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by Ralph B. Spoerl
Iíve read all I can read this winter. Iíve attended all the boat and sport seminars, and, from all that Iíve read and heard, spring is one of the best times of the year to fish for the big bass bite. Because bass are more baitfish-oriented in the spring then during any other season, things could get exciting. So letís get to it! Or, as the man says, ďLetís Ďget-r-doneí!Ē
Down to the garage I goÖ My boatís ready!
Iíve pulled all the mothballs out of the holes, put all the
batteries in, checked out my electronics, greased the wheel-bearing on
the trailer, and filled up the gas tank.
Hey, what about my tackle?
WaitÖ what am I thinking?
We all know our boat is our true ďtackle box.Ē
Iím hooked up, Iíve checked the lights, and I can head to
the lake. When I get
there, Iíll check the lake map for a starting location, then Iíll
check the wind, temperature, and water clarity.
That will give me the best picture of what to grab up out of
The lake Iíve chosen is about 440 acres.
It has good points, a creek channel on the north end, lily
pads, a couple of islands, good grassy weed lines, a large flat at the
north end, and about thirty docks off the southeast end.
The windís calm and the temperature is about 600.
Boy, this is going to be a blast!
Iím watching shiners jumping all over the place and I know
this lake has a lot of small blue gill.
Wow! Letís get to it!
OkayÖ my first choice out of the box is a Chuggeróor
maybe a Pop-R. Yeah, you
got it; Iím headed for those grass flats and shallow weed lines.
After all, arenít we all taught ďgrass means bass?Ē
And arenít shiners and gills grass-oriented baitfish?
Boy, itís been a long winter and Iím really pumped!
My second selection (and personal favorite) is my trusty
spinner bait. Iíll grab
one with willow leaf blades to match the bait size, and go with the
white and chartreuse skirt. Yeah,
itís standard, but hey, itís my favorite, and it works great
around windy points, slow-rolled over the grass.
Third will be that pretty little jerk bait that caught my eye
in the sport shop the other day.
Sheís the suspending type #4 that has that new holographic
color that matches a shiner to a ďTĒ.
Itís just got to catch something!
After all, it sure caught me.
Because itís spring, some say you shouldnít worry about
fishing the bottom. At
this time of year, they say, baitfish are concentrating in the mid- to
upper-water column. But
hey, I canít fish a lake without throwing a Senko at least a couple
Now, I need a rod for tube bait, and also one bait-cast rod
for my black-and-blue swim jig with its twin-tailed trailer.
And I better hook up for a Texas-rigged worm rod, along with a
Carolina rig for those deep drop-offs.
After all of this, I know why we all have ten or twenty rods.
But hey, what else can hold on to these baits?
Well, thatís what this guyís grabbing for my spring
fishing. Wish me big fish
and a tight lineóand, of course, more lures for the Tackle Box.