AlabamaSpothunter Posted March 17 Share Posted March 17 This thread is really for the Northern folks who have yet to get on the water and start fishing in that pre spawn period. I wanted to start this thread for a few reasons, first being that I now fully understand this is a Bass angler's best chance of catching trophy fish, the fish of a lifetime. This is your best chance to break your PB, let the FOMO fuel you! Secondly because of how fast it all happens, or at least did for me. If you fail to realize it by a week or two like me, you'll be chasing your tail the rest of the spawn cycle. Every body of water, and particular Bass is unique in regard to spawning but after reading an article about 30mins ago a real "eureka moment" happened. February 3rd I caught this 6.4 in 30+fow on a Damiki 1oz Axe Blade. The water was in the low 50s, and this fish had a big sore on it's tail that was dripping blood. This fish was only a couple hundred yards away from a spawning cove and flat, but in my mind even though I thought the tail injury could be a result of fanning a bed, I thought the much more likely explanation was some kind of injury/infection because it's Feb 3rd and the water was in the low 50s after all. Otherwise, the fish was a perfect healthy looking big prespawn fish. The quote that really made me flip and realize that this was a fish that had already moved up and at least started to prepare a bed was " Before releasing ‘em, check their tails for fresh sores or even dripping blood." I knew to examine the tails and overall look to them to decern which stage of the Spawn cycle they are at, but not that early. Had I connected the dots better I wouldn't have stayed offshore for another week or two wondering where all the bloated big fish went, where did my 50 fish days go. I was still catching some, still catching some quality, but something was shifting majorly, and I didn't listen to the obvious clue. So my tip for you folks not on the water yet.......check the condition of the fish, listen to the clues in front of your face even if it goes against what you've read or heard. "Before releasing ‘em, check their tails for fresh sores or even dripping blood." - Walker Smith 14 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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