Spring Bass Fishing In Tough Conditions | Bass Fishing

Glenn: This is spring fishing, right?I mean, the water’s changing. The water level’s change, you get muddy water,
clear water, the current is strong one day,its slack the next. Plus you throw a few fronts over the top of
it. What kind of advice can you give a guy who’s
struggling under those conditions trying tocatch fish?Gerald Swindle: I think one thing you always
have to remember in the spring is every day’sa new day. So if you struggled on Monday, don’t let that
affect what’s going to happen on Tuesday. It’s a new day. Fish moved here tonight, fish will move on
the moon phase, fish will move according tothe wind. So my deal is no matter what happens yesterday,
this is not going to influence tomorrow. Go out with a positive attitude. Keep thinking, don’t just get in a rut, don’t
say, “Well, I’m just gonna keep flipping bluffsuntil I find them. “If you hadn’t caught them flipping bluffs
in two hours, try something new, it’s springtime, they’re biting somewhere, keep your
head in the game and keep moving. Ott DeFoe: The biggest thing is honestly,
just to take every day for itself, I don’tknow who the quote was. But that said, “Yesterday’s history and tomorrow’s
a mystery. “And that is exactly what it is in the spring
time, you know, so you need to forget mostof what happened yesterday, put it in your
memory bank, and don’t totally forget aboutit forever. But don’t try to just say, “This worked yesterday,
I know it will work tomorrow. “Because more times that none all it’s going
to come back to burn you. Glenn: So really versatility is the key. Ott DeFoe: Yeah, versatility and just, you
know, being able to change, being able toadapt whether you caught them extremely shallow
yesterday, and you need to move out a littlebit today or vice versa. Kevin VanDam: But the biggest thing, you know,
when I’m searching for them, I have what Icall the 10-minute rule, I don’t stay in one
spot, doing the same thing for more than 10minutes without making some kind of adjustment. And that just keeps you from not burning your
day. And, you know, you always got to take into
consideration the variables, you know, thecurrent, the water clarity, the time of the
year, the weather, you know, all of thosethings, you want to focus in all those and,
and just try to pick a bait that’s going tobe the most efficient for covering that depth
zone, in that set of conditions that you haveat the time. And, you know, we all can be guilty of having
a favorite lure at times. They’re just tools, you got to use the right
one to fit the right situation, you know,and that’s why we have all these electronics,
and that is to help us decipher all thosevariables around us and come up with a good
educated guess. Glenn: So if they don’t know anything about
the body of water and had a front come throughtwo nights before, now it’s nice, sunny out,
like, what would be the first place, whatwould be the first thing to throw and where
to go?Kevin VanDam: Yeah, well, I’ve really focused
on the seasonal patterns, you know. I mean, that’s the foundation of my starting
point. And you know, any place you go, you know the
general lay of. . . the type of lake that itis, a river, whatever. And you can at least have somewhat have of
an idea of what the seasonal pattern shouldbe. And just, I try to focus on things that fit
that seasonal pattern, you know. Right now we’re in the pre-spawn stage, typically
or late winter, you would call it, water’scold, it’s dirty, it’s got a lot of color
in it. So you know, I’m going to focus on areas that
I think the fish are set up to stage to moveinto actually spawn. So the mouths of creeks or channel swing banks,
things like that, areas with some deeper wateraccess, and then experiment and let the fish
tell me exactly what stage they’re in. Brandon Palaniuk: I think the biggest thing,
the reason that people struggle is their fishingpast history. They’re not fishing the current conditions. You know, if you go to a body of water that
you fish your entire life, and you catch themin this same creek all the time, but you show
up and it’s blown out mud because it’s recordrainfalls. And you just try to force it because you say,
“Oh, they always live in this creek,” well,they might not live in that creek because
you have adverse conditions and those fishchange. And I think anglers, they don’t have an open
mind and fish those conditions, as clichéas that sounds, try to say it over and over
again to get it in people’s heads that youcan’t just always fish the same areas, you
have to fish different areas, in your lakeor your river, whatever it may be, based on
the conditions that you have, you know. If this body of water would have been normal,
a lot of fish would have got caught northof the ramp or upriver of the ramp. But with the current conditions, majority
of the field will probably be south of theramp, because a lot of the upper part of the
river is blown out because we’ve had recordrainfall and things like that. And so, those conditions change. And I think that’s the biggest thing is just
having an open mind and not trying to forcethe fish into biting, like. . . Glenn: Fish the moment. Brandon Palaniuk: They will tell you what
they want. You just can’t read the book that we wrote. You got to read the book that they wrote. Glenn: What kind of advice would you give
them?Edwin Evers: Keep it simple. You know, you don’t, it’s not, I’ve always
said this and I’m amazed that people don’tlisten to it. But the wrong bait in the right place will
catch them. It’s more about finding where the fish are
at, you know, put two-three baits on, yougot a lot of confidence in and cover some
water. Glenn: It’s not all about the perfect bait,
the perfect color?Edwin Evers: For me, it’s not. Glenn: Really?Edwin Evers: Well, especially when it’s this
muddy. It’s just about putting the bait in front
of a bass. Glenn: Amazing. Edwin Evers: Pretty profound stuff right there,
buddy. Chris Zaldain: Yeah, you know, the biggest
piece of advice I could give you for changingconditions in the springtime on your home
body of water is just to be versatile. I again, I grew up in Northern California
where I know how to, you know, throw a wackyrigs out in 30 feet of water, or, you know,
pitch a giant jig to the bank like we didon the California Delta, but be very versatile
because things change so much, that temperaturechanges, the current changes, the clarity
changes. Have yourself a good lineup of rods, power
fishing rods, finesse rods all laid out onthe deck, and just let the conditions tell
you which rod to pick up and when. So be very, very versatile this time of year
because the conditions are so up and down,you got to move up and down with them. Glenn: So this isn’t the time of year to go,
“I love spinner bait fishing, I’m going tofish a spinner bait all day. “Chris Zaldain: Spinnerbait’s a great bait
in the springtime and if you were to use onerod in the springtime, I’d probably say spinner
bait but if you really, really want to exceland do better than the rest of the guys, just
mix it up, keep changing it up and move withthe weather, move with the changing conditions. Keith Poche: You know, it’s tough for everybody
and even for us, you know, as pro anglers,but you know, just slow down and just fish,
you know. Don’t move around a whole lot, just slow down
and fish because a lot of the time, thesefish are real fickle, and they’re not really
wanting to eat, you know. They’re moving around, they’re not really
focused on feeding, the spawn. . . or get comfortable,get in comfortable position. So you know, maybe downsize some baits and
just really slow down and take your time,and pay attention on where you getting bit
and hopefully you can duplicate that. But typically it’s just going down the bank
and just, you know, maybe seeing somethinga little bit different than a fish, you know,
if there’s current or no current, maybe somebig stumps out or unique rock point, they’re
on something, just very unique. And you know, and it’s not really a pattern,
a unique pattern. But it’s just something different that’s down
the stretch of that bank. So just keying on those little low key things
like that. Going real slow is probably one of the best
advice I can give to be successful in thistime of year. Glenn: Power of observation. Keith Poche: Yeah, 100%. I mean, because you know, there’s so much
stuff that looks good, that doesn’t reallyhave fish on it. And you know, for whatever reason, the fish
aren’t there. But you really have to back out, slow down
and really, you know, take your time and fishthrough some areas and just, you know, it’s
just kind of trial and elimination and justfiguring out the kind of stuff they’re on. Glenn: Perfect, great advice guys. Pay attention to that.

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