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March 1, 2014

Gone fishing with Jerry Miller

How to locate pre-spawn bass in our area lakes

JACKSONVILLE —

The recent warmer weather has many bass in the pre-spawn phase. This is when you see a mass migration towards the shallow flats and into the back of coves.

I’ve only seen bass spawning in one area and that is in the far north end of Lake Pinkston. Lake Pinkston is a small lake located near Center, Texas, about an hour and a half drive from here. Pinkston is off the beaten path for a lot of anglers, but it does have a good population of big Florida bass.

About a week ago Frank Lusk and I traveled to Pinkston to try to intercept some of the bass before they moved into their shallow spawning area and get harder to catch.

One of the areas of the lake that Lusk took me to was a big spawning flat protected from the north wind. This area received a lot of sunlight during the day and was one of the first places the bass moved up to.

When we arrived at this flat we fished a variety of our most favorite spring lures, including spinners, jerk baits, flukes, sienkos and lizards. The bass simply refused to bite these lures. We knew the bass had to be in this area because the surface temperature was at 57 degrees F. – perfect for pre-spawners.

Out of desperation, Lusk rigged up a trick worm, Wacky style with a nail in the head. Immediately he got a strike and missed two bass. I also rigged up a trick worm and immediately hooked into a two-pound bass.

There were plenty of bass in this area, but they sure were particular. As Frank began to ease down the bank casting out from the bank into about seven feet of water he began connecting with bass after bass, mostly in the two-pound range. For one hour between 11:00 a.m. and noon, Lusk landed a half dozen bass up to six pounds.

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