Tips for How to Catch More Post Spawn Bass
It isn’t a secret that deep diving crankbaits catch fish in transition. Bass are targeting shad and other baitfish this time of year, and a reaction strike can find you some big bites. The key is to choose your crankbaits based on the depth your bass are holding. Typically, I like to fish these baits by first cranking baits that will hug the bottom of the column. I’ll slowly go lighter if I find the fish are oddly suspended. I also like to think about the size of the bait. I’ve found that shad and other baitfish will stack in the water column often by general size. Smaller fish will stay shallower, and larger baitfish will inhabit deeper depths. Most baits made today reflect this, like in the differences between the Strike King 5xd and the 8xd.
The Carolina Rig
When the reaction strike from crankbaits has slowed, or a tough system has rolled in and you need to slow your presentation down, a carolina rig is a great go-to system. Fishing the Carolina Rig across a point or parallel to structure is a great way to fool fish on slow days where search baits aren’t getting it done. Think of this as a senko/stick bait dragged across a bass’ nose. Bass are still hungry and hunting, so why not give them an easy meal? They won’t object, and neither will you! Try it out, and remember that you can fish parallel structure with this system too!
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