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Time to switch it up.

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 It is safe to say in most places in New England the spawn is over. I have been seeing bass fry in all the ponds I fish in Maine and Vermont. Water temperatures had been into the low 70s until last weeks cold weather brought them back down into the low and mid 60s. Emergent weeds are starting to come up or are already emerging. It is time to switch it up from Pre spawn spring tactics to post spawn early summer tactics. Immediately after the spawn I tend to target the thickest greenest vegetation I can find, targeting primarily largemouth.

This past spring the fishing was excellent. A lot of big fish were caught  by my friends and I out of my boat. In total 6 bass over 7 lbs were caught out of my boat. A 7 lb 10 oz lunker was the largest. A total of 6 6 lbers were caught as well as 7 5lbers. I had a couple of amazing days with my buddy Shane J where we had over 30 lbs for 5 fish, including 2 days when we caught 2 7s between us. We were mainly targeting the first drop off adjacent to spawning coves. Most of the larger fish, including the largest, were caught on a rage tail swimmer. It is an excellent bait. Several other very large fish were caught targeting the same areas using a deps OG side swimmer. Although it is a costly lure it just plan catches hawgs. I did catch a few larger fish on Jigs and senkos as well.  Unfortunately I didn't have any good crankbait days like I have had during the spring in past years. I experimented a bit more with a weedles 68 hudd and caught  some quality fish on it, a 6 lb 14 oz largemouth was the first fish I caught on it. I will be fishing it MORE.

It was a great spring and set up for a banner year for fish over 7 lbs. It is time to switch it up and hopefully stay on the big fish.  Immediately post spawn can be tough. I am getting a full weekend of fishing this weekend so hopefully will be able to figure something out. I am hopeful the summer months will be just as productive as this past spring.

Hopefully this past spring was good to everyone.

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It was an awesome spring thanks to the Ned Rig... Been on the Niagra River twice and have caught every Smallmouth off of it...  Even the ponds around here, the fish destroy it...

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Its been a decent spring for me. Lost a few great fish, but thats fishing. The last few times out have been a little slow. I am finding largemouth in with the grasses and lilies. Having problems finding any smallmouth. I have been trying to find them just off shore on points and off spawning grounds. No luck though. Granted, here in Maine its been very windy the last few times out. I do look forward to this summer.

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