The Best Spawn Fishing Tips (Because They Work!) | Bass Fishing

Greg Hackney: You know, probably top three
tips on the spawn, you know, number one iscover lots of water. You know, don’t get caught up fishing for
the first fish you see. Would be, roam around and see how they’re
setting up. Are there pairs?Are there singles?Number two would be, don’t be afraid to fish
for dirty water. Once you find them in clear water, then go
to the dirty water and target the, you know,the same type of area where you saw those
fish. A lot of times, those fish in the dirty water
will be a little easier to catch. You won’t have to visually fish for them. Number two would be don’t count out moving
baits for. . . when certain conditions are right,you can always catch spawning fish on moving
baits whether it be a swim jig, a crankbait,a spinnerbait, a frog. But just under certain conditions, you know,
the weather gets right, makes those fish alittle more susceptible to a moving bait rather
than just throwing plastics on them. Keri: Sure, sure. Brent Ehrler: Top three tip for the spawn
of shallow water fishing, obviously, you needto fish shallow around the spawn. Typically, you need to get in bays or coves. Once you get into the bays or coves, bait
choices, Yamamoto Senko if you can’t see them. It’s an excellent bait for covering water. If you’re looking for fish that are actually
spawning, it’s a great bait to throw aheadof the boat, and don’t do anything with it. You’re looking in the water for spawning fish,
you’re looking for cruising fish, let thatbait sink to the bottom water while you’re
looking and reel it in. If you go to reel it in and there’s something
on there, you set the hook. If there’s not, you reel it in and cast again. Then once you find betting fish, then I’m
gonna use a Texas rig with a Yamamoto Flappin’Hog. Depending on where I’m at, if I want a smaller
bait, I use a three-inch. It’s actually a three and three-quarter-inch. If it’s a bigger body of water or lake that
has bigger prey, bigger fish, then I’m gonnawith the four and three-quarter ones, a little
bit bigger ones. So, two sizes of Flappin’ Hog both on a quarter
rounds head, Texas rig with probably 20-poundtest. The spinning. . . or I’m sorry, the Senko, I’m
gonna probably throw on a spinning out thickwith braided line, 12-pound braid to eight-pound
floor carbon liter. And I’ll most likely throw that wacky rig. But the best thing about that is you cast
out and do not touch it, slack line. It does all the work for you. That’s the whole design of the Yamamoto Senko. It’s how it falls. So, the fish, you know, can’t resist that
bait. It’s, by far, the number one bait around the
spawn. Jacob Wheeler: Number one, always wear a good
pair of sunglasses and have different shades. You don’t actually have to spend $200, $300
on a pair of sunglasses. I wear Wiley X, there’s a lot of great brands
out there. But have, you know, different shades, you
know. Have a grey, have amber, have a brighter,
a brighter, like, yellow. Give you a couple different looks of what
these fish are doing and see a couple inchesor a foot deeper. That’s a huge difference. Another thing, fish lower because those fish,
sometimes they’re a little finicky. When you get around there, fish lower when
you get those areas where those fish is spawning,especially, when you can’t see them. And last, but not least, don’t be afraid to
throw at top water. When the bass or spawning a lot of times are
very territorial in what’s above them becausethey don’t wanna bluegill or shad or a minnow
or anything around them. So that’s one of my thing that I’ll throw
a trap prop or a skitter walk, skitter pop,something like that to draw their attention. They’ll come up there and actually eat it
because they’re protecting their beds. Edwin Evers: Top three tips for the spawn,
I would say is one, all fish don’t spawn atthe same time, you know. You may hear or see lots of fish up shallow. For every fish that you see up shallow, there’s
generally that many more back behind you. So, keep that in mind. Two, quiet. You got to be quiet. If you are actually up there fishing, the
more quiet, the more stealthy you can be,the more success you’re gonna have, you know. Make long cast. Keep all the noise to minimum in your boat. Don’t be sitting in a slamming lids or turn
motor on and off. So, you know, be very, very stealthy. And then last is, you know, just. . . if you’re
visually sight fishing for spawning fish,you know, you can. . . you know, like, how long
it takes when you’re flipping that bed, andthen a fish comes in there, and then he leaves. Think about that when you’re fishing muddy
water because, you know, not. . . they don’t. . . youknow, all the lakes that we all fish, they’re
not all clear, we could see them. But by doing it when it’s clear and you see
how long it takes, think about that when you’reflipping muddy water to let that bait sit
in there a little bit longer, especially,if you’re flipping bushes or docks, you know. So many of us go down the bank and we flip
it. Let it go to the bottom, you know, you pick
your bed there and you pick it up ones. Check it, no bite, then you reel it in and
do it again. During the spawn, a lot of times, that’s when
I. . . I’m gonna leave it in there, you know,twice as long as ever was. And you’re gonna be amazed how many more bites
you get. Ott DeFoe: Top three tips for the spawn is,
for me, I love to fish a wacky worm duringthe spawn, you know. So if I’m just going down the bank looking
for fish, and even when I’m actually sightfishing, I’ll use a wacky worm a lot. Number two would be to use a top water. I get a lot of fish on a top water bait. Name that storm cover pot, then I count to
nine. Nine on last year in a bass master class. Keri: That’ll be nice. Ott DeFoe: So I was going a long way again
this year. But yeah, would be to use a top water bait
sometimes. Those fish will just be extremely aggressive
to it and you’ll catch fish much easier thatway. Number three would be to sue a heavy bait
or not a heavy bait necessarily but a bigbait, something that’s a big profile especially,
when you’re sight fishing a big bass, youknow. I’m talking a five-plus pounder. Don’t do that all the time with a real small
bait. A big bait will make that fish much more aggressive. Keri: Really?Ott DeFoe:Yeah. Keri: Good tips, I’ll use them it myself. Ott DeFoe: Okay. Keri: What are your top tips for the spawn?Brandon Palaniuk: Yeah, we’re getting into
that time of the year when it’s happening. The number one thing for me there is going
to be identifying if it’s a catchable fishor not, okay?And especially, in a tournament situation
where you got eight hours, it’s importantto be able to learn which ones you can actually
catch. If that fish. . . if you are driving up to it
and it just takes off like a bottle rocketand doesn’t come back right away, probably,
gonna waste your time trying to catch thatone. You want the ones that you drop by on 100
and it sits there and looks at you. Those are the ones you wanna chase after. The next thing is gonna be identifying where
that fish’s sweet spot is because they allhave a sweet spot. And I…actually it will create a grid system
inside the bed that helps me break that downquicker and where that fish reacts mostly. And then the other thing is gonna be, you
know, bait selection. What do you do to select the right bait?And you’ll see fish that are hovering really
close to the bottom, and some that are, kindof, suspended up. When I’d see that, if they’re close to the
bottom, I’d try to choose a Texas rig or somethingthat’s on the bottom. And if they’re suspended up, a lot of times,
I’ll throw a drop shot so that those fishdon’t have to change their position to attack
the bait. Skeet Reese: Top three tips for fishing a
spawn. I’m using a very large swim bait to find spawning
fish, so seven-inch to even up a 12-inch sizebait will pull fish from a long ways away. So to show you where the fish are, a little
tip, and fishing a drop shot, so whateveryour favorite Berkley bait. For me, whether it be a lot of times, it’s
Pit Boss. But, you can fish a drop shot in or a 6-pound
test but you can also put on flipping stickwith 25-pound test. But make it sure you fish a drop shot. And third tip is for fish weightless. If you’re just randomly casting fishing a
weightless worm. . . so I’m fishing the new generalwacky rig that will slow weightless fall on
spawning fish is hard for them to resist.

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