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can be feast or famine when fishing for bass in the springtime.
Just like the majority of anglers, I live for a beautiful
spring day when the sun is out and the weather is stable.
Unfortunately more often than not, a dreaded cold front will
come in and threaten to spoil a great tournament or fishing trip.
As a touring angler Iíve certainly encountered my fair share
of windy cold front conditions. I
canít count the number of times Iíve located a good group of fish
in the spring only to have my prize spot destroyed by foul cold
weather. One thing is for
certain, the worst bi product of a cold front to overcome is cold
the springtime when the water starts to warm and the fish become
active they swim toward shallow water areas and protective coves to
warm-up and feed-up for the spawn. This is the most volatile of all
situations because the shallow water cools much quicker than the deep
water located in the main lake. When
Mother Nature throws a cold front curve ball, the fish respond by
becoming lethargic and shutting down.
when a cold front approaches the bite will start to slowdown.
From my experience the second day of a cold front is always the
worst, especially when dealing with a
baits are very versatile baits during cold front conditions because of
the ability to work them in a real erratic twitch, twitch motion.
You can also allow the bait to sit and pause for long periods
of time. This creates the
best of both worlds while trying to figure out if the bite is just
slow, or if you can still get a reaction bite.
the bite comes while the bait is sitting still, try spending quite a
bit of time with the bait sitting still. If
the bite comes when trying to rip it free from something, or giving it
a swift twitch, then work the jerk bait in a more erratic action.
A lipless crank bait, such as a Berkley Frenzy, ripped off of
the bottom or through the grass can also cause a bite to occur.
often during cold front conditions not only does the water temperature
start to drop, but high winds will cause productive areas of the lake
to become muddy. In this
situation Iíve found that itís just best to change areas.
Keep in mind that areas found in practice that was not
productive at the time, might become very productive on the second day
of a cold front. More than
likely the fish will migrate quite a distance in a short period of
time to find areas that are not muddy. As unfortunate as it is, view
this as a great opportunity to use your Lowrance GPS/depth finder
unit, such as the LMS-520C, and locate surrounding structure.
the springtime itís really important to spend practice time scouting
wisely and have a back-up plan. Always
be on the lookout for other areas to fish in case a cold front with
high winds rolls in and muddies up your prize fishing hole.
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