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I need some help on catching some bedding bass. At a local lake the bass are spawing and I went out today to give it a try and could not buy a bite. I did some homework and research and read about using a plastic lizard as salamanders are a spawing bass' worst enemy but the male just would not bite. I was able to get his attention a few times but he would just storm at the bait and at the last minute before striking it he would just turn away as making intimidating moves at it. I would pitch the lizard past the bed and slowly crawled it into the bed and held it still for a while but the male would not nudge it, pick it up to move it or bite. I was using my finess gear with 6lb line and a 6in lizard with a 1/0 hook. I also tried a pumpkin 3in tube, nothing, a gulp green pumpkin 6in worm and nothing also. I also tried two different scents one being a Baitmate live (from wal-mart) and smelly jelly shad scent.  I even got desperate and threw a jerkbait as I noticed the male would chase of other swimming by bass and nothing.  

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The best advice is to keep at it. Your using the right tackle, so just stay with it. It can take from 1 to 20 cast to get that fish to actually get that fish to put the bait in his or her mouth. You want to make that fish so mad that he has no other choice but to eat your bait. One more thing- try keeping the bait in the middle of the bed and just hop it. He may use his nose to push it off, but eventually he will eat it!

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Here is my special rig for bedding bass.  I really does work well.

At the end of your line tie a triple swivel.  Tie about 3-4 feet of line on an open eyelet, using a lighter line than your main line and tie onto the end a drop shot type sinker.  On the remaining eyelet use about 8 of flurocarbon and tie on a 3 Bass Assasin with a red treble hook inserted from the mid-section of the underbelly thru the top.

This is an awkward setup so casting it is quite tricky.  Cast beyond the bed and work it back until just the lure is over the bed.  Make sure your weight is heavy enough that you can lift your rod tip up and down so you can achieve a jigging action without moving the bait outside of the bed.  The jigging action of the bait drives the bedding bass nuts, and with the treble hook you don't necessarily have to see the bite.

Give it a try!

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I did not try a jig.  I thought they were just to big for the male which looked like maybe a 2lber at most.  What size would you recommed and color? And should I use a trailer or not?  The smallest jig I got is a 5/16oz and Ill probably give that one a try.  My brother which was fishing with me also gave the fish a try and used a bluegill swimbait but couldn't get a strike either.  Zel, thanks for the special rig, Ill definetly give it a try.  Thanks for all other replys.

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Try lighter line or a leader of fluorocarbon.  If they rushed you, you had a good bait picked out.  I'd try lighter line and be careful you are not too close to them.  Many times all is right but the angler crowds the fish and then it's VERY hard to get the pick up.

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