It won't be too long and all of our lakes will be in the pre-spawn/spawn. I am curious how everyone feels about sight fishing? Do you do it? Do you have any favorite baits for catching bass off the beds?
A trap hook or stinger is a hook added to the lure in addition to the standard rigging practice. Tubes are usually rigged with a single worm style hook inserted in the front of the tube.Trap or stinger hooks are a size 4 to 2/0 treble hook, depending on the tube size, attached to the front single hook with a length of line or wire to move the hook back to the stranded end of the tube. Remember the poptentail world record bass caught last year at Dixon, this bass was snagged by a trap rigged jig in the back, therefor violated the IGFA rules that prohibit the use of trap hook rigged lures because it is a unsporting practice. Spinnerbaits are commonly trap hook rigged with an additional single hook and this is established as a standard practice, however I do not know the IGFA would rule on that.LakeCityYankee said:
Let me be the first to congratulate you Joe for what you did in calling TP&W :notworthy: I wish more folks would get involved and help out our Game Wardens by being their eyes and ears when they are not around. I can't stand poachers and I will not only call the Game Wardens but will have no problems having words with the idiots who would do such a thing.joegoudeau said:I will catch a fish on the bed if I see it. I always catch and release. Yesterday at a local city park here, a friend called me to tell me all the bass were on beds. This place is heavily pressured by catfishing and sunfishing. The reason he called me was because guys were out there with cast nets which is illegal and catching the bass and keeping them. We called a couple of more frineds and 6 of us walked around the banks looking for bedding fish and stuck everyone we could. Some actually went straight back to the bed once released and were caugt again. By the time we were done, if you walked upon a shallow bass, he would immediatey swim out of sight. Hopefully, this will help with all the castnetting. We did call TPW and report what was going on and met with the game warden there. Most of the people left when we told them we were calling because of what they were doing. One guy was real agressive about the whole deal but that's okay, he was written a ticket for no fishing license and using illegal means to fish.
The late Tom Mann would run his boat through the heavy weed cover and go back to fish the path he just cut. Tom's logic was the boat trashing the weed bed attracted bait fish and bass to the new open waterway, thats not the stealthy quite approach!LakeCityYankee said:Oh yeah I definitely agree with ya there. A heavy weight is definitely needed to punch through heavy weed matts like the hydrilla and rice fields on the Cooper River here in SC.
In vegetation that thick i can understand making noise to alert the fish to the baits presence. I never gave that any thought until now. Thank ya
I mostly pitch and flip to cypress and docks and in those situations I notice I do better when I keep the entry silent, as you said.