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bass/lake of egypt

Warming temperatures signal bass fishing action


Winters cold will soon be a remembrance of the past.  Bass season will be soon upon us.

Bedding bass present an opportunity to catch lots of fish and practice angling skills in casting and understanding the quarry.  There are three things vital to catching bass: patience, persistence, and patience.

It is not sufficient to cast to a bedding and retrieve the lure, one must find the sweet spot in the bed to either antagonize or seduce the fish into striking.  No one does it better than Zell Rowland, B.A.S.S. tournament professional.  Rowland’s theory centers on their being a spot the size of a half dollar somewhere in that bed.  It is the heart of the bed.

The spot may not be in the center of the bedding area.  It may be off to the side, in front, or behind.  It is probably the spot on the bed where the female first deposits her eggs.  The male becomes very protective of the spot.

Bass may not be feeding but one can still antagonize fish into striking a lure.  But, it may require many casts over a lengthy period of time to a specific fish.  The patient angler can work a fish’s bed over and over again until he finds the sweet spot.

One of the most patient anglers on the B.A.S.S. tour, Yusuke Miyazaki, is a master at coaxing fish into striking.  He can sit and cast to the shore side of the bed and retrieve the lure across it at different locations for what seems like an endless amount of time.  By moving his boat he can do the same from either or both sides.  He continues this process until the fish strikes his bait.

Rowland on the other hand will work his boat along the shore in semicircles around the particular fish he is targeting.  He too casts to the fish from three sides.  Be he concentrates most upon bedding fish and the sweet spot.

“When we travel down the bank,” stresses Rowland, “we may want the boat to stay in anywhere from 5 to 6 foot of water and follow that contour line with the boat.”  In that way the boat actively changes positions as it travels down the bank.  “The most important thing if you going to structure fish is to try to keep the boat in position by constantly watching the depth finder.

Windy conditions make the pattern more difficult.  But does it does not change it.

When fishing a point in the summer, throwing a Carolina rig on windy days, it makes it a lot harder to keep the boat in the position so that you can fish the drop off like you want.

When not sight fishing what you are actually doing is the same thing you just can not see it.  Rowland explains that he looks for a spot on the point and once he gets the bite he knows where the fish are going to bite.  Then as Zell moves from point to point he looks for the same scenario to set up on each point.

“I start on the side of a point and completely fish that point,” says Zell.  “I will want to cover every 4, 5 or 6 feet of that point as I move around it.”  Roland keeps his boat in the same depth of water as he moves around the point.  That makes the guy fishing deep water structure more effective.  However, he does not go in with a pre-conceived idea but rather responds to the first bite he gets.

“What the fish do is tell me that they are at this depth, on this type of bottom, and they are either on the right side or the left side of this point,” says Roland.  It also tells him if they are out on the main drop.  Zell points out that a lot of times in the spring he will position on a drop off and cast parallel right down the bank.  It allows him to cover twice the water in a lot less time.

Roland will use a number of different styles of baits.  “Fish hit a lure, shad or crayfish for one of four reasons,” says Zell, ‘sight, sound, smell or vibration.”  He maintains that vibration is the reason bass anglers have more than two baits in their tackle box.  They have big Crankbaits, they have medium size Crankbaits and small Crankbaits.  “Normally a fish is going to tell you if he wants to take the big, medium or small bait today,” states the pro.

Rolland is quick to point out that one should change the action and speed of each lure before going to another choice.

Patience, persistence, and boat position are keys to catching bedding bass.  Attention to these details makes for successful angling.



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