Winter Bass Fishing

today I’m on a little bit of a fishing
mission I’m trying to catch my first
bass of 2019 so we’re out here I got the
old bonafide out there we’re gonna do a
little bit of kayak fishing today
honestly I don’t know how well it is
gonna go we have had some really really
crazy weather lately
we’re 34 inches over our total yearly
rainfall level they’re just constantly
sluicing all the dams we’ve had so much
just water in and water out of these
Lakes they fluctuate it so much likely
that it’s made it really really hard to
come out and catch a bass but we’re
gonna see what we can get done today I
got an ed rig a square bill and a jig
and really thinking that Ned rig is
gonna be a key player because as you
guys know when the fishing gets tough
you downsize to go super finesse a lot
of the times you can put some bass into
the boat and really my main goal today
is just to catch my first bass of 2019
anything above that is really kind of a
plus especially in these water
conditions that we’re dealing with but
nonetheless we’re gonna put the bonafide
in the water we’re gonna see what kind
of work we can get done today hopefully
we catch a whole bunch of fish and
hopefully you guys enjoy today’s episode
why don’t we let you get that to me help
for the gold while trying to catch a
ship records right now
all right man I hope you have a great
day good luck man great to meet you
buddy thank you
well guys
there’s the first pass of 2019 oh that
is funny look how small he is I mean
he’s not not even as big as my hand but
there he is first large amounts of 2019
thank you buddy
it was kind of you know just casting
around on the back of this little pocket
here right in front of this grass bed
that fish was sitting in front of that
grass bed what was funny is I cast it in
there I think I was paddling when he bit
not really sure well I was you know
almost dead sticking just a little bitty
Ned rigged with one of those
Ned crawls or whatever the little z-man
craw is on there and that is when he bit
a maybe he’d knocked he knocked the piss
out of a pretty good tapped it pretty
hard so I’m gonna keep on fishing here
this water clarity is I would say it’s
extremely muddy but it’s not extremely
clearly there’s actually a really really
good water clarity it’s just the fact
that this water is probably really
really cold these fish really really
slow but yeah it’s a little bit of
finesse fishing with a spinning rod
fishing we’ll see if we put a few more
into the kayak all right guys so I am
not exactly sure what’s going on up here
in front of me this section of the lake
is used for rowing like Olympic rowing
College rowing team rowing that’s why
this place that I put in is put in yet
it’s called the rowing Center so alright
guys so I’m not really sure what’s going
on up here in front of me right now the
place that I put my kayak in hat it’s
called the rowing Center though and they
actually use this section of river to do
College rowing and high school rowing
and Olympic rowing and that kind of set
my team rowing events and rotten now I’m
not really sure what this is but the
parking lot is completely filled up and
there’s like a crowd of a hundred and
fifty people like standing around so I
don’t know if they’re about to have a
rowing event or what’s going on or what
the deal is but number one I don’t want
to get caught up in that and number two
I’m not getting very many BOTS up here
in this part of the lake so I’m gonna
pull my back out to avoid whatever this
that says up here number two to go
switch spots to see if we can catch a
few more fish I’m gonna move further
down the lake to a place that you guys
are pretty familiar with that I’ve
fished quite a bit from the bank we’re
gonna put my kayak in there and see if I
can get a few bucks and one pipe that I
did get today like I said earlier that
little drag the merry-go-round maybe
throw that square bill a little bit more
and see if I can put a few more fish
into the kayak up this trip but yeah
when we get up here get the I guess okay
so I did I gotta talk to the camera for
a minute this will stop beeping here in
just a second so I had the paddle
something like 300 yards away from where
I launched my kayak at because they’re
doing some kind of religious ceremony
down where I launched my kayak and I’m
not really sure what’s going on but like
there’s dudes like like chanting and
there’s people burning stuff and they’re
slinging water on people and there’s
people in robes and light I have no idea
so I like I said I had to paddle like
300 yards away come down here to this
little boat ramp and now I’m about to
pick my kayak up but honestly one of
these single craziest things I’ve ever
seen is these people down here doing
whatever the heck that they’re doing so
you know my kayak up I’m going to go
this next spot and we’re going to see if
we can catch some more basses yeah
that’s us
alright guys so here we are hanging out
in the garage I got the kayak put up we
got my rods arils organized and I
thought I would kind of do a review of
today’s trip talk about some of the
factors that played into it being as
tough as it was and then talk about what
I caught my first fish of 2019 on and
why I think how I caught that fish is
probably one of the best approaches to
fishing the conditions that I was
fishing so let’s talk about the factors
that played into today’s trip number one
is the rainfall that we’ve had in East
Tennessee we are 34 inches over our
annual rainfall total for the year and
that has caused all kinds of crazy
things to go on with our lakes number
one we’ve had a tremendous amount of
runoff due to that rainfall and with
that runoff you get a couple of things
number one you get muddy water so all
our lakes around here not just the one I
was on but all of them are extremely
muddy and dirty right now the second
factor is debris and trash you get all
kinds of natural debris whether it be
limbs and logs and leaves and things
coming in the lake then you get also
unnatural debris like you know just
plastic bags cups all that kind of stuff
there’s all kinds of stuff floated by me
there was whole trees floated by me due
to just the massive amount of water that
it run into those lakes and all that
stuff that it brought with them so
that’s one big factor another factor do
that rainfall is how the dams operate so
the TVA is who operates all the dams
around me and what they’re doing right
now it’s called sluicing which means
that they’re just constantly letting
water run through the dams to help
regulate the water level of each lake so
that if there is another major rain
event they can quickly drop that lake
down get it to a level that can take
that influx of water into the lake and
they won’t have to spill over the
spillways of the dams because a few
weeks ago when this rain started they
were having to spill the dams I think at
one point there was like a hundred and
eighty thousand units of water coming
out of fort lined dam which is just a
tremendous amount of water and it was
being spilled over the spillway so they
start to sluice after these major rain
events so that they don’t have to do
that you have to
worry about anything getting tore up or
property getting damaged in things like
that so those are the two main factors
as far as the water conditions and how
those were affected and then the second
factor is the fact that we’re post front
so there was a front moved through
yesterday into last night and it brought
even more rain and then behind that
front or post front it brought cold
weather conditions and so after the
front move through we were in the 30s I
woke up with ice on my windshield this
morning but pre front we were actually
high 60s almost into the 70s my buddy
Eric was wearing shorts and sandals the
other day was fishing and then this
morning I had to get up and put my down
jacket on and my bibs and everything to
stay warm so extreme weather change
extreme temperature change from the 60s
and 70s down to the 30s and then you
have a change in barometric pressure
usually when you go post front that
barometric pressure will shoot up which
causes the skies to be clear you have
the sky you know high skies is what we
call them bluebird skies very very sunny
not very much cover and so when you
really take the two factors of all that
dirty water and the dam sluicing and
then you match that up with that we’re
post front high pressure very clear
skies it is just hard to catch fish
number one that muddy cold water is
going to make those fish tighten up to
cover so that they feel safe natural
instincts tell them hey let’s kind of
rod this out let’s not put ourselves in
danger you know self-preservation kicks
in they don’t really want to eat they
don’t really want to do anything they
just want to kind of hang out until that
water stabilizes to those conditions
stabilized and they’re not your own
instincts kind of tell them okay it’s
safe let’s go feed let’s go about our
you know daily routine but until that
happens until that water clears up a lot
of times like I said that fish will hook
up to a piece of cover whether it be a
doc Poe store riprap or a rock or a limb
or something and they’ll just hang out
and you have to hit him right in the
head with whatever you’re throwing to
get them to eat because I’m not gonna
move to eat it because number one I
can’t see it
but number two they just aren’t gonna
move because of that self-preservation
and so
i downsized that and that’s kind of how
I tackle today’s conditions I thought
today would be a perfect day for me to
get number one better at throwing the
NED rig and number two to be very slow
in finance because number one under the
kayak number two we had the conditions
that we had and so I thought what better
opportunity then to practice throwing
this little thing and that’s what I
caught my one little fish on today I
caught it on this little Z Man one-sixth
ounce Ned rigged head to pair with the
little Z man Z TRD crawl and this little
thing is an absolutely wicked bait I was
messing around with it in some water
that I could see the bottom in today and
when you would drop this thing down it
would it would set up just like this
with the claws and the defensive
position because of how buoyant it was
and a lot of times I didn’t even have to
impart action on it the current of the
water moving across the claws would just
give it a very very subtle action and
make it look just like a crawdad in the
defensive position and today when I
caught the fish that I did actually
threw up next to a grass bed again a
perfect example of where a fish could
hang out tuck up to that grass bed feel
safe and I think I went to move my kayak
or move something and I was kind of just
dead sticking this bait and I felt the
line hop and that’s when that little
fish had it got a couple more bites
today when I threw up right next to a
piece of cover and what I think actually
happened there is because that cross
sets up in the defensive position those
fish would grab those claws because when
I would set the hook and get it back
there would be that little separation
there which tells me that those fish
were probably short striking this thing
probably just trying to eat the claws
off or something before they actually
ate the whole entire bait and again it
can be they’re trying to eat the claws
off or they’re just being super finicky
because of the conditions that we were
having now I’ve had that little Ned rig
paired up with some six pound peel on
co-polymer 215 pound braid on my seven
foot medium G rock GameChanger spinning
rod with my loose Mach 2 speed spend 6-3
gear ratio and I have fell in love with
this little finesse setup it does
everything really really well
whether it’s stone to never expire bait
shaky had all those kinds of things it
doesn’t really weigh
but like I said when you’re facing
conditions like I was can facing today
whether it be cold muddy water or it be
post frontal high skies high pressure
conditions a lot of the times you’re
gonna have to downsize and you’re gonna
have to hit those fish right in the head
and you’re gonna have to fund what a
recover they may be orienting to I’ve
seen days where they just orient to
would they just orient to grass they
just worry into rocks or they orient to
anything that they can put their back up
against and feel safe and feel like
they’ve got something over their head
and that they’re in a position where
they’re not gonna get attacked by
another game fish or something like that
and like I said it’s a lot of
self-preservation on the fish’s
instincts part that make them act like
that but yeah I had fun today it’s
always awesome to get out awesome to get
my first bites of 2019 as small as he
was he still counts and just enjoy the
beautiful weather that we had today even
though it wasn’t exactly beautiful for
the fish it was an absolutely gorgeous
day and got to hang out on the water and
just do my thing the next week is going
to be kind of crazy probably won’t get
to fish a whole lot

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