Well angler’s, it may be cold outside, but spring is on the way and that means the spawn will soon be starting for black bass and the white bass will be heading up the creeks to also spawn. This all means that fishing will be really getting better on the lakes, rivers, and creeks and our approach to catching them will have to be adjusted.
Many anglers will be breaking out the old standard lures they have used for years like the usual crank baits that have proven to bring on strikes from time to time. Spinner baits and buzz baits will also be dug out of the bottom of the tackle boxes, hooks sharpened and made ready.
Soft plastics we all know and love. It seems like we all have our favorites I know some anglers prefer a small plastic worm called a French fry. Plastic worms up to seven or even ten inches long will be employed in all sorts of colors and styles. So will plastic lizards, shad, tube baits, and many other configurations.
Some will fish Texas rigs, some Carolina rigs and even the famous wacky worm will be making its appearance. All have their use, time, and place. And then bring on the colors. Check out the worms at many of the sporting goods shops and fishing departments. I am constantly amazed at how anyone can come up with all of those colors.
There are a few folks who use the soft plastic twitch-baits or jerk baits and have excellent success with them. There is an inherent problem with them and that being the soft plastic tends to slip down the hooks and once that happens you are wasting your time with them because the proper lure action is lost. Well the good folks from TTI Blakemore have an answer in the Daiichi hook line.
A couple of the most popular twitch baits are the Wild Shad or the C.A.L. Jerk Bait. These rigs can also be made up with your own choice of soft plastic, utilizing the color and style that works well for your fishing location. One of the problems that can come about with this type of rig is the soft plastic lure will tend to slide down the hook, changing the action of the lure and eliminating the effectiveness of the rig. Well the TTI Blakemore Company has a way to overcome this problem and also enhance the action of your twitch-baits.
I will first start with the problem of the soft plastic sliding down the hook. This problem can be eliminated by using the Daiichi CooperHead hook. These hooks are extremely sharp and hold their point well as they are made of high carbon steel, but they have two other distinct features that others do not have. One is the offset eye and the other the coil device on the hook.
The special bend near the eye acts as an axis and allows more hook to pass through those thick plastics. The eye always remains exposed and this allows the angler to pre-rig their lures and not waste a bunch of fishing time rigging up their twitch-baits.
When using the coil instead of passing the hook through the head of the lure and then back into the body to make it weedless, you simply twist the lure onto the coil. It can never slide down the hook because it is connected by the coil and not slid over the hook. After the lure is affixed to the coil the point of the hook is buried in the soft plastic lure like normal making it weedless. Tube baits can also be rigged this way. Twist the coil through the head of the tube and push a small piece of plastic worm onto the coil from inside the tube to anchor the lure to the coil.
Now comes another good point brought out Imagine a jig that swims as it falls, which is when a lot of strikes occur, and is weedless also so when it gets to the bottom you want be spending your time trying to unhook it from a snag. To accomplish this push a small wire into the hole on three or four, 1/16 ounce bullet sinkers.
Place the sinkers in a vice and lightly tighten, just enough to hold them but not crush them. Using a hacksaw or a Dremel with a cutting wheel cut a grove lengthwise to the center of the sinkers. Then remove the items from the vice and pull the wire out of the center. Gently squeeze the sinkers onto the hooks, just above the bend of the gap with the pointed end toward the eye.
The action is amazing. On a slow retrieve the bait will swim slowly side to side. Let the bait fall and it will wobble as it falls. Combine this action with the “gill flash” of the red colored CopperHead hook and you have a weedless lure that will be difficult for the fish to ignore.
So as you are checking out your lures for the coming fishing trips, do not allow yourself to get hung up on Texas and Carolina rigged soft plastics in Junebug, Watermelon, and Black/Blue. Try something new and possibly add another weapon to your arsenal to try and get those bass off of the nest.