Myth No. 3: Sight fishing is the only way to go

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I can’t stand sight fishing during the spring, so maybe I’m a little biased on this one. But man, so many folks are convinced that it’s the only way you can catch big bass in the spring. If you were to watch a tournament blast-off here on my home lake this time of year, I’d bet you a mortgage payment that 90 percent of anglers will immediately head to the south end of the lake searching for clear water. There’s a BFL this weekend and I bet there are a lot of guys who have spent three straight days looking for beds. To each their own and heck, maybe that’s how the derby will be won. But I think it’s important that we all understand there are other ways to catch bass this time of year. Don’t be afraid of the dirty water.

I love dirty water this time of year; I actively look for it. I think the shallow spring “push” happens a lot earlier in this dirty water because the water is denser, which results in better heat conduction. Just a degree or two of difference in water temperature can make all the difference in the world this time of year, so while they may not be active or moved shallow in the south end of the lake, it could be absolutely gangbusters just five miles north up one of the rivers.

If you’re patient enough to sit on a single fish for an hour at a time… then by all means, go sight fishing. But this ol’ boy ain’t about that life. I’m a very impatient guy, so I like to hit up the muddy water and move a little faster.

Something else that got me thinking about this myth is all the big fish that get caught around here in the spring. I know most of the folks with the near-record catches and nearly every single one of them comes from dirty water on a white spinnerbait. Very rarely do you hear about someone sight-fishing a double-digit bass of the bed around here. Maybe it’s the insane tournament pressure on my home lake but it just seems like the big bags consistently come from the dirtier water around here.

I don’t have all the answers, guys; I probably don’t even have half of ’em. But through my conversations with buddies the last few weeks, it was obvious to me that there are some major misconceptions floating around out there regarding spring bass fishing. Everybody does things a different way and that’s what’s cool about bass fishing. But I urge you to keep these three things in the back of your mind for the next month or two. I honestly think it’ll help you have a little more success.