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Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Fishing for bass close to the shore


At this time of year bass are in a pre-spawn or a spawning period. What this means for the bass is that they are either moving up to spawn or they are spawning already. But what this means for anglers is that the bass should be close to some form of shoreline cover.

Being close to shoreline cover good because the angler can target high percentage areas with their baits. Bait selection at this time can include a Carolina rigged lizard, a crankbait, small jig, worm, spider jig, a fluke and a tubebait or gitzit. All of these baits being worked in the right spots can produce some good fishing action.

When fishing for bass during this time, I like to try to get kind of close to the bank if I am targeting a long stretch of shoreline. By positioning my boat close to the bank it allows me to make a long cast down the bank.

What you want to do is to cast parallel with the bank and work your retrieve all the way back to the boat. By doing this you are accomplishing several things. First, by making a long cast you are putting your bait in front of more bass than if you made a short cast. Also you have more chance of working your lure longer and this gives the bass more time to locate your lure and strike it.

If you are fishing in stained or murky-colored water with a crankbait, try to use one with a rattle. This lets the bass have something to hone in on in the off-colored water. In clear water the bass feed mostly by sight. And in stained water the bass have a much smaller area of vision. The bass will use the sound and the vibration of the rattling bait to locate it.

When using a plastic bait. use light line and also make long casts. Work the bait back to the boat with some sort of varied retrieve. Try a hopping action, then pause, then hop it again. Just try to vary your retrieve in some way.

Just remember that most of the strikes will occur on the fall of the bait. So when you pull the bait up and let it fall back try to keep it on a tight line. By doing this you need to watch your line for any type of movement, such as a jerk or a tug or a sideways pull. Reel down and set the hook. If you will hold your rod tip up the some as you work the bait, then reel down to take up the slack line you will have better control of your retrieve.

I prefer to use a longer rod in the 6 to 7 foot range when I am making long cast. The longer rod will allow for more tip action to make longer cast. when you set the hook the longer rod will let you pick up more slack line off the water quicker. This helps your hook setting percentage.

If you are fishing more of a heavy cover area like wood or brush piles you will want to go with baits like worms, jigs or tubebaits. If you can work your boat in close and make a short cast as close to the cover as possible, let the bait fall to the bottom but watch for any movement of the line. If you see anything, set the hook hard.

Use heavier line in the 14 to 25 pound test range. Work your bait up and down through the heavy cover. Sometimes the bite will be a solid strike and other times just a small peck or a line movement. When you see any of this reel down and set the hook hard. This is big fish fishing.

Give all these tips a try the nest time your bass fishing close to the banks. If you have any type of fishing question or a comment send it to gabbysfishingfever@yahoo.com.


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