Pres­pawn Pat­tern­ing

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Kreiger pri­mar­ily fishes a wake bait dur­ing the pres­pawn, and Gagliardi agrees that’s the best sea­son. Rel­a­tively clear wa­ter is a must so bass can spot and home in on the bait, and the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture needs to be high enough that bass are will­ing to eat on the sur­face – usu­ally the low 50s and up.

In the pres­pawn, both Krieger and Gagliardi cast wake baits par­al­lel to the bank and tar­get bluff walls, chunk rock banks, banks lead­ing in to spawn­ing ar­eas, se­condary points and other spots where bass stage up be­fore mov­ing in to spawn.

As pres­pawn tran­si­tions into spawn, a sim­i­lar ap­proach works in spawn­ing ar­eas. Bass that are stag­ing or even start­ing to bed will of­ten fol­low, swirl at or oth­er­wise show them­selves on a wake bait cruising slowly over­head. These fish can some­times be caught with a fol­low-up lure or marked for later.

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