The cold fronts, difficult conditions
Techniques and lures
For Black Bass fishing
What to do when the bass don’t want to bait?
Because both decreased the average catches in this bad weather?
The weather conditions force us to use thick jackets, these days are generally very good fishing!
I think that this is a question that all fishermen have made us at least one couple of hundred times.
The motives and reasons for this behavior have very different origins:
Excessive fishing pressure
Aborregados heaven, announce us that we are under the effects of the passage of the cold front.
The passage of a cold front
Extreme changes in barometric pressure
Variations in water chemistry
Etc. Etc. etc.
After the passage of a cold front bass seeks a structure and is placed next to her, seeing from the front, with the tip of the mouth attached to the stick.
It would be very risky for me say with full certainty that is one of the aforementioned factors responsible for this “change of mood” in the bass leading them to a State of “lethargy” that resembles a “closed JAWS strike” at one point…
Experience and some common sense tell me that it is rather the combination of 2 or more of these factors which “turns off” the instinct of the bass power.
If you will allow me, I’d like to explain a bit my theory
Probably you have heard several times that the bass are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature, us, experienced fishermen, we immediately associate the input of a cold front with a decrease in the temperature of the water and this is a little successful to a certain extent deduction my friends!
When the air is cold, it descends, by increasing pressure and causing stability. A thermal anticyclone is formed, then. When the air is warm, it ascends, by lowering the pressure and causing instability. Then forms a cyclone or thermal storm.
While the entry of a cold front, and we speak of one end, it can even cause a decrease in the temperature of the air of say 20 degrees, we must take into account that the air is a conductor of heat much more well water, therefore I think that even the most drastic front cold not can affect so significantly the temperature of an as large mass of water as it is the of a dam of regular to large size at least not in the span of immediate step, is an irrefutable fact that the bass know detect when is going to get a cold front and prepare much eating just a few hours before the entry of the cold front. But it is clear to us that it is not only the decrease in temperature caused the decrease of activity of largemouth bass, here already have since raised another aspect… Don’t eat much during the bad weather because they already did beforehand.
But here it does not end the story, rather just the tip of the Hank…
Cold air desplasa hot air, announcing the entrance of the cold front.
Below is a phenomenon that comes in addition to the already mentioned above, a marked variation of the same barometric pressure that always comes after the cold front causes some unease in the bass… Some Yes, but not on the entire population of prey bass!
This variation in the barometer seems to affect only the bass or very, very small or the very, very large and this has a logical explanation and is in the relationship of the size of the bass with its swim bladder and for some reason, the change of pressure seems to most affect the bass that are found in the upper layers of the water , shallow, now well in addition to this increase in barometric pressure, the passage of the cold front brings with it another phenomenon seldom mentioned is that after going through wind, rain and very overcast skies leaves us the following day exceptionally clear, blue skies! Intense! Without a single cloud on the horizon this sky is that our neighbors to the north country called “blue sky bird”
Only two clouds in the sky… all the rest is blue… blue sky bird!
And this blue sky implies a condition rather than adds to this equation, and is, with nothing to obstruct the passage of the Sun’s rays these become deeper in the water, in a way such places that the penumbra served him to bass to hide now remaining francs in sight, causing even more stress in largemouth bass as now in these conditions is most in evidence to their prey and… Before their predators!
Largemouth bass instinctively seek a place with more closed cover to stalk their prey, and apegara to this as much as possible, imagine that they are you a little dizzy after a cheerful coexistence and start feeling a vertigo of such magnitude that it prevents them from maintaining the balance and walk the sidewalk to see a post offering them a safe place to hold on and be better well as we abrasaríamos this post so largemouth bass will hold on to the new coverage, gluing his mouth to stick, looking at it front… and not joke ehhh!
It can also choose go deeper in the Lake, or may also to choose two things, more depth and better type of same coverage that provide you a comfortable place to be and very good for ambush.
This increase in the amount of light that enters the water although it is not decisive if it comes in addition to the previously mentioned factors but it’s not yet all! Thus lack even mention factor “fishing pressure” as step motors in places where are usually not allowed, or the envelope exploitation of certain “public fishing spots” or inherent in a fishing tournament pressure, i.e. “fishing points” that are well known for each of the reservoirs are subjected to a barrage of baits that quickly transform the immediate conduct of largemouth bass in the place , making it much more cautious when choosing what to take by mouth, this does not mean necessarily that they develop some sort of knowledge, but if it is proven that does not give very good results the chop for two days followed the same group of bass.
But, enough with the explanations about what makes the bass to close the mouth and we now we will discuss about what to do to overcome these setbacks as we can continue capturing bass even with the setback in seasons of cold fronts.
Special techniques and lures
For conditions of cold fronts:
A very important point to get a screenshot in these special conditions is the way in which we approach our fishing spot, it is imperative you get in a stealthy manner, with the sky conditions with so much light penetrating to deeper water extracts and open range view, and the alert status of the bass increases significantly , for this reason, if we are fishing in a motor boat we must turn it off at least 70 meters before the venue, and dispose of our positions to fish quietly to prepare our release, without lashing doors drawers and much less our boxes of fishing against the floor of the boat, arrive in a secretive manner and make sets very long will give us a possibility much higher to get that largemouth bass bite the lure.
It is also vital that we reduce the size of our bait, offering a tempting snack, a candy, not a complete meal that hard goods!
As we have mentioned before, largemouth bass very likely seek cover closed, and for closed coverage there is no more effective than the JIG lure!
Launch a Jig or a Jig and Pig heavy enough to get to the heart of a dense thicket, be sure to get to the core of the palisade and once they are there working on it gently, slowly, feel as their lure touches all Palisade, do this by moving up and down the tip of the cane, to allow enough time to tempt largemouth bass to bite.
They can begin to do this in deep middle, then go a little deeper in places that may be useful to the bass as ambush point to wait for forage carried by the current.
The narrow ends, with immediate access to areas of great depth are also places that we should seek and work them with great patience, large format, in arrangements Texas worms, Carolinas arrangements, the Jig’s, and especially the drifts to fishing by 20 feet or more in recoveries really give them pleasant surprises!
If we have a period of time with Sun, which usually would be in the midday hours, stop trying to go to shallow water and their lances in the lower areas of the northwest side of the dam, if they find rocky areas, better! There is where will be heated first rays of the Sun, these places attract forage and after the sardine is the largemouth bass.
Here you can use a Jig a little lighter, but the lure which is my favorite for these occasions is a stick bait (senko type) in accordance weigthless, and clear this would be unforgivable to not throwing them a blade of medium depth in recovery too slow.
We are going to fish much deeper, and with the help of our sonars.
Having assembled a good device of sonar, and knowledge of use and operation will be very useful to fish in these conditions.
If we can find a good stacking of branches, or a solitary Rocky grouping in a depth of between 25 to 35 feet will be finding a good area to try fishing with vertical presentations,
The Drop shots, Jigging Spoons, and Stick baits wacky arrangement, are very effective! Fishing by placing the boat directly over the chosen points. Once more the patience and very slow presentation will be decisive for the success of this type of fishing, to tempt largemouth bass to bite the lure it is necessary to put it in the mouth and then keep it there, giving it something of movement only with the vibration that we can give the lure with our hand doll , but always without regaining, maintaining lure long time in target area.
Is also recommended the use of type finesse worms array type Texas, putting us in a way that we can do a cast our bait, very long once it touches the water, continue releasing Reel line, just enough to get the lure to the bottom, then start the recovery trying our bait pass across logs or stones that we have chosen to fish in terms of feel we have made contact with that coverage, we fail to recover, make a small pause and then continue with tironcito very small but fast, this prints a very particular action the same bait that seems to be very pleased to largemouth bass.
If you could reduce everything that we discussed previously, and simplify it to its most simple expression to define what to do to continue fishing during and after the passage of a cold front, surely us down with something more or less like this:
v lower the size of the lure
v go much deeper
v work very in in the most closed range
v recover slower and if it can be even more.
very quiet get v to the fishing spot.
I hope that this information is very useful to all of you and that it will serve to motivate them to go fishing even in these days that are also very good days to be looking for bass!
I wish you today and always the best of luck!