There we go. Ooh. Strong fish. That’s a real strong fish. Here we go. Give me your face. You’ve been eating. Man, hooked him right at the roof of the mouth,too. Do you think he wanted that?You’ve been eating. Took that worm. Here we go. Just saw it swimming off, never felt the bite. Ooh. All right, kid. Let’s not fall over. All right. Let you go. Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today, I want to talk about how to catchbig fish or bigger fish during the spring. Big bass is what we’re talking about. You know, it’s funny every season. . . You know this. There’s several guys that you know that seemto go out, they’re always able to catch biggerfish during the spring. I’m like, “How do they do that?What, they got a secret bait that they use,a secret lure?They know these secret hot spots on the lake. “I mean, what is it?Well, I wish it was that easy because it wouldmake things easy to explain, and you can beable to catch larger fish. But the reality is, it’s the methodology andapproach they use to find and catch largerfish. And that’s what I wanna talk about today isusing that to go out and get larger fish duringthe spring. So, let’s talk about really the big fish,and what they do in the spring. Now, everything around the spring focusesaround “the spawn”. And a lot of times when we talk about thespawn, it’s when all these fish are up shallow. You see beds all over the place. They’re about, you know, 1 to 5 feet of water. There’s a bunch of bucks out there, and there’sbeds everywhere, and that’s when the spawnis. But the reality is fish spawn several timesthroughout the spring, you kinda have a wavebefore that main spawn. You have the main spawn and then another waveafter that, as a general rule. Well, the bigger fish are the ones that tendto spawn earlier. They’re actually out there spawning when theseother fish are just starting to get up onthe flats and feeding, and it’s active. So, you know, and they also spawn deeper than“the spawn”. So, a lot of times when the water temperaturegets in the early to mid-50s, the low to mid-50s,and the fishing is just starting to pick up,you’re out there getting up on the flats. The fish will get in shallow. You know, they’re crashing your spinnerbaitsand your crankbaits. A lot of times, you can be sitting right ontop of the bigger fish that are just aboutspawning or getting ready to spawn or maybeare spawning. Yeah, they spawn mid-50s. I’ve seen them in low-50s spawning, in 10feet of water. It’s really an odd thing because you’re usedto seeing low-60s, that’s when “the spawn”occurs, but these bigger ones are out theredoing their thing earlier. So it’s really hard to do this because we’vebeen. . . You know, all winter long, we’re not catchinga lot of fish. The bite is slow. It finally starts to pick up, we’re startingto catch fish. And now, I’m telling you, you know what youneed to do, is back off away from those andfish deeper to go after the bigger fish, whichis slower, more methodical, a little moredifficult because you can’t see the fish. You’re not fishing in structure that you canreadily see or cover that you can readilysee, but that’s where the bigger girls areand the bigger males are. It’s hard to do that. But, this is why there’s not that many guysout there catching a lot of big fish. But the ones that do on a consistent basis,that’s exactly what they’re doing. So mid-50s, pull off and you’re looking at. . . Here’s a flat that deeper drops along thoseflats where it drops from 5 to 15 feet ofwater. That’s the areas you wanna be looking for. Sometimes there’s a secondary flat. What I like to call secondary flat. You got your main flat. It drops down, and then there’s another littleflat. That lower flat, that’s the stuff I wannalook for. The clearer the water, the deeper those fishare going to spawn. I’ve seen them spawn as deep as 15 to 20 feetof water in super clear water. But, as a general, 5 to 10 feet instead ofin the normal “the spawn,” where they’re1 to 5 feet, they may be 5 to 10, 5 to 15feet deep. Fish those drops, look for available covernearby, be it bushes, shrubs, logs, chunkrock, weeds, weed lines, those are the thingsyou wanna target during this time of year. Glenn: There we go. Keri: Got one alreadyGlenn: Ooh, oh boy!Keri: Got a big one already. Glenn: Oh!He came all the way out of the water. Don’t go in the weeds. C’mon baby. Come on out. Don’t go into the weeds. Keri: Using finesse worms today. Finesse wormsGlenn: Finesse wormsKeri: You got him hooked weird. Glenn: I got him hooked, but boy. If I could get your face it would be helpful. Ooh!Came right out of my hands. Come here. He’s got a lot of fight in him. Keri: He’s a little angryGlenn: Boy. Got that finesse worm just hanging right there. That works. Keri: There ya go. Glenn: Alright, let you go. As for baits, what I like to do, as a generalrule, the bigger the fish, they like to biteslower-moving lures. So I like to use a little bit bigger baitsand fish them slower. So, I’ll use things like a big swim jig witha 6-inch paddle tail on it or some kind oflarge trailer such as a Rage Tail Space Monkeyor something like that to give it some bulkand just, kind of, bounce that real slowlyon the bottom. Sometimes I’ll just crawl it on the bottom,not give it. . . not a whole lot of big liftsbut crawl it along the bottom, along thatcover and structure I mentioned. I take bigger spinnerbaits. I’ll throw 3/4-ounce spinnerbaits, white orwhite and chartreuse with Colorado bladeson it, and throw it out there, let it getdown to the bottom, and then just barely. . . juststart to crank it just to get it up off thebottom, and let it slowly crawl along thebottom. Sometimes with those blades, they wanna liftthat spinnerbait up, so you may have to killit every now and then to get it back downto the bottom and then resume your retrieve. Do that a few times to understand how faroff the bottom that it gets. Some spinnerbaits will stay on the bottom,others will lift up. So you just have to experiment with the oneyou have to see which one will stay down there. But that’s a bigger bait, that 3/4-ounce bait,and that’s what’s going to, a lot of times,get a lot of bites from those bigger fish. I also like to use Texas rigged bites, thebigger creatures baits. Like I mentioned before, a Space Monkey isa really good one to use. A Rooster Tail, those are the bigger typeof, you know, the big Rage Hawgs. You know, those 7-inch Rage Hawgs. They’re just bigger baits that you can crawlalong the bottom to make it look like a lizardor some kind of creature making its way alongthe bottom nice and slow. You got to be alert for the bite because it’svery subtle. A lot of times, they just come up behind it,and they just suck it up, and they don’t move. And you may see a little twitch in your line,and that’s it. You won’t feel anything at all. So you got to be really alert and watch forthat kind of stuff. But that’s how you catch these bigger bassduring the spring. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.