22 INTERNATIONAL

"Cold Front Re­ac­tions (Part 2)"

SA Bass - - Contents - – Fish­ing­boy and David Swend­seid (DUO Realis U.S.A)

There are no easy ways to lo­cate ar­eas that ex­hibit sta­bil­ity in wa­ter tem­per­a­ture other than for the an­gler to be out on the wa­ter to gather tem­per­a­ture read­ings be­fore the front hits.

There are no easy ways to lo­cate ar­eas that ex­hibit sta­bil­ity in wa­ter tem­per­a­ture other than for the an­gler to be out on the wa­ter to gather tem­per­a­ture read­ings be­fore the front hits.

You will need to build an idea of the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture trends ahead of a cold front as a ref­er­ence to ne­ces­si­tate your search for sta­ble wa­ters. Also, take note of warm­ing trends.

Of course, there are a va­ri­ety of other fac­tors that in­flu­ence fish be­hav­iour dur­ing cold fronts, but we will keep things sim­ple and fo­cus on the ap­proaches that have worked well for us. There is no deny­ing that sta­bil­ity is one of the ma­jor driv­ing fac­tors. So, seek out ar­eas whereby the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture and cur­rent are the most sta­ble to get started.

If the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture in an area was 7°C be­fore and 5°C af­ter a cold front has moved in. Fo­cus on ar­eas where the drop in tem­per­a­ture is min­i­mal. For in­stance, if I find an area where the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture was 7°C be­fore and 6°C af­ter, and an­other area 7°C be­fore and 5.5°C af­ter, I would fo­cus on the for­mer where the dif­fer­ence is a mere 1°C to get started.

Find­ing sta­bil­ity means cov­er­ing wa­ter. We tar­geted rocky shore­lines and found a good num­ber of small­mouths in cur­rent breaks that re­sponded well to re­ac­tion baits, leading me to be­lieve that most of those fish were ei­ther sus­pended or un­der 2m to 4m of wa­ter.

Top baits of the day

We caught a good num­ber of qual­ity fish on the DUO Realis Crank M65 (8A), Jerk­bait 100SP and Vi­bra­tion 62 and 68 li­p­less crankbaits in pro­tected ar­eas where wa­ter tem­per­a­tures have re­mained rel­a­tively sta­ble dur­ing the cold front. We fished any­thing from shore­line rocks to sub­merged boul­ders, fo­cus­ing on the 2m to 4m depth zones.

The top bait of the day was the DUO Realis Jerk­bait 100SP. We fished the bait pri­mar­ily in open wa­ter cover such as sub­merged rocks on long casts which trig­gered most of the qual­ity bites. Long pauses be­tween twitches and jerks were the key to trig­ger­ing qual­ity bites.

The DUO Realis Jerk­bait 100SP is not just a down­sized ver­sion of the 110SP and 120SP. I fish jerk­baits reg­u­larly, es­pe­cially for but­ter­fly pea­cock bass in Malaysia. My fa­vorites are mostly Luck­y­craft, Yo-Zuri, Tackle House and etc. I be­lieve Luck­y­craft makes some of the best jerk­baits on the mar­ket but DUO Realis lit­er­ally changed my un­der­stand­ing on jerk­baits, es­pe­cially when you are fish­ing in con­di­tions that de­mand more than just lure ac­tion.

The Realis Jerk­bait 100SP may be one of the most ad­vanced jerk­baits on the mar­ket to­day. The lure is specif­i­cally de­signed to turn 180 de­grees off axis, cre­at­ing

con­sid­er­able flash. This lure has near zero surge ef­fect. Surge is com­monly de­fined as the lure’s abil­ity to drift for­ward sev­eral feet in­stead of com­ing to a dead stop. Surge is caused by the old tech­nol­ogy of mak­ing the lure cover wa­ter. It is a byprod­uct that pre­vents the lure from paus­ing sta­tion­ary on a tar­get.

The Realis Jerk­bait 100SP uti­lizes a re­fined and up­dated fixed bal­last sys­tem that gives this lure a lower cen­ter of grav­ity. The bal­last sys­tem also pro­vides a more sta­ble mo­ment in the wa­ter and for im­proved re­spon­sive­ness to a va­ri­ety of retrieves.

It is in­ter­est­ing to note that some of the fixed bal­last in the Jerk­bait 100SP can­not re­main up­right even when the lure is re­trieved at a higher speed. This is due to the de­sign em­pha­sis on the lure’s ro­ta­tion move­ment. The Jerk­bait 100SP is de­signed to be bal­anced on retrieves with con­trolled body ro­ta­tion that gives a pro­nounced side to side wob­bling ac­tion.

The taller, flat­ter sides of the lure pro­vide a larger ef­fec­tive pro­file that cre­ates a no­tion of a larger bait­fish pro­file. The flat­ter sides also pro­vide a wider band of flash­ing that is de­signed to make the 100SP more de­tectable from a greater dis­tance.

The 100SP can cover wa­ter and be tar­get-ori­ented while emit­ting a sus­tained vi­bra­tion with­out the lure over­run­ning or foul­ing. An­other key fea­ture of the Jerk­bait 100SP is the lure’s abil­ity to stop and dive ef­fi­ciently through the wa­ter col­umn with­out wan­der­ing or drift­ing aim­lessly. This is an im­por­tant fea­ture for heavy cur­rent and rough wa­ter con­di­tions.

A tough day

Though we were able to gen­er­ate a good num­ber of bites on re­ac­tion baits by cov­er­ing wa­ter and fish­ing the pro­tected ar­eas, I am not go­ing to lead you to be­lieve that re­ac­tion bait is a sure­fire way to catch qual­ity small­mouths dur­ing cold fronts out of all con­di­tions.

In all, con­di­tions were tough in Lake Umatilla. It was a grind but we had suc­cess fish­ing slow and by down­siz­ing our re­ac­tion baits, hence the Jerk­bait 100SP. We got crushed by the cold front but that is all part of the game of small­mouth fish­ing dur­ing the early sea­son.

De­spite fish­ing pretty badly that day, I ended up learn­ing a lot about the many nu­ances of jerk­bait fish­ing that I hope will broaden my per­spec­tives when it comes to cold fronts.

In the next in­stal­ment

Be sure to check out next month’s fi­nal in­stal­ment for more small­mouth bass fish­ing ac­tion from the Columbia River as I bring you the Day-5 high­lights of my trip on Lake Celilo where we de­cided to re­visit for a full on as­sault on big small­mouths have started mov­ing shal­low.

We caught qual­ity small­mouths be­hind the cur­rent breaks

I learned a great deal about the Realis Jerk­bait 100SP catch­ing qual­ity small­mouths

We had suc­cess fish­ing slow and by down­siz­ing our re­ac­tion baits

The DUO Realis Vi­bra­tion 62 and 68 (G-Fix) per­formed solidly

We re­lied heav­ily on the chart­plot­ter to get up-close to the pro­tected ar­eas

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