Get the right Bass Tackle for Spring Time Bass Fishing!
The pros have selected their favorite spring time bass baits to help you make the right lure choice.
Chris Lane’s Two-Step Approach For Prespawn Bass
Davy Hite’s Spring Lure Selection
Buckeye Mop Jig:
Hite tosses a Mop Jig when he’s looking for a big bite. “I’ve won tons of money on this thing and have caught big fish on it from Florida to California,” he says. “It has a different action and look than a regular silicone jig, so I feel that it gets bit more.” Hite prefers a 1/2-ounce, plain brown jig tipped with a green pumpkin Trigger X Flappin’ Craw. If there’s grass or wood, he flips it in and around the cover. “It’s a really versatile bait. I’ve caught fish by swimming it an inch under the surface all the way down to 30 feet.”
Trigger X Hammer Worm:
“If you can just take four baits, a worm has got to be one of them,” Hite says. “A lot of times if fish aren’t hitting a jig, they’ll hit a worm, and I can Texas or Carolina rig this and still target big fish.” Hite will either use an 1/8-ounce weight and fish shallow vegetation, or put on a 5/8 ounce and drag it off deep drops. Or, he’ll slide on a 1-ounce weight and Carolina rig this 10-inch worm. “Muck” is his go-to color.
Rapala X-Rap Pop:
“When you go fish, you’ve got to have fun, and there’s nothing more fun than seeing a bass smash a topwater plug,” says Hite. “The first three are versatile baits and the Mop Jig’s a big fish bait, but this thing is awesome if you get on some schooling fish – it busts ’em up, and you can have a lot of fun.”
Flippin’ & Pitchin’ The Prespawn with Denny Brauer
Another thing to keep in mind is the weather. Prespawn bass are very sensitive to cold fronts – more than during any other season of the year. One day they might be up making beds, but then the weather turns cold and they’ll run back into the thickest cover around. It doesn’t take much. A drop in water temperature of one or two degrees will do it.
Presentation & Lure Selection:
My lure preference for this type of fishing is a jig. I want something that’ll get through the cover but, at the same time, I don’t want much movement. The Strike King Denny Brauer Premiere Pro-Model Jig is perfect. If the water is clear, I fish a brown and green pumpkin color (No. 46). If the water’s dirty, I switch to a black and blue or a Texas Craw. I like to put a Denny Brauer Chunk on the back of my jig. This gives me more bulk but doesn’t have an unnatural amount of action in cold water. I always match the color to my bait. In my experience that’s more natural looking and will catch more fish. Weight is a matter of water depth. The deeper the water, the heavier my jig will be. At this time of year the fish are bottom-oriented.
Flippin’ And Pitchin’ The Prespawn February 1, 2012 Bassmaster.com (Denny Brauer)