Spring Time Bassin'
— by Charles Stuart
is here and my fingers are itching to get bass fishing!
to local DEC regulations, we are not permitted to fish for bass on
Long Island for a few more weeks, so I will discuss the techniques I
use for upstate New York and Connecticut.
a short, mild winter, the bass will begin their annual movement
towards the shoreline in preparation for feeding and bedding. Males
will bite more readily close to the shoreline, however the larger
females will hold back, usually at the first or second drop-off.
This annual ritual is probably the best time to catch that lunker
fish you have dreamed about.
us first look at clear water conditions. Keep your distance from
your target area, reduce shoreline or boat noise to a minimum. Fish
only small baits that will make as little surface movement as
possible. This is the perfect time to fish light lines with a six
foot spinning rod and reel combo. Pale green and pumpkinseed colors
will produce well at this time of the year. As you know, I like to
use dipping dye and so a small section of the tail dipped in
chartreuse will certainly get a lot of attention. Jig and pork
combinations are a natural presentation and will draw detectable
bites from the larger fish. The best color is without doubt black
and blue. I do however like to make the jigs as close to the local
crawfish color that I am trying to imitate, so remember to try
greens and browns with a touch of red in the
body. If I had a choice between plastic and pork trailers for bass
fishing, I would have to choose plastic. The versatility of this
product is far superior to pork. The buoyancy, texture and
adaptability make it a number one choice. You could also
consider dipping the tail of the trailer in red dye to really dress
up the latter presentation.
you encounter suspended bass, a jerkbait will catch a better quality
fish. Due to the size of the lure, smaller bass are less likely to
strike at the bait leaving it for the bigger fish. Of course, now I
have said that you will probably catch a nine-inch bass on a
six-inch lure! That has happened to me so many times, it is no
longer funny. The spinnerbait fished with a Colorado / willow leaf
blade combination is a very productive lure at this time of year.
and muddy water will allow the angler to become more daring in the
presentation. Larger baits with dark colors such as black, blue, and
purple can be seen. When worm fishing, I like to add a rattle just
in front of the hook point. Bass will track the sound before it sees
the bait and will usually commit to the lure, once the outline can
be seen. Again, spinnerbaits rolled over stumps and rocks or lipless
crankbaits ripped through the water close to the emerging weedbeds
will draw savage strikes from any hungry bass. I also like to
Carolina rig early in the season in fifteen to twenty feet of water,
for those previously mentioned, larger fish that will not come to
shore until things really heat up. It is worth the slow dragging
presentation of this rig to catch a monster fish.
were are now well into the new millennium, I would ask all my fellow
bass anglers and those of us who also like to catch other species,
to please make a determined effort to release your fish back to
their natural environment. Take home your trash, loose line and
discarded tackle and please leave the places you fish in the same
condition you would like to find them.