BassWestUSA - March/April, 2011, Page 42

The Blind Side of Bed Fishing

With Cody Bird

ARGUABLY,

there is no other sight more appealing to anglers than that of a pot-bellied bass ferociously reacting to a pitched lure while locked onto a bed. Reality is there are more situations that prohibit bedding bass from being spotted than the aforementioned setting. Bass rst start the spawn in southern waters as early as November, and the ritual does not conclude until late June in northern reach- es of the country. No matter the month, anglers hold the common belief that when poor water quality conceals bedding bass from view; they are exponentially more dif cult to catch. That is not the belief, however, of FLW pro and bed shing fanatic Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas. According to Bird, he feels just as comfortable targeting spawn- ers in stained or muddy water as he does when glassing them by employing a few rules of thumb.

for to con rm that the spawn is on. The obvious ones are moon phase, water tem- perature, and physical signs like a raw tail and bulging belly, but you can also tell if the spawn is happening by looking over the water. In Florida, for example, you can spot holes in Kissimmee Grass where bass are bedding. When I know that bass are spawning, the very rst thing I do is try to locate hard bottom areas. Bass really like sand and clay bottom types for spawning. Even if the water is dirty, you can narrow the search by looking for reeds, lily pads, and stumps. Reeds are probably my favorite of those. For some reason, bass really love to spawn around them. Don’t overlook boat docks either. In general, people avoid placing docks over a muck bottom if at all pos- sible, so they are often a dead giveaway for hard bottom shorelines. As far as general spawning locations, the same areas that hold sh in clear wa- ter also hold sh in dirty water. North-fac- ing bays are always good, but some people get hung-up shing just those. Main lake pockets are just as good and should not be overlooked.

“My favorite lure for fi shing stained or muddy water during the spawn is a black blue jig with a Kicker Fish Bait Company Kicker Kraw trailer… I also like to Carolina rig an 8-inch Kicker Fish Hightail Lizard.”

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When searching an area that may have scattered beds, I like to use spinner- baits and chatterbaits to nd spawning sh. When doing this, you have to keep in mind that most times sh will just hit or swipe at bait, but you will be able to locate them that way. If a sh hits a spinnerbait multiple times without getting it, you know they are probably sitting on a bed. Be sure

BEDDING BASS?

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Before I speci cally try and locate beds, there are several signs that I look

LOCATION, LOCATION

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