From March to the end of April, in some lakes it could last into June, big bass spawn on shallow, sandy beds.
Lures: A lure to trigger a reaction bite is required; light-colored jigs or plastics are easy to see on the bottom. An imitation plastic trout lure can also be used. My personal preferences are: white creature, white jigs and my favorite the Banjo minnow frogs in white color on a Texas rig or dropshot rig. Anything white for me would work, so it makes it easy to see underwater.
Weapons of choice: When I’m sightfishing during the spawn, I usually carry 3 rods with me.
1: Abu Garcia Revo-S reel with 12lb Flouro on a 7ft Medium-Heavy action baitcast rod used for Texas rig
2: Abu Garcia Revo-S reel with 8lb Flouro on a 6.5ft Medium-Heavy action baitcast rod used for Texas rig
3: Shimano spinning reel w/6lb flouro on 7ft Medium action spinning rod used for dropshotting.
Cast directly onto or pass the sandy spawning beds and work your way into it. Typically, the large female bass is accompanied by a smaller male, whose job it is to clear the bed & guard it. There will be a tiny spot the size of dollar coin that you need to get that lure on. This is what I call the strike zone, you get the lure on that zone and guarantee that you will get hit.
Now is the time that you need to show patience. The male will most likely be the first to hit, when this happens, do not set the hook. Let the male take it and spit it out away from the bed. If the hook is set on the male, it will startle the female. Keep casting in to the bed, eventually the female will get irritated enough where she’ll push the male and hit your lure.
This is when persistence pays.If you can’t get her to hit after working the bed for awhile, leave and return later to try a different lure. When the female does take the lure, be sure to get a solid hook set and hold on. Of course, always remember to practice CPR (catch, photograph & release).
Definitely going with banjo minnow fishing lures will help to improve you overall fishing chances.
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By James Idos