By Jerry Miller
With all the high pressure we’ve experienced lately it has become harder to pattern the black bass. I don’t remember seeing so many days in a row where we experienced blue bird skied and almost no wind.
One fish that seems to bite well under these conditions is the Kentucky bass, or maybe better known in other areas as “spots.” A lot of fishermen try to place spots and black bass in the same category. That’s a mistake. One of the big differences between black bass and spots is that spots tend to bite better than largemouth when the weather is unusual.
Spots can be mistaken for laremouths, although they tend to have more distinct dark markings along their bodies and a patch of “teeth’ in the form of a rough spot on the tongue.
They are more nomadic than largemouths and have a penchant for deep lakes with abundant rock, gravel and current. They don’t grow as big as largemouths and often display a tenacious strength when they are hooked. They are fun to catch.
For some reason spots will bite better than largemouths when skies are bright and there is no wind. That’s why I have been targeting them lately.
Last Thursday I fished for spots on Lake Palestine. Launching at the dam I immediately headed for mouth of deep coves that have rocky points. I found and caught numerous spots in four areas of the lake. I found a high spot over by the island near Cherokee Landing that is loaded with spots. I used Bandit 100 and 200 Series crank baits, Nichol’s Rattle Shads and Carolina Rigs with Zoom Finesse worms.
When I first approached a good area I would catch as many as I could on the fast moving baits. Then I reverted to the Carolina rig with a two-foot leader. Most of these fish are shallow in three to six feet of water.
The rocky point in the mouth of Stone Chimney Creek also holds a lot of spots. I probably caught 20 bass on this spot before I moved on to try other areas.
My five best spots averaged a little over a pound. They are not big but are fun to catch, especially when the black bass are in a negative mood.
If possible, find some current when looking for spots. Although there may not appear to be a lot of current in an area, a little moving water will attract spots.
You will find spots on main lake points, bluffs, humps, or creek channels where current is more prevalent. Spots make excellent table fare. I really like to eat these fish. To me they taste as good as crappie. That’s one of the main reasons I fish for them this time of year. When black bass aren’t cooperating, try targeting the Kentuckies. They will often turn a really slow fishing day into a great trip.
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By Jerry Miller