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4/02/02 Fishing Tip -- Big Bass Blowout

Will the momentum from March loose it's steam?  With 9 of the 12 Bud Share A Lunker fish entered in March, it really illustrates what time of the year is the best for producing trophy largemouth.  Looking back at the last 5 years, over half of that entries for the year were entered in the month of March with the exception of the 1988-1989 season -- more entries in April that year.  To me, that says something. It also brings to question another theory I have about success rates or the lack there of.  Is it really that there are more big bass chasing food during the month of March or is it simply that there are more anglers chasing big bass in March?  Every year, there are still fish entered in April from the same lakes that produced fish in March and February.  Maybe, just maybe... the only reason we see a decline in the number of 13+ pound bass landed after March is because the pressure is lighter.  A lot of Hawg chasers schedule their vacation time so that they are on the lake in March and then have very little time to be on the lake in early April.  Hey, it is a possibility isn't it?

I guess what I am trying to say is, if you have not been fortunate enough to land that fish-of-a-lifetime yet, don't give up.  Just because the blowout of March has passed doesn't mean that April can not be just as productive.  My largest bass came in the middle of April on a small 300+ acre lake a few years back.  I know that I have not given up hope yet for me putting that 13 pounder in the boat this year.  I can't help but think that there are still several egg laden monster bass lurking the 2 - 8 foot waters just begging to inhale a jig-n-pig or lizard.  I know that I will do my best to find one before the water temperatures reach 70 degrees.

Give some thought to the places on the lake that have not warmed up like the backs of the creeks and spend some time finding the water that is -- in my opinion -- 55 - 60 degrees.  I think this is where we will find the fish are in a feeding pattern and still in pre-spawn.  I know that several fish spawn on main lake shorelines and never wander up the creeks.  These are the ones I am looking for now.  Maybe this weekend will be the lucky one.  Better yet, let it hold off until I am fishing in the Irving Bass Club Open tournament mid April.  That is the day I want my big fish to come...  Free replica and first place... What are the odds... "; ' )

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