Catching Big Bass in Spring | Bass Fishing

There we go. Ooh. Strong fish. That’s a real strong fish. Here we go. Give me your face. You’ve been eating. Man, hooked him right at the roof of the mouth,
too. Do you think he wanted that?You’ve been eating. Took that worm. Here we go. Just saw it swimming off, never felt the bite. Ooh. All right, kid. Let’s not fall over. All right. Let you go. Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today, I want to talk about how to catch
big fish or bigger fish during the spring. Big bass is what we’re talking about. You know, it’s funny every season. . . You know this. There’s several guys that you know that seem
to go out, they’re always able to catch biggerfish during the spring. I’m like, “How do they do that?What, they got a secret bait that they use,
a secret lure?They know these secret hot spots on the lake. “I mean, what is it?Well, I wish it was that easy because it would
make things easy to explain, and you can beable to catch larger fish. But the reality is, it’s the methodology and
approach they use to find and catch largerfish. And that’s what I wanna talk about today is
using that to go out and get larger fish duringthe spring. So, let’s talk about really the big fish,
and what they do in the spring. Now, everything around the spring focuses
around “the spawn”. And a lot of times when we talk about the
spawn, it’s when all these fish are up shallow. You see beds all over the place. They’re about, you know, 1 to 5 feet of water. There’s a bunch of bucks out there, and there’s
beds everywhere, and that’s when the spawnis. But the reality is fish spawn several times
throughout the spring, you kinda have a wavebefore that main spawn. You have the main spawn and then another wave
after that, as a general rule. Well, the bigger fish are the ones that tend
to spawn earlier. They’re actually out there spawning when these
other fish are just starting to get up onthe flats and feeding, and it’s active. So, you know, and they also spawn deeper than
“the spawn”. So, a lot of times when the water temperature
gets in the early to mid-50s, the low to mid-50s,and the fishing is just starting to pick up,
you’re out there getting up on the flats. The fish will get in shallow. You know, they’re crashing your spinnerbaits
and your crankbaits. A lot of times, you can be sitting right on
top of the bigger fish that are just aboutspawning or getting ready to spawn or maybe
are spawning. Yeah, they spawn mid-50s. I’ve seen them in low-50s spawning, in 10
feet of water. It’s really an odd thing because you’re used
to seeing low-60s, that’s when “the spawn”occurs, but these bigger ones are out there
doing their thing earlier. So it’s really hard to do this because we’ve
been. . . You know, all winter long, we’re not catching
a lot of fish. The bite is slow. It finally starts to pick up, we’re starting
to catch fish. And now, I’m telling you, you know what you
need to do, is back off away from those andfish deeper to go after the bigger fish, which
is slower, more methodical, a little moredifficult because you can’t see the fish. You’re not fishing in structure that you can
readily see or cover that you can readilysee, but that’s where the bigger girls are
and the bigger males are. It’s hard to do that. But, this is why there’s not that many guys
out there catching a lot of big fish. But the ones that do on a consistent basis,
that’s exactly what they’re doing. So mid-50s, pull off and you’re looking at. . . Here’s a flat that deeper drops along those
flats where it drops from 5 to 15 feet ofwater. That’s the areas you wanna be looking for. Sometimes there’s a secondary flat. What I like to call secondary flat. You got your main flat. It drops down, and then there’s another little
flat. That lower flat, that’s the stuff I wanna
look for. The clearer the water, the deeper those fish
are going to spawn. I’ve seen them spawn as deep as 15 to 20 feet
of water in super clear water. But, as a general, 5 to 10 feet instead of
in the normal “the spawn,” where they’re1 to 5 feet, they may be 5 to 10, 5 to 15
feet deep. Fish those drops, look for available cover
nearby, be it bushes, shrubs, logs, chunkrock, weeds, weed lines, those are the things
you wanna target during this time of year. Glenn: There we go. Keri: Got one alreadyGlenn: Ooh, oh boy!Keri: Got a big one already. Glenn: Oh!He came all the way out of the water. Don’t go in the weeds. C’mon baby. Come on out. Don’t go into the weeds. Keri: Using finesse worms today. Finesse wormsGlenn: Finesse wormsKeri: You got him hooked weird. Glenn: I got him hooked, but boy. If I could get your face it would be helpful. Ooh!Came right out of my hands. Come here. He’s got a lot of fight in him. Keri: He’s a little angryGlenn: Boy. Got that finesse worm just hanging right there. That works. Keri: There ya go. Glenn: Alright, let you go. As for baits, what I like to do, as a general
rule, the bigger the fish, they like to biteslower-moving lures. So I like to use a little bit bigger baits
and fish them slower. So, I’ll use things like a big swim jig with
a 6-inch paddle tail on it or some kind oflarge trailer such as a Rage Tail Space Monkey
or something like that to give it some bulkand just, kind of, bounce that real slowly
on the bottom. Sometimes I’ll just crawl it on the bottom,
not give it. . . not a whole lot of big liftsbut crawl it along the bottom, along that
cover and structure I mentioned. I take bigger spinnerbaits. I’ll throw 3/4-ounce spinnerbaits, white or
white and chartreuse with Colorado bladeson it, and throw it out there, let it get
down to the bottom, and then just barely. . . juststart to crank it just to get it up off the
bottom, and let it slowly crawl along thebottom. Sometimes with those blades, they wanna lift
that spinnerbait up, so you may have to killit every now and then to get it back down
to the bottom and then resume your retrieve. Do that a few times to understand how far
off the bottom that it gets. Some spinnerbaits will stay on the bottom,
others will lift up. So you just have to experiment with the one
you have to see which one will stay down there. But that’s a bigger bait, that 3/4-ounce bait,
and that’s what’s going to, a lot of times,get a lot of bites from those bigger fish. I also like to use Texas rigged bites, the
bigger creatures baits. Like I mentioned before, a Space Monkey is
a really good one to use. A Rooster Tail, those are the bigger type
of, you know, the big Rage Hawgs. You know, those 7-inch Rage Hawgs. They’re just bigger baits that you can crawl
along the bottom to make it look like a lizardor some kind of creature making its way along
the bottom nice and slow. You got to be alert for the bite because it’s
very subtle. A lot of times, they just come up behind it,
and they just suck it up, and they don’t move. And you may see a little twitch in your line,
and that’s it. You won’t feel anything at all. So you got to be really alert and watch for
that kind of stuff. But that’s how you catch these bigger bass
during the spring. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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