Spin for Spring Bass
April was created for two things: spring bear and monster spring bass. Since I’ve already established what this article will be about in the title, you can mostly ignore the spring bear part for now. With the weather beginning to do its April thing, fishing can be erratic, but if conditions are right, April is the best time of year to hook big smallies.
You do you like hooking into big smallmouth, right? I bet you’ve never been asked, have you? Of course you haven’t – it’s a question nobody asks just like no one asks if you like brownies or ice cream. Everyone likes those things, so it’s not worth the wasted breath. Such as it is with smallies – and since you like catching big smallies, you ought to be in head over heels love with April.
With spring bass comes the age old question of “What are they hitting, today?” It’s really a matter of preference for the fisherman. Remember, we’re talking about a fish with about a half inch of space between its eyes. Somewhere in that void must reside a brain, but honestly, how much wisdom could possibly be found in a space so small? Usually the bait of choice is either a rubber worm or grub or some sort of plastic crank bait. Every so often you’ll get a fisherman ask what color the fish are hitting – which humors me to no end. Perhaps there is a science to it all and I’m the one that just hasn’t figured it out, but that’s okay, because I’m not much into plastic worms, cranks or jerkbaits.
My spring bass tactic for big smallies is to buy two spinners – usually a pair of blue Blue Foxes (hey, just because color doesn’t matter to the fish, doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter to my psyche). I buy two of them only because the chance exists that I may snag one on a rock, but I’ve had the same two Blue Fox spinners in my tackle box for eight years. Real fisherman will tell you why they use what they use. “This Wiggle Wort in squash color mimics a crawdad without legs, antennae, or pinchers,” they might say.
Well, I can’t tell you why a spinner works. It doesn’t seem to me that it mimics any food that a bass might eat unless bass really dig flashing chunks of metal. Which, I suppose is entirely possible – let us not forget the size of brain we’re dealing with here. What I can attest to, however, is that this spinner works. And, it works very well. I’ve fished alongside many folks who like to think they have bass figured out, and they spend half the trip trying to analyze what to use and why. Meantime, I like to have simplicity in my tactics, so I tie my Blue Fox on and start chucking it without rhyme or reason. And, fish seem to appreciate that.
Sometimes, fishermen are guilty of over thinking a prey that can’t possibly have the ability to think itself. Don’t let that happen to you – find a tactic that works for you and use it. Fishing is almost entirely about having the patience to keep at it, anyway.