Bass fishing in the winter and pre spawn time is the perfect time to fish jerkbaits and other slow moving lures. Ins this tournament fishing vlog video, I am fishing with Grant against 2 other teams including Andrew Flair and The Fish Whisperer. We are in winter but the warm weather and high water temps from the power plant lake have the surface temps in the low 70’s. This has convinced the largemouth bass that they need to start getting ready to spawn. Grant and I are are fishing drains creek drains leading into major spawning flats using a jerkbait and a jig. Jerkbait fishing is perfect for this time of year where bass are suspending in upper half of the water column to warm up. Fishing a bass jig on the bottom can also be effective at targeting docks and trees that around close to these spawning flats and the creek channels leading into them. This lake had standing timber in it, which made it very easy to see exactly where the creek channels are and it created a map of where the bass are moving in and out of. We found the the smaller male bass were moving up on the flats when the sun came out to start feeding and getting ready to make beds for the big female largemouth bass. The bigger bass liked to stay along the creek drains close to the timber. We targeted these big bass by throwing the jerkbaits and jig as close to the cover as possible and using a few seconds of pauses between hops and jerks. Bass fishing these creek drains with jerkbaits and jigs can be a pattern for catching big bass in winter all the way through the post spawn.
ANGLERS IN THIS VIDEO TO CHECK OUT
Andrew Flair –
Fish Whisperer –
Justin Stokes –
Justin Rackley, known as Lakeforkguy in the fishing world, creates fishing and outdoor videos on youtube and other social platforms. LFG provides fishing tips and techniques for mostly largemouth bass fisheries but also travels to other freshwater and saltwater fishing spots to explore new fish species and fishing techniques to show as many fishing places as possible and help you catch more fish. Lakeforkguy likes to hang out on any fishing vessel or go bank fishing with his other YouTube Fishing friends and vlog with his Wife Stephanie and french bulldog Winston.
Shimano Metanium MgL (On the Jig Rod) –
Curado 70 XG (On the Spoon rod) –
Citica 200HG (On Jig Rod) –
Jig Rod 1 – Shimano Zodias 7’2″ Medium Heavy
Jig Rod 2 – G Loomis NRX 854 Jig and Worm
Spoon Rod – G Loomis IMX 954 Jig and Worm
15LB Berkley Big Game
DSLR Camera (Panasonic GH4) –
Static Shot (Gopro Hero 4 Black) –
Metabones Speedbooster 4/3 EF Mount –
Canon 24-105mm L Lens –
Rokinon 14mm WIDE –
Sony UWPD11/42 Lavalier Microphone –
Gopro Chesty Lav Mic (Cheap) –
DSLR Shot Gun Mic –
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Keeping a few key things in mind like being mobile, playing the light, be more natural with presentations, and always being observant can lead to a lot more catches while fishing from the bank.
Wired2fish Publisher Jason Sealock shares some of his bank fishing success this year and the tips he would give others looking to catch more fish from the bank with things like bait selection, reading the water and more.
Gear used in this video:
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V&M Baits J-Bug –
Z-Man Chatterbait –
6th Sense Lures Speed Glide Swimbait –
13 Fishing Inception reel –
13 Fishing Blackout 7-foot MH rod –
Daiwa Tatula CT Type-R reel –
Megabass Levante Extreme Mission Type F rod –
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This is a recap of a recent trip exploring some small flows. I visited a small creek that reminds me of home. With the drought in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains this summer, I was not surprised to see the creek was nearly dry in many spots. The water was all but stagnant. Despite the lower water level and low flow, the water was teeming with life and full of beauty.
Sometimes, the solitude can be deafening.
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