By Steve Chaconas
Nice Week Ahead!
Looks like we are turning the weather corner. Nothing can stop the fish from moving up. Only cold fronts can put a halt on what's ahead.
With water starting the day above 45 and water heating up all week, this could be the icebreaker to good bass fishing. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “This will be the warmest week this year! Daytime highs getting up near 70 and overnight lows only in the low 40s with a mix of sun and clouds. Into the mid 70s on Wednesday! Clouds by Friday with a chance of rain for the weekend.”
This is a perfect week to get more aggressive! Using lipless Lucky Craft LV-500 crankbaits on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon on a cranking rod, slowly crawl across gravel banks and into grass. The key is a slow speed. Use crawfish patterns on cloudy days or with stained water. Chartreuse patterns with sun and some color to the water and chrome and shad patterns with sun and clearer water.
Carolina rigs with ¾-ounce Round Valley tungsten weights slowly dragged in short movements with frequent stops can cover subtle points and flats near deeper water. Try creek mouths and main river areas. Use Carolina rigged Mizmo tubes and Mann's HardNose lizards. Soak in garlic Jack's Juice Spray on 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks.
For spinning gear, try black and blue Punisher hair jigs with matching Swamp Monster trailers and green pumpkin Mizmo tubes with an insert head. I like 20-pound torque braid tied to 12-pound test Edge leaders. Cast and slowly work them on the bottom with frequent stops. Watch line. Wood cover and emerging grass are good targets.