3 Must-have baits for Pre-spawn
Written By: Skylar Hamilton
1. Spinnerbaits -
(pic of Skylar's go to pre-spawn Buckeye Spinnerbait)
2. Jigs -
Jigs are excellent baits for the pre-spawn because crawfish are a favorite food of big female bass. High in protein and an easy meal that doesn’t require much energy to obtain, crawfish are always appealing. The colder the water the lighter the weight you’ll want unless you are fishing super deep water. For line, I typically use 16lb - 20lb Finatic Pro Series Fluorocarbon Fishing Line depending on the depth of the water. My go-to jig is a Buckeye Lures G-Man Ballin' Out Jig paired up with Googan Baits Bandito Bug for a trailer.
(Pic of Skylar Hamiltons Balling Out Jig)
3. Crankbaits -
Crankbaits are always effective, but during the pre-spawn they can be really fun to throw. The cool thing about crankbaits is that you can imitate crawfish and baitfish just by changing colors. I throw red or crawfish colors in cold or dirty water and switch to baitfish colors the warmer the water gets. For my set up, I use straight 10lb - 12lb Finatic Pro Series Fluorocarbon Fishing Line. The crankbaits I primarily throw at this time of year are the Jackall Jaco 58 Crankbait to hit that shallow and mid-range depth. Since you have the opportunity to catch a giant at this time of year on any given cast, I believe it's super important to upgrade your crankbait hardware. For hooks, I always upgrade to Hayabusa TBL930 Treble Black Nickel Hooks and for split rings I use Owner Hyper Wire Split Rings Black .
( Photo of Jackall Jaco MD Crankbait )
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