The RBBASS anglers have spoken- We are ready for some Spring Time Fishing!! With warmer weather coming and longer days out on the water, the possibility of shallower and bigger pre-spawn bass makes this an exciting time of year for fishing. Here are some of our RB anglers sharing their favorite Spring baits and a few Spring time tips…
Early Spring –
1. Frenzy Baits Alabama rig
3. IMA Suspending vibe rattle bait or IMA Flit 120 rip bait
1. Spinner Baits -Chatter Baits-red Ima crank baits
2. Creature baits
3. Berkley Max Scent the General stick baits 4-drop shot
1. A-rig targeting it at the mouths of creeks
2. Lipless crankbaits in the same areas as the A-rig
3. A trusty Drop shot rigged with a short leader and pitched in high percentage places a bedding bass could be.
1. Picasso Lures Shockblade Pro:
The new top of the line bladed jig. The Shockblade Pro is an absolute killer especially around the spring. The Shockblade pro can be thrown literally anywhere! I like to target shallow areas with cover and structure like grass, tules, wood, and rock. These are places where they will stage prior to spawning, spawn, and stage during the post spawn. It comes through grass very nicely and stays true after contact with structure. The Shockblade pro also boasts a side to side hunting action that is one of a kind. I like to throw my Picasso Lures Shockblade Pro on a Dobyns Rods 734c with 40lb braid to a 17lb leader.
2. X-Zone Lures True Center Stick:
The True Center Stick is a stick bait that is a highly underrated fish catching machine. I prefer to throw this bait Texas rigged around shallow cover and structure. My primary targets are tules on the delta and clear lake or the flooded timber of Folsom lake and some of our other reservoirs. The true center stick comes in 5”-6” models and are available in an array of awesome colors. All this bait requires is for you to throw it out, let it sink, and set the hook. I like to throw my X-Zone Lures True Center stick on a Dobyns Rods 734c, 40lb braid, 17lb flourocarbon leader, and a Gamakatsu 4/0 offset shank worm hook.
1. A rigs outside of spawning flats and in areas with any current.
2. Shallow crank baits. River2Sea biggie and the Ima pinjack are my 2 favorite choices.
3. True center sticks. Bear shallow trees and on spawning flats when the fish are staging getting ready for the spawn.
Senkos can’t be beat! Depending on conditions and stage of the spawn the fish are will depends on how I rig it. A nail weighted neko rig just outside bedding areas in deeper water. Or Texas rigged, fishing real shallow when they’re on beds or cruising the shallows.
1. Huddelston Swimbait (8”)
2. Brown and Orange Jig
3. The A-rig.
I’ll often times throw a R2S S-waver around spawning areas and watch for followers, then follow up with either a Berkley “The General” stick bait or a drop shot depending on cover. I’ve found this to work really well if I’m unable to see bedding fish from either slightly stained water or the beds being a little deeper and harder to see. Once the fish turns and swims back, I’ll make my worm cast to the area and many times catch that fish! My line choice is 15lb Berkley Trilene 100% Fluoro on Abu Garcia casting reels and 7’3″ med-hvy Abu rods.
1. With early spawn…red craw cranks, from sq. Bill to med diver
2. A- rig with silver blades in clearer water, gold blades in dingy water, match the hatch
3. Chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and swimbaits, Suspending Jerkbaits, which is my favorite, Lipless Crankbaits, Jigbaits With Crawfish trailer, Plastic Worms and of course a Drop-Shot . So what I’m really saying is, I throw the kitchen sink lol
And there you have it, some of our favorite Spring Time baits. We can’t wait to see you out on the water!