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April 19, 2014

Gone fishing with Jerry Miller

Spring Tactics For Catching Bass

JACKSONVILLE —

Bass fishermen are still contending with cold fronts this spring. As always the unsettled condition always makes it tougher to catch bass. But bass still have to eat. During tough times you need to keep moving and searching – that’s the key!

When I go to an East Texas lake this year and find the bank fishing tough I immediately move deeper. About this time of year bass will start showing up, feeding on the outside corner of boat houses in approximately 5 to 8 feet of water. A variety of baits will catch these bass, but I often revert to a floating rogue or a shallow crank bait. Try casting to the corners and letting the bait sit motionless for several seconds and then twitching the bait slightly before you begin your retrieve. At other times they may want a fast retrieve.

If there is any irregular feature like a quick drop or brush in the eight-foot range I would target that also. A lot of bass will remain fairly shallow through May. Once the surface temperatures begin to climb into the 80s the bass will move to their summer haunts.

If you find the bass reluctant to strike, you might want to slow down with a watermelon, chartreuse Sienko type lure targeting the outside of boat houses. Take your time. Try dead sticking the lure (motionless). This technique works really well on big bass. Go as slow as you can stand.

One other thing to keep in mind during the first week of May is the shad spawn. Shad will spawn around a variety of objects. They spawn on rocks, bushes, grass, etc.

In May I like to target the dam area on our local lakes, especially Lake Palestine. At some time in May the shad will move in mass to the dam and the coves and pockets on the main lake.

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