87° F Sunday, June 25, 2017

By Allen Christenson

My favorite time of year for fast bass fishing action is about to begin. Warm, sunny afternoons are drawing pre-spawn bass into coves and creeks in search of an easy meal.

As anglers, it is our duty to provide these demanding fish with what they want. The shorelines are teeming with small bluegill and native crawfish that fatten up the bass before the rigors of the actual spawn.

Our lure selection should strive to imitate natural forage in order to maximize our catch. Bluegill and crawfish colored crankbaits are often good producers when bass are prowling near shorelines.

Some of my favorites are the Rapala Fat Rap, Shad Rap, Bandit 100, and Rapala DT 4 and 6. Chartreuse hues with an orange belly excel in overcast conditions. Blue back chrome seems to work best during bright, sunny conditions.

The key with these shallow crankers is to keep moving and cover lots of water. Every cast should land within inches of the bank. Wait a few seconds before beginning a medium speed erratic retrieve. This initial pause produces more fish, many of which will attack the plug the instant it dives.

Bass are constantly moving in the early spring and can be caught on nondescript, bland-looking shorelines. Don’t just concentrate on docks, points or brush tops. Many of my largest bass come from the least attractive locations.

Slow rolling a willow leaf spinnerbait off shorelines produces well when the wind is blowing. A combo silver and gold bladed model with a white or chartreuse skirt is popular.

A slower approach with soft plastics can often be the best tactic. Slow reeling a smoke glitter plastic grub on an eight ounce jighead has produced huge numbers of bass every spring since I started guiding in 1979. Many jumbo bass up to 9 pounds have also fallen for this small grub.

Finally, there is the finesse, slow paced tactic of Senkos and four-inch Ringworms. Let the fish tell you their choice each day.

For updates or an exciting guided excursion, call 512-261-3644, email achristenson1@austin.rr.com or visit northshorebeacon.com.

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