Catching bedding bass is akin to still hunting deer in close quarters. Shallow water, coupled with calm and sunlit conditions makes bass extremely wary and prone to lockjaw. California bass angler Kent Brown shares some commonsense pointers that’ll improve your success when bass have entered the spawning phase.
- Strike King Rage Bug, color: pearl
- Strike King Sunglasses
- Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Flipping Hook, 4/0
- Strike King Tour Grade Tactical Tungsten Weights, 1/2-ounce
- Lew’s Team Lite Speed Spool Casting Reel, 7.5:1
- Lew’s Speed Stick Lite HM85 Cast 7′ Med Hvy Magnum
- Strike King Tour Grade Fluorocarbon, 17lb
Maintaining distance from the fish is at the top of the list. As a general rule of thumb, if you can see the bass, it can see you – you want to maximize this distance as much as possible. Making accurate and repeated casts with a bait you can see can be imperative. Bites can come fast and out of nowhere, so think of your plastic as a bobber. When it disappears, it’s likely in a fish’s mouth.