You've made it via the winter season although there were times when you doubted you would certainly, what with all the cold weather as well as subsequent falloff in your angling task.
However take comfort in that march is among the best months of the year for targeting big, pre spawn bass indeed, they made it through the wintertime, as well. These bass are quickly some of one of the most aggressive of the year as well as are reasonably easy to find, particularly as compared to the deep, overseas angling that is so typical during the winter months.
March is the time of year when nature calls the fish to the shallow water to begin preparations for the spawn. While, in some latitudes (florida, south texas and also further south) the fish are currently spawning, in a lot of places the bass have not begun yet. They are removaling superficial to be adjacent to generating flats as well as to benefit from the warming temperatures. As the sunlight heats the air, it's the superficial water that warms up the fastest; and where there's warm water there are baitfish.
To start my search for bass in march, i start by considering the atmosphere where i am fishing. In the united states and canada, bass are discovered in only four types of fisheries: river systems, all-natural lakes, manufactured lakes as well as tidal systems, each with its own set of environmental variables that figures out where the bass will certainly be. But for the purpose of this time of the year, i prefer to simplify the category of the fishery right into simply 2 options: clear water and tarnished water.
Clear water usually has a lot of marine greenery in it and also the bass will relate to the edges of these plants lines much as they would certainly a shoreline though the side of the plant life line could or may not be near the coast. In tarnished water, where there is much less plant life through which the water is filteringed system, the bulk of the bass will be relating to the coastline. In both cases, expect to discover the bass in less than 10 feet of water.
What i am trying to find in both fisheries are locations of secured water. In a manufactured reservoir, i would certainly be trying to find little pockets, places from the wind and current, whether the existing is created by the wind, the drawing of water or the increase of water from feeder creeks and rivers.
In an all-natural lake, north coasts excel areas to start due to the fact that they are protected from the chilly north winds while still able to gain from the warmth of a south wind. As soon as i have situated these areas by hunting topographic maps and utilizing my on-board electronics, i start to piece together the pattern within the pattern.
The bright side is that once you've situated the fish, the possibilities of there being a great deal of bass in the location are rather high. The problem is that there may be numerous locations within a fishery that fit the criteria of where the bass prefer to be.
By figuring out the refined differences between the multiple sheltered locations, you can cover water much more rapidly and successfully. In discolored water, as an example, bass could be relating heavily to tree stumps. To capture these bass, i depend on either a huge jig or a texas-rigged berkley power lizard to disclose how you can come close to these fish. I like an eight-foot flippin' stick as well as a high-speed baitcasting reel spooled with 25-pound trilene 100% fluorocarbon line. I utilize either a 1/2- or 3/4-ounce jig (eco-friendly pumpkin for clear water; black and also blue for discolored) tipped with a powerbait chigger craw or a 6-inch powerbait power reptile set up with 5/0 hook and a 1/4- or 3/16-ounce weight.
I rely on pinpoint precision to flip or pitch to these targets. As soon as i figure out where they get on the stumps (behind, sun side, leeward side, center), i equate that info to succeeding stumps, allowing me to cover even more water.
In fisheries with great deals of vegetation, spinnerbaits and topwater baits fished near the turf lines appear to work best. Whereas bass in discolored water seem to count on their side lines to discover movement as well as feed, bass in clear water feed a lot more by sight and also are most likely to leave the sanctuary of the grass line and also go after a relocating lure.
Utilizing a seven-foot fiberglass pole and also a standard-speed fetch baitcasting reel spooled with 30- to 50-pound spiderwire stealth, i make long casts with a colorado-blade spinnerbait (the big, rounded blades move much more water) or a berkley powerbait 5-inch jerk shad. If i see fish involving the top and also damaging the surface area or notice bluegill sunning near the top of the water column, this is a certain sign to switch from the spinnerbait to the jerk shad.
With the jerk shad, i rig the lure on a 5/0 extra-wide space hook and also throw it on 17- or 20-pound trilene 100% fluorocarbon line using a seven-foot medium-heavy spreading pole, keeping the bait in sight. I don't let it run too deep. Fished gradually, i am far more successful with this bait if i can see the strikes.
In both types of water, you don't need to be too interested in finagling bass these times of year. The water is warming; they are proactively feeding to prepare for the spawn, so there's no need to downsize your baits. Big jigs, heavy line and powerful rods made use of with determine spreading and plenty of on-the-water fish-locating practice will assist you locate these bass while they are holed up and also transitioning toward the spawn.