in this article I’ll explain the tactics that I use for catching largemouth bass in spring. I know of no other activity that brings so much emotion as fishing for Smallmouth Bass in the spring!
first step is to choose the lure! This tactic is best to use soft rubber lure. Personally I prefer to use something with lots of action, but light to not make a big splash when it hits the water. My choice of baits is a 6 “Salamandra/lizard. I have used earthworms rubber to some degree of success, but nothing compares to a salamander with legs curled. They tend to choose dark colors for the murky waters. Pumpkin, watermelon, or simply black (in that order) are the more producers. A nice bright works if you find yourself in a gravel pit or another Lake that tends to keep the crystal water.
now are a few good, strong worm hooks (the larger the better IMO). Eagle claws are my personal favourite because they tend to be thicker and stronger than other brands. Make sure you use a strong! The thin wire that are beautiful to see and have a pleasant but only normally do not have the strength to hold on to a big mouth 6 + pound. Also make sure get worm hooks and not straight shank hooks. I prefer those who begin to curve outward and away after the eyelet. The type with a 1/8 “straight shot ring (view a bit like a J) is acceptable but do not seem to really twist and grab at the mouth of the fish that I prefer. I lose more fish using these type than the more curved type so just avoid them altogether. After all, there is no worse feeling to set the hook to what feels like a submarine only to throw the empty hook in the first breach of the water.
now what I want to do is take your salamander, and run the tip of the hook from right in the center of your head from the front towards the tail. Something like you would be running right in your mouth if you were live bait. Once you are in the worm about 1/8 “or to remove the hook through the bottom of the salamander. Push the hook all the way up to the eyelet is covered by rubber and then flip the hook back to the tip in the belly of the salamander. It should now have a salamander virtually weedless with hook acts as sort of a flap of sail below. This is the perfect way to hook a salamander of rubber for this tactic of bass fishing, to see why in a bit.
(THIS STEP COULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STRIKES THAT ARE OBTAINED AS MUCH…) (I COULD REALLY MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE AND I CAN’T ENCOURAGE ENOUGH AS TO DO IT!)
now comes the step last and probably most important of all in preparation for the entry of water. Be sure to have some Crystal bells! If you don’t know what it means and then go to your local sporting goods shop and ask for soft baits rattles. They are basically a short 1/2 ” or so glass tube sealed at both ends with a small pair of steel BBs inside. I recommend the glass about 100% over the plastic you can get. If you can get are plastic rattles then is better than nothing but glass bells make a sound that bass just can’t resist! Take a rattle and get it into the head of the salamander, just behind where the hook does. I know people who put in the body of the lure, but I think it works better on the head.
now that all is set and baited up it is time to hit the water. When you make sure that you give your bait time to sink to the bottom! He cast out and wait until their line goes slack and will be on the bottom.
now that you have the bait on the bottom of the Lake you want to do is to give just a little flip. Jerk the pole up to bounce your bait from the bottom of 4 “- 6”. Not a hard jerk as you are setting up the hook but only a little to give the salamander movement. It’s put the noise in your head instead of the body where comes into play. If it is in the body then the only BBS forward and backward rock in the glass tube that sound small gives a little. In the head, the ammunition is hit at the end of the Cup when you move a jerk and then again when the lure hits the bottom giving you much more sound through the water. This sound seems to attract bass very well in my experience!
now to wait and watch your line! Not real make their line at this time! Hold on!
see the line for about 20-30 seconds and see if it moves. If nothing hit it then you must have a slack line and how wants it. This gives the fish a little space to move with the bait. Most can be moved with the bait most will rely on it to be real and therefore more to Gabo from their mouths.
after 20 – 30 seconds give you another pull little and again, wait! Not reel the slack because you want to have a loose line. If your line is loose and has slack bass usually won’t snap your bait! (I’ve left a bass run with my bait for several meters without jerking and usually do not release it until you feel tension in the line). The slack line offers time to get ready to set the hook.
repeat pull and then see your line about 20-30 seconds until a 2 things. You will get a success or reach the shore.
when a fish, your line will now make only a small rebound and drop or will start to run out. If you have in the mouth it is going to run with it and he usually will be not fall until he feels tension on the line. What I want to do now is let it out a bit. Sometimes will even pull out extra line a little of my reel while the line of the still loose to give you more time to run with it and therefore more time to enter further into his mouth.
once it runs far enough with her let him pull out until the line is almost tight and then put the hook! Not any slack reel in leaving the fish to remove until it is tight and just prepare to pull the rod!
to adjust the hook make sure that you come up over his head as strong and fast as possible. You want to make sure that you have that hook all the way through your mouth. Then real en. Of course, there is more to be told that a Smallmouth Bass of the Earth but will save for another article.
now know one more way to catch largemouth bass in the spring! If you’ve tried everything else and just not bite you, Dale day and an opportunity for this only could be slightly improved. Of course never guarantees you fishing for a time that the rest depends on you!
this is a technique frequently used and have had very little success with it. In fact, I rarely bass fishing with any other technique in the spring because I like very much. However, it is not any kind of promise and should not be construed as such. Try this technique and see if it works for you. Does it for me… that’s all I’m saying!