Better Than Average
Winter bass fishing doesn’t have to be a deep and dragging affair…
If you have shallow cover, particularly grass or aquatic vegetation and clean water, you can have awesome fishing catching better than average size fish while your mates are out in the deep, dragging plastics around. I’m not saying that you’ll catch more numbers than they will, but I am saying; often, if you stick at it, you will get bigger fish on average if the conditions are favourable.
Shallow grass and/or aquatic vegetation and clean water are ideal for catching shallow ‘slaunches’ in winter. The big thing is; it will probably take all day so you need to hold your nerve and be patient. You could most certainly shoot off to a point, ledge or bluff and catch numbers right away, but we aren’t targeting those keeper-sized fish. We are targeting fish of two kilos and up.
Very often in winter the fishing will improve. If it is sunny and warm, the fish will get more active as the day progresses. This is where I think many anglers make a mistake. They rush shallow in the morning for the first hour or two and then abandon ship into the deep water. Many times, I’ll fish shallow till 10am or 11am without a bite and then will start to be rewarded as the fish get more active. That’s the nature of this approach, not everyone can stick to a plan that can take 4 or 5 hours to start working.
Areas with shallow vegetation in clean water will hold palm-sized even hand-sized baitfish such as tilapia. Smaller baitfish appear to be absent from the shallows this time of year. Common sense tells me that they cannot handle the cold temperatures as well. These larger tilapia feed on this shallow vegetation and that’s the reason why they are there. The bass we are targeting are eating that size baitfish!
The author with a better than average size fish
Creature baits are key baits this time of year and how you fish them is vital to