Fishing for Bass in Shallow Cover with Spinnerbaits

Bite on a spinnerbait! Man what a hard pulling
fish! That fish liked to pull me out of theboat. If I can ever get him up here. Now there’s a
nice one on a spinnerbait. Look how big, fat,and healthy that fish is. That fish is probably
five pounds or maybe a little over. But lookhow good it is eating. We started out this morning and we were throwing
a topwater bait. We had some bites on topwater,but the sun is kind of getting up and as you
can we’re starting to get a little breeze. When we first got here this morning it was
dead flat calm, kind of warm and humid, andwe had a few topwater bites. But really the
topwater water bite wasn’t real good. As Imentioned we had a little breeze picking up
and a little chop on the surface, which isusually when a spinnerbait gets good is when
you get a little bit of disturbance on thesurface, a little wind, and a little cloud
cover. I picked this spinnerbait up, threwit out there, and caught that big fish. For
some reason some days fish like to come upto the surface and bite on top, and some days
they want more of a sub-surface bait. I pickedup this little Picasso Inviz Wire Spinnerbait.
This is a new bait that just came out. It’sgot a brown heat-treated wire, it’s 27/1000,
it’s got a special loop, and it’s got a lotof vibration. One thing about this bait is
it has a light wire. It has a lot more vibration,but also when you get a light wire spinnerbait
like this you have to tune it. That fish rightthere bent it up. Always when you get your
spinnerbait always look at the head and thehook. As you can see I’ve got the wire and what
I want is this top wire to be perfectly straightso I may need to tweak it just a little bit
to the side. I want all this in line and I want this top wire to coverthe hook because that’s what is going to make
it weedless. Whenever you’re throwing a spinnerbait and whatever it is, (this is a light
wire spinnerbait and it bends a little easier)always be sure to keep your spinnerbaits tuned.
That will help you not get hung up as much. Let’s see if we can pick a spinnerbait up
and see if we can catch a few more fish. There’s one right there! Oh gosh my hand slipped
off the reel handle! Oh man they hit thisthing. This hit this spinnerbait so hard and
I wasn’t prepared for that bite. There all ofa sudden we picked a spinnerbait up. Something
that runs just a little bit under the surface,and we picked up two fish. So always kind
of pay attention to what the fish are tellingyou. That’s one thing about this heat-treated
wire; it’s pretty tough. Let me try that again. I did everything wrong.
My hand slipped off the reel handle but Istill managed to keep up with that fish even
though it was a little difficult. One thing I did notice is the size of the
shad are about the size of the blades on thatspinnerbait. Which a lot of times that’s what
you want to try to do. You want to match thesize of the bait to your blades. If they’re
small you’ll want to throw a smaller bladedspinnerbait. If on some lakes you have big
gizzard shad and things of that natureyou want to throw bigger bladed spinnerbaits.
Number 6’s or maybe even number 7’s like theydo a lot of times down in Florida. I still can’t get over that one fish and how
hard it hit that spinnerbait. That was justan unbelievable I didn’t catch him he caught
me kind of deal!There’s one right there! That’s the second
fish off that brush pile. I just caught thatone just a second ago off of it and that’s
the second fish. Now that’s another good tipI think a lot of time we kind of get in a
hurry and I know this is something I’m guiltyof it too at times. But whenever you come
to like a big brush pile or a lay down treeand you throw in there and catch one. A lot
of times if that piece of cover was good enoughfor one fish, a lot of times it can be good
enough for two or three fish. So don’t beafraid to make multiple casts. That’s something
else that I can tell you I’ve learned fromspinnerbait fishing through the years is a
lot of times people are real bad about pullingup to a lay down, a stump, or a stick, and
making a cast on the left and right side andthen move on to the next one. Sometimes if
those fish aren’t real aggressive I know Ifished a tournament years ago fishing flood
bushes where I would throw six times to eachside of the bush: six times to the left side
and six times to the right side. Sometimesthe fish would bite on the first cast, and
sometimes it was the sixth. A lot of timeswhen you’ve got a big brushy lay down tree
or piece of cover what you have to think isthat fish may not be sitting right on the
edge. He might be deep inside the heart ofthat tree of that lay down. The first cast
you may get his attention, the second casthe may go “hmmm what was that”, and the third
cast he may start to move out to the edgeof that tree. So a lot of times by making
multiple casts with a spinnerbait, a squarebill crankbait, or even a worm or a jig. Sometimes when
you come to a good piece of cover the morecast you make a lot of the time you reposition
the fish. In other words he may not be onthe edge of it, he may be in the center of
it and maybe by that sixth cast you’ve gothis attention and he’s come out to the edge
of the tree to bite. I’m going to try to start on the end, but
I threw over it. There’s one! It’s not a bassthough is it? It’s a little bass and I watched
him come up there and eat my spinnerbait. Okay now there’s one bass. That’s a pretty
big log and I tried to throw to throw on thisfar end first because whenever you come up
a lot of times you could have two, three,or four fish. So you don’t want to throw dead
across it and drag that fish out and messup that whole piece of cover. We’re going
to make another cast across the end. Of courseI really could get in there a little tighter.
We’re going to see if we can catch one offthe other end. We may and we may not. But
that’s one thing I like to try to do is Iapproach cover and try to do it in a system
where I might be able to catch multiple fishoff of a piece of cover. Ultimately the best
cast would be to get over and throw all theway down that log. But sometimes you always
want to start on the outer edges before youthrow to the center first. That way you might
not mess up if you throw right to the centerfirst and drag a fish out it may scare another
fish that was on the edge. So that’s anotherthing that I like to always systematically
think about it and try to give myself theopportunity to catch more than one fish off
a piece of cover. See now our wind has pickedback up and we’re getting a pretty good ripple,
which is a good thing. So many beautiful targets to throw to and
you know I’m starting to get the feeling thatI need to be throwing out in the shad. You
know?That’s a good one! Good lord look at this
bass! Man I’ve got like a four or five pounderthat has short lined me. Oh man check this
bass out right here. You talk about a niceone. Now that was about my fifth cast that I made
through that tree right there. Now if youlook I felt him bump it on the fifth cast
and I’m pretty sure I got him through thenose. Now that took five casts through that
tree before I ever caught that bass. As youcan see that’s a nice one right there!
I’m going to let him go. Once again ever sincewe picked up this Picasso Spinnerbait with
this new heat-treated 27/1000 wire we’ve caughttwo fish and we’ve almost put a limit in the
boat. But it took five throws through thatpiece of cover before I ever got that fish
to bite. That’s one thing I’ve noticed nowthat don’t know what it is. The fish are biting,
but it’s taking a little bit more to encouragethem. They’re not always biting on the first
cast. We fished through this pocket earlythis morning and had one or two bites. So
I think I’m going to fish back through itwith a spinnerbait and see if we can’t pick
up a few more fish. Plus we’ve also seen somein here schooling, which is another good reason
to fish back through here. I think angling pressure has an effect on
multiple casts. Sometimes it’s just like ifsomeone keeps coming up to you and keeps poking
you in the chest. Eventually you’re goingto get you know. On the first poke
they might get a reaction from you, but onthe fifth or sixth poke they’re going to finally
make you angry. I think that’s a lot of theways with making multiple casts to pieces of
cover. Whether it be a spinnerbait, a squarebill, a plastic worm, a jig, or whatever it
might be. I think the more casts you makethat eventually you’ll either aggravate him
or trigger his instinct to finally feed. Ithink sometimes it’s angling pressure and
sometimes it’s just the mood of the fish. Sometimes they’re just not in an aggressive
mood. I think after it comes through 4-5-6-8 times they decide, “hey I’m going to take
advantage of this. ” Because you know bassare opportunists.

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