Temperatures are slowly rising here in Michigan, which means it is time to start planning my spring bait lineup. I start my open water season with baits new to my arsenal.
In Simple Fishings February/March RLM ELITE Bass box I received a package of the Strikepro Enticer Finesse Bugs. True to its name, the Enticer’s Finesse Bug provides a variety of attributes to entice even the most finicky of fish.
The earliest part of spring, when the ice has just finished melting and open water is first accessible, is also the hardest time in spring to entice a pike bite. They are either just finished or just at the tail end of spawning, and are not looking to work for a meal. Many people will use whole dead baits such as perch, sucker, or other prey fish, sitting still near the bottom. You can achieve the same result without the mess by choosing the right plastic.
#5 Freedom Tackle Hydra Shad
The Hydra Shad from Freedom Tackle is touted on their website as the “ultimate hair jig”, and boy does it seem to hold up to that name! Now, I love a good hair jig to begin with, but the Hydra Shad really ups the game. A combination of buck hair, feathers, and reflective streamers makes up the 6” profile of this bait. Topped with a ⅝ oz swivel jig head, this is a bait that will bring in some huge predator fish. Forget panfish or bass, this is getting thrown for big walleye and pike.
Fish this bait along weed lines in spring and early summer when walleye are feeding in shallower water. Toss it into a current where the water movement will ripple the hair and feathers around in a mesmerizing, life-like fashion. Irresistible!
In my bass tournament experience I have caught big bass and won money fishing under cottage docks and boathouses! Bot all docks hold quality fish and at times no fish at all. There is a few key factors that I look for when approaching a new dock.
*Boat houses are great fish factories as well*
Below are 5 tips to to ensure your success when approaching new docks.
- Water depth under end of the dock is key. Too shallow and those big bass won't have room to hunt. Too deep with no bottom structure for the bait fish to hang means no bass around looking.
- Type of dock and how busy is it. Some docks are much easier to fish then others. Does it appear like children are always playing around the dock area? If so chances are the big bass will not be sticking around that dock.