Too much action

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It’s easy to get a little carried away when it comes time to hit the water for some spring bass fishing. You’ve been stir crazy all winter and you expect the bass to eat the paint off of any reaction bait you toss anywhere near their vicinity. 

No so fast, cautions Daniels. 

“I’ve noticed that less can certainly be more as far as your bait’s action goes,” Daniels said. “Look at the success of stick worms and the now-famous TRD. You can’t deny how deadly they are, but yet, they don’t have a whole lot of action. They’re purposely designed that way to create a very subtle and non-threatening profile to pressured fish.”

I’ve been in the boat during the spring with Daniels in the past; he certainly proved this point during our trip. He waxed ’em on both a Z-Man ZinkerZ and a Z-Man Finesse TRD. Both may not be adorned with a bunch of crazy appendages, but they sure do catch a bunch of bass. 

It’s also interesting to watch Daniels work his spinning rod throughout the retrieve. While many other anglers may be trying to power fish and force reaction strikes, he’s very methodical and measured with spinning tackle in his hands. 

“I can’t stress how important it is to avoid overworking your bait and rod tip,” Daniels said. “People love to shake that rod, man. But it’s not always necessary this time of year. You’re going to get most of your finesse bites right now when the bait is either falling or paused, so keep that in mind while you’re fishing. Stay patient and if you think you’re fishing too slow, slow down a little more. It can be frustrating at times, but when you catch a big bass, it’s totally worth it.”