Tips to catch trophy largemouth in the pre-spawn season
Bass tend to hang around spawning beds (aka. Spawning flats) and channels that flow in connection with those beds during the pre-spawn season. Many lunker bucketmouths can often be caught around creek channels that run through the spawning beds. The fish will hang around the edge of such channels.
As always, the clarity of the water and the water temperature play a key roll in choosing the type and color of lure. In murky or stained water a slow-roll of a spinnebait can be the best bass lure to use and usually works well. During the pre-spawn the bass are larger so you'll want to use a larger spinnerbait. The weight of the bait will depend on the depth of the water, The heaver for deeper water. Try a tandem blade with a Colorado and willow leaf combination.
In dirty water I suggest a chartreuse & white color skirt. In clearer water, try a shad color for your spinnerbaits skirt and a curl-tail trailer to lure the bucketmouth into striking. Use a 7 foot, mid-action rod and a bait-casting reel. The longer rod is more sensitive, and will let you feel the bass bite better.
Crank baits can be used during the pre-spawn, and can sometimes produce a lunker bass when used in certain places and times. Use the deep diving crankbaits to fish steep banks and underwater channels that meet spawning flats. In these areas the spawning beds tend to run deeper. During the pre-spawn, bass often hold on the lip of the break or just below it, in preparation for spawning weather.
Some jigging tactics and tips to help you get that lunker bass during the pre-spawn. In heavy cover, around docks and brush, use a jig.
If you are fishing a pond or lake that has a lot of heavy cover, I recommend you try a bass jig as it is often the best bass lure in these situations. They can work wonders during the pre-spawn season. Especially around docks, heavy grass, brush, and downed trees.
Bass are normally in shallow water during the February pre-spawn, so try jigs weighing between 1/4 to 3/8 ounce with a big trailer, this will slow the sinking of the jig, and it will seem larger to the bucketmouth. In ponds or lakes that have crawfish use a brown jig in clear water, and black and blue or black and chartreuse in murky water. Try a green pumpkin trailer for the brown and a black and blue trailer for the black and blue jig.
During the pre-spawn you'll need to use your jig primarily in cover, Cast the jig into the cover and let it fall to the bottom. Then shake it a little with your rod tip. This will aggravate the bass into striking the jig. Pull the jig up, and drop it a few times also. Each time you cast into new cover, work the jig thoughly and keep it where the fish can see it. Work the jig around rocky banks as well, working slowly down the bank and letting it crawl down the rocks, shaking it a bit to imitate a crayfish.
Use these tips the next time you try for those pre-spawn bucket mouth and with a little luck and the use of the best bass lure for the situation added in you'll reel in a lunker bass, or two.
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