Bass Fishing HomeBass Fishing Forums

Go Back   BassFishin.Com Forums > Serious Conversation Only > Techniques, Strategy & Presentations

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-10-12, 08:06 PM   #1
bigjim
BassFishin.Com Active Member
 
bigjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: chicago suburbs
Posts: 235
Default am i missing something here?

ok, ive read that a slower presentation in cold water is key, since the bass are somewhat lethargic and using a jig will potentially trigger more strikes, but then ive heard/read in early spring when the water is cold burning a Rat L trap is a great producer for catching Bass...so which is it? slow or fast?
bigjim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-12, 08:10 PM   #2
Marty
BassFishin.Com Super Veteran
 
Marty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 1,580
Default

I'm no expert, but it could be both. You might need slow to elicit a feeding strike, but fast for a reaction strike.
__________________
Meeting expenses is easy...they're EVERYWHERE

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits

Rochester, NY
Marty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-12, 09:54 PM   #3
BassMoJo
BassFishin.Com Veteran Member
 
BassMoJo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Hampstead, MD
Posts: 801
Send a message via AIM to BassMoJo
Default

What Marty said....your fishing that jig slower and covering less water a bass may or may not move to eat it. With the trap your covering more water run it by her head and she won't have much of a choice nothing but a reaction bite.
__________________
This is my Signature there are many like it, but this one is mine.
BassMoJo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-12, 07:14 AM   #4
joedog
BassFishin.Com Super Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: JANESVILLE,WI. 53545
Posts: 3,415
Default

I find the Rats work better Yo-yoed or similar retrieve better in cold water as opposed to burning them.
Again, just me.
__________________
"Fishing isn't life or death... it's more important than that."
joedog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-12, 09:09 AM   #5
matt3mckee
BassFishin.Com Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Maryville, TN
Posts: 81
Default

we did really well this winter on the traps. 1/4oz Red Eye Shad in Clear Ghost Sexy Shad. That ghost belly was hot this winter into the early spring down here in TN. They have came off of it a little bit and we have changed to the chrome and blue now but the Red Eye is on of my favorite baits in the box love them things. Oh and I mixed retrives between moderate speed to burning. Not much yo yoing and that one is new to me but since I have seen it talked about on here I will be trying it out this weekend in our Habitiat for Humanity Tournament on Loudon.
matt3mckee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-12, 11:25 AM   #6
hdmoorefootball
BassFishin.Com Member
 
hdmoorefootball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Greenville, NC
Posts: 57
Default

in the spring time when the sun gets up, the bass get more active because the sun is warming up the water. That little period where the water is cold at night but warms up during the day is when that works.
hdmoorefootball is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-12, 01:20 PM   #7
3dkicker
BassFishin.Com Super Veteran
 
3dkicker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Posts: 4,483
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bigjim View Post
ok, ive read that a slower presentation in cold water is key, since the bass are somewhat lethargic and using a jig will potentially trigger more strikes, but then ive heard/read in early spring when the water is cold burning a Rat L trap is a great producer for catching Bass...so which is it? slow or fast?
How cold are we talking???? 30's??? 40's??? 50's???

If the water is in the 50's I'll be using a crankbait or trap. High 40's maybe. Low 40's and below I'll switch to the slower presentation. BUT......you should always try different things because the fish don't read the magazines......
__________________
Smitty
www.smittystubes.com
3dkicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-12, 10:40 PM   #8
bigjim
BassFishin.Com Active Member
 
bigjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: chicago suburbs
Posts: 235
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3dkicker View Post
How cold are we talking???? 30's??? 40's??? 50's???

If the water is in the 50's I'll be using a crankbait or trap. High 40's maybe. Low 40's and below I'll switch to the slower presentation. BUT......you should always try different things because the fish don't read the magazines......
not really sure how cold the water is, im guessing mid to upper 40's maybe 50 at most...as far as retrieves, ive been mixing it all up, burning it, slow, stop & go, yo-yo'ing it,been trying every imaginable presentation, just havent gotten a hit yet. been using the Red eye shad lipless crank & my original traps.
bigjim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-12, 11:45 PM   #9
Crankbait
BassFishin.Com Active Member
 
Crankbait's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 406
Default

I look at it like this….when the fall is rolling over to winter the bass metabolism is slowing down….. do the bass no this???maybe maybe they know they don’t need the food or if it’s something natural. Now when spring comes they now what’s coming….mating warmer weather and higher metabolism. My thoughts
Crankbait is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-12, 08:57 PM   #10
Raul
BassFishin.Com Super Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,030
Default

I remember when somebody in another forum asked about the same question and I replied: you can fish at arthritic snail pace or you can burn the water, reel in like mad as fast as you can, got a lot of heat for the second part, cuz it went against conventional/popular wisdom, but bass are bass and one of the things that I´ve learn about bass is that they don´t know about conventional/popular wisdom, and if they knew well... they don´t give a dang about it. This feller did what I suggested, burn the water, he´s now a believer.

You´ll never know until you try.
Raul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-12, 10:16 PM   #11
kiddelicious
BassFishin.Com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 21
Default

There is a general consensus that slow is key in cold water. However there is no rule that states you have to fish slow in cold water. If you arent getting bites dragging a jig then trying ripping a bait. The best advice i can give you is dont let others dictate the speed at which you fish. Let the fish do that. You are the one out their fishing in your area. They arent.
kiddelicious is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-12, 12:49 AM   #12
the pyromaniac
BassFishin.Com Active Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Roanoke, VA, USA
Posts: 155
Default

I've always been a big fan of a yoyo retrieve for Rat-L-Traps and similar baits. That erratic dying action really seems to get hard reaction bites, especially in the cold.
the pyromaniac is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Disclosure / Disclaimer
Before acting on the content posted, you should know that BassFishin.Com may benefit financially and otherwise from content, advertising, links or otherwise from anything you click on, read, or look at on our website. Click here to read our Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer.


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2013 BassFishin.Com LLC