I suppose the bass have finally figured out that
spring is here and it is time to go shallow. It seems
like we humans have been experiencing spring-like
conditions for several weeks, but the bass have been
waiting, and now is the time to get out there and
catch ‘em. The spawn is to bassfishermen/women what
the rut is to deer hunters. It is the time of year
the big ‘uns become more vulnerable than any other
time of the year.
Recently, Benji Hohenberger and I headed over to pre-fish
a tournament at Cedar Creek Lake. After fishing for
an hour or so, we headed into a small creek looking
for bass and boy, was I surprised. The water was just
clear enough to spot a nice bass on the bed with the
help of my Solar Bat polarized glasses. High quality
sunglasses, like the Solar Bat’s, are a must when
bed fishing. They help you see through the water’s
glare enabling you to spot bass on their spawning
nest. Upon further inspection in our small creek,
we found several more bass protecting their nest.
I love to sight fish for bass more than any other
type of fishing.
At this point, we pitched lizards and small worms
onto the nest. Being careful not the spook the fish,
we would actually pitch past the nest and drag the
Kalin’s watermelon lizard or Western worm in green
back onto the nest in front of the fish. Once the
bait was on the nest, we shook the line to make the
bait move a little and aggravate the bass to the point
that they wanted it off of the nest. They would pick
it up in their mouth to move it and BOOM, we’d set
the hook and the rest is in the pictures. We even
caught the same bass, two different times. I caught
it first and 20 minutes later Benji caught it off
of the same nest. I like the Kalin’s worms and lizards
because they are packed with salt, which the bass
find irresistible. Once they bite, they hold on longer
than with other plastic baits I’ve used.
Proper rod, reel and line selection is also important
when bed fishing. The clarity of the water you are
fishing will greatly dictate the size line you need
to use. Bedding fish are spooky and in clear water,
the chances of hooking up with these fish are less
than when they are in murkier water. Proper gear selection
In clear water I use P Line’s CX fluorocarbon coated
line. It is virtually invisible underwater making
it difficult for bass to detect. In all other conditions,
I use P Line’s CXX line. It is limp and spools off
of the reel smoothly making accurate pitching much
easier to do. When bed fishing, it is imperative that
your casting be on target to increase your chances
of hooking up with the bass.
A good medium-heavy to heavy action rod is a good
choice. I prefer my Abu Garcia 6’6’’ med/heavy action
Conolon rod with my Moorum reel, also by Abu Garcia.
With precision casting being a necessity when bed
fishing, I go with the smoothest rod and reel combo
in my arsenal. In "gin clear" water, like that often
found at Lake Whitney during the spring, I use my
Ultra cast spinning reel mounted on a 6’6’’ medium
action Conolon rod rigged with 6-10 lb. P Line. It
makes for a lethal combination for clear water bassin’.
If sight fishing is not for you, try chunking spinnerbaits
along the bank. Cover lots of water, and you will
probably catch fish. I like bright colors in the spring.
Look for 60-68 degree water and watch for movement
along the shoreline or for the bass themselves.
If you want to fish the spawn, but don’t own a boat,
don’t know where to go or what to do, contact a guide.
They are there to help you catch fish and learn the
sport. They can be a great benefit to you. Contact
Stan Lawhon or Mike’s Guide Serivce. I highly recommend
both of them for a good day on the water.
This is the time of year for you to do your thing,
if your thing is catching bass here in the south.
Find or make time to get out on the water and look
for spawning bass. Until next time, enjoy the Texas