Getting the big bite
by Mike Gerry
A fisherman’s dream is to hang a monster bass. But, doing that is not an easy task and being committed to it is even more difficult.
We all say we are fishing for that one monster bite, but how many of us are willing to sacrifice what it really takes to accomplish that. I believe you must start with the right baits to even have a chance of success. Size matters. At no time during the fishing year is the size of your bait more important than now! If you’re wanting to catch big, quality, bass, fish with big baits like seven-inch swim baits or ¾ ounce jigs with large trailers that give the jig a bulky look, or even ¾ to one ounce spinner baits with large willow leaf blades, these all will produce that big bite.
The thing many fishermen do not realize is that slow, lethargic, large bass pick their prey. The bigger the better, as their feeding is very selective and the large presentations entice that big fish to strike.
I know you all have heard that saying that this time of year you can hang a monster; I believe this is true. So, if the big bites are your choice, then the presentation of large bait becomes even more important. Size does matter; bass are selective, they want slow-moving baits, easy prey, and that large presentation. These can lead you to that 30-pound sack we all hunt in pre-spawn fishing.
Some of the baits I like with large profiles are Picasso ¾ to one-ounce spinner baits as they have big willow leaf blades that get to the bottom easily and become a great large-profile bait to slow roll on the bottom at this time of year. I also like Tight-Line ¾ ounce football jig. If you combine that big jig with a Missile Bait D-bomb trailer they will produce big bites as it really entices those big females.
Do not underestimate the power of a big swim bait, some of those awfully expensive large swim baits, worked slowly along the bottom, can become your best friend; these baits can be expensive, but they will prove their worth.
Big baits produce big fish and you’ll have a big time on the water; you just have to get on the water to prove it!