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If you are looking for early spring bass fishing tips for March – you with find this information helpful. The first this to understand is that fishing in different parts of the country in very different. For example, “spring” is very different in Minnesota than it is here in South Florida. So of the basic principles are the same – but other things are different.
In just a moment I will give you some great information on how to catch big bass in South Florida – particularly the everglades. But first, here’s some great information if you live in other parts of the country.
Early Spring Bass Fishing Tips March South Florida Bass Fishing Guides
From the World Fishing Network:
In early spring the temperature of the water is the most important factor for bass activity. Temperature along with water clarity set the biology of reproduction in motion, and these two factors are also a clue to anglers who want to catch active aggressive bass. Water temperature is important because the emerging lethargic bass as well as the forage will be seeking the warmer water for food and then reproduction. Water clarity also plays an important role in this as well, because the areas where the clouded and clear water come together provide ambush areas for bass to stalk their pray.
In water temperature below fifty-five degrees bass will, naturally be less active. The cooler water of early spring offers this type of cover for the transitioning bass as they move along migratory routs from deeper colder water to the warming shallow spawning areas. The clouded dirty water tends to be slightly warmer than the clear water due to rain, run off, and the particles in the water actually holding some heat. The cover allows the bass to ambush forage as well as move around throughout the day even in times of bright sun. Bass prefer low light, and their eyesight is good enough to see fifteen feet in water that a human eye could not see at all in. But the anatomy of their eye makes it much more sensitive to light than that of a human. On into spring and before and after the spawn as the water temperature rises and the water warms into the sixties bass will rely on vision, speed, and cover to feast on the forage.
In the early spring fishing the main lake and creek channels with drop offs and bluff walls is a great way for anglers to pattern these early bass that are taking advantage of the clouded or stained water. Another technique is moderately fishing the channel banks with cover such as rock or gravel near clay, or submerged trees and stumps with a bright or crawfish colored tubes, crankbaits, red eyed shad or a classic rattle trap to locate bass. Fishing from one bank to the next will locate a school of fish. After establishing a pattern and the bite slows down move to the next channel and fish similar banks in the same patter.
The early spring pattern will last for a few weeks as the bass migrate to and from spawning areas. This is a great time of the year to watch as nature wakes up, and there is not a better place to witness this than from a boat. As the flowers go from buds to blooms and the leaves open, the lakes are also changing as well. Nature has a way of renewing every spring, and responsible anglers give her a hand when they practice common sense and do the right thing.
Early Spring Bass Fishing Tips March South Florida Bass Fishing Guides
Now for some early spring bass fishing tip for South Florida and the Florida everglades. The first thing to understand is that even though the winter and early spring is much warmer here – making the water temperature also warmer – the bass activity is relative.
The 55 degree water temperature mentioned in the article above may not hold true for South Florida – but there is a relative warming. And that is what’s important.
Early spring is a great time to catch big bass in or very close to shallow water. One of the best techniques is to fishing surface lures in shallow water along the edge of a water depth change. And it does not have to be a huge drop off. Many time, especially in the Florida everglades, the depth change is very small.
John “King of the Everglades” Pate likes to swim big worms, frogs and swim baits along this edge. In the Florida everglades, most of the time your best bet is to swim your surface lure parallel to the lily pads. If you are not catching bass with this techniques – try throwing your surface lure perpendicular to the shore line – right into the lily pads. Obviously, you must have a VERY weedless surface lure. Big worms and frogs are prefect for this.
And if the bass are not hitting on the surface, start going deeper. Flipping and pitch worms, crawfish and jigs at the depth change or into the lily pads can be deadly in early spring. Use as light a weight as possible. Start light and go heavier. Most of the time, you will catch more big bass with lighter weight.
And here is something important! If you are getting bass to follow your big worm on the surface – but not hit it… here are two things you should do…
First – just as the bass gets close (you will see the wake) stop the lure and drop your rod tip. This will stop your worm right in front of the charging bass. She will have to make a decision. Many times they choose to strike it!
If this does not work – change color. It’s amazing how many times you will start catching big bass the minute you change the color of your big worm. Do not change the type of worm! They are following. They are close to biting. Just change the color. And you may have to change the color a few times. Let the bass tell you what color they want.
Now it’s time to catch some BIG South Florida everglades bass!!! If you would like to learn how to catch big Florida everglades bass from one of the best Florida everglades bass fishing guides – Give John “King of the Everglades” Pate a call. Go here for details: South Florida bass fishing guides. Early Spring Bass Fishing Tips March South Florida Bass Fishing Guides.
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