POSITIVE THOUGHTS FOR WINTER FISHING
by Jim Porter
OK, it’s getting to be Winter in most places. Fishing’s have gotten (or is about to get) tough. What to do? Well, part of the reason fewer fish are caught is because the fishermen are too cold to fish effectively, or the winds make it more difficult. Sort of the same reasons cold fronts seem to slow things down –- it’s more a matter of the fisherman than the fish.
Dress and be as comfortable as possible (aswell as SAFE!!). Fish in sheltered locations to stay out of the winds (good boat control and lure presentation helps overcome other factors).
- bass will school together tightly the colder the water gets;
- the smaller the bass, the larger the school;
- the larger the school, the more apt it will be in open water;
- since bass school generally by size, large bass are usually loners because there are so few of them;
- cold, in itself, DOES NOT drive bass deep;
- large Winter bass are very often found singly in less than 6 feet of water in cover such as bush tops or a small cluster of stumps;
- with a low metabolism, Winter bass eat need much less food and will readily take smaller lures that appear to have less food value;
- Winter bass move somewhat slowly and will not chase a lure well (they really don’t need the food and their cold-bloodied system stiffens them a bit);
- so, use slow lures such as jigs and small worms and slow your presentations down;
- Keep in mind that the harder you fishes, seems the luckier you gets.
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