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Early Prespawn Bass Fishing

February 14, 2020 by lbailey

Early prespawn bass fishing gives anglers an excellent opportunity to catch monster bass. As the bass emerge from their deep, offshore areas and wintertime haunts in preparation for the spawn. They are notoriously indiscriminate when it comes to their feeding behavior. The result is simple giant bass and lots of them.

Early Prespawn Bass Fishing in shallow water.

…there are always going to be bass in shallow water.

As a retired Elite Series pro and one of the best at dissecting early prespawn patterns. As the days start getting longer, I primarily rely on shallower water to start my process of elimination. When I find shallower areas where the bait has moved into early, this affords me the ability to catch some big fish.

Early prespawn bass fishing gives anglers an excellent opportunity to catch monster bass.

Although early prespawn bass can be quite predictable, it’s important to understand they’re like people in a sense, each one exhibits unique behavior. For this reason, I believe in the process of elimination throughout this time of year. Keeping the bass “honest” as you will, plays a big role in my strategy.

Whenever you approach the beginning stages of the prespawn, I suggest going through a thorough process of elimination. While some folks like to start deep and work their way shallow, I’m actually the polar opposite. I always target the backs of creeks and short pockets before I do anything else.

The reason for this plan is twofold. As one of the best shallow anglers in the world, I feel most confident fishing for bass in dirt-shallow water. More importantly, however, I believe shallow water plays host to more bass than you might think.

It doesn’t matter where you go, there are always going to be bass in shallow water. Will they be the ones to win a tournament? That really depends on the fishery, but shallow areas give me a complete overview of the water temperature which is a huge deal in the early prespawn. It’s not uncommon to find places with nearby springs that will result in a five-degree water temperature increase. If you wait to go back there, you’ll never know and you might miss out on an incredible shallow bite.

As I sit here writing this article in Sunny central Florida, I find myself thinking how this strategy works in all areas of the country. Originally from CT, I relied on this early prespawn bass strategy to win many tournaments in my area. Right now the fish here in central FL are bouncing back and forth between prespawn and spawn. The weather being the problem. The cold fronts keep coming every 3 to 4 days.

I hope this strategy helps you. “Catch The Dream”

One Response to “Early Prespawn Bass Fishing”

  1. Frank Hanna says:

    I totaly agree. Other fishermen say I’m lying, when I say I’ve caught great numbers and Big Bass in 42 degree water in pre-spawn time frame. I am a nest fisherman by Heart. There was a BASS Tournament where an angler pulled a bad take off number so during pre-fishing he so called sore mouthed every Bass HD could fine. A lot of Pro’s were MAD!! My wife had watch the show with me. Her first Bass was a 5.2 lb’s, I reminded her of that show. After releasing that Bass with-in 4 casts I caught it again. I show someone else where that fish was they tried and could not get that Bass to bite. I went right behind them and caught it again just to show my wife that they will bite again and again.
    This was a great read above. I hope you in joy my story.

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