Come on in boys the water is fine. We had a brief break in the weather this week. Warm sunshine was a welcome sight to south central KY. Spring is coming on strong, and the spawn is going to come with it. Fishing has been strange this year. A lot of rain, and cold and snow has caused the fish to be a bit different than years past.
With changing conditions our ability to adapt is what separates the folks who catch and those who do not. Water rises, water drops. Cold fronts come through and lead to high sky’s. Fish still eat. We just have to find a way to get them to. The thing to remeber is 90 percent of the fish will be in ten percent of the water. The key os to find the water they are in right?
In short the answer is yes. But when we are in a tournament situation finding fish is one thing, finding the right fish is another. I have found fish and knew they were not the right ones. After all a bunch of 14 inch fish won’t get you a check right? Well in KY anyway… I love catching a lot of fish, numbers equal a good day. But on tournament day I really want a solid limit of the right fish, and if I can find a kicker I feel very confident that I will get a check.
So this brings is to seasonal patterns. Seasonal patterns are a must for any fisherman to understand. No matter what you are after you have to have a general idea where the fish should be. When they move up creeks or back out. If they are staging on points leading into spawning areas. Or have they moved into pockets. Or are we following them back out? These things are all to be taken into consideration before one hits the water. Once we are there the work of figuring out the puzzle begins. Some weeks I think I am a fish catching machine that can’t go wrong, others I feel like I could not catch a fish with dynamite. I think all tournament anglers go through these ups and downs. It can really effect your game because you start scrambling and fishing to fast, or confidence drops and you are now in a slump.
Once we locate some fish we have to figure out what they are doing. What are the eating? If they are shallow what is the color of them have they just came up? Are they short males. If so are the females still holding back deeper. I love to throw plastics, and jigs. These can be hard baits to practice with of time is short. If I think the fish are in the area I will comb it with a crank bait to cover water. Then if I find what I think is a promising spot I may then slow down and drag a bit.
The spot on the spot. I have honed into this a handful of times. The last time was in a tournament last year. I had found the fish a week earlier. Just graphed them. we launched about midway in the pack. It was a short run. We eased into the spot watching the graph the fish were still there. Within 30 min we had a solid limit. We kept on the fish until about 10 am. Then I started thinking well these fish may need a break. We went and fished a few other places and never could cull. We came back and there was someone on the spot. We did end up hitting it again and graphing fish but no takes. I knew then I should stay with them, but I over thought it and we ended up with a check.. I think had we stayed and switched up a bit instead of moving we would have made more money that day. We had it down to where the boat had to be and the angle we pulled through the fish. There were a ton of fish there it was just a matter of getting the school to fire back up.
So what is going on on Barren?
Jerk baits for bass in pockets have been good some folks are also getting bit on Lizards.
Hybrids are being caught on red eye shad.
Don & Donnie Neakarse from Frankfort IL. Some readers who came in last week to fish. Love hearing from you all!
God Bless You All.