Easter Angling

Stanley wedge bloodspot spinner

Stanley wedge bloodspot spinner

It’s almost winter, which means the mad rush to catch our last few bags of fish, before the cold moves in, has begun. A good friend of mine Kyle and I hit one of our local dams, during the Easter weekend, to target some largemouth bass. What a surprise we got. Offloading our float tubes from the cars this early Saturday morning, we couldn’t help but complain about the cold weather and how bad the fishing was probably going to be. We were wrong.

Taken on a chartreuse and white spinnerbait

Taken on a chartreuse and white spinnerbait

We ended up having a great day on the water with most of our fish taken on, believe it or not, the spinnerbait. I was quite surprised that under such chilly conditions (conditions which usually demand finesse fishing) that the spinnerbait was our most successful strategy. The spinnerbait that worked for me was a white bloodspot Stanley wedge with a gold Colorado leaf and a large silver willow leaf trailing behind. And I picked up a lot on that.

Small fish taken on fluke

Small fish taken on fluke

Kyle had similar fortune on a spinnerbait boasting a white chartreuse skirt, I can’t remember the blade configuration though. I don’t usually have such luck on spinnerbait but Kyle showed me a thing or 2 about slow rolling a spinner in and around thick grassy cover. If I could share one thing of importance that I took away from this trip, it would be: Don’t to be afraid to fish your spinnerbaits through thicker structure types like submerged grass and weed. Fish it through with confidence and if it starts to feel a little heavy, simply give it one or 2 short sharp jerks to tear any accumulated grass free. Most of the time this works fairly well, and bass like nothing more than to destroy an intruder that comes tearing over its head through thick grassy cover.

Biggest of the day

Biggest of the day

I also took a few on a watermelon seed super fluke fished slowly with a small split shot pressed to the nose. I fished this relatively deep in pockets between thick underwater mats of grass. All in the all the fishing was pretty good and I cant help but be hopeful that there might just be one or two more weekends of bass angling left in the season.

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