5.11.14: Waters clear after major storms this week

5.11.14: Waters clear after major storms this week
May 11, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Major spawn this week!

Fish have been fanning beds. Time for the females to move up!

Water has cleared up nicely after major storms last week!

Water temperatures are well into the mid 60s, looking to climb into the 70s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Highs near 90 to start the week with a front coming through on Wednesday cooling things down to the low 70s and bringing a chance of showers and possibly thunderstorms the rest of the week. Overnight lows in the 50s.”

Morning high tides will position fish close to the bank. Locate fish with moving lures like Mann's Baby X crankbaits and chatterbaits. With clear water, suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 78 Jerkbaits will flush out fish. Pauses to pull fish off the bottom will be effective. Use 12-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon.

The best bait for spawners is a Texas rigged 4-inch green pumpkin Mizmo tube with tips dipped in chartreuse dye or Mizmo flashers with chartreuse. A 3/0 Mustad tube hook is the biggest hook possible giving better hooksets on

spawners trying to bite the tails. Use 3/16-ounce pegged bullet weights. Move up to the bank, looking for bare spots.

Either pitch to visible bedding fish or make long casts to the beds. For longer casts, try 10-pound test GAMMA Edge on spinning gear. For shorter presentations 12-14 pound test on casting gear.

Weightless or with 1/8 ounce bullet weight, stick worms Texas or wacky rigged also work. Drop shots cast to bedding bass are also effective. Use plenty of Jack's Juice bait spray to get fish to hold on longer. Catch, photo and release as

soon as possible when fishing during the spawn to allow fish to return to beds.