Colour also plays a factor
in provoking strikes, and I have found it best
to stick with the most life-like and natural
colours you can find. Brown, silver, white and
black are recognized favourites and will
out-produce gaudy colours by a country mile.
Making your presentation appear like something
straight from nature will be the key to more
and bigger fish under these conditions.
Rods and line should also be downsized in
order to handle these smaller baits. A medium
action spinning rod with six to eight-pound
test is my mainstay when fishing under these
conditions and has helped to put many a bass
in the boat over the years.
Rule #3: Apply a Scent
Playing into a largemouth's
superior sense of smell will be a step in the
right direction for ultimate success. If your
bait doesn't smell alive or edible a bass will
surely pass it by - and in these tough
conditions, you need everything to be right in
order to up the odds in your favour. Smell and
taste may be the last stimulus that causes a
largemouth to strike, and it had better be
favourable if you want your hook to connect.
There are vast arrays of commercial scents
on the market, and my best advice is to try a
number of different kinds in order to see how
the fish ultimately reacts. I have had great
success with a product called "Real Craw" by
Riverside that uses actual crawfish in its
formula. Another product that looks promising
is "Crackle." This interesting product not
only emits a smell and taste, but also an
attracting sound. Whichever your choice,
applying a scent regularly and liberally will
both mask and attract, and ultimately entice a
largemouth to take a bite.
Rule #4: Stay Focused
largemouth can be a tough and tiring game, but
they can be beat by changing your approach and
tactics. Concentration is extremely important
while out on the water, and the angler must be
ready at all times for that strike to occur.
Bites will be harder to come by in comparison
to "normal" conditions, and watching for a
slight bump of your line, or detecting a soft
hit through your rod will be the keys to
unlocking this mystery.
Catching negative largemouth is a
challenging and rewarding experience for
anglers willing to give it a try. Breaking
from the norm will reward you with lunker bass
and make every day on the water a fulfilling