Bass Fishing

Casting lures with a little wind at my back with my light boat I have to fish fast to try to catch all the right angles as I go by, then I have to turn around and head into the wind to try to get all the angles I missed. That’s whats good about two guys fishing, but most guys don’t even realize this and they stand side by side hitting the same angles leaving a lot of fish behind. If they work as a team, it is possible to catch all the aggressive fish in one pass and then there is no need to hit the face stretch twice, unless its just a small stretch they plan to fish all day.

In the prespawn the fish can really be aggressive and they will jump on a spinnerbait that is close to them, so buzzing it over their heads can work well. Things can change fast and minutes later it may take a slow roll to get them to bite. Once boats start fishing around them they may go tight into brush and a jig or worm will work best. Some people may say anyone can catch fish in the spring but that isn’t so, most like to hit one spot and this may or may not be the answer. One of the best ways to win tournaments in the spring is to fish a lot of ground and look for aggressive fish. Most fisherman don’t even fish where some of the biggest fish are, by the boat. They fish too close to the bank flipping and I am seeing a lot of fish with trolling motor blade cuts on their backs leaving nasty soars. I fish a tournament with a guy once that stood next to me and casted much further than I could with my older reels and he was catching all the aggressive fish. I just slow rolled it and caught a limit of big fish right by the boat and he just couldn’t figure out what I was doing.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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