Zero to 100 MPH!
That’s what I am going to need to do, as the winter and early spring have been very slow for my guide business! High winds, cold weather and muddy water have kept clients on the sidelines. Not anymore. I will be fishing 5 days a week for the foreseeable future! I am getting booked as fast as the weather changed! I try to stay in fishing shape through the off-season, but that is really tough to do. I work out and keep my weight down, but there is nothing that compares to standing for 8 hours a day and making a thousand casts while servicing my clients…retying, giving instruction and hopefully…landing fish. That all starts with this week, as this will be my first full week of fishing since last fall! And what a week…fishing has really improved with the weather!
The water is clear and warming up! One of the best weeks in a long time! Open the tacklebox and put the trolling motor on high! Water has jumped to near 70! Fish are up shallow and are eating. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Monday will be delightful into the low 70s, but a cold front on Tuesday will bring some rain. The rest of the week will cool into the upper 50s but be dry. Mornings start in the upper 30s to mid 40s by the end of the week!"
Bass are reacting well to chatter jigs with soft jerkbait trailers. Use 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line on a medium heavy rod. Fish are sucking the bait in and moving with it. Use a longer rod and faster Quantum Tour reels to take up slack for hooksets.
Mann's Baby 1-Minus works around wood or grass at lower tides. For higher tide applications try Lucky Craft SKT MR on 12-pound test Copoly. Crank around wood and over deeper grass. Also try Lucky Craft lipless LVR D-7 crankbaits, snapping out of grass.
For soft plastics, pitch Mizmo tubes rigged Texas style on 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Tube hooks. Target seawalls, trees and other cover. Use 12-14 pound test Edge and a 3/16-ounce bullet weight. Also rig with an insert head to skip under docks and trees. A braid/fluorocarbon leader combo is perfect. Try 20-pound test or lighter Torque braid with 10-12 pound test Edge. Soak tubes in garlic flavor Jack's Juice.
Fish have moved into creeks and are in spawning areas. Large grass beds are full of bass and they are getting aggressive. Make a lot of casts and keep moving to find groups of fish.
I hope the fish cooperate…and I hope I fish myself into shape quickly!
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