbaits twitched slowly are often good producers during summertime as well. The Texas-rigged plastic worm, however, has to take top billing, but try the Carolina rig in deep weedbeds and Do-Nothings in spots where a current flows. For deep-water bass, small grubs, worms and tube lures jigged vertically are good producers on sultry days. Jigging spoons worked vertically over underwater humps can also produce bass, although you’ll probably have to fight other species off. The Texas-rigged plastic worm is probably the best choice in deep water, too, but also try working small crankbaits across points and retrieving spinnerbaits deep along bluffs.

Bank Fishing Tips by Austin Wilson

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June 6, 2015

You don’t always need a boat to have a good time fishing. Going to the lake and walking the bank is a great way to catch fish. There are five baits I like to bring while bank fishing: A popper or walking style bait, a dart head, a Huddleston or Osprey swim bait, a Keitech, and a drop shot. The top water baits allow you to cover a lot of water quickly whereas the dart head can be used to slow your bait presentation down and get a more natural look. I am a big bait fisherman so I always bring a swim bait to target the big girls. The Keitech is similar to the dart head but allows you to cover a little bit more water while maintaining the natural presentation by swimming or hopping the bait. The drop shot is an essential part to the boat and bank fishermen’s arsenal as it allows you to pitch it around cover and works in all situations. One more thing, keep it simple, plastic worms are inexpensive and most of the time you are bringing your bait uphill causing it to get hung up, so you will be going through a lot of baits. Next time you don’t want to take your boat out, or want to bring the whole family along, fish the bank and see if my tips work for you.
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Spring Time Bass Fishing Tips by Ron Howe

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Spring Time Bass Fishing  by Ron Howe               

           As Bass Fisherman we tend to dislike winter, it gets cold and Bass can get harder to catch. Getting out and fishing is tough we have families and the holidays are upon us. Most Bass fisherman begin to get excited in January. Not because the weather is nice or because the Christmas bills are rolling in and not because the ice on your windows make you happy, but because Spring is just around the corner. We begin to dream of warmer days and seeing the sun for  more than 1 or 2 days a week. The thought of better Bass fishing is on our mind. Are mood begins to perk up as the doldrums of winter begin to pass..

             Spring time can provide some of the best Bass fishing of the year. It can also bring some of the toughest days of the year as the weather tends to be unstable. As spring approaches us mother nature begins to show us signs of change. The days begin to get longer and afternoon temperatures begin to rise a few degrees. We see signs of the first blooming trees of the year. The grass in the yard finally starts to grow tall enough for its first mowing since late fall. These are keys signs that the spring is coming. Spring may have very cold windy days and several cold fronts pass through . Dont let this fool you the Bass know there time to spawn is coming and they prepare for the spawning ritual. 

             The first phase a Bass moves into during this transition from winter to spring is the pre spawn mode. The first Bass to do this are Small Mouth Bass. These fish will move shallow and feed heavy on there way to spawning areas. This can be fun as Small Mouth Bass will tend to like reaction style baits like rip baits, spinner baits, rattle traps and crank baits. Some of my favorite baits are the IMA Flit 100 and flit 120 match your color to the bait fish and watercolor, ½ oz Persuader E-chip spinner baits in shad colors,c hrome and black rattle traps and natural craw colored smaller crank baits like speed traps and the IMA Pinjack 200  crank baits. I replace all my hooks with Daiichi hooks and will use a bleeding bait red hook on the front of my baits. I look to fish points and Island tops or any rocky areas with the smallest rocks in any area during this pre spawn period for smallmouth bass.

            Small Mouth will spawn on long flat tapering do nothing banks and in coves. They tend to spawn in open water with little to no cover around and tend to spawn a little deeper than largemouth. Sandy looking banks and small pea gravel banks are the key.  Once these fish get into there spawn mode I change to plastic baits. My favorites are 4” senkos in natural or really bright colors, tubes in brown or white and sweet beavers in the 3.50 smallie size in green pumpkin. I will rig the senkos wacky style on 6-8 lb Berkley100% fluorocarbon line and make long casts to these areas. I will fish the tubes and sweet beavers on light dart heads with 6-8 lb test as well. Make long casts and watch your line these fish will come a long way to get your bait and swim away with it.

            The second phase of  Bass to spawn is the Spotted Bass these fish are very aggressive and are as curious as a cat!. During the pre spawn period I use spinner baits,jerk baits, crank baits, and  plastics. For spinner baits I use Persuader ½ oz with a white skirt and white willow blades. I will use this on 10-12lb test and look for areas with incoming creeks or current near bye. For jerk baits I really like the IMA Flit 120 and I match the water color, natural colors such as Ghost Minnow or brighter colors such as the Pro Blue color.  For crank baits any shad colored bait that dives 8-14ft will do and I prefer using 10lb test Berkley 100% fluorocarbon line for this application. As far as plastics go the Spotted Bass during pre spawn arent to picky. I prefer natural colored baits made by Zipper worm company in the 6” Big Weenie  the 4” pudgy worm and the 3.5” Zipper grub. I tend to use dart heads for this application on 6-8lb test. Don’t loose sight of a 6” senko they tend to like these too!  

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            Spotted bass will spawn on steeper banks like 45deg angle or so. Look for sandy banks or small rocks with a few scattered rocks nearby. Coves and pockets right on the main body are good places to try. These spotties will also flock to any flooded willow trees on high water years and do like wooded areas. 

 

             The third phase of Bass to spawn is the largemouth bass these fish will begin to move closer to shore and hang out in areas close to where they will spawn that have deeper water or shelter. If you have a spawning flat and follow it to the nearest deeper water or point you will find pre spawn largemouth bass. If there is a fallen tree near a  spawning bay Big pre spawn females will stack up in huge schools preparing to move shallow. These big girls will suspend around the tree and incubate there eggs before moving to the bank to spawn. 

            During the pre spawn period for largemouth Bass I will use big baits! These fish are looking for a big and easy meal to fatten up before spawning. Early in the spring most of the bait fish remain deep and the Bass have to eat this can get fun! Your lure is the only thing in the top 20feet of the water column! Spinner baits, swim baits, rip baits, jigs ,plastics and rattle traps will all do well. For spinner baits when fishing shallow I will use a white or chartreuse and white Persuader E-chip spinner bait on 12-15lb test and slow roll the bait right on the bottom! If fishing deeper I like the DM custom baits Sniper spinnerbait in ¾ oz. My favorite swim bait in the pre spawn is the RB Swimmer swim bait this super soft hand poured swim bait has crazy tail action and the Big females just cant stand it! I use either trout or California pearl colors on a Daiichi butt dragger hook. This hook allows me to adjust the amount of weight needed on the fly since it has a crimp off lead system and is a super sharp hook! The only problem with using the RB Swimmer swim bait is I have to revive the fish because they are choking on my swim bait! Simply slow role your soft plastic swim bait and hold on! I recommend 15lb test line for this application. For rip baits I will use shallower diving rip baits and use long pauses to temp these fish to eat! As far as Jigs go there is 3 styles of Jigs I recommend football head style jigs, flipping jigs and casting jigs. I use football head jigs in green pumpkin and brown and purple tipped with a natural colored trailer like green pumpkin chigger craw or cinnamon purple. I use these football style jigs in lakes and or when fishing structure. Next is the Persuader Baits casting jig I use these baits when using a giant jig trailer like a brush hawg the flat head on this jig allows me to slowly swim this big jig right along the bottom effectively. The last style of jig I use is the Persuader E-chip flipping jig I use this jig when fishing shallow and tight to cover like wood, docks, and tulles. This is my go to shallow bait. Remember wood holds heat and rip rap rocks hold heat big females need to incubate there eggs get it?  I stick to black and blue or brown and purple jigs with a matching trailer! For plastics I use senkos, texas rigged brush hawgs and 7” Zipper worms. Fish these baits Slow slow and slower!  I use 15-20lb test  Berkley 100% flourocarbon line on jigs and plastics. If none of this is working I go to the rattle trap in red and orange I look to make long casts on the flats and force the bass to make a quick decision on eating my bait. I recommend 15 lb test for this. This works really well when fronts   are causing cold weather in the spring

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            Largemouth Bass will spawn in areas that are protected from the cold northern winds. Protected coves, bays, marinas and dead end areas with little water movement. these will be the areas to focus on. Flat banks with weeded pockets or small areas that are shallow that breaks off into deeper water. Look for areas with fertile soil and bottom and you will find spawning Bass. During the spawn I will only use a few baits senkos, grubs and frogs. I will blind cast my senko and just dead stick it in areas I think a Bass may be spawning. Simply cast it out and let it sit, the bass will come and pick it up to move it away from the nest so watch your line! If I see a bed fish I may elect to flip a grub into its nest to get them to attack it. I only use natural colors I feel these bass have seen enough white baits once they are bedding. I do this on 12-20 test depending on pressure and water color. If we are in a good warming trend I will use a white or black frog cast it out and let it sit for long periods of time near spawning areas I  do this strictly on 65lb test Spiderwire  braided line. 

            

         No matter what type of Bass you are targeting please practice catch and release at all times during the spring, these fish produce the future population of bass and it is critical they be released properly back into the water. Most bass lakes are self populated and keeping spring bass hurts the future of our resource.

       There are many more ways to catch a Bass and many more techniques you can use  and learn and have great success at catching Bass in the spring these are just some good starting points to get you going.

 

 

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