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Knox Marine Winterization Services Still Available

I hate to say it, but with a severe cold snap forecasted for Ohio in the upcoming days, our boating season is over. For those who have not yet had their boats winterized, there’s still time!

Knox Marine offers winterization programs for motors of all sizes and designs.  The service includes fuel conditioning, engine fogging, lower unit lube, and preventative maintenance checks on your engine and lower unit. It also includes anti-freeze, oil filter and fuel filter change for I/O units, directed injected motors, and 4-stroke outboards.  For more details on winterization programs, please call the service department at (740) 694-7774.

And if you’re in need of winter boat storage, Knox also offers indoor storage, starting at $200, which covers a time period from now until May 1, 2015.

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Mister Twister’s New Line of Soft Plastics for Bass

Growing up, I spent most of my spare time wading the Scioto River for smallmouth bass. One of my go to lures was a Mister Twister Curly Tail Grub, rigged on a Round Jighead. Tossing that subtle rig into the current and slow rolling it through the riffles was a guaranteed way to catch those river bronzebacks!

Recently, Darryl Laurent of Mister Twister contacted me to see if I was interested in sampling their new line of soft plastics that were designed for targeting bass. As an angler who is always looking to expand his arsenal of tricks, I took him up on the offer. I was pleasantly surprised when a box of assorted plastics in a wide variety of colors appeared at my doorstep a few days later. After field testing Mister Twister’s new bass fishing line over the last few weeks, they have my stamp of approval. Here is a list of my favorite three bait styles that I sampled, and what I like about them.

Flip’n OUT

Available in 21 colors, the Flip’n OUT is Mister Twister’s version of the beaver. At 4 inches in length, this bait can be fished Texas Rigged, Carolina Rigged, or used as a jig trailer.  What I like most about this bait is that it’s made with a plastic that strikes a good balance between softness and durability. It’s a touch heavier than most beaver baits, which means you can get away with rigging it with a lighter bullet weight. And because the plastic is durable, a single bait will last for several fish catches.  It has a claw appendage that can be separated into two segments to maximize water movement, as well as two twister arms that oscillate lightly even when the bait is sitting still. Give it a try for flipping weed clumps or laydowns.

Flipn Out

Poc’it Craw

The Poc’it Craw is a crawfish profiled soft plastic bait that can be pitched, flipped, or used as a jig trailer.  I had most success using it as a trailer on a 1/2 ounce jig.  At 3.5 inches, I like to bite off the top segment before threading it on my jig hook.  When separated, the claws flap and create a lot of commotion on the fall. If you choose to keep the claws connected, the profile and fall of the bait will be more streamlined. This bait features Mister Twister’s Poc’it technology, which allows the bait to trap air in narrowly grooved pockets that are located on the back side of the craw. As the bait moves through the water, it releases bubbles for extra attraction.

Pocit Craw

Magnum SinSation

The Magnum SinSation was my favorite of the lot due to its versatility. I caught fish on it while dragging rock piles with a Carolina Rig, and on top with the bait rigged as a trailer on a buzzbait.  It’s a long profile at 5 inches, and it moves a lot of water with its tapered body design, flapping appendages, and oversized curly tail. It also features the Poc’it technology for generating air bubbles. I think that the gigantic profile draws strikes from bigger than average fish.  As a tip, be sure to add a couple drops of super glue to the buzzbait head before threading the SinSation over the hook.

Magnum SinSation

Mister Twister also offers an array of worm baits, ranging from senko-style finesse worms to 10 inch monsters for dragging deep summer haunts. Be sure to check out their full lineup of bass plastics at Mister Twister Bass Products.

 

 

 

 

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The 1st Annual Ohio High School and College Bass Fishing Seminar

On Saturday November 8th, The North Coast Black Bass Anglers Association will be hosting the 1st Annual Ohio High School and College Bass Fishing Seminar at The Quest Conference Center located at 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio 43240.

North Coast Black Bass Anglers Association

All youth and college level bass anglers are invited to attend the FREE event, which will be limited to the first 250 participants who register. Professional anglers from the Walmart FLW Tour and the Bassmaster Elite Series will be hosting informational seminars on such topics as Lake Erie smallmouth fishing, Fishing Shallow Grass, Cranking, Flipping & Pitching, and Sonar/GPS use. In addition, manufacturer reps from many of the bass fishing industry’s leading companies will be present to teach participants about the hottest products on the market today.

To reserve your spot, and for more information about the seminar, contact Bob Davis at 216-780-1424 or davismanagement2000@yahoo.com. Click Here to view the official seminar flyer.

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Ohio Bass Blog is Back!

It’s been a while since I last blogged. My wife and I had our first child three months ago, a little girl named Tinsley, and to say I’ve been busy is an understatement! I never thought that anything could pull me away from wanting to be on the water, chasing bass. As it turns out, I was wrong. I’m sure all of my readers who are parents know exactly what I’m talking about.

Now that things have settled a little at home I’ll have more time to get back to writing. In the meantime, here’s a summary of what’s been going on.

In August I had the opportunity to attend the Forrest Wood Cup as an on-the-water blogger and photographer for FLW. FLW put on an impressive show, but it wasn’t by chance. A LOT of hard work goes into running a major championship, both on the stage and behind the scenes.

FWC with the Cup

For three days I followed the pros around Lake Murray in South Carolina, providing on-the-water updates for the FLW website and capturing action photos. On Day 1 I covered the 2013 BFL All-American qualifier, Marcus Sykora. Sykora had been on an incredible frog bite in practice, skipping casts to shade pockets around shoreline cypress trees. You can read my account of the day by clicking here.

On Days 2 and 3 I tailed a number of pros, including Brian Thrift, Jason Christie, Mark Rose, and James Biggs. Watching these guys fish is a heck of a learning experience. In fact, there’s no better way to pick up new techniques and tricks than to spend a day on the water observing them. I never knew it was possible to skip a buzzbait 40 feet under a dock until I witnessed Thrift do it.  The trick – remove the skirt and thread a buzzfrog on the hook.

The highlight of the Cup for me was the final day, when I watched from close proximity as Steve Kennedy sacked a 20 pound bag by skipping a Zoom Horny Toad under overhanging willow trees and gurgling it back on the surface. The topwater explosions were heart-stopping, and the feeling of magic was in the air as Kennedy attempted to come from 10th place to win. Here is an action photo I shot, courtesy of FLW Outdoors. To read about what it was like to almost witness the historic comeback, click here.

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On the Ohio tournament front, I’m sad to say that the 2014 season is approaching its end. Many circuits wrapped up their schedules in recent weeks, and crowned their points champions. To read a rundown of who won and how much weight it took to get it done, be sure to visit the Ohio Bass Blog Results page.

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With the end of tournament season comes the great late-season bite. The chilly fall air has dropped water temperatures close to 20 degrees in recent weeks, and the biggest bass in our lakes will soon have the feed bag on! The AEP crew is reporting that the bigguns are turning on, so if you’re waiting for the right time to make the trip, this is it. You can read the most recent AEP reports here.

Corn Harris October 3rd

 

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Mid-Season Bass Boat Maintenance Tips from Knox Marine

Most bass boat owners have their boat serviced at the end of the season, during their annual winterization. But as hard as we are on our boats, the best practice is to give your boat a once-over from time to time throughout the season to check for signs of problems with your trailer, boat, and motor.

Knox Marine, Ohio’s leading dealer of Ranger bass boats and an Ohio Bass Blog sponsor has offered the following mid-season maintenance pointers for all bass boat owners. So take a few minutes to examine your boat. Some preventive maintenance now can save you big money, and time, in the long run. If you do find a potential issue with your boat, the service department at Knox Marine will be happy to assist you. They can be reached at (740) 694-7774.

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Trailer
1. Check air pressure – always put in max cold PSI indicated on the tire
2. Check all trailer lights
3. Check brake fluid level on master cylinder located on trailer tongue
4. Jack up trailer and spin wheels – listen for any noise coming from bearings. If you have bearing buddies, be sure to pump fresh grease through, only a few pumps is needed
 
Engine
1. Check bolts and nuts holding the motor to the boat or jackplate 
2. Grease all fittings on engine
3. Check all fuel lines for deterioration and leaks
4. Remove propeller and check for fishing line on propeller shaft
5. If engine has reached 100 HRS change fuel filter, spark plugs and gear lube
 
Trolling Motor
1. Check bolts and nuts holding trolling motor to boat
2. Remove propeller and check for fishing line and check drive pin
3. Check wires and cable routing for any wear or poor connections. If you notice wear in any spots you may consider rerouting wires
 
Boat
1. Check over boat and make sure all screws are tight – dash, bow, lids, hinges, etc.
2. Check rub rail – If you notice any parts pushing out, this means a screw on the base has worked itself loose. Remove rub rail, tighten screw and reinsert rub rail. * Easier to work with when it has been sitting in the sun *
3. Check to ensure all battery connections are tight. Also check for corrosion around posts. If corrosion is present, a wire brush and battery cleaner should be applied
4. Check water level unless battery is maintenance free or AGM. Use only distilled water to replenish low water levels
5. Check over all boat components – bilge, aerator, lights, horn
6. Check bilge area for any debris that could clog pump and cause damage
7. Always remember the sun is your boats worst enemy – be sure to wash and wax your boat at least twice a year. Marine vinyl protection should be applied to seats and dash often. * Do not use automotive Armor All, as it will dry out and crack the vinyl
8. Lucas Oil has a product called Slick Mist – Speed Wax. Every fiberglass boat owner should have a bottle of this in their truck. Every time you pull your boat out of the water just spray on and wipe off to keep your boat looking great between waxes

 

 

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Looking to catch a new personal best bass? Try a guided trip to the AEP ReCreation Lands through Hocking Hills Adventure Trek

If you follow the Ohio Bass Blog AEP Reports, you know that the 300 public ponds and lakes situated within the AEP ReCreation Lands hold some of the biggest bass in the State of Ohio.

The fish are there, but with over 60,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore, where does an angler begin their quest of landing a new personal best largemouth? Perhaps the best way to shorten the learning curve and find the ponds that regularly produce trophy bass is to book a guided belly boat trip through Ohio based Hocking Hills Adventure Trek.

Guided by AEP expert Corneilus Harris, customers have the option to book half day trips, leaving at either 7:00 am on Thursdays, Saturday or Sunday or 4:00 pm any day of the week.

Corn Harris

The rate for a single adult is $195, with a reduced cost of $150 for each additional adult that attends the trip, and $75 per child under the age of 17. Groups of up to 6 members can be accommodated.

Participants must bring a valid Ohio fishing license, and are encouraged to bring their own chest waders, rods, reels and tackle, although fishing equipment and chest waders can be rented for an additional cost. Your guide will provide you with a belly boat and fins, as well as hands-on instruction throughout the day to ensure a successful day on the water!

Belly boating AEP

So what can you expect from a day of float tubing at the AEP Lands? Aside from a chance to take in the natural beauty of Ohio’s wilderness, customers will have the opportunity to catch a wide variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, bluegills, crappie and even catfish.

The AEP Lands regularly produce giant bass, including a 10lb 2oz behemoth that was taken back in 2011. Popular techniques for bass at AEP include soft plastics (tubes, worms, flukes and lizards) and jigs fished around wood and weeds, and topwater baits (buzzbaits, soft plastic frogs, and walk the dog style hard baits) during low-light periods. Most lakes feature gnarly bass cover, including standing timber, weedbeds, beaver huts, and large shoreline laydowns.

AEP Group

In addition to the AEP lands, guided trips are also available on Burr Oak Lake and Rose Lake in southeast Ohio. For more information or to book a trip, contact Jim Stratton with Hocking Hills Adventure Trek at 740-777-2579.

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Tips for Fishing in a Crowd

One of the most challenging aspects of fishing tournaments on Ohio’s small lakes and reservoirs is having to share the water with so many other anglers. On those days when it seems like there’s a boat covering up every spot you want to fish, what can you do to differentiate yourself, and outfish the competition? Here are a few tips for improving your performance the next time you find yourself fishing recycled water on your favorite lake.

Busy Launch

Don’t Lose Your Mind

Competitive bass fishing is as much of a mental game as it is a physical one. Detecting bites and making sound decisions requires razor sharp focus. Sometimes, maintaining that focus and a positive attitude can be challenging, particularly once the morning bite has fizzled out and the sun has the bass in a lull. If you catch yourself losing focus, put your rod down, take a couple of deep breaths, and make an effort to evaluate whether you should make a lure or area change.  It sounds like such a simple tip, but it works.

The reality is that most anglers never take the time to recalibrate during a tournament. Doing so will give you an upper hand over many other competitors who have mentally checked-out. You only get so many fish catching opportunities in a given day, so reducing the number of mental and physical mistakes you make is often the difference between cashing a check and going home with your tail between your legs.

Make ‘em Look Up

With the amount of angling pressure Ohio’s lakes receive, our bass have become accustomed to seeing the same presentations over and over – the bait makes a splash, it sinks to the bottom, and then it begins crawling or hopping along. One way to break this trend is to show them a topwater presentation, regardless of the weather conditions.  Sometimes working a spook or a pop-r over their heads, even on those sunny, blue-bird sky days, can get a reaction simply because it’s something different.

Make the Extra Effort

When things get tough due to excessive fishing pressure, bass will frequently bury themselves into the deepest cover they can find.  Often, that means they will hole-up in flooded willows, thick weed mats, or push to the back of large lily pad fields to get away from the boats. Making the extra effort to fight your way into the cover with a push pole or by other means can pay big dividends.

Heavy Cover

Back Off

When trolling motors are buzzing along the shoreline all day long, bass become spooky. Some of them will push shallower into heavy cover, but many others will back off the bank to avoid the boat pressure.  By positioning your boat a full cast off of the banks that you would normally flip, you’ll be putting your bait in front of fish that other anglers are passing up.

Minor Modifications

With so many lures whizzing by their noses, bass quickly become accustomed to the “same old” presentations.  Minor modifications, such as drilling small holes into the “elbows” of a speed craw, slicing the tail of a senko into a “fan”, or splitting the tail of your finesse worm so that it is forked will give your bait the extra bit of action needed to make stubborn fish commit.

Fan-Tail Senko Modification

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Big Payouts Expected this Weekend at the Ohio Mega Bass Two-Day Indian Lake Pot-a-Gold Open

 

This weekend, June 21st and 22nd, the Ohio Mega Bass Tournament Trail is hosting its annual two-day Pot-a-Gold Open Tournament on Indian Lake.  Anglers can expect big bass, and even bigger payouts!  With a $200 per team entry fee and optional $20 Big Bass sidepot, a full 100 boat field will pay out $5,000 to the first place team.

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Anglers can pre-register online by visiting OMBTT Indian Lake POG Official Tournament Page, or they can register the day of the tournament at the Moundwood ramp.  Blast off will be at 6am both days, so be sure to get there early.

Last year, the Pot-A-Gold event drew 47 boats, and paid out $3,000 to the first place team of Norman and Dalton. And some BIG bass were brought to the scale, with a 5.69 pound largemouth earning the heavyweight title (pictured below).

Indian Lake Mega Bass POG Big Bass

Indian is fishing strong right now.  At last weekend’s OMBTT Fathers Day Open, the team of Bill and Fred Meyers sacked a 15.98 pound bag, anchored by a 5.40 stud. We hope to see you this weekend at what will most certainly be one of the highest paying open tournaments in Ohio this season.

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Record Breaker – The Story of Roy Landsberger’s Ohio State Record Largemouth Bass

by Mike Reeves

To commemorate the 38th anniversary of the Ohio state record largemouth being caught, I’m re-posting the story of Roy Landsberger’s incredible fish.

On the evening of May 26th, 1976, Roy Landsberger hooked and landed a 13.13 pound largemouth bass from a small pond in Northeast Ohio.  To date, it is the largest bass ever recorded in Ohio’s history.

For nearly 40 years the record has remained unbroken.  In the eyes of many, it is a mark that is untouchable.  While the record itself is known by most avid Ohio bass anglers, the story behind the catch remains shrouded in mystery – until now.  What follows is the story of Roy Landsberger’s Ohio record largemouth.

Roy Landsberger with the Ohio State Record Largemouth in 1976

Landsberger with his record catch on May 27, 1976

In 1973, three years prior to breaking the record, Landsberger had returned to his hometown of Kensington, Ohio after serving in the Vietnam War.  As a soldier in the United States Army, Landsberger had driven a tanker truck that supplied fuel to US aircraft for missions in Laos and Cambodia.

Resting 20 miles due-east of Canton on the outskirts of Appalachian country, Kensington was a quaint town, surrounded by rolling hills, lush forests, and fertile farmland.  Landsberger took a job as a laborer at the nearby Robert F. Donahey Tree Farm.  Donahey was an insurance executive from Cleveland who had built a home on the 1,000-acre farm where he and his crew raised evergreens that were eventually harvested as Christmas trees.

One of the perks of Landsberger’s job was that he was permitted to fish the seven spring-fed ponds that were clustered together on the property.  The ponds were connected to each other by a series of small runoff creeks, and the largest pond, which was approximately one and a half acres in size, featured an earthen dam and concrete spillway.  In the eyes of 25 year old Landsberger, there was no better way to melt away the rigors of a long day’s labor than to fish along the banks of the ponds at the end of a shift.

On the evening he broke the record, Landsberger went fishing by himself, as he had done most every night that spring.  Armed with his antique Bache Brown Spinster reel, which was manufactured by the Lionel Train Company, and a red fishing rod his mother had acquired for him using S&H Green Stamps, Landsberger trekked to the earthen dam bank of the big pond.

The pond tapered from two feet at the edge to approximately 12 feet at the bottom of the drop off.  Landsberger stealthily crept his way down the bank, casting a yellow and black spotted Arbogast Jitterbug along the water’s edge.  As darkness began to fall, and with little action to speak of, he told himself he would retrieve the topwater plug and make one final cast.  Splashing and plopping as it danced its way back to shore, the Jitterbug was suddenly inhaled by an enormous fish, right at Landsberger’s feet.

“It hit right as I was about to lift the lure out of the water.  Because it hit so close and it was pretty dark out, I couldn’t tell right away what kind of fish it was.  I was using twelve pound line, and it was pulling line from my drag really quickly, so I knew it was big”, explained Landsberger.

The fish surged towards deeper water, and Landsberger expertly turned it to the shallows.  He thought he had gained the upper hand, but the fish decided it wasn’t quite done, making a second push for deep water.

“As I was fighting the fish back towards the bank for the second time she surfaced and I saw her mouth.  That’s when I knew it was a bass”, he said.

Not willing to risk losing the giant fish, Landsberger saw his chance to land her as she made her approach to shore.  He stepped into the water up to his knees, and lipped the behemoth by her lower jaw.

“When I looked down into her throat I realized she had only a single hook from the Jitterbug in the meaty part of her upper mouth.  My first thought was that bass just don’t grow this big”, he said.

Landsberger knew he was holding an extraordinary fish.  Thinking quickly, he strung the fish up through its gills with a piece of rope, tied it to the metal grate that covered the spillway overflow, and then ran a short distance to Mr. Donahey’s house.

“I told Mr. Donahey about how big the fish was, and he decided to call Lester Jones, the area game warden, to let him know about the catch”, he recalled.

Upon the arrival of Jones, Landsberger drove the men in his pickup truck to the edge of the pond, leaving the headlights shining to where the monster was tied-off.

“Jones couldn’t believe her size.  He was astonished.  He knew it was something special and told me we had to get it on ice until the big shots from the ODNR office in Akron could come inspect the fish”, Landsberger recalled.

Jones had brought with him a set of baby scales, the same set he always used when an angler called in a possible record catch.  He placed the fish, still alive and dripping with eggs, on the scales.  To the men’s disbelief, the needle settled just above the 14 pound mark.  Landsberger put the fish in the plastic vegetable storage bin at the bottom of Donahey’s refrigerator, and covered her with ice.

Donahey, Landsberger and Lash with the Ohio State Record Largemouth Bass

Donahey, Landsberger and Jones on May 27th, 1976

The next afternoon, May 27th, three officials from the ODNR made their way down to Kensington and met Landsberger, Jones and Donahey at a meat locker in town that had a set of certified scales.  In the presence of all men, the fish was weighed at an astounding 13.13 pounds.  From nose to tail it measured 25 and 1/16 inches.

But there was a problem.  Because none of the officials had ever seen nor heard of a pure Northern strain largemouth of that size living in Ohio, they were skeptical, and took the fish with them to be examined at The Ohio State University Fish Division in Columbus.  Officials suspected that Landsberger’s fish could possibly be a transplanted Florida strain largemouth.

A week prior to the one year anniversary of the date Landsberger landed the fish, it was determined after undergoing numerous tests at OSU that the fish was, in fact, a thirteen year old female pure Northern strain largemouth, giving Landsberger the official Ohio state record.

Shortly after the record was recognized, Landsberger was contacted by Jack Lash, a renowned taxidermist from Massillon, Ohio.  Lash took the fish and mounted it, free of charge, for Landsberger.  Today, Landsberger keeps the mount, as well as the original rod, reel and the Jitterbug at his home in Kensington.

Roy Landsberger with the mount of his Ohio State Record Largemouth Bass 2

Landsberger in January, 2014 with his record bass and the original Jitterbug

The newspaper reporters called – everyone wanted to hear about his record bass.  But Landsberger never capitalized on the record financially, and to this day hasn’t earned a penny as a result of the catch.

“I didn’t have a clue about fishing for big bass at the time.  I didn’t realize that companies would endorse you if you were using their rod and reel.  If only I had been using a Shakespeare, who knows”, he exclaimed.

After breaking the record, Landsberger decided to take a trip to Dale Hollow Reservoir, home of the world record smallmouth, in pursuit of possibly breaking another record.

“I went down to Dale Hollow and rented a boat for an entire week, and didn’t catch a single smallmouth”, he said, laughing at the futility of the trip.

What made the Donahey pond special?  What about its makeup allowed for a bass to grow to such an impressive weight?  For starters, according to Landsberger, it benefited from two sources of fresh water inflow, which included a creek and a natural spring at the bottom of the pond.  The pond supported a strong forage base, consisting primarily of large shiners, shad, bluegills, crawdads, and bull frogs, all of which thrived in the clear, cool water.

“I’m convinced that fish thought she was eating one of those big bull frogs when she struck”, he said.

To Landsberger’s knowledge, the ponds had been stocked at some point in the past, although he couldn’t offer details beyond a fleeting recollection, meaning the genetic source of the record fish will likely never be known.

You’re probably wondering about the location of the pond?  Located approximately five miles to the south of Kensington, it remained, untouched, in its record-breaking form, until 1987 when the Boy Scouts of America purchased the land from Donahey and created the Seven Ranges Boy Scout Reservation.  Shortly after the purchase, the seven ponds on the property were flooded and dammed-up to create a single 30-acre impoundment, known today as Lake Don Brown.

Lake Don Brown.

Lake Don Brown

Although the lake is not open to the public, Landsberger has hosted a small bass tournament on the lake each year for a few of his closest friends.

“That fish’s genes are still in there.  I’ve been fishing for them ever since, but haven’t caught another big one like that.  The biggest we’ve caught during any of those tournaments is six pounds – but I know there’s still a big one in there”, he opined.

Lake Don Brown..

Lake Don Brown

Now 63 years old, Landsberger retired last year after nearly 40 years in the tree farming business.  A father of three, and grandfather to three granddaughters, he still fishes regularly on Northeast Ohio’s many inland lakes, as well as Lake Erie.

As our conversation came to an end, I asked him if he believed the record would ever be broken.

“I thought it would be broken by now, I really did.  It’s been almost 40 years and nobody’s done it.  I just don’t know.  I just don’t know”, he replied softly, as his thoughts drifted back to a warm May evening in 1976 when a young man went fishing, and accomplished something truly extraordinary.

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Trouble Locating Spring Bass? Look Shallower

For most bass anglers, spring is the most wonderful time of the year.  Fish are fat, aggressive, and best of all, shallow.  So when the bite suddenly gets tough, and the big mamas are nowhere to be found on the banks, where should you look?

Your first instinct is probably to move away from the shoreline, and focus on drop offs or submerged humps that are nearby spawning areas.  Sometimes that’s the right call.  But more often than not, the right decision is to move shallower.  I’m talking about depth finder blinking, hull dragging, “I think we’re stuck” shallow.  Think about it.  Prespawn bass are genetically wired to be in the skinny water.  If you’ve located some fish on a large spawning flat, and overnight they’ve disappeared, they likely pushed themselves further into the flat as opposed to abandoning their instincts and swimming to deeper water.

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Bass only need a few inches of water over their backs, and will hold on any cover they can find while sunning themselves in ultra shallow water.  Weed clumps, lilly pads, and wood that’s settled into the mud on a flat, no matter how small, can hold big fish.  In super shallow water, bass will be spooky, so long casts with spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs, traps and wake baits are often a necessity for getting bit.  These baits will imitate shad and bluegill, the most common forage for shallow bass feeding on flats.

One final piece of advice.  Make sure you have a push pole onboard before dragging your boat into 8 inches of water.  There’s nothing worse than jumping overboard to push the boat, and sinking up to your hips in mud.

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Deric Luther, 15, shared this photo of the 5 pound bookends he caught at Clear Fork Reservoir recently during the Ohio Next Generation Team Tournament Trail.  Great job Deric! I wonder if he got them shallow?

Deric Luther Clear Fork Toads

 

 

 

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