#28 – Post-Spawn Bass Fishing
Article by Josh Cole
- Backwater areas
- Shallow cover leading from spawning areas to deeper summer haunts
- Shallow grass, stumps, and laydowns
- Bluegill bedding areas
Lures (my favorite model/color in parenthesis)
- Swim Jig (Santone Lures Rayburn Swim Jig in bass candy color)
- Flipping Jig (Santone Lures Rattlin Jig in bass candy color, Strike King rage craw in green pumpkin as the jig trailer)
- Soft Plastic Swimbait (Strike King Swim-n-caffeine shad in green pumpkin chartreuse color)
- Swim jig fished on a 7’3” medium-heavy action rod with 16 lb. fluorocarbon on a 6:1 Lews Tournament reel
- Rattlin Jig fished on a 7’3” heavy action rod with 50 lb. braided line on a 7:1 Lews Super Duty reel
- Swim-n-shad fished on a 7’2” medium-heavy action rod with 16 lb. fluorocarbon on a 6:1 Lews Tournament reel
Around the spawn I like to find the clearest water in the area of the lake that I am fishing. This can be hard to do with all the rain this time of year, but I usually find it in the backwater areas. After the spawn, the males are guarding their fry and that is where the Santone Lures swim jig or the swim-n-shad come into play. The fry congregate in the top of the water column. Swimming a jig or the swim-n-shad through the top of the water column is threatening to the male bass guarding the fry and will create a reaction strike. This is a good way to catch a lot of fish and sometimes you can get lucky and catch a big female along with them. The big females are a little more worn out after the spawn and can be a little more sluggish and finicky than the males. My favorite areas to find big females after the spawn are around brim (bluegill) beds. After the bass spawn the brim spawn and just like the bass they do not like to leave their beds so this creates an easy meal for the worn out females. This is why I throw the bass candy color or chartreuse green pumpkin because they emulate and have the same hues as a bluegill. I will flip and pitch a Santone Lures Rattlin Jig around these areas trying to get it as close to the targets as possible and in the big females strike zone. Crawfish are also spawning this time of year so the bass have an abundance of food sources in the shallow water between the brim and crawfish. The swim jig and rattlin jig do a great job of emulating both. I primarily make pinpoint target casts with these two baits at any type of wood or dense areas of vegetation. The swim jig is great for covering water and locating fish and the rattlin jig is great for slowing down and flipping and pitching to entice the bigger females to eat. The swim-n-shad is more for covering water and fan casting an area with shallow grass. Making contact with the structure is very important in any type of fishing. I like to run these baits into the stumps, laydowns, or through the grass that I am fishing and pop it out creating a reaction strike. Big females use the cover to work their way from the spawning areas out to deeper summer spots and feed on bluegill and crawfish along the way. The closer the fish get to the summer areas the more they will start to group up in schools so don’t forget to cast back to the same area if you pulled one out of there!
My name is Josh Cole. I am finishing my junior year at The University of Texas A&M-Texarkana and am the Vice President of the fishing team. This is our first year as a team and we are currently ranked 69th in the nation. We fish both BASS and FLW series college tournaments. I qualified for the FLW Southern Regional on Grand Lake in Oklahoma in September. I would like to thank Santone Lures, Elite Tungsten Co., Dobyns rods, and Cooper Tires for their support of the team. I am very passionate about fishing and after college I plan to pursue a career in professional fishing.
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