Jared says that sight fishing for bass is something that many fishermen don’t put enough emphasis on. As a competitive bass angler, sight fishing plays a big role in his strategy, especially during the spring. This technique will be especially helpful and heavily used in the coming weeks as spring makes its approach.
In order to be effective Jared says anglers need to remember to keep the sun at their back. If you are positioned so you are looking into the sun, the glare on the water can impede your ability to pick up glimpses of fish under the surface. By keeping the sun at your back and wearing good sunglasses, you’re better able to pick up activity in the water. When it comes to spotting fish underwater, Jared says the goal is not to pick out a whole fish, but to look for parts. By training your eyes and mind to look for a tail, dorsal fin or even different color shades in the water, you’ll begin to see a lot more fish. In order to locate fish, Jared explains why bass like combination habitats. Areas with a variety of different environmental attractants like grass, rocks, reeds and more are ideal, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by more fish.
Early in the year Jared says you need to be able to identify the most productive locales for bass and narrow your search down accordingly. If you are experiencing any kind of warming trend, the first place to begin your search is on the sunny side of the body of water you’re fishing. The water on the sunny side will start to warm up quicker making it a hot spot for activity, plus you’ll be able to eliminate a large portion of the water you’re fishing by ruling out the shady portions. Beyond searching the warmer shallows, Jared explains how helpful a map of the lake or body of water can be in your quest to pinpoint fish. Using a map, anglers can better identify bays, coves, creeks and other spots where fish might go to feel more protected. It’s back in these areas that finding a creek channel or some other natural funnel that the fish use as a highway can pay off in a big way. Not only will the fish use that natural funnel as a way to get to more protected waters, but they’ll use that same path to go back out to the main body of water they came from creating an active and highly effective location.
Once you find the fish, don’t park on top of them. The shallows are often heavily fished and pressured so taking a cautious and stealthy approach could be the key to your success. Jared says he’ll cruise an area very slowly, sight fishing and searching for bass. Once he spots a fish, if within close proximity, Jared says he’ll let the boat go on by and make a mental note about the exact location of that fish. He’ll then circle back around, staying back as far as he can while still being able to see what the fish is doing, see what the bait is doing and how the fish is reacting to the bait. With this kind of situation, Jared says that the first few flips into that bed will determine how long it takes for that fish to react to the bait.
When it comes to baits in early spring, Jared says that he has 3-5 main go-to options, the first being a drop shot presentation. He also utilizes stick baits like a Senko or Gambler Fat Ace, a flipping setup with small craws, and a bluegill profile bait. If none of those options garner the response he is wanting, Jared says that his key bait is an 8 to 12-inch swimbait. This usually triggers two different responses – an aggressive strike or the fish bolts and you won’t see it again.
Tune in for lots of great tips from Major League Fishing pro angler, Jared Lintner. Also, be sure to keep up with the MLF Bass Pro Tour and the upcoming third, fourth and fifth stage events. You can find the Bass Pro Tour Stages here. You can watch all the Major League Fishing action on Outdoor Channel, Saturdays at 2:00 pm ET. You can also keep up with the MLF Bass Pro Tour by watching on MyOutdoorTV or you can see it live on the MLF NOW! live stream at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Here’s to springtime and spawning,