Was that really two days of warm sunlight? My truck seats were actually hot today from the sun!! Sweet!
What a miserable winter!
Anyway, I talked to a few people yesterday at the tournament and ran across a couple others in Ashland at the Bass Pro Shops Spring Classic... I've been fortunate enough to get a ProStaff position with them and have spent the last couple of weeks doing seminars and tank demos... It's a lot of fun but I think it's time to start catching "lake bass" and stop catching "tank bass"
This weekend was tough! These bass have seen more boats, shaky heads, and jerkbaits in the last week than they have all winter... We watched 7 boats fish the same point in less than an hour on Sunday. There were still some nice catches despite the cold water and fishing pressure. But it's only going to get better!
Lake Anna is going to "blow up" in the next few weeks (I hope Homeland Security doesn't flag that)... These Bass want to get shallow and active in a bad way. Once they get there, expect them to be FAT!!! The cold winter has caused a lot of shad to die and sink to the bottom, allowing fish to gorge themselves on piles of dead shad with very little effort. (Hmmmm, I wonder why they were so hard to catch? And why do the ones that got caught all look like they swallowed a volleyball?) As the water warms the remaining shad will float to the surface and be disposed of by Sea Gulls. This shad kill also helps reduce the population of bait fish in the lake (it's about time)... Spring '10 is going to bring some awesome sacks and trophy catches, and I'm pumped!!
Look for fish to move into staging areas, secondary points and sun-drenched clay and rocks on their way to the "bass brothel". They want nothing more than to come out of their deep haunts and do some sunbathing, meet some ladies, and find some lizards to crunch on.
Patterns will change from day to day. I'll have my Trap, C-rig, Shaky head, Jig, Swim-bait, and Drop-shot ready to go for the next 4 weeks for sure. I'll also be paying close attention to my graph, the depth of the bait, and the position of the fish. There will be fish from 25 feet to 1 foot over the next month, with the trend getting shallower as each day passes.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING ANGLERS FOR “GETTING INTO THE MONEY” THIS WEEKEND:
DODIE MOULDEN-JR HILLYARD, RICH NEWTON-JEFF JONES , KEN WINSTON-JOHN TILL, JOHN HUTCHINS-FAKHRUDDIN RAHIMI, ROB GRIKE-DAVE ANDREWS, TOMMY EARLE-BERNIE BAILEY, MIKE HICKS-TOM HICKS, BRUCE LEE-CRAIG BARNETT
ED SULLIVAN-SCOTT SULLIVAN, JOHN HUTCHINS-RAHIM RAHIMI, DON ZAEGEL-CRYSTAL ZAEGEL, RYAN CARR-MIKE BRANHAM, RICH NEWTON-JEFF JONES .
My partner and I were only able to get a 10th place finish this weekend but we're poised for the next few weeks... Good luck to everyone!