Burn it, Pause it, Twitch it: Versatility of the 4" SPRO BBZ-1 Shad
Bass in San Diego have already completed their spawn at most lakes and post spawn is upon us. During this time keep your eyes out for a few key things. 1st thing is that they will be frequently looking to gorge and regain much of the weight that they had lost during their spawning phase on the shad population that we have in all of our Southern California lakes. 2nd things is, you want to be on the lookout for bass fry as chances are the males are protecting them and big momma is somewhere near by feeding on the outside of grass beds and drop-offs. Do not be afraid to fish both shallow and deep water (fan cast) around spawning coves and the closest secondary points to them as they move to deeper water for the summer.
We found the bass last week active and wanting to chase and eat shad so my first choice was the BBZ-1 4" in the slow sink model. I love this bait because I can work it in so many different ways. The best retrieve was a nice and steady fast pace (burning it) around brush, weeds and rocks. but as the day progressed and the shad activity slowed so did my approach. With various speeds and then pause it, twitched it as well as letting it just fall on a slack line. While doing this I was able to convert a few more solid bass for the day. It's life like action is extremely hard for fish to resist and keeping your eyes open for any activity (even bird) helped with a great day on the water.
The set up used is a Cousins GMB 734 FT, with a Shimano Curado 201 E7, spooled with 12lb P-Line CXX clear. (Photo Credit: Michael Tran) Check back soon for the next report! -Stan Kaplun-